NOTEWORTHY

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21:

– “Solstice by the Sea: A Celebration of Light” on Sears Island, hosted by Friends of Sears Island in honor of the winter solstice, on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. They will light hundreds of luminarias along a short path along with an illuminated solstice StoryWalk (the featured book is The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Carson Ellis), free cookies and cocoa, and recorded music. There will also be a decorated tree and the Friends will be collecting donations of nonperishable food items and toiletries to donate to the Congregational Methodist Food Cupboard in Searsport. Sears Island is located at the end of Sears Island Road off Route 1, just east of Searsport. Participants can park along the causeway at the end of the road; bring a flashlight or homemade lantern that uses a battery-powered light. No flames or pets will be permitted. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be canceled. For updates, check friendsofsearsisland.org or facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland.

COMING UP:

– Tracing Civil War Family History with Amy Truesdell, Thursday, Dec. 29, at 6 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Truesdell has traced the experiences of her great-great-grandfather as an infantryman in the 27th NY Volunteers as he transitioned from eager recruit to experienced veteran. In over 100 letters preserved by the Truesdell family, Rollin vividly described his life as a Union soldier in the thick of some of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of the Civil War. Using those letters, interwoven with political and military context, Truesdell presents an account of her ancestor’s life in her book From Binghamton to the Battlefield: The Civil War Letters of Rollin B. Truesdell (SUNY Press, 2022). In this presentation, she will share Rollin’s story, answer questions, and sign copies of the book. This event will take place in the Community Room and will also be livestreamed via Zoom; the library is located at 80 Union Street. For more information or for Zoom links, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on Dec. 29. This event is free and open to all.

– Happenings on the Harbor Presents “Holiday on the Harbor,” at Rockport Marine Park, on Saturday, Dec. 31. The festive First Night Celebration opens at 4:30 p.m. with food trucks, fire pits, luminarias and music. At 6 p.m. there will be a fireworks display. Free and open to the public. Visit the Rockport Harbor Facebook page for weather updates. For more information, call 236-0676.

– Midcoast Recreation Center New Year’s Eve Party, Saturday, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Kids, families and adults are invited to spend an active evening raising money for MRC’s annual fund, which supports youth scholarships and tennis, ice, fitness, pickleball and golf education programs. Entry is by donation and includes access to a Glow-in-the-Dark public skate, open pickleball, open ping-pong, pick-up style tennis triples, broomball, golf and board games. Throughout the evening, participants will be invited to join additional “opt-in” games and contests at $5 a pop – an upside-down tennis tournament, ping-pong tournaments, a hockey long-shot competition, “chuck a puck” and fastest shot, play the tennis pros and fastest serve, and more. There will be various raffles and drawings, and prizes will be awarded for competition winners. BBQ dinners will be available for purchase as well as snacks, nonalcoholic drinks and desserts. A vegetarian option will be available. Dinner is first-come, first-served and will be available until it runs out. At midnight, MRC will provide a sparkling grape juice toast and countdown to ring in 2023. Party guests may register in advance at midcoastrec.org or at the door. Donations may be made via cash, check or credit card. Guests should bring cash for opt-in contests and tournaments. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation to support the event, email sarah@midcoastrec.org or visit midcoastrec.org.

– Rockin’ In the New Year Dance Party, Saturday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. at Rockport Opera House. The Right Track, an 11-piece classic R&B/soul/funk band with a full horn section, will play. Cash bar. $15 tickets can be bought in advance at rockportoperahouse.org or at the door.

– Camden Opera House SoundCheck: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Friday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m. Everyman Repertory Theatre presents Lux Radio Theatre–style adaptation for the Twelfth Day of Christmas. Choose-your-own reserved seats ($10, advance purchase offered via camdenoperahouse.com or 236-3154) plus a free Facebook livestream.

MUSIC

TUESDAY, DEC. 20:

– Penobscot Bay Orchestra’s Second Annual Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. at John St. United Methodist Church, 98 John Street in Camden. Violinist Philipp Elsner of Northport and Montreal is the featured soloist in the Allegro from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major. Rockport pianist Chris Tofani joins the orchestra in Vaughan Williams’ seasonal classic Fantasia on Greensleeves, along with selections from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, arranged for orchestra by the conductor, and the Largo from Dvorak’s ninth symphony. A sprinkling of seasonal favorites rounds out the program. The Penobscot Bay Orchestra was formed last year by local musicians wanting a musical community that merges the arts and social issues. Concert proceeds, collected at the door in lieu of admission, will be given to the Waldo Community Action Partners (Waldo CAP), which provides home heating assistance, rental relief assistance, and other programs for people in need across Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties.

