– “N.C. Fletcher’s Camden of 1884” Presentation, 6:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Ken Gross, director of the library’s Walsh History Center, gives a narrated slideshow pairing images of Camden in the 1880s with descriptions from Nathan C. Fletcher’s Annals of Camden, 1883-1884. The program will be offered in person and simultaneously broadcast on Zoom. To reserve a seat, email To attend via Zoom, register at to receive a link.


– Boston Tea Party Participant Recognition Ceremony, 3:30 p.m. in Grove Cemetery, Belfast. The Belfast Cemetery Trustees, Belfast Cemetery Department, and Belfast Historical Society host the ceremony to honor John Cochran, a Belfast resident who participated in the Boston Tea Party. A plaque will be placed on Cochran’s gravestone as part of a movement sponsored by the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, a group dedicated to recognizing all members of the December 16, 1773, protest by the time of its 250th anniversary next year. This is a community event, open to the public, and community organizations are invited to attend and perhaps say a few words. The Grove Cemetery Chapel will be open, and light refreshments served. For updates, contact Megan Pinette: or 338-9229.


– Borne on the Wind Author Event with John R. Anderson, 6:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Anderson will present his book that details the life and journals of his grandfather, a Maine schooner captain. The narrated slideshow will relate details about Swedish-American Anders Anderson, whose sailing career spanned nearly half a century during the Age of Sail. The program will be presented in person at the library and livestreamed on the library’s Facebook page.

– The Politics of Critical Mineral Supply Chains in the Indo-Pacific, 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. The Camden Conference and the library host Professor Kristin Vekasi, who will discuss supply chains for critical minerals that are essential for the gadgets that make modern life possible and for the technologies central to the transition away from fossil fuels. Learn what China, Japan, and the United States are doing to strengthen their supply chains. Contact Em Lewis,, to register for this in-person event. For information on the 36th annual Camden Conference — Global Trade and Politics: Managing Turbulence — set for February 17-19, visit


– Belfast Flying Shoes Dance at Waldo County YMCA Pavilion, kicks off at 6 p.m., with Chrissy Fowler calling a community dance to music by the All Comers Band, which welcomes musicians of all ages, instruments, and skill levels. Tunes posted at; the band will warm up at 5:30. The 7 to 9 p.m. contra dance features Hannah Chamberlain calling and music by Willy Clemetson and Bennett Konesni. All are welcome. Suggested admission $5 to $20. For more info, visit

– Ninth Annual Variety Show at Evening Star Grange, in Washington, 7 p.m. This is a free show; donations taken. There will be comedy, singing and instrumentals featuring Rosie Gerry and his band. For more info: 845-3102.

– Darrow, a one-man show starring John Burstein about the famous trial lawyer, will be presented by Watts Hall Community Players at Watts Hall, 174 Main Street, Thomaston, this Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 9, at 3 p.m. Tickets $15 at the door or online at


– Damariscotta Pumpkinfest Parade, this Saturday, October 8, at 2 p.m., on Main Street. The Pumpkinfest Regatta is Sunday, October 9, starting at noon. For the lineup of activities around town and on the water, head to

– Cider Pressing at Historic Pownalborough Court House, Dresden, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families are invited to make cider and taste the results from different types of apples. The event is free. Apples will be available, but attendees may also bring fruit from their own trees. Containers for cider will be provided. In addition to the cider pressing and tasting, there will be a story time and a nature-based activity for children. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a children’s book written by one of Lincoln County’s woman writers will be read aloud, and after that children will build fairy houses.  Home-baked treats will be for sale and the courthouse will be open for tours.

– Night Sky Program to Support Saving Haystack Mountain, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Walker Elementary School, 33 West Main Street, Liberty. Join the Friends of Haystack Mountain for a screening of Defending the Dark by Tara Roberts Zabriskie. After the film, hike the one-mile trail for a star viewing on Haystack Mountain, weather permitting. This event is free and open to the public. Donations will benefit Friends of Haystack Mountain, a group of volunteers in Waldo County raising $450,000 to purchase and preserve Haystack Mountain, a 57-acre property located in Montville. This iconic bald rock summit and blueberry barren has been enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts of all ages for generations. Once purchased, the land will be preserved and managed by Midcoast Conservancy, a local land trust. Public access will remain in perpetuity. Attendees are encouraged to bring headlamps or flashlights.  Alternatively, an indoor virtual Night Sky Tour, using Stellarium software, will be provided. For more information, go to

