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Longfellow Days 2024 02/03/24 - 02/27/24 at All Day

Longfellow Days 2024

LONGFELLOW DAYS 2024 – ANNIVERSARIES

Amazing! It’s actually the 20th anniversary of Longfellow Days this year, and so we’re celebrating with lively programs throughout February ~ including parties at the beginning and end of the month.

Saturday, February 3, 1:00 PM ~ BOOK LAUNCH PARTY
We are thrilled to announce the publication of Read to Me Some Poems: 20 Years of Longfellow Days Poems from Moon Pie Press, edited by Longfellow Days founder Maryli Tiemann and poet/editor/publisher Alice Persons. You are invited to be part of our festive book launch. There’ll be music, readings by the poets, refreshments, and a chance to mingle with and get autographs from  writers represented in this new volume. Refreshments provided by The Holy Donut.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street

Sunday, February 4, 1:00 PM ~ THE COURSEN READINGS, PART ONE
Our four-weekend series of poetry readings by Maine writers adds a special honorary element this year. Readers will share their own writing plus that of esteemed poets we have lost since they were Longfellow Days participants themselves. On this first Sunday, former Maine Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl reads Maine’s 1st Poet Laureate, Kate Barnes; Bob MacLaughlin reads his own poetry, as well as Herb Coursen’s (after whom these Sunday readings were named); and Leila Percy will read Jerry Day Mason. Refreshments included.
Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library

Coursen ReadingsSunday, February 11, 1:00 PM ~ THE COURSEN READINGS, PART TWO
This week’s pairings:  Stephen Petroff reads his own poetry and the work of Robert Chute; Marta Finch reads her poems and some by her mother Maggie Finch; and Ellen Taylor reads her own poems and those of Duff Plunkett. Refreshments.
Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library

 

Parsing a poemTuesday, February 13, 6:30 PM ~ PARSING A POEM
At this literary and social event, co-sponsored by the Pejepscot History Center, Gary Lawless and John Cross help us explore “Morituri Salutamus,” a reflection on youth and age that Longfellow composed for the 50th reunion of his 1825 Bowdoin graduating class (another anniversary!). Refreshments included. Registration required: Send an email with subject “Parsing” to info@pejepscothistorical.org. Please include name(s) of registrants and phone number for primary contact.
Pejepscot History Center, 159 Park Row

COMMUNITY POETRY READING AT THE HIGHLANDSThursday, February 15, 2:30 PM ~ COMMUNITY POETRY READING AT THE HIGHLANDS
Local poets David Sloan and Helene McGlauflin will read from their work and host this informal poetry-lovers gathering for the community. Bring your own poems or your favorites written by others. Refreshments.
Georgetown Parlor, Maine Lodge, The Highlands, 30 Governors Way, Topsham

 

Saturday, February 17, 10:00 & 11:30 AM ~ MARY & HENRY: THE LONGFELLOWS IN BRUNSWICK
This special tour of the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, co-sponsored by the Pejepscot History Center, will be led by PHC executive director Larissa Vigue Picard and MARY & HENRY: THE LONGFELLOWS IN BRUNSWICKGemma Cannon. Gemma, a grief specialist and author of Voices of the Night, has discovered new material about Henry’s first wife, Mary, and more than we ever knew about Henry’s early writing. The tour through the historic home (where the Longfellows lived decades before the Chamberlains) is 60-75 minutes. Each session is limited to 15 people. Registration is required: Send an email with subject “LD House Tour” to info@pejepscothistorical.org. Please include preferred time, name(s) of registrants, and phone number for primary contact.
226 Maine Street

THE COURSEN READINGS, PART THREESunday, February 18, 1:00 PM ~ THE COURSEN READINGS, PART THREE
Three more Maine writers read from their own work and pay tribute to another poet: Jim Donnelly for Ted Bookey, Anna Wrobel for Lee Sharkey, and Susan Iverson for her father George Van Deventer. Refreshments.
Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library

SAMUEL LONGFELLOW AND A NEW VISION OF THE SPIRITWednesday, February 21, 1:00 PM ~ SAMUEL LONGFELLOW AND A NEW VISION OF THE SPIRIT
Henry’s younger brother Samuel was a Unitarian minister and hymn writer. During his time in the ministry, he was responsible for some radical changes in Unitarian churches and in hymn writing. What had been to this point a purely Christian-Biblical orientation shifted to encompass spirituality inspired by earth, sea and sky. Our speaker, The Rev. Mark W. Harris, is the minister emeritus of First Parish in Watertown, MA and the author of several books, including Elite: Uncovering Classism in Unitarian Universalist History. This event is part of the Midcoast Senior College’s Winter Wisdom program.Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street

COMMUNITY POETRY READING AT THORNTON OAKSThursday, February 22, 2:30 ~ COMMUNITY POETRY READING AT THORNTON OAKS
Poets David Sloan and Helene McGlauflin will read their own writing and host this informal verse-sharing session for the community. Bring your own poems or your favorites written by others. Refreshments.
Merrymeeting Room, Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way (off Baribeau Drive)

