Rockport news

By Stevie Kumble | Jan 23, 2014

Busy day

Communities That Care are sponsoring a special panel discussion, “Our Changing Community,” today Thursday, Jan. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at John St. Methodist Church. A number of impacts relating to the demographic change in our Five Town community will be discussed.

And, tonight, too!

Tonight’s the night (Jan. 23) at 7 p.m.! That’s when the Camden Hills Regional High School Band directed by Nancy Rowe will hold its annual Winter Concert at The Strom. The concert features both the Concert and Jazz bands. And, the best news is that the concert is free, but once again you are encouraged to donate a non-perishable item(s) for local food pantries as your “price of admission.”

Also, The Collective will present a Farnsworth evening, “A Wizard of Oz Trivia Night” at 7 p.m. at the Fog Bar in Rockland.

National Pie Day

Today is National Pie Day (not sure as I write this, what kind of pie we’ll celebrate with!), but the 11th annual Pies on Parade will be Saturday, Jan. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. This wonderful, grand event sponsored by the Historic Inns of Rockland to raise funds for the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry is one not to miss. More than 40 varieties of sweet and savory pies are available at more than 20 venues including many Rockland inns and restaurants. Continuous free trolley service will be available between venues and also this year there’s a wonderful silent auction at Trackside Station from 4 to 6 p.m. FMI, visit HistoricInnsof Rockland or call 596-6611.

Municipal meetings

All meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public.

The Ordinance Review Committee will meet Thursday, Jan 23, at 8 a.m. (and will continue to meet every Thursday morning at 8 a.m., probably through March 13).

The Investment Committee will meet Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m.

The 'Tm & Mac Show'

Friday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. Rockport Library presents, “The Success of Excess: 1870s to 1900 - A History of the Gilded Age in 100 Minutes.” During the Gilded Age, the so-called “one percent” dominated the economy to a degree never seen before. Or since ... up until our own time. The community program is a lead-in to the 2014 Camden Conference, ”The Global Politics of Food and Water” which will highlight the coming shortages of food, water and other resources due to an increasingly well-to-do modern world living lives of increasing excess which all began with the Gilded Age.

Books, plus

Booklovers’ Cafe will be Saturday, Jan. 25, with coffee, refreshments and conversation beginning at 9:30 a.m., “official” book discussion at 10. Join this eclectic group with an even more eclectic array of books/audios (sometimes even films), discussed. FMI about the library, this or any programs, call 236-3642 or visit


“Beautiful Mornings,” Parent-Child Classes, designed for children 18 to 36 months old and a parent/caregiver, begin Monday, Jan. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. (Two six-week sessions will be offered, Jan. 27-March 10, and April 7-May 19). Enjoy these beautiful mornings in the company of a dynamic group of parents, led by veteran early-childhood educator Cherry Short-Lee. Cost for each session is $150, and a discount is applied when you sign up for both sessions in advance.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, there will be an “Introduction to First Grade in a Waldorf School” at the school from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and the first session of “Winter Kindercrafts will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. FMI, or 236-8021.

Bay Chamber Music School

Join this music school community as a new or returning student for the spring semester which begins Monday, Jan. 27, (runs through June 2). The school offers private instruction in all string instruments, piano, winds, brass, percussion, voice, guitar and two new offerings - Suzuki Violin and Ukulele! Group classes. Bay Chamber welcomes students of all ages/abilities with tuition assistance available to those who qualify. FMI visit or call Joan Kulle at 236-2823.

Winter Talks series returns!

Merryspring’s Winter Talks series begins Tuesday, Jan. 28, at noon with a delightful talk, “Wildlife Migration on Maine’s Coastal Islands” with Beth Goettel of the Coastal Island National Wildlife Refuge. One topic Goettel will address is the effect of turbine installation for offshore wind energy projects. FMI about MNC or the program, call 236-2239.

The Strand

Thursday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m., The Strand presents “Coriolanus,” Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, live from the New Theatre in London.

FMI/tickets, go to or call 594-0070.

It’s official!

The Rockport Select Board recently voted unanimously in favor of accepting the town manager’s appointment of Michael Young as Rockport’s new head of the public works department. Mike has been working with outgoing PWD Director Steve Beveridge for awhile and Steve will continue to serve the department as Mike’s assistant. What a team!

And, Rebecca Clapp was recently named Head of School at Riley. One of the first things Rebecca did was to assure folks that Riley School is not for sale! She also wants folks to know the school will continue to move forward with integrity and love at the core of the school, the legacy of founder Glenna Wade Plaisted.

Night skies

The Moon will be in its last quarter Friday, Jan. 24. Saturday, Jan. 25, if you look to the immediate upper left of the moon about an hour before sunrise, you should be able to spot Saturn.


Despite the fairly uninspiring ending, it was an amazing year, an amazing season for the Patriots despite all the adversities the team and the organization faced. I realize in the scheme of things that football is only a game, but for many of us it is an important part of our lives.

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