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02/04/18 - 02/27/18 at All Day

Longfellow Days 2018

LONGFELLOW DAYS 2018
“THE HEART HATH ITS OWN MEMORY”
This year we explore the phenomenon of nostalgia, of looking back, through the lens of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poet was fascinated with heroic figures of antiquity, and he wrote sensitively, emotionally about his own life experiences and the aging process. We will also look back at Longfellow’s reputation, the ways in which his talents have been viewed through the decades.

Sunday, February 4, 1:00 PM | THE COURSEN READINGS, PART ONE
Many superb writers have graced Brunswick and its vicinity through the years. We feature twelve of them in a four-part Sunday series named for the late poet and Longfellow Days’ friend, Herbert Coursen. Each has been nominated by a poet from a prior year. We begin with Kristen Case, Maureen Thorson, and Beau Williams. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library.

Thursday, February 8,  10:00 AM | COMMUNITY POETRY READING AT THORNTON OAKS
This informal gathering, facilitated by poets Ted and Ruth Bookey, is open to everyone, so please bring and share
a poem. Refreshments. Merrymeeting Room, Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way (off Baribeau Drive).

Sunday, February 11, 1:00 PM | THE COURSEN READINGS, PART TWO
Longfellow Days continues with Maine poets, Jim Glenn Thatcher and Sheila Wellehan, and New Hampshire’s Sarah Anderson, as featured readers. Refreshments with the poets follow.  Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library.

Wednesday, February 14, 12:15 PM | THE CHARM OF READING AND REREADING
Tricia Welsch, Professor of Cinema Studies, is also a passionate, prodigious reader – and she’s writing a book about it. She will share a preview of Loose Leaves, which reflects on a lifetime of reading, here talking about adult rereading of childhood favorites like Heidi and Little Women, and leading a conversation about the books we treasure. There’ll be Valentine’s Day treats. Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library.

Saturday, February 17, 11:00 AM | MORNING AT THE MOVIES
Rather than a Longfellow film, we’re presenting the fourth (1994) film adaptation of one of his contemporary’s classic works: Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Directed by Gillian Armstrong, it features Christian Bale, Claire Danes, and Winona Ryder. Tricia Welsch returns to provide context and lead discussion around the screening. Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College

Saturday, February 17, 1:00-3:00 PM | AFTERNOON AT THE CHAMBERLAIN MUSEUM
Longfellow Days and Pejepscot Historical Society co-host unique tours of one of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s residences in Brunswick – later home to Maine Governor and Civil War General Joshua Chamberlain.. Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, 226 Maine Street.

Sunday, February 18, 1:00 PM | THE COURSEN READINGS, PART THREE
Come in out of the cold. Maine college faculty poets Derek Meader (SMCC), Ellen Taylor (UMA), and Shana Youngdahl (UMF) present their work. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library.

Monday, February 19, 10:00 AM | COMMUNITY POETRY READING AT THE HIGHLANDS
Ted and Ruth Bookey facilitate an informal gathering for the area community to share favorite poems (your own or others’) at The Highlands. Refreshments. Georgetown Parlor, Maine Lodge, 30 Governors Way, Topsham.

 Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 PM | WE SALUTE YOU!
Come participate in a public read-in as we parse the quintessential “looking back” poem, Moritori Salutamos, which Longfellow wrote for the fiftieth reunion of his Bowdoin College graduating class. Gary Lawless, poet and co-owner of Gulf of Maine books, will emcee. The Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row.

Friday, February 23, 7 PM | HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HENRY!
We’re cheating; he’d be 211 in four days, but who’s counting? Gary Lawless is back as our featured reader for an everyone’s-welcome poetry open mic. Come read your work and enjoy some birthday cake. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street.

Sunday, February 25, 10:00 AM | LITERARY CHAPEL SERVICE
The theme for the ecumenical service, led by Rev. Sylvia Stocker, is “Poetry Through the Lifespan.” Visit the Bible that Longfellow signed and donated to his church in 1878. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street

 Sunday, February 25, 1:00 PM | THE COURSEN READINGS, PART FOUR
The final installment features poets Dave Morrison, Jefferson Navicky, and Mihku Paul. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library

Tuesday, February 27, 4:00 PM | HISTORY OF HENRY IN BRUNSWICK
We have invited John Cross, Secretary of Development and College Relations at Bowdoin, and an unofficial historian of the College, to talk about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s experience in Brunswick during the 1820s and ‘30s, first as a Bowdoin student and later as an influential faculty member. Note:  This date is HWL’s actual birthday, so bring a kazoo or confetti to celebrate. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street

Our 2018 theme, the quote at the top, comes from Longfellow’s 1880 poem “From My Arm-Chair.”

Longfellow Days is a program of the Brunswick Downtown Association, with support from Bowdoin College, The Brunswick Inn,
Hannaford, and the Nathaniel Davis Fund. All programs are free of charge.

