Events

19Jun2021

Alfresco Authors: On Harbor's Edge by Kate Hotchkiss

Reading & book signing with local author Kate Hotchkiss

From 12.30 pm until 1.30 pm

Kate Hotchkiss is no stranger to island living. In her childhood, she visited the Maine coast every summer and fell in love with Isle au Haut, and she now splits her time between there and North Haven. Kate draws her inspiration from the area's natural beauty, its history, and its people. 

On Harbor's Edge, the first book in her historical series, opens with Mildred's arrival on Popplestone Isle in 1912. Life begins anew for the young bride as she is thrown into her marriage and the island's fishing community. Linda Greenlaw said "On Harbor's Edge hooked me line and sinker...Can't wait for the sequel!"

The Stonington Public Library and The Dry Dock are thrilled to co-host a reading and book signing with Kate Hotchkiss in the library’s Alfresco Authors series. Bring a brown bag lunch and a blanket down to Small Cove Park, and listen to Kate read against the backdrop of Penobscot Bay. On Harbor's Edge will be available for purchase, and one lucky attendee will receive a Book in a Bucket—a copy of the novel in a custom Maine Sea Bag sand dollar sail cloth bucket. A winner will be chosen among attendees in a random drawing; no purchase necessary.

The rain date is scheduled for Saturday, June 26. Please include your email and/or phone number in the registration to ensure you receive any communication about the event.

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23Jun2021

Atlantic Clarion Steel Band: Workshop for All Ages

Open-air workshop for the whole family! Try your hand at the steel pan and make some music!

From 2.00 pm until 3.00 pm

Bring your rhythm to the Island Community Center on Wednesday, June 23 for an open air workshop with the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band, and try your hand at making a steel pan sing. The music is infectious and fun for all ages, and if you have no rhythm, you just might leave with some by the end of the workshop. All are welcome to participate. Seriously, you’re never too young or too old to start learning something new, and the Atlantic Clarion players are pros at working with students of all ages and levels. Masks required to ensure everyone’s health and to facilitate working up close with the musicians. We welcome a free will donation to thank the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band for generously offering their time and talent.

Can't get enough? Come out to the ball field at 7pm on June 23 to enjoy a  Live For $5 concert performed by the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band in the Opera House summer season. More information and tickets available online.

The Atlantic Clarion is a professional steel band from Brooksville, Maine. The band performs high-energy concerts throughout Maine and New England. Founded in 1974 by Carl Chase, the band began to make pans, the instruments for steel bands, and then formed the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band, performing on the post office steps on Monday evenings in Brooksville. Most notably in 1990, the band performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City, and internationally in 2015 with 40 players from Maine as guests at the International Panorama in Trinidad. Today Atlantic Clarion is directed by his son Nigel Chase and made up of players who have grown up participating and performing with the educational pan programs organized by Nigel and Pan Institute of Blue Hill. Nigel and the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band continue to make the instruments, start steel bands, teach and perform in Maine and beyond.

The rain date is scheduled for Thursday, June 24. Please include your email and/or phone number in the registration to ensure you receive any communication about the event.

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28Jun2021

Maine 201 Book Club: Kate Hotchkiss

On Harbor's Edge by Kate Hotchkiss

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

Perhaps it's in the air. Or maybe it's in the water. The Maine coast and its neighboring islands inspire writers, and last year welcomed one of the newest voices to the fray: Kate Hotchkiss. Her historical series opens with On Harbor's Edge and will follow the family's arc from Mildred's arrival on Popplestone Isle in 1912 through the present day.

The book club discussion will happen as planned on Monday, June 28 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, but stay tuned for more! The author will join us for a separate event. First things first. Read her debut novel, and remember: all readers welcome!

Summary from the author's webpage:

When an unsuspecting bride gets into a boat one stormy June day in 1912, Thaddeus takes her far out to sea to the end of Popplestone Isle. There villagers welcome Mildred with hopeful joy, but she discovers the tiny fishing community is headed for a most dreadful end. In her efforts to save their treasured harbor home, Mildred must risk losing everything she holds dear.

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14Jul2021

Malaga Island

Zoom presentation by Maine State Archivist, Kate McBrien

From 6.00 pm until 7.00 pm

This 40 minute presentation and discussion explores the true history of the community who lived on Malaga Island, off the coast of Phippsburg, Maine, in the late 1800s. The program examines the individuals who were part of this community and the state’s actions to evict them from their homes through the complex history of racism and eugenics in Maine.

Thank you to the Maine Humanities Council for sponsoring the presentation as part of their World in Your Library speaker program.

Kate McBrien currently serves as Maine State Archivist, overseeing Maine State Government’s archives and records management programs. As curator of the award winning exhibition “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives”, Kate is also an historian for the Malaga Island community. She previously held positions as Chief Curator and Director of Public Engagement at the Maine Historical Society and as the Curator of Historic Collections for the Maine State Museum.

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26Jul2021

Maine 201 Book Club: Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life's Song & Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

Ashley Bryan left behind a brilliant collection of works showcasing his art and narrating his life in his own words. We are fortunate to join him on his many different journeys from a young GI fighting in a segregated army to a veteran artist with an undying curiosity inspired by life on a Maine island. Written for a younger audience, there are enough in the pages of the two selected autobiographies for readers of all ages.

The book club discussion is on Monday, July 26 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Zoom. All readers welcome!

Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song by Ashley Bryan

Ashley’s autobiography is full of art, photographs, and the poignant never-say-never tale of his rich life, a life that has always included drawing and painting. His story is powerful, bursting with his creative energy, and a testament to believing in oneself. It’s a book every child in America should have access to and it does what the very best autobiographies do; it inspires!

