02/02/20 - 02/28/20 at All Day
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
Monday, February 10, 7:00 PM • LOVE SONGS FOR VINCENT: A MILLAY READ-ALONG
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
Thursday, February 13, 1:00 PM • COMMUNITY POETRY READING AT THORNTON OAKS
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)
Saturday, February 15, 10:00 AM • FAMILY MORNING AT THE MOVIES: THE IRON HORSE
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
Tuesday, February 18, 2:00 PM • COMMUNITY POETRY READING AT THE HIGHLANDS
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.
02/19/20 - 04/24/20 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Can you sing? dance? act? Can you tell a jokes? Are you a juggler? Ventriloquist? Hula-hooper? Play the bag pipes? Play harmonica? Have a band? Have a uni-cycling group?
BRING IT ON!!!!
Calling all performers young and old! (solo acts age 8 and older / or age 6 and older as part of a group), we are now taking applications for this fun and lively, local talent show!
Only 20 acts will be allowed so get your applications to the director, Teresa Gillis ASAP!
The Brunswick Rotary Club is now accepting applications for “Midcoast Maine’s Got Talent 2020!” The ninth edition of this fun and well-attended local talent show will be held on May 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crooker Theatre in Brunswick. Deadline for applications is April 24, however, since the event is capped at twenty participating acts, interested parties are encouraged to apply immediately.
All ages and all types of talent are welcome to apply with no entry fee. The three categories of acts include “vocalist,” “dance,” and “other/specialty.” All acts are limited to a maximum performance time two and half minutes.
Once again, Curt Dale Clark, the Artistic Director of Maine State Music Theater, will as the event emcee. MSMT Interns will perform the opening number again this year.
A link to online applications can be found at Brunswick Rotary Club’s Facebook page, or the separate Midcoast Maine’s Got Talent! Facebook page, or on the club’s website at brunswickmainerotary.org.
Proceeds from this annual event benefit hundreds of area youth and families through the Brunswick Rotary Club Community Fund. The Brunswick Rotary participates in many local and international service projects and financially supports non-profit organizations that serve our community. Charitable donations have been provided to the Brunswick Teen Center, People Plus, the Swinging Bridge Fund, Midcoast Hunger Prevention, the Independence Association and various youth sports programs as well as funding the Fourth of July games on the Mall and the annual Bike Rodeo.
02/20/20 - 03/15/20 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Garden of Nature
Emanating Color & Texture – Fiber Art by Anna McDougal & Jennell Edson
at Little Dog Coffee Shop – 87 Maine St, Brunswick
Opening Reception Thursday Feb 20th, 5 – 7 pm
02/22/20 - 02/23/20 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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.
02/23/20 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
This audition is for local children only. Only local children can be auditioned for Frozen, Jr. as rehearsals will take place during the school year. Housing is not provided for local child actors.
LOCATION: MSMT, 22 Elm Street, Brunswick, ME
WHO: Children 8 – 18 years old (cannot turn 19 during rehearsals or performances). ALL ROLES available and this show will only be cast with local children.
WHAT: Open call audition for Frozen, JR. Come early to sign up and you will be seen in order of sign up sheet.
WHAT TO PREPARE: one 16 bar cut (less than 1min) that best shows your ability and range. Does not need to be from the show. Must bring sheet music printed and clearly marked – pianist will be present. Bring an up to date picture of the child and resume.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
02/23/20 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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
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
02/23/20 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
This workshop will focus on using different plants and garden layouts to maximize production with little or no irrigation.
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.
These Winter Garden Workshops are made possible by BTLT’s business partner and sponsor of the series, Camden National Bank.
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