 

03/15/18 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Simply Social at Wildflours Gluten-Free Bakery

 
Please join us and plan to bring a friend to BDA’s Simply Social networking event, Thursday, March 15, from 5 – 6:30 pm at Wildflours Gluten-Free Bakery, 54 Cumberland Street in Brunswick! 

Wildflours offers a fabulous selection of outlandishly delicious gluten-free baked goods, so get ready to try some delicious sweet and savory treats while socializing with local business members and the BDA Board & staff. 

To help us in planning, please register your attendance:

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04/13/18 at 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Diva Night! Celebrate Your Inner Diva!

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Join the Brunswick Downtown Association and Maine State Music Theatre for an exciting ladies night out! April 13, 5:30 to 8:30 PM.

Gather your girlfriends for an exciting evening of indulgence and fun! Dig out that Little Black Dress or that one outfit just waiting for a special occasion.

The Fashion Show is back! Local models will show off the latest fashions provided by our local retail shops.

Tickets: In advance: $35 – Arrive in an LBD or special outfit and receive a free glass of champagne and a tiara! At the door: $40!

 

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This event takes place at Maine State Music Theatre’s rehearsal space at 22 Elm Street, Brunswick. Space is limited. Cash Bar. This is a 21 and over event.  
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04/26/18 at 7:30 am - 9:00 am

BDA's Spring Speaker - Kathleen Fleury

The 2018 BDA Speaker Series presents: 
Kathleen Fleury, Editor in Chief of Downeast Magazine.

Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.
Brunswick Hotel & Tavern, 4 Noble Street, Brunswick. Breakfast service will begin at 7:30 am. Check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. $20 per person.
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Kathleen was born in Brunswick and grew up on Cousins Island. After attending Middlebury College in Vermont and working in publishing in New York City, Kathleen joined Down East in 2007. She is now editor in chief, the first woman to hold that position in the magazine’s 60-year history. Kathleen lives in Camden with her partner and fellow avid tennis player, Noah, and their two children. 

06/08/18 at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

2nd Friday Brunswick!

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June 8th, 2018- Downtown Brunswick
ARTWALK • MUSIC • THEATER

 

This event is intended to give residents and visitors a unique opportunity to engage with the arts. 2nd Friday Brunswick offers a fun evening of artistic exploration featuring visual art, live music, dance and theatrical performances, and extended shopping hours all within walking distance of Maine Street.

The 2nd Friday Brunswick event will occur from 4 to 7 p.m. on the second Friday of each month June through September, (June 8th, July 13th, August 10th, September 14th).  Event festivities will include an ArtWalk with artist displays in downtown galleries, retail shops, restaurants, and on the street.

Artists interested in participating in 2nd Friday Brunswick can register online soon. Questions? Downtown businesses and organizations interested in becoming a 2nd Friday Brunswick venue and hosting an artist should email admin@brunswickdowntown.org or call 207-729-4439.

Art and performance venues will include:

  • Bowdoin College Museum of Art
  • Spindleworks
  • The Theater Project
  • Curtis Memorial Library
  • Frontier Café Cinema & Gallery
  • Bayview Gallery
  • Frank Brockman Gallery
  • Points of View Gallery
  • Maine State Music Theatre
  • ArtVan
  • Restaurants and Shops throughout downtown

2nd Friday Brunswick schedule of activities, map, artist’s openings, and venues will be published in The Cryer newspaper each month. On-street parking and municipal public parking lots are free.

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06/23/18 at 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Community BBQ

Please join us as at a Community BBQ as we pay tribute to Brunswick’s Fire, Police and Rescue personnel to recognize their service and dedication to our community!  

Adults: $5 per person. Kids: 5 and under $3 all cooked by Celebrity grillers!
Meal includes choice of hamburger or 2 hot dogs, chips, cookie, watermelon & beverage.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating. Everyone welcome!

Fun games and activities for the whole family.  Live music by local musicians.

 

 

 

 

06/27/18 - 08/29/18 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Music on the Mall

Music on the Mall, Downtown Brunswick’s Summer Concert Series, presents FREE concerts Wednesday evenings at 6PM throughout the summer on the Brunswick TownMOM text test new color Mall (Green, see map). Grab a blanket or chair, bring your family and friends, order a picnic dinner or dine at a local Brunswick restaurant, then relax and enjoy great music. FREE Admission.
All concerts start at 6 PM except for Children’s Night (5 PM).

Download the concert schedule here.
In the case of inclement weather, rain date performances will be held on Thursdays when available, check back for updates. 

