Things To Do In Belfast, Maine – Be Inspired!
Events happening in the Belfast area from Friday August 22nd through Friday the 29th; highlights include:
Belfast’s Final Fridays Art Walk – August 29!
The Belfast Arts Final Fridays Art Walk this month will take place on August 29th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM in downtown Belfast. Every Final Fridays Art Walk is an evening of art, performance, food and drink, and as always, a taste of Belfast’s vibrant arts community! Maine Street and the downtown area are full of exciting galleries and studios. Don’t forget to visit the galleries that are a little outside of the downtown area as well: the Tom Gaines Stonehouse on Race Street, Dina Petrillo’s Belfast Bay Shade Company above the Post Office, Waterfall Arts up the hill on High Street, and Gail Savitz’s Front Street Pottery at the bottom of Main Street. It’s well worth going a few steps off the beaten path for a chance to view the beautiful artwork all over Belfast, and to talk to the artists in person.
DUET: Kathy Weinberg & Jeffrey Ackerman: Painting, Sculpture, Photography Opens at Betts Gallery.
The two-person show includes the work of Kathy Weinberg and Jeffrey Ackerman. Kathy’s art includes painting, sculpture and photography. Her work is greatly influenced by her career in antique and architectural restoration, and many installation projects at museums including MFA in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum New York. Jeffrey is a painter and sculptor whose work depicts psychic or metaphysical dramas incorporating naturalistic, architectonic and geometric forms. The show will run from August 27 through September 20, with an opening reception on Friday, August 29h, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with Belfast Arts’ Final Friday Art Walks. Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street at The Belfast Framer. There is a second gallery entrance on Beaver Street.
MFT Gallery show spins Cow Tales from facts and fine art
Starting August 22nd, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery presents the fine art show Cow Tales. This exhibit combines the pared-down modernist cow paintings of Frances Hynes and the plucked-from-the-pasture, plein air paintings by Sharon Yates with recent statistics on the dairy industry in Maine. Several original drawings and watercolors by Dahlov Ipcar, from the 1940’s and 50’s, are also included.Cow Tales launches Friday August 22nd with a reception from 5:30-8pm, open to the public. In addition, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be open for Belfast’s Final Friday Art Walk on Friday August 29 and September 26, from 5:30-8pm. Regular opening hours of MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast are Monday through Friday, 9-4. For extra summer hours on Friday evening and Saturdays, please check the gallery website: www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org. The show will be on display from August 22 through September 29, 2014.
Belfast Bay Summer Music Festival
JoJo’s Corn, Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, and AR Productions Present the First Annual Belfast Bay Music Festival, Friday August 22 from 2-10pm.
Belfast Bay Summer Music Festival is located at Steamboat Landing on the Beautiful Belfast Waterfront. Straight into downtown Belfast Maine Off Main Routes 1 and 3
This Years Event is a Fundraiser for the Local Habitat For Humanity Chapter. The festival Will Feature all Maine Musical acts from around the state! Belfast Bay Music Festival will be something for everyone a true festival of music including Pop, Blues, Rock, Country, Punk and Hip Hop with DJ Maine Event as Host and MC Spinning Hits Between acts! We at BBMF are Happy to be part of the community and Want to see this beautiful area prosper through Art, Music and Culture.
We are also Looking for additional sponsors and Volunteers as we Get closer to the Event andtThrough the help and support of the community We can watch BBMF Blossom into One of the most sought after Tickets of the summer in the great state of Maine!!
Bizzy Gruntry takes the stage at 8pm!
Tickets only $20 at the gate!
Steamboat Landing, Downtown Belfast Waterfront, Belfast, Maine 04915
Friday Night Flicks at the Belfast Free Library – War Horse
The summer of 2014 marks the centennial of the beginning of the First World War. Over the century, many great films have been made set during the war and reflecting on the issues raised by one of history’s greatest cataclysms. In commemoration, the Belfast Free Library’s free film series, Friday Night Flicks, will present eight cinematic representations of the war. All films will be shown at 7 pm in the library’s Abbott Room, and are presented free of charge.
Our final presentation in the series will be on August 29. When we think about war, we focus naturally on the human suffering, but historians estimate that more than ten million horses were killed in the First World War. Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, based on an acclaimed children’s novel, tells the story of one horse, and his struggles to survive the horrors of a war he could not understand.
Maine Writers Talk About…with author Susan Conley
On Tuesday August 26th at 6:30 pm the Maine Writers Talk About… series at the Belfast Free Library will feature award winning author Susan Conley offering a talk titled, “Storytelling: Lessons in Risk Taking and Stubbornness.” Susan Conley’s novel, Paris Was the Place, was published by Knopf in 2013. It was chosen as an Indie Next Pick, an Amazon Big Book for Fall in fiction and an Elle Magazine Readers Prize Selection. Her memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune, won the Maine Literary Award for Memoir.
The Maine Writers Talk About…series is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Belfast Free Library and is free and open to the public. For more information please call the library at 338-3884 x 10.
Talk and Book Signing for 1819: The Year That Summer Never Came, at Penobscot Marine Museum
1816 is called “The Year Without A Summer”. During that summer wild temperature swings produced snow and frost which killed crops and caused famines and food shortages world-wide.
On Saturday, August 23rd at 2:00 pm, Penobscot Marine Museum hosts author Mayra Donnell, who will talk about her children’s book 1816: The Year That Summer Never Came. Donnell’s novel tells the story of a young girl who records in her diary what Maine life was like in the bizarre weather of the year 1816, with ice and frozen apple blossoms in May and a snow storm in June.
Penobscot Marine Museum, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine is an historic seaport village which entertains the whole family with fun hands-on activities, a beautifully furnished ship captain’s house, stunning displays of scrimshaw and marine paintings, E.B. White’s sail boat and much more. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm, May 24th through October 19th.
For more information on Museum events, exhibits and programs, go towww.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.
August Shop Talk at Old Professor’s Bookshop
“Teaching Latin at Inner City Schools”
Belfast’s own Rebecca Jessup has been away from home teaching Latin and the Odyssey, to inner city kids in Queens, NY. She was recruited to this work by Lovina Ikenga, who has developed a curriculum based on the Trivium, the foundation of the seven liberal arts. At this month’s Shop Talk at Old Professor’s Bookshop, Rebecca and Lovina will talk about the theory, promise, and results of a strong classical education. Does this program work? Is this really what inner city kids need? Come and learn; venite, et discite.
This talk will take place on Saturday, August 23, 03:00 pm, at the Old Professor’s Bookshop (99 Main Street, Belfast). The event is free. For more information call 207-338-2006.