History buffs plot Christmas shindig

LISBON — The Lisbon Historical Society’s annual Christmas potluck gathering will kick off at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the MTM Center, 18 School St.

The event is open to members and their guests. Coffee will be provided.

In addition to the potluck supper, the event includes a Yankee Swap. To register and to ensure an equal mix of appetizers, main dishes, desserts and soft drinks, contact Dorothy Smith at 353-8510 or [email protected]

For the Yankee Swap, bring a wrapped untagged gift. The gift can be self- made or a handmade purchase. Its cost should not exceed $5,

Storytelling and Christmas carols will round out the evening. Those who attend are encouraged to wear red.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event starts at 7 p.m. Enter through the rear of the building.

The society’s website is lisbonmainehistory.org.

FOMB series makes series adjustment

BATH — Author James Nelson will give a free talk titled “George Washington’s Secret Navy” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Bath City Hall.

Nelson’s talk replaces a previously scheduled program as the third installment in the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay’s Winter Speaker Series. The Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) canceled the regularly scheduled program on Col. John Allen “ due to logistical problems,” a release from the organization states.

“George Washington was a farmer, not a sailor, and he knew little about the importance of naval power at the outset of the American Revolution,” a FOMB release about Nelson’s talk states. “But, after years of fighting he finally came to understand while he could fight forever and never lose, without sea power he would never win. In 1775, Washington secretly authorized the formation of a fleet of small coastal schooners to take our battle to the world’s mightiest navy.”

Nelson is the author of 16 books and an educator at the Maine Maritime Museum. He lives in Harpswell with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.

Wednesday’s program is free and open to all. To receive more information on FOMB’s programs, call Ed Friedman at 666- 3372 or [email protected]

A full speaker schedule and speaker biographies are available at www.friendsofmerrymeetingbay.org.

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