Arts & Culture


Artist Tom Brennan has taken the Maine State logo, “Maine: Life As It Should Be” and given it a little twist in his exhibit January 2011 at the Bangor Public Library. Titled “Maine Life As It Is”, the more than three dozen original paintings and drawings will be on display in the Bangor Public Library’s Lecture Hall throughout the month of January.
A lobsterman seining in a dory, a homeless woman feeding the birds, a child’s first snow covered pine tree: these and many more lifelike portraits of real Maine people are the body of this exhibit. You may recognize someone you know in this show because everyone is real and “of” Maine.
Tom Brennan’s work has become a fixture of the International Festival, Calais’ Canadian-American celebration that takes place each August.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Project Grants Awarded

Recently the Maine Commission for Community Service challenged communities across Maine to develop volunteer service projects that unite community sectors in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Our challenge was met with an overwhelming response of 26 grant applications. We are happy to announce, the Maine Commission for Community Service, awarded 16 organizations $500 grants to implement Martin Luther King Day of Service Projects.
We encourage local citizens to contact a project in their community and take part in the Martin Luther King Day of Service. This special day of service is an important way for Maine’s people to experience the significance of service, volunteerism and collaboration amongst their neighbors. These service projects will not only impact their communities, but celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to service, non-violence, and diversity.


Brewer artist Betty Overlock will be showing her work in the Stairwell Gallery at the Bangor Public Library in December. Having retired from work in the commercial art and display world, Ms. Overlock is a lifelong artist who still experiments with new media. This exhibit includes the artist’s interpretation of 19th Century tinsel paintings.
Artist Michelle Walker, though a longtime resident of Bangor, grew up in the southwest, and that early influence shows in her work. Ms. Walker’s medium is gourds, and her vibrant designs are expressed on bowls, luminaries, vases, bracelets, and “simply whimsical creations.” The exhibit is in the Library’s Round Reading Room showcase.
Art work from the Bangor Public Library’s extensive collection will be shown in the Library’s Lecture Hall in December. The Library will soon be providing new Art Guides to assist anyone who wishes to take a self-guided tour of the Library's art collection.

Science Detectives

Science Detectives

When: Tue, December 14, 11:00am – 11:30am
Description: Explore scientific principles with fun and easy experiments and hands-on demonstrations.  From mice to magnets, turtles to tensile strength, pre-schoolers will use props, toys, and live specimens to make science come alive. Recommended for ages 3-5.


Come to the Bangor Public Library’s Children’s department for winter fun.  On Tuesday, December 28, at 11 AM, try origami with Colby  Houghton.  Create paper chains, boxes, stars and trees.  Materials will be provided.
On Wednesday, December 29, at 10:30 AM the Penobscot Genealogical Society presents “Genealogy for Kids.”   Children between the ages of 8 and 14 are invited to learn about resources at the Library, and have a tour of the Bangor History Room.  Register at the Children’s Desk, or call 947-8337, ext 111.
On Thursday, December 30, at11 AM, Shelley Sargent of Penobscot Valley School of Gymnastics presents “The Joy of Gymnastics.”  Teen gymnasts will demonstrate basic gymnastic skills and perform a routine, while Ms.

Downtown Bangor's New Year's Eve Celebration is in need of volunteers

Downtown Bangor's New Year's Eve Celebration is in need of volunteers


Downtown Countdown 2011 will take place on Friday December 31, 2010 from noon?midnight. Entering
its fifth year this event has evolved significantly. In order to offer expanded entertainment options for
this free community event volunteers are need more than ever!
Downtown Countdown is a family friendly event featuring a number of entertainment options; some
new additions this year include a teen dance, improv, storytelling, performances in West Market Square,
and a special VIP venue. Old favorites will return; RetroRockerz, Evergreen, Count Up parade at Maine
Discovery Museum, New Year's Crowns at UMaine Museum of Art, Contra Dance and more.
Venue Managers and Assistants are needed for the majority of venues. Event staff will work with you
to place you at a venue you are interested in. Volunteer a few hours and be entertained at that same

Children's Christmas Pageant and Christmas Sing A Long

Children's Christmas Pageant and Christmas Sing A Long
on Sunday, December 12
Join us on Sunday, December 12 at 4 pm for a delightful afternoon at Hampden Highlands Methodist Church for the Children's Christmas Pageant and Christmas Sing-a-long.
The Sunday School children will be peforming in a delightful Christmas Pageant and a Christmas Sing a long will follow. Join us downstairs for refreshments.
For more information call 862-4195, church office or e-mail