RESOURCES

  • Maine.gov and CDC.gov offer state and federal COVID-19 updates and info. Local resources include: Tinyurl.com/rockland-resources, with info and links to resources in Rockland and beyond; OurTownBelfast.org has updates on re-opening businesses; knox-hub-knoxme.hub.arcgis.com offers Knox County resources including food services, public Wi-Fi locations, and a list of open and still-closed businesses; sassmm.org, the website for Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine, offers online HelpRooms for those impacted by sexual violence. You can call or text the 24/7 Helpline: 800-871-7741.

NOTEWORTHY

TUESDAY, JUNE 30:

  • Walking Tours at Penobscot Marine Museum, in Searsport, will be offered on the half hour Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Take the standard tour that explores the history of Maine with stories about Searsport and Penobscot Bay or opt for one of the themed tours. $20 per household. Call or email the day before your tour. And tonight is the last Maritime Trivia Night in June, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Head to PenobscotMarineMuseum.org for a link.
  • Owls Head Transportation Museum Web Series “Shifting History” launches today at 2 p.m. Written and directed by Assistant Curator Thomas Goodwin, the nine-episode mockumentary follows one millennial’s quest to care about America’s most influential car — the Model T. Each episode will be digitally released on Tuesdays at 2 p.m., with free access through OHTM’s YouTube channel. The museum will also deliver same-day YouTube livestreams at 11:30 a.m. with a new special guest each week to help get followers in the Model T mood. For reminders of this and other video releases, subscribe to the museum’s YouTube channel. For more info about the museum: owlshead.org.
  • “Optimal Brain Health and Emotional Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” a Zoom talk by Steve Raymond, hosted by Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club. It will be an overview of a six-week course he will teach for Coastal Senior College this fall. The presentation will provide a high-level look at how people can develop greater emotional resilience and optimize their brain health over the long term. For a link and the starting time, email steveraymondmaine@gmail.com or wheelers207@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1:

  • Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage in Union Opens Moxie Wing, with hours of Wednesday to Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., through August 29. $5 for adults, $3 for children under 16 and for seniors 65 and over. Visitors must wear masks and maintain social distancing, and groups are limited to five people at a time.

THURSDAY, JULY 2:

  • Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum Opens for the Season, with the hours of noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Masks will be required for entrance and the number of visitors in the museum will be limited to five at one time. For those who do not have a mask, they will be available for $1. The gift shop will be open. At this time, there are no plans to open the tower this season.
  • Photo Showcase and Conversation on the Guatemala Experience, 6 p.m. on Zoom. Camden Public Library will host Sue Michlovitz for “It Takes a Village to Build a Community: The Guatemala Experience.” She will show images she captured and tell what lessons she learned on her nine outreach missions to the country in Central America. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org for a link.

FRIDAY, JULY 3:

  • Free Historic Walking Tours in Downtown Camden, Fridays at 4 p.m., through September 11. The tour stops at historic sites, including Camden Public Library’s Amphitheatre. Tours begin in the Children’s Garden of the library on Atlantic Avenue and end at the village green. Face masks are required, and each tour will be limited to six. Call 236-3440 to book a spot. Donations are accepted.

MONDAY, JULY 6:

  • “Becoming Maine: A Bicentennial Presentation,” with University of Maine history professor Liam Riordan, livestreamed on Belfast Free Library’s Facebook page at 6:30 p.m. Riordan will give an illustrated presentation exploring Maine’s long statehood process that culminated in 1820 with separation from Massachusetts. Four broad themes that bridge 200 years in telling ways include: the “two Maines” and sharp partisan conflict, the explosive place of slavery vis-a-vis the Maine-Missouri Crisis, Wabanaki sovereignty, the uncertain location and meaning of the international border.

TUESDAY, JULY 7:

  • “Resilience: One Family’s Story of Hope and Triumph Over Evil,” 6 p.m. on Zoom. Camden Public Library hosts Dr. Judy Stone, the daughter of Hungarian survivors of Auschwitz and Dachau, for a talk about her new book “Resilience,” the story of her family’s strength and resilience during some of the most horrific events of the 20th century. For a link, email jpierce@librarycamden.org.

