Weekend Spotlight: Flying students, rapid-fire stories, hard cider and cheese on the docket

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 12:15pm

We’re coming into our first slushy weekend of the season, but that’s no excuse to make a squirrel’s nest on the couch with a Snuggie, a box ‘o wine, some cats and...wait, this is starting to sound appealing... No! It’s too early to hibernate; so here are four indoor fun things to get out of the house for.

PechaKucha Night

Friday, November 8 — Camden

The Camden Opera House is hosting the PK event this month as they celebrate their 10th year. Along with a 20-second-per-image, 20-image slideshow of visual storytellers, they will also have a special program to  honor the 300+ past presenters that have contributed to PK events over the last decade.  This month’s presenters: Emily Davis -- filmmaker, Nature & Psyche Project; Kathleen Florance -- artist (’13 alum); Linden Frederick -- painter and violin maker (’09 alum); Lisa Kushner and Linda St. Peter -- activists, Belfast chapter of Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights; Jennifer O’Connell -- blogger/traveler, Finland & Legend of Petronella; Daphne Pulsifer -- sculptor; Lesia Sochor -- artist (’12 alum); MC -- Scott Sell. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and program begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. FMI: PK Night

Mary Poppins

Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10 — Camden

Rehearsals for Mary Poppins. (Photo by Kay Stephens)

Normally high school plays aren’t on the Weekend Spotlight, but Mary Poppins is just so unique given the aerobatics and theatrical flying techniques involved (which I covered in my behind-the-scenes story ‘Flying High’). The classic, based on the series by P.L. Travers and produced with permission of Music Theater International (MTI), is set around London, and takes audiences on a magical adventure with the “practically perfect” nanny, Mary Poppins (Julianna Day, Annabel Parker) as she helps the Banks family “turn themselves right side up” according to CHRHS, in a news release. Tickets range from $8 to $15 and tickets and times for performances can be found here

Working On The Water

Saturday, November 9 — Rockland

Capt. Julie Eaton. (Photo courtesy Gordon Bok)

Every year, Maine folksinger Gordon Bok headlines a a gathering of mariners who share their experiences through stories, songs, and poetry in an event called Working On The Water at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum. This Saturday is their 10th anniversary, featuring all female speakers including Capt. Ellen Barnes, formerly of the Schooner Stephen Taber; and lobsterfishers Capt. Julie Eaton of Stonington, and Belva Staples and Caitlin Trafton of Swan’s Island. The event takes place at 1 p.m. and admission is $5 for anyone 12 and older. Tickets available at the door. FMI: Working on the Water

Killer Road Trip: Downeast Cider & Cheese Festival

Saturday, November 9— Ellsworth

Cider and cheese. (Photo courtesy Steff D./Yelp)

Do you like hard cider? Homemade cheese? Heart of Ellsworth is highlighting the revival of two traditional foods - hard cider, and artisanal cheese with an evening starting with a short history of heirloom apples in Downeast Maine by local Historian, Todd Little-Siebold. After that, expect a guided tasting of cider and cheese lead by Max Treitler, owner of Blue Hill Wine Shop. Each of the five local hard cider makers and four artisan cheesemakers from around the state will be on hand to talk about their craft, share sips of hard cider and bites of artisanal cheese. The early session is already sold out and the 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. session is going fast. Tickets: $22. FMI: Heart of Ellsworth

Kay Stephens can be reached at news@penbaypilot.com