Events – Portland Press Herald

Bring the whole family to Heritage Day
The 8th annual Arundel Heritage Day returns this year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the North Chapel Common, located at Route 111 (Alfred Road) and Limerick Road.
Hosted by the Arundel Historical Society, the event will include historical exhibits, a Civil War living history encampment, craft vendors, children’s games, antique engine displays, spinners guild and southern Maine weavers, music, skillet ladies, a corn hole and food contest.
There will also be a whoopie pie contest with entries submitted before judging at noon. It’s family friendly and everyone is welcome. Admission and parking are free.

Break out the hats and goggles for the steampunk fair
The Brick Store Museum will host its 8th Annual Southern Maine Steampunk Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 117 Main St.
Steampunk vendors, costumes and artwork will be on display. Conferences, visits and demonstrations will take place throughout the day. A reading of the children’s book “Lunchtime Choo Choo” by Jessica Lucci will be offered at 11 a.m. DeWolfe from the University of New England on “The Women’s Industry and Hair Jewelry Work in the 19th Century” (with a one-day pop-up exhibition at the museum) will be presented at 2:30 p.m., and a competition costumes are also planned.
The silent film “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (1916) will be screened throughout the day. Vendors of steampunk-themed artwork, costumes, and tech will be on display, and family-friendly activity stations offer creative stops along the way.
The full program can be found at The $5 ticket will be used for museum programming throughout the year.

Museum with autumn walking tours
The Brick Store Museum offers weekly scheduled fall walking tours through the Summer Street and Kennebunk Beach area until October 8.
The Kennebunk Beach Walking Tour takes visitors on an hour-long walk past the houses of Kennebunk Beach, exploring the development of tourism at the turn of the century and the people who lived there. Tours depart at 9:00 am from Trinity Chapel on Railroad Avenue in Kennebunk Beach.
The Kennebunk Historic District Tour takes visitors to Summer Street, famous for its 18th and 19th century mansions. This tour is offered at lunchtime on Thursdays and Saturdays. Participants meet in the museum lobby at 117 Main St., for a 1-mile loop of Summer Street to explore the people and places along the way.
Tickets are $5 for museum members and $10 for all others per visit and can be purchased on the day of the visit or in advance. To book a sport, go to Walk-ins are also welcome.
All tours include a free pass to visit the museum.
For details, call 985-4802.

A former CIA officer will talk about intelligence
The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Maine Chapter, will offer the lecture “Intelligence Today: Cold War Revisited?” with guest speaker Rollie Flynn at 2 p.m. Sunday at Town House School, 135 North St.
A retired operations officer and senior CIA executive, Flynn will discuss the intelligence agency’s past and future missions. His presentation will include insights into his 30-year career as an undercover officer, station chief, and senior leadership of the CIA’s global counterterrorism operations. She will discuss how our intelligence priorities and our professions have changed two decades into the 21st century. A question period will follow the presentation.
This is the latest in a series of discussions on the importance of intelligence in day-to-day public affairs. The AFIO meeting is open to the public.

Learn About Barn Quilts, Make Your Own
Suzi Parron, photographer and author of “Following the Barn Quilt Trail,” will speak and lead two barn quilt workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Sew-clusion Retreats, 694 Hancock Pond Road.
The conference and workshops will take place outdoors, rain or shine. Parron’s talk and instructions will focus on the American barn quilt trail, which she documented in two books while traveling across the United States with her husband and their dog. Her presentation includes over 100 photographs of barn quilts and stories of those who painted quilt blocks that adorn barn walls.
The cost of the workshops will include all materials for participants to paint their own 2 by 2 barn quilt block. Participants will be encouraged and inspired to install these quilt murals where they can be easily seen and help create public art in their respective communities.
Participants can attend the conference or one of the workshops or stay and retire for the entire weekend. For more information, visit or call Patty Sawyer at 803-8500. Space is limited.

Nature photographer to share on Galapagos trip
York Audubon County will host the “11 Days at the Galapagos” conference with host Laurie Pocher at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mather Auditorium at Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Road and also online via Zoom.
Pocher, a York County Audubon board member and nature photographer, recently returned from the Galapagos, where she spent 11 days on a photographic tour of the major islands. Over the past few weeks, she’s combed through thousands of photos and videos, compiling a day-to-day recap of her journey.
To watch via Zoom, register in advance at and click on the registration link.
The in-person program at the Wells Preserve will also include a “bird book” sale. Pat Moynahan has donated his large collection of birding books to YCA, and we will be offering them at this September meeting, with proceeds being used to support YCA programs and projects, and the Maine Young Birders Club.

Chamber Music Festival Presents “This Is America”
The Portland Chamber Music Festival (PCMF) will present “This Is America,” a solo performance with Grammy-winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman at 5 p.m. Sunday at Cove Street Arts, 71 Cove St.
Tickets are $75 for reserved seating, $45 for general admission, and $25 for new PCMF attendees, with limited availability. Full program information, including artist/composer biographies, audio/video clips, program notes and the most up-to-date safety protocols, can be found at or by calling (800) 320-0257.

Library updates weekly offerings
The Wells Public Library will host the following events this week at 1434 Post Road:
• Teen Collaborative Crafting will feature “1,000 Wishes for Good Fortune” at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday for students in grades 5 and up. All materials will be provided as teens are challenged to create wish stars, as well as 1,000 paper cranes to hang for good luck in the new school year in the teen section of the library. Snacks will be provided.
• Mother Goose Storytime will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday, inviting children ages 0-24 months and their caregivers to participate in lap activities, nursery rhymes, songs and finger plays.
• The Protect Maine Fisheries Heritage Foundation (PMFHF) will present a program at 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss its efforts, working along the coast of Maine to prevent industrial-scale aquaculture.
These free events are sponsored by the Friends of Wells Public Library.
For more details, call Stefanie Claydon at [email protected] or call the library at 646-8181.

Learn how birds, nature can be therapeutic
Mid-Coast Audubon will present the online conference “Ornitherapy: Watching Birds, Not Only Fun, but Good For You Too” at 6 p.m. Thursday via Zoom.
Presenter Holly Merker has a background in art therapy, but uses birds and nature to deliver nature-based wellness programs for people of all ages. She has been a professional environmental educator and birding instructor for the past two decades, working for the National Audubon, American Birding Association, Hillstar Nature, and many other organizations.
Merker is lead author of the award-winning book “Ornitherapy: For Your Mind, Body, and Soul” (Crossley Books, 2021) which guides readers in explorations that maximize the wellness benefits that birdwatching can we bring.
This program will be presented exclusively online. Visit to register for this free Zoom program presented in partnership with the Camden Library.

Library hosts author chat with Kathleen Stone
Chats with Champions will feature a talk with author Kathleen Stone at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Porter Meeting Hall in the Skidompha Library at 184 Main Street.
Stone is the author of “They Called Us Girls: Stories of Female Ambition from Suffrage to Mad Men.”
Check out his website to learn more and to watch a short video about the book at
The conference is free and open to the community. For details, call the library at 887-0919.

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