Library board wants advice
On Monday, Oct. 15, the Gibbs Library board will host a gathering to determine the future direction of the Giant Garage Sale. For many years, the annual garage and plant sale has been their major fundraiser. The board hopes to boost volunteer and community participation while the project is still successful. Everybody who has helped in the past or plans to be involved in coming years is urged to come to this meeting. The board wants to brainstorm about how the library can improve the giant garage sale process and expand the network of volunteers who make it possible. The meeting is Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the library.
Fall colors, buttoning up
We wonder where the time goes and how it is that the fall colors have passed peak in our yard already. Many of the leaves fell without bothering to be colorful first and the raking will never end it seems. The perennial lily stalks (that are supposed to be left in the ground while the bulbs draw nourishment until they die back) are still green. What are they waiting for? Other things have been dead for a couple weeks. The timing of things just seems off. I wondered out loud to Sam Chapman whether some phenomenon had bumped the world off course somehow. He told me that it could be, of course, but probably, if that happened, some scientist somewhere would have picked up on it. Correct, of course. Still, seems strange.
Five Maine poets to present works
Local artist and printmaker Cynthia White has organized a poetry reading with five Maine poets — Ellen Richards, Ruth Bookey, Ted Bookey, Robin Merrill, and George Van Deventer. The event will be held at the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. White, a founder of the Downtown Gallery and is the illustrator of Ellen Richards’ volume of poems titled: "Not in a Book."
Richards, a retired professor who now teaches adult education in Bangor, is a poet, non-fiction writer, and a founder of the Seven Sisters writing group. Ruth Bookey fled Nazi Germany as a child with her family. She studied art at University of Maine in Orono and Rhode Island School of Design. She teaches art at UMaine Augusta’s Senior College and designs book covers. She added poetry to her pursuits recently. Ted Bookey has published five books of poetry including Mixty Motions, a translation from the German of poems by Erich Kastner, in collaboration with his wife Ruth. His recent collection called "A W/Hole In One" was published in 2010. The Bookeys live in Readfield. Robin Merrill is a freelance writer and editor from Madison. She has published two poetry chapbooks and written four children’s books for Scholastic. Three of her poems have been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. George Van Deventer, a retired Washington dairy farmer and bed-and-breakfast host, has been writing poems for a half-century. He is founder of the Live Poets Society and former editor of "Off the Coast," Maine’s International Poetry Journal. George lives in Bristol.
This event promises to be great enrichment and entertainment. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Don’t forget — Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.
Historical society seeks members
Washington Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at Gibbs Library. This meeting will be a brief business meeting and planning session for next month’s visit from Maine author, John Ford. Everyone is welcome to attend meetings whether members or not. Membership is minimal, though, $5 – which helps defray cost of refreshments, occasional mailings, announcements and other expenses. WHS would love to see you!
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