WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13:

  • “Mega-Dams, Mega Problems!” via Zoom at 7 p.m. The talk kicks off Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s annual Winter Speaker Series. Roger Wheeler will describe how hydroelectric power does not produce green energy, but instead creates “blue deserts” that discharge methane as submerged vegetation decomposes, prevents key nutrients from enriching the marine food chain, and causes massive wildlife and habitat destruction and cultural genocide for Indigenous people. FOMB will host the series October to May, the second Wednesday of each month, via Zoom. Access links are available at fomb.org, where you can also see speaker bios and video recordings of past presentations. Coming November 10, “Neptune’s Navy! Sea Shepherd on the Front Lines,” with Tamara Arenovich of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14:

  • “Hemp and American Maritime History,” 6 p.m. via Zoom. Penobscot Marine Museum hosts a talk by historian Peter Friesen, who says hemp has played a vital role in maritime history and was part of daily life until the mid-20th century. This progam will explore Cannabis sativa as an agricultural and industrial product and describe the difference in the types of cannabis such as marijuana. Free, with a suggested admission fee of $5. Visit tiny.one/Oct2021 to reserve tickets.
  • “Views from Both Ends of the CMP Corridor,” 6:30 p.m. Lincoln County Community Conversations invites the public to join a conversation with two well-informed Mainers on each side of Question 1, a citizen’s initiative on the November 2 ballot. For details on how to participate, including where to submit questions or comments in advance, and where to watch the livestream, visit lincolncountydemocrats.com.
  • “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in Belfast, at Basil Burwell Community Theater, October 14–24. Meg Nickerson directs the Belfast Maskers in the dramatic comedy about “a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in a mental institution rather than going to prison. There he clashes with the iron-willed head nurse as he rebels against her cruel oppression of the frightened patients in the psychiatric ward.” Show dates are October 14, 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7 p.m.; October 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets, $15/$10, at belfastmaskers.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15:

  • “Twilight Tours: When the Ghosts Come Out” in Searsport, at Penobscot Marine Museum, 5 to 7 p.m. Meet the spirits of those lost at sea. A ghost ship, a waterspout, Confederates, yellow fever, and a menagerie at the bottom of the ocean are just a few of the plots visitors will encounter. This is an outdoor event with volunteer actors stationed in entranceways and other locations throughout the museum’s three-acre campus. $20 tickets cover the family (up to 10 people) and are timed to start every 10 minutes. Registration is required. To see available times and book a tour, visit PenobscotMarineMuseum.org. You can check out last year’s tour on YouTube.
  • Sixth Annual Halloween Trail of Terror, sponsored by Friends of Union Fair on the last three Fridays and Saturdays of October (October 15 and 16, 22 and 23, 29 and 30). The trail is an after-dark, outdoors, walking event through the barns and around the grounds of the Union Fairground, just off Route 17 in Union. It will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night. The cost is $10 per person (cash only). After the scare, refreshments will be available, courtesy of the Warren Odd Fellows, with proceeds going to various charities. This event is recommended for adults and children 12 and older. Younger children must be escorted by an adult. The 2020 Trail of Terror won the Judges Choice Award for non-fair events from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions. It’s been updated and modified for 2021. Learn more on Facebook or at unionfair.org/trail-of-terror.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16:

  • Pope Memorial Humane Society Hosts Pup-Up, a yard sale to raise money for animals in need, in the upper field at Pope Memorial Humane Society, in Thomaston, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. With deep discounts on a variety of items, including but not limited to books, artwork, home goods, and a large variety of everyday pet essentials. Attendees are asked to park in the overflow parking lot of the shelter. All money raised will go directly to providing food, shelter, and medical care to the nearly 400 animals currently under the care of PMHS, which serves Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville and Tenants Harbor, South Thomaston, Spruce Head, Union, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Morrill and Friendship.
  • “Something Wicked This Way Comes ... to Thomaston,” a Watts Hall Community Players Halloween-themed event at the gazebo on the Thomaston Green. Two shows, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., will include dramatic readings, haunting performances, spooky skits, singing, dancing, and tunes from local band Miners Creek. Bring a blanket or chair. No admission required; donations will be taken. The Thomaston Green is on Main Street between the Prison Showroom and Doug’s Seafood. Rain date is Sunday, October 17, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. If there is inclement weather both days, the event will move indoors to Watts Hall, Main Street in Thomaston. Audience members must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination if the event is held indoors. Updates available at facebook.com/wattshallcommunityplayers.

MONDAY OCTOBER 18:

  • Online Event Celebrating 250 Years of Quilting in Maine, 6 p.m. Camden Public Library will host museum curator Laureen LaBar for a presentation about her new book, “Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community.” In her book, LaBar coaxes stories out of objects and uses those stories to enlighten, entertain, and bring new voices to Maine history. Register for a Zoom link to attend by visiting the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.org. This program is part of the library’s Discover History Month series.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19:

  • “Authors Bob Keyes and Paul Doiron in Online Conversation, 6 p.m. Keyes, nationally recognized arts journalist, and Doiron, author of the Mike Bowditch mystery series, celebrate the recent release of Keyes’ book, “The Isolation Artist: Scandal, Deception, and the Last Days of Robert Indiana.” The free Zoom event is cohosted by Left Bank Books in Belfast and the Belfast Free Library. Registration information is at belfastlibrary.org/virtual-programs.