COMING UP:

  • “The Uninvited Goddess: Awakening to a New Era,” Thursday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Rockland Public Library hosts Judith Carpenter on her book of stories of struggle and awakenings. The author states that she felt called to write the book through a dream and says the coronavirus pandemic has launched us all into a new era, as “we are awakening to critical, global realities on an almost daily basis.” She’ll explain the concept of the “uninvited goddess” and discuss what this might signify for our times. Carpenter is an Episcopal priest and a resident of Rockland. For a link, email sbillings@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m. that day.
  • “Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine,” at Stockton Springs Community Library on Sunday, July 12, at 4 p.m. Mac Smith will talk about his newly published book in the free program. The Stockton Springs native lives in the village of Sandy Point and is a former reporter for the Bar Harbor Times. His first book, “Mainers on the Titanic,” is available to borrow at the library. He is currently working on his third book for Down East Books. Reservations (and face coverings) are required: 567-4147.

MUSIC

SATURDAY, JULY 4:

  • Outdoor Concert by Frenzie in Rockland, 5:30 to 9 p.m., hosted by Rotary Pizza and DownHome Maine.

COMING UP:

  • Bay Chamber Concerts Offering Online Mini-Concerts, on its YouTube channel, Thursdays from July 9 to August 13, at 7:30 p.m. And on Thursday, August 6, its Masterworks series will feature the Jupiter String Quartet performing the world premiere of a piece commissioned by Bay Chamber Concerts to mark its 60th anniversary. The quartet will also play Beethoven’s monumental String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132.

FILM

  • Rockland’s Strand Theatre Presents Virtual Cinema Screenings, with details at RocklandStrand.com.
  • Colonial Theatre in Belfast Now Offering Online Streaming, with details at ColonialTheater.com.

THURSDAY, JULY 2:

  • “Films at the Farm,” offered by Topsl Farm and Waldo Theatre. Films include “The Princess Bride” on July 2 and 3, “Napoleon Dynamite” on July 30 and 31, and “Hidden Figures” on August 6 and 7, as a fundraiser for Black Lives Matter. The outdoor, picnic-blanket screenings will be at Topsl Farm, 365 Bremen Road, Waldoboro. Tickets are available online for a pay-what-you-wish donation to benefit restoration of Waldo Theatre: waldotheatre.org/pages/events.

ARTS

  • Maine Art Gallery Offers Online Exhibit, the nonprofit gallery in Wiscasset has brought together a show of paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and collages from 23 artists that might have been held at the gallery, if not for the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic. The images can be viewed at maineartgallerywiscasset.org through July 10.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1:

  • Virtual Reception to Open “Erin Johnson: Unnamed for Decades,” hosted online by Center for Maine Contemporary Art, of Rockland, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Spanning two galleries, the show presents a series of new site-specific installations by Johnson, the recipient of the 2nd annual Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship, awarded to a Maine artist in recognition of outstanding work. Join CMCA on Zoom to view the exhibition live with Associate Curator Bethany Engstrom. Hear from Johnson about her research and work, and from Donna McNeil, directorof Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, and Ellen Y. Tani, A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Gallery’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts. CMCA’s galleries will be open daily for limited visitation (15 at a time; masks required) beginning today.

FRIDAY, JULY 3:

  • Online Poetry Group with Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays. Share a favorite poem or one of your own, or listen to the words of others. To register, email jeaton@skidompha.org.
  • Explorations: Read-Aloud Group for Adults, 11 a.m. to noon on Camden Public Library’s Facebook page. Hear a wide range of books read by library staff. Recordings of the readings are available afterward in the Video section.

MONDAY, JULY 6:

  • Maine Mondays on Facebook Live, on Camden Public Library’s Facebook page from 11 a.m. to noon every Monday. Julia will read selections from books about Maine’s history. This program is part of the library’s year-long celebration of Maine’s bicentennial. Recordings are available to watch afterward in the Video section of the Facebook page.

TUESDAY, JULY 7:

  • Leer y Charlar on Zoom, 1 to 3 p.m. The Spanish language reading and conversation group meets online. For a link to attend, email Lynne Taylor at leerycharlar@gmail.com.

HOME & GARDEN

TUESDAY, JUNE 30:

  • Rose Day at Merryspring Nature Center, in Camden, at noon. Gardeners Susan Shaw and Pat McLean will lead Rose Day, an annual tradition going back decades. They’ll talk everything roses, from their history to good varieties for Maine’s climate, and even list medicinal uses for the fragrant flowers. Afterward, visitors can tour the Rose Garden, started by Glenn Jenks over 30 years ago. Rose Day is part of the Summer Talk series. Attendees are asked to wear face masks. Seating will be outdoors. $5, with free admission for Merryspring members.

