Important meeting

Please attend the an public information meeting about Rockport Library at the library next Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. Is the library moving or not? Why didn’t the library submit a proposal for the RES site? These questions and more will be answered at the meeting. Light refreshments provided. In the meantime, read the survey results and other documents related to this project at rockport.lib.me.us/planning.php. The library is grateful to the Davis Family Foundation for making this study possible.

It’s no secret that Rockport Library (in fact libraries in general) are near and dear to my heart. I often chafe at misconceptions about our library/ies and hope Rockport (and other users), will attend this important meeting in force. My son Eric recently sent me a link to a story about public libraries that provides one of the best, most succinct synopsis of public library relevance including the history of public libraries, the dire straits many find themselves in during a time when they are most needed, and an economic analysis of what taxpayers/communities get for the dollars spent on libraries. (Would that all our tax/investment dollars offer the incredible return libraries do). Check out the article: yesmagazine.org/happiness/the-public-library-manifesto.

Town

All meetings are held at the town office unless otherwise designated. There will be a Select Board Workshop Monday, May 23 at 7 p.m. The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet (tentatively), Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Opera House. The Library Committee will meet Thursday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m.

What a difference

Thanks to so many who turned out for last week’s Select Board meeting and to so many others who made their voices heard in regard to the previous Select Board meeting debacle. Rockport residents, officials (including the Select Board), helped reestablish correct, legal, fair “process/principle” in running town affairs.

Maine Farmland Trust

MFT’s series of short films about Maine farmers will be shown on MPBN Thursday, May 19 at 10 p.m. and again Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m. If you missed the opportunity to see these great films, now is your chance (while MPBN is still funded). As the growing season begins, albeit with a bit of delay this year, and with the increasing impetus to “buy local,” it’s great to get an opportunity to see Maine’s farming world.

MFT related

The June Midcoast Community Chorus concert benefits a local non-profit and this year’s concert (“Planting Seeds, June 18), will benefit Maine Farmland Trust. MFT is looking for volunteer ushers for the concert. Interested? Email anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Finish the village!

Friday, May 20 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. head to the library to finish the Fairy House Village begun last week. Remember, space is limited and you must preregister. To register/ information about the library or other programs, visit rockport.lib.me.us or call 236-3642. And, on Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m., come and enjoy “Afternoon at the Movies” (program is made possible through the generosity of the Cascade Foundation).

Yes, Virginia

There is a “garden Santa Claus” (and lots of elves!), and you’ll see evidence of that at Merryspring’s Annual Plant Sale this week. “Members Only” sale will be Friday, May 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. (You can become a member that night). The regular sale will be held Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. New this year, Merryspring will provide fun gardening activities and learning experiences for children who attend the plant sale with their parents or guardians.

The sale features an impressive assortment of roses (hardy in our climate), perennials, herbs, rosemaries, ferns, hardy geraniums, Heucheras, Oriental poppies and vegetable seedlings such as unusual tomatoes (including heirlooms); also, divisions from Merryspring’s own gardens as well as from other local gardens. Selections from many regional nurseries and horticulture organizations will be available: dahlia tubers from Endless Summer Flower Farm; hostas and other shade lovers from Fernwood Nursery; divisions from the Maine Daylily Society’s collection; rhododendrons and other shrubs from the Maine Rhododendron Society. In addition, used tools and equipment and books relating to horticulture will be for sale.

Bay Chamber

The 50th Anniversary Chamber Music Celebration will be held Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House. Six favorite artists from Bay Chamber’s illustrious history come together to perform a homecoming concert culminating in Brahms’ monumental piano quintet. For tickets, call 236-2823.

The flora of Aldermere Farm

Sunday, May 22 at 3 p.m., Maine Coast Heritage Trust Regional Steward and botanista Amanda Devine will lead a botanical foray at the farm. Be prepared to be outside and on foot (albeit moving rather slowly). Sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing are a must. Bring your hand lens if you have one! For more information, call 236-2739.

Maine landscapes

Claire Ackroyd, a professional garden designer, will present “Designing for Natural Landscapes in Coastal Maine” on Tuesday, May 24 at 12 noon at Merryspring Nature Center. Claire will present her philosophy on designing sustainable, environmentally sensitive landscapes in Maine, encouraging audience interaction. Bring questions! Admission free to MNC members and children; $5 for non-members. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.

Live from the Met

The encore presentation of Wagner’s Die Walkure will be held Tuesday, May 24. Remember, this one begins at 12 sharp – it’s a long one! For ticket availability, call the Strand, 594-0070.

Night skies

Sunday, May 29, about 30 minutes before sunrise you’re in for a rare treat! If you look to the east, you’ll find Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter in linear ascending order with the Moon above and slightly to the left. (Even rare would be clear skies to see it!).