CELT Talk & Walk: Where’s The Dye Come From That’s In Your Clothes?

Thursday, August 22
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Please join us for our new Talk & Walk series, partnering with the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT). This month we’ll spend an hour, starting at 1:30 at the library with our host Allysun West:

  • Learning about the importance of using natural fibers and natural dyes in our clothing and fabric.
  • Talking about how next to the oil industry, the fashion industry is the 2nd top producer of waste with the use and production of synthetic materials and chemical dyes.
  • Thinking of ways to move from these polluting fast-fashion mind sets to slow-fashion lifestyles.
  • Learning how the plants we use for dye benefit our earth and benefit the health of our bodies.
  • Discussing the process of dyeing. 

Then at 2:30, we’ll go on a walk at Fort Williams to identify plants that gift us with color. You can come to the talk, the walk, or both. No registration is needed. Please dress appropriately for a gentle walk at Fort Williams.

Special Garden Club Event: Author Brie Arthur

Thursday, August 22
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

As a garden industry communicator, Brie Arthur is leading the national Foodscape movement –  a model of community development that incorporates sustainable, local food production. She speaks internationally on a variety of horticulture topics and has appeared as a correspondent on the PBS television show Growing A Greener World.  As Vice President of Horticulture at Gardenuity, a direct to consumer on-line gardening company, Brie is able to use her plant knowledge and extensive grower network to reach consumers nationally.

Brie was a professional plant propagator at leading nurseries before transitioning her focus to Green Industry communications through writing, public speaking, film production and consulting. She is a published author; her debut book, The Foodscape Revolution is a best seller on Amazon.

You do not need to be a member of the Cape Elizabeth Garden Club to attend this talk. All are welcome!

Songwriting Workshop

Tuesday, August 27
6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

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.

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 10 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. 

Senior Tech Time!

Wednesday, August 28
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Senior Tech meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
We’re here to help in any way we can with your tech questions. We work together as a group to answer similar questions, and break out into smaller groups to answer individual questions.
If you have a question, we will help you find an answer. You wouldn’t believe some of the things we’ve been able to help solve!

Our Summer Reading Program Is Up and Running!

We hope you’ll join in the fun of our Summer Reading program. We’ve put together fun prize packages for Adults, Teens, and Kiddos. Check out the display behind the front desk for the Teen and Adult prizes; kids’ prizes are downstairs. Registration is easy and takes about 2 minutes. Stop by the front desk for details – then get to it. There is so much that’s fun about being part of “A Universe of Stories” :).

We hope you’ll play Reading Bingo with us this summer! 

New Movie Streaming Service!

We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Kanopy to bring you thousands of new movie titles you can stream to most digital devices. CLICK HERE to find out all the details.