Monday, December 9, 2013
Those who attended tonight's Maine Farmland Trust annual meeting celebration enjoyed a special treat. We got to watch select scenes from "Of Farms and Fables," an original production by Open Water Theatre Arts. The dramatic storyline chronicles the real life struggles and aspirations of Maine farmers during a single growing season. It ran this weekend only in Scarborough, with sold-out shows Friday and Sunday nights. (Saturday's early snowstorm undoubtedly prevented a third sell-out crowd from reaching the theater.) No future performance dates have been set. But Jennie Hahn, who runs Open Water Theatre Arts, said she is looking for another Maine profession to explore with her collaborative theater technique. She's considering the timber harvesting business.
Here all the cast members who performed tonight give a bow for the audience. In addition to the captivating performance, tonight's party at One Longfellow Square featured soup, salad and finger foods from Local Sprouts Cooperative Cafe and music from Dog Wants Out.
The party offered a chance for Maine Farmland Trust to update supporters on its campaign to preserve 100,000 acres of Maine farmland, as well as elect people to its board. In the photo above, Executive Director John Piotti reminds guests of the beautiful "From the Land - Maine Farms at Work" book ($20) and the "Meet Your Farmer" short film DVD ($5). Both can be purchased on the organization's website.
I'll have more photos and details about the party in the Nov. 6 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram. Don't forget to pick up a copy.
Until then, I hope to see you out and about.Tweet
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