History Hike will explore French, Native raid of 1703

Archaeologist Emerson “Tad” Baker will lead a History Hike from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Beach Plum Farm and discuss the French and Native raid of 1703 that devastated coastal villages.

Join the Old Berwick Historical Society and the Great Works Regional Land Trust for this winter walk overlooking the 22-acre marshlands and barrier dunes at the farm on Route 1 to see remnants of a New England saltwater farm, Moody’s Stream, marsh grasses, wildlife habitat and beach plum bushes.

The cost is $5, $10 for families and free for members.

For details on hike sites, visit www.gwrlt.org. or call 646-3604.


Magic show, other events planned at library this week

Wells Public Library will host the following programs this week at 1434 Post Road:

Magician B.J. Hickman will perform a magic show at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

 A family movie night will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, popcorn included.

 A “Bats of the World” presentation by Chewonki will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, talking about the role bats play in ecosystems ranging from the Maine woods to the South American rainforests.

For more details, call Allison Herman at 646-8181 or email [email protected]


Maine State Music Theatre will hold local auditions

Maine State Music Theatre will hold local auditions for several shows at 10 a.m. Saturday at 22 Elm St.

First is an open call for boys (or girls willing to cut their hair in a boy’s style), ages 3-12 for the theater’s production of The Who’s “Tommy,” on July 31.

An adult (18 and over) open call will begin at 11:30 a.m. for the following shows: “Guys and Dolls,” June 28 to July 15; “Grease,” July 19 to Aug. 5; and Disney’s “Newsies,” Aug. 9–26. Auditions will be held in the order in which auditioners arrive. The theater guarantees to audition all individuals who show up before 3 p.m.

The theater is also seeking performance interns ages 18 and over for the full season May 29 to Aug. 27.

Maine State Music Theatre is a professional summer theater celebrating 59 years of Broadway quality musicals at the Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin campus.

Visit www.msmt.org or call 725-8769 for more information.

Prostate cancer program to be presented at hospital

Terry Kungel, chair/CEO of the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer, will present the program “You Are Not Alone: Prostate Cancer & Sexual Intimacy” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mid Coast Hospital at 123 Medical Center Drive.

Partners are strongly encouraged to attend. Discussions will be frank. The talk will be held in conference rooms 1 and 2.

For more details, call Kungel at 855-552-7200, ext. 800.


Outside living history day scheduled for Saturday

Washburn-Norlands Living History Center will host a “Cabin Fever Reliever” living history day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 290 Norlands Road.

The event will feature horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice-cutting demonstrations, craft activities, one-room schoolhouse, mansion tours, tag sale and a tribute to George Washington.

Visitors are encouraged to bring snowshoes and walk the historic carriage trail to the Pools of Simeon, reflecting pools designed in 1903 by William Drew.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be served in the farmer’s cottage.

Admission is $10 adults, $6 ages 12 and under. In case of bad weather, call the Norlands and listen to the cancellation message at 897-4366 or visit www.norlands.org.


New exhibit to showcase colorful history of town

The Freeport Historical Society will kick off its new exhibit “Stories of Freeport’s Past: Celebrating Our Collections” with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 45 Main St.

The exhibit will run from Feb. 23-May 31, showcasing objects that tell the story of the town. One example is the top hat of Freeport entrepreneur E.B. Mallet, who developed Freeport Village in the late 19th century by building a shoe factory and opening a granite quarry, sawmill and brickyard to encourage industrial production.

A writing contest, “The Art in Artifacts,” will be held Feb. 23-April 15, in conjunction with the exhibit. Visitors can select an item that moves them and write about it. All literary forms and genres are welcome and it is open to all ages. Deadline for submissions is April 15.

Awards will be announced and award-winning entries read April 23. Contest guidelines will be available.

For more details, email [email protected] or go to HistoricFreeport.org.