COMING UP:

  • “Living in a Seabird Colony,” Wednesday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Join Caitlin Walker and Joe Cleaves to hear stories about living on Metinic Island and Petit Manan Island during this past summer seabird season. These technicians worked for the Maine Coastal Islands NWR and spent 11 weeks on the islands, studying and protecting seabirds. Hear about how their season went from what started as an incredibly productive nesting season to one of the worst seasons. Learn what daily life is like and hear some stories about their personal highlights. Register at bit.ly/3ALKjCV or on the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands NWR website at mainecoastislands.org. For questions, email info@mainecoastislands.org or call 594-0600, ext. 5114.
  • “Climate Change Effects on Northeastern Forests and Fisheries,” Wednesday, October 20, at 6 p.m. Downeast Trout Unlimited hosts the online talk by Dr. Lindsey Rustad, a research ecologist for the USDA Forest Service Center for Research on Ecosystem Change in Durham, New Hampshire, co-director of the USDA Northeastern Hub for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change, team leader for the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire, and Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America. DETU meetings are free and open to the public. Contact Tammy Packie at tpackie@gmail.com or go to DETU’s Facebook page for information on how to register.
  • “Much Ado About Nothing” at Waldo Theatre, in Waldoboro, on Wednesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. Theatre at Monmouth’s Shakespeare in Maine Communities program brings professional theater productions around the state, with a small group of actors performing the bard’s plays in fast-paced 90-minute shows. “Much Ado” reveals the worst and best in human nature, the need to find space to breathe after the long trauma of war, and the ability to forgive and find common ground, all wrapped up in a romantic-comedy battle of the sexes. The Waldo requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Adult tickets are $10 online in advance and $15 at the door; youth tickets (ages 12 to 17) are $5. Learn more at waldotheatre.org.
  • Maine Author of “Dark Fiction” Up Next in Vose or Virtual Wednesday Series, Wednesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. Meet Katherine Silva, a two-time Maine Literary Award finalist for speculative fiction and a member of the Horror Writers of Maine, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and New England Horror Writers Association. She is also a founder of Strange Wilds Press, Dark Taiga Creative Writing Consultations, and The Kat at Night Blog. Her latest book, “The Wild Dark,” was released October 12. Attend at Vose Library, 392 Common Road in Union, or via Zoom. Call 785-4733, email librarian@voselibrary.org or stop by the library for the Zoom link. In-person events are subject to transition to fully virtual.
  • “Maine’s First Ship,” Thursday, October 21, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Jim Parmentier will describe how for the past 10 years, volunteers in Bath have been working with Maine’s First Ship to reconstruct Virginia, the first ocean-going vessel built by the English in North America, at a settlement at the mouth of the Kennebec River in what has become known as the Popham Colony. The settlers were unprepared for the harshness of the Maine winter and, after 14 months, gave up their colonial effort. During that period, however, they constructed a “30 tonne” vessel with which they intended to explore the coastline of the New World for profitable resources for their investors. They named the ship Virginia of Sagadahoc, and when the settlement was abandoned in the summer of 1608, the colonists sailed it back to England. Free; suggested admission of $5. Register at PenobscotMarineMuseum.org. Learn more about the project at mfship.org.
  • “Maine Won’t Wait: How Maine Is Taking Action on Climate Change,” Thursday October 21, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Belfast Free Library and Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition cohost Dr. Cassaundra Rose. The senior science analyst and Maine Climate Council coordinator will talk about how climate change is expected to affect Maine, the state climate action plan, and how Maine Governor Janet Mills and the Legislature have advanced significant, bipartisan legislation and funding for climate action this year. To register, go to belfastlibrary.org/virtual-programs and follow the link.
  • Virtual Talk with Maine and Wabanaki Authors, Thursday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. Rockland Public Library hosts Shirley Hager and T. Dana Mitchell, who will call in via Zoom. “The Gatherings: Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations,” written by a group of Wabanaki and non-Native coauthors, tells the story of a series of cross-cultural meetings from 1987 to 1993 between Indigenous and non-Native individuals throughout the Gulf of Maine bioregion, in Wabanaki territory. The two will share the lessons they learned, and continue to learn, through their ongoing relationships. Free and open to all. For a link to the Zoom event, email elewis@rocklandmaine.gov by 4 p.m.
  • “My Witch: Margaret Hamilton’s Stories of Maine, Hollywood, and Beyond!” in Freeport at Meetinghouse Arts, on Friday and Saturday, October 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 31, at 3 p.m. (a talkback will follow the matinee). The one-woman show stars New York actress Jean Tafle, who plays the character actress whose life and career included her role as the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.” $23 tickets available at snowlionrep.org.