• For the past 25 years, the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle has hosted ceramic artists as residents. To celebrate this long-standing tradition, Watershed and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens present “Watershed’s Legends: 25 Years of Residencies.” The exhibition will open Tuesday, and the public is invited to a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Along with the “Legends” show will be “Garden Pots,” a collection of planters created by Watershed artists. These will be on view on the Kitchen Garden Cafe Terrace. Both shows are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Aug. 31.

In addition to this exhibit, Watershed presents a series of talks in the Bosarge Family Education Center. Upcoming presentations are by Josephine Burr of Massachusetts on July 31, Jack Troy of Pennsylvania on Aug. 14, and Bill Griffith of Tennessee on Aug. 28. Each talk is from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and is free.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is on Barters Island Road in Boothbay. For information, call 882-6075 or visit watershedceramics.org. To learn more about the exhibitions and the gardens, call 633-4333, ext. 101, or visit MaineGardens.org.


One Longfellow Square in Portland hosts Portland Celtic Celebration at 8 p.m. Thursday. The concert features four of Portland’s finest Celtic groups: Press Gang, Naia, Boghat and the Don Roy Trio. The concert is a fundraiser for One Longfellow Square, which recently attained nonprofit status.

Tom Wilsbach, a proponent of Irish music in Maine for decades, will host. Admission is $17 in advance and $20 at the door.

The Celtic concert is a satellite event of the Saltwater Celtic Festival at Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick, set for Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15.

Gates open at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. July 15 for a six-hour show each day. Saturday performers include the Press Gang, Chrissy Crowley, Sprag Session, Searson, Carbon Leaf and Enter The Haggis.

Performers on July 15 include the Maine Celtic Scene, Maeve Gilchrist, the Makem and Spain Brothers, the Screaming Orphans and Black 47.

For times, tickets and other details, visit saltwaterfest.com.

– Bob Keyes, Staff Writer