Re-enactors to bring 1600s to life at encampment

Re-enactors from New England and eastern Canada will converge at the town’s riverfront museum and park to participate in a weekendlong outdoor living-history presentation of a colonial encampment interpreting the time of King William’s War, set in the late 1600s.

Sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society, the event will unfold from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Counting House Museum and park on Liberty Street, a locale situated along the Salmon Falls River that was previously known, for generations, as Quamphegan Landing.

Historical Society program chair Paula Bennett said the event is intended to coincide with the 300th anniversary year of the establishment of Berwick, which now comprises the towns of South Berwick, North Berwick and Berwick. 

Encampment portrayers, led by veteran re-enactor Ken Hamilton, will demonstrate arts and crafts, regulation musket drills, cooking, camp life and colonial children’s games on the site. 

Historical reproduction artifacts, including many depicting Native American folkways, will be on display throughout the site. 

“This is an easy and fun way to teach history because the public will witness the sights, smells and sounds of the era,” said Bennett.        

Inside the Counting House Museum, visitors can see a new archaeology display of household utensils and other artifacts actually used at the homestead of Humphrey and Lucy Chadbourne, who operated a mill and raised a family in South Berwick in the late 1600s. 

The Chadbourne house was believed to have been destroyed in 1690 during a conflict known as King William’s War, when French and Indian war parties attacked English settlers in the area of today’s South Berwick, then known as Quamphegan.

Hamilton and company will be on site, rain or shine, throughout the weekend to talk about the particulars with visitors.

The presentation is free and all ages are welcomed. 

For more details , call the Historical Society at 384-0000, email [email protected], or go to


Symphony woodwinds offer ‘Peter and the Wolf’

The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Woodwind Quintet will perform “Peter and the Wolf” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kennebunk Free Library at 112 Main St.

This KinderKonzert offers a fun and interactive opportunity for young children to gain exposure to symphony music as they explore the different families of musical instruments.  

In “Peter and the Wolf,” each animal is voiced by a different instrument.   

Children are encouraged to sing, dance and wiggle while they listen  and watch the orchestra members tell the tale.

The event is free.  

For more details, call 985-2173, extension 5, or visit


Historical Society sponsoring 3-hour boat tour Thursday

The Yarmouth Historical Society will offer a narrated boat cruise to Eagle Island aboard the Atlantic Seal at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

 This three-hour trip will leave from the Freeport Town Wharf in South Freeport. 

Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for all others. 

Advance registration is required by calling 846-6259 or visit the Yarmouth History Center at 118 East Elm St. to reserve your tickets.


Nominations sought for breast health award

Friday marks the deadline for submitting a nomination for consideration to receive a Maine Breast Health Cooperative’s (MBHC) 2013 Breast Health Leadership Award.

The award is presented annually to acknowledge a Maine individual, group or organization who has made an exceptional contribution by promoting breast health, improving awareness and an understanding of breast cancer, or working toward elimination of the disease at the community, state and/or national level. 

Nominees may be advocates, educators, leaders, role models, promoters of breast health or promoters of women’s issues. Professionals should be nominated for efforts that go above and beyond the scopes of their jobs. 

Groups may be businesses, clubs, families, or others who work together to make a difference.

This year’s winners will be honored at the 16th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Award Tea on Oct. 1 in Augusta.

Nominees must be Maine residents.  

Nomination forms can be downloaded at  

Nominations must be postmarked by Friday and mailed to Terry Baker, American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.


Fair Saturday includes rides, pancake breakfast, car show

The New Gloucester Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds, at 106 Bald Hill Road.

Besides music, food and lots of crafters, some other festivities will include a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. and Summit Adventure Rides from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

There will be a huge car show, antique tractors on display and a snowmobile expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Big Red Fire Truck, Backwoods Farm animals and pony rides will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Admission and parking are free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. 

No smoking and no dogs, please. 

Held rain or shine. 

