Thursday, Dec. 1

“Much Ado About Nothing” at The Strand Theatre

In this captured-live broadcast from London’s National Theatre at 2 and 7 p.m., Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity, set at a hotel on the Italian Riveria. Tickets: $15/general admission, $13/Strand members. FMI: Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland; (207) 594-0070; RocklandStrand.com.

“Beyond Supply Chains – America’s Changing Economic and Trade Policy”

Rockland Public Library at 6:30 p.m. The Camden Conference and the library present Bill Hall in a free talk open to all. It will also be available on Zoom. Email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov to receive the Zoom link. Hall ponders global supply chains and how they were affected by the pandemic. He asks whether the Biden administration’s new approach to international trade – and the actions being taken or considered by other countries – will have profound effects on globalization and whether those developments would be good or bad for U.S. prosperity. For information on the 36th annual Camden Conference – Global Trade and Politics: Managing Turbulence – February 17-19, visit camdenconference.org.

Friday, Dec. 2

“Walkin’ the Line” at Watts Hall

Watts Hall Community Arts is excited to present two performances of “Walkin’ the Line – A Tribute to Johnny Cash,” at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, in the upstairs auditorium of Watts Hall, 174 Main St., Thomaston. The live show stars Scott Moreau as the Man in Black, backed by a band of local musicians.

“Walkin’ the Line” runs two hours and includes an intermission. The nearby Block Saloon will provide a cash bar, and concessions will be available by donation. Seating is general admission; doors open at 6:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $35 in advance through noon on Dec. 2 for the Dec. 2 show and noon on Dec. 3 for the Dec. 3 show via EventBrite, linked at wattshallthomaston.com. If available, tickets at the door will be $40.

Holiday preview party at the Knox Mansion

Be the first to view the beautifully decorated unique and grand room of Knox Mansion. Mingle and meet old friends and new people around tables laden with savories and sweets. Complement food choices with cocktails as you enjoy the music of the Bill Barnes Trio in the loveliest house museum in the Midcoast. You won’t be disappointed. Join us at Montpelier. Come for the history, stay for the fun. Dec. 2, 6 p.m. Tickets $75 at the door. Members $60. 30 High St., Thomaston. Tickets available at knoxmuseum.org/events.

Tom DiMenna Sings the Songs of Gordon Lightfoot

At Waldo Theatre, in Waldoboro, at 7 p.m. The Maine singer-songwriter delivers a show packed with nostalgia, storytelling and music. Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance and $20 day of the show. Assistive listening devices are available at the box office. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions (including beer and wine) will be available for purchase. For more information visit thewaldotheatre.org.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Waffles with Santa in Washington

Mt. Olivet Lodge will hold a public “Waffles with Santa” event Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8-10 a.m. Served will be waffles, bacon, juice and coffee. Children can take a free photo with Santa. Admission for adults is $8, children under 8 years old $4. Located 1/4 mile north of Washington Village on Rt. 220.

29th Annual Winterberry Fair returns to Union 

The People’s United Methodist Church in Union will be hosting its popular Winterberry Fair again this year on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Fair will be offering a variety of items for sale. Wreaths and bunches of winterberries will be ready for your holiday decorating, baked goods and crafted goods will be for sale, and books, DVDs and puzzles will be available as well. Lois’ Cafe will offer lunch.

Everyone attending the Fair will receive a free ticket to enter the Door Prize Drawing for a chance to win one of four gift cards from local merchants.

Please note that we are prepared to accept cash and checks for items, but we do not accept credit cards.

The Church is located at 21 Depot St.

South Thomaston Christmas Bazaar

A Christmas bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the People’s United Methodist Church, 13 Chapel St., in South Thomaston. Products include handmade ornaments and crafts, bake sale with preserves, Christmas white elephant tables, wreaths, as well as kids’ activities. Come talk to Santa and take your own pictures. All proceeds will be used to support church and community programs.

