Development director’s note: this week it’s a takeover!
Pam is off globetrotting in Peru, so this week you get me, Torie DeLisle, director of development. While normally I spend my days thinking about programs and funding, this week I’m all fired up about Skidompha being the only Maine library with our very own resident theater company. That’s right! We’re making history right here in Damariscotta!
Our partnership with River Company theater is exciting for a few different reasons, and not just for its novelty. Together with River Company, the library is embarking on a series of shows this season that help us fulfill our mission to provide a space for arts and culture in our community. One of the ways that theater is a great medium for these conversations is its ability to involve and inspire us, to present us with a mirror upon which we can reflect on the human condition, and discuss what it means to be a member of this community at this moment.
Take, for example, River Company’s summer show, “The Taming of the Shrew,” by William Shakespeare. Not only is this a literary classic, the themes of this show — if you didn’t know, they were written in the 1600s — seem to be questions we are asking ourselves today. Don’t believe me? Listen to these:
– What does it mean to be a powerful woman?
– How can a powerful woman overcome stereotypes by both men and women?
– What does it mean to be in a relationship of equals with a powerful partner?
– Is it possible to find humility within power?
Sounds pretty modern, doesn’t it? This summer, during the national Year of the Woman, in the middle of the #MeToo movement, we’re going to take some time for #meshrew.
Won’t you come join the conversation? Performances start at the end of July!
Have a great week,
Director of Development
New programs in the genealogy department:
– “Researching Quaker Ancestors,” by B.J. Jamieson — Thursday, May 3, 5-6:30 p.m.
– “Researching a House History,” by Peggy McRae — Wednesday, May 30, 12:30-2 p.m.
A $5 donation is suggested to support genealogy programs
May Films at Owl Cinema start this week:
– Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. – “Blade Runner 2049” (2017)
– Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. – “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014)
– Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. — family film “Kubo and the Two Strings” (2016)
– Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. – “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)
– Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m. – “Hook” (1991)
– Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m. – family film “Despicable Me 3” (2017)
– Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. – “La La Land” (2016)
(Skidompha Library has been supporting our community since 1885 in downtown Damariscotta. You can find us online and view our full calendar at skidompha.org or on our Facebook page.)