Old Pemaquid mill property under contract
BRISTOL — Damariscotta River Association and Bristol-based Friends of the Pemaquid Mill announced that they have signed a contract to purchase the old Pemaquid mill property. The property, in Pemaquid Falls village in Bristol, is being sold by Hammond Lumber Co.

According to the agreement, DRA will purchase the parcel and lease the mill building for 99 years for $1 to a local Bristol historical organization which will be responsible for its maintenance, restoring the old saw mill and turning it into a museum. The parcel on the up-river side of Route 130, containing a warehouse, will be purchased by Margaret Brown, owner of Round Pond Antiques, an importer of English antiques.

Phil Averill, chairman of Friends of the Pemaquid Mill, said Brown has agreed to allow public kayak access and parking access for kayakers along with a right of first offer to the Damariscotta River Association when the property is sold.

Plans call for improvement of the fish passage at the lower falls, a parking lot and access for kayaking.

The Campaign for Pemaquid Mill has already secured more than $110,000 in commitments toward the project. However, the campaign must raise an additional $270,000 by Oct. 31 in cash and pledges to meet the project costs of $380,000 payable over the next 24 months to obtain short-term financing on the property.

“The first task is to stabilize the mill building,” Averill said. “It is in good shape now, and we want to keep it that way. Within two years, all the other buildings on the parcel will be removed, opening up space for a parking lot and further archaeological excavations.”

Historic building preservationists Mike Alderson, Roger Panek, Tom Kronenburger, Les Fossel and David Humm have been invited to tour and assess the mill, Averill said, and fish passage specialist Slade Moore and others will assess the falls beside the mill for ways to improve alewife and elver access.

Averill has also contacted the Maine Historic Preservation Commission about applying to list the Pemaquid Mill on the National Register of Historic Places, which would be helpful in applying for preservation grants. Averill said Smith is very familiar with the mill and wished the group success in saving it.

The Friends are hoping the mill can eventually be operational in a demonstration mode, Averill said.

He also suggested that space in the building could be devoted to a museum of all things Bristol, a climate-controlled fireproof storage vault for Bristol archives and possibly a heated office for the Old Bristol Historical Society.

For more information, call 563-1393.

Samoset Fish and Game Club competition upcoming

BRISTOL — The Samoset Fish and Game Club have scheduled two turkey shooting competitions for this month.

The club will host a shotgun/archery target shoot competition beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. It will host a rifle turkey shoot competition on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Members of other firearm clubs are welcome and encouraged to attend. The cost per round for all events is $3.  Adults and youth compete for the Top Shot title. The events also include youth-only competitions.

The shotgun competition targets are set at 25 yards. The Top Shot title is earned by the closest pellet to the center of the target. Ammunition will be provided for competitors who bring their own shotguns.

Archery competitors will win the Top Shot title by hitting one arrow closest to center at the 20-yard, 30-yard and 40-yard targets. Competitors must bring their own bows and field tipped arrows. In the event of a tie, a shoot off at the 30-yard target closest to center determines the Top Shot for archery; the rifle competition targets are set at 100 yards.

For more information, contact Nate Hanna at 529-4607 or Mike Cushing at 677-2824.

Magician to appear at Lincoln Theater

DAMARISCOTTA — Magician Kent Axell will appear on the Lincoln Theater for two shows — Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 — as part of the community’s Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta festivities.

Axell performs feats of mind reading, influence and magic.

The shows begin at 7 p.m. and are suitable for all ages. Tickets are $5 per person for general admission and are available at the door only.

For more information, visit lcct.org and damariscottapumpkinfest.com.

Painters Thelander, Babb on view at Pemaquid gallery

BRISTOL — The Pemaquid Art Gallery announced the return of two area painters, Liliana Thelander of Bristol, and Julie Babb of Damariscotta.

While Babb records birds in their environments, Thelander paints birds, various other animals and other subjects.

Thelander, who said she is a contemporary realist painter, has been inspired in part by Maine realist artist John Whalley and by Australian painter Colley Whisson. Their influence is seen in her paintings of seascapes, boats, birds and pet portraits.

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Thelander first worked in stained glass but soon discovered her ability to draw, which led to classes in painting and now a successful career in painting with oils and occasionally acrylics. Although she has been primarily a studio painter, she has begun painting more on location.

Her work can be seen at lilianathelander.com.

Babb has studied ornithology as well as photographing birds to insure that her bird portraits are accurate. Like Thelander, Babb said her native talent in drawing enables her to finely render the birds as well as the botanical studies that form their natural environment.

Babb utilizes the tools familiar to such famous naturalist artists as Robert Bateman and Raymond Harris Ching to achieve her effects. Opaque watercolor, or gouache, is her primary medium, but she also works with pen and ink, pencil/graphite and on scratchboard. She is working on a new portrait of a young song sparrow framed by golden ash leaves in winter.

