Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | May 15, 2017


By Ellen Holland


Stockton Springs Community Library

Tai Chi and Qigong Presentation - “Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Seniors at Home in Stockton Springs” speaker series will host Michael Shunney speaking about Tai Chi and Qigong at the library on Sunday, May 21st at 2 p.m.

Mike Shunney has studied and played Taijiquan and Qigong here in the states and in China. He has attended many workshops and has learned from some of the finest Taijiquan and Qigong Masters in the world. He has competed successfully nationally and internationally, including in Fuzhou, China with the ten member U.S. Taijiquan team. He has focused on community education programs as well as teaching in college and university programs. Mike and his wife Constance Evens operate Inner Works Healing Arts Center in Rockland.

The word Qigong (pronounced chi kung) is a combination of two ideas. “Qi” means air, breath of life, or vital energy of the body, and “gong” means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement. The art of Qigong consists primarily of meditation, relaxation, physical movement, mind-body integration, and breathing exercises.

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

This monthly series of talks at SSCL is in response to the growing interest in “Aging in Place” a widespread movement geared towards helping senior citizens stay in their homes as long as possible as they age. With the current growing number of elders, this movement has the potential to improve the quality of life for many seniors. Admission is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit or phone 567-4147.

On Wednesday, May 31, at 7 p.m., the library will be hosting a Seed Saving Workshop presented by MOFGA. Everyone is welcome. Donations to MOFGA will be appreciated. Refreshments served.

Penobscot Marine Museum

On Thursday, May 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Main Street Gallery at 40 E. Main St., join us for an opening reception of “The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries,” part of the “Gone Fishing!” exhibit.

On Saturday, May 27, from 1 to 5 p.m., there will be an afternoon of boat talk and music as we celebrate the career and talents of MDI boat builder, National Heritage Fellow and Penobscot Marine Museum Trustee Ralph Stanley. Museum admission will be $1 all day.

At 1 p.m., Ralph Stanley will speak on "An Eye for Wood" with director commentary; at 2 p.m., music by Belfast Bay Fiddlers and Friends; 3 p.m. toast to Ralph Stanley; and 4 p.m., there will be music by Old Grey Goose. Beer provided by Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. will be served starting at 3 p.m. For more information, please call 548-2529.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

On Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. til noon, there will be a Coastal Mountains Nature Program with Spring Wildflowers and Bird Songs of the Ragged Mountain Preserve. Led by Maine Master Naturalists Cloe Chunn and Roger Rittmaster, this will be a general natural history walk at the peak of spring wildflowers and songbird migration in Midcoast Maine.  Bring water and wear sensible shoes.

The Maine Water Co., Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Maine Coast Heritage Foundation are partnering to permanently conserve this woodland as part of the Ragged Mountain Preserve.

This event is co-sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition. Meet at the Route 17 parking area for Georges Highland Path. For more information, directions, or other questions, please call 338-1147.

Last weekend I visited Portland, Maine, with my old friend Kathe, who came over from Vermont. Being Maine, it rained on us most of Saturday but Sunday was a gorgeous spring day. We did a walking tour of the city and learned a lot of the history of Portland. It had burned down three times. Drove over to Munjoy Hill and caught a sail boat race in the harbor. It was extremely windy and some of the sailboats flipped over.

Also, I just returned from a Road Scholar trip to New Hampshire for hiking and yoga for a week. The Road Scholar trips are educational as well as a good time and I met many interesting people there. Now home with thoughts of gardening and spring in my mind. I am grateful to be able to have the resources available to me to be able to travel and the good health to be able to enjoy it.

Thought for the week: I don't know what life has in store for me next, but I know that only good lies before me so I am safe and all is well.

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