Rockport news

By Stevie Kumble | Apr 10, 2014

Not this time!

Don’t forget! The second half of your town taxes are due Tuesday, April 15, (need to be received at the Town Office by 5 p.m. that day). State and federal taxes are also due - need to be postmarked by midnight, April 15. When you fill out your state taxes, remember, to do the “Library Checkoff.” Just fill out Maine Income Tax Form Schedule CP 2013 when filing your Maine taxes for 2013 to donate $5 or more to Maine State Library.

Municipal meetings

All meetings are at the Town Office unless otherwise specified and are open to the public. The Conservation Committee will meet Friday, April 11, at 8 a.m.

The regular Select Board meeting will be held Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House; televised on channel 22.

Tuesday, April 15, the Opera House Committee will meet at 8 a.m., the Parks Committee at 3:30 p.m. and the Budget Committee at 6 p.m.

The Library Steering Committee will meet Wednesday, April 16, at 4 p.m.

There will be a Board of Assessment Review Training next Thursday, April 17 at 4 p.m.

Time is running out!

Candidate papers are still available for elected town offices, but time is running short. You need to return papers to the Town Office by 5 p.m. April 25. Positions: Select Board (two, 3-year terms): Both incumbents Bill Chapman and Geoff Parker have taken out papers. Library Committee (one, 1-year term, to fill Barrie Pribyl’s unexpired term and one 3-year term as incumbent Betsy Elwin is not running): Stephanie Lash took out papers for the 1-year position. Two people, Fran Hodgkins and Michelle Gabrielsen have taken out papers for the 3-year position. Budget Committee (three, 3-year terms): To date, incumbent Tom Murphy is the only one to take out papers, the other two incumbents (David Jackson, Stephanie Kumble) are not running. School Board (one, 3-year term): Incumbent Eliza Haselton is not running, but Faith Vatour has taken out and returned papers.

The Farnsworth

This year’s Farnsworth sponsored Pechakucha (Japanese for “Chit-Chat”), Night will be held Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at Watts Hall in Thomaston. Eight local artisans will share 20 images of their work with each image shown for 20 seconds. And, celebrate Spring with a Free Family Activity Day on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Farnsworth. FMI about any programs, go to or call 596-6457.

Coastal Quilters

This group will meet Saturday, April 12, gathering at 9:30 a.m. for socializing and coffee, program at 10 a.m. at Camden Lions’ Club on Lions’ Lane in Camden. This month’s extraordinary program features Harry Smith, well known local artist, graphic designer, author, sculptor and miniaturist. He’ll be joined by wife Marsha Smith, collaborator on the original design part of the work. The Smiths’ program will focus on that design aspect, designs that are commissioned by numerous well-known national/international companies, used in a wide array of promotions/products (fabrics, pillows, rugs, dinnerware, etc.). 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.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Spring!

And, Merryspring is set to help you get in the mood! Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, head to a great preview of the annual MNC plant sale (May 9 and 10). The preview “Gardening, Nature Book Sale” features hundreds of reliable natural history and gardening books from “Annuals to Zinnias,” all for sale at unbeatable prices, as well as a number of rare and antique books priced individually. An assortment of new books and gardening tools will round out the sale. All proceeds from the book sale will go directly to Merryspring. Plus! Visitors will be able to get the first peek at this year's plant stock and ask questions about what will be available.

Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate!

This year, National Library Week is celebrated April 13 to 19. What a great opportunity to head to Rockport Library and enjoy myriad activities, check out the most recent newsletter (available online at, click on “newsletter”) and also to learn the latest news about the library’s ongoing process to best address the pressing needs of the library because of having outgrown the facility!


Tuesday, April 15, at noon, MNC’s Spring Talk series will feature Alan Rees, local climbing guide. Alan will present an overview of this sport, including types of rock climbing and the evolution of technical climbing, safety precautions, and both real and perceived dangers. He will also provide a brief explanation about why the rocks in Camden are suitable for climbing and a short history of climbing in the area, in addition to a short slide show.  Admission, free for members of Merryspring, with a nominal fee of $5 for non-members.

Books, Plus

The Library Steering Committee, formed following the Listening Tours to study different library site possibilities will meet Wednesday, April 16, at 4 p.m. at the Town Office. The meetings are open to the public - check them out! And, check with the library or Town Office for important news regarding this committee and the work it is doing.

The Fiber Arts Group will meet Tuesday, April 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All welcome!

Wednesday, April 16, the RPL Writers' Group, open to writers of all levels of experience. facilitated by author/staff member Fran Hodgkins will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This group is approaching their one year anniversary! New members always welcome. And, coming soon!...a Youth Writers' Group-yet to be named!

The Poets’ Corner Workshop continues to celebrate National Poetry Month with weekly poetry readings. Wednesday, April 16, Dave Morrison will read his poetry from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. After years of playing guitar in rock & roll bars in Boston and NYC, Dave currently resides in coastal Maine. He’s published nine books of poetry and his poetry has been published in literary magazines and anthologies, and featured on Writer’s Almanac and Take Heart.

Met Opera Live

La Boheme, “Live in HD from the Met,” encore will be shown Tuesday, April 15, at 1 p.m., doors open at 12:30. Trust me, this is one worth seeing! Last Saturday’s audience was welcomed with the news that Anita Hartig, scheduled to perform the role of MImi was taken ill that morning and that the rising soprano Kristine Opolais (who had just hours earlier sung the title role of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”), would perform the role. Awakened at 7:30 a.m. that morning with a phone call from the Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb asking “Could she possibly sing the role of Mimi that afternoon in the matinee of La Bohème, to replace Hartig?” A second debut within less than 24 hours! She agreed and her performance (never having rehearsed for this production), was incredible! FMI/tickets, go to or call 594-0070.

Spring holidays

The first day of Passover is Tuesday, April 15, (last day, April 22). Good Friday occurs April 18 and Easter Sunday is April 20.

Night skies

Mars will be closest to Earth Monday, April 14, glowing brightly just above the nearly full moon. Spica lies just below to the the right of the moon. And, tax day isn’t all bad! April’s full moon (Pink Moon, Egg Moon, Grass Moon), occurs Tuesday, April 15, with the first total eclipse of the moon since 2011, beginning at 1:58 a.m., total ends at 4:25 a.m. During the 1-hour plus time of the eclipse, the moon will appear bright orange to blood red. (This is one of two full lunar eclipses this year, next one will be in October.)

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