THE LATEST FROM OUR TOWN…

Our Town Belfast Annual Meeting 2014

          

Our Town Belfast held its annual meeting on March 19th at PlantLab in Belfast.  A big thank you to Matthew Kenney and Kaia Harper at PlantLab and Chef Jason Paul of the Gothic for providing delicious food and beautiful surroundings.  Additional thanks goes to Allen Insurance & Financial for sponsoring the event as well as the Belfast Historical Society & Museum for decorating the venue with historic Belfast photographs.

Executive Director Breanna Pinkham Bebb shared a brief summary of the past years accomplishments with the 65 assembled guests and directed their attention to our first ever printed annual report and brand new rack cards for further information.
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New members and new officers of the Board were introduced:  Chair, Marjorie Byers, Vice-Chair Chris Bitely, Secretary Dorothy Havey and Treasurer Amy Bowen.  New members are  Abigale Avey, Michael Casby, Wendy Cummings, Terri Mahoney and Seth Thayer.
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Chair Marjie Byers thanked the retiring board members (Mallory Banks-Harnden, Coleen Marsh, Jamie Oates and Anne Saggese)  for the many, many hours of time they have devoted to the organizationsince its inception in 2010.  These amazing volunteers, as well as Mayor Walter Ash, were presented with a framed print by Dianne Horton.
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The meeting ended with an introduction to the Happy video that Our Town is producing and a first taping of the happy attendees dancing to the music.
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New Location on First Fridays for the Belfast Farmers Market!

The Belfast Farmers’ Market would like to announce the completion of its first full-time Winter Market! Started five years ago, each year has added a few weeks as more of you realized how much great local food could still be had in the snowy months. We would like to give a big, hearty thanks to Aubuchon for the use of their greenhouse each year from Nov to April.
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As Aubuchon needs their greenhouse back to gear up for Spring, and we feel the need to be out and one with the elements again, the market has moved back into the sunshine at Waterfall Arts. It’s all your favorite Winter Market vendors until full season starts May 9 with everybody on board! Come say Hi to your old friends and make some new as we welcome our latest additions:
  • Plymouth Pond Farm and Bakery raise beautiful grains in Maine and will have milled flours for you as well as specialty breads like bagels, wraps, croissants and pretzels. 
  • Pemaquid Lobster & Seafood Co. will offer fresh-off-the-boats seafood.
  • Toddy Pond Farm is bringing you their farm-made gelatos, kefir, yogurt and fromage blanc.
  • Suecakes joined the Winter market this year and will continue into the full season with gluten-free sweat and savory treats. 
  • and also joining us from a seasoning at the Winter Market is Neill Peterson of Ace Blades to sharpen all your kitchen and garden tools.
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And one more piece of big news! As apparently the rumor mill has been turning and you’ve been hearing of changes at the market we can finally confirm that it is true – we are ending our run of First Fridays on Main Street. They were so much fun for the years we did them and we want to give a huge thanks to the City of Belfast and all the Main Street businesses that both loved having us there and I’m sure were sometimes driven a little crazy by our gypsy caravan. It is my belief that such a high-profile location really helped to tune people into the amazing array of Maine-grown goods we have to offer. It’s a much different picture than when I was a kid. It has, in fact, worked so well that we are simply too large now to squeeze on to that block so we are very pleased to announce that the spirit of the festival will live on in our new First Fridays location in the Tarratine Hall parking lot. 
So, Winter Market continuing at Waterfall Arts though April.
Full Market season with all vendors opens may 9.
You can find us at Waterfall Arts every Friday from 9am-1pm, except on the First Friday of the month, when you can find us at the Tarratine Hall 9am-1pm.

Jessica Kerwin Jenkins At Left Bank Books

JESSICA KERWIN JENKINS,

Author of All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours,
at Left Bank Books
 
            Rainbows, microscopes, the Roman Coliseum, bebop, flaming desserts and kabuki. These diverse cultural curiosities, plus dozens more, are the subjects explored in the newly released book of miniature essays, All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours, by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins.
            Left Bank Books invites you to meet Jenkins on Sunday, April 13, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, when she will be the guest speaker at the shop’s final Lyceum event of the season.
            All the Time in the World is Jenkins’s second book, which, like her first, Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights,reflects the author’s wide-ranging professional and personal travels and experiences. Jenkins began her career in New York writing for Women’s Wear Daily and W, later becoming the magazine’s European editor in Paris. Assignments took her all over Europe and beyond – Madrid, Copenhagen, Athens, Venice and Ibiza, to name just a few work sites. She’s visited ateliers, villas, palazzos, chateaux and haciendas. She’s had dinner in the Tower of London and a “rude” massage in Tunis. In Jaipur, she played in a surreal elephant polo match for charity. Is it any wonder, then, that her book comprises a diverse compilation of intriguing facts, historical oddities and ephemera?
            Inspired by medieval books of hours, which prescribed readings and contemplations for different parts of the day, All the Time in the Worldis a chronological assemblage of more than 75 tidbits from history. Full of witty bon mots and interesting etymologies, All the Time in the Worldexplores food, love, writing, music and travel among many, many other topics. Open it to any page and you’ll likely be intrigued, amused or delighted – or perhaps all three. This 262-page meander through history (including a terrific bibliography and beautiful, stylized illustrations) provides an unusual look at how we pass time.
            In her introduction, Jenkins writes that her book “celebrates the traditional book of hours with the hope of countering the hyper-scheduled cult of ‘Getting Things Done.’ Wistful poets, frilly ladies, passionate dandies, voluntary tramps, rainbow hunters, bold artists and iconoclasts with a passion for good living lead the way as the pages move through the hours of the day offering a string of historical anecdotes to demonstrate the unusual, fantastic, and beautiful ways people have spent time across centuries and continents. It’s an agenda turned upside down in favor of the impractical and the ephemeral: drinking hot cocoa, taking a nap, waltzing until dawn.”
            All the Time in the World revives forgotten treasures while inspiring a passion for good living in the present, and suggesting some bold and wonderful ways to spend whatever time we’ve got left.
          Kerwin’s talk is free and open to the public. To reserve books or a seat in advance (space is limited), call Left Bank Books at 338-9009 or emailleftbank@myfairpoint.net. Both of Kerwin’s books will be available for purchase. Complimentary light refreshments, to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, will be served in an elegant and tasteful fashion.

