Evenings in the Occupy Maine tent city are characterized by small groups of people standing and sitting in the semi-darkness. Their talk often drifts to politics, current events and the details that are important to participants of a protest movement striving to define its objectives.

But this also is a time filled with more mundane activities, such as staying dry and being fed.

Wednesday’s forecast for rain and wind had resident of the Occupy Maine tent city making preparations late this evening.

Some occupants were tightening a blue tarp that covers the community kitchen area and acts as a dining fly. A trio of men were attempting to secure a ripped patio umbrella over a plastic table. Unable to see well in the semi-darkness, they decided to wait until morning.

By the light of a propane camping lamp, other occupants were sorting plastic milk crates filled with cups and dishes, donated by supporters of the movement. They had been washed earlier in the evening and were ready now for an evening meal.

In the dark kitchen tent, Steve Soldan and two companions used the light of a smart phone to search for cans of baked beans.

“We’re going to make beans and hot dogs for everyone,” he said.

Outside. the dogs were sizzling on a donated gas grill. Blake Smith opened cans of B & M beans and poured them into a waiting pot.

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