SUNDAY, JULY 5:

  • MOFGA Day-Tripping Tour of 3 Streams Farm, a pollarded woodland “air-meadow” in Belfast, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Free. RSVP: 338-3301.

MONDAY, JULY 6:

  • Talk on “Invasive” Plants and Soil/Climate Remediation, by Shana Hanson, who offers a summary, then leads a discussion from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at 3 Streams Farm in Belfast and on Zoom. $5 to $10 donation suggested. Email theweeklyapothecary@gmail.com for a Zoom link. Call 338-3301 to attend in person.

TUESDAY, JULY 7:

  • Quick-Pack Cucumber Pickles on the Menu, in UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Preserving the Harvest webinar series, at 2 p.m. Other topics for July include fermented cucumber pickles, canning and freezing green beans, and freezing Maine seafood. Registration is required; a $5 donation per session is optional. Register to attend the session or get a link to the webinar recording: extension.umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/food-preservation-webinar-series/.
  • Talk by Cliff Davis of Spiral Ridge Permaculture/Pig & Leaf Farm, in Tennessee, on feeding hogs and sheep from pollarded and coppiced trees, on Zoom. For a link and the start time: theweeklyapothecary@gmail.com.

COMING UP:

  • “What Trees Grow Where?” Field Trip, Wednesday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at 3 Streams Farm properties in Belfast, Lincolnville and Belmont, led by Dave Roque, state soil scientist. Also, July 8, “Red Oak Shiitake Production from Pollards,” with Geoff Nosach and Lizzy Hayes of Mercer Mushroom Museum from 1:15 to 4 pm. Call 338-3301 to register for either.

FOOD & DRINK

TUESDAY, JUNE 30:

  • Searsmont Garden Growth, a new project starting today with the goal of sharing the wealth of local gardens. Local gardeners with extra produce can drop off produce Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to noon in the Ames School foyer, in Searsmont. Anyone interested in free, fresh food may stop by Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info: searsmont.com/searsmontgardengrowth.

FRIDAY, JULY 3:

  • Belfast Farmers’ Market outside Waterfall Arts, 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Fridays. Tips for shopping there safely are listed at BelfastFarmersMarket.org.
  • Union Farmers Market on Union Common, 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays through October 9. Fresh, local food and sundries.

SUNDAY, JULY 5:

  • Pumpkin Vine Family Farm Market in Somerville, Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The farm is at 217 Hewett Road.

COMING UP:

  • Take-Out Lobster Roll Supper, offered by People’s United Methodist Church in Union on Friday, July 17. The menu will consist of a lobster roll with Maine lobster, potato chips, a pickle and a homemade whoopie pie. Tickets are $20 per meal and must be purchased by Wednesday, July 8, by calling Joyce Grotton at 785-2651. Meals can be picked up at the improvised drive-through at the church on July 17 between 5 and 6 p.m.

KIDS & PARENTS

  • Strand Theatre of Rockland Announces Strand Youth Film Fest, an opportunity for young people living in the midcoast and surrounding areas to create and submit short films. Entries will be accepted through August 31, with awards and a public presentation of the films (virtual, or in-person, if possible) in the fall of 2020. Prizes will be awarded from a panel of judges, made up of Strand staff and local film professionals.

TUESDAY, JUNE 30:

  • Chat with Miss Amy of Camden Public Library on Zoom, every Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. For a link to attend, email alhand@librarycamden.org.
  • Facebook Live Story Time with Skidompha Library, Damariscotta, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Children’s Librarian Jessie will read books and sing songs on the library’s Facebook page.
  • Virtual Rockin’ Storytime with Miss Katie of Rockland Public Library, on its new YouTube channel, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and early elementary school children are invited to the themed storytimes with songs, rhymes and books.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1:

  • Free Explorer Kits at Merryspring Nature Center, in Camden, starting today. Merryspring and Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District are teaming up this summer to offer outdoor adventures for families. Each Wednesday through August 19, a different Explorer Kit will be available at Merryspring. They’ll have instructions, materials, and ideas for kids ages 4 to 9. Twenty kits will be put out at 9 a.m. each Wednesday, first-come, first-served.
  • 40 Days of Summer at Thomaston Public Library launches today, with some changes from previous years, but still with free activities and lunches (and breakfast if requested) to children in Thomaston and surrounding towns. Visit thomaston.lib.me.us, call 354-2453, or email programs@thomaston.lib.me.us for more information or to be added to an email list for updates.
  • Art @ City Park, offered by Waterfall Arts at Belfast City Park, located near the entrance, on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Artists of any age and experience level can pick up sanitized materials to work with in the park and return them before they leave. Free.
  • Virtual Read-Alouds with Miss Katie of Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. on the library’s YouTube channel.
  • Fairy Tale Puppet Show Live on Facebook, at 11 a.m. Join Dewey the Dragon and his friends as they read and act out favorite fairy tales. Puppeteer Alex Thomas and Rockland Public Library kick off the Summer Reading Program. This show will be on the library’s Facebook page for one week after today’s release.