Pop up holiday shop at Steel House

Steel House South, at 639 Main St. in Rockland, will offer its seventh annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop Dec. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be an opening reception on Dec. 2, from 5-7 p.m. Please join us for this festive evening of local art, and local refreshments. This Holiday Pop-Up and opening reception is free and open to the public.

This year’s Pop-Up Shop will offer a curated selection of work from multiple artists and makers working in Midcoast Maine. Objects for sale will range from ceramics, felted wearables, metal tableware, sculpture and jewelry to upcycled art. Seven artists will be featured: Autumn Cipala, Elysa Rose-Coster, Emily Shaffer Studio, Erica Moody, Kim Bernard, Marcie Jan Bronstein and Susie Cooke.

Holiday Open House at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

9 Water Street, Rockland, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring home a mini seaweed press with seaweed to make a holiday card. Join an Arctic tern for a story about its long journey. Visit the art gallery filled with art of Heather Burgess and the late John Bisignano.

Weekend Holiday Open Houses at Museum of Maritime Pets

75 Mechanic Street in Rockland, featuring exhibits, a volunteer-opportunities showcase, and gift shopping for people and pets, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 24. More info: 390-5909, museumofmaritimepets.org.

Thomaston downtown Christmas festival

Thomaston Main Street is sponsoring the town’s first annual Downtown Christmas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2-4 p.m. A host of family-friendly events are planned to get attendees into the holiday spirit. The day’s events will primarily be centered in the downtown area of Main Street. A number of businesses in town are extending their hours as a part of the festivities.

The Downtown Christmas Festival coincides with a number of other events in town, including the first day of the Knox Museum’s Holiday Open House at Montpelier and the second night of Watts Hall Community Arts’ presentation of “Walkin’ the Line – A Tribute to Johnny Cash.”

More information and a detailed breakdown of events can be found on Thomaston Main Street’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ThomastonMainStreet.

ArtLab for All Ages: Creative Reuse

Join artist Jen Peppe from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), 21 Winter St., Rockland, to reuse and repurpose commonly discarded items in an art project. What might such objects be? Why are they thrown away and where do they go? Give these discarded items a new and refreshing design! Inspired by artist Ian Trask’s “Mind Loops” exhibition, participants play with these questions to explore possible answers. FMI: cmcanow.org.

Oceanside High School holiday craft fair

On Saturday, Dec. 3, Oceanside High School in Rockland will hold a holiday craft fair to raise money for Project Graduation. There will be 60 vendors present.

Volunteers are needed for the fair, working in categories of bake sale, hot lunches, other needs, and general in-person volunteer work. To volunteer, fill out the Google Doc form posted by Oceanside, or email lcasey@rsu13.org.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Midcoast Community Band holiday concerts

The Midcoast Community Band, led by Jo Anne Parker, will celebrate the holidays with two Holiday Band Concerts in December. On Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m., the band will play at the St. George Odd Fellows Hall, 7 Elementary School Road. On Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4:30 p.m., the concert will be at the Thomaston Baptist Church, 212 Main St.

The Midcoast Community Band has been performing in the Midcoast area for more than 30 years with Jo Anne Parker as leader/conductor. The holiday concerts feature traditional Christmas arrangements, seasonal band music and the ever-popular Carol Sing-Along, accompanied by the full band. The concert is suitable for all ages.

The concerts are free of charge. Donations are welcome, especially for the band’s flatbed repair fund. Email midcoastcommunityband@gmail.com for more information.

Toys for Tots cornhole tournament

Toys for Tots Knox County will be holding a cornhole tournament on Sunday, December 4th at 1 p.m. at the Flanagan Community Center, 61 Limerock St. in Rockland. Flanagan Community and KDK Printing and Embroidery will hold the fundraiser to raise money for the local Toys for Tots Program. There will also be a bake sale that day as well as tickets for a bike raffle.

Registration deadline is 12:30 p.m. the day of the event. Registration fees are $25 per person/$50 per team. If you bring a new unwrapped toy you will save $5 per person/$10 per team. Register in advance by contacting Jody Dinsmore, Knox County Toys for Tots Coordinator at 207-542-2483, rockland.me@toysfortots.org or the Flanagan Community Center, 207-594-0321 or dprescott@rocklandmaine.gov.

