Thespians raise money for Healthy Kids: River Company President Mallory Adams invited me to a noon event at the Healthy Kids office in Damariscotta on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
Damariscotta River Association will host a scientific drawing workshop led by artist and science illustrator David Wheeler on Saturday, Jan. 6 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at DRA’s Great Salt Bay Farm in Damariscotta. The workshop is appropriate for beginners, students, and practicing professionals alike.
Hercule Poirot hits Lincoln County theaters: After being invited a number of times by Jason Sheckley, who manages Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor, to attend technical screenings of films opening at the theater, I finally took him up on his invitation the morning of Thursday, Dec. 14. On tap was the brand-new film “Murder on the Orient Express,” directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh.
Aficionados of the dapper, shiny-black-mustachioed David Suchet version of Hercule Poirot in the long-running British TV series “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” will find a somewhat different take on the Belgian superdetective in the brand-new film “Murder on the Orient Express.”
LA choirs shine: Kudos to Lincoln Academy Choir Director Beth Preston for a fabulous concert on Sunday, Dec. 10. Preston led the LA Concert Choir and the school’s Lincolnaires advanced vocal ensemble in the “Sounds of the Season” concert that took place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Newcastle.
The Wiscasset Church of the Nazarene will present “Christmas with the Sky Family Celtic Revival” at the Wiscasset Church of the Nazarene, at 255 Gardiner Road in Wiscasset on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m.
Many Christmas cards include pictures of angels and harps. At the Tapestry Singers’ holiday concert, several of the pieces will feature accompaniment by concert harp, and the audience will get to see this immense, intricate, and magnificent instrument up close.
The DaPonte String Quartet will perform a free holiday concert in Newcastle on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m.
The Dec. 3 opening reception for artist Sally DeLorme Pedrick’s first local exhibit since 2011 was well-attended, even an hour before the official start time of 3 p.m. People were already showing up in significant numbers at about 2 p.m. on the crisp Sunday afternoon at The Library Art Studio, Pedrick’s home studio in Round Pond, enthusiastic to view the artwork on display in her current show, “A Mirrored Age.”
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.