ECUMENICAL SERVICESunday, February 25, 10:00 AM ~ A LYRICAL SERVICE
19th Century Views of Justice and Equality is the focus of our annual service in tribute to Longfellow. 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 25, 1:00 PM ~ THE COURSEN READINGS, PART FOUR
Our anniversary tribute to great Maine poets, both current ones and others greatly missed, concludes with Jay Franzel, also reading Henry Braun; Claire Hersom, also reading Susann Pelletier; and Cindy Carney reading poems by Joyce Pye, with an introduction by Joyce’s daughter, Jenny Wells. Refreshments.
Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library

Tuesday, February 27, 6:30 PM ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HENRY!
So … we’re 20 years old – and  Longfellow would be 217 today. It’s party time! Ren Bernier hosts our popular poetry open mic, and we encourage you to add your voice. Come share your poem or another’s that you appreciate, and enjoy music by Bowdoin College’s Longfellows, a capella group and some delicious cakes.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street 

Longfellow Days is an annual month-long program, with support from Bowdoin College, Brunswick Downtown Association, Curtis Memorial Library, Nathaniel Davis Fund, Pejepscot History Center, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick.

Please visit our anniversary displays at Curtis Memorial Library and Brunswick’s Visitor Center.
 
Also ask about “ The Longfellow” at Gelato Fiasco where they’re February scooping three flavors celebrating Longfellow’s love of Italy. In your choice of sizing, each dish can include Stracciatella Gelato, Espresso Chip Gelato, and Mascarpone Pistachio Caramel Gelato.
 

Questions? Write to us at longfellowdays@gmail.com.

Love to Build Art Auction 02/14/24 - 02/24/24 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Love to Build Art Auction

Habitat for Humanity 7 Rivers Maine hosts the 3rd Annual Love to Build Art Auction from February 14th through February 24th. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will be spent on local affordable housing solutions in Southern Midcoast Maine.

The auction features original works from local artists and volunteers including art donated directly by local artists including Val Upham, Wayne Robbins, and John Wright, along with items donated to the ReStore.

Brunswick Maine artist Val Upham kicked off the first Love to Build Art Auction with 20 donated original paintings made on wood reclaimed from Habitat programs. Last year the event raised nearly $12,000 and continuing her support this year, Val Upham has donated two original works of art, as she says, “to raise monies that will keep giving back.”

Auction items will be on display at the Habitat for Humanity 7 Rivers Maine ReStore, 1 Chandler Drive, Bath, from 10am – 5pm, Tue-Sat.

Love to Build Art Auction 02/24/24 at 12:00 am

Love to Build Art Auction

The 3rd annual Love to Build art auction features original works from local artists and volunteers, rare donated art, and other unique items. All proceeds help build and repair homes for local families with limited incomes.

Online bidding starts on Wednesday, February 14. FMI:  207-504-9334 or debbie@habitat7rivers.org

OTTO Happy Hour 02/24/24 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

OTTO Happy Hour

We Are Open For Dine In!

Come Hang Out With Us and Your Friends For….

Happy Hour @ OTTO daily from 3 pm-5 pm

Free Slice with your first adult beverage!

-$2.50 High Life Drafts

-$5.50 Allagash White Drafts

-$5.00 House Wine Pours

-$7.00 House Margaritas

Feel Free To Call For More Details @ 1-207-406-2784

Open Sunday- Thursday 11-8, Friday and Saturday 11-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jud Caswell presents "A Morning Cordial Retrospective" 02/24/24 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Jud Caswell presents "A Morning Cordial Retrospective"

Jud Caswell presents “A Morning Cordial Retrospective”

Award-winning singer-songwriter, Jud Caswell, will perform at the Brunswick UU Church for their Concerts for a Cause series on February 24, 2024 at 7:30 pm to raise money for Midcoast New Mainers Group and Oasis Free Clinics.

One of the leading singer-songwriters on the current scene, Jud Caswell is a master multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, banjo, cittern, whistles and Irish drums. His interpretations of songs from modern acoustic to traditional folk and Irish are done with excellent musicianship, and his words and warm, tender voice portray his landscapes like Wyeth, with a reverence for humble beauty.

Jud’s originals have won some of the most prestigious songwriting contests in the country, including the legendary Kerrville New Folk competition. His songs have been taught at Berklee, recorded by Judy Collins, and named “#4 Song of the Decade” by New York’s WFUV. The single, “The Great Divide,” from the album was the #2 song of October on Folk Alliance International’s Charts.

Jud has produced 4 acclaimed albums, the latest of which is “Morning Cordial Vol. 1.” Jud’s response to Covid was to post weekly videos on his Facebook page, calling the clips the “Morning Cordial.” These videos were a way for Jud to stay connected during the pandemic and to give himself a sense of purpose while lifting the spirits of all his followers who listened to them. He has shared more than 175 of these videos.  Many people believe that these “Morning Cordials” helped them get through the pandemic.

For this concert, Jud will be taking the fan favorites of his Morning Cordials to the live stage.  What better way to get through the bleak midwinter than to enjoy a warm and friendly evening of great music that will invigorate the heart. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets:  Adults: $20 in advance, $25 at door, Students & Children: $10
Available at the church office, Gulf of Maine Books or https://www.ticketstripe.com/jcaswell.

Listen to samples of Jud Caswell:

  • Great Divide:
    Singer/Songwriter Caswell takes great pride that this song has been loved and shared by Democrats and Republicans alike, and he hopes his grandparents would be proud.
  • Rock Road to Dublin:
    An example of Jud singing and playing Irish music with a variety of instruments.

 

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