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August 2019

Stephen Collins Performs as Herman Melville

August 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

August 1, 2019 is the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth. Actor, educator, and tour guide Stephen Collins returns to PFL to perform the newest addition to his repertoire.  “Sailing Towards My Father,” written and directed by Carl A. Rossi, is a one-man show about the American author best known for his whaling epic “Moby-Dick.” The play chronicles Melville’s life from youth to old age, concentrating on his evolution as a writer and his complex relations with God, his parents and siblings, his…

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Maine Maritime Museum’s Kennebec River Guided Cruise

August 9 @ 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Maine Maritime Museum’s Kennebec River Guided Cruise, Extraordinary Wildlife of Merrymeeting Bay, brought to us by a Merrymeeting Bay Trust Grant. Friday, Aug 9: for residents of the PFL service area (Arrowsic, Bath, Georgetown, West Bath, Woolwich) & non-resident cardholders only; for families with children ages 5-12; maximum 4 passengers per family. Registration required by visiting or phoning the Children’s Room, 443-5141 x16; first come first served. Cruise time, 3:30pm-5:30pm; limited to 50 passengers per cruise; food & non-alcoholic beverages…

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Book Discussion: “The House of Broken Angels” by Luis Alberto Urrea

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

 The story of what happens when one Mexican American family living on the border comes together for a party — and a funeral. It’s a tender, joyous and intimate novel. And it’s especially timely as questions are being raised about how immigrant families are being treated in the U.S. Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews.

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September 2019

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“The Mills of Winnegance” by John G. Morse

September 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Town History Series — Greatest Hits On September 9th, the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room begins an occasional series that will show notable Town History Talks of the past. This begins with a screening of the 2007 talk by John G. Morse IV on the tidal mills that connected Bath and Phippsburg in  Winnegance at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of Patten Free Library. Since Morse’s family had been involved with these mills for generations, he is able to…

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“The Public” (2018)

September 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“The Public” was directed and written by Emilio Estevez, who also stars in the film alongside an ensemble cast including Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, and Jeffrey Wright. The film had its world premiere on September 9, 2018, at the Toronto International Film Festival and was theatrically released in the United States in April. After learning that emergency shelters are at full capacity when a brutal Midwestern cold front makes its way to Cincinnati, a large group…

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Welcoming New Asylum Seekers to Bath: A Public Meeting to Learn about Newcomers to Our Community

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Midcoast New Mainers Group to learn about the asylum seeker families who recently moved to Bath. We’ll share information about why African families fled their home countries and traveled to Maine to restart their lives. We will also give a brief overview of the communication, cultural and other challenges these families face and talk about volunteer opportunities to help these newcomers to Bath.  The conversation will be led by Martha Stein, Executive Director of Hope Acts, Portland and Carol…

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Living Well for Better Health Workshop

September 12 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Thursday, repeating until October 17, 2019

Living Well for Better Health is an ideal workshop for people who may have health conditions like heart disease, asthma, Lyme disease, or COPD. Participants who complete the series report improved symptom management, increased physical activity, better communication with their medical team/s, and general improvement in health. This series is free and open to the public. Please visit healthylivingforme.org, call 1-800-620-6036 or email info@healthylivingforme.org for more information and to register. Healthy Living for ME is a statewide network of evidence-based…

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The Epic Conversation: Melville and the Universal Song of the Ages with David Peloquin

September 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Epic Conversation is a one-hour talk discussing the perennial relevance of Herman Melville. Moby-Dick, Melville’s greatest work, has earned its place in the Canon of world literature. The talk will include a short biography of Melville, a brief overview of Melville’s major works, and a focus on how Moby-Dick has influenced art, poetry, film, and world literature. The presentation will include a chantey and a whaling song from Moby-Dick, performed by Mr. Peloquin. There will be a Q&A discussion…

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John Huston’s “Moby Dick” (1956)

September 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Our commemoration of Herman Melville’s 200th birthday ends with a screening of the restored edition of this classic film. John Huston and Ray Bradbury wrote the screenplay. The film starred Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, and Leo Genn. Independent Melville scholar David Peloquin will host the movie and provide context. The Melville Society has described his work on mysticism in Moby-Dick as “entirely fresh and compelling analysis.”

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Friends of Patten Free Library Meeting

September 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The meeting is open to all.  Join us in the upstairs Board Room.        

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