– Treasure Island, at the Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court Street in Belfast, this Saturday, October 8, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, October 9, at 2 p.m. The Belfast Maskers present the staged reading of a newly written stage adaptation by playwright, director, and dramaturge Susanne Ramczyk, whose adaptation embraces not only the swashbuckling and vigorous aspects of the original novel, but also the torment and tragedy that Jim Hawkins must confront and engage with on his journey. Tickets and more information at

– For the Next Guy, presented by the Strand Theatre in Rockland and Artivism in Maine, on the Strand stage this Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9. It’s the uncensored true story of one Mainer’s 30 years inside the Maine State Prison system and his transition back into the free world. The play is written and directed by Larraine Brown and features actor David Troup playing Norman Kehling, who entered prison with a seventh-grade education. He spent 30 years inside – seven of those in solitary confinement – and emerged in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree and a passion to help others caught in the prison system. Profits from the show go to Helping Incarcerated Individuals Transition, a newsletter and support program for inmates founded by Kehling. A Q & A follows the show. For tickets, go to


– Apple Expert Featured at Open House at Andrew Robinson Homestead, 945 River Road, St. George, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  In addition to tours of the historic house and barn, the event will feature apple historian John Bunker, who will be on-site to answer questions and speak about apples and orchard history in Maine. His recent book, Apples and the Art of Detection, recounts his 40-year history of tracking down, identifying and preserving rare apples and why we should rescue them. The book will be available for sale and signing. He will be at the Homestead for the entire Open House. Bring your apples to be identified or to add to the on-site apple cider pressing. This is a free event; donations accepted. This is the final open house of the season.

– Disaster at the Bar Harbor Ferry, 2 p.m. at Stockton Springs Library. Author Mac Smith will speak about his new book that tells the true story of what was, at the time, Maine’s deadliest disaster. The tale starts with the arrival of a train overcrowded with passengers and their rush for a ferry with too few seats, turning a casual summer Sunday outing into a scene of chaos, tragedy, death and heroism, occurring as quickly as the break of a wooden gangplank. Following the talk, Smith will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.


– We Share the Same Sky Author Event with Rachael Cerrotti, 6:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Maine Literary Award–winning author Cerrotti will present her book that documents a granddaughter’s decade-long journey to weave together the thin threads of her family history. The project is an intergenerational diary of love, loss, and the will to move forward in the face of uncertainty. To reserve a seat to attend in person, email To attend via Zoom, register on the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at to receive a link.


– Examining Home with Susan Hand Shetterly, Thursday, October 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. This event is free and open to all. Taking her cue from Henry David Thoreau and Wendell Berry, Shetterly is exploring what it is to live in a Down East coastal town and to pay attention, over time, to what it offers in terms of land, water, wildlife, and neighbors. In her new book of essays, Notes on the Landscape of Home, she celebrates the work of communities to restore and protect environments their people know and love and takes a look at what is changing and what has been lost.

– Twilight Tours at Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, on Friday, October 14, beginning at 5 p.m. Participants will meet the spirits of those lost at sea during tours that start every 10 minutes. The cost is $8 with advance purchase, $10 at the door. This is an outdoor evening event with volunteer actors stationed throughout Penobscot Marine Museum’s three-acre campus. Attendees will walk around the campus visiting the “ghosts” and hearing their stories. A ghost ship, a waterspout, Confederates, yellow fever, and a menagerie at the bottom of the ocean are just a few of the plots visitors will encounter on Twilight Tours.

– Senator Angus King Speaking in Rockport, at the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, on Friday, October 14, at 6 p.m. His talk, “A Hinge of History – Defending Democracy from Modern Times,” is sponsored by the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations. Following his address, King will take questions from the audience. This event is free and open to the public; registration is required:

– Watts Hall Dance Party, Friday, October 14, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Watts Hall, 174 Main Street, Thomaston. With music by the 10-piece vocally driven Watts Hall Band, playing blues, rock and R&B, and covering tunes from Fleetwood Mac to the Allman Brothers. Hors d’oeuvres from the culinary students of the Mid-Coast School of Technology and a cash bar will be offered. Tickets are $15, available online at and via the calendar link at Tickets also will be available at the door for $16, with a dollar-off cash discount. The evening is a fundraiser for Watts Hall Community Arts.

– Aldermere & Erickson Fall Celebration, Rockport, on Saturday, October 15 (rain date October 16), from 1 to 4 p.m. at Erickson Fields, 164 West Street, Rockport. Free, family-friendly. Meet an Aldermere belted Galloway cow, harvest carrots, walk the Story Trail, and more. Local fare from Stone Fox Farm Creamery and Aldermere’s 4-H grill. For more info: or 236-2739.