She has been an art instructor, author and illustrator and has received many awards for her bird portraits and botanical studies. Babb is also a calligrapher. Her work can be seen online at covehousestudios.com.

Artists all reside within the Lincoln County area. The gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point and online at pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Columbus Day.

Celtic musician to play Boothbay Harbor

BOOTHBAY HARBOR — Musician Eileen Ivers, dubbed the future of the Celtic fiddle by the Washington Post and the “Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by the New York Times, will perform with her band on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Opera House.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Ivers is a 9-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and a Grammy-winning, Emmy-nominated musician. She has performed with Sting, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, The Chieftains and was the musical star of Riverdance. She is also a founding member of Cherish the Ladies, a former member of the Hall & Oates band, a featured instrumentalist on soundtracks and one of the most awarded All-Ireland Fiddle and Banjo champions ever.

Advance discounted tickets are $25 and regular tickets are $30 and available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and at the door.

243rd Navy birthday party
BRUNSWICK — The Casco Bay Council of the United States Navy League will be hosting a celebration of the United States Navy’s 243rd birthday on Oct. 12 at the Brunswick Naval Museum and Memorial Gardens

The party is co-hosted by the museum and the Bath Maine Chapter of the Surface Navy Association. Rear Admiral Peter A. Garvin will be the guest speaker. Garvin has served on the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations staff and as an executive assistant to the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Most recently, he served as the 22nd commander of Navy Recruiting Command.

The party will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour followed at 7 p.m. by introductions and ceremonies. Dinner, will be catered by Sarah’s in Wiscasset.

Active duty and reserve military personnel are free if in uniform. The service member’s guest will be charged $25. Admission for non-members and conformations are $50 per person. Military service dress, civilian business or cocktail attire is required.

For more information, contact Doug Thacker at [email protected] or 251-1466.

Symphony season begins this month
AROUND THE MIDCOAST — The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Rohan Smith, kicks off its 29th season this month with “Symphonie Fantastique,” a program of works by Berlioz, Milhaud and Delibes.

The orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham.

The programs include “Prelude and Mazurka” from the ballet “Coppélia,” by Leo Delibes, “Concerto for Marimba & Vibraphone,” by Darius Milhaud — with guest soloist Nathanial Hackworth — and “Symphonie Fantastique,” by Hector Berlioz. Hackworth was the winner of the Midcoast Symphony’s first Judith Elser Concerto Competition, held in May 2018.

Hackworth comes from Presque Isle and was selected from several young Maine musicians. He won a cash prize and the chance to perform with the orchestra. He is a 2015 graduate of the University of Maine, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance, and is currently pursuing a master of music degree in percussion performance. He serves as timpanist for the Boston Festival Orchestra.

The “Symphonie Fantastique,” composed in 1830, calls for a total of over 90 instruments, including English horn,  clarinet, four bassoons, 13 brass, two harps and full ranks of strings and percussion.

Tickets for “Symphonie Fantastique” are $20, or free for everyone 18 and under and all students with proper ID. For more information, visit midcoastsymphony.org or call 846-5378.

in Falmouth, or at the door with cash or by check (no credit cards).

Ulmer celebrating book launch
BATH — On Saturday, Oct. 6, Mustard Seed Bookstore will host a book launch celebrating the release of Wendy Ulmer’s second middle-grade novel, “The Dragons.”

The event is free and begins at 10:30 a.m.

Ulmer will be available to sign books and meet young readers. There will be book related activities and snacks for the children who attend.

Ulmer has published seven children’s books, two of which focus on life in Maine. She was an educator in Regional School Unit 1 for many years and continues to assist local classrooms as a volunteer teaching writing and poetry.

Ulmer grew up in Mt. Gretna, Penn., where her imagination was nurtured in the woods and wild places of the Lebanon Valley. According to Ulmer, this small town nestled in a forest of chestnut trees was a magical place to grow up, and it’s the inspiration for many of the places in her novels.

For more information, call 389-4084 or email [email protected]

Exploring ‘The Monster’ in film and literature
BATH — To mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” Patten Free Library in is hosting a series of films and a lecture during the month of October. All programs begin at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday and are free and open to the public.

The film series kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 10, with a screening of “Mask,” the true story of Rocky Dennis, a young man who has craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, a fatal disease that causes facial disfigurement. The film stars Eric Stoltz, Cher and Sam Elliott — Cher and Stoltz were nominated for a Golden Globe award for their acting.

Subsequent films include “Edward Scissorhands” on Oct. 17; “The Elephant Man” on Oct. 24; and “Gods and Monsters” on Nov. 7.

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Ray Boisvert will explore topics raised in Shelley’s novel, along with some contemporary manifestations of its themes. The presentation is illustrated with slides, music and clips from the 1931 Boris Karloff film and touches on issues that are still important for us today.