Have lots of fun for a really good cause: The Maine Marimba Ensemble‘s upcoming concert on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at Darrows Barn at DRA Round Top Farm in Damariscotta looks like a really fun time. And the ticket price – $10 at the door – will go to benefit the Meals on Wheels program at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center in Damariscotta.
I hope you’ll indulge me for a few minutes as I write about my favorite Chihuahua, because he’s not getting any younger and I wanted to write this in the present tense, not as a memoriam. It’s OK, though — as I write this, he’s sitting in my lap watching me type.
The chances are high that if you are reading this article, I am preaching to the choir about minimizing your use of plastic. We do know that the choir needs to step up its work, since both our state and federal governments are reducing funding in most aspects of environmental protection. A state like Maine that depends largely on the ocean for its survival should be at the forefront of commitment. We need to renew and expand our personal commitment, at the least, and encourage our family, friends, and others with our knowledge and practices.
In 1774, German writer and statesman Johann Wolfgang Goethe penned the notion that “misunderstandings and neglect create more confusion in this world than trickery and malice. At any rate, the last two are certainly much less frequent.” In modern times, this sentiment has become known as “Hanlon’s razor,” which directs us to “never attribute malice when incompetence will suffice.”
Wilde and scenic: There are two things that I find crucial to a good art-viewing experience (in addition to, of course, the presence of good art): adequate lighting and a quiet room. The current exhibit of paintings by Walpole artist Sarah Wilde in the West Gallery of River Arts in Damariscotta, “On the Wilde Side,” hits it on both counts – well, all three, if one counts the fact that Wilde’s art is very good.
Only a six-week absence from my writing this time, and in that time period there has been so much going on that it was either write a column or let my head explode, so I’m choosing to write.
With the changing of the season comes the changing of the hours at a few places here in the village.
In this article, we want to talk and show old photos of Matthew Cottrell wharf and the historical events that have taken place over many years.
Mixing work and pleasure: On the morning of Thursday, Aug. 31, one of my colleagues here at The Lincoln County News, reporter Maia Zewert, and I took a 50-minute Hardy Boat trip from New Harbor to spend the day on Monhegan Island, which is part of Lincoln County and, therefore, part of the paper’s coverage area.
As I sit ponderin’ at this here computer, on only my second day of bein’ a married man again after a long hiatus, I’m wonderin’ what to scribble about this week. Been a lot happenin’ in the last week or so, both in the world around me and my own little world itself!
I hope you all had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend. It is certainly feeling like fall this week, but I know there will still be some warm days to come.
Our Kansas summer days have been crowded with the good old reliable joys of watermelon and sunshine, coffee and cardinals, rabbits and petunias. We have used our patio like our Maine screened porch, eating lunch in the shade of the noonday sun and entertaining family and friends at twilight.
Lincoln Theater in the limelight: As readers have no doubt noticed, Lincoln Theater in downtown Damariscotta has been closed for a number of days while the theater’s wood floor is sanded and revarnished. It will reopen in all its new glory on Friday, Sept. 8 with the screening of the 2017 film “The Big Sick.” Based on a true story, the film, which stars Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, is about a Pakistan-born comedian who falls in love with an American grad student. Movie-rating website rottentomatoes.com gives it a whopping 98 percent approval rating on its Tomatometer.
I’m including one more announcement for the “Tea with Rosalind” fundraiser for the Jefferson Historical Society on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. On that day, storyteller Rosalind Benton will present the story of tea, along with some music, fancy tidbits, and more. This sounds like a fun event, with folks arriving in fancy or plain attire — and all are invited.
The show went on: Pouring rain on the evening of Friday, Aug. 18 did not stop the Walter Weymouth concert at Sheepscot General in Whitefield from happening. What was intended to be an outdoor concert became an intimate indoor concert inside the picturesque hay-filled Quonset-hut barn on the Sheepscot General property.