• “Revolutionary” Author in Chats with Champions, 10 a.m. at Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. Alex Myers on his book about ancestor Deborah Sampson Gannett, who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War. Myers campaigned for transgender rights as a student at Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard.
  • “Founding Martyr,” 6 p.m. at Knox Museum, Thomaston. Christian di Spigna on his new book about Dr. Joseph Warren, the Boston physician who sent Paul Revere on his famous ride and died at the Battle of Bunker Hill after eschewing his Major General rank to fight alongside his soldiers.
  • Talk by Penobscot Marine Museum’s Photo Archivist, 7 p.m. at Wessaweskeag Historical Society, Route 73 and Dublin Road, South Thomaston. A 6 p.m. potluck will be followed by Kevin Johnson’s program on Maine’s largest photography archives, and a look at photos from South Thomaston and surrounding towns.
  • Poetry by Richard Blanco at Pascal Hall, Rockport, 7:30 p.m. Barak Obama’s Inaugural Poet reads. He’ll sign books at Maine Media Gallery, 18 Central Street, Rockport, afterward.
  • Damariscotta Oyster Celebration, of Damariscotta River and its estuaries, and an oyster culture dating back to 200 BCE, opens with the International Oyster Chef Competition from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort. Judge innovative oyster recipes paired with wine, beer, spirits and craft food. $90. Friday and Saturday offers tours of oyster farms, aquaculture demos and specials at local businesses. The Can-Am Shuck Star Competition & Oyster Party, 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, will feature a head-to-head battle for the shucking title, oyster tastings, beverage pairings, food carts, and a golden oyster hunt and touch tank for kids, at Round Top Farm in Damariscotta. $36. Details and tickets are at


  • Back to Summer Block Party at Central Lincoln County YMCA, Damariscotta, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free party with a climbing wall, farmers market, music, fat-tire biking and trail running, and a FARMS at the Y smoothie bar to wash it all down, plus face painting for the kids.
  • Backlash Dance Party in Waldoboro, 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 50 Mill Street. The band plays rock, blues and country at the 21-plus BYOB party. Admission is $5.
  • The Very Great Grandson of Sherlock Holmes at The Playhouse, 107 Church Street in Belfast. The curtain goes up on the teen theater production at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tix are $5 at the door. Call 338-5777 to reserve.


  • Waldoboro Day, the annual party serves up a pancake breakfast, 5K, parade, field games, 4 p.m. clam tasting at the VFW Hall, and dance at A.D. Gray School with music by Phog. See pages 12 and 13.
  • Old Coots Giving Advice at Liberty Library, 59 Main Street, 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays throughout summer. The coots, ages 60 and up, will be outside the library on sunny days. Visitors can tell them their problems, and get coffee, a dounut, and some free advice.
  • “Hops in the Hangar” at Owls Head Transporation Museum, 1 to 4 p.m. Sip a selection of brews from the midcoast’s booming craft beer scene and check out vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles and planes. Tickets ($30; $20 museum members; $14 designated drivers) include entry to the new “Fads and Failures” exhibit, with the museum’s most eclectic items and rarely told stories of bygone technologies that failed or flew.
  • Talk on Downsizing Two National Monuments for Coal Extraction, 3 p.m. at Old Professor’s Bookshop, 99 Main Street, Belfast. Dr. David Polly on the Trump administration’s shrinking of Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments – known for their breathtaking vistas and dinosaur bones – to open the land to coal mining.
  • Rockland’s Summer Solstice Party, 4 to 7 p.m. on Main Street, with live music, food and games for the whole family. The Rockland Sculpture Race starts at 5 p.m. and rolls from the corner of Main Street and Tillson Avenue to CMCA’s courtyard on Winter Street. The After Hours Dock Party, for ages 21-plus, is 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Journey’s End Marina, end of Tillson Avenue, with food and a cash-only bar, live music by Outerspace and dance music by DJ Dan Miller. Both events are free.
  • Talk on Trips to Greenland to Find Downed WW II Servicemen and Plane, 6 p.m. at Maine Lighthouse Museum, 1 Park Drive, Rockland. Photographer Lou Sapienza on his expeditions to the frigid Arctic to search for the still-unrecovered bodies of three American servicemen whose rescue plane vanished in a storm. The story is told in Mitchell Zuckoff’s book “Frozen in Time.” $5 admission.
  • Summer Dance Party with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, 8 to 11 p.m. at Blue Goose Dance Hall. The Martha’s Vineyard blues band has stopped by the dance hall at 1184 Atlantic Highway in Northport for going on 25 summers. $20 ($35 couples).


  • Father’s Day at Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery, Union, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. With a farm-to-table barbecue, Savage Oakes wines, Maine beers and craft cocktails for sale. Artwork by Jay Sawyer (aka JBone) will be on display. Free admission for everyone, and free wine tastings for dad.
  • Master Blacksmith and His Forge at 1754 Chapman-Hall House, 270 Main Street, Damariscotta, from noon to 4 p.m. Jeffrey Miller of Waldoboro will bang out small items on his 18th-century forge and describe the life and work of blacksmiths in the 1700s. Admission is $5; fathers will be admitted for free to mark Father’s Day.
  • “Celebrate Richard Wallace” at Waldo-borough Historical Society, 1164 Main Street, Waldoboro, at 1 p.m. Thanks will be given for Wallace’s 51 years of service to the society and his generous donations to its collection. The Revere Bell will toll. A time to share memories of his life will follow and museum buildings will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Wallace passed away on May 9.


