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.
You are cordially invited to the annual Christmas candlelight Service at the United Baptist Church in South Jefferson on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. This early evening service promises to fill you and your family with the meaning and beauty of the Christmas season. Afterwards, we hope you will stay and enjoy some fellowship with your neighbors and friends at church. Also, in keeping with our church tradition, the Christmas Cookie Swap takes place. Just bring a plate of Christmas cookies to share, and take home a delightful variety of sweets from the swap.
Ah! ’Tis the season of wonder and expectation. Yes, even at Hodgdon Green, the assisted-living home in Damariscotta. May all who read this column have a joy-filled and blessed Christmas.
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.
The following is a “takeover” column by guest author Kyle Tong, Lincoln Academy’s coordinator of curriculum and auxiliary programs.
When people from Europe came to settle in North America, they brought their holidays with them. Thus we still celebrate many, like Easter, Halloween, and New Year’s Day, as they did in the old country. But there is one holiday that is ours. Thanksgiving is purely American.
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.
Well, it is dog licensing time once again. If you wait until January, it will be late-charge time. The state says we have to charge it; if we don’t, the town gets in trouble.
In theory, lower taxes make it possible for corporations and investors to invest in businesses like manufacturing and thus create jobs. When energy is factored into the picture, however, questions arise.
As the holidays approach, it is that time again when we enjoy eating delicious foods. As we enjoy our food we may see our pets watching us longingly. Since it is a special occasion and we love to see our pets happy, we think, “a little won’t hurt.” Later, we are awakened in the middle of the night by a vomiting pet.
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.
And so the seasons change. Wham! Not a gentle ease-you-into-it kind of thing either. It was warm one day with temps in the 60s, blue skies, leaves still hanging on nicely with some color yet to enjoy, and then it turned bitter with wind whipping, temps plummeting to single digits and teens, and now we have seen our first cat tracker of the 2017-2018 snow season.
This is what I’m talking about: “I love to hear from readers.” I sign off my column each week with those words. And I mean it.
Lincoln Academy has strong community ties with many organizations, and there is one collaborative effort underway that is designed to support students as they transition between their middle and high school years. “KW Leads,” a program combining Kieve-Wavus Education and our students, is a six-year expeditionary program model which works with students from seventh to 12th grade.
Welcome to the inaugural column of the Skidompha Skoop — your destination to discover more about what the library has to offer each week, all year long.