As I write this column, I am wearing green because it is St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. March 17 also marks one year since I started working at The Lincoln County News. I arrived in Maine a year ago March 16 from California, having never set foot in the Pine Tree State before that. But I have to say that I have gotten to know my way around fairly well, especially around the vibrant arts community that exists in Lincoln County. I look forward to the year ahead.
Caitlin Cass, columnist: I recently sat down for a chat with Caitlin Cass, eighth-grader at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta and the official reporter for the GSB Online Gallery of Arts and Literature. She is also a tennis buff and plays the flute as well as “a little bit of piano,” as she told me when we met in the GSB library. Caitlin has been busy writing articles for the GSB Online Gallery of Arts and Literature, among them an interview with GSB student and actor Andrew Lyndaker and one with GSB art teacher Karen Hight.
Of reporting, Caitlin said, “It’s cool. I find out more about the people I know around here.”
Caitlin will soon start contributing a monthly piece to “Lincoln County Artsbeat” about the GSB arts scene, which seems to be thriving, thanks in part to the efforts of GSB writing teacher Anne Plummer. Look for Caitlin’s first piece in this column in the April 6 issue of The Lincoln County News. Look for her excellent GSB work at gsbshowcase.wordpress.com.
Rug-hookers, take note: Head on over to Stephenson Fiber Arts Studio, at 245 River Road in Edgecomb, on Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25 for its Spring Cleaning Wool Sale event. All sorts of items will be on sale, including dyed mohair locks, raw wool, and bargain bags. The March 24 sale will run from noon to 5 p.m. The March 25 sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include free coffee and homemade doughnuts in the morning hours.
Studio owner Susie Stephenson learned to hook rugs from her mother and has taken classes from “some of the old-time rug hookers,” according to the Stephenson Fiber Arts Studio website, stephensonfiberarts.com. Stephenson offers instructional rug-hooking videos on the site. She is also the author of “Designing & Hooking Primitive Rugs.”
Call 315-2277 for more information.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or write me a letter in care of The Lincoln County News, P.O. Box 36, Damariscotta, ME 04543. I will be on vacation next week. Look for “Lincoln County Artsbeat” to return April 6.