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Mid Coast Senior College logo - Brunswick Downtown Association 01/09/18 - 01/09/19 at 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

MSC Winter Wisdom - Johannes Brahms, “The Young Eagle”

Winter Wisdom – Johannes Brahms, “The Young Eagle”*
Mr. George Lopez is the Beckwith Artist-in-Residence at Bowdoin College and a familiar performer/lecturer in the Bath/Brunswick Community. He has received local and international acclaim for his artistry at the piano as well as his insight and depth of context for the works of many composers. He will perform excerpts by Brahms and discuss the conflicted relationship between the composer and his contemporary, Robert Schumann. Mr. Lopez is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and received his Master’s Degree from the Sweelinck Conservatory, Amsterdam.
*At Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick, across from Curtis Memorial Library

Free event is sponsored by The Highlands, Topsham, ME. For more information, visit:

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

Longfellow Days 2018

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.

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.

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.


02/07/18 at 12:00 am

Adult Tennis Beginner 123

Looking to learn the sport of a lifetime? Played before but haven’t picked up a racket in awhile? Adult Tennis 123 is perfect for you!

You will learn all tennis strokes over the course of a month. Session start the beginning of each month; choose from one of the following: Tues. 9-10am, Wed. 6-7pm, or Sat. 10-11am. Cost is $55 and includes free court time on the weekends, a free cardio tennis class, a free social tennis mixer, and more! There is an option to join fitness and yoga as well.

Right now there is a half price Groupon for Maine Pines Tennis 123: Call 729-8433 or email See you on the courts.

02/07/18 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Chef's Special Luncheon and Chocolate Tasting

Indulge your sweet tooth! Join Executive Chef and Director of Dining Services Chris Toole for a special three-course tasting menu he and Wilbur’s of Maine are preparing just for this luncheon. Come find out why he won Spectrum Generation’s Celebrity Chef Challenge twice. It’s a great chance for you to sample the flavor of life in The Highlands. Tours of the Maine Lodge will follow.

02/07/18 at 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Winter Wisdom Lecture Series: IONA, The Sacred Isle of Scotland

A historical overview of the island and rebuilding of the 10th century abbey there, as well as current day life in that community. Our presenters are experienced visitors to the island and well acquainted with that community as well as progress toward the restoration of the abbey.

 The Rev Robert Ives received his B.A. degree from Bowdoin (1969), and his M.Div. from the University of Edinburgh – Scotland in 1973. In 1993-1994 he did post-graduate work at the University of St. Andrews. After a brief period in the Bowdoin Admissions office, Bob became the teacher and minister on Monhegan Island. For 33 years he was Director of the Carpenter’s Boat Shop, an apprenticeship school in Pemaquid committed to building boats, nurturing lives and serving others. He recently retired as Bowdoin College’s Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.  Bob and Phyllis were married in 2010 and currently reside in Pemaquid Harbor. They spent several weeks at Iona this past summer renewing their involvement with that community. 

Phyllis Ives grew up spending summers in Pemaquid and received her B.A. degree from the University of New Jersey in 1971 in psychology.  Her professional life includes extensive activity in public relations, marketing, and advertising in the private sector, as well as marketing and strategic planning for Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Returning to Maine in 1999, she worked with non-profit organizations helping them to strategize for, then conduct, major capital campaigns. After retiring in 2012, she and Bob spent two months at the Iona Abbey as residential volunteers. She has continued her capital campaign work as a volunteer with an emphasis on the Iona Community.

02/07/18 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


People Plus logoNew at People Plus on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm! A restorative, low impact exercise routine combining roller therapy and Pilates. Instructor/originator is Richard Giustra. Giustra is a retired board certified Orthopedic Surgeon and ASFA certified Pilates instructor. $5/members, $10/non-members. Attendees are required to bring their own foam roller.

Try it once for free.

