Belfast Garden Club’s public monthly meeting and speaker series continues March 18th, featuring a presentation- The Troy Howard Middle School Project, with coordinator and educator Jon Thurston. The program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The brief club meeting begins at 1pm. Join us for refreshments from the hospitality committee at 1:45pm, the speaker will begin at 2 p.m. The afternoon meeting and program take place at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Parish House, 95 Court St., Belfast.From THMS: Our mission is to create a district-wide agricultural project that promotes healthy living. At the Troy Howard Middle School we strive to integrate the school and its land with the community. Our goal is to engage all students in a journey of discovery through gardening projects that achieve learning in Maine science, math, technology and social studies, produce nutritious food and pioneer action-research for sustainability. At the heart of the gardening program are the young people excited by making a real difference in their school and community.Jon Thurston is the Agriculture Coordinator for RSU20, with an extensive background in numerous agricultural areas. Since 1974, he has spent 2 years with the Peace Corps in the Philippines, working in fisheries extension; 7 years with the USDA in California in aquatic weed control research; hydroponic greenhouse work in Searsmont; and 19 years teaching biology, earth science and horticulture at Medomak Valley High School, where he co-founded the MVHS Heirloom Seed Project. At THMS, he directs the operation and the students in the 22,000 square foot gardens and the greenhouses. Jon is active with other related community organizations and agencies, has generously opened the THMS gardens for our Open Garden Days for several years in a row.The Belfast Garden Club has promoted the knowledge and love of gardening and civic beautification since 1929. They maintain 12 gardens around the city each year, host Open Garden Days garden tours during the summer, and support education through donations to the Belfast Free Library, Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project, and an annual education scholarship. Each meeting of the Belfast Garden Club is open to the public. The club welcomes new members and volunteers year round.
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THE LATEST FROM OUR TOWN…
We were so disappointed to have to cancel our day after Valentine’s concert due to a snow storm, but we are really happy to say that we have rescheduled the fun-loving, locally grown, folk-singing Gawler Sisters toSaturday March 8th at 7:30pm. They will be joined by the talented philharmonic farmer himself – singer songwriter Bennett Konesni, in what promises to be an evening of wonderful music and beautiful harmonies. Molly Gawler plays the fiddle and is a dancer who has toured internationally with Pilobolus Dance Theater as the lead in the production, Shadowland. Elsie Gawler incorporates the cello into folk music with a range of chops, backup rhythms and innovative chord structures. She is also an avid painter, spinner, knitter and potter. Edith Gawler fills out the Gawler ensemble with rich, low vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship on banjo and fiddle. She is also a designer and farmer along with her husband Bennett. As a duo based in Belfast, she and Bennett teach worksong workshops that seek to put the ‘culture’ back in agriculture.
The group’s songbook is an extensive collection of traditional and original tunes in the Scots-Irish, Franco-American and Scandinavian traditions. These folk-blues, gutsy worksongs, and amusing odes to everyday life are complemented by angelic three-part-harmony, infectious spirit, and sparkling musicianship. This trio plus one, generously share their heartfelt, grassroots sense of community and will leave you smiling and feeling part of the family. And a lovely family it is.
Come feel the love! Tickets at the door are sliding scale, $8-$16 with light refreshments. CDs will be available to purchase.
Belfast Flying Shoes Contradance Series Friday, March 7, 2014,
with caller Will Mentor
Join us for an evening of contra dancing at the American Legion Post #43 in Belfast, 143 Church Street.
Will Mentor will be calling dances, with music by The Gawler Family Dance Megaband and sound provided by Eric Weest Johnson.
The Gawler Family Dance Megaband is a fun-loving, foot-stomping, folk-singing, banjo-
playing family of seven who come from the heart of Maine. John and Ellen Gawler and their
daughters Molly, Edith, and Elsie bring you an assortment of old and new sounds from many folk
traditions. Joining the Family Dance Megaband is Edith’s husband, Bennett Konesni, on guitar
(www.edithandbennett.com) and Elsie’s partner, Tyler Yentes (www.northbranchfarm.org), on the
fiddle. The megaband’s jubilant styles will surely get your feet to whirling.
The evening begins at 6:30pm with a community dance led by Chrissy Fowler and music by the All-Comers Band, led by Phyllis Buchanan and Jennifer Armstrong.