– Real Ghost Stories with Adam Berry, at Rockport Opera House on Saturday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m., featuring the host and executive producer of Discovery+ and The Travel Channel’s program “Kindred Spirits.” Hear firsthand accounts of paranormal tales and investigations from “Kindred Spirits” and “Ghost Hunters,” as well as some of Berry’s personal experiences and stories not told on television. A Q&A will follow his presentation. Go to for details.



– Matt Nakoa at Camden Opera House, 7:30 p.m. Nakoa, who grew up on a farm, trained as a concert pianist before accepting a scholarship to Berklee College of Music as a vocalist. The award-winning songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist regularly appears with folk music icon Tom Rush. Opening the show are Louisa Stancioff and Edith Gawler, who sold out last year’s final SoundCheck concert. Tickets are $26 in advance, $30 day of show. Choose-your-own reserved seats are available online at; seats will be assigned on a next-best-available basis at the door.


– Tim O’Brien at Rockland’s Strand Theatre, Saturday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. Nashville’s O’Brien, with his partner Jan Fabricius, will bring rootsy bluegrass songs and tunes to the Strand. Iconic bluesman Chris Smither will open the show. Tickets $28 in advance, $32 day of show. Beer and wine are available at concessions. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit or call 594-0070.



– Classic Film Club Opener at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta. In season five, the club will look at films “you won’t believe your grandparents watched – full of risqué content, from drugs to dames, that was considered wildly radical for the 1930s.” Enrollment, at $55 per person, includes free admission to all six screenings, a free small popcorn at each film, and a free glass of wine, beer, or sparkling cider at each film. This season’s lineup begins with Three on a Match playing this Thursday, October 6, at 7 p.m. and Friday, October 7, at 2 p.m. For information on enrollment, visit, email, or call the theater office at 563-3424. All classic films are open to the public at regular movie ticket prices.


– The Island Institute Hosts Screening of The Climate of Change, at the Strand Theatre in Rockland on Thursday, October 13, followed by a community conversation. Details can be found at


– River Arts in Damariscotta Invites Submissions for “Artist’s Choice,” a juried show. Members and nonmembers may submit works for consideration from now until the deadline on Saturday, October 15, at 4 p.m. Go to their website for details.

– Adult Ed Art Show at Rockport Public Library, throughout October. Five Town CSD Adult Ed will be displaying artwork by adult ed students in the library’s downstairs gallery space. The students, from the oil painting and watercolor classes, range from new to those who have been taking the class for over 20 years.


– From Pharaoh to Warhol: A Brief Consideration of the Flower in Western Art, an illustrated presentation by Geoff Bates, 6:30 p.m. at Rutherford Library. The talk will deliver a colorful consideration of how Western artists have employed floral imagery – from the sacred to the profane – across four millennia. Bates has over 45 years of experience as an arts professional. In 2017 he retired from his position as the director and curator for the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park located outside Chicago. He now lives year-round in South Bristol. Rutherford Library is located at 2000 Route 129 in South Bristol. For more information, call 644-1882.


– New Voices Rising at The Poets Corner, via Zoom from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Hear from five young poets who are University of Maine students active in campus creative writing activities and the campus literary magazine, The Open Field.  Poets reading will include Samuel Mills, Iris Lecates, Paige McHatten, Starla Straub, and Rachel Ouellette.  Readings will be followed by a conversation among the poets facilitated by UMaine professor and poet Kathleen Ellis and photographer/poet John Paul Caponigro. The Poets Corner is a platform created to foster community among writers and readers of poetry and short prose.  Founded by former Maine Media Workshops + College president Meg Weston and author/writing coach Kathrin Seitz, The Poets Corner is based in the midcoast and hosts virtual readings on the second Sunday of each month. To receive a Zoom link to participate in readings, register on


– Talk on the Creative and Practical Process of Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books, 6:30 p.m. at the Appleton Library, 2916 Sennebec Road. Children’s book author and illustrator Catherine Gorski O’Connor will give the talk, offered to the public free of charge in the library’s Tuesday Titles series focusing on local artists and authors sharing their work and story through presentations in the library’s meeting room.


