I’ve taken more than a little kidding from many of you about the piece in this column last week regarding Rockport’s parking ban: “Winter shall definitely arrive (won’t it?!) and with it, that beautiful (to some!) white stuff, etc.” Only received a couple of calls/emails Friday, but some really funny ones Sunday including those who think I jinxed us! Sorry! Almost felt guilty, because we lucked out - we always get a great plow/shovel job from our regular crew but this time, in addition, two sets of Massachusetts kids arrived, each prior to the storm (Wednesday to Friday and Saturday to Sunday), so they did the woodshed path and the long path to the oil fill-up as well as some fine-tuning shoveling from both storms. Best part was, they were able to travel back to Massachusetts safely the day after the storms.
Thanks so much, too to Steve Beveridge and our great highway crew. I’m always amazed that our town roads, even the back ones like our Mt. Pleasant Street are as well done, if not better than state roads. Late Friday morning in particular, Route 90 going toward the village from Route 17 was a joke. Near the schools, the driving lane going towards the village was barely plowed, with the center turn lane serving as that driving lane. On the way home, we took one of the back Rockport roads between Route 1 and Route 17 and that was in better shape than Route 90. I think maybe I’ll call DOT next week and try to find out why the state crews who have have more resources/equipment/better roads, can't do at least as good a job on state roads as town crews do on town roads!
The Planning Board will meet Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House, televised on Ch. 22.
The Harbor Committee will meet Thursday, Jan. 10, at 5:15 p.m. and there will be a Select Board Workshop with the Conservation Commission at 7 p.m.
And, the Conservation Commission will meet Friday, Jan. 11, at 8 a.m. All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified.
Ashwood Waldorf School
The 10-week session of parent/child classes with early childhood educator Cherry Short-Lee, continues today, Thursday, Jan. 3, (and next week, Jan. 10) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Classes (children 18 months to age three and a parent), feature activities such as circle rhymes, songs, bread making, a puppet story, outdoor/indoor play and everyone shares in a delicious snack. Visit ashwoodwaldorf.org for more information.
Poets' Corner at the library
The Poets’ Corner with local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer meets today Thursday, Jan. 3, (again Jan. 17), from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The workshop is open to the public and welcomes all levels of ability and experience. Bring a selection of work to share. Poets’ Corner will meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Please contact the library for more information by calling 236-3642.
The final showing of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" will take place at The Strand today, Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. Check the website for specific schedule. Saturday, Jan. 5, “Live in High Def from the Met” at The Strand features Berlioz’s "Les Troyens," Francesca Zambello’s acclaimed 2003 production of Berlioz’s Trojan War epic. Note, start time for this one is noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.) for this lengthy opera (approximate running time 5 hours, 30 minutes). The encore performance of "Aida," Verdi's iconic opera set in ancient Egypt, will be shown Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m., doors open at 12:30 p.m. For tickets/information about these and other shows, go to rocklandstrand.com.
Saturday, Jan. 5, take all those refundables that accumulated over the holidays to the Coastal Redemption Center in Camden and designate the proceeds for Camden Hills Regional High School Band and Chorus. And! Bonus! If you would like someone to pick up the bottles on Jan. 5, contact Tom Griffith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds will benefit the band and chorus trip to Virginia in April.
Wicked Good First Wednesday Book Club
This month the long-time Rockport Library Book Club will meet the second Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. The January selection is “Maisie Dobbs” by Jacqueline Winspear. This book (written in 2003) led to a highly successful, popular, “don’t miss the next one” series which now numbers 9 with “Elegy for Eddie.” Winspear has won numerous mystery writers awards for books in the series. Great time to join this group - all are welcome anytime.
And, a special thanks to this group for adopting an entire month of interlibrary loan service in December! Those of us who heavily use the interlibrary service are extremely grateful to the generous folks who contribute either a day or week or month to cover the costs of the interlibrary loan delivery. If you’d like to help out and make a donation for the service, just ask a staff member how to do it - makes a great gift in honor of a special person or event or in memory of someone.
Music at Noon
This series presented by Bay Chamber Concerts and the Farnsworth Art Museum, in partnership with the University of Southern Maine School of Music, continues Wednesday, Jan. 9, at noon at the Farnsworth library. Perfect way to spend your lunch hour!
Brijin Thomas begins her role as Merryspring’s new Garden Manager. She brings a diverse, unique level of education and experience (B.S. in natural resources from the University of Massachusetts and a certificate of horticulture from Piedmont Community College in Charlottesville, Va.). Brijin has worked as a horticulturist at Monticello, at the University of Virginia, at Barboursville Vineyards, and at Haunted Hollow Farm in Virginia; and most recently at Sprucedale Gardens in Woodstock, Conn. She’s already relocated to Spruce Head and started at MNC this week.
Night skies, etc.
Yesterday, Jan. 2, the Earth was at its nearest point to the sun, perihelion. Nope, that doesn’t translate to an increased amount of heat we receive from the sun! Tonight, (Thursday, Jan. 3), is the peak night for the Quadrantid meteor shower. Unfortunately, the waning gibbous moon will probably wash out all but the brightest meteors. (Maybe it will snow again and the moon won’t matter anyway!). The moon is in the last quarter Saturday, Jan. 5, and Sunday, Saturn and the moon pair up on the southern horizon about an hour before sunrise. Tuesday, Jan. 8, Jupiter will be halfway up on the horizon during early evening hours and Aldebaran will be to the lower right and the Pleiades to the upper right. Enjoy our beautiful winter night skies!