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan

In May of 1942, at the age of eighteen, Ashley Bryan was drafted to fight in World War II. For the next three years, he would face the horrors of war as a black soldier in a segregated army. Filled with never-before-seen artwork and handwritten letters and diary entries, this illuminating and moving memoir by Newbery Honor–winning illustrator Ashley Bryan is both a lesson in history and a testament to hope.

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23Aug2021

Maine 201 Book Club: Joe Coomer

One Vacant Chair by Joe Coomer

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

Island summer resident, author, and sailor Joe Coomer is perhaps best known for his novel Pocketful of Names and his non-fiction work on sailing, Sailing in a Spoonful of Water. The book club is veering off from the more traveled path and will read Coomer's One Vacant Chair for our August selection.

The book club discussion is on Monday, August 23 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Zoom. Stay tuned for an event with the author in August. Details will be posted on our website and Facebook page as soon as they're confirmed. All readers welcome!

One Vacant Chair by Joe Coomer

Sarah’s aunt Edna paints portraits of chairs. Not people in chairs, just chairs. The old house is filled with the paintings, and the chairs themselves surround her work-a silent yet vigilant audience. At the funeral of Grandma Hutton-whom Edna has cared for through an agonizingly long and vague illness-Sarah begins helping her aunt clean up the last of a life. This includes honoring Grandma’s surprising wish to have her ashes scattered in Scotland.

 

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27Sep2021

Maine 201 Book Club: Allen J. Sockabasin

An Upriver Passamaquoddy by Allen J. Sockabasin

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

Author of the classic children's book, Thanks to the Animals, Sockabasin championed the preservation of native culture and language, and he lived a life guided by many of the traditional customs of the Passamaquoddy. One of his legacies is our September selection: An Upriver Passamaquoddy, a memoir of his tribe's communal way of life.

The book club discussion is on Monday, September 27 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Zoom. All readers welcome!

An Upriver Passamaquoddy by Allen J. Sockabasin

When Allen was a child in the 1940s and 1950s, his village was isolated and depended largely on subsistence hunting and fishing, working in the woods, and seasonal harvesting work for its survival. Passamaquoddy was its first language, and the tribal traditions of sharing and helping one another ensured the survival of the group.

 

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25Oct2021

Maine 201 Book Club: Catherynne M. Valente

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

Valente lives and writes on an unnamed Maine island, but in this month's selection, she takes us into the world of the Brontë siblings's childhood during the Napoleonic wars. Valente grew up in Northern California, studied ancient Greek linguistics at UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, and lived in Japan longterm before finding her way to Maine. Perhaps it's her own diverse past that helps her summon the inner lives of 19th century British children.

The book club discussion is on Monday, October 25 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Zoom. All readers welcome!

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from a harsh reality: Charlotte and Emily are being sent away to a dangerous boarding school, a school they might not return from. But on this Beastliest Day, the day Anne and Branwell walk their sisters to the train station, something incredible happens: the train whisks them all away to a real Glass Town, and the children trade the moors for a wonderland all their own.

 

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22Nov2021

Maine 201 Book Club: Phuc Tran

Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

Phuc Tran learned early is his move to small town Pennsylvania that fitting in was never going to be easy. Starting with his name. He writes candidly about his cross-cultural experiences, his love for language and literature, and the divide by his parents's new life in the United States and his own. Tran forged his own path through life and now lives in Portland, Maine with his wife and daughters. He teaches Classics and works as a professional tattoo artist.

The book club discussion is on Monday, November 22 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Zoom. All readers welcome!

Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran

In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Phuc Tran immigrates to America along with his family. By sheer chance they land in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where the Trans struggle to assimilate into their new life. In this coming-of-age memoir told through the themes of great books such asThe Metamorphosis, The Scarlet Letter, The Iliad, and more, Tran navigates the push and pull of finding and accepting himself despite the challenges of immigration, feelings of isolation, and teenage rebellion, all while attempting to meet the rigid expectations set by his immigrant parents.

 

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20Dec2021

Maine 201 Book Club: Cynthia Lord

Rules by Cynthia Lord

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

We couldn't go 12 moths without including a selection by Maine's beloved juvenile author Cynthia Lord, and we couldn't go wrong with any one of her titles! Finding and writing convincingly in others' voices is a talent, and Lord possesses it in oodles. In Rules, we explore the perspective of 12-year-old Catherine whose life is defined in many ways by her brother with autism.

Please note that our December discussion is pushed up to the third Monday of the month to better accommodate everyone's holiday plans. The book club discussion is on Monday, December 20 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Zoom. All readers welcome!

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She’s spent years trying to teach David the rules-from “a peach is not a funny-looking apple” to “keep your pants on in public”-in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she’s always wished for, it’s her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

 

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24Jan2022

Maine 201 Book Club: Susan Hand Shetterly

Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge by Susan Hand Shetterly

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

We conclude our yearlong exploration of Maine authors with Susan Hand Shetterly's poetic non-fiction work, Seaweed Chronicles. Shetterly may be the last Maine author in our Maine 201 series, but we're pretty sure she won't be the last one we read going forward. Come wrap up an incredible year of reading Maine authors.

The book club discussion is on Monday, January 24 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Zoom. All readers welcome!

Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge by Susan Hand Shetterly

Shetterly takes readers deep into the world of this essential organism by providing an immersive, often poetic look at life on the rugged shores of her beloved Gulf of Maine, where the growth and harvesting of seaweed is becoming a major industry. While examining the life cycle of seaweed and its place in the environment, she tells the stories of the men and women who farm and harvest it—and who are fighting to protect this critical species against forces both natural and man-made.

 

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