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Camden Film Festival Celebrates Documentaries

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — The Camden Film Festival, which celebrates documentaries, is wrapping up this weekend on Maine's Midcoast. The festival opened with “Becoming Cousteau,” from two-time Oscar nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus, about the undersea explorer who tried decades ago to warn the world about the climate crisis. And the...
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Classic country for the modern world

CAMDEN — The SoundCheck series of live performances at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm Street, returns 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, with Charlie Marie. Her one-set concert is sponsored by Camden Maine Stay Inn and 40 Paper. After two EPs, Charlie Marie released a full-length album, “Ramble On,” this...
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Recent Ink and Gouache Drawings on Paper by Kenny Cole at Zoot Coffee

(Monroe, ME) “Tumult” is the new series of works by Kenny Cole on view at Zoot Coffee in Camden, Maine, September through October 2021. The idea to create the works on exhibit here emerged out of a fascination with the action of pouring ink onto rice paper and seeing how it would slowly spread and create irregular shapes and margins. I had first started using black sumi ink in the early 90s, but back then I preferred watercolor paper to rice paper, which generally resists long calligraphic gestures. Thus some of the rice paper that I had purchased at that time became lost among my studio materials for decades until recently, when I rediscovered it and had a more open mind to try and figure out why this particular support was even invented.
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CANCELED: Belfast Maskers cancels 2021 ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

BELFAST — The Belfast Maskers will hold open auditions this month for their 2021 holiday offering, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. “In this hilarious family-oriented comedy, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history,” said Maskers, in a news release “You won’t believe the mayhem, and the fun, when the Herdmens collide with the Christmas story head on!”

Glenn Jenks Ragtime Revue cancels October show in Camden

The Glenn Jenks Ragtime Revue Board voted unanimously last Saturday morning, September 11, 2021, to cancel this year’s Ragtime Revue scheduled for Sunday, October 10, at the Camden Opera House for a second year in a row. The Board decided that in the best interest of the performers and the...

Freedom from Expectation

Folks as you sit there reading, you need to open up your imagination just a bit. You look out the nearest window back to the years of 1950 and 1951. Times have been tough in America and things are beginning to heal. You look at that tar papered house at the end of the road. This is Strong Maine and one of the last places you thought you would see a house such as this. Today is a nice warm summer day. The air smells so fresh. It rained during the night and the scent from the wood working mills have yet to drift up from downtown. You watch as the kids that live in this house begin to come out and play. One little white haired boy in particular catches your eyes. He is dressed in just a t shirt and some cut off pants. Most probably he has outgrown them and the legs got cut off. They are still good britches and there is no need for fancy clothes on a day such as this. What surprises you most is that the young lad is actually clean, but that will not last long. The rain last night has created many puddles that just need attention. There is no hesitation on the youngsters part. Puddle jumping is one of his favorite past times. There is no need for toys on a day such as this. Mother Nature has supplied all a young lad needs for now. With pieces of edgings from the local lumber yard construction has begun. Soon, he will have created great lakes and rivers that will survive until the sun gets high in the sky. But even then, that just leads to a different game. What was once a mud puddle is now just mud. Forts and castles can be created. Valleys will be dug to channel what may remain of last nights rain. A whole new world of fun and imagination has been created. As you watch, the boy has been transformed from a clean kid to the normal dirty faced boy you have come to know. There seems to be no limit to the fun he now enjoys. It is with envy that you watch how much freedom surrounds the dirty faced little boy. He has no store bought toys but has created a whole new life with just dirt and water. Mud huts and roads like you have never seen are taking shape. The look of life and creations are just beckoning you to join in and be free again. How as adults, we wish we could be that little dirty faced boy living at the end of the road. Nothing is expected of him but to just be out of the way. With his imagination and hands he creates a world of life and laughter. It is a simple game of life and all he needs to do is stay out of trouble. These fun and games will end soon. The sun eventually dries all the earth again. The water and mud disappears. But the young lad will just open another page of his imagination and a new game will begin. How sad it is that we as adults begin to lose the concept of creating fun with no expectations. Our imagination becomes less used and begins to be limited. We tend to dream of days gone by. Those days when we could be that dirty faced little youngster. There was no need to try and be fancy for anyone. People just had to accept you just the way you are. We lose that type of thinking and try to be what we are not. I am glad I was that white haired, dirty face, mischievous boy at the end of the road. Maybe, just maybe, I will go out and play in the mud again. But this time, I just might have to wear shoes.

Containers at Saltwater Artists Gallery

Containers of all sizes and shapes can be found at the Saltwater Artists Gallery in New Harbor. Libby Seigars, of Whitefield, has been producing ceramic items for many years. She has lamps, mugs, platters, and bowls of every size to hold anything. Tom Raymond has also been crafting wooden bowls...

Waldoboro writers to release Christmas book

Islandport Press will release a new edition of “The Finest Christmas Tree” written and illustrated by the veteran team of John and Ann Hassett of Waldoboro, just in time for the holiday season. The book is slated for release October 5. The Finest Christmas Tree picture book follows Farmer Tuttle...

Ticonic Gallery and Railroad Square Cinema participate in Freedom & Captivity Project

Ticonic Gallery and Railroad Square Cinema will participate in the Freedom & Captivity Project, a statewide, coalition-based public humanities project designed to consider a future without prisons and mass incarceration. The initiative runs from September through December 2021 and features over 50 participating organizations and institutions. The project, which will...

Camden author provides insight to philanthropy, charitable volunteering

CAMDEN — Have you ever wondered if the charity to which you are donating is actually putting your money to good work? Or, perhaps you have pondered how you can become better involved with a nonprofit and offer more to a cause close to your heart. Maybe, you are on the board of a nonprofit and contemplating how to move the charity to new heights.
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Camden International Film Festival returns for 17th year with hybrid event

From a 12,000-square-foot waterfront boathouse to the comfort of a viewer’s own living room, the Camden International Film Festival will be screening a robust program of documentary films across a multitude of in-person and virtual venues this weekend. The 17th annual festival, organized by the Points North Institute, returns for...

Local Color Gallery hosts two Maine guest artists

BELFAST — Danielle Madore, of Peaks Island, and Deborah Stevenson, of Searsport, are exhibiting paintings at Local Color Gallery through October 3. Stevenson is a lifelong painter and collage artist who recently moved to Searsport. Her exhibit at Local Color shows one aspect of her subject matter: houses in Maine that were advertised in real estate listings at a time of her life when moving to Maine was a dream. Some are even painted on boards from real estate signs. In addition to these pieces, Stevenson has painted New York skylines and created collages that reflect disparate images working together. Her body of work may be seen at; deborah-stevenson-artist (FB) and #deborahstevensonartist (Instagram.)