THURSDAY, JULY 2:

  • Virtual Baby Time with Miss Katie of Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. on the library’s YouTube channel.

FRIDAY, JULY 3:

  • Free Nature Walk for Families at Merryspring Nature Center, in Camden, at 10 a.m. The easy walks through meadows and forests will introduce visitors to the nature center. Families will look for evidence of animals, listen for birds, and learn about some of the park’s interesting natural and manmade features. Families must wear face masks and adhere to safe social distancing guidelines. In the event of rain this program will be canceled. Guests should bring water bottles and be prepared to be outside for up to one hour. Free Family Fridays will take place Fridays at 10 a.m. through August 21.
  • Art Time with Bridget Matros of Waterfall Arts, of Belfast, live on Facebook on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Bridget reads a book and leads a hands-on art project using simple materials; best for ages 7 and older. The sessions are available to view afterward, too. Go to Facebook/waterfallbridge.

MONDAY, JULY 6:

  • Facebook Live Storytime with Ms. Jenn of Rockand Public Library, Mondays to August 3 (except July 27), at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and early-elementary kids are invited to join the story-times led by Ms. Jenn, who will read, sing and introduce them to activities like Fairytale Yoga and Pocket Dice dance moves. For more information: 594-0310 or kdrago@rocklandmaine.gov.
  • Belfast Free Library Offers Adapted Summer Reading Program, including outdoor events and take-home projects, from July 6 to August 22. The program offers options for kids in pre-K to grade five and young adults in grades six to 12. Younger readers can sign up for Take-Home Tuesdays, with projects and activity kits available for pickup every week from July 7 to August 18. The library will also offer outdoor StoryWalks in collaboration with Coastal Mountains Land Trust at Head of the Tide Preserve on Saturdays and Sundays, July 11 and 12 and August 8 and 9, and in collaboration with the City of Belfast along the Belfast Rail Trail on Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22.

COMING UP:

  • Author Chris Van Dusen Live on Facebook, Wednesday, July 8, at 11 a.m. on Rockland Public Library’s Facebook page. The author/illustrator will read a book or two of his, then talk to the group about how he writes and illustrates his stories. Van Dusen wrote and illustrated “The Circus Ship,” “If I Built a Car” and “Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee.”

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Megunticook Rowing Offers Summer Programs for all ages and levels of experience. The community-based, nonprofit rowing program is at Barrett’s Cove on Megunticook Lake in Camden. Learn more at megunticookrowing.org, visit Facebook, or email anna@megunticookrowing.org.

TUESDAY, JUNE 30:

  • Tech Help Hour on Zoom, from 1 to 2 p.m. Camden Public Library says: Do you have a question about a new device you’ve purchased? Do you need help transferring photos from your camera to your computer? We’ll try our best to help you navigate your technology troubles. Visit librarycamden.org/learn-research/techhelphour to make an appointment.

FRIDAY, JULY 3:

  • Yoga in Camden Amphitheatre, from 9 to 10 a.m. Enjoy views of Camden Harbor while being guided through a sequence of poses that are grounding and uplifting. Certified yoga teacher Denyse Robinson will lead small classes with social distancing and safety precautions. All levels welcome. Donations accepted, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Camden Public Library. For more information, contact Denyse at 975-5325 or denyserobinson@gmail.com.

MONDAY, JULY 6:

  • Walsh History Center Hour on Zoom, hosted by Camden Public Library from 1 to 2 p.m. Staff will answer questions about local houses, history, and more. Visit the library’s homepage to request a link: librarycamden.org.

TUESDAY, JULY 7:

  • Virtual Tai Chi for Health and Balance, to be held through Zoom, hosted by Spectrum Generations, for adults who are interested in learning how to prevent falls and relieve arthritic pain. It will be offered July 7 through August 27, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. The series is free and open to the public, but registration is required: 620-1642 or jpaquet@healthylivingforme.org.