Cornhole boards and bags are needed for the day as well as baked goods to sell.

If you would like to help with either of those or volunteer that day please contact Jody Dinsmore, Knox County Toys for Tots Coordinator at 207-542-2483, rockland.me@toysfortots.org.

“Family Tree” art reception at Gibbs Library

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Gibbs Library will host artist Cynthia McGuirl for a talk about her art show “Family Tree,” from 2-4 p.m. McGuirl will speak at 2:30 p.m. The paintings in “Family Tree” focus on McGuirl’s life in Maine and her family’s background in the Armenian Genocide. The exhibit opened in early November and will be open until Dec. 31.

Gibbs Library is located at 40 Union Road in Washington.

Artist’s Reception and Coffee for Sophie Cangelosi

Good Tern Café, 750 Main St., Rockland, at 10 a.m. She is the café’s current featured artist.

Free Holiday Fun at Owls Head Transportation Museum

Staff and volunteers have planned a day full of fun with demonstrations, programs, and crafts. Children can explore the museum using a passport to collect a stamp at each station and receive a prize. Santa will be on-site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults in the family are encouraged to don their favorite “ugly sweater.” Festivities end at 1 p.m., but the museum will remain open until 4 p.m.

Midcoast Nursing Circle Monthly Meeting

Good Tern Cafe, 2 to 3 p.m., 750 Main St. in Rockland. The group welcomes expectant and nursing families of all stripes with their nurslings of all ages, bottle- and/or breastfed. Light refreshments will be provided. The gathering is facilitated by Lulu Churchill (CLC) with occasional input from other experts. For more information, contact Heather Hynd, 594-8822.

Monday, Dec. 5

Sail, Power, and Steam Museum hosts final “Captains’ Quarters” event of the year

The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum will host their final “Captains’ Quarters” event of the year at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5. This online talk will begin with an introduction by Captain Jim Sharp, museum co-founder, as he recounts his work with the schooner Bowdoin and will feature clips from the film “The Far North: A Donald MacMillan Lecture Film,” which includes historic motion picture footage from Labrador and Greenland with MacMillan’s own live narration. Registration is required and available on the museum’s website: sailpowersteammuseum.org on the “Music and Calendar” tab. Attendance is free.

The Wiley Family Presents “Handel’s Halleluyah”

At the Dec. meeting of Warren Historical Society, at 7 p.m. at the Old Brick Community Center, 44 School St. The program will feature multiple musicians singing and playing a variety of instruments, plus some audience sing-along time to well-known Christmas carols and songs. All are welcome.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Watts Hall Community Players holding audition for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Based on the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang with charm, wit and heart.

While performances won’t be until the last weekend in February and the first in March, the Players are holding auditions Dec. 6 and 7 to allow cast members plenty of time to prepare their parts before rehearsals begin in late January.

This production calls for an adult cast of 3-4 men and 3-4 women in their late teens to late thirties or thereabouts. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a song, preferably from the show, and read from small sections of the script.

Auditions will be held Dec. 6 & 7 starting at 6:30 pm at St. John Episcopal Church, 200 Main St., Thomaston. If you plan on auditioning one of these evenings, if you are interested but unable to attend auditions at either of these times, or if you would like further information, please contact darylhahn@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Armchair adventure to Portugal at the Vose Library

Vose Library’s patrons and friends are invited to this Portugal Armchair Adventure Wednesday Program on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, at 7 p.m. at Vose Library or via Zoom. You can attend in person or Zoom is available. Call (207-785-4733), email (librarian@voselibrary.org) or stop by Vose Library for more information or to receive a Zoom registration link.

Come along on a three-month road trip through Portugal’s countryside with Tim and Laurie Warden. Enjoy the palacios in Sintra near Lisbon, then travel south to the Algarve along the southern coast with its golden rocky cliffs and secluded beaches. Traveling north, visit Obidos, a lovely ancient walled town, see the monasteries at Bathala, Alcobaca and Tomar. Other highlights include the Douro River valley with acres of grapevines, the high country of the Serra de Estrela where you can still see shepherds at work. Visit the eastern border with castles dotting the landscape.