– 17th Belfast Poetry Festival, Saturday, October 15, includes two workshops and an Evening Collaborative Showcase at 6:30 p.m. at Troy Howard Middle School. The workshops both run from 1 to 3 p.m. at Belfast Free Library and cost $25 each. For details and to register, go to


– Merryspring Flower Bulb Sale, with daffodils, allium, hyacinth, anemone, camassia, and crocus all shown on their website with height and price noted. Order now through October 15 by printing the Bulb Order Form and mailing (or emailing) it to Merryspring, or by calling 236-2239. Merryspring members receive a 10% discount, and nonmembers can take advantage of that discount by becoming members. Your order will be ready for pick-up at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road in Camden, through mid-October during office hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Orders cannot be shipped. All proceeds benefit Merryspring Nature Center.


– Garden Program on Fall Maintenance and Winter Preparation, at noon, at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden. In this outdoor presentation, John Fromer will discuss pruning and transplanting methods, keeping peonies alive in winter, knowing which plants to cut back and which to leave, and making the most of one’s time in autumn to ensure a healthy spring garden. Fromer has been a Maine Master Gardener since 1998. This program is part of the Summer Talk series at Merryspring. $5, with free admission for Merryspring members. No need to register.

– Saving Maine’s Heirloom Apples, 7 p.m. at the Old Brick School Community Center, 44 School Street in Warren. The Warren Historical Society hosts John Bunker for a look at the history of apples in the Pine Tree State and how you can help to save them for the future.


– Foraging for Wild Mushrooms Workshop at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, this Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9. Expert Greg Marley leads the workshop, divided into an evening lecture from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday over Zoom, using photographs of Maine mushrooms to build a foundation of knowledge; a three-hour mushroom walk at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson will occur on Sunday, from 9 a.m. to noon, to put the learning into action in nature. No prior mushrooming experience is needed. Handouts will be provided for digital download. This workshop is designed for ages 12 and up. To register, go to



– Public Dine-In or To-Go Roast Pork Supper, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Lodge, a quarter mile north of Washington village on Route 220. Roast pork, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables, applesauce, roll, drink, and dessert. $12 per meal.


– Erickson Fields Story Trail Features The Fall Fairy Gathering, and can be seen now through November 30 at Erickson Fields Preserve, 164 West Street, Rockport. The story is by local author Liza Gardner Walsh, illustrated by Hazel Mitchell. Walk the 1.4-mile wooded loop trail and discover how fairies celebrate the harvest season. The trail is open to the public every day, sunrise to sunset. FMI:, 236-2739.


– Herring Gut Coastal Science Center in Port Clyde Offers Aquatots, for ages 3 to 5, from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays from October 5 to December 14. Kids and parents will explore the wonders of the ocean by participating in movement activities, sensory play and science explorations. $10 per session. Register at

– Rockport Public Library Pumpkin Painting Party, 4 p.m. Join children’s librarian Stephanie in the Rockport Room at the library for festive fall fun for the whole family. All materials, including pumpkins, will be provided. This is a free event, open to all families.


– Mini Pumpkin Painting, at Rockland Public Library, Thursday, October 13, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Kids and adults are invited to dress in painting-friendly clothes and join Miss Katie for an afternoon of painting fun. Pick a miniature pumpkin to paint as spooky or as sweet as you choose. Bring it home to decorate your house for the season. This event will take place in the Community Room at the library, which is at 80 Union Street.

– Family Pumpkin Decorating at Carver Memorial Library, Searsport, on Friday, October 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or while supplies last. Decorate a pumpkin to take home. The library will have tempera paint sticks and design ideas to get you started. (Note: you won’t be using carving tools.) This event is for kids, teens, and families.



– New Prayer and Support Group in Searsport, 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Searsport. Anyone experiencing grief, trauma recovery, a major life change, an illness, or needing support for the challenges of everyday living is welcome to participate. The group will be facilitated by Pastor Ed Gabrielsen and meet weekly with time for sharing, meditation and prayer. Register by calling Gabrielsen at 595-9173.


– Happy Wanderers Hike the Long Cove Preserve with Coastal Mountains and Journey to Health, at 10 a.m. at the Long Cove Preserve in Searsport. This will be an easy hike totaling 1.2 miles of moderate hiking, with the option of going farther if the group chooses. How to get there: From Searsport, take Mt. Ephraim Road west (off of Route 1). In 2.6 miles turn right onto Savery Road. Follow for 0.6 mile to the preserve parking lot on the right. The Happy Wanderers meet on the first Thursday of each month. The hikes range in location from Rockport to Stockton Springs. Each outing is led by a Coastal Mountains and Journey to Health staff member. For a full 2022 Happy Wanderers schedule, visit Go to to register.


