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01/31/20 - 02/16/20 at 7:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The 39 Steps

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have THE 39 STEPS, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre!

This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

02/01/20 - 02/02/20 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Memory Enhancment Class

People Plus and Mid Coast–Parkview Health have partnered to offer a new Memory Enhancement Class focused on early stage memory loss. The ideal participant is experiencing mild memory loss, and may or may not have been diagnosed with early stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment. The purpose of the class is to provide education, support, and strategies for living optimally.
Each participant is required to bring a support person for several reasons: a) to help the participant identify how the information can be applied to daily living, b) to practice newly learned skills with the participant, c) to discuss and reinforce new information with the participant, and d) to help “fill in the blanks” if information is forgotten.

The five-week Saturday class is limited to eight participants and their support person. It will run from Saturday, Jan. 11 – Feb. 15, 2020 (no class Feb. 1) from 9:30 – 11:30 am at the People Plus Center, 35 Union Street. Cost is $10 per participant/support person totaling $50 for each pair.

Schedule of classes includes:
Session #1, Jan. 11 – Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia, presented by The Alzheimer’s Association and facilitated by Kim Watson, MS, SLP, MLNHA, Administrator, Mid Coast Senior Health.
Session #2, Jan. 18 – Brain Health, presented by Mid Coast Center for Community Health & Wellness and facilitated by Cate Parker, MS, RN, CEP, Director of Mid Coast Center for Community Health & Wellness.
Session #3, Jan. 25 – Effective Strategies for Communication and Daily Living, presented by Kim Watson, MS, SLP, MLNHA, and Lisa Clark, OTR with Mid Coast Senior Health.
Session #4, Feb. 8 – Medication Management, presented by Christian Dinsmore, MD, with Mid Coast Medical Group–Neurology and Practical Application of Med Management, Presented by Lisa Clark, OTR.
Session #5, Feb. 15 – Happiness, including Personal Growth, Social Connection, Community Resources, and the Gift of Giving Back, presented by Mid Coast Center for Community Health & Wellness and facilitated by Cate Parker, MS, RN, CEP.

Pre-payment is required for registration.
Register and pay via check or cash in person at People Plus, 35 Union Street or call 729-0757.

02/01/20 - 02/02/20 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

People Plus Acoustic Music Club - NEW

We be “jammin” at People Plus! If you play an instrument at an intermediate or better level and want to jam with some new friends come join the fun at People Plus with this new club!

Bring your own instrument, be able to share a few songs and know basic chords. The club will be playing mostly folk, blues, bluegrass and other acoustic music in a song circle format where everyone gets a turn to share a song, with others joining in.

Open to current People Plus members and community members 18 years or older and graduated high school. (People Plus membership is not required for your first few visits, but you will need to eventually become a member, only $30/year for Brunswick residents, $35 all others)!

This fun music club will be coordinated by Brunswick resident Jim Ru who plays a variety of instruments and has played in small informal groups, open mikes and house jams. Jim enjoys live acoustic music, especially when people just pull up a chair and share a song or two.

02/02/20 - 02/28/20 at All Day

Longfellow Days 2020 – CENTURIES























On the cusp of Maine’s Bicentennial, we’re looking back 100 years instead. This lets us pause in tribute to two Maine-born artists active in the 1920s:  filmmaker John Ford and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. We’ll also recall Bowdoin College’s 1925 literary tribute to 1825 graduates, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Sunday, February 2, 1:00 PM • THE COURSEN READINGS, PART ONE

We present twelve contemporary poets in a four-part Sunday series named for Herbert Coursen, the late poet, Shakespearean scholar, and Longfellow Days’ friend. We begin with Arielle Greenberg, Judy Kaber, and David Stankiewicz. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library

Sunday, February 9, 1:00 PM • THE COURSEN READINGS, PART TWO

Come be inspired by Maine poets David Paffhausen, Kevin Sweeney, and Ellen Taylor, the latter reading her own work and that of Duff Plunkett, in tribute. Refreshments.

Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library


Gary Lawless, poet, activist, and co-owner of Gulf of Maine books, launches our three-event appreciation of the 100th birthday of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Bring your favorite Millay poems to share, respond to, and talk about while burning our candles at both ends.

The Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row


This informal gathering will feature local poets and a Celtic harpist. The readings are open to everyone, so please bring and share a poem (your own or another’s). Refreshments.

