Season begins at Rockville Community Chapel

Jun 18, 2014
Sandy Oliver

Rockport — The summer series at the Rockville Community Chapel will kick off with the return of Sandy Oliver, a well-known pioneering food historian.  Oliver will offer a presentation Sunday, June 22, at 1:30 p.m. Oliver encourages attendees bring old family favorite recipes with them.

Oliver is a pioneering food historian who began her work in 1971 at Mystic Seaport Museum, where she developed a fireplace cooking program in an 1830s house. After moving to Maine in 1988, she wrote “Saltwater Foodways: New Englanders and Their Foods at Sea and Ashore in the 19th Century” (published in 1995).

Besides food history work, Oliver is a freelance food writer with the column “Taste Buds” appearing each weekend in the Bangor Daily News; and regular columns in Down East Magazine, Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors magazine and The Working Waterfront. Her most recent book is “Maine Home Cooking: 175 Recipes from Downeast Kitchens.” She also is the author of “The Food of Colonial and Federal America,” published in the fall of 2005; and “Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving History and Recipes from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie,” which she co-authored with Kathleen Curtin. Most recently, the recipes from “Saltwater Foodways” have been compiled in a paperback book titled “The Saltwater Foodways Companion Cookbook.”

Oliver often speaks to historical organizations and food professional groups around the country, organizes historical dinners, and conducts classes and workshops in food history and in sustainable gardening and cooking.  Oliver lives on Islesboro, where she gardens, preserves, cooks and teaches sustainable life ways.

On Sunday, July 20, faith-based trio Heavenly Sound will be featured in the chapel and, weather permitting, there will be a concert on the back lawn presented by the Belfast Bay Fiddlers Sunday, Aug. 24. Both concerts are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. On Oct. 18, the chapel’s annual fund-raising supper will be held at the Rockport Masonic Center at 5 p.m. with a menu to be determined.

The Rockville Community Chapel is located at 87 Old Rockland St., off Route 17 behind The Green Thumb. Oliver’s presentation is free to the public, but donations will be accepted at the door.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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