All meetings are at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.
The Budget Committee meets Tuesday, May 7, 6 p.m.
The grades 5-8 Spring Concert will take place Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. in Walsh Common.
The Offbeats, the all-male CHRHS a capella group, has invited fifth- to eighth-grade boys from the five towns to join them in a song at Fine Arts Night, May 30.
At last month’s Read-A-Thon, more than $2,000 was raised thanks, according to Lynx Tracks, the school newsletter, “to the tremendous effort put in by Shelly Wilbur, supported by the PTO, LCS staff, community volunteers, and our dedicated student readers.” The Parent Teacher Organization will use the funds for special programming at the school. Student winners were Gwen Hustus, Mikayla Talbot, Kara Andrews, Alley Johnson, Abigail Hammond, Braden Moulton, Dawson Allen, Andy Pitcairn and Anna Christie.
Partners for Enrichment hosted its first Artist’s Day last Monday, bringing local artists to school to work on their art in one of the school’s common spaces, giving students the chance to observe and ask questions. Three Lincolnville artists will be visiting LCS this spring. On April 29, Chris Polson came to paint during lunch and recess time outside the lunchroom windows. On Wednesday, May 8, Mary Bourke will do a torn paper mural with student participation at lunch/recess. And on Monday, May 20, stained glass artist Janet Redfield will work on glass cutting and design in the cafeteria.
Student Art at CMCA
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport (the former Maine Coast Artists gallery) has its annual exhibit of student art including the work of LCS and CHRHS students. The exhibit is free and will be open Thursday through Sunday, May 2 through May 12. Stop by when you’re out and about with the family.
Coming Soon: Community Library
New banners appeared on the soon-to-be Lincolnville Community Library at its new location on Main Street. Work is beginning this week on the former one-room Center School building. Most of the work will be done with volunteers; contact Jim Dunham, 789-5233, if you’d like to help.
The other part of the project is the construction of the Historical Society’s Open Air Museum at the north end of the lot. A crew of women is being assembled to build the simple shed-like structures – no experience in carpentry is necessary. It’s going to be a learn-as-you-go project! Contact me, 789-5987, if you want to join us!
First Flea Market
The Lincolnville Center Flea Market, which takes place on the third Saturday of each month from May to October, at the Community Building, will open its doors from 8 a.m. to noon, May 18. Tables will rent for $15. Contact Mary Schulien, 785-3521, or Roberta Heald, 763-3266, for more information and to reserve space to sell your things. Sounds easier than hosting your own yard sale!
Tranquility Grange’s opening public supper and variety show, Spring Fling, will also be held on Saturday, May 18, starting at 5 p.m. Watch for details next week.
This spring’s Old-Timers lunch at The Lobster Pound will be Monday, May 20. If you didn’t receive an invitation and would like to go, contact Janet Plausse, 789-5811. You get to decide if you’re an old-timer; basically, if you live in Lincolnville, or once did, you’re welcome to come. I don’t know of another town where 100+ residents gather, twice a year, to have lunch together. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors or see old friends.
A blood drive in honor of little Andy O’Brien is scheduled at United Christian Church on Tuesday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Andy, undergoing chemo treatments at Maine Medical Center, has already had several (his mom lost count) blood transfusions. If you can donate, it will be much appreciated. I’ve never done it before, but plan to now. More details to follow.
In the Garden
These are the bonus days, the BBF days (Before Black Flies), when working in the garden, fishing the brook, or walking in the woods is pure pleasure. Sunday the Conservation Commission’s tour of vernal pools in Tanglewood brought out a group of folks curious about these elusive puddles and their often slimy denizens.
At the memorial service for Elinor Collemer Johnson, held Saturday, her niece, who along with her brother, was raised by Elinor and Edgar, said her aunt taught her “anticipation”. Starting in March she would open the little girl’s window every night, saying “maybe they’ll start tonight, maybe the peepers will start tonight.” And so it went every night until finally, sometime in April, they finally did. Elinor eagerly waited for each sign of spring, from peepers to crocuses to daffodils and to her favorite, Mayflowers. It’s wonderful, the things you learn about people, hearing their loved ones remember….