For a complete list of events and times, go to


Bicycle parade and other fun at reading progam finale

Vose Library, 392 Common Road, will cap its Summer Reading program with a grand finale celebration from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

There will be bicycle drawings, summer reading prizes, activities and snacks. Attendees can participate in making hats, wands and bike decorations.

Children may bring their bikes and wagons to participate in a mini Bike Parade. 

Bicycle adjustments and safety checks will be conducted by the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program.

Attendees are reminded  to turn in their summer reading log for chances to enter the bicycle drawings. 

The program is free and open to the public. Call 785-4733.


Come make Russian folk art at workshop at St. George’s

Traditional Russian artist and lecturer Marina Forbes will offer a workshop on the rich Russian folk traditions of Matryoshka (wooden nested doll) painting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. George’s Episcopal Church. The family event is appropriate for ages 6 through adult. 

Participants will hear the story of the Matryoshka doll and will learn about her traditional Russian dress and customs. Traditional Russian painting techniques and floral and berry designs are also introduced.

The goal is to produce a finished piece of Russian folk art on wood.

Throughout the workshop, students will be listening to traditional Russian music, and, during a brief break from the painting, there will be a demonstration of a few steps from a traditional Russian dance.  

To pre-register or for more details, call Forbes at (603) 332-2255 or e-mail [email protected]


Primo Cubano band to play at library concert Thursday

The Thomas Memorial Library’s final outdoor summer concert will feature lively Cuban dance music by the band Primo Cubano from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday on the library’s front lawn at 6 Scott Dyer Road. 

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors.

For more details, go to


Deadline nears for lobster-bake reservations

Sunday marks the deadline to reserve a spot for the Mid-Coast Audubon Benefit Lobster Bake on Hog Island in Muscongus Bay Sept. 1.  

The $40 fee includes transportation to and from the island, a traditional lobster bake with dessert and coffee, campfire and walks around the island. The first boat will leave for the island at 3 p.m., dinner will be served at 5 p.m. (BYOB) and the last boat will leave the island at 7 p.m.   

To reserve a spot, email [email protected] with “lobsters” in the subject line, or call 380-1370.  

Mail payment to Seabird Sue, 11 Audubon Road, Bremen ME 04551. 


Introductory course in Spanish offered

“Spanish for Gringos,” an introductory course in conversational Spanish, will be taught from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 10 through Dec. 17.

Teacher Dan Duffy will instruct those who know little or no Spanish, in basic reading, speaking and understanding of the Spanish language. The class is free to anyone interested. However, class size is limited to 25 participants.

 Advance registration is required by calling Duffy at 310-1038 or email [email protected]


Hospital offering programs for health management

Southern Maine Medical Center will offer a number of community resource programs for prevention and health management over the next two weeks. 

Look Good, Feel Better Program will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at River Ridge Center, 3 Brazier Lane, Kennebunk, for women who are experiencing the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments. Pre-registration is required by calling 283-7320.

A Macrobiotics Natural Foods Cooking Class will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Sweetser, 50 Moody St., Saco, teaching about whole foods and cooking techniques. 

Big Brother/Big Sister School will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at SMMC, introducing children ages 3-6 to their new role as a sibling to a newborn. 

A Breastfeeding Class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 27 by SMMC’s board-certified lactation consultants. 

A Safe Baby Infant Safety & Infant/Toddler CPR class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29. Cost is $$15/$25. 

All classes are held at the hospital at One Medical Center Drive unless otherwise noted.

Pre-registration is required by calling 283-7987. 


Middle Eastern ensemble to perform at library

The Norway Memorial Library will host a performance by the Middle Eastern ensemble Okbari at 7 p.m. Thursday as part of its Muslim Journeys program series. 

Okbari members Amos Libby and Eric LaPerna will give a brief history of Middle Eastern music and instruments and play traditional Middle Eastern music. 

 Free tickets are available for this program at the library’s Information Desk. Tickets are required for attendance and will be handed out on a first come, first served basis.

For more details, call 743-5309 or go to

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