02/07/18 at 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Living Well with Diabetes

Living Well with Diabetes-the tools you need to take back control. This 6-week workshop series is held Wednesdays from January 24 through February 21, 2018 from 2- 4:30 p.m. at Sunnybrook, 340 Bath Road, Brunswick in the Multipurpose Room. Living Well with Diabetes is facilitated by trained community leaders. The workshop is open to individuals living with diabetes, as well as their caregivers, family member, and friends.Sunnybrook Brunswick, Me logo
Through this proven program developed by Stanford University and supported by Spectrum Generations and the New England Quality Innovation Network, participants will learn a variety of necessary day-to-day skills needed to actively manage their diabetes leading to more active and fulfilling lives.

Sign up by contacting Lyn 207-930-8082 or Sunnybrook is handicap accessible and there is no charge to participate.

02/07/18 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Maine - The Way Life IS

Thornton Oaks Retirement Community presents Maine – The Way Life IS an art exhibit featuring the work of Jan Roberson.

A resident of Harpswell, Jan is inspired by her deep love of sea, woods, and all things Maine.  Her use of soft pastel brings a quiet realism to her many paintings, often including colorful morning and evening skies.  

A graduate of The Waynflete School in Portland, she received a BA and an MA Ed from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She received her Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2005 from the University of Southern Maine.  She also attended classes at Maine College of Art and Lyme Academy of Art.  Jan received additional instruction from several prominent artists, including Albert Handell, Robert Carsten, Richard McKinley and Lorenzo Chavez. In 2004 she traveled to Russia to study with internationally acclaimed pastelist Serguei Oussik.

Jan was juried into The Pastel Society of America as an Associate Member.   She has paintings in private collections in Maine, across the country, Canada and the United Kingdom.  Her work has been shown in The Boothbay Regional Gallery, The Kittery Art Association Gallery and The Maine Art Gallery.  

The public is invited to attend this free event. The exhibit remains open to the public during select times throughout February and March. Please call our business office at 373-4600 to find out times the exhibit is available for viewing.

Thornton Oaks Retirement Community is a homeowners cooperative and includes 46 cottages and 98 apartments nestled in 29 wooded acres in Brunswick.  Thornton Oaks is affiliated with Mid Coast-Parkview Health.

02/07/18 at 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Tennis for Kids

Have your kids join us on the court to learn the sport of a lifetime!

Kids will play fun games as they learn skills and strategies. RED BALL (ages 4 1/2-7) meets Mondays and/or Wednesday from 4:15-5pm.

Cost is $40/1 day/week for a month; $65/2 days/week for a month. ORANGE BALL meets Mon and/or Wed from 5-6pm, same cost. To register call 729-8433 or email See you on the courts!

02/07/18 at 5:30 pm

Creativity & Cooking for Caregivers

Hearts for Human Rights image 02/07/18 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Hearts for Human Rights Fundraiser

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) is excited to host its 4th annual Hearts for Human Rights fundraiser. The evening will feature a live auction, cash bar and hors d’oeuvres, and a performance by Maine Rwandan cultural group, IKIRENGA cy’INTORE – all in support of the educational programming of the HHRC.

Each year, the HHRC reaches as many as 4,000 teachers and students from all over the state with free outreach programs about civil rights, the Holocaust, and civil discourse. Your support helps us meet the demand!

RSVP by January 31 at by calling (207) 621-3530.

The suggested donation is $40 per person and $300 for a table of 8. Tickets can be purchased at:

Event sponsorship opportunities are still available! Feel free to call (207) 621-3530 or email for more information.
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Curtis Memorial Library logo 02/07/18 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

DIY Healthy Chemicals

Curtis Memorial Library logoLearn more about the chemicals hiding in your everyday products. Join us as we learn what we need to know from  Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine Chapter.

Are you using toxic products?

Join us as Dr. Jim Maier of Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine Chapter discusses the hazards to your health found in everyday products around your home and office. He will discuss what is toxic, what isn’t, and what we still don’t know. He will go over various strategies to reduce your health risks and effectively advocate for change. Curtis Memorial Library’s own cleaning regime will be used as a case study.  Join us as we learn and improve.

Find out more about PSR’s work at

This program is free, open to the public and will take place in the Morrell Meeting Room.

This program is part of the Sustainable ME series. Learn more about Sustainable ME at


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