Rockport news

By Stephanie Kumble | Dec 06, 2012

Grand openings

Two wonderful organizations will host grand openings Saturday, Dec. 8. P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center will open its new community dog park adjacent to the shelter on Camden Street at 10 a.m. and Merryspring will open its new Interpretive Trail with a guided tour at 1:30 p.m.

The opening celebration of the dog park will feature cookies and hot drinks and the name of the park will be revealed as will the name of the generous, until then, anonymous donor who helped made the park possible. The park is comprised of two areas, one for large dogs and one for small dogs and will be open daily from sunrise to sunset. In order to insure that everyone using the park has a fun and safe time, please, please, familiarize yourselves with the rules governing the use of the park and the follow the rules (both you and your dog!).

At Merryspring, meet with Brett Willard — who recently completed his one-year stint as an AmeriCorps Environmental Educator and who will become MNC’s new program manager in 2013. Congrats, Brett! — at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Ross Center and head out to test MNC’s wonderful, new, unique Interpretive Trail highlighting some of MNC’s most unique attractions on one, easy-to-follow loop. This tour of the trail (coupled with a hand-held interpretive guide), will provide both a natural and human history of six special places on the park’s grounds. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239.

Town meetings

The Library Committee will meet today Thursday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. There will be Select Board Workshop Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. The Conservation Commission will meet Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 a.m. The Investment Committee will meet Monday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m. and the Select Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Opera House, televised on Ch. 22. The Opera House Committee will meet Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 8 a.m. A Planning Board meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House. The Harbor Committee will meet Thursday, Dec. 13, at 5:15. All meetings are at the town office unless otherwise specified.

Ashwood Waldorf School

The 10-week session of Parent/Child classes with early childhood educator Cherry Short-Lee, continues today, Thursday, Dec. 6, and next week, Dec. 13, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Classes are offered/intended for children 18 months to age three and a parent. Gentle activities such as circle rhymes, songs, bread making, a puppet story and outdoor and indoor play fill the morning and everyone shares in a delicious, organic snack. A “Tour of the Grades,” a chance to see this gem of a school in action will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit

Rockport Garden Club

Remember! The monthly business meeting will be held today Thursday, Dec. 6, at 12:45 p.m. at the Opera House. The annual Christmas Holiday Program, free and open to the public, will begin at 1:30 p.m. featuring Camden Hills Regional Chamber Singers conducted by Kim Murphy. And, speaking of the Garden Club - many thanks for yet another wonderful Holly Berry Fair. (If you missed this one, it’s your loss! As soon as you get that 2013 calendar, mark that first Saturday in Dec. for next year’s fair). So many club members are deeply involved in the production of the fair and the proceeds from the fair benefit Rockport town beautification projects for every season and help provide scholarships for local students pursuing horticulture/environmental-related college degrees. Again, thanks to the club for everything it does to help make Rockport the special place it is!

Books, plus

Today, Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will conduct the poetry workshop, open to the public, all levels of ability and experience welcome. (Bring samples of written work). For more information about the library or any programs, call 236-3642 or visit

Penobscot View Grange 388

The Grange meets on the first and third Fridays (Dec. 7 and Dec 21) at 7 p.m. preceded by a 6 p.m. potluck supper. Call Gladys Hardy at 763-3720 for more information. Events take place at the Grange, located on Route 1 (next door to Denny’s).

Coastal Quilters

CQ will meet Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 am. at the Lions Club on Lions Lane in Camden. The group will celebrate with the traditional Holiday Potluck Brunch with the addition this year of a Yankee Swap and “Down Memory Lane” Fabric Arts or Holiday! activity, adding frivolity and fun. All are welcome - bring a potluck lunch dish and a fabric arts related, inexpensive swap item.

'Share the Wonder Holiday Festival'

This Farnsworth celebration continues Saturday, Dec. 8, with two sessions of a family Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Gamble Education Center. Reservations required; call 596-6457 ext. 143. (Suggested donation: $5 per family). Then at 12:30 p.m., the Suomalaiset Jouset Finnish Strings will perform in the museum library. After school films featuring holiday classics "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer" will be shown Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 11 and 12, at 3:30 p.m. Popcorn and apple juice boxes will be provided. Suggested for children ages 4-9 (must be accompanied by an adult), limit 60. Reservations required.

Met Opera

Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30), the 2012-13 “Live in High Def from the Met” features Verdi's vivid drama of jealousy and vengeance, Un Ballo in Maschera (encore Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m.). Visit for ticket information.


Hanukkah begins at sundown next Sunday, Dec. 9.


Knox County Democrats will meet Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Stella Maris House (handicapped accessible) in Rockland with the potluck supper and open discussion at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. business meeting. The meeting is open to all regardless of party affiliation or voter registration status.

Music at noon

Bay Chamber Concerts and Farnsworth Art Museum lunch series continues Wednesday, Dec. 12, at noon in the Farnsworth Library. Surround yourself with art and music, enjoy a simple, tasty lunch in the Farnsworth's library and the acclaimed USM String Quartet will perform a program of Hayden, Schubert and Ravel.

Night skies

Next Thursday, Dec. 13, the new moon appears and that’s also the peak night (around midnight), of the Geminid meteor showers which should be a spectacular show with 80 to 130 bright, medium velocity meteors/hour, some with persistent trails.

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