The Rockland District Nursing Association and Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will present “M*A*S*H,” the original 1970 movie, Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $10 at the door, which opens at 6:15 p.m.

The war comedy stars Donald Sutherland as Hawkeye Pierce, Elliott Gould as Trapper John McIntyre and Sally Kellerman as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” O'Houlihan. The screenplay was based on the book by Richard Hooker, pseudonym for Dr. Richard Hornberger of Round Pond, who drew from his own wartime experiences (Hawkeye is from “Crabapple Cove, Maine”). In it, the personnel of the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit cope with the horrors and stress of the Korean War with unconventional dry wit and amusingly creative means. This hit black comedy spun off the popular, and long-running, TV series.

Due to generous support of the First Advisors, all proceeds will go to RDNA, helping to provide non-acute, in-home nursing and community health services. RDNA annually sees close to 300 residents, predominantly seniors, living independently in Rockland, Thomaston, South Thomaston, Owls Head, St. George, Cushing, Union and Warren. Only through the support of this community has RDNA continuously, since 1929, been able to focus on serving residents who otherwise would not have access to care.

Prior to the screening, there will be an opportunity to have a photo taken with a vintage WWII Army Jeep in front of the theater.  A “moving museum” displayed courtesy of Bill Komulaine, this 1943 model, complete with original insignia and gear, saw action in Europe during World War II and is the same style used in Korea during the time of “M*A*S*H.” As the Jeep is more than 70 years old, it will only be available for viewing from 3 to 7 p.m. weather permitting.

Also, 50/50 raffle tickets will be sold the night of the event. The winner will be drawn before the movie begins and must be in attendance. For more information, visit or call the Strand at 594-0070; or RDNA at 594-4522. The Rockland District Nursing Association is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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