Horses for Merryspring

Bet that got your attention! Sorry – not the live four-legged kind, but rather the wooden kind needed for the upcoming plant sale. If you have a " horse" or two that you would like to donate or lend, call 236-2239 or leave it on the front porch of the Ross Center. Also, MNC is still looking for volunteers, plants, garden-related Items for the sale which will be held next Friday (members) and Saturday, May 10 and 11. This one promises to be a real winner with literally something for every gardener from beginner to connoisseur! Find the glorious details at merryspring.org. (And shop early!).

Municipal meetings

Meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified.

The Conservation Commission will meet Friday, May 3 at 8 a.m.

The Opera House Committee will meet Tuesday, May 7, at 8 a.m. There will also be a Select Board Executive Session at 7 p.m.

The Planning Board will meet Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House, televised Ch. 22.

June election

Nomination papers were returned for all positions to be filled at June election. Town clerk Linda Greenlaw certified all the returned papers for the positions: one Select Board, one SAD 28/CSD Board, two Library Committee and three Budget Committee.

Whoops!

Somehow I missed that the Rockport Garden club will meet today, Thursday, May 2, at the Opera House. The business meeting will be at 1 p.m. followed by the program, free and open to the public, at 2:30 p.m. This month’s program: “Hidden Treasures along the River: Georges River Land Trust” features Gail Presley, GRLT Executive Director. For more information, call Louise Cadwegan, 594-4449.

Books plus

The Poets‘ Corner with local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will meet today, Thursday, May 2. from 4 to 5:30 p.m., open to the public; all levels of ability and experience welcome. Bring samples of written work.

Celebrate!

The next gallery show at Maine Farmland Trust features one of my all time favorite Maine people and artists, Dahlov Ipcar. “Celebrating the Farm” will feature illustrations and lithographs from Ipcar’s children’s books, some of my very favorite books. The opening reception will be Friday, May 3, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the gallery in Belfast. The show will run from May 3 to June 4. You can see/purchase some of Ipcar’s work/books (sales benefit MFT), at mainefarmlandtrust.org/store.

Farnsworth activities

The Farnsworth’s First Friday Film will be shown May 3 at 8 p.m. at The Strand Theatre.

Also Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders enjoy free admission at the Farnsworth on the first full weekend of every month, Just show either card this weekend, May 4 or 5 and enjoy free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

West Rockport Cemetery Association

The WRCA annual meeting will be Saturday, May 4, at 8 a.m. at West Rockport Fire Station. Membership dues of $10 are payable to West Rockport Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 2011, Hope, ME 04847-2011.

Ashwood

The school’s May Faire & Open House will be held Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Celebrate spring on campus with live music, Maypole and Morris dancing, food, games, crafts, and more! FMI, call 236-8021 or visit ashwoodwaldorf.org.

Children’s books – my passion!

The Farnsworth will present a four-part lecture series, “Every Picture Tells a Story,” beginning Saturday, May 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the Farnsworth. The series traces the illustrative and literary aspects of 20th/21st century book production, particularly children’s picture books. the first lecture, “Minders of Make Believe; or Children’s Book History in Ten Giant Steps from the New England Primer to Harry Potter.”

Full Circle America

Saturday, May 4, from 1 to 4 p.m., you can learn about this “Maine Approach” to support elders living in the comfort of their own homes and in living their lives to the fullest using technology, social networking, life management, and expansive volunteering. The program will be held, free of charge, at the Unitarian Universalist church in Rockland.

Cinco de “Meow”

This 2nd annual fundraiser for P.A.W.S. will be Saturday, May 4. All you have to do is head out to one of the many participating Midcoast restaurants (14 to date!), who have pledged a portion of their sales that day. Go to pawsadoption.org for a full list. And, thanks to all the restaurants participating!

Merryspring

Tuesday, May 7, at noon, John Piotti of the Maine Farmland Trust will lead a presentation on preserving farmland for Maine’s future. John will address the state of farming in Maine and how preservation programs can help Maine become a national leader in sustainability with a reinvigorated agricultural economy. Free admission for MNC members and children with a nominal fee of $5 for nonmembers. Call 236-2239 for more information.

Encore!

Tuesday, May 7, at 1 p.m. at The Strand, the Met Opera “Live in High Def” encore performance features a superb performance of Handel's Baroque Classic “Guilio Cesare."

Community workdays

Wonderful volunteer opportunities are available at the beautiful Erickson Fields Preserve garden sites on Wednesday, May 8, and Saturday, May 18, both days from 2:30 to 5 p.m. (There will be two of these workdays/month). The gardens produce food for the various food banks/pantries, the three Camden-Rockport schools and Quarry Hill. For more information and/or to sign-up to volunteer, call 236-2739 or visit aldermere.org or like Erickson Fields Preserve on Facebook.

Nature notes & night skies

Yesterday was “May Day,” that official cross-quarter day (Beltane), that marks the midpoint between the spring equinox and summer solstice. I love the day because of the old tradition carried on by so many of creating simple, homemade, often cone-shaped, May baskets (Gramma often used squares of wallpaper samples), gathering whatever spring flowers you can find, filling the baskets with the flowers and then surreptitiously placing the baskets at someone’s door, knocking on the door and trying to get away before being spotted! I got back in the habit this year and it provided as much pleasure for me (if not more!), than for the recipient!

Tonight, May 2, the moon will be in the last quarter. Monday, May 6, is the peak night for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. These bright, swift (often leaving tails), meteors occur at the rate of 30 to 50 per hour. You’ll have to get up early, though — the best time to see the meteors is between 3 a.m. and dawn. And, the 4 a.m. moonrise will interfere, too.