Rockport news

By Stevie Kumble | Dec 12, 2013

Garden Club

Following close on the heels of the successful Holly Berry Fair, the club meets today, Thursday, Dec. 12, for the “Annual Holiday Program” featuring the Camden Hills Regional Chamber Singers led by Kim Murphy. The program, free and open to the public, begins at 2 p.m. at the Opera House. In addition to the beautiful, inspirational music, the club provides a delicious array of festive holiday refreshments.

Note - Kudos to the Garden Club for yet another stellar Holly Berry Fair held Saturday. The work done to create this bit of magic for the community represents almost a year-long effort from so many in the group. Funds raised support the club’s generous scholarship program as well as its town beautification efforts (you’d be amazed to know just how many of Rockport’s lovely gardens/other plantings are maintained/supported by this volunteer group, not town staff or funds), Thanks to each of you who do all the work all year round to add to the joy and pride of living here.

Happy Holidays!

Rockport’s traditional Holiday Employee Luncheon will be Friday, Dec. 13, from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Town Office. All departments, including the library, will be closed during that time. Good time to extend thanks and gratitude to a group of people who provide incredible service to Rockport all year long, both as pretty extraordinary individuals and as collective department units. Thank each of you for your service. It is appreciated by many more than you know.

Municipal meetings

All meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Library Committee will meet Monday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m.

There will be a Department Head Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 8:30 a.m.

The Midcoast Solid Waste Corporation Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

The Cemetery Committee will meet next Thursday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m.

Holiday on the Harbor

Rockport’s Harbor Holiday celebration will take palce Saturday, Dec. 14. More than 20 entities are ready to host an old-fashioned, noncommercial celebration. Pascal Avenue, the Goose River Bridge and Central Street will be closed through the afternoon of Dec. 14 and more than 1,000 lighted luminaria will light the way for walkers between Hoboken Gardens and the library. There will be complimentary horse carriage rides along the route and cupcakes, hot chocolate and cider will be served at the harbor

Official activities begin at 1 p.m. with a special craft program for kids at the library. Also, from 1 to 6 p.m., have a picture taken with Santa and enjoy a free CMCA Art Lab at Union Hall. Salt Water Farm will host a Happy Hour from 1 to 7 p.m. and RAYR will hold a wine tasting party from 2 to 5 p.m. Bay Chamber Concerts will present Songs of Solomon with the Gospel Choir from Harlem at the Opera House at 3 p.m. The grand day concludes at 5 p.m. with the tree lighting, fireworks and caroling at Harbor Park. Hopefully you and your family will be able to take part in many of the festive activities!

Coastal Quilters

This group will celebrate its annual Holiday Potluck Brunch Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at Camden Lions Club on Lions Lane. Festivities include the delicious potluck brunch, a fun-filled Yankee Swap, an “Extraordinary” raffle with multi-winners, show and tell and the world’s shortest business meeting! Open to all (bring a brunch dish to share and a wrapped, inexpensive fiber-arts related gift (can be a gently used item) for the Yankee Swap. FMI, please call Louisa at 236-6215 or Gail at 236-3821.

Books, plus

Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., celebrate a “Holiday on the Harbor” crafts event at the library! Join the fun and learn how to create a lovely felt decoration with artist Merrilee Dahm-Larson. Fun for all ages! Sign up by calling or stopping by the library. Cookies and hot cider will be available to help take the chill off.

Tuesday, Dec. 17, the Fiber Arts Group will meet at 3:30 p.m.; the Writers’ Group will meet Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. and the Poets’ Workshop facilitated by local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will meet Thursday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m. FMI about the library or programs, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us. All are welcome to attend any library program, free of charge.

Farnsworth

A “Share the Wonder” free, family festival will be Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Farnsworth campus with free admission to the museum that day. The festival includes refreshments and prizes, hands-on activities, the Share the Wonder train display, the library wishing tree and two special presentations, the Victorian Christmas Magic Lantern Show and music by the Casco Bay Tummlers Klezmer Band.

Running Monday through Friday, Dec. 9 to13, the Farnsworth will present special after school programs featuring kid-friendly holiday activities including films, crafts, music and more.

Live from the Met

Saturday, Dec. 14, The Strand will present Verdi’s “Falstaff” with Music Director James Levine conducting. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., performance at 1 p.m. And, Tuesday, Dec. 17, The Strand will present a live-in-hi-def broadcast of “Macbeth” starring Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth and Alex Kingston as Lady Macbeth, from National Theater of London. Show times is 2 p.m. with a re-screening at 7 p.m. FMI about either event, call The Strand, 594-0070.

To your health, seniors

Penobscot Bay YMCA recently expanded its exercise programs for seniors. Suzanne Dunavent White 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. The next gathering, “Laughing All the Way,” will be Tuesday, Dec. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Teen Center in Camden. The program includes a classic cookie swap and an introduction to Yoga Laughter with Tina Lee. FMI about programs, schedules, etc., call Sandy Bodamer, YMCA Director of Senior Activities at 236-3376.

We’re off to see the wizard

The Farnsworth will present “The Wizard of Oz,” a Christmas Radio Special with commentary by Willard Carroll Roger Dell, director of education, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Farnsworth library. Free admission, no reservations and refreshments will be served.

Ashwood

Winter Spiral and Early Childhood Community Candlelight Potluck, a special event for Early Childhood families will be held next Thursday, Dec. 19, from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m. This lovely tradition celebrated in Waldorf schools around the world and here, the theme is nonsectarian and embraces all beliefs in the simple honoring of the light each of us brings to the world, particularly when we share that light with others. FMI about Ashwood or programs call 236-8021.

Shopping opportunities still abound

If you weren’t able to get to Merryspring for the Holiday Bazaar, don’t fret! There is still a wonderful collection of natural and nature-based gifts for your holiday purchases. Stop by during office hours and shop at your leisure. FMI, call 236-2239

Night skies

Saturday, Dec. 14, will be the peak night for the Geminid meteor shower. There may be as many as 120 per hour with occasional persistent trails, but unfortunately the waxing gibbous moon will wash out many of the meteors until around 4 a.m. December’s full moon, the Cold Moon, or the Moon Before Yule, will appear Tuesday, Jan. 17. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Jupiter shines just to the upper left of the nearly full moon in the east-north east around 7 p.m.

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