Catching up with Lincoln Theater: I was having lunch the other day at King Eider’s Pub in Damariscotta with a couple of my LCN co-workers and had the pleasure of running into Lincoln Theater Executive Director Andrew Fenniman there as I was leaving. We started chatting about what’s going on at the theater, a conversation that needed more time than I had (since I had to get back to the workplace), so I asked him to please lay it out for me in an email.
Hello, friends and neighbors!
I am sure you have noticed that the weather seems more unpredictable than ever. Snow, rain, sleet, freezing rain, wicked cold, unusual warmth — we get it all, and sometimes within the same day! If you love playing in the snow, take advantage when it is here. Last week, we managed several nice days of skiing before the big melt and rain came again. We also enjoyed hiking in both of our local preserves and are grateful that we can drive to them in about 10 minutes.
The prolonged bitter cold snap over the holidays has affected 139 million Americans. Still, this weather effect was localized — the U.S. comprises less than 2 percent of Earth’s surface area. Many other parts of the planet were much warmer than normal.
Repurposing with style: I recently checked out Union printmaker Kathy Felch’s “Upcycled and Repurposed” show in the Hall Gallery at LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus, 35 Miles St., Damariscotta.
Sometimes I don’t have a story. Usually everything goes well when I’m pet sitting. Nobody gets sick, runs out the door, or brings in a fuzzy creature for me to chase. Considering how often I spend time with other peoples’ pets, this is probably a good thing. It doesn’t make for a very good story, however. Instead, I thought it might be helpful to understand the human taking care of your beloved pets.
Living in small communities here in Midcoast Maine, we all understand the value of good neighbors — maybe especially in the wintertime, when power and water are not always guaranteed, thanks to Mother Nature!
Happy new year to us all! Here’s hoping for health, happiness, and prosperity in the year before us. It does sound nice.
Joy Vaughan and the art of journaling: South Bristol artist Joy Vaughan currently has an intriguing show up in The Carey Gallery at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta consisting of 53 pages from her daily art journal. A number of them, as one might guess, have writing on them.
Recent Nor’easters, ice, whiteouts, and Arctic temperatures have most of us hunkering down at home. The kitchen becomes a place of warmth and comfort, and for the cook presents both challenge and opportunity to try new things. Some of us will even reluctantly admit that it is a way to relieve that encroaching “cabin fever” feeling.
My sister Winnie (Linda) came for her first visit here in Topeka, for she now lives only two hours away. We are both talkers. When we got to the subject of my similarities with Julia Child, Win said, “You should write about our sister similarities.”
Nature is art outside my window: My office window here at The Lincoln County News in Newcastle looks out onto the trailhead of the Great Salt Bay Preserve Heritage Trail. Every now and then, after an extended period of looking at a computer screen, I like to walk across Mills Road and down the trail a little way, through trees that are currently standing in fairly deep snow.
Happy new year to all the great staff members and readers of The Lincoln County News!
The following was written from my journal notes on Jan. 1, 1986, when we lived on our Bristol farm:
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.
Hello, friends and neighbors!
I hope you all had the opportunity over the holidays to do something that made you happy. Maybe you spent time with family and friends whom you love. Maybe you received a fun gift from someone or were delighted by a recipient’s reaction to your gift.
As 2017 nears its end, many reflect over the past year, embracing the good times, being thankful that the difficult ones have passed, and considering some necessary changes for 2018.