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Longfellow Days 2023 02/01/23 - 02/28/23 at All Day

Longfellow Days 2023

We’re back again with full programming after a two-year absence. Join us as we embark on a month-long celebration of Longfellow, poetry, and community. All events are free!


Longfellow Days is Brunswick’s month-long celebration of the great American poet, who lived here while he was a student and, later, as a faculty member at Bowdoin College. Throughout February – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birth month – entertaining cultural events all over town will explore themes that are suggested by the poet’s life and work. This year’s event is titled “Travel: Abroad and Within.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was inspired by traveling, whether internationally or close to home. His adventures shaped his writing, even when his subject had nothing to do with journeys or locales. Truly, travel can happen over great distances or within our thoughts.

Please Note – Date Change for Longfellow Trivia ChallengeFriday, February 17, 1 PM has been changed to February 24, 1 PM


Thursday, February 2, 2-3 PM
Exhibition Excursion

A docent-led tour of two BCMA exhibits illuminating aspects of HWL’s time in Italy. Antiquity & America: The Ancient Mediterranean in the United States features sculpture and paintings that influenced artists like Longfellow. In Light of Rome: Early Photography in the Capital of the Art World, 1842-1871 reveals the eternal city’s impact on the development of early photography. Co-sponsored by the Pejepscot History Center.

Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Sunday, February 5, 1 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.  We begin with Maine poets Jen Walker Grace, Claire Hersom, and Marcia Simmons. Refreshments.

Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library

Tuesday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 PM
Parsing a Poem: Devilish Dante 


A literary and social event hosted by Gary Lawless, who guides us in exploring the First Canto of Dante’s Inferno, translated by Longfellow, as well as “Mezzo Cammin,” Longfellow’s sonnet written while grieving the sudden death of his first wife. Refreshments and cash bar.

OneSixtyFive, The Inn on Park Row 

Friday, February 10, 1 PM
Poetry Reading with Wesley McNair


Wes, the Poet Laureate of Maine from 2011-2016, will read from his recently published volume Late Wonders: New and Selected Poems.

Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street

Saturday, February 11, 10:30 AM
Morning at the Movies

Be transported back to Victorian America by I Heard the Bells, the 2022 feature film about Longfellow and the inspiring story behind the beloved Christmas carol. Introduced by Tricia Welsch, Bowdoin College Professor of Cinema Studies.

Eveningstar Cinema, 149 Maine Street

Watch the movie trailer here

Sunday, February 12, 10 AM
A Lyrical Service

Poetry is the focus of this ecumenical service, led by Rev. Kharma Amos and with music from Jud Caswell. Visit the Bible that Longfellow signed and donated to his church in 1878.

Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street

Sunday, February 12, 1 PM
The Coursen Reading, Part Two 


Maine poets Cate Marvin, Jefferson Navicky, and Jonathan Pessant are featured. Refreshments.

Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library

Wednesday, February 15, 12 PM
Poetry & Travel: Longfellow in Europe

As a Professor of Modern Languages, Longfellow toured Europe, expanding his worldview and his art. Gary Lawless, another continental traveler, speaks about HWL, poetry, and the value of travel in strengthening the creative arts. This event is part of the Midcoast Senior College’s Winter Wisdom program.

Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library


DATE CHANGE: Friday, February 24, 1 PM
Longfellow Trivia Challenge

We bet you know more than you think you do and, either way, you are sure to have fun. Trivia master Andrew Hamilton emcees, and there’ll be prizes!

Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street


Saturday, February 18, 12:30 & 2 PM
Tours of the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum

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

226 Maine Street




Sunday, February 19, 1 PM
The Cousen Readings, Part Three


Maine poets Dennis Camire, Jim Donnelly, and Anna Wrobel are featured today. Refreshments.

Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library

Wednesday, February 22, 2 PM
Community Poetry Reading at the Highlands

Local bard David Sloan will read from his work and host this informal poetry-sharing gathering for the community.  Bring yours or favorites by others. Refreshments.

Georgetown Parlor, Maine Lodge, The Highlands, 30 Governors Way, Topsham





Thursday, February 23, 12:30 PM
Community Poetry Reading at Thornton Oaks

Poet David Sloan shares his own writing and hosts this informal verse-sharing session for the community. Bring yours or favorites by others. Refreshments.

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





Sunday, February 26, 1 PM
The Coursen Readings, Part Four


Maine poets Kara Douglas, Valerie Lawson, and John Reinhart are on deck for our final Coursen Reading. Refreshments.

Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library


Monday, February 27, 6:30 PM

He’s a mere 216 today – and always deserving of a fuss. Ren Bernier hosts our popular poetry open mic, and we invite you to add your voice! Come share your poem or another’s that you love, and enjoy some delicious cake, courtesy of Union Street Bakery.

Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street



Longfellow Days is an annual program of the Brunswick Downtown Association, with support from Bowdoin College, Nathaniel Davis Fund, Eveningstar Cinema, OneSixtyFive: The Inn on Park Row, Union Street Bakery, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick. 

Check out this site and our Longfellow Days Facebook page for updates.

And Joyful New Year Wishes to All!



School Vacation Week at Slot Car Junction & Fascination Station Toys 02/20/23 - 02/25/23 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

School Vacation Week at Slot Car Junction & Fascination Station Toys

Slot Car Junction & Fascination Station Toys

We will be open Monday through Saturday during school vacation week, 10am-5pm and Sundays, 12-5 pm.  Start your engines, enjoy some thrills and spills on our 56′ long, 6 lane slot car track, or pick up a fun game, jigsaw puzzle, or colorful gliders that will keep the kids entertained whether inside or outdoors.  FMI. We recommend calling 833-5257 to reserve your track time.
Pejepscot History Center Zoom at Noon:  Caesar Freeman: An 18th-Century Free Black Man in Bowdoin, Maine 02/23/23 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Pejepscot History Center Zoom at Noon:  Caesar Freeman: An 18th-Century Free Black Man in Bowdoin, Maine

 Caesar Freeman: An 18th-Century Free Black Man in Bowdoin, Maine

with Jym St. Pierre

Thursday, February 23 at Noon, via Zoom

During Black History Month, Jym St. Pierre will present his research on Caesar Freeman, one of the first settlers of the Town of Bowdoin, Maine and a free Black man. An early member of the First Baptist Church of Bowdoin, Freeman had his own nameplate on a pew and Caesar’s Pond in Bowdoin is named for him. Jym will trace his arrival in Bowdoin, his livelihood and family life, and how some of his descendants married into families that settled in Brunswick.

Tickets: $5 PHC Members, Bowdoinham Historical Society Members, Bowdoin Historical Society Members; $8 General Admission

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From Local to Global: Creating a New Industry in Maine 02/23/23 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

From Local to Global: Creating a New Industry in Maine

Midcoast Senior College presents its special series, “Maine’s Transforming Economy and Changing Demographics: Building a Better Future.” Maine’s economy is in the midst of a transformation that includes new  businesses in areas such as biotechnology, aquaculture, renewable energy, food processing, brewing and distilling. These economic developments are reshaping the nature of work, our institutions and the communities in which we live. Tonight we learn about “From Local to Global: Creating a New Industry in Maine” from
Michael E Dubyak, Former Chairman, Wex Inc. To register for this FREE webinar, go to:

For more information, go to or call 207-725-4900.

Sustaining Maine’s Native Brook Trout Lecture 02/23/23 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Sustaining Maine’s Native Brook Trout Lecture

Sustaining Maine’s Native Brook Trout Lecture

Learn about these colorful fish that support food, recreation, and healthy stream ecosystems in our state

 Did you know Maine is home to the greatest abundance of native wild Brook Trout in the United States? The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) and the Merrymeeting Bay chapter of Trout Unlimited are delighted to host Merry Gallagher for a free zoom lecture about these important cold-water fish and efforts across the state to sustain them.  Merry Gallagher has been central to Maine’s brook trout conservation efforts for many years as a Native Fish Conservation Biologist at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.  This virtual lecture will take place on Thursday February 23rd at 6pm.

Registration is free and required in order to receive the Zoom link for the presentation. For more information and to sign-up, visit KELT’s website at or call (207) 442-8400.

The program will introduce us to brook trout’s life cycle, differences between coastal and inland populations, population changes over time, population threats, and monitoring that the state and volunteers have been carrying out to better understand and support these fish.  These special fish are the only native trout species that inhabit the cold, clear streams of m

uch of the eastern United States, and they are prized by anglers. Participants are welcomed and encouraged to ask questions during the Q&A portion of the lecture. 

According to the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (, Maine is the only state with extensive intact populations of wild, self-reproducing brook trout in lakes and ponds and is also the last true stronghold for stream dwelling populations of wild brook trout. Unable to thrive in poor water quality or degraded habitats, wild brook trout are excellent indicators of clean water and healthy aquatic systems.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to conserving and restoring the land, water, and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary.  It maintains twelve preserves for public enjoyment and has protected 4,100+ acres of land since founding in 1989. FMI visit or call (207) 442-8400. 

The Merrymeeting Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited promotes the growth of our sportfishing community for fun and environmental conservation. It collaborates with conservation, sporting, and governmental groups on education and critical habitat projects. FMI visit

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