‘Our Mountain Voices’ at Camden Opera House

Sep 15, 2017
Painter Gideon Bok is among the local artists participating in the multimedia “Our Mountain Voices.”

Camden — “Our Mountain Voices: Celebrating Land Conservation through Story, Song, and Art” offers a strong lineup of artists and performers, an ecologist and poet, as well as personal stories of life experience, all featuring relationships with Ragged Mountain. The gala benefit event is set for Friday, Sept. 22, beginning 6:45 p.m. on the stage of the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1.

In addition, there will be 40 works of art created by local artists on slabs of wood — truly creative pieces — available for sale by silent auction on the third floor of the Camden Opera House. These works are available for viewing starting at 5 p.m. and the auction will close at 9:30 p.m. Some works are on display at The Bagel Café and Zoot Coffee in Camden, as well as Rayr Wine Shop in Rockport; and all works can be seen online at coastalmountains.org.

Local talent in the stage show include folk master Gordon Bok, “Wax Wings” dancers Kristi Williamson, Hanna DeHoff and Shana Bloomstein, Camden Hills Regional High School’s a cappella group The Offbeats, Chris Pearse and Barbara Carver, Peter Ralston, Christian Barter, Anneli Skaar, Jonathan Laurence, Janet McMahon, Colin Page and Jon Fishman & Route 17 Ramblers.

Tickets are $25, available at Rayr, the CMLT office in Camden (101 Mt. Battie St. and online at coastalmountains.org. Auditorium doors will open 6:15 p.m., and a reception will follow the multimedia performance.

This event kicks off the public phase of a $4.2 million Round the Mountain Collaboration campaign; there will be an announcement about a matching gift and how people can support the campaign to conserve this land. The campaign has three important elements. The first is the purchase of a conservation easement on 850 acres from the Maine Water Company around Mirror Lake in Rockport. The second is to plan, build and maintain a nine-mile trail that circumnavigates Ragged Mountain, beginning and ending at the Camden Snow Bowl and adding two new trailheads. Finally, CMLT also will purchase a second conservation easement on Grassy Pond in 2019 that will allow for recreational water access with a public boat launch.

The Round the Mountain Collaboration is a community-based partnership with the Maine Water Company; Maine Coast Heritage Trust; the Towns of Camden and Rockport; and numerous local grassroots recreation groups. Over the next three years, the campaign will ultimately protect more than 1,400 acres of open space on Ragged Mountain; secure and establish more than 20 miles of trail as part of the Round the Mountain Trail system; and permanently protect the Mirror Lake and Grassy Pond watersheds and the drinking water they supply for the more than 25,000 customers living in Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Thomaston, Warren and Owls Head.

For more information, call 236-7091 or visit the website.

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

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