Living History Center hosts fair and a step back in time

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is hosting a fall festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 290 Norlands Road.

Step back in time and enjoy activities of yesteryear. Special presentations include a display of early tools and a talk by tool expert H.G. “Skip” Brack, a concert of maritime songs of the Civil War era by music historian Stephen Sanfilippo, and a special living history presentation on Livermore’s own Civil War sailor Sam Washburn.

Other activities include blacksmithing demonstrations, guided nature walks, tours of the 1867 Washburn family Victorian mansion, apple pressing, games and old-time lessons in the one-room schoolhouse.

Admission is $6 adults, $3 ages 12 and younger and $15 for families of four or more. For more details, call 897-4366, email [email protected] or visit


Graves Library offering community programs

Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library has announced its fall lineup of community programs for all ages, meeting at 18 Maine St.

 Storytime for all ages meets at 10 a.m. Fridays.

 An adult book discussion group meets at 9:45 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month.

 Apps Club meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays to discuss and share a variety of apps.

 Chess and cribbage clubs meet at 1 p.m. Fridays for all ages and all levels of play.

 An evening book discussion group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month. A variety of books are chosen and copies are available at the circulation desk.

For more details, call 967-2778 or go to


Historical Society reception to kick off quilt exhibit

The Camden-Rockport Historical Society will kick off its monthlong exhibit “300 Years of American Quilts” with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Picker Room at the Camden Public Library at 55 Main St.

The evening will feature a gallery talk with Janet Kelsey detailing the history of quilts and caring for heirloom quilts.

The exhibit, on display through Oct. 31, features vintage quilts on loan from the Society’s historic quilt collection. For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.


McArthur Library offering several ongoing classes

McArthur Public Library is offering a number of fall classes.

 Toddler Time meets from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays for a language enrichment program geared for children ages 18 months to 36 months with beginning storybooks, rhymes, music and movement activities.

 Family Story Time for all ages meets from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays for stories, rhymes, music, movement and other fun activities as dictated by the developmental level of those in attendance.

 Baby & Me meets from 10 to 10:20 a.m. Tuesdays for interactive lap sits and is geared to babies ages 18 months and younger and their caregivers to introduce children to the world of books through songs, rhymes and adult-child book sharing time.

 Preschool Story Time meets from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursdays offering a language enrichment program geared for children ages 3 through 6 and involving stories, rhymes, music, movement activities and crafts. The program will not be held during school vacations and holidays or when they are closed due to inclement weather.

For more details, call the library at 284-4181.


Riding center’s annual Triple B event set Oct. 18

Tickets are available for the seventh annual Triple B (Boots, Band and BBQ) event from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 18. The event benefits riders and horses at the Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center.

The indoor heated arena will be transformed to host more than 350 guests for the event.

The evening will feature barbecue from DennyMike’s, dancing to the music of Under The Covers, a photo booth, Best Boots contest and door prizes. Emceeing the event will be 99.9 The Wolf’s morning DJ, Michelle Taylor. Auctioneer Elizabeth Holmstrom will call the auction.

A limited number of tables of eight are available and individual tickets are $50 per person. To reserve a spot or place an ad in the event program, call 892-2813 ext. 21 or email [email protected]


Knox Museum ends season with Taste of Thomaston event

Knox Museum will end its 2014 summer season of community events with its second annual Taste of Thomaston event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday beneath two large, heated tents on the grounds of Montpelier, just off Route 1 at the turn to Saint George.

The food and wine festival celebrates notable local chefs, vintners, cheese artisans, brewers, fishermen, farmers and all things local and “foodie.”

The tasting event takes place rain or shine. Admission is $10 to $15. Only guests 21 or older will be admitted to the tents.

There will be live entertainment, horse and buggy rides around the grounds, jewelry and art on display in booths.

For more details or for tickets, go to or call 354-8062.


Children’s story time in French to feature Paris native

The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will host a weekly story time in French with Marie-Gaëlle Casset-Ford at 10:30 a.m. each Monday beginning Oct. 6 at 5 Monument Square.

The sessions are geared for children ages 3 to 5.

Casset-Ford, a native of Paris, France, will head the 30-minute half session featuring French stories, songs and activities, designed for preschool aged children. She is the director-teacher at La Petite Ecole, the only French preschool in Portland, now in its sixth year.

For more details, email Jerri [email protected] or call 871-1700 ext. 707.

Eastern Cemetery tours to feature stone carver

Spirits Alive’s docent-led tours of Eastern Cemetery will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 22 at the 224 Congress St. burial ground.

The “Last Saturday” tour, featuring the works of Portland’s first stone carver Bartlett Adams, is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 28. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under may attend free. For more information, email [email protected]


Five-session workshop offered on facilitation skills

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension of Springvale and Maine Sea Grant are offering a five-session fall workshop for people interested in improving their facilitation skills.

Sessions for Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1, will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 and 28, Nov. 10 and 25 and Dec. 9 at Town Hall, 21 Main St. The workshop features experiential learning, including a chance to practice facilitation skills and receive feedback in a safe environment.

The $120 fee covers instruction, a resource notebook and light meals. Registration is required by Friday. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call UMaine Extension at 324-2814.

For more details, call 646-1555, ext. 115, email [email protected] or go to


Movement Matters offers classes on hips and breath

Movement Matters has announced its lineup of Fall Awareness Through Movement Classes to be offered beginning this week at 5 Cumberland St.

Let’s Talk About Hips addresses how improper use of hip joints creates back pain. This class will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 12 and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 14.

Catching Our Breath will offer lessons that focus on breath to decrease muscular tension, with classes meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 17 and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 19.

Registration is required for all classes. For more details, call 373-9043 or email [email protected]