Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor is celebrating the 80th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” with a free holiday show on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. There are no reserved seats; it is first-come, first-served.
East Boothbay painter Brad Betts’ love for the Maine coast is apparent when one visits Down East Gallery in Edgecomb, which occupies two large buildings on Route 27 – a two-story farmhouse and a recently rejuvenated 1904 post-and-beam barn. The gallery is co-owned by Betts and his wife, Danielle.
The inimitable Mr. Kando: Late last month, I wrote in this column about the importance of the arts – or rather, a number of people helped me write about the importance of the arts, sending me thought-provoking responses to the question, “Why are the arts important?”
Local author in new Christmas anthology: Anyone who has ever read May B. Davidson’s long-running Lincoln County News column “Lower Round Pond” – which became “No Longer Lower Round Pond” for a number of years until her recent move back to Round Pond – knows what a talented, entertaining, and passionate writer she is.
On Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., abstract painter Jaap Eduard Helder will hold a holiday open studio and sale at his art studio, located at 49 Main St. in Damariscotta, upstairs above Fisherman’s Catch Seafood Market.
Sheepscot General’s ninth annual Holiday Bazaar will take place on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5-8 p.m. and will feature more than 20 artisans and food vendors.
River Company’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” written by Barbara Robinson, based on her book of the same name, can be seen for one weekend only: Dec. 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.
Community enrichment through the arts: “I’m pleased to display a few of my pieces at the CLC Y because the Y is a major focal point of our community’s resilience,” wrote Bristol artist Winslow Myers in a recent press release for his 10-painting exhibit currently on the walls of the Central Lincoln County YMCA in Damariscotta.
Youth auditions at Heartwood Regional Theater Company are scheduled for early December, in preparation for the upcoming youth productions “Guys and Dolls” and “Firebird.”
“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse
Why the arts?: Regularly, I talk with people that have definite opinions on the importance of the arts – visual, musical, theater, culinary, and so on. Many seem to delight in and thrive on taking part in an artistic pursuit, such as playing a musical instrument, painting, or acting in community theater, whether they are professionals or amateurs. Many others seem to feel similarly fulfilled and excited about being part of the audience for such creative, expressive endeavors.
Representing the beauty of Maine: Lovely Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, in Boothbay, has been honored for its breathtaking beauty by being chosen by the U.S. Postal Service as one of the 10 garden venues nationwide to be featured in its 2020 American Gardens series of first-class Forever stamps.
Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta is pleased to welcome Kathy Gunst as the next guest in the Talking Food in Maine: Intimate Conversations series, featuring one-on-one conversations between host Cherie Scott, of Boothbay, and notable culinary pioneers who have made a substantial contribution to the culinary arts in the state of Maine.
Hillia Aho is a second-year student in New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program, which counts such star directors as Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, and Jim Jarmusch among its alumni.
Follow her anywhere: Whitefield’s Sheepscot General on any given Friday evening is a busy, fun place, in large part due to the fact that Fridays from 5-8 p.m. are Pizza Night, the one night each week when one can partake in the sourdough-crusted gloriousness topped with fresh (and often delightfully interesting) ingredients that is Sheepscot General’s regionally famous pizza.