May is National Pet Month, which means several things. The primary goals of National Pet Month are to promote the benefits of pet ownership and to support pet adoption. Other, no less important, aims of this month are to make people aware of the mutual benefits of owning a pet, to help others understand the role of service animals, and to enlighten the general public to all of the available services professionally available in regard to pets (including pet sitters!).
A message to my readers from Sharon Christian Aderman
This is going to be a busy summer for me. In July, I will be putting our house up for sale and moving to a senior campus here in the heart of Topeka. Since my new home is now in the stage of being built, I will not be moving in until August. Before that time, I have to plan all the details of my leaving and moving. I will be taking a hiatus from writing my weekly column and begin again when life settles down. Because writing strengthens my memory, helps lower stress, and offers emotional release, I hope to continue doing what I love at a later date.
Whether it is a desire to grow your own herbs, cucumbers, and tomatoes, or beautiful flowers, container gardening is a fun and easy way to do it. Anyone can grow their own food in a container on a deck, porch, or patio, or along a walkway, as long as the spot has plenty of direct sunlight.
I don’t know about you, but this time of year tends to bring out my green thumb. (Disclaimer: that may be a bit of an exaggeration, my thumb is more of a celadon color, at best.)
How many times have you driven past Moose Crossing Garden Center in Waldoboro and wished you could grow plants as pretty as the ones sold there — and keep them alive and thriving?
This week, “Isle of Dogs” comes to the big screen. Be careful if you say the title to quickly; you may find that “I Love Dogs” is a very true statement.
May is recognized by proclamation from the governor of Maine as Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and while many people know something about Lyme disease, there are many other tick-borne diseases carried by ticks here in Maine that we need to protect ourselves against.
Rice at PWA: Walpole oil painter Susan Bartlett Rice’s current show, “Blooms and Loons,” at the Pemaquid Watershed Association office in Damariscotta, is a special treat. Not only does the exhibit, which runs through Friday, June 8, feature a collection of Rice’s striking outdoor-focused paintings in more than the usual two rooms of the PWA’s office-gallery, it also boasts an 8-by-10-foot mural on the outside of the building.
LA student art at River Arts: Wow! I attended the closing reception on Thursday, April 26 for the recent show at River Arts gallery in Damariscotta featuring the multifaceted art exhibition of Lincoln Academy art students, and I’ll just say it again – wow!
The United Baptist Church invites its members to attend the annual meeting of the Damariscotta Association of the American Baptist Churches of Maine on Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. at the Nobleboro Baptist Church. This association is made up of seven American Baptist churches in this region.
When we both were children and in grammar school, the month of May was truly a month of fun and enjoyment for most every family. Even when our son, Robert, was going to grammar school, the month of May was full of art programs, like making a maypole for their dance program around the time of 1978.
Pam is off globetrotting in Peru, so this week you get me, Torie DeLisle, director of development. While normally I spend my days thinking about programs and funding, this week I’m all fired up about Skidompha being the only Maine library with our very own resident theater company. That’s right! We’re making history right here in Damariscotta!
Moles or voles? It is confusing. But knowing who is who helps us live well with our small furry neighbors. This was their land long before we thought it was ours!
Painting in snowstorms: Samantha Merrill held up a small acrylic painting of an ocean scene. “This I painted during a snowstorm when I had nothing else to do. I wanted something with waves and it just kind of happened,” she told me recently.