Ashwood-Waldorf School and Merryspring happily present the 12th annual “All Hallows’ Eve Walk” at MNC, tonight, Thursday, Oct. 31, at 4:30 p.m. Wind your way through the enchanted, jack-o-lantern lit woods. Come in costume if you like (no scary costumes, please!), and catch glimpses of princesses, knights, dragons, and characters from your favorite tales and legends. The walk is for families with children aged 9 and younger. Children aged 9 to 13 will enjoy ghost stories by the campfire and free cookies and cider for all! Donations accepted. FMI, 236-8021 or 236-2239.
Then, head out from MNC to Rockport for the Library’s Annual Halloween Parade. Gather at 5:45 at Graffam's Seafood and follow the fire truck to Rockport Opera House for a fun-tastic Halloween party, complete with games and refreshments and crafts and of course!, spooky (and non!) Halloween stories.
Words cannot express the gratitude Rockport Library users from throughout the Midcoast feel for Library Director Molly Larson for the exceptional 8-year journey all have shared, nor the tremendous sadness experienced when Molly announced she was resigning from her position, effective Nov. 7
Molly’s tenure was marked by incredible growth in every measurable library statistic and by a truly remarkable expansion of library programming that has made Rockport Library a local leader as “a life-long learning-center” for folks of all ages, interests and needs while maintaining that wonderful small-town ambiance “where everybody knows your name.”
There are so many highlights from Molly’s 8-years, but probably one of the most amazing statistics (probably unknown by most Rockport residents is the tremendous amount of money brought to the library through numerous, well-funded grants and by the ever increasing number of regular donations, both large and small, personal and business. That has so helped the library whose budget (with the exception of staff salaries/benefits), is completely supported by funds other than tax dollars.
Celebrate Molly’s tenure on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 3 to 6 p.m. at an open house at the library with a special presentation at 5:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served and there will be opportunities to share sentiments. Cards with favorite reminiscences would be wonderful, but no gifts! You don’t have to wait for this event to thank Molly in person, but remember, her last day is Thursday, Nov. 7.
All meetings are at the Town Office, open to the public, unless otherwise specified.
The Sewer Committee will meet Thursday, Oct. 31, at 8 a.m.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The C-R Pathways Committee will meet Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.
Although an off-off-year, there is an election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The state ballot features five bond issues and the special town ballot includes proposed changes in zoning ordinances and also items relating to the sewer extension. Sample ballots are available for your perusal and absentee ballots will also be available until 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Polls will be open (at the Town Office), Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you aren’t registered to vote, you may do that on Election Day. Be sure to bring proof of your physical address, not just your mailing address.
First held in 1994, National Family Literacy Day is officially celebrated Nov. 1 across the U.S. and focuses on special activities that showcase the importance of family literacy programs. Check with library staff for any special local activities.
The Emerging Writers' Group for third- to sixth-graders will meet with author Liza Walsh Monday, Nov. 4, at 3:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. RPL’s successful Fiber Arts Group will meet Tuesday, Nov. 5, (again Nov. 19) from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
A special introduction to e-books will take place Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 9 to 10 a.m. (repeated Tuesdays, Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, both from 6 to 7 p.m.). FMI/Register: fivetowns.maineadulted.org. And, the “Wicked Good Book Club” facilitated by Jennifer Ruddy will also meet Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. This month’s book is “Song of Achilles" by Madeline Miller.
Poets‘ Corner, facilitated by poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. (and also, Nov. 21).
FMI about any programs or the library itself, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.
Bay Chamber Concerts
The Bixler Family Concert will be Saturday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. at Union Hall. The concert features prestigious artist, pianist and NPR radio personality Christopher O'Riley. FMI, visit baychamberconcerts.org or call 236-2823.
Live in Hi-Def at the Strand
Saturday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. London’s National Theater Live presents “50 Years on Stage,” a star-studded gala, featuring performances by Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, and Maggie Smith. Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Met’s Live-in-Hi-Def series encore performance of Shostakovich’s “The Nose” will be held at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.).
Camden’s First Congregational Church is once again hosting a “Hot Soup Community Luncheon” every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the church. Anyone and everyone is always welcome to share the lunch or volunteer, free of charge (donations welcome).
Calling Cooks, Crafters and Merry Elves!
Yikes! it’s time again for Merryspring volunteers to gather on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at the MNC craft studio to work on crafts, decorations, wreaths and arrangements to sell at this year's Holiday Bazaar (this year, Dec. 5 and 7). If you have some super ideas, would just like to work on established projects or would like to join in the fun (no experience necessary), just show up! In addition, you can get materials from MNC and work on projects at home. FMI about Merryspring or any programs, call 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.
Farnsworth Director of Education Roger Dell and Dr. Keith Collins will present a two-part lecture series on Wednesdays, Nov. 6 and 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Strand Theatre. The series, “Origins of Taste: A Brief History of Culinary and Artistic Discoveries,” is held in conjunction with this year’s Camden Conference, “The Global Politics of Food and Water.”
Rockport Garden Club
The club’s monthly business meeting will take place Thursday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. at the opera house. The 2:30 program, "The Long View: Thirty years Transforming a Garden - Shleppinghurst Garden,” features Ken Cleaves one of the Midcoast’s premier visionaries and gardeners. The program is free and open to all. FMI call 594-4449 or 596-6416.
Sea Faring Series
This Rockport Library series resumes next Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. and features “The Cruising Life” with three local couples — Doug and Dale Bruce, Cabot and Heidi Lyman and Marty and Paul Rogers, all members of the UK based Ocean Cruising Club. (Subsequent program dates are: Nov. 14 and 21). FMI, visit rockport.lib.me.us or call 236-3642.
Library Listening Tours
Two of Rockport Library’s five Neighborhood Listening Tours took place in October (Simonton’s Corner and the village). Rockville’s event will be Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockville Lakeview Orthodox Church and Glen Cove’s event is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Riley School. West Rockport’s event date/location is to be announced.