We are so blessed in this area to have the awesome school music programs we have – the kids who participate and work so hard, the dedicated teachers who work with them and the communities who support the programs. In early April the Camden Hills bands and choirs traveled to Virginia for various national festivals and they came home with many accolades and trophies. Thanks to all of you for your hard work and kudos for the praise and awards!

Municipal meetings

Meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified. The Cemetery Committee will meet Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m. The Select Board will meet Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House (televised on channel 22). The library will be closed Wednesday, May 15, for staff training in Bangor. Next Friday, May 17, is a teacher workshop day, no school for SAD 28 or CSD students.

Off to school!

If your little one(s) will be 5 years old on or before Oct. 15, kindergarten is a possibility. If somehow you missed getting registration materials, contact SAD 28 main office at 236-7807 to fill out the papers, and more important, to schedule a visit to the kindergarten program to be held today, Thursday, May 9, or tomorrow, May 10, to complete the registration process.


For me, waiting for Merryspring’s annual plant sale is harder than waiting for Christmas! But, it’s finally time! Tomorrow, Friday, May 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. is Member Sale Day (you can join at the sale), and Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. everyone is invited to shop. As promised, the selection this year offers outstanding, high quality items covering every type/aspect of Midcoast gardening. There is literally something for gardeners of all ages, beginner to connoisseur, (with lots of helpful “how tos!), and a wide range of prices. Find the glorious details at

Play ball!

Registration ($50 fee) for Babe Ruth baseball for youngsters ages 13 to 15 will be available only until Friday, May 10. Call coach Chuck Crans at 236-0044.

Public supper

There will be a public supper Saturday, May 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Rockport Masonic Center at Simontons Corner. The menu features a boiled ham dinner with all the trimmings and “Dessert Divas” desserts! Cost is $7/adults, $5/children 5 to 14 and children younger than 5 years old are free.

Bay Chamber Concerts

The Hot Club of San Francisco will present two performances this weekend. The group will provide live gypsy swing for Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films on Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at The Strand. Sunday, they’ll provide the music for a Mother’s Day Swing Dance at Union Hall in Rockport – lessons from 3 to 3:30 p.m. and then dancing from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tea, cake and Cellardoor dessert wine are included in the ticket price for Union Hall.

Farnsworth activities

Celebrate Mothers’ Day on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Farnsworth’s free family activity day.

Also on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., the Farnsworth’s “Every Picture Tells a Story” lecture series continues. This week features “Appropriation & Invention in 20th Century Picture Book Art” with lecturer Nick Clark, the founding director of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.


Tuesday, May 14, at noon, Annie Kassler will discuss Bat Echolocation at MNC. Free admission for MNC members and children with a nominal fee of $5 for nonmembers. Call 236-2239 for more information. And, good news, Merryspring's seasonal newsletter “The Hawthorn, Spring 2013” is available online. To view, go to (click the square icon on the bottom right of the page for the full-screen version), or as a printable PDF which you can download at 2013 Spring Newsletter.

Ashwood Waldorf School

Ashwood will present “Holistic Treatment of Common Childhood Ailments: An Evening for Parents" with physician Daniel Einstein, M.D., on Tuesday, May 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A question/answer session will follow his talk. Free and open to the public, the talk will take place at the school. For more information call 236-8021 or visit


Knox County Democrats will meet Tuesday, May 14, at the Stella Maris House in Rockland (accessible to the handicapped and on-site parking). Potluck supper and open discussion at 6 p.m. followed by the business meeting with committee reports and the latest on the progress of reapportionment of Maine legislative districts at 7 p.m. FMI contact Chairman Adrian Humphreys at 763-4691 or visit

Books plus

Remember, Wednesday, May 15, the library will be closed to allow staff to attend library training in Bangor. The Poetry Workshop will be Thursday, May 16, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer. The workshop is open to the public and welcomes all levels of ability and experience. Bring samples of written work.

Strut your stuff

PAWS “Stray Cat Strut is coming, Next Friday, May 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Samoset. Go to for more information.

West Rockport Cemetery Association

Membership dues of $10 are due, payable to: West Rockport Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 2011, Hope, ME 04847-2011.

Night skies

The new moon appears Friday, May 10, and Venus will be immediately to the moon’s upper right if you look to the northwest shortly after sunset. Sunday, May 12, Jupiter will appear to the moon’s lower right with Betelgeuse to Jupiter’s left.

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all those women (actually people), who fill that role, no matter in what capacity.