Reid, Castlebay team up for holiday show

BATH — Storyteller Van Reid and folk music duo Castlebay will headline the Downeast Holiday Revue at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St.

“An alternative to the Nutcracker and Dickens, stories and songs of Maine’s winter holiday season will be spiced with wit and humor in the style of an old time variety show and will feature selections from Castlebay’s CD ‘The Night the Whisky Froze’ and winter tales such as ‘How Portland Kept Christmas,’” a Castlebay release states. “The performers will combine their energy and talent to interweave seasonal tales and music in a multi-faceted and delightful evening of regional nostalgia and humor.”

Castlebay’s Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee sing and play Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and woodwinds.

Tickets cost $12 for adults or $5 children with a discount for members of Sagadahoc Preservation Inc.

For information, call 529-5438 or email [email protected]

College dancers take stage 3 times

BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance will present its annual December Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1, 2, and 3, at Pickard Theater in Memorial Hall on campus.

The concert will include the following dances:

— “The Revolution,” an Afro-contemporary work set to music by Bob Marley with text written by the performers.

— “Illuminate,” a contemporary ballet for eight dancers who intertwine, disperse and realign to reflect the sounds of a Bach cello suite.

— The raucous “A Series of Needlessly Dramatic Events (Part 2),” which uses musical clichés as point of departure as well as arrival.

— “In our own hands,” quartet that animates the space between isolation and collective action.

A closing night reception will be held in Drake Lobby, after Saturday’s performance.

Admission is free. General admission tickets are required, and are available at the David Saul Smith Union information desk. Call 725-3375.

Ureneck to discuss new book Wednesday

FREEPORT — Lou Ureneck, author of “Cabin —Two Brothers, a Dream and Five Acres in Maine,” will give a free talk Wednesday at Freeport Community Library.

“I had been city-bound for nearly a decade, dealing with the usual knockdowns and disappointments of middle-age,” Ureneck wrote in a release. “The notion of building a cabin — a boy’s dream really — seemed a way to get a purchase on life’s next turn.”

Ureneck, a Boston University journalism professor and former editor of the Portland Press Herald and Philadelphia Inquirer, also is the author of “Backcast,” which won the National Outdoor Book Award in 2007 for literary merit.

Copies of “Cabin —Two Brothers, a Dream and Five Acres in Maine” will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served. For directions, call 865-3307 or visit

Downtown group rolls out silent auction

BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick Downtown Association (BDA) will host its annual silent auction fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Reading Room in the old section of Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St.

Auction items will include works of art, tickets to professional sporting events, vacation rentals, boat cruises, a ride in a Cessna 183, a three-hour kayak tour and picnic, gift items and certificates from local businesses.

Local musical artists Tamora Goltz and David Stimson will provide seasonal and traditional Irish music, and complimentary refreshments will be provided.

“Proceeds from the auction will assist the BDA in its efforts to support improvement projects, coordinate public programs and organize special events to promote a strong, vibrant downtown Brunswick,” a BDA release states.

For information on the auction, including updated details on items up for bid, visit

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