Fun and simple dances will be taught, and both beginner and experienced dancers are encouraged to brush up on and learn new
skills. All musicians are welcome to sit in.
The contra dance begins at 8:00pm and runs until around 11:00.
Admission for the community dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. For the contras, the price
is $10 for adults (i.e., over age 20), $7 for those aged 13 to 20 as well as adult All-Comers, and $4
for children. As always, $1 off admission for every box fan you bring for the windows. For more
information, call Chrissy at 338-0979 or visit www.belfastflyingshoes.org.
Sunday, February 16: RICHARD RUBIN
“The Last of the doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War” The extraordinary story of Rubin’s 10-year effort to find and interview the last surviving American veterans of World War One, all over 100 years old when he met them and all now gone –
Sunday, March 2: PETER KORN
“Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman” From the founder and executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, a beautiful exploration of the joy — and necessity — of creative work.
Sunday, March 16: MURRAY CARPENTER
“Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us” A Lyceum talk “plus book launch” for a wonderful Belfast journalist, neighbor and friend!
Sunday, March 30: JESSICA KERWIN JENKINS
“All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours” From the charming author “Encyclopedia of the Exquisite,” a literary excursion ‘around the clock’ — mini-hours about a host of fascinating topics, all related to the concept of time.
Saturday, March 8: MARCIE BRONSTEIN
A book launch to celebrate her new children’s book, “Photoplay” (at a time to be announced)
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“Close to Home”, exhibit of oil paintings of midcoast and downeast Maine, on view in the Belfast Co-op Café for the month of February.
Round Up for Community recipients: Feb. 1-14
Every Tuesday, Belfast Co-op customers 62 years young and up receive a discount upon informing the cashier of their eligibility. Co-op member-owners receive a 10% discount; non-member-owners 5%.
Guided Store Tour - Feb. 15
Sat. 10am, Belfast Co-op, 123 High St – meet near the Co-op entrance – guided store tours (every 3rd Sat/mo) which highlight the benefits of joining the Co-op and how to take best advantage of shopping here. All are welcome!
Organic Orcharding Workshop - Feb. 18
Tues. 6pm, Belfast Free Library – free workshop led by C.J. Walke, MOFGA’s Organic Orchardist. Topics will include different techniques to help you grow apples, pears, plums and peaches, focusing on soil requirements and methods of tracking and trapping fruit pests. He will discuss no-spray pest management approaches, and explain how various materials help boost the health of fruit trees. Sponsored by MOFGA, the Library and the Belfast Co-op.
Love LOCAL Day - Feb. 28
Fri. – highlighted Maine producer providing free product samples; lunch special highlighting local ingredients, 10% off ALL Maine-made products throughout the day.
Member-Owner Super Sale Day - March 1
Sat. – Member-owners receive 10% off all purchases except beer, wine, tobacco & periodicals. Quarterly Member-Owner Super Sale Days happen: 3/1, 6/1, 9/1, 12/1.
Belfast CSA-CSF Fair - March 2
Sun. 1-3pm, Troy Howard Middle School (THMS), 173 Lincolnville Ave (Rte 52), Belfast – annual Belfast Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) & Community Supported Fishery (CSF) Fair in celebration of local food. Free; all are welcome. Co-sponsors: MOFGA, THMS Garden Project, Belfast Transition, Belfast Co-op.
The First Church in Belfast, UCC is hosting a St.Valentine’s Day benefit supper on Friday, February 14. It will be in the upstairs fllor in the Fellowship Hall. The menu includes spaghetti with either meat sauce or meatless sauce, salad, bread, beverages and homemade hot fudge sundae. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for kids 10 and under.
Proceeds and donations will go to the Interfaith Fuel Fund. Serving will be from 5~6:30, with a DJ providing music until 9 PM. First Church is handicapped accessible using the Spring or Court Street entrances. ALL are welcome. For more information, please call 338.2282.
Bring your sweetheart and loved ones with a taste of DESIRE, and enjoy the music. Afterwards go to one of the great restaurants around town for your celebration dinner!
Kate will offer us a concert of songs from Cole Porter, Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell to get us in the mood for love!
Yo Mamma will provide pink champagne, homemade chocolate bites and a warm, bright, fun, crazy-good atmosphere.
Come join us and laugh in the face of old man winter.