Rockport news

By Stephanie Kumble | Nov 15, 2012

Still time!

For many of us, "West Side Story" is a pure nostalgic trip to the late 50s with incredible music and the kids (and advisors!) of CHRHS make that a purely pleasurable trip with their super production of this Broadway favorite. Final performances are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. Run, don’t walk, to catch another remarkable CHRHS production!

Town and school

Parent-teacher conferences will be held next week for both MSAD 28 and the CSD. Early dismissal days for SAD 28 are Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 14 and 16. Early dismissal for the CSD will be Thursday, Nov. 15.

Thanksgiving closings

It really seems weird to write about Thanksgiving closings on Nov. 15, but with Thanksgiving as early as it can be this year, here’s the schedule. The town office and the library will both be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving holiday. However, the library will be open Saturday, Nov. 25. Both SAD 28 and the CSD will be closed Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 21 to 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday, regular schedules resuming Monday, Nov. 26.

Farnsworth activities

Today, Thursday, Nov. 15, “The Reimagined Place: Image to Prose,” the final in a series of writing classes led by Lee Heffner, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Farnsworth’s Gamble Education Center.

Books and so much more!

The final library chess group meeting is today, Thursday, Nov. 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Library. “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 ability and experience welcome. Bring a selection of work to share.

The Seafaring Series concludes tonight (Nov. 15) at 7 p.m. at the opera house, with “Yacht Design and Restoration.” Camden and Rockport marine artisans restored and care for three of William Fife Jr.'s more famous and beautiful yacht's, the Sumurun, Belle Adventure, and Adventuress. Taylor Allen and Sam Chamberlin of Rockport Marine will describe their three-year restoration of Adventuress and the legacy of Fife’s designs.

Watercolor Class with Judy Grossman will be held Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the opera house. The RPL writers' group facilitated by staff member and author Fran Hodgkins will also meet Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the library or any programs, call 236-3642 or visit

Penobscot View Grange 388

The Grange will meet Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. preceded by a 6 p.m. potluck supper at the Grange Hall, located on Route 1 next door to Denny’s. Call Gladys Hardy at 763-3720 for more information.

Holiday Pet Portraits

Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center and Loyal Biscuit Co. stores' second session of holiday pet portraits taken by local photographer Marti Stone will be at the Belfast store. For more information call 236-8702.

Live from the Met

The Strand’s Live from the Met encore presentation of Verdi’s “The Tempest” will be held Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m.

Soup’s on!

The the Camden Congregational Church “Community Hot Soup Luncheon” continues Wednesday, Nov. 21. 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.

Last chance!

Merryspring’s intrepid volunteer crew gathers Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. at MNC for the final push to complete all those projects/materials for MNC’s renown “Green” Holiday Bazaar (to take place this year Thursday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Dec. 1). If that time isn’t convenient for you, folks are at work all during the week and you could just drop in anytime when you have a spare moment. Also, now’s the time for you to drop off your other contributions: greens — especially boxwood and holly branches — and other items for the sale such as treasures for Granny’s Attic, knit or other fabric arts products, baked goods and jellies and jams. For more information, call 236-2239.

CRMS Japanese exchange

The ten CRMS students who will participate in this year’s exchange program are conducting numerous fundraising projects. They’re selling beautifully hand-crafted Evergreen Farms 12-inch balsam wreaths, decorated by the students with their handmade origami and traditional decorations or just plain, undecorated wreaths. Sales continue through Christmas-By-the Sea weekend. For orders, pricing, go to:, look for the wreath order form link. Orders are by email only, with payment due at time of delivery or pick-up.

Night skies

Saturday, Nov. 17, will be the peak night for the Leonid meteor shower and this time, the moon will not be a factor! You should be able to see approximately 20-plus fast, bright, meteors/hour, many with persistent trails. The moon will be in its first quarter Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Belated condolences

Recently, Rockport and Midcoast residents were saddened to learn of the death of two Rockport men, known and beloved by friends and neighbors and for tireless volunteer work for their community and beyond. James Bitner died peacefully at home at the age of 91 and John Teare, age 71, after a brief struggle with lung cancer that emerged suddenly and progressed rapidly. I only knew Mr. Bitner through various organizations and meetings, but got to know John and his wife Jackie very well through their dedicated work on the behalf of Rockport Library for so many years. In addition to so many activities, John was one of the founders and tireless organizer of the library’s highly successful Sea-Faring series. All of us extend sincere condolences to the families of both men. Both will be sorely missed by their community and the Midcoast area in general.

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