THURSDAY, DEC. 22:

– “Ukes for the Holidays” at Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta, at 3:30 p.m. A performance of familiar holiday songs by the Skidompha Strummers, the library’s ukulele ensemble. Free and open to the public.

FILM

TUESDAY, DEC. 20:

– Met Opera ENCORE: Puts’s The Hours, filmed at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, is shown at Rockland’s Strand Theatre at 1 p.m. Renée Fleming makes her highly anticipated return to the Met in this world-premiere production from Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts. Also starring Kelli O’Hara and Joyce DiDonato, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium. Run time is 3 hours 15 minutes.

THURSDAY, DEC. 22:

– Free “Bad Movie” Screening at Rockland Public Library, 6 p.m. in the library’s Community Room and via Zoom. This event is free and open to all and is recommended for adults and teens. Santa Claus, aka “Santa Claus vs. the Devil,” is a 1959 Mexican fantasy film, directed by Rene Cardona and dubbed in English under the direction of Ken Smith, featuring Santa and Merlin battling a demon named Pitch to save Christmas. The episode of the comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 featuring this film originated the phrase “nightmare fuel.” For those joining in-person, talking back to the film à la MST3K is encouraged. To request Zoom links, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. on Dec. 22 and include the title of the film in the subject line.

COMING UP:

– Helium at Rockport Public Library, on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. The library celebrates National Short Film Day with the screening of Helium (2013, 22 min). A winner and nominee at numerous international film festivals, Helium received an Oscar in 2014 for Best Short Film, Live Action. The film is about a terminally ill young boy named Alfred who develops a friendship with an eccentric hospital janitor named Enzo. Enzo tells Alfred stories about a magical fantasy world called Helium – which fills Alfred with joy and solace and provides him with a safe haven from his prognosis. The Danish film is directed by Anders Walter. It will be shown in Dutch, with English subtitles, in the library’s Rockport Room. A discussion will follow the screening, for those who wish to participate.

– Portrait of the Queen, at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta for two screenings only, Thursday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. Award-winning photographer Fabrizio Ferri offers an original portrayal of the story of Queen Elizabeth II from a new perspective: through revealing photographic portraits of her as shared by the photographers who accompanied and often created the image of the British monarchy itself. “I preferred to shoot their ‘portraits’ in the studio, with a pictorial light, in a black ‘box,’ portraying them dressed in black. Their stories, their emotions in recalling them, their experiences with the queen which they shared with me,” Ferri said in an interview about his new film. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $13 Lincoln Theater members, and $5 ages 18 and under, and may be purchased at the door beginning 30 minutes before showtime or in advance through the theater’s online box office at LincolnTheater.net. Lincoln Theater is located at 2 Theater Street in downtown Damariscotta.

ARTS

– Call to Artists for “Passages” at River Arts in Damariscotta, the first juried show of 2023. The theme allows for vast interpretation. For example, a piece could represent a journey or transformation, a pathway or opening. Deadline for entry is Saturday, January 14, at 4 p.m. The juror is Jorge Arango, art critic of The Portland Press Herald. For details, including entry fees and show dates, go to riverartsme.org.

– Maine Lobster Festival in Search of 2023 Poster Artist, the winner will receive a $1,000 commission and must release the rights of the artwork to the Maine Lobster Festival. Artists are asked to submit samples of their work and a bio. A requirement for the poster is a large lobster, so it is helpful for the committee to see a sample lobster. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Dec. 30. Submissions will be accepted online at mainelobsterfestival.com. The winning artist will be chosen by a committee.

TUESDAY, DEC. 20:

– Camden Philosophical Society, meeting in person and on Zoom, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The reading selection will be from Jean Jacques Rousseau’s Second Discourse. Contact Sarah Miller at sarahmiller@usa.net if you are interested in attending. The group meets every third Tuesday of the month.

FRIDAY, DEC. 23:

– Explorations Read-Aloud for Adults, online from 11 a.m. to noon. Every Friday, Camden Public Library’s YouTube channel and Facebook page stream a new recording of local thespian Joseph Coté reading aloud from a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. This Friday, Coté reads from John Irving’s The Last Chairlift. Irving’s first novel in seven years is “a ghost story, a love story, and a lifetime of sexual politics.”

