The Northeast by Eastern – Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Sumner McKane

Saturday, 10/21
2:00 – 4:00

For years, the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company, based in Belfast, Maine, sent traveling photographer-salesmen all over New England with cameras, catalogs, and order books, seeking buyers and markets for their unique “real photo” postcards.

In this beautifully crafted documentary, The Northeast by Eastern, documentarian Sumner McKane mixes Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company’s collection of early 20th century photographs with archival film footage, interviews, oral histories, a musical sound track featuring period music, and an original score by Sumner McKane.

Hear first-hand accounts of smuggling during prohibition, of river drivers brawling for fun, of growing up without worry and without constant adult supervision, and of slop buckets spilling on tourists’ pies!

Join us on Saturday, 10/21, to experience a unique period in American history through stories, photos, and music from a quieter, simpler, yet stirring and enterprising time.

Learn more about Sumner McKane here, and more about the film here.

The Animal Advocates Club for Grades 5 – 8 Is Back!

puppy in teacupKids in grades 5 – 8 can become part of this year’s Animal Advocates Club, offered in partnership with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP.) The club meets once a month after school with Felicia Mazzone from ARLGP for hands-on fun and learning through service projects, plus a different live animal friend from the shelter each month. FMI and registration information, please click here!

The Amazing Story of Amazing Grace

Tuesday, 10/24
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

First published in 1779, the hymn Amazing Grace, with lyrics by John Newton, a former slave trader, is performed about 10 million times each year, and has been included in over 11,000 albums.

This soaring spiritual was referenced in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin and had a surge of popularity during two of our nation’s greatest crises: the Civil War and the Vietnam War.

The hymn has deep roots in American culture, but who is the man behind the moving words of this ballad?

In this one-hour talk, historian and master storyteller Jerry Wiles will tell an amazing tale you’ll never forget.

Book Launch: The Old Mainer and the Sea

The Old Mainer and the Sea, by Jean FlahiveThursday, 10/26
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Join author Jean Flahive, illustrator Mari Dieumegard, and Islandport Press, as we celebrate the launch of their new children’s picture book, The Old Mainer and the Sea. The book tells the story of an elderly fisherman named Eben who finds himself in an unlikely tug-of-war with a porpoise. When Eben puts himself at risk of being lost at sea, hope arrives in the most unexpected form.

Please join us for book sales, a signing, and refreshments.

Learn more about the author and illustrator by clicking here!


The Black Ghost: Understanding the Maine Black Bear


Thursday, Nov 2
6:30 – 7:30 PM

Learn about bear behavior, biology, and challenges to bear conservation and management with wildlife ecologist, Deborah Perkins. Deborah will present a slide show of her experiences studying Maine black bears, talk about her work with black bears in New Mexico and Tennessee, and she’ll share stories about grizzlies in Yellowstone and Alaska. Click here to learn more!


Workshop: Learn How to Grow Native Plants from Seed

Saturday, 11/4
1:00 – 2:30

Fall is a great time to sow native seeds as many species need to experience a winter cold period to break dormancy and germinate in the spring.

In this workshop you’ll get hands-on experience with native plant propagation – from seed collection and storing procedures, to germination techniques as you work with wildflowers, shrubs, and trees with an emphasis on outdoor seed sowing in pots or growing beds.

Growing native plants from seed is a great way to produce a lot of plants inexpensively and it’s a great way to protect the genetic diversity of our Maine native plants.

In this workshop, Heather will be showing you how to sow seeds so registration is limited.

Click here to register, and to learn more about our presenter.