Kids need a kiln: Whitefield Elementary School’s new art teacher, Hollie Hilton, has hit the ground running as far as making positive changes in art instruction at the school. I learned recently that Hilton started up a DonorsChoose fundraising campaign for a digital kiln for her students.
This week, we launch into the spirit of the season with a free noontime holiday concert, a comedy live from London, the whimsy of Winnie the Pooh, the wonder of Willy Wonka, and the speed of Formula One.
A Nordone Christmas: Damariscotta artist and musician Kathi Nordone has been busy lately. She recently concluded a series of performance dates at The Bradley Inn in New Harbor. Then she moved into artist mode and operated a booth selling her original Christmas cards at the Central Lincoln County YMCA’s Holiday Bazaar.
On Monday, Dec. 4 from 3-4:30 p.m., Heartwood Regional Theater Company will hold auditions for the annual Winter Drama Adventure program, open to all Midcoast students in grades three through eight. No prior experience is needed. Roughly 25 students will be cast for acting, movement, and musical roles in “Wiley and the Hairy Man,” a spine-tingling, fun bayou tale of a boy who conquers his greatest fears in the mysterious Tombigbee Swamp.
Benoit at Sotheby’s: Sue Jones over at Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Damariscotta called me the other day to give me a heads-up about a cool new show that is running there through the end of April 2018: Boothbay Harbor wood-sculpture artist Andre Benoit’s “Abstraction and Representation Within and Outside the Drawer” exhibit.
Edgecomb artist Kimberly Skillin Traina will exhibit 30 pastel paintings in the Hall Gallery of LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus in Damariscotta from Saturday, Nov. 25 through Thursday, Jan. 4. Traina’s pastel paintings of nature, water, waves, reflection, marshes, islands, and clouds capture the different qualities of light inherent to the seasons in Maine.
Westport Island resident Sandra Neily will discuss her debut novel “Deadly Trespass: A Mystery in Maine” at the Wiscasset Public Library at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Midcoast Dance Studio will present “The Holiday Show” and “Land of Sweets” on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. at Medomak Valley High School, 320 Manktown Road, Waldoboro.
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Just in time to launch the holiday season (and before things get too hectic), Heartwood Regional Theater Company will present the second annual staged radio theater-style performance of “Merry Christmas, George Bailey!” on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2. This beloved heartwarming story is perfect for family audiences, with student ticket prices kept to a low $5, thanks to student ticket sponsors First Advisors and Colby & Gale.
The Kefauver Studio & Gallery in Damariscotta presents “The Little Holiday Show,” the seventh and final art show of the 2017 season at the gallery. The show will run from Friday, Nov. 17 through Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.
Tackling a touchy subject: The words on Tom Mathews’ business card read as follows: “Communicate your perspective in a calm manner, using clean vocabulary, without attacking groups or individuals with hatred.” These are good guidelines for participants in a documentary project dealing with one of the thorniest issues in the United States – guns and gun violence.
A “sneak peek” of a forthcoming children’s book illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne, of Newcastle, is available on Entertainment Weekly’s website.
River Arts visitors have selected the winners of this month’s Peoples’ Choice: three painters who are inspired by the natural beauty of Maine. Realistic and abstract points of departure highlight this beautiful show at River Arts gallery in Damariscotta. The show will run until Friday, Dec. 1 in the gallery’s Invitational Hall.