SATURDAY, DEC. 24:

– Sip and Shop at the Village Bookshop in Waldoboro, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bookshop staff are hoping to lure in a few new friends or old acquaintances for a free cup of coffee and a home-baked cookie while they do a bit of last-minute gift shopping. Also in Dec., all adult fiction and all YA books are on sale at half of marked price. All sales proceeds from the shop always go to support Waldoboro Public Library.

HOME & GARDEN

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21:

– Knox-Waldo Local Working Group Meeting, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the first-floor meeting room at Searsmont Town Office, 37 Main Street South; facilitated by Knox County and Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation districts and the Natural Resources Conservation Service field office. Local Working Groups make recommendations to NRCS on how to spend USDA Farm Bill funds for conservation practices on private lands.

FOOD & DRINK

– Dinner Anywhere in the World Raffle, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, its fifth annual fundraising raffle, from now until Dec. 31. The winner will have their choice of prizes: international travelers will receive airfare, two nights hotel, and dinner for two anywhere in the world; continental U.S. travelers will receive transportation, two dinners for two, and four nights of lodging; those wishing to stay in Maine can host a staycation at a camp on a lake for their friends, rent a tent and throw a catered party, or whatever they can imagine. The maximum prize value is $5,000. Past winners have been to Uruguay and Spain and are headed to Savannah, Georgia, and Japan. Tickets are available at the church office, 37 Miller Street in Belfast (338-4482); at The Green Store, 71 Main Street, Belfast (338-4045); and from most members of the congregation.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21:

– Organic Dairy Cook Along, online from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association hosts chefs Robert Dumas and Robin Kerber for the winter solstice celebration where you’ll learn how to make several new recipes featuring organic dairy products. Organic dairy farmers in Maine are facing unprecedented challenges due to increased grain prices and decreased consumer demand. Learn more about the issues they are confronting and cook alongside the chefs as they walk you step-by-step through each recipe (ingredient lists will be shared in advance). Participants will end the event with a meal for their solstice dinner. Sliding scale of free to $25. Register at mofga.org.

FRIDAY, DEC. 23:

– Local Wines Featured at Tasting Event, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Good Tern Natural Foods Cooperative, 750 Main Street in Rockland. Deminique Cole, wine and beer buyer for the Good Tern Co-op, offers wines made in Portland, Warren, Winterport and Lincolnville, including some that incorporate Maine flavors of blueberry, rhubarb and honey. A small selection of cheeses and crackers will be served. The event is free and open to anyone 21 years or older.

SUNDAY, DEC. 25:

– Annual Christmas Day Community Dinner, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street in Rockland, sponsored by Adas Yoshuron Synagogue. A complete turkey dinner served takeout style, prepared by Primo restaurant. For more information, call 594-4523.

KIDS & PARENTS

TUESDAY, DEC. 20:

– Teens Create: Paper Cone Gnomes, 3 p.m. (third Tuesdays) at Carver Memorial Library in Searsport. Create and decorate your own unique gnome using paper and other art supplies. If you want, bring your favorite wrapping paper to use as decoration. For teens and preteens ages 11 to 19.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21:

– Book Time for Babies with Camden Public Library’s Miss Amy, 10 to 11 a.m. The outdoor story time in Camden Amphitheatre is themed for toddlers and babies. Weather permitting. For information, email alhand@librarycamden.org. Offered every Wednesday.

THURSDAY, DEC. 22:

– Outdoor Preschooler Story Time in Camden Public Library Children’s Garden, 10 to 11 a.m. Children’s Librarian Miss Amy hosts in-person story times and crafts themed for preschool-age children; all ages and families are welcome. Bring a blanket to sit on. It’s offered every Thursday.

– Creative Art Afternoons at Camden Public Library, 4 to 5 p.m. An after-school activity for kids who are interested in developing their artistic skills and experimenting with new crafts. One-hour projects are facilitated by Youth Librarian Miss Amy. Call 236-3440 to sign up. It’s offered every Thursday.

FRIDAY, DEC. 23:

– Indoor Preschooler Story Time at Camden Public Library, 10 to 11 a.m. Miss Amy hosts in-person story times and crafts in the Picker Room. These story times are geared for preschool-age children, but all ages and families are welcome. It’s offered every Friday.