– Coastal Rivers Seeks Volunteer Docents, to help with cider press at Salt Bay Farm, Damariscotta. In October and early November, Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust will be offering the use of its old-fashioned cider press to individuals and groups. Docents are needed to welcome people and help them get set up with the apple press. These volunteers may also share their love of nature, provide natural history interpretation, and offer information about Coastal Rivers programs and trails. Coastal Rivers is offering a training session from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. this Friday for anyone interested in this volunteer role. Registration is required at


– Bird Walk in Rockport, 7 to 9 a.m. at Erickson Fields. Trip leaders are Susan Keefer and Steve Norris. Mid-October is a good time of year to see hardy sparrows passing through the area. During the walk, attendees will pay close attention to the open fields and gardens that Erickson Fields Preserve has to offer. The woods portion of the walk should produce some thrushes and a few lingering warblers. For more info, email

– Antique, Art, Craft and Flea Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oceanview Grange in Tenants Harbor, rain or shine. For more info, call 372-8629.

– Naturalist Hike to Look at Autumn Trees at Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson, from 10 a.m. to noon. Early October is a great time to go for a walk in the woods to look at what’s happening with trees – which ones have already lost leaves, which ones don’t seem to have gotten very far along, which ones hold onto their leaves until spring. And, of course, what’s happening with those “forever green” evergreens? What do changes seen or unseen tell a curious hiker? All are welcome. The group will meet at the main gate of HVNC for a one-to-two–hour walk with a Maine Master Naturalist to look at and learn about trees. To learn more and to register, go to

– Peace Ridge Sanctuary’s First 5K Run for the Animals and 1-Mile Fun Walk, 11 a.m. at the new Northeast Equine Facility in Freedom/Albion. The race is designed to support the work Peace Ridge does every day — providing quality care to the animals, rescuing more animals in need, and fostering compassion toward all animals. The majority of the animals at the sanctuary have come from situations of extreme cruelty. They will be awarding vegan prizes to the top fundraiser as well as other top finishers and raffle winners. Enjoy the company of fellow animal lovers and a free vegan barbecue for all participants. This event is open to all levels of physical fitness and offers views of green lands and a bridge overlooking a brook; $26 to enter. For more information, visit To register, go to

– Coastal Mountains Nature Program Walk: Geology of Sears Island, 2 to 5 p.m. at Sears Island in Searsport. The Coastal Mountains Nature Program is a series of monthly naturalist-led walks and talks exploring the natural history of the midcoast. Steve Norton, professor emeritus of earth and climate sciences at the University of Maine, will lead an exploration of the past 350 million years of midcoast geological history by exploring the rocks and sediment of Sears Island. This walk is timed to take advantage of low tide, exposing the shoreline of the island. Meet at the entrance to Sears Island at the end of the causeway in Searsport. Hunting is allowed on the island, so participants are encouraged to wear hunter orange.


– Sound Bathing with Gongs in Camden Amphitheatre, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Experience the sound of gongs and chimes with musical instrument creator and sound therapist Jim Doble. Doble will be joined by Forest Weston, who will play a variety of deeply resonating didgeridoos. The program is by optional donation. Contact Doble at or call 785-2212 to register.

– October Full Moon Candlelight Labyrinth Walk, 6 p.m. at the Labyrinth in the Field next to Edgecomb Community Church, UCC, 15 Cross Point Road, Edgecomb. The labyrinth is designed after a 13th-century labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. The event is free to all.  The Labyrinth in the Field is open dawn to dusk, seven days a week year-round, but snow is not removed during winter months.


– Knox County Retired Educators Meeting, Wednesday, October 12, 11:30 a.m. at Offshore Restaurant in Rockport on Route 1. Any retiree who worked in any position in a school district and who lives within Knox County is welcome to join and see what fun the group has doing good for others. FMI: 594-4397.

– Ocean Commotion 5K, a dog-friendly event on Saturday, October 15, at the Hermit Island Campground in Phippsburg, hosted by Marine Mammals of Maine. In its eighth year, it’s a fundraiser for the organization’s work to respond to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in southern and midcoast Maine, care for sick, injured and abandoned seals from all over New England, study East Coast marine mammal populations, and educate about global marine mammal conservation. With a professionally chip-timed event, timed and untimed walking options, and a one-mile kids’ fun run. The course takes runners, joggers, walkers, and their canine companions along trails by the ocean. Details are at

– Midcoast Recovery Coalition Run (or Walk) for Recovery, Saturday, October 15, offering a 10K starting at Resurrection Church, 893 West Street, Rockport, and a 5K at The Women’s House, 63 Washington Street, Camden. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Learn more at