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10 Devils, 10 Forms of Castration

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 25, 2016

Year-round summer person Colin Sargent, the founding editor & publisher of Portland Monthly Magazine, grew up on Gooch's Beach. A novelist, magazine publisher, and poet, Sargent's new novel The Boston Castrato is just out from Barbican Press on London, with the US release on October 1. This is not your grandmother's Christmas book: "For anyone who might have imagined 1920s Boston to be a bit stuffy and not quite the toddling town of Chicago or New York, The Boston Castrato will likely change that opinion. Bustling with snobs, intellectuals, criminals, immigrants, artists, and a definite LGBT presence, Sargent's Boston is vivid, violent, quirky, cultured, and peopled with memorable characters."–Foreword Review

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When History and Fiction Collide

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 10, 2016

David Arenstam is a teacher and writer. He received his undergraduate degree from Bates College and earned a master’s degree in journalism from Harvard University. He teaches at Thornton Academy in Saco, where he was a Maine Teacher of the Year finalist. As a journalist, David regularly contributes articles to local newspapers, magazines, and online media companies. He recently published his debut novel, “Homecoming: A Soldier’s Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption.” Two weeks after its publication, David’s novel was nominated for the 2017 William E. Colby Award for emerging writers of military fiction or nonfiction. 

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Trail Cairns - More than just Piles of Rocks

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 25, 2016

Allen Crabtree lives in Sebago and writes the “Senior Rambles”, a regular hiking column for the Bridgton News with hiking trips and tips for Seniors in Western Maine and the White Mountains.  He is the co-leader of the Denmark Mountain Hikers, a group of mainly seniors who have been climbing a mountain every Friday, all year round, for the last 6 ½ years.  Allen also writes about his travels to interesting places around the globe, is a frequent teacher of classes at the Senior College in Bridgton, has published poetry and yarns, and is in the middle of writing a book on hiking for seniors

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Pre Contact Fish Weirs in Cape Porpoise?

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 10, 2016

According to presenter Tim Spahr, he’s best known as Elizabeth Spahr's husband. Tim has been a game warden in southern Maine for nearly 20 years. Some of you may have seen him on TV, as the star of the popular “Northwoods Law” series on Animal Planet. At age 57, however, he wonders how long he can keep up with the rigorous duties required of his job, so he is considering a career change. Tim is handing in his gun and badge for a shovel and trowel. He believes working as an archaeologist, shoveling dirt and sifting 40-pound buckets of dirt, must surely be easier. Tim holds degrees from College of the Atlantic and Harvard University.  He is a veteran of the Fighting US Coast Guard – notice the emphasis on “Fighting.” His presentation is titled Pre-Contact Fish Weirs in Cape Porpoise (question mark). Tim… 

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The Waxing Soul

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 10, 2016

Joanna Gould is a Maine artist working in the ancient wax encaustic technique.  Encaustic literally means burning in, and encaustic painting involves heated wax and a process of fusing many layers. Fusing oil pigments and found objects with layers of translucent beeswax and resin,  Joanna creates works of art that have been described as dreamlike and mystical, infused with the purest light. Highly influenced by place, the light and dark in her paintings dance with seasonal hues and shapes to suggest nature in its most modest form. Joanna started her creative career over 15 years ago, studying graphic design at the Art Institute of Boston. Her professional career started in corporate branding and evolved to publishing and then advertising. She later studied landscape architecture. Joanna has exclusively been a part-time freelance designer for the past six years, as well as a full-time mother and wife. Tonight she will share the story behind her work, in The Waxing Soul

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Facing Lobster

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 10, 2016

Joanne Arnold. Joanne is a seven-time Pecha Kucha presenter and one of our favorites. A woman of many talents – she’s an artist, photographer, ordained interfaith chaplain, and professional strength trainer – Joanne loves the PK format, and we love to see her work. She describes herself as a ‘Chronic Waterfront Trespasser.’ By that she means that she has taken photos at first light, mostly near the Portland Waterfront, every day, in good weather and bad, for seven consecutive years, and considers it a spiritual practice. The images she captures are remarkable, especially considering the effort it took to overcome the suspicion and resistance of the fishermen and dock workers, who thought she was everything from a private detective to an OSHA spy. Tonight, Joanne celebrates the men and women who make their living from the sea, with a visual and lyrical prose poem of the Portland Waterfront. With the eye of a fine photographer and the craftsmanship of a born writer, Joanne Arnold vividly describes this unique world, which she calls Facing Lobster

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Amphibious Tiny House

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 10, 2016

Kim Bernard. Kim is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the University of New England, building a bridge between the arts and the sciences. So far, she has painted 138 henna tattoos on students, done indigo ink dying with a chemistry class, had marine biology students do art collaborations with marine critters, and made a kinetic wave sculpture with a physics class out of gummy bears, shish-kabob skewers and duct tape. When she’s not collecting ocean debris for her various art/science projects, you may find her surfing, because – as she says – “This gremlin’s hoping to get up on a foamy for the first time ever.” She’s also working on a fascinating long-range project, the likes of which you’ve probably never seen before. Let’s welcome Kim Bernard, presenting “Amphibious Tiny House”…

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Baseball as a Spiritual Practice

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 25, 2016

Michael Wentworth is a 4th generation Kennebunk native, the attention-starved youngest of 5, father of 3 and soon-to-be grandfather of what he hopes to be many.  In the real-life work world, he is the General Manager of the Energy Services Group at Thayer Corporation. Closer to the heart and bones, he relies on the urging of his artist wife to trigger the creativity that he forgets is there and remind him that he will one day fulfill the promise of his potential as a writer, poet, actor, teacher, karaoke singer and billionaire philanthropist. 

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More Ahab's Adventures

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 27, 2015

Geeg Wiles and his three-foot woden pirate Captain Ahab travel the world -- check out their zany adventures here.