  • “Summer in Maine” Slideshow at The Lincoln Home, 22 River Road, Newcastle, from 3 to 4 p.m. Join Freeport’s Michael Perry for a journey through Maine from late spring to the first colors of autumn. See a historic Poland Spring resort, waterfalls in Rangeley, sandy beaches in Phippsburg and Kennebunkport, scenic Pemaquid Harbor, and majestic Moosehead Lake. Free.


  • Talk on Four Women Writers, Watts Hall, 174 Main Street, Thomaston. Judith Tydings shares what she gleaned from her interviews with a memoirist, Maine’s first poet laureate, a bookseller, and an author for her thesis on women and aging. Thomaston Historical Society offers refreshments and meets at 7 p.m. Tydings’ talk is at 7:30 p.m.
  • Grease at The Public Theatre, in Lewiston. Step back in time to Rydell High’s class of 1959, with its hot-rodding Burger Palace Boys and gum-snapping Pink Ladies. Curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, June 18 to 22 and 25 to 29, and 2 p.m. Sundays, June 23 and 30. The June 18 preview costs $20; regular tix are $35. With a beer tasting at the June 19 show and wine tasting at the June 25 show. Tickets:


  • “German POWs in Maine: From Foe to Friend,” 2 p.m., Rockland Public Library. Hank Lunn’s illustrated talk on what it was like to have captured German soldiers help with the potato harvest on his family’s Aroostook County farm in 1945.
  • Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust’s Party on the Pier, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Contented Soul in New Harbor. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live music and a silent auction packed with items like a float-plane ride, boating excursions and French wines. $40 dollar tix, at, benefit Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust (the newly merged Damariscotta River Association and Pemaquid Watershed Association).
  • Lobster Management Zone Council Meeting, 6 p.m. at Camden Hills Regioinal High School, Rockport. Maine Department of Marine Resources holds it before developing a proposal to meet targets to protect right whales, set by the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team.
  • “Where in the World Is John Worth?” 6 p.m. at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Old Vestry, 2 Church Street, Searsport. After retiring from a life of driving tugs, windjammers and other workboats, Worth took a retirement trip on the water. He’ll talk about traveling up the Hudson, Erie Canal, St. Lawrence, and down Chambly Canal, through Lake Champlain, and back onto the Hudson. $8 ($5 museum members).
  • Camden Shakespeare Festival Talk, 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library. Director Stephen Legawiec will lead a discussion about Hamlet to put the play in context for those planning to attend the festival in July and August (which will also feature The Taming of the Shrew).
  • Novelist Stephen McCauley at Left Bank Books, 7 p.m. at 109 Church Street in Belfast. The New York Times bestseller will talk and have a book signing for the paperback release of his national bestseller, "My Ex-Life." McCauley has six previous novels, three of which have been made into movies. Reservations strongly recommended. Email or call 207-338-9009.


  • 3rd Annual Over the Bay Soiree, to benefit Central Lincoln County YMCA, Friday, June 21. An evening of music, food, dancing, libations and fireworks, hosted by Lurie and Paul Palino at their Sprague Point home in Nobleboro. $100 tickets can be bought at the Y, 525 Main Street in Damariscotta, or you can call 563-9622.
  • ME Water Buffalo Co. Grand Reopening, Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet the herd, tour the farm, taste buffalo cheese, feed the goats and sheep, visit the pigs, and cuddle a water buffalo calf. Bring a picnic to eat on the lawn, if you wish. No dogs. The farm is at 232 Old County Road, Appleton.
  • Broad Bay Church Block Party and Concert, 941 Main Street, Waldoboro. The UCC celebrates its 35th anniversary with a free fete, Saturday, June 22, noon to 3 p.m., rain or shine, with music by the Rusty Hinges, food, and a bounce house and games for younger and older kids. At 7 p.m., the Halcyon String Quartet plays “Music on the Medomak,” classical pieces and Danish folk tunes, paired with photos and art by midcoast artists. Admission is by donation.
  • Performance and Foraged Feast at Fiore Art Center, Jefferson, Saturday, June 22, at 4 p.m. Artist Susan Bickford and a group of movers, vocalists, musicians, writers, visual artists, foragers, an astrologer and a cook present “(stillness) 19,” featuring a slow walk across the land, lakeside performance and seasonal feast. Tix are $25 (extra with a copy of the “Foraged Feast” cookbook, heron-print flag, or rag print) at or the door.
  • National Amateur Radio Field Day Set-up in Belfast, local ham radio operators invite everybody to check out the equipment they use to talk across town and around the planet, without internet or cell phones, Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, at Troy Howard Middle School. Learn more at
  • Windjammer Days in Boothbay, now in the 57th year, runs Sunday, June 23, to Saturday, June 29, and features Gathering of the Fleet, Antique Boat Parade, and a Crab Cake Cookoff. The full lineup is at
  • Talk on Weather and Tall Ships, Thursday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Old Vestry Center, 2 Church Street, Searsport. Captain Daniel Parrott on weather phenomena and sailing tall ships, from a historical perspective and personal experience. He’s a professor of marine transporatation at Maine Maritime Academy. $8 ($5 museum members).
  • Author of “Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions” in Belfast, at Left Bank Books, 109 Church Street, on Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m. Briallen Hopper reads from her stories about self-reliance, unbreakable friendships, single life, and dealing with difficult roommates. She’s an English professor at Queens College. To save your seat: or 338-9009.
  • Penobscot Bay Lighthouse Cruise, Friday, June 28. Set out from Rockland Public Landing at 3:30 p.m. for a five-hour cruise past nine midcoast lights. $120 tix benefit American Lighthouse Foundation:, 594-4174.
  • Paula Poundstone at Rockland’s Strand Theatre, $45 tickets are on sale now for the Saturday, July 20, 7:30 p.m. show with radio’s “Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” star, at