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April 2019

Kennebec Caper: Bath’s 1775 Mast Landing Affair

April 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The story of how a Bath militia group prevented a load of masts from being delivered to the Royal Navy shortly after Lexington and Concord is proudly celebrated locally. We know the story from the American point of view, the names of some of the men involved, and how the masts were later defended when the British sent the frigate Rainbow to try to recover them. But the journal of an Englishman who participated in that affair presents a different…

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Wesley McNair Remembers Donald Hall & Jane Kenyon

April 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In honor of National Poetry Month, Wesley McNair will offer a recollection of his literary friendship with poets Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon, which began in the middle 1970’s, when he lived ten miles away from the two of them in New Hampshire. Interspersing his account with poems and personal anecdotes, McNair will show how he and his NH neighbors developed as poets of place, all drawing on details from the same patch of ground to create New England visions…

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May 2019

Share & Share Alike: Round Two

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our first Share & Share Alike in March was so popular, we’ve scheduled another one. Come laugh and learn with your neighbors for an evening of “lightning round talks” with a variety of speakers. Seven community members have 10 minutes each to present. After each speaker, there will be 5 minutes for Q & A, and then we’re off to the next topic!

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Now Read This Book Group: “Brotopia” by Emily Chang

May 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

“Brotopia” is an exposé of the dark, misogynistic side of Silicon Valley, and how that’s seeped in to the everyday tech we use. Chang, a journalist and the host of Bloomberg Technology, employs history, interview, data and anecdote to tell the story.

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“Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe

May 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

‘Ragtime’ Jack has been performing for more than 30 years. He is a master of traditional country blues and ragtime & stride piano, and a powerful singer/songwriter, as well as songs from the “Great American songbook.” He also accompanies himself on the guitar and fiddle. Jack was inducted into the Old-Time Music Association Hall of Fame in 2014. Jack’s performances always include a lot of uplifting wit, historical anecdotes and connections with local lore, wherever he performs. His background in…

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How Do Colleges Really Choose Students? An Inside Look at the College Admissions Process

May 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

High school students in all grades and their parents are invited to an informative, interactive, and entertaining presentation by Wendy Thompson of Westport Educational Consulting to help families understand the role essays, interviews, standardized testing, extracurricular activities, sports, and other factors play in the admissions decisions colleges make. Wendy served on the admissions staff at Bowdoin College from 2000-2012, where she evaluated thousands of applications.  Her college and independent school admissions career spans thirty years.  She conducts college planning workshops…

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Maine Tracks: The Underground Railroad in Maine

May 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Maine’s connection to the famous Underground Railroad that helped free runaway slaves in the mid-1800s does not begin and end with Harriet Beecher Stowe. Indeed, from Kittery to Fort Fairfield, Mainers conspired together to break the law — the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 — forming a network of “safe houses,” hiding slaves from slave hunters and scurrying them to Canada. Author Mark Alan Leslie will weave the tale of the brave families, including those from Augusta eastward, who housed…

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June 2019

Pirates and Lost Treasure of Coastal Maine

June 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Presented by author and pirate re-enactor Greg Latimer, this talk will offer insightful and factual information about Maine-based pirates as well as pirates from “away,” who, while not based in Maine, traveled to the area for a variety of purposes. Many of these facts will be new to readers, as Maine is not often considered a pirate enclave. In fact, just like today’s seasonal tourists, pirates traveled to Maine during the summer months, when the Caribbean was hot and subject…

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The Two Sides of Robert Louis Stevenson

June 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In 1885, Robert Louis Stevenson published “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” a charming collection still read by and to children today. In 1886, he published “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a brilliant and frightening tale of Gothic horror that probes the darkest corners of human nature. How do we reconcile the two sides of Stevenson’s genius? Join David Ingmundson for a discussion of the author, his work, his childhood, his illnesses, successes, and fears. Perhaps the answers…

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“Captain Blood” (1935)

June 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood (Errol Flynn), an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate. Co-starring Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone. Directed by Michael Curtiz.   Sponsored by

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