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.
As we prepare to begin another year of high school athletics, we think many of our local athletes can learn some lessons from outgoing Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas.
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.
It was disturbing to see Ku Klux Klan recruitment flyers pop up in Lincoln County after recent events in our nation.
Hello, friends and neighbors!
I am continually amazed by the incredible opportunities we Mainers have to enjoy the great outdoors. If you have never visited Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, I highly recommend it.
Liz and I have been collecting phone numbers from everyone in town as they come into office. With cellphones being used mostly, if you don’t leave your number, we have no way of contacting you. If there is a problem or we need information about something for the office, it is very hard to get the work done. So please, if we forget to ask, remind us and we will be very happy.
This week’s photo is the lily leaf beetle, Lilioceris lilli. The lily leaf beetle is a native of Europe and was first reported in the U.S. in 1997. Asiatic lilies are especially vulnerable to attack from this pest. Day lilies are not affected.
Making pottery in the neighborhood: An exciting thing is happening in the Lincoln County world of pottery-making. Well-known local potter and ceramics teacher Liz Proffetty is on the verge of opening Neighborhood Clay in Damariscotta, a pottery studio that will offer lessons and open studio time as well as a retail space for the sale of artists’ work. Neighborhood Clay will open its doors on Friday, Sept. 1. One can already sign up for classes online.
This was one of those weeks when several people came into our shop asking for items pertaining to the Damariscotta village and area. They wanted old signs and calendars and postcard business ads of any kind, as well as souvenirs of this area.
June 17, 1856 saw the largest throng of people ever to grace Waldoboro’s streets. Thousands of folks had arrived in the village strictly by foot, carriage, or boat, as there were no railroads in those days. They all came for the purpose of paying a last tribute to a hero, a legend, a myth. Conrad Heyer’s incredible life — described by newspapers in Maine, and papers from as far away as Milwaukee, Wisc. — had come to an end in February 1856. He was 107 years old.
Fried green tomatoes
The concept of fried green tomatoes hit the world 25 years ago as a literary event with the appearance of Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.” It is an intergenerational tale of an ordinary Southern family, its food, and its members taking care of each other. The book became popular and was even made into a movie a few years later. For people like me living in the North, it came with the additional revelation: yes, one could fry green tomatoes, and they taste great!