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Summer 2018 concert schedule:

DATEBAND/PERFORMER
June 27Cilantro - Classics from the past 50 years with blended harmonies and delicate instrumentation
July 5The Desperate Man's Blues Explosion - Blues, Rock, Gospel, Southern Rock, Soul & Funk
July 11JimmyJo & the Jumbol’Ayuhs - Cajun & Zydeco
July 18Debbie Meyers
July 25Colwell Brothers Band - A unique brand of high energy electric Blues and R & B.
August 1Children's Night with Anne Sparling - Children's sing-a-long, bring instruments to shake and play! Concert starts at 5 PM
August 8Dirty McCurdy - A musical ride through the decades.
August 15Maine State Music Theatre Night - Enjoy a variety of performers from MSMT's shows
August 22Mes Amis - Gypsey Jazz
August 29Three's Country - Country rock

 

08/18/18 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Brunswick Outdoor Art Festival

Visit our Festival Page for information and applications for the 2018 Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival.

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Applications are now available for the 2018 Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival!

Artists & Artisans: Visit our “Just for Artists” page to apply by clicking here

Congratulations to the 2017 award winning artists:

** Best in ShowRobin Frisella

1st Place Painting – Peggy Clark Lumpkins
2nd Place Painting – Linda Koch
1st Place Mixed Media – Matt Barter, Matt Barter Art
2nd Place Mixed Media –  Kathy Angel Lee
1st Place Photography – Tom Kretsch, Peaceful Places
2nd Place Photography – Chris Lawrence, Maine Photography
1st Place Craft – Lonie Laffely Ellis
2nd Place Craft – Dot Hutchins, Baskets by Dot
1st Place Graphic/Drawing – Kathleen Buchanan, Grey Seal Press
2nd Place Graphic/Drawing – Linda Mahoney
1st Place Jewelry: Maggie Bokor Jewelry
2nd Place Jewelry: Heather Atwood, H Monique Designs
1st Place “Other” – Danielle Gerber, DMG Designs
2nd Place “Other” – Steven Manning, The Silver Spoon

2018 Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival Sponsors:
Ray Labbe & Sons

 


2016 Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival press release.

 

 

10/18/18 at 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

BDA's Auction Fundraiser

You are invited to the Brunswick Downtown Association (BDA) Live & Silent Auction on ThursdayOctober 18th from 5 to 7:30 pm at The Daniel.  Auction proceeds will  community events hosted by the Brunswick Downtown Association! Music on the Mall, the Community BBQ, the Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival, Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa, The Rolling Slumber Bed Races and the Holiday Lighting fund as we light up the trees on the Town Mall and Maine Street!

 This Silent and Live Auction will offer a variety of items which will be auctioned off by John Bottero. Hors d’oeuvres created by the Daniel and a selection of decadent desserts, createdd by our downtown restaurant,s will be provided.  Cash bar.

      

11/10/18 at 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

Early Bird Sale

Brunswick Downtown Early Bird Sale starting at 6 am, Saturday, November 10th. Exciting sales discounts and specials offered by many Brunswick Downtown businesses. Wear your pajamas and SAVE!

Don’t forget to take a break from shopping to watch the Rolling Slumber Bed Races on Park Row at 11:00!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Sponsors:
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11/10/18 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Rolling Slumber Bed Races

The 8th Annual Rolling Slumber Bed Races will take place on November 10th at 11 AM on Park Row, Downtown Brunswick. In the spirit of Community, families, businesses and local organizations can create a bed to race in this amazing, fun-filled event. The Rolling Slumber Bed Race will delight spectators with fast, funny and uniquely created beds — all on wheels!

Prizes will be awarded for speed, creativity and team spirit. The event is free for spectators. Since the race can be fast-paced, only adults (over age 18) will be able to participate.

If you are interested in participating, we are looking for some bed racing enthusiasts to put on a show, win prizes and bragging rights in the process!  Get your team together now and start planning to create your entry, whether for fun, speed or creativity!  For additional information, please contact the BDA staff at 729-4439 or admin@brunswickdowntown.org

Click here for more details.  Click here for the Registration Form. Fees: First year team: $35, returning teams: $25 per team. Early registration discount of $10 if received at the BDA office by October 31.


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11/24/18 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Annual Tree Lighting with Santa + Small Business Saturday

Ring in the season with neighbors and friends at the Brunswick Downtown Association’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! 

  • 2 – 5:00: Enjoy free Horse and Carriage rides, hot cocoa and coffee and cookies.
  • 3:00: Santa and Frosty the Snowman will arrive at 3 PM on a firetruck Santa will then take a seat in the Gazebo to visit with children and hear their Christmas wishes.
  • 4 – 5:00: The Brunswick High School Chorus will sing carols.
  • 5:00: Santa lights the tree
Brunswick Town Mall, Maine Street, Brunswick.
 

Small Business Saturday, November 24 – celebrate and support our small businesses and all they do for their community! Visit or many unique local shops and restaurants today – Shop Small to make a BIG IMPACT!

Find a list of retail shops in our Business Directory here.

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