SUNDAY, DEC. 25:

– Strand on the Air “Holiday Special” Radio Broadcast, at 5 p.m. “The Holiday Special” can be heard by tuning in to WRFR at 93.3 in Rockland or by streaming at WRFR.org. Following their broadcasts, these shows are made available to stream on the Strand Theatre website at RocklandStrand.com, and as podcasts. It’s Christmas Night in Abysmal Point as Mrs. Grunden and her friends gather at the Passivity Grange Hall for their annual holiday dinner. Liz McLeod and the Strand Family Players, Brittany Parker, and announcer Dan Bookham will all be on hand for a heaping helping  of holiday fun, with musical guests Patty Jackson and Rusty Blake. This show is presented by recording by the Strand Theatre. For more infor-mation, visit RocklandStrand.com, email info@rocklandstrand.com, or call 594-0070.

COMING UP:

– Camden Nursing Circle, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Expectant and nursing parents are invited to join the community nursing circle in the Picker Room of Camden Public Library. The group welcomes families of all stripes and nurslings of all ages. Come with your nursing-related questions, concerns or curiosities, or come simply to commune. The gathering will be facilitated by Lulu Churchill (CLC) with input about library resources from Children’s Librarian Amy Hand. Email atureshandmaine@gmail.com to receive a Zoom invite link.

– Midcoast Conservancy Offers Youth Cross-Country Ski Lease Program and Clinic, with a fitting session set for Tuesday, January 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Edgecomb Eddy School. The child who will use the skis must be present. The ski lease package is $70 per participant. Any questions about the ski lease program can be directed to Andy at andyb@midcoastconservancy.org; details are online at midcoastconservancy.org/events. In addition, Midcoast Conservancy will hold the annual Youth XC-Ski Clinic for kids ages 5 to 12 for six Saturdays, from January 7 to February 11, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Instructors use fun, noncompetitive methods to get skiers out on the trails each week. For more information or to register, go to midcoastconservancy.org/events. Call 389-5150 with any questions.

– Registration Open for February Vacation Program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Youth, with an online parent info session set for Wednesday, January 11. Learn about the long weekend at Pine Tree Camp, the Dirigo Experience, to be held Friday to Monday, February 17–20. Through outdoor experiences and team building with peers, participants will have the chance to make new friends and develop a greater sense of self-esteem and self-confidence through trying new activities like adventure snowshoeing, archery and ice fishing. Pine Tree Camp’s Dirigo Experience is designed for ages 11 to 15 and limited to 30 participants. Registration is required and full scholarships are available. Register at pinetree.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App.

MISCELLANEOUS

– Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine Seeks Volunteer Coordinators, to supervise Big/Little match meetings of high school mentors and elementary school Littles. School-based coordinators are interviewed, screened and trained and receive ongoing support and training from BBBS professional staff throughout the year. Coordinators arrive early to greet the matches, help set up and clean up, organize meeting supplies and snacks, facilitate group activities, and provide support to both Bigs and Littles. BBBS of Mid-Maine has immediate need for school-based coordinators at South School (Rockland); Warren Community School (Warren); Great Salt Bay Community School (Damariscotta); Lincolnville Central School (Lincolnville); Miller School (Waldoboro); and others. To learn more, contact Haley Stearns at 236-BBBS (2227), ext. 103, or email haley@bbbsmidmaine.org. Continuing education credits are provided.

– Barnswallow Books Collecting Donations at Holiday Tree, for New Hope Midcoast, under its 20-foot-tall fir tree in the barn through January 9. Requested items include size 1 and 4 diapers, size 6 pull-ups and general house cleaning products. New Hope Midcoast (formerly New Hope for Women) is a domestic violence resource center serving individuals affected by domestic abuse, dating violence and stalking in Knox, Waldo, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties. Barnswallow Books is located at 166 Russell Avenue in Rockport.

– Wayfinder Schools’ Second Annual Great Escape Auction, online now through January 1, features art, handcrafted jewelry, home goods, a schooner sail, rock-climbing lessons, a bi-plane ride, and lots more. All proceeds benefit Maine youth seeking a second chance at high school graduation. For more information, visit wayfinderschools.org.

