10:30 am – 12:00 pm
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Author Irene M. Drago of Bath joins us this month to discuss Bath’s maritime history and how it inspired her debut novel, Daughters of Long Reach. This debut novel tells the story of a present day family that buys a historic home in Bath and then learns about the prominent shipbuilding family that lived there in the mid-1800s. The novel deftly weaves the story of that family and its ancestors with the present-day one. It elucidates the dangers and joys of sailing the world on big-masted schooners, the loneliness of dear ones left on shore, and vividly reminds us of the ties that connect three generations, separated by 150 years, with their coastal heritage.
The book won first place in a “First Novel” category in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Drago, a retired teacher, moved with her husband to Bath several years ago. In addition to having written and published this historical novel, she maintains a blog, “Bath Time Society,” and recently completed her second novel, a sequel. She plans to launch The Maine Point next spring in time for Maine’s bicentennial celebration. Drago is a docent at Maine Maritime Museum, a Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc. trustee, and the secretary of Main Street Bath’s Board of Directors. She is the 2017 recipient of the Spirit of Bath Award.
Drago’s talk will be illustrated by historical photos. Following the presentation she will take questions from the audience and sign copies of her book, which will be for sale.
The January event will welcome Brunswick area poet Gary Lawless and Cape Elizabeth author, Kate Kennedy. The Local Buzz Readings are co-hosted by Portland Poet Laureate Linda Aldrich, and Cape Elizabeth poet Marcia Brown.
Kate Kennedy is the author of the novel, End Over End, two editions of short biographies entitled Maine’s Remarkable Women, and many short pieces of fiction and nonfiction. In the summer of 2020 Littoral Books will bring out her memoir Skin. Kate has taught writing at Portland High School, USM, and the University of Maine, and was the director of the Southern Maine Writing Project. A Maine resident since 1977, Kate resides with her family in Cape Elizabeth.
Gary Lawless is co-owner of Gulf of Maine Bookstore in Brunswick, and is the editor/publisher of Blackberry Books. He is currently the poetry editor of Portland’s monthly Amjambo Africa and has published nineteen collection of poetry in the US and five in Italy. In 2017 he spent a month in Venice, Italy, with a residency grant from the Emily Harvey Foundation to work on a project called “How the Stones Came to Venice.” He will return to Venice in 2020 for a six week residency at the Foundation to continue the project. Gary and his wife Beth Leonard live in Nobleboro, care-taking Chimney Farm, the Maine home of writers Henry Beston, Elizabeth Coatsworth, and Kate Beston Barnes.
This event is free and open to the public. Writers’ books will be available for sale by Kelly’s Books to Go and light refreshments will be available.
*Returning audience members PLEASE NOTE the new earlier start time of 3:00 PM for this and all future events.
Join members of the Southern Maine Astronomers for an evening of guided stargazing!
Participants will meet at the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust office to go over the basics of reading star charts before heading to Gull Crest Field for observation with binoculars, telescopes, and the naked eye. Depending on visibility, we may be able to see planets up close, explore craters on the moon, and view galaxies many light years away.
Due to the temperamental nature of New England skies, please keep January 25th in mind as a snow/cloud postponement date.
All ages welcome!
Our songwriting workshop meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Whether you are a new writer, experienced writer, or want-to-be-a-writer writer, we hope you’ll join us each month to bring in your work and get expert advice from award-winning songwriter, Jud Caswell. Participants in this workshop rave about Jud and about how much his advice is helping shape and improve their writing.
Jud starts each session with a short discussion of a specific element of songwriting craft, then moves 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 8 copies of lyrics to share. Many in our group play the guitar or play our house electric piano as well as sing, but you are more than welcome to just sing what you’ve written, or sing to a recording you’ve made at home.
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 share and learn. Songwriters of all levels and abilities are welcome!
Here’s a bit about Jud Caswell
Jud 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.
We all have intuition, and it can guide us in any area of our lives. It is that quiet, inner voice that is nudging us to reach out to someone, to explore a new career, or just to quiet our minds!
In this workshop, offered by Rachel Horton White of Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting, we will talk about how you can develop your intuition you help guide you in any area of your life. Learning to distinguish between doubt and your quiet, inner voice can bring comfort, hope and even transformation as you learn to trust yourself in deep ways. Learning to listen to our feelings is the gateway to trusting ourselves. We will cover how mindfulness meditation helps you open your intuition, and how you can learn to notice little messages in your daily life (in the car, around the house, even at work)!
Please bring a pen and a journal or paper to write on.
Together, we will:
Discuss the difference between the Ego and Higher Self (and how to know which is which)
After learning about some tips to increase your intuitive awareness, you will participate in a guided meditation to connect with your “inner advisor,” and do a writing reflection on how you would like to integrate intuition into your daily life.
After attending this workshop, you likely will:
Here’s more about Rachel Horton White
Bringing the spiritual into the real world, Rachel Horton White helps people release negative patterns in their lives, with practical tools like mindfulness, energy and intuition exercises, to connect with their true, inner selves. Through her work in Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting (www.soulfulworkconsulting.com), Rachel has written articles for worldwide publications such as Wake Up World, Om Times and Elephant Journal and has a podcast called The Courageous Path. Rachel is a life coach, hypnotherapist, mindfulness teacher, intuitive reader and tree-hugger. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel studied Integrative Healing Arts at the Southwest Institute for Healing Arts. She still claims her most powerful education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal. Her greatest teachers these days are her two bright-eyed, energetic children in Portland, Maine.