Warren special town meeting

There will be a special town meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:15 p.m. at the Warren Municipal Complex to see if the Town will authorize the Treasurer to waive foreclosure of the tax lien for the year 2021 on the Steamship Navigation Company property depicted on Tax Map R11, Lot 38 and located on the Camden Road in Warren, under Title 36, Section 944, by recording a Waiver of Foreclosure in the Knox County Registry of Deeds.

FMI: go to warrenmaine.org or call 273-2421.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Film on artist Edward Hopper

The Strand Theatre presents “Hopper: An American Love Story” at 2 and 7 p.m. Edward Hopper’s art is popular, praised and mysterious. Combined with expert interviews, diaries, and a startling visual reflection of American life, this film brings to life America’s arguably most influential artist. Run time: 90 min. Tickets: $15/General Admission, $12/Strand Members. FMI: Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland; (207) 594-0070; RocklandStrand.com.

Thomaston Public Library Poets’ Corner launches

Thomaston Public Library will be hosting a Poets’ Corner on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the Library Community Conference Room, from 5-6:30 p.m. Join to share your own poetry or listen to fellow original poets. All experience levels are welcome!

For more information, please contact the library at library@thomastonmaine.gov or (207) 354-2453.

Georges River Land Trust’s Bonfire Party

The Georges River Land Trust invites everyone to join and toast its hard-working volunteer corps around a roaring bonfire at the Gibson Preserve, 637 Woodman’s Mill Road in Searsmont, on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 3-5 p.m. (Rain/snow date is Friday, Dec. 9.)

Anyone interested in learning more about the Georges River Land Trust or motivated to help care for 70 miles of trails, 18 preserves or monitor 51 easements is encouraged to attend and meet like-minded volunteers.

Light snacks and beverages will be served. For more information, contact Marie McNeely at 207-594-5166.

Author talk with Amy Truesdell at the Thomaston Public Library

On Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomaston Public Library, local author Amy Truesdell will discuss her new book, “From Binghamton to the Battlefield,” which draws the reader alongside Rollin B. Truesdell, a prolific letter-writer and early enlistee in the Union Army, as he transitions from eager recruit to war-weary, battle-tested veteran during the Civil War.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author. For more information, please contact the Library at library@thomastonmaine.gov or (207) 354-2453.

Baxter State Park ranger reveals secrets of the job at Rockland Public Library

The Rockland Public Library presents Andrew Vietze, Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to all. In this program, Andrew Vietze will share some of his adventures and discuss life as a park ranger in the North Woods, documented in his book “This Wild Land.”

This event will take place in the Community Room and livestreamed via Zoom. The Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. For more information or for Zoom links, please email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on Dec. 8.

Eat, Sip, Shop in Rockland

Rockland is hosting its second annual Eat, Sip, Shop Event on the evening of Dec. 8 from 4-8 p.m. Sixteen downtown merchants and restaurants that will be open and offering special promotions, discounts, giveaways and raffles. Make a fun night out and shop at these downtown merchants, and in between, stop in for a craft cocktail or a small bite. Each participating business will have their own special promotions.

Ongoing

Rockland Public Library puzzle swap

The Rockland Public Library will hold a puzzle swap in the Community Room on Monday, Dec. 12, from 4-6 p.m.

Participants are asked to bring any 250+ piece gently used adult puzzle (in the original box, in good condition, and with all the pieces) to the Library between Thursday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 10. For each puzzle donated, they will receive a ticket to pick out a “new-to-you” puzzle (that someone else has brought in) at the swap. Up to five puzzles can be traded for tickets. Using their tickets, they can pick up a new puzzle on Dec. 12.

This community swap is free and open to all who have tickets. No puzzle donations will be accepted on the day of the event.

Warren Free Public Library basket raffle

The Warren Free Public Library is raffling off 28 baskets for 50 cents a ticket, now until Dec. 16.