Merrymeeting Room, Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way (off Baribeau Drive)


How did Academy Award-winning director John Ford, born in Cape Elizabeth in 1894, come to make so many amazing Westerns? Bowdoin College film professor Tricia Welsch will give us some clues before we screen Ford’s milestone 1924 silent film about the construction of the transcontinental railroad, selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. Eveningstar Cinema, 149 Maine Street

Saturday, February 15, 1:00 & 2:00 PM • TOUR THE JOSHUA L. CHAMBERLAIN MUSEUM

Longfellow Days and the Pejepscot History Center co-host tours of one of Longfellow’s residences in Brunswick – later home to Maine Governor and Civil War General Joshua Chamberlain. 226 Maine Street

Sunday, February 16, 1:00 PM • THE COURSEN READINGS, PART THREE

Come in out of the cold. The Library’s fireplace will be glowing as poets Jane Costlow, Audrey Gidman, and David Sloan present their work. Refreshments. Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library


Enjoy more poetry sharing for residents and the broad community. Bring your own work or favorites by others. Refreshments. Georgetown Parlor, Maine Lodge, The Highlands, 30 Governors Way, Topsham

Wednesday, February 19, 12:15 PM • EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY AND RAGGED ISLAND

Gary Lawless shares more about the life, work, and reputation of the poet, who lived and wrote in Maine’s mid-coast in the first decades of the 20th century. Passionate, feminist, brilliant Millay was a dazzling reader whose unique style and beauty left an impression on everyone she encountered. The event is part of the Midcoast Senior College’s Winter Wisdom program. Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library

Sunday, February 23, 10:00 AM • LITERARY CHAPEL SERVICE

“Hope” is the focus of this year’s ecumenical service, led by Rev. Sylvia Stocker. Visit the Bible that Longfellow signed and donated to his church in 1878. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street

Sunday, February 23, 1:00 PM • THE COURSEN READINGS, PART FOUR

Our final installment in this uplifting series features poets Deborah Rosch-Eifert, Jason Whitney, and Ruth Bookey, the latter reading her own work and that of Ted Bookey, in tribute. Refreshments.  Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 PM TWELVE DAYS IN MAY OF 1925

John Cross, secretary of development and college relations at Bowdoin College, discusses a momentous literary gathering held as Bowdoin celebrated the 100th anniversary of the graduation of the Class of 1825, which included Longfellow and Hawthorne. Among those invited to speak at a two-week Institute of Modern Literature were Robert Frost, Willa Cather, John Dos Passos, Carl Sandburg and Edna St. Vincent Millay. In partnership with the Pejepscot History Center. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street

Friday, February 28, 7 PM • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HENRY!

One day after his 213th birthday, there are even more reasons to celebrate. Please come listen to other Maine poets and read your own writing as a way of honoring HWL. Join in this fun and festive, everyone’s-welcome poetry open mic – and enjoy some birthday cake. Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street

Longfellow Days is an annual program of the Brunswick Downtown Association, with support from Bowdoin College, The Brunswick Inn, Nathaniel Davis Fund, Eveningstar Cinema, Maine Humanities Council, Alfred M. Senter Fund, and Union Street Bakery. All programs are free of charge.

02/02/20 at 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Superbowl Party

Happy hour prices all day!

02/02/20 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

DIY Medicinals and Salves (Winter Garden Workshops: Growing Literacy Series)

Curious about using food and herbs as medicine? Come learn about how best to plan and grow for making your own salves and medicinals from your garden from Lucretia Woodruff of Milkweed Farm.

This event is one of  Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Curtis Memorial Library’s Winter Gardening Workshops: Growing Literacy Lecture Series. The Workshops are a wonderful opportunity each winter to learn from master gardeners through practical lectures and hands-on training. Gardeners of all levels can improve their skills.

Workshops are held on Sundays from January – March each year, from 1:30-3:30pm at Morrell Meeting Room in Curtis Memorial Library.

These Winter Garden Workshops are made possible by BTLT’s business partner and sponsor of the series, Camden National Bank.

Event presented by:
Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust

02/02/20 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Growing Literacy

Join the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Curtis Memorial Library for a series of winter lectures designed to get you ready for the growing season. All talks take place on Sunday from 1:30-3:30 PM in the Morrell Meeting Room of Curtis Memorial Library. Join us!

January 26, 2020  Nicki Griffin – Garden Hands

Shade and Woodland Gardening with Native Plants

February 2, 2020  Lucretia Woodruff – Milkweed Farm DIY Medicinals & Salves

February 16, 2020 Ken Faulkner – Beekeeping Expert

Beekeeping Basics

February 23, 2020 Karyn Marden – Gardening Expert

Traditional Xeriscaping (Gardening without Watering)

March 15, 2020 Joanne Suley –  Local Gardening Expert Small Space Gardening

March 22, 2020 Stan Wakely – Urban Garden Center

Nut Crops and Unusual Plants



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