Rockport News

By Stevie Kumble | Mar 06, 2014

Spring Ahead!

Not only does week 10 of 2014 find daylight increasing by what seems leaps and bounds (over 11 hours now), Sunday, March 9, marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. “Spring” those clocks forward by one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

Municipal meetings

All meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Ordinance Review Committee will meet today, Thursday, March 6, at 8 a.m.

The Conservation Commission will meet Monday, March 10, at 7:15 p.m. at the Opera House.

Municipal Budget Meetings

The Select Board and the Budget Committee will hold budget review meetings Tuesday, March 11, and Wednesday, March 12, (and Thursday, March 13, if necessary), at 5:45 p.m. at the Opera House, televised on channel 22.


There will be no school for Ashwood students on Friday, March 7. Teacher/parent conferences will take place Thursday, March 6, from 1:30 to 5:50 p.m. and again Friday, March 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Books Plus

Poets‘ Corner with local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will be today, March 6, at 4 p.m. Open to the public, all levels of ability and experience welcome. Bring samples of written work.

Saturday, March 8, at 3 p.m. enjoy “Ebooks-An Introduction.” RPL staff will help you learn to use your eReader and show you how to navigate through the world of downloadable books in the Maine Infonet Download Library.

FMI about the library or programs, call 236-3642 or visit

Maine Restaurant Week

This special week continues through Monday, March 10. To view local participating restaurants, visit Dine from specially priced three-course Maine Restaurant Week menus with prices ranging from $25 to $55. Lunches are $15. Sort the list, click FIND and click restaurant names to see their menus and other important details. Local restaurants participating include: Rockport's Shepherds Pie; Camden establishments 40 Paper, Cappys Chowder House & Harbor View, Francine Bistro, Hartstone Inn, Natalies at Camden Harbour Inn and The Waterfront restaurant; as well as  3 Crow Restaurant and Bar in Rockland.

Coastal Quilters

This group will meet Saturday, March 8, gathering at 9:30 a.m. for socializing and coffee, program at 10 a.m. at the Camden Lions’ Club on Lions’ Lane in Camden. This month’s extraordinary program features American (Maine) artist Elizabeth Busch, renowned national and international sculptor, painter and quilt maker. Her eclectic presentation, “Making a Living as an Artist," will include information about all aspects of her art with samples of her quilts. The program will be followed by a refreshment break, Show & Tell, and a short business meeting. All meetings/programs are free and open to all. FMI about the program or CQ, call Gail at 236-3821 or Louisa at 236-6215.

Contra Dance Benefit

A contra dance and dinner will take place Saturday, March 8, at the Opera House to raise funds to benefit a local family currently dealing with childhood cancer. The evening opens at 6 p.m. with Cafe Miranda generously providing a dinner bar. There’s also an introductory contra workshop with Perpetual e-Motion and caller Will Mentor. The dance itself will run from 7 to 10 p.m. The raffle prizes include a $1,200 dream weekend prize package among numerous other wonderful items. Ticket sales are limited and advance purchase is highly recommended. FMI and ticket information, go to

Camden Rockport Historical Society

Speaking of quilts! Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m., Jan Kelsey (a Coastal Quilter member), will speak at the CRHS. Jan will discuss “Quilts & Quilting in America,” illustrating her talk with quilts from the Historical society’s collection. Jan says she doesn’t profess to be an expert on the subject, but that she is passionate about old quilts. She’s part of the Maine Quilt Study Group and has been reading/studying about old quilts for some years.

Neglected to tell you last week that the raffle winner for those 12 scrumptious homemade pies (1/ per month or however you want!), will be drawn on Maine Maple Sunday, March 23, at special events at CRHS.

Farnsworth Studio Class

In a bit of a different bent the next studio class, “Breaking Lines: Thirteen Ways of Writing a Poem” with Kathleen Ellis will be Monday through Friday, March 10 to 14 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Experiment with 13 different approaches to lines and line breaks in poetry.

Met Opera Live

A Live in Hi Def from the Met encore performance of "Prince Igor," Borodin’s defining Russian epic famous for its Polovtsian dances will be shown at The Strand on Tuesday, March 11, at 1 p.m. FMI/tickets, go to or call 594-0070 x3.

Music at Noon

The Farnsworth’s next “Music at Noon” luncheon concert will be Wednesday, March 12, at the Farnsworth Library. The concert features USM faculty concert with Wren Saunders, bassoon; Robert Lehmann, violin; and George Lopez, piano.


Don’t forget to go to Ashwood Waldorf’s GLOW online auction,, click on “Auction Bid Here” and browse the more than 220 items ranging in value from $10 to $3,500. Some are local, some are not. Some are things you buy every day; some are special, one-of-a-kind experiences. In other words, there's something for everyone! The GLOW online auction closes next Friday, March 14, at 10 p.m. and will be followed by a gala GLOW Event on Saturday, March 15, at 6 p.m. at Rockport Opera House featuring entertainment, food and silent auction. Get your tickets early! FMI: or 236-8021.

Night Skies

Friday, March 7, Aldebaran, the “Red Eye of the Bull,” lies close beneath the moon at nightfall.The first quarter moon appears Saturday, March 8. And, Jupiter will be to the upper left of the moon at nightfall. I hope many of you had the opportunity last week to view that perfectly beautiful sight of the thin crescent moon and Venus early in the morning in the eastern sky. Even though the sky was already lightening by 5:30 a.m., when I awoke and looked out my bedroom window, I was greeted by the crystal clear skies and that beautiful pairing - was even better after I put my glasses on!


Apologies in advance, but I had to laugh when I heard the juxtaposition of two “soft” news stories: “There’s a reported shortage of clowns” with “There’s a record number of US Congress members retiring this year.” The various pundits left it to you to make the connection of how to fill the clown shortage.

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