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.
Edgecomb artist Kimberly Skillin Traina will exhibit 30 pastel paintings in the Hall Gallery of LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus in Damariscotta from Saturday, Nov. 25 through Thursday, Jan. 4. Traina’s pastel paintings of nature, water, waves, reflection, marshes, islands, and clouds capture the different qualities of light inherent to the seasons in Maine.
Westport Island resident Sandra Neily will discuss her debut novel “Deadly Trespass: A Mystery in Maine” at the Wiscasset Public Library at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Midcoast Dance Studio will present “The Holiday Show” and “Land of Sweets” on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. at Medomak Valley High School, 320 Manktown Road, Waldoboro.
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Just in time to launch the holiday season (and before things get too hectic), Heartwood Regional Theater Company will present the second annual staged radio theater-style performance of “Merry Christmas, George Bailey!” on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2. This beloved heartwarming story is perfect for family audiences, with student ticket prices kept to a low $5, thanks to student ticket sponsors First Advisors and Colby & Gale.