Rockport news

By Stevie Kumble | Dec 05, 2013

Today’s the day!

Head to Merryspring today, Thursday, Dec. 5, between 1 to 6 p.m. for MNC’s “Holiday Bazaar Members’ Sale.” (You can renew/get your membership today). Always an extra special “green” event, MNC’s Holiday Bazaar features a variety of natural and nature-based gifts for your holiday purchases. If you can’t make it today, the general sale will be Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look for MNC’s signature beautifully decorated balsam wreaths, unique birch bark wreaths, evergreen swags, miniature boxwood trees and stunning centerpieces. Plain balsam wreaths, bundles of greens, winterberry, holly, and other supplies are available for you to design your own creations. There’s also a wide array of homemade goodies - spiced pecans, cranberry chutney, jams and jellies - as well as herbal sachets, paperwhites in decorative gift bags and pre-planted containers. Rounding off the choices is an assortment of botanical greeting cards, nature books, note cards, ornaments, and much more including the always popular “Granny’s Attic.” All proceeds benefit Merryspring’s environmental mission and education programs.

Municipal meetings

All meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Select Board will meet Monday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House; televised on channel 22.

A Department Head meeting will take place Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 there will be a Gateway 1 meeting at 4 p.m. and a Planning Board Meeting at 7 p.m., Planning at the Opera House; televised on channel 22.

Other town news

Remember, the town’s winter parking ban is now in effect. All on-street parking during the winter months, (Nov. 15 through April 15) between midnight and 6 a.m. is prohibited. In case of snowstorms or, if in the opinion of the Rockport Police officers, illegally parked vehicles are posing a threat to public safety, the vehicles can be towed. And, Beauchamp Point and Marge Jones Recreational Field have been closed to traffic.

It’s also time to get your dog’s license. Bring proof of current rabies vaccination. Licenses for spayed or neutered dogs are $6 (less than others at $10), but if this is the first time licensing your dog, you’ll need proof of their reproductive status!

Books, plus

The Poets’ Workshop facilitated by local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will take place today, Thursday, Dec. 5, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Jane Babbitt will lead a wonderful Holiday Ornament Workshop Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. Make a delightful ornament using old book pages (materials will be provided). Space is limited so please call or register at the desk.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. learn to love your eReader as you navigate your way through downloadable books (and audio books) available to you through the Maine Infonet Download Library. Register with Five Town CSD Adult and Community Education. FMI about the library or programs, call 236-3642 or visit All are welcome to attend any library program, free of charge.

What a treat!

Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at The Strand, The Farnsworth will present “The Hard Nut,” Mark Morris’ modern dance version of the Nutcracker, set in the 1970s, pulling more directly from the original E. T. A. Hoffman story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”

And, don’t forget, The Farnsworth is offering great incentive to “shop local.” Special member shopping days continue through Saturday, Dec. 7, where current members receive a double discount on most purchases in the Museum Store. The store has it all — from jewelry, calendars and stationery to children's toys, catalogs and art supplies. You are certain to find something special for everyone on your list. Your purchases help support the museum's mission of celebrating Maine's role in American art with funds going directly back to The Farnsworth.

Running Monday through Friday, Dec. 9 to 13, The Farnsworth will present special after school programs featuring kid-friendly holiday activities including films, crafts, music and more.

Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m., The Farnsworth will present a program called “The Art of Natural History." Lecturer Kay Etheridge will give a brief overview of the history of nature images from the Renaissance forward and will then focus on natural history artist Jonathon Fisher’s predecessors.

Beltie Holiday

Christmas by the Sea's Beltie Holiday event is a fun and interactive, free, family event at the farm Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Visit the farm to pet a real Beltie calf and have your picture taken with one (so make sure you bring your camera) and to also purchase the new Beltie book called “Star of Wonder” by local author Paige W. Pendleton and illustrator Thomas Block who will sign your books. Come and get up close and personal with one of the Belted Galloway calves, visit with the other cattle around back of the main farmhouse, decorate a wooden Beltie ornament to take home, and just plain have fun! The Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club will have bakes goods for sale during the event and free hot chocolate. Other Aldermere Farm and Beltie items will also be available including T-shirts, hats, stuffed Belties, books, mugs, prints, note cards and beef. FMI on the event or Aldermere Farm visit or

Rockport Garden Club

The club’s Holly Berry Fair will take place at the Opera House Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair features Christmas decorations, home crafts, Granny's Attic, hand painted furniture, jewelry, Cooks Corner, books, Trish Moroz gingerbread houses, homemade soups, appetizers and pastries of all kinds. A doll house and a painting will be raffled Proceeds from the fair benefit town beautification projects and scholarships for local students. Check today’s paper, too for all the other craft fairs planned for this weekend!!

Knox County Democrats

KCD will meet Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Stella Maris House, in Rockland. Meet for the usual potluck super at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. business meeting. FMI, please contact Chairman Adrian Humphreys at 763-4691 or or visit

To your health, seniors

Penobscot Bay YMCA recently expanded its exercise programs for seniors. Suzanne Dunavent White has joined the Y’s Senior Activities Dept. to expand outreach opportunities to seniors. New exercise opportunities will be developed as well as educational and social events. Monthly gatherings will take place at the Teen Center in Camden on the third Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. FMI about programs, schedules, etc., call Sandy Bodamer, YMCA Director of Senior Activities at 236-3376.

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