Betsey Marthelia deGroff, one of Maine’s most well known vocal teachers, is pleased to announce she has happily moved back to Lincoln County where she is now accepting students for her new voice studio at her home in Southport.
Art of the square: “I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since we first met at my art display at the Bristol Area Library,” Walpole artist Susan Bartlett Rice told me in a recent email. Indeed, a year has gone by since Rice’s last Bristol exhibit, and now she has a new exhibit at the same library, which runs through the end of February.
Harbor Theater presents “Darkest Hour,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “The Shape of Water” this week.
Jerry Wiles, a local historian, will share the final chapter of Andrew Wyeth’s life from 1948 to his death in 2009 on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at The Lincoln Home in Newcastle. Wyeth is well-remembered for his vast collection of paintings, including “Christina’s World” and “Winter 1946.” The public is invited to join in. The event is free.
Welcome, McGrory & Wolf: I had mentioned to several people last year, after attending ArtWalk Waldoboro, that the art scene in Waldoboro seemed to be picking up steam. The addition of Valerie Greene Studio, for one, to the excellent local lineup was exciting.
Young violin and cello players performed in recital on Sunday, Jan. 28 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Newcastle.
One of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years is the multi-award-winning We Banjo 3. With a seven-time all-Ireland banjo champ, a four-time banjo champ, and another member who is an all-Ireland champ on both fiddle and bodhran, and with a passionate lead vocalist like a young Bruce Springsteen adopted by The Chieftains, the result is truly unforgettable. On both sides of the Atlantic, the word is out about this group – and on Friday, March 2, these Galway boys will come to Maine to perform at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor.
This week we launch a new season of Talking Art in Maine: Intimate Conversations, begin screening an entire BBC series on the British royals, continue our Oscar-nominated films, and enjoy another fantastic pre-opera talk by Dr. Morton Achter prior to a live screening of an operatic favorite. It may be snowing out – but things are heating up at the theater.
So, the winter weather has arrived, and Hodgdon Green, at 6 Hodgdon St. in Damariscotta, would like to remind people that it continues to open its doors and welcome people to come in and enjoy a nice, fresh hot cup of coffee and fresh baked signature coffeecake prepared by Hodgdon Green’s chef, Elijah.
Art and hobnobbing at the Grill: Last week, I stopped by the Wednesday opening reception at Damariscotta River Grill for the new art show there, featuring the work of 16 local artists in the Pemaquid Group of Artists.
Students from the Boothbay Region YMCA Y-Arts program won a Freddie G. Outstanding Production award and students Rick Hilscher and Jackie McLoon won a Freddie G. award for Outstanding Student Direction and Choreography at the 2018 Junior Theater Festival Atlanta, which took place Jan. 12-14 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. The Junior Theater Festival Atlanta united 6,000-plus students and educators from 130 educational musical theater groups representing 30 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
More than 30 third- through eighth-grade students from 10 Midcoast schools and home-schools, are spending their January afternoons rehearsing in the Parker B. Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy, in Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s fifth annual winter middle school production, “Wiley and the Hairy Man.”
The DaPonte String Quartet’s second series of the season takes listeners on a stroll through Vienna, home to the world’s oldest amusement park, the Prater, in company with some of the Austrian capital’s most powerful musical prodigies, Joseph Haydn, Alban Berg, and Ludwig van Beethoven. “A Stroll in the Prater” will have five performances, from March 18-25, in Damariscotta, Portland, Rockport, Boothbay Harbor, and Brunswick.
Catching up with Lincoln Theater: I was having lunch the other day at King Eider’s Pub in Damariscotta with a couple of my LCN co-workers and had the pleasure of running into Lincoln Theater Executive Director Andrew Fenniman there as I was leaving. We started chatting about what’s going on at the theater, a conversation that needed more time than I had (since I had to get back to the workplace), so I asked him to please lay it out for me in an email.