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BELFAST ART WALKS take place on the fourth Friday of each summer month, May through September! Click HERE for more info.

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Not Far From Home: From the Sketchbooks of Rita Swidrowski

August 7 @ 8:00 am - September 4 @ 5:00 pm

Rita Swidrowski presents her second show of sketchbook pages at Belfast Free Library’s Kramer Gallery from August 7 to September 4, 2018. Through her drawn and written sketchbook journals, Rita enjoys deepening her visual and personal experiences, and recording the things she learns and discovers each day. Moments in time get transformed into personal stories and memories get preserved. Sketches in “Not Far From Home" include locations from Acadia National Park, to Belfast and Midcoast Maine, Rita’s current home, to…

Maine Farmland Trust Summer Garden Party

August 16 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join neighbors, friends, and staff of Maine Farmland Trust for a casual & informative evening of food, conversation and community.  Learn more about what MFT is up to locally, and statewide, to ensure farming will continue 
to feed Maine for generations to come. We'll have plenty of meat and veggies on the grill and a big green salad (all from local farms).  Please feel free to bring a side dish, dessert, or drinks to add to the mix!   Families welcome, no dogs please.

View Tree Fruits and Colorful Blooms August 17

August 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

August 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Belfast Garden Club will host an Open Garden Day at Piper Stream Farm in Northport with perennial beds, native shrubs, an orchard and a vegetable garden on display. $5 on-site donation. FMI: (directions on website). At Piper Stream Farm in Northport, a high fenced enclosure that used to keep in commercially farmed red deer now keeps out wild deer to protect pear, cherry, peach, apple and plum trees and a bountiful vegetable…

“Art Bar” featured at Neighborhood Arts Center in Searsport

August 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

An Art Bar is a little like a salad bar, but with art materials instead! Exploration with watercolors will be offered and students are welcome to sample what appeals to them from the plentiful art materials on hand. For ages 6-10. $5. per session. Drop-ins welcome; registration appreciated. Friday mornings from 10-11: 30 am starting August 17.

Betts Gallery Opens Group Show ‘Amalgamation’

August 17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Image included: 'It's Simple' by Conny Hatch, Found Wood, 5"X5

Summer Writing Workshop

August 21 @ 9:00 am - September 11 @ 11:30 am

SUMMER HOURS AT SUMMER PRICES! Writing exercises will help you: • Explore the rhythm & tonality of your own unique voice • Create an image/moment • Discover new voices $300 for four group classes (materials fee included)/$275 if paid in full by August 14. August 21, 28 and September 4, 11 Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. To register Call 207.542.0528 or email

Create Now at Waterfall Arts!

August 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Waterfall Arts is excited to present a series of 2-hour creativity workshops for any active senior in our area.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!   Called Create Now, these very low-cost workshops are generously sponsored by Waldo County General Hospital and the Maine Community Foundation.    You can sign up for one or all of them.    The goal of Create Now is to offer creative opportunities for older adults to explore new sides to themselves and each other, in community. Studies have shown that learning together and…

Left Bank Books to feature award winning author Robin Lloyd

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Left Bank Books in downtown Belfast is delighted to welcome award-winning novelist and journalist Robin Lloyd for a talk and book signing on Thursday, August 23 at 7 pm to celebrate the release of his newest book, Harbor of Spies, an historical novel set in Havana in 1863 during the American Civil War. The public is warmly invited to this free event. The distinguished journalist, news anchor and fellow novelist Jim Lehrer writes: “Harbor of Spies is that rare novel…

Belfast Garden Club features Cascading Cottage Garden

August 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Stepping through the front gate at Kate McLeod’s home on Patterson Hill, one
enters a sheltered setting with the storybook appeal of “The Secret Garden.” McLeod converted
the sloping, mostly shaded site from an acre of burdocks piled with garbage into a remarkable
cascade of cottage-style beds, window boxes, and container plants, interspersed by stonework and
appealing accents—like a Venus de Milo statue bathed in blossoms.
It’s taken McLeod eight years to effect this remarkable change, and she’s managed it alongside
meeting the needs of 35 clients, for whom she does landscape design and gardening. On August
24, visitors can stroll her yard and see her art studio during the final event of Belfast Garden
Club’s 2018 Open Garden Days.
McLeod’s artistic eye is evident in the collage of textures and colors that mark the gardens. Her
botanical knowledge shows up in the unusual plant choices, like a towering stand of plume
poppy, the backdrop to a patio where lawn chairs sit on gravel brightened by volunteer brown-
eyed Susans.
As her vision evolves, so do the gardens; “I’m always changing it,” McLeod says. By her art
studio, where she makes “bright bird” mirrors, a new bed is in progress. McLeod uses cardboard
liberally—topped by leaves, manure and soil—to smother existing grass or weeds, placing new
plantings into holes within the cardboard.
McLeod’s garden opens on Friday August 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. From Belfast,
head north on Route One across the bridge and left onto Route 141. Take the first left onto
Robbins Road and go right onto Patterson Hill Rd. The garden is at #76, on the left just past the
summit. A $5 donation per visitor helps the Belfast Garden Club fund scholarships.

PenBay Singers New Season Auditions 2018

September 5 @ 7:00 pm

Penobscot Bay Singers Begins 45th Season The Penobscot Bay Singers will begin rehearsals for their 2018-2019 season on Wednesday, September  5, 2017 at 7:00 PM, St. Margaret’s Parish Hall, 100 Court Street, Belfast, ME. Rehearsals will be held each Wednesday evening. The first concert cycle will be December 8 and 9, 2017. The concert is entitled “ A Child’s Christmas in Wales” utilizing Dylan Thomas text and complementary music. The group is actively seeking new singers and asking previous singers…

September 8 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

writing near the sea writing workshop   Join us for a one day workshop exploring Writing from the Deep Voice. We will inquire into place, voice and image in your writing. The sea and our relationship to it will be the focus of our work. We’ll walk to the adjacent Mussel Ridge Cove gathering images, objects and impressions to inspire our writing. Kathrin’s instruction will focus on the practice of using voice and image development, as she introduces us to…

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