Upcoming Belfast Coop Events in April

Featured Artist:  Amy Campbell, a committed advocate for native bees and other flower foraging insects, is a Master Gardener and photographer who keeps honeybees in Rockport. Her photographic exhibit, on view in the Co-op Café from late March through late April, captures intimate views of native pollinators, primarily native bees, busy at work on flowers in bloom.

Round Up for Community recipients: 4/1-14 Maine Federation of Farmers Markets mainefarmersmarkets.org; 4/15-31 Island Institute islandinstitute .org

Senior Discount Day - 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%.

“Bees and Flowers: A Garden Partnership”April 1
Tues. 6:30pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street – free illustrated presentation with Amy Campbell, a committed advocate for native bees and other flower foraging insects. She’ll discuss simple ways to identify some of our native pollinators, why they are important, and ways to help them survive and thrive. Co-sponsored by the Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Co-op. Catalogs will first become available at this event for the annual organic native perennial sale the Co-op coordinates with Rebel Hill Farm. They will then be available both in-store and online: belfast.coop.

“Genetic Roulette” screening - April 8
Tues. 6pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St – free screening of “ Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives”. Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the U.S., especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn. Post-film discussion with Logan Perkins, coordinator for MOFGA’s successful Right-To-Know GMO labeling campaign. Sponsored by the Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Co-op.

Guided Store Tour - April 19
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!

Easter – Co-op Closed - April 20

Love LOCAL Day - April 25
Fri. - Fedco Seeds of Waterville will provide free product samples; lunch special highlighting local ingredients, 10% off ALL Maine-made products throughout the day.

Wine Tasting & Art Opening - April 25
Fri., 7-9pm, Belfast Cafe – free wine tasting of highlighted seasonal wines and art opening. Featured wines will be 10% off during the tasting; participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

“American Meat” screening - April 29
Tues. 6pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St – free screening of “American Meat“, a pro-farmer look at chicken, hog & cattle production in the U.S. A new generation of grass-based farmers are sparking a revolution, but can they actually feed the U.S.? Post-film discussion with local grass-based farmers, moderated by Diane Schivera, MOFGA’s organic livestock specialist. Sponsors: MOFGA, Belfast Free Library, Belfast Co-op.

For more information about Belfast Co-op events, please visit: belfast .coop.

Belfast Garden Club’s March Meeting and Program: The Troy Howard Middle School Project

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.
For more information, visit belfastgardenclub.org or emailbelfastgardenclub@gmail.com or call Corliss Davis 207-930-3562

Gawler Sisters and Bennet Konesni Concert Resheduled

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 Contra Dance with the Gawler Family Dance Megaband

Gawler Family Dance Megaband Plays for

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.

Free Presentation on Bonsai Trees with Aaron Bowden!

Belfast Garden Club’s February Meeting, Bonsai in a Nutshell– Free, All are welcome!
Belfast Garden Club’s public monthly meeting and speaker series continues February 18th, featuring a presentation- Bonsai in a Nutshell with Aaron Bowden, bonsai educator. The program is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The brief club meeting begins at1pm. 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 Mr. Bowden’s artist’s statement: “ As I grew up in Maine on the rocky coast, and traveling in the deep woodland forests, I witnessed how nature had created some of the most mature wild trees, weather-beaten and naturally beautiful. Truly works of art, sculpted by nature’s hands. In bonsai, one strives to mimic the maturity and beauty nature has created in the landscape. It takes constant daily care, time and patience, to develop bonsai to be happy and healthy as they live their lives confined to a container. Season to season, proper watering, feeding and sunlight are essential for healthy development. As bonsai change and grow, so do we.”Aaron Bowden is an artist, potter and bonsai educator. He began studying the art of bonsai in 1988, and since then, he has studied and taught bonsai art in Maine, Florida and the Midwest. His bonsai and pottery can be seen at his Koboku Bonsai Studio in Bucksport. He offers workshops, lectures and demonstration in the art of bonsai.

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.
For more information, visit belfastgardenclub.org or email belfastgardenclub@gmail.com or call Corliss Davis 207-930-3562

Left Bank Book’s Annual Winter Lyceum

We’re thrilled to announce our sixth Annual WINTER LYCEUM on alternating Sunday afternoon from February 16th – April 13th. (Here’s the schedule to affix to our icebox!)

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)

 

Upcoming Coop Events!

February Featured Artist:  

Sarah Faragher  sarahfaragher.com
“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

 Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centeravianhaven .org; 2/15-28 Natural Resources Council of Maine nrcm.org


Senior Discount Day

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.

For more information about Belfast Co-op events, please visit: belfast .coop.