Arts & Culture

Maine Discovery Museum's Gala Dinner Auction is "Outta Sight!"

What?  MDM's auction of wooden furniture painted, decorated, and enhanced by Maine artists.
When?  Saturday, November 6th, 2010, 5-9:30 pm Where?  Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, Bangor
Preview: at Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main St., Bangor, during regular museum hours and online at

Maine Discovery Museum’s 8th annual benefit auction features New-England made oak storage bins that have been transformed into elegant, whimsical, and utterly original works of art.  Every year, artists from across the state of Maine donate their time and amazing talents to help the children’s museum raise money for scholarships and the museum’s annual fund.

Pine Kneedlers Are Knitting Teddies Again

Pine Kneedlers, the Bangor knitting guild, is offering a one-day teddy bear workshop on Saturday, November 13th to create nine-inch, multi-color, multi-pattern teddies. This is a great way to use up all that leftover yarn you don’t know what to do with. The workshop is only $20 for guild members ($30 for nonmembers) and includes the workshop (9:00am-4:30pm), all the handouts, catered lunch, and afternoon tea and treats in the historic atmosphere of the Charles Inn in downtown Bangor. Participants will create at least one teddy to enjoy or give away as a gift.
Call Cheryl at 943.6909 or go to the Pine Kneedlers web site to register:
Pine Kneedlers is a member-based, not-for-profit group established to promote & support the many facets & creativity of knitting, to offer education in the craft, and to enjoy the company of friends.


Hampden, Maine - The Jewelry Artisans of Maine Coop Store is looking for Maine-made artisan goods to feature in their Route 1A jewelry store throughout the holiday season. Items include, but are not limited to, holiday ornaments, fabric arts, women’s accessories, handmade soaps and lotions, etc. Artisan wares will be juried for consignment by store owners; no jewelry or food will be considered.  All interested parties should call the Jewelry Artisans of Maine Coop Store at (207) 941-9636 or email mainejewelryart@ For more information about the store:


Prolific and acclaimed writer David Madden will spend the day at the University of Maine on Monday, Nov. 1.   Louisiana State University's Robert Penn Warren Professor of Creative Writing, emeritus, Madden will visit with UMaine English
students and faculty members to share his insights and expertise on writing.  At 4 p.m., the University of Maine bookstore will host him for a reading and book signing.

Madden's new novel, "Abducted by Circumstance," is his tenth.  He was a Pulitzer Prize nominee for his 1978 novel, "The Suicide's Wife," a story that also became a television movie.  Arguably one of the most prolific writers in contemporary literature, Madden has produced numerous short stories, poems, essays, textbooks and scholarly works -- in addition to his novels -- in a career that has spanned more than 50 years.

The Monday Nov.

Flatland the Movie

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 5-7pm,
Neville Hall 100
University of Maine
followed by A Gathering for Gardner

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 5:00 p.m.--7:00 p.m.
Neville Hall, Room 100, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469

On Thursday, October 21, 2010, there will be a screening of Flatland: The Movie, based on the celebrated novel, starring Kristen Bell (Heroes, Veronica Mars, When in Rome) and Martin Sheen. Jeffrey Travis, who directed the film, and visiting professor Tony Harkin, a consultant for the film, will discuss it afterwards. The event goes from 5 to 7 p.m.

Jewelry Party Fundraiser to benefit the Bangor Humane Society

Amanda Coburn of Riverside Jewelry Designs and Anne Reigstad of Ymir Glass Design are hosting a Jewelry Party Fundraiser to benefit the Bangor Humane Society on Friday, October 22nd from 6-8pm. The fundraiser will be held at the Jewelry Artisans of Maine Cooperative Store, 586C Main Road North in Hampden. The store will donate 20% of all sales to the Bangor Humane Society that evening.

The Jewelry Artisans of Maine Coop Store features handcrafted, unique jewelry; it is owned and run by four female local artisans and has nine local consignors as well. The selection of jewelry includes dichroic glass, copper and silver metalsmithed pieces, beading, water casting, local stones and gemstones set in silver, etched copper, and lots more.

Coburn says, "In tough economic times, non-profits such as the Bangor Humane Society are overlooked and suffer financially. I have dogs and cats, and one of each came from the Humane Society.

River City Cinema presents Cropsey

River City Cinema presents Cropsey Friday October 29th at 7:30 PM, Union Street Brick Church. Growing up on Staten Island, filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio had often heard the legend of 'Cropsey', an escaped mental patient who lived in the old abandoned Mental Institution, who would come out late at night and snatch children off the streets. As adults the filmmakers return to Staten Island to create Cropsey, a feature documentary that delves into the mystery behind the missing children. Embarking on a mysterious journey into the underbelly of their forgotten borough, these filmmakers uncover a reality that is more terrifying than any urban legend. Not rated • Runtime: 84 m. Directed by Barbara Brancaccio & Joshua Zeman.  For more information visit their website.