ROCKLAND — Folksinger Gordon Bok is hosting the tenth annual Working on the Water event, in Rockland. This is a gathering of mariners who come together for an afternoon of sharing personal experiences and inspirations of their unique livelihoods through song, poetry, and stories.
Five ‘presenters’ take the stage for fifteen to twenty minutes each and entertain a paying audience. Past presenters have included fishermen/women, captains of all manner of vessels, members of the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and Marine Patrol, and others.
This year organizers are especially interested in hearing from women who are quietly working on the water. Speakers must be currently making (or previously made) a living working on the water in some capacity, and all storytelling material must be original and presented orally.
This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m., at Rockland’s Sail, Power, and Steam Museum.
There is an admission of $5 per adult, with kids under 12 free and free admission for one guest per presenter.
The event is patterned after the Fisherpoets Gathering in Astoria, OR. That event is in its fifteenth year and has expanded from six presenters at one venue on one night to more than eighty presenters at five different venues over the course of a three-day weekend, according to Rockland organizers, in a news release.
“Working On The Water has attracted larger audiences every year and has spawned a similar event in Portland called Voices of the Sea, sponsored by the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath,” the release said.
Interested people or those with questions can contact Kathy Pease at 207-236-2707 or firstname.lastname@example.org by October 18.
A list of those who have been on stage in the past is at Bok’s website: www.gordonbok.com/special.html