• Talk by Author of “Rockland, Maine: Rise and Renewal,” 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. Fifth-generation Rockland resident John Bird gives an illustrated talk about his book. Rockland Historical Society’s program is free.
  • “Demise of the Local Newspaper,” 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library. Learn why U.S. communities are experiencing increasingly limited access to local news, from Tom Groening, editor of Working Waterfront, and Jay Davis, founding editor of the Waldo Independent. The free program is a run-up to February’s Camden Conference.


  • School Emergency Drill in Rockport and Camden, at Camden Hills Regional High School, Camden-Rockport Middle School and Camden-Rockport Elementary School. It starts around 1:30 p.m. and will incorporate sirens, fire trucks and police cruisers, and other commotion that should not be considered alarming.
  • Crime and Poetry at Eric Hopkins Gallery, 120 Tillson Avenue, Rockland, from 4 to 6 p.m. Novelist Paul Doiron reads from his popular crime novels about a Maine game warden and poet Kristen Lindquist recites from “Transporation,” a finalist for the Maine Literary Award. He’s married to her, and his book contains a map of an imaginary island by painter Hopkins. Her most recent collection has a Hopkins’ painting on the cover. Free. Books for sale.


  • Seabird Expert in Damariscotta, 10 a.m. in Skidompha Library’s Chats with Champions series. Carla Skinder on Maine’s 294 islands designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as significant seabird nesting islands – nearly half of them are without protection and under pressure from development. She is board chair of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, based in Rockland.
  • Cookies, Caroling and a Quilt at Appleton Library, 6 to 7 p.m. People are invited to sing carols, munch on cookies, see the Morris dancers perform a winter solstice frolic, and take a chance on a queen-sized quilt by Rachelle Horn (raffle tickets are $1, six for $5).
  • Island Doctor to Discuss “Go By Boat,” 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library. Dr. Chuck Radis gives an illustrated talk on his upcoming book about his early years in medicine, when he was the only doctor on Peaks Island and traveled by boat to the outer islands of Casco Bay, making 150 house calls a year.
  • The Poetry of Vassalboro Native Holman Day, 6:30 p.m. at Liberty Library. Peter Beckford recites selections of Day’s poetry, written in the early 1900s, that is alternately funny, sad and philosophical. Refreshments served.
  • Steel Magnolias at Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Lincoln County Community Theater performs the tragicomic play about a group of women in a small-town Southern beauty parlor as they experience milestones in their lives. $15 adults, $13 for theater members, $5 for those under 19.


  • Dough Ball at Boothbay Harbor Opera House, 5:30 p.m. Music, food, dancing and drinks in the decorated opera house. Gingerbread Spectacular winners will be announced. Tickets are $25 ($15 members) in advance and $30 at the door for everyone. The annual Gingerbread Spectacular runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday – and admission is free. See culinary creations of professional bakers, grade-school builders and everyone in between, and learn who won prizes, like “Best Holiday Spirit” and “Most Obsessive Compulsive.” The Boothbay Community Band plays a holiday concert at 3 p.m.
  • “Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick,” 6:30 p.m. at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge’s Visitor Center, 9 Water Street, Rockland. Richard King on his new book that looks at Melville’s novel of 1851 and today’s rising sea levels, and that casts Ahab as Big Oil and Ishmael as a climate refugee. It’s been lauded in The American Scholar quarterly journal.
  • Bah, Humbug! This Weekend in Belfast, the musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” is put on by the Belfast Maskers at Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court Street, Belfast, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. $12 adults, $8 under 13: BelfastMaskers.com.


  • Winter Wassail Solstice Party at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, from 2 to 5 p.m. People of all ages are invited to enjoy chestnuts roasting over open fires and hot wassail celebrating the apple harvest. Highland Mary Morris dancers will kick up their heels at 2:30 p.m. and then the Mill Street Singers will sing carols. The nonprofit nature center’s annual solstice fete is free.
  • Rockport’s 7th Annual Holiday on the Harbor, 3 to 8 p.m. Music and art with a fireworks finish in the village, and from 4 to 6 p.m. at Union Hall, 24 Central Street, free performances by the Suzuki Twinklers, Bay Chamber Jazz Ensemble and Odeon Allegro Ensemble, served with cookies and cider. At 7 p.m., at Rockport Opera House, “A Jazzy Christmas,” with twin brothers and Juilliard grads Peter and Will Anderson and ensemble swinging through the best songs of the holidays. Tix are $25 adults, $10 under 25, at BayChamberConcerts.org.
  • VA Maine Veteran & Family Open House, starting at 9 a.m., 1 VA Center, Augusta, Building 200 (Hospital). VA Maine HCS cordially invites Veterans and their families to attend the VA Maine Veteran & Family Open House at the Togus VA Medical Center. This is an opportunity for Veterans and their families to learn about VA health care and benefits, meet VA Maine clinical staff, take a tour of the facility and new Fisher House, and learn about the history of the nation’s first VA. There will be activities for children, including Santa Claus, face painting and more. FMI: contact Jonathan Barczyk at 207-623-8411, ext. 2200.


  • “Icebreakers, Zodiacs and Elephant Seals: The Tools and Trials of an Antarctic Marine Technician,” 6 p.m. at The Apprenticeshop, 655 Main Street, Rockland. Joee Patterson on her nine Antarctic expeditions as a marine technician supporting scientists who study the continent. She’ll share stories about life on an icebreaker, describe studies done by U.S. Antarctic Program scientists, and tell of her close encounters with wildlife. $10 suggested donation.


  • “The Inner Life of Newspapers,” 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Matt Storin, former Boston Globe editor, explores accusations that East Coast newspapers exhibit liberal bias, discusses what makes a good journalist, and looks at the future of print. The free talk is given in the runup to the 2020 Camden Conference, on “The Media Revolution: Changing the World,” from February 21 to 23.


  • Boothbay Harbor Opera House Hosts Community Potluck and Carol Sing, Wednesday, December 18. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with everyone tucking into dinner by 6 p.m., and the music starting around 6:45. Singers will gather around the piano, with Kevin Kiley at the keys, against the backdrop of the glittering, decked-out Opera House, which asks that everyone bring an ample dish to share.
  • Solstice by the Sea on Sears Island, Saturday, December 21. Everyone’s invited to walk along a path lit with hundreds of luminarias to the island, for music, readings, cocoa and cookies. Park along the causeway at the end of Sears Island Road, off Route 1, and meet at the kiosk near the island gate by 4:30 p.m. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Weather updates posted on FriendsOfSearsIsland.org.
  • Reading of Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Chistmas in Wales,” Sunday, December 22, at 3 p.m. at Watts Hall, 174 Main Street, Thomaston. Watts Hall Community Players present the prose about Christmas from the viewpoint of a boy, portraying a simpler time. The band Playin’ Possum will perform. Hot cocoa and caroling will follow. Free; donations go toward keeping the hall running.
  • First Night of Hanukkah Celebrated in Belfast, Sunday, December 22. People of all faiths are invited to Post Office Square at 3:30 p.m. for readings, live music and snacks. The menorah will be lit at sunset and glow throughout the holiday.