Folk music has always been associated with storytelling and a prominent oral tradition.
An impressive audience packed into Skidompha Library’s Porter Meeting Hall to hear New York Times bestselling author Lynne Olson discuss “Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler” on Tuesday, July 23.
The Heywood Gallery, at 921 Main St. in Waldoboro, will host the opening of “The Paintings of Allen Bunker” for ArtWalk Waldoboro on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 4-7 p.m.
Eagerly awaiting next year: I had the very good fortune of being able to attend the sold-out opening-night reception and screening of two films at the inaugural MidCoast Film Fest at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta on the evening of Friday, July 26. I also checked out the three-day film festival’s Maine-focused short-film program on the afternoon of Sunday, July 28.
Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world.
The well-known Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing” could be interpreted as a very early version of the sitcom “Seinfeld,” the show about nothing that some consider the funniest show in television history. The production really is about nothing, or more accurately “noting,” which is a term from Shakespeare’s day that means “gossip, rumour, and overhearing,” according to Claire McEachern’s scholarly Arden Shakespeare introduction to the classic.
From Saturday, July 27 to Sunday, Aug. 4, the public is encouraged to visit the Boothbay Common to meet eight accomplished Maine sculptors, along with their guests from Japan and Canada, as they create works of art from granite and other stone during the Maine Stone Symposium.
Something for everyone: Last Thursday, July 18, was a rather hot day in Newcastle, a perfect day to drive from the LCN office down the Pemaquid peninsula, where it was a little cooler, to visit Saltwater Artists Gallery and take in the work of the 25 well-known area artists showing there.
On the last Sunday of every summer month, the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center in Jefferson opens its doors to the public with festive, family-friendly open studio days.
The Shottery Gallery of Art, at 97 Pemaquid Trail in New Harbor, is now featuring the work of Julie Babb. This Damariscotta artist’s paintings have become much sought-after for her distinctive images of birds, which she renders in gouache.
Colorful ribbons, buttons, tulle, and gorgeous fabric remnants are the art supplies on hand for visitors who want to take part in the community Weaving Project during Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, July 25 from 5-8 p.m.
History in watercolors: There is a charming art exhibit up on the walls of the community room at Sheepscot General in Whitefield by Whitefield historian and watercolorist Lucy Martin. As she told me recently, the show is largely based on “old-time black-and-white or sepia postcards,” and features watercolors of historical locations in Whitefield, framed in local-pine frames made by her husband, Herb Hartman.
Back by popular demand, Maine Friends of Music, a professional chamber ensemble composed of renowned soprano Mary Sullivan, flutist Linda Brunner, bassoonist David DeBolt, and keyboardist Sean Fleming, will perform at the Knox Museum in Thomaston on Sunday, July 21 at 7 p.m. and the Union Church of South Bristol on Sunday, July 28 at 4 p.m.
People are invited to come hear The Hingham Singers, a Boston-area-based ensemble, perform a concert titled “The Music of Peter, Paul, and Mary” on Friday, July 19 at First Congregational Church, 28 High St., Wiscasset. There is no admission to the concert; donations are accepted with thanks.