Songwriting Workshop – May

Tuesday, May 22
6:15-8:15 PM

We have extended our songwriting workshop through June! What a wonderful gathering this is with people attending bringing whatever they are working on, and mentor Jud Caswell helping them shape it into something really beautiful. Jud starts each session with a short discussion of some of the elements of songwriting craft, then moves right on to sharing songs. Jud’s feedback is focused on questions or concerns raised by the songwriter, with group discussion focused on issues of craft and technique.

Participants should bring a song that is “in process” for feedback and support, along with 10 copies of lyrics to share. We’ll have a sign-up sheet when you get here and will have time each night to share 6 or 7 songs. Come a little early if you want to make sure to get on the list!

The goal of the workshop is to provide a safe place for songwriters to grow their ability. Songwriters of all levels and abilities are welcome! This class is a lot of fun. We hope you’ll take advantage of one or both of our last two sessions.

Here’s a bit about our leader, Jud Caswell
Maine-based Jud Caswell has played folk festivals from Texas to Oregon and won some of the best songwriting contests in the country.  He has appeared at iconic venues and at celebrated festivals across the country. While his music is often compared to James Taylor and David Wilcox, his songs draw on a long musical history and wide-ranging influences from jazz and Piedmont blues to contemporary folk and rock.  Wilcox offers his own praise, acclaiming Caswell as “much more than a great singer and guitar player, Jud’s songs take you into the storyteller’s world with clear images and characters that come to life for the listener.” Maine Today is even more emphatic: “Jud Caswell is an enormously talented lyricist, composer, performer, and producer. It’s only a matter of time before he’s discovered by the rest of the world; you should discover him now.” Jud has a degree in music from Dartmouth College and has taught songwriting to students of all ages and ability levels. 

Writer’s Accountability Group – May

Wednesday, 5/16
10:30 AM – noon
TML’s Writer’s Accountability Group (WAG!) meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:30-noon.
From future writers who haven’t found the time to get going, to published authors looking for inspiration for their next book, to poets ready to share their insights, we’re here to support you in a relaxed, safe setting. 
All levels of expertise and genres are welcome as we:
  • Share ideas about writing, editing, and publishing. 
  • Share snippets of our work in a creative, supportive group setting.
  • Connect with other writers who are as passionate about the craft as we are.
  • Give ourselves a deadline each month to show up with our latest work.
  • Have fun!

We hope you’ll join us to help get your WAG going!

Democracy Cafe – May

Tuesday, May 8
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Democracy Café continues in May with a discussion the first and second amendments to our constitution.

First Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petitition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Second Amendment
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

How does our society evolve and still abide by our constitution? And how can we best deal with the on-going struggle between rights and safety regulations – particularly when it comes to the right to free speech in the media, and questions about gun control?

Please bring your thoughts, questions, and ideas to share, learn, and connect in a safety zone for civil discussion. 

Volunteer Feature: Marine Mammals of Maine

Thursday, May 3
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

If you find a stranded seal on a beach, who should you call? MMoME!

Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME), was founded in 2011 and has federal authorization to respond to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles between Kittery and Rockland, ME. The nearly 2,500 miles of coast line MMoME covers, including islands, is one of the busiest seal stranding areas on the east coast. Each year, MMoME responds to over 300 calls to help with live and deceased seals, whales, dolphins, porpoises, and sea turtles. 

Last year MMoME increased its capacity to include long-term care for a small number of seals in its Harpswell-based facility. And recently, they opened the first and only seal triage center on the east coast.

Our presenter, Lynda Doughty, is the founding Executive Director of MMoME. She joins us as part of her mission to help educate Maine’s coastal communities and visitors about marine mammals, conservation, and environmental stewardship.

CLICK HERE and scroll down to learn more about MMofME, and Founder Lynda Doughty

Morning Book Group – May

Wednesday, May 9
9:30 – 10:45 AM
Our morning book group meets at a new time: On the second Wednesday of the month.
We hope you’ll join us in May for a great discussion of Sandcastle Girls by mystery writer Chris Bohjalian.
“Parallel stories of a woman who falls in love with an Armenian soldier during the Armenian Genocide and a modern-day New Yorker prompted to rediscover her Armenian past”
All are welcome to join us!

Sing Your Way to Happiness

Thursday, May 10
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Denmark is one of the happiest places on earth. One of the reasons may be their cultural insistence that everyone sing. Not as presenters. Not because they have raving talent. But just for the fun of it. A recent study of people who sing in large groups found that not only does singing make people happier, it also makes them feel more connected to the world.

This May, we are delighted to have musician, actor, and theatrical director Vincent Knue connect us to the world with a Danish-inspired Spring Sing. Vince will accompany us on his ukulele as we sing from words projected up on the big screen. We’re going to have a blast belting out classics like This Land is Your LandKing of the Road, Someone to Watch Over Me, and many more. 

Can Mainers be as happy as Danes? Let’s give it a try as we experience the joy and laughter of singing with others with the wonderful coaching of Vince Knue. 

Vincent Knue
Since 1996 Vincent has directed and performed in nearly fifty productions at Lyric Music Theater, Portland Players, The Actors Conservatory Theater and Studio, Scarborough High School, Maine Play Productions, Footlights in Falmouth, The Old Port Theater, Biddeford City Theater, and Community Little Theater. Just recently Vincent closed Footlights production of Not So Lovely…Love Letters. Vincent is also a playwright. His first play “An Honorable Profession” was produced at the Footlights Theater in Falmouth. He studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. He is employed at Aging Excellence as a Senior Care Giver. The ukulele is an important part of his daily interaction with his clients.