TUESDAY, DEC. 20:

– Christmas Week Activities at First Congregational Church, 55 Elm Street in Camden, are open to all. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 5:30 p.m. is a Blue Christmas Service, with the option to attend in person or via Zoom. Two services will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 24: At 4 p.m. is the Family-Oriented Christmas Eve Service, offered in person only, and at 9 p.m. is the Candlelight Christmas Eve Service with Mid-Coast Brass, with the optio n to attend in person or via Zoom. On Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9:30 a.m. is Christmas Day Worship with Lessons, Carols and Music, with the option to attend in person or via Zoom. For Zoom links, email becky@camdenucc.org by noon on Dec. 23. For more info, visit camdenucc.org.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21:

– Coastal Rivers Offers “Winter Wanders” Guided Hikes, with Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust naturalist Sarah Gladu leading a hike at the Hilton O’Connor Trail in Bremen from 10 a.m. to noon this Wednesday. Participants in the series of guided hikes will learn some of the surprising things that take place under a protective layer of snow, practice identifying plants in winter, search for snow buntings and other winter migratory birds, contemplate the humble springtail, and enjoy the company of fellow nature enthusiasts. The Hilton O’Connor Trail meanders through the 47-acre Bremen Town Forest, which in addition to mature hardwood forest includes a salt marsh and a wildflower meadow. This program is free of charge. Registration is required at coastalrivers.org/events. Upcoming Winter Wanders include guided hikes at Keyes Woods Preserve in Bristol on January 7 and Glidden Point Preserve in Newcastle on February 11.

– Free Flu Vaccine Clinic, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Knox Clinic, 22 White Street in Rockland. Free snacks and drinks will be available. All participants can enter to win a $25 Hannaford gift card. For more information, contact Isabelle, RN, at 301-6990. Knox Clinic is a volunteer-based nonprofit providing free/low-cost medical, dental, prescription assistance, and mental health and wellness services to the uninsured and underinsured in Knox County and border towns. To become a new patient, volunteer, or to make a tax-deductible donation, call 301-6996 or visit knoxclinic.org.

– Downeast Trout Unlimited Meeting, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Chris Federico of Project SHARE will describe the Upper Narraguagus River Restoration Project and give an overview of Project SHARE (Salmon Habitat and River Enhancement), a nonprofit organization focused on conserving and enhancing Atlantic salmon habitat in Down East Maine. For more information, contact Tammy Packie, at tpackie@gmail.com, or visit Downeast TU on Facebook.

– St. George Municipal School Unit Meetings, with the option to attend in person at St. George School or via Zoom. Finance Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. To join via Zoom, contact Business Manager Cassie Kilbride: c.kilbride@stgeorgemsu.org or 372-6312. School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. To join via Zoom, contact Superintendent Mike Felton: m.felton@stgeorgemsu.org or 372-6312.

THURSDAY, DEC. 22:

– Outdoor Tai Chi & Qigong in Camden, 11 a.m. to noon.  These beginning tai chi and qigong classes are designed for people of all levels of fitness. Classes are by donation with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Camden Public Library. Contact Anna Dembska at camdentaiji@gmail.com to register and be alerted to a location change in case of inclement weather. Every Monday and Thursday.

FRIDAY, DEC. 23:

– Camden Chess Club, online from 4 to 6 p.m. The chess club holds online matches every Friday. You can join for free at Lichess.org, under the community section, or you can visit lichess.org/team/camden-chess-club. For more information, contact Evan Annis at camdenchessclub@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, DEC. 24:

– Christmas Services at Edgecomb Community Church, UCC, 15 Cross Point Road in Edgecomb. A Christmas Eve candlelight service is set for Saturday at 5 p.m. Christmas morning worship service begins on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome at both services. For more information, call the church, 882-4060.

– Christmas Services at the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, 200 Main Street in Thomaston. On Christmas Eve, Saturday, at 5:30 pm., Lessons & Carols, and at 11 p.m. Midnight Mass. On Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 11 a.m. Christ Mass of Christmas Day. And on the First Sunday of Christmas, on Sunday, January 1, at 8 a.m. is Rite I Traditional Eucharist and at 10 a.m. is Rite II Holy Eucharist with music.

TUESDAY, DEC. 27:

– Walsh History Center Hour, from noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom. Do you have a question about the history of Camden, your ancestors that may have lived in the area, or the house where you live? Ken Gross and the Walsh History Center team at Camden Public Library will help find you an answer. To request a link to participate, or simply ask a question, email: kgross@librarycamden.org. Advance notice of what you are interested in discussing gives them time to have resources ready. The history hour is offered every Tuesday.