Rockport news

By Stephanie Kumble | Nov 01, 2012

Fall back

It’s that time of year already - before heading to bed Saturday night (Nov. 3), reset all those clocks, putting them back one hour, as we head into the “dark of winter.” How I wish the whole country could remain on Daylight Saving Time all year as a couple of states do.



Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Rockport Town Office. Last chance to pick up an absentee ballot is today, Thursday, Nov. 1, by 5 p.m. Those ballots must be turned in by Tuesday, Nov. 6, by 8 p.m. Check with Town Clerk Linda Greenlaw by calling 236-9648 to learn how to pick up a ballot for someone else. No matter how frustrated you are by the system and big money interests and everything else wrong with our election process, do not let that keep you from voting. We have to assume, no matter how cynical we may be, that yes, each and every vote does matter and count.


The ballot

Candidates on one side and on the other side, five questions: Question 1/Citizen Initiative: Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples? Questions 2, 3, 4, 5 are all bond issues. You an view the full description online or at the town office on the sample ballot.


Flu clinics

The following healthcare practices are offering flu shots to current patients: Pen Bay Internal Medicine, Pen Bay Pediatrics, Pen Bay family medicine and Rockport Family Medicine. Check with your practice for schedules.


Books and so much more!

For more information about the library or any programs, call 236-3642 or visit


The library chess group will meet today, Thursday, Nov. 1, (and again Nov. 8 and 15) from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the library. Chessboards are available, but feel free to bring your own if you’d like!


The library’s “Poets” Corner” led by local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will also meet today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Open to the public, all levels of experience and ability welcome. Bring a selection of work to share.


Celebrate! Wednesday, Nov. 7, the library book group celebrates its sixth anniversary. This month’s book is “The Imperfectionists,” a first novel by young writer Tom Rachma. Meet at 6:30 p.m., new members always welcome.


Ahoy, matey

Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., Rockport Library’s Seafaring Series 2012 continues with Captain Aaron Lincoln of the Schooner Olad who will present the second in the series: "A Day in the Life of a Schooner Captain." The event, free and open to the public (donations welcome!), will take place at Rockport Opera House.


Farnsworth activities

Today, Thursday, Nov. 1, (and again Nov. 8 and 15), “The Reimagined Place: Image to Prose,” a series of writing classes led by Lee Heffner will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon at the Farnsworth’s Gamble Education Center.


Penobscot View Grange 388

The grange will meet Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. preceded by a 6 p.m. potluck supper. Meet at the grange, located on Route 1 (next door to Denny’s). Call Gladys Hardy at 763-3720 for more information.


Unplugged "Artist Encounter”

Bay Chamber will host a free "artist encounter" with Haitian reggae star BélO who wills hare his music, message and culture with the Midcoast community, today, Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Bay Chamber's Music School recital hall. BélO and his five-piece band will perform Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at The Strand.



The Farnsworth will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, with free admission for all, as part of the “First Fridays” proudly sponsored by The First. Also on this first full weekend of the month (this month, Saturday/Sunday Nov. 3 and 4), the Farnsworth will observe “Museums On Us,” Bank of America/Merrill Lynch program where their cardholders enjoy free admission (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to the Farnsworth.


Election - 1800 style!

Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in anticipation of the 2013 Camden Conference (“The Middle East: What Next?” - which includes Arab Spring), Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco will present a key event from our own U.S. spring, “Adams vs. Jefferson: The Furious Election of 1800 – 100 Days in 100 Minutes.” Free and open to the public, co-sponsored by the library, the event will be held at the opera house.


Laughter is good

Celebrated Maine author Elizabeth Peavey will present her hilarious and heartbreaking one-woman show, “My Mother's Clothes Are Not My Mother,” Saturday, Nov. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the library, the event will be at Rockport Opera House.


Live from the Met

The Strand’s Live from the Met encore presentation is “Otello,” Verdi's towering masterpiece based on Shakespeare's tragedy will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6 (Election Day), at 1 p.m. So! If you aren’t at work, go vote, go out to lunch and then head to The Strand to see this incredible performance.


Holiday prep workshop

Loralee Arnold will lead a two-session Holiday Gift & Greeting Card workshop at Merryspring on Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 at noon. Plan, design, and create your own holiday greeting cards that double as New Year calendars for 2013. Pre-registration required (contact Merryspring at 236-2239) for both sessions; cost per workshop is $10 for MNC members, $15 for non-members.


Soup’s on!

The every Wednesday “Community Hot Soup Luncheon” (hosted by the Camden Congregational church), continues Wednesday, Nov. 7. Served from noon to 1 p.m. in the church hall, the meal includes two soups (vegetarian or non-), bread, dessert and coffee or tea. Free, open to all, but donations gratefully accepted.


Post lunch, head to Merryspring

Santa’s elves have nothing on the intrepid volunteer crew that gathers every Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Merryspring to work on crafts, decorations, arrangements and wreaths for MNC’s renown “Green” Holiday Bazaar (held this year Thursday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Dec. 1). Say good-by to election season overload and welcome the holiday season by joining friends and neighbors Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the MNC Craft Shop. For more information, call 236-2239.

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