July 15, 2013



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Doug Protsik of Woolwich will play an original score to accompany three silent film shorts at the Old Town House in Union on Saturday.

Photo courtesy Alison Metcalfe

Pianist accompanies films

The past comes to life again with the screening of three silent movie comedy shorts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town House on Town House Road.

Union Historical Society will present the pre-1923 films with pianist Doug Protsik providing piano accompaniment from an original score.

Being offered in conjunction with the town's Founder's Day Celebration, the screenings serve to recreate a slice of 1920s America, with an audience watching the silver screen from antique deacon's bench seating.

With a background in classical, folk, old-time and dance music, Protsik of Woolwich fell naturally into his role as the "heir" of the late Danny Patt, who tickled the ivories to silent movies at the Old Town House in the 1920s, starting at age 11.

Protsik performs for silent movie showings at international film festivals and has toured extensively.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are appreciated to help with maintenance of the historic building. For more details, call Alison Metcalfe at 785-4531.


Madagascar's wild resources

Anna Jaeger of Bath will give a presentation on the natural history of Madagascar at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St.

Jaeger spent five months in Madagascar as part of a study abroad program. She lived with families there and conducted field research. The talk will focus on the ecology and wildlife of national parks and reserves in Madagascar.

The presentation is free, open to the public and will be held in the library's second floor Community Room. For more details, call 443-5141, ext. 25.


Magic, comedy at theater

The Moscow Magic & Comedy Show has opened at the Theater of Awesome on Depot Street.

This family-friendly performance features professional magician Vladimir Zinczenko and features illusions, comedy, juggling, ventriloquism and audience participation.

The show will run every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 29. Tickets are $22 and advance sales are recommended at www.awesometheater.com.

For more details, call Bruce Johnson at 217-8880 or go to bmjprovision@hotmail.com.


Red Sox salute blood donor

Ashley Soule of South Portland was named the Blood Donor of the Game on June 8 during a Red Sox game at Fenway Park in Boston after recently donating blood at an American Red Cross drive.


Homecoming queen for state

Elizabeth Stockbridge of Kennebunk has been selected Maine's Homecoming Queen for 2013.

She will represent the state at the 33rd annual America's Homecoming Queen Selection event Saturday through July 24 in Memphis, Tenn.

America's Homecoming Queen is a nonprofit organization that promotes education and community service for high school homecoming queens.

Stockbridge is the daughter of Doug and Ann Stockbridge. To vote for her, go to www.americashomecomingqueen.com.

Magic Tree House Club starts

Imagine a tree house filled with books that transport you to a different time and place. That is the premise behind author Mary Pope Osborne's "Magic Tree House" series.

Children ages 6 to 10 are invited to join the Kennebunk Free Library for its new Magic Tree House Club, meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Attendees will read about dinosaurs and participate in an accompanying craft and games.

Extra copies of the book are available for children to read ahead of time.

Pre-registration is required by calling 985-2173 ext. 5 or emailing ys@kennebunk.lib.me.us.


Sixties Sock Hop Saturday

Ricker Memorial Library continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Sixties Sock Hop from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Poland Town Hall on Route 26.

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