Actually, that’s too mild a word to describe Merryspring’s latest Kitchen Tour. This certainly was one of the best and it didn’t hurt that Old Man Weather provided probably the best day seen so far this summer. Too, too many people to adequately thank including all the homeowners and chefs who took part, all the sponsors and donors and, of course, all of you who attended. Last but not least, kudos and thanks to the teamwork that pulls this together — hundreds of volunteers and to MNC staff, but most especially, to the Kitchen Tour Committee whose members work basically all year long. Note to fellow town correspondent Francina Pearse — I got my wish and did my volunteer cashier stint at the Pearse Farm. It was truly one of my best assignments ever! The “youngins” in a pasture one side of the road, the “ladies” in another on the barn side, Chris bringing in a huge load of hay, the birds - everything! What a treasure!
All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public.
There will be a MidCoast Economic Development District (MC-EDD) Executive Committee meeting Friday, Aug. 23, at 9 a.m. at Damariscotta Town Office.
A Comprehensive Plan Implementation Workshop will take place Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m.
The Board of Assessment Review will meet Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 4 p.m. and a tentative Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is also scheduled for Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at the opera house, televised on channel 22.
Drop-in Family Board Games continue today, Thursday, Aug. 22, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. with card tables set up. Available games include Scrabble, Straego, Risk and Monopoly, or bring your own game.
Summer Family Movie Night concludes Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at the library, popcorn provided! Contact library staff for movie title/description. Call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us for information about any programs or the library itself.
Bay Chamber Concerts
The Mary Curtis Bok Zimbalist Concert, “Where Is It That Our Soul Doth Go?” will take place Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the opera house. Friday, Aug. 23, two 60-minute concerts will be at Union Hall. The “Creative Ensemble Collective Jazz” performance will take place at 6 p.m. and “Soliloquy” at 9 p.m. For tickets and detailed information, go to baychamberconcerts.org or call 236-2823.
Belfast Garden Club’s “Open Garden Days” continue Friday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allmayer-Beck Garden in Belfast. Bring a picnic and sit at one of the many tables or benches, relax and enjoy listening to the birds. Iced tea and lemonade provided; handicap accessible. Visit belfastgardenclub.org for more information and specific directions.
Save your seeds!
Saving seeds is a fun, cost-efficient, and simple way to stay connected to a garden and Saturday, Aug. 24, Merryspring will host a seed-saving workshop from 10 a.m. to noon. Join Brijin Thomas and Heirloom Garden's Diana Chapin to learn the principles and practices of seed collection, extraction, drying techniques and storage, including a focus on open-pollinated and heirloom seeds. Participants will be able to practice with, and take home, seeds from the gardens at Merryspring.The cost of this workshop is $5 for Merryspring members, and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration required. Call 236-2239 or email email@example.com.
Forts & Fairies
Merryspring's next Free Family Program will be “Forts and Fairy Houses” Sunday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at MNC. Children and families will create forest homes for both humans and mythical creatures at a red pine stand where many downed branches provide perfect building material for forts and fairy houses. A focus will be placed on respecting nature and constructing in a way that will not adversely affect forest life. Open and free to all.
A Community Work Day is planned at Erickson Fields Preserve Monday, Aug. 26, and Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. for volunteers of all ages and abilities and supervised children. For more information about programs, call Amy at 236-2739.
Tuesday, Aug. 27, at noon at MNC, Dave Jackson, parks director at Camden Public Library as well as supervisor of Harbor Park and Camden Amphitheater, will discuss the Amphitheater which was recently named by the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark. Dave will speak about the history of the Amphitheater, highlighting the efforts, innovations and design aesthetic of famed landscape architect Fletcher Steele. The Amphitheater is described as an outstanding example for its use of modernism in a neoclassical, vegetative setting. Admission is free for MNC members, with a nominal fee of $5 for non-members.
Wednesday, Aug. 28, Children’s Garden Club concludes with “Harvest Day 2!” Kids will help harvest this year’s crops, play garden games and celebrate the beginning of the end of a successful season from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information about Merryspring or any programs, call 236-232 or visit merryspring.org.
Free summer concert
The concluding Summer Series concert will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Center and features Sea Chantys with Richard Burbank. Bring the family and a blanket or chairs. You can also buy a hamburger plate (or 2 hot dogs), which includes beverage, chips and a side dish for $5 or you can bring your own picnic supper. FMI, call Jeff at 691-2270.
Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Education Department and Trekkers, a nonprofit, outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people to caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education, will present “Lost in Connection: How the Tech Effect Puts Children's Development at Risk.” The lecture features Dr. Steiner-Adair, a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital and the author of the recently published book, "The Big Disconnect."
Dr. Steiner-Adair will examine the ways in which technology and media are putting children at risk at every stage of development and challenging what it means to be a family. She will share real-life stories from her clinical practice, from her work with educators and parents, and from extensive interviews with students from preschool through high school and beyond. For advance reservations, please call 594-5095.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The moon will be in the last quarter on Wednesday, Aug. 28, and Aldebaran, the “Red Eye” of Taurus the Bull will appear early that morning to the lower left of the moon. Next Saturday, Aug. 31, Jupiter will shine to the left of the moon at dawn.