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    Thursday April 17
  • "Mansion as Muse:" Contemporary Art at Victoria Mansion @ Victoria Mansion

    Mansion as Muse: Contemporary Art at Victoria Mansion will open April 3, 2014, at Victoria Mansion, a historic house museum and National Historic Landmark built 1858-1860 and located in Portland, Maine. The exhibition will remain on view through May 21. The Mansion's Art Advisory Committee, composed of distinguished artists and museum professionals, invited three artists and one collaborative team to create works of art inspired by Victoria Mansion's incomparable interiors that are renowned for their original wall and ceiling paintings and furnishings from 1860. The participating artists are Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood, Andrew Mowbray, Justin Richel, and Amy Yoes. As explained by Committee member Denise Markonish, curator of MASSMoCA, "Victoria Mansion is a historical gem, which is why giving contemporary artists the opportunity to respond to its riches is a wholly unique opportunity. Given that the artists chosen all have deep connections to history and the decorative arts, it will be fascinating to see how they will intervene and reinterpret the objects and stories found within the Mansion. I have no doubt this exhibition will not only give visitors to Victoria Mansion the opportunity to see the space anew but will also provide these artists with much material for future works and ideas." The site-specific art works will be displayed throughout the Mansion rooms. A catalogue of the exhibition will be available for purchase. During the month of April Victoria Mansion will be open Thursday through Sunday only, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. From May 1 to May 21 Mansion will be open daily for its regular season of guided tours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.; Sundays 1-4:45 p.m. Admission is for adults, .50 for seniors and AAA members, .00 for children 6-17, and free for children under 6. Admission is always free for Victoria Mansion members. For more information visit the museum's website, www.victoriamansion.org. Victoria Mansion is arguably the finest surviving house of the pre-Civil War period anywhere in the country. It is internationally recognized for its original interiors by noted cabinetmaker and designer Gustave Herter, which are more than ninety percent intact. An irreplaceable document in the history of American design and domestic technology, the Mansion has operated as a museum since 1941 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
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  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Opening Reception: "What is in Your Cabinet of Curiosities?" @ Kresge Auditorium

    The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum is celebrating the opening of its new exhibit, "Cape Dorset and Beyond: Inuit Art from the Marcia and Robert Ellis Collection," with a lecture, "What is in Your Cabinet of Curiosities?" by museum director, Susan Kaplan. Reception to follow. view event

  • 5:00 pm

    Spaghetti dinner by Open Hands, Open Heart @ Rochambeau Club, 329 South St Biddeford

    Sponsored by Open Hands, Open Heart, a nonprofit organization that takes in gently-used children's clothing and distributes them to families in need. Menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and coffee. There will also be a silent auction. view event

  • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    How Green is your Grocer? A Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences Event @ Frontier Cafe

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  • 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

    Zumba in Pownal @ Pownal Elementary School

    Zumba is coming back to Pownal this spring! Zumba dancing is best described as a fun, joyful Latin inspired fitness class that combines all the rhythms of Latin music. Zumba applies dance moves from Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Rumba, Mambo, Belly Dance, Flamenco, Samba, Tango, Reggaetone and of course Hip Hop. It's really like being at a dance party and you'll make new friends while exercising and having fun. Come join this great class in Pownal and be able to move at your own pace and burn calories. This class runs for six weeks. To register, visit www.freeport.maineadulted.org. view event

  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Preserving the Harvest: Mystery Jam and Relish @ Marshwood Adult Education

    University of Maine Cooperative Extension. hands-on food preservation workshop will teach you the basics of canning and freezing, including how to use pressure and water bath canners to preserve fruits and vegetables. Learn from the experts. Bring a potholder and your own pressure canning dial gauge to class (for a free accuracy test). A material fee of will be collected at the class to cover the cost of ingredients and canning supplies. Everyone will leave with a jar of mystery jam/jelly that Kevin is sure you will love. view event

  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Backyard Chickens @ Kittery Adult Education

    Backyard Chickens Marilyn & Rick Stanley Backyard chicken flocks are gaining popularity and it's easy to see why. Besides providing fresh eggs for your family and fertilizer for your garden, chickens are also a lot of fun. This class will cover all the basics of caring for your flock, including feed, housing, breed selection, brooding chicks, health care and predator protection. Rick & Marilyn run Chick Farm in Wells, where they raise certified organic chicken, eggs, vegetables, and berries. view event

  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Growing Great Berries @ Freeport High School

    Make this the summer of growing great berries! Berries are delicious, nutritious and easy to grow. Join Joel Leak, Master Gardener at University of Maine Cooperative Extension, as he provides basic information on how to grow berries (including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes and blueberries). Learn about site selection, varieties, planting, pollination, insect pests, diseases and pruning. To register, visit www.freeport.maineadulted.org. view event

  • 6:00 pm

    Gary McCue @ Savory Maine

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  • 6:00 pm

    "Lost Boundaries" @ Rice Public Library

    Lost Boundaries tells the real-life story of a black physician & his family who passed for white in rural NH before WWII, until their secret was revealed to their children and the community. Produced by Louis deRochemont, it challenged American audiences by portraying a different perspective of racial discrimination spawning a half dozen big screen imitators. Come watch a restored DVD version of the movie which runs 99 minutes. There will be a brief discussion following the screening. Scenes filmed at Kittery Point's Sparhawk Mansion and 1st Congregational Church, Nubble Light, Kennbunkports South Church, the old Portsmouth Municipal Hospital, and UNH, view event

  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Down East My Maine Home Seminar: Creating Value From the Floor Up @ Chilton Furniture

    Creating Value From the Floor Up will focus on interior design tips on how to choose the correct furniture for a room as well as current floor, furniture, and decor trends. The speakers are: - Nate Gobeil of Chilton Furniture with Michael Graham and Brother Arnold of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village - Jula Sampson, A.E. Sampson Wood Flooring - Rachel Ambrose, Home Remedies The seminars are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To register, email events@downeast.com or call 207-594-9544. view event

  • 6:00 pm

    Old Liberty String Band @ Old Mill Pub

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  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Bingham Union Library @ Bingham Union Library

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  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster, with Susan Q. Stranahan @ Thomas Memorial Library

    Award-winning journalist and author Susan Q. Stranahan will speak about her latest book. Stranahan was the lead journalist of The Philadelphia Inquirer team awarded a 1980 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Three Mile Island accident. For 28 years, she was a reporter primarily covering environmental issues at The Inquirer. She is the author of Susquehanna: River of Dreams, and co-author of the new book, Fukishima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster. Ms. Stranahan will be discussing her latest book and sharing her insights on nuclear energy and the environment. view event

  • 6:30 pm

    "The Ghosts In Our Machine" with roundtable discussion: "Human, Animal, and Environmental Rights" @ Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, University of Southern Main

    Free screening of Liz Marshall's award winning documentary "The Ghosts In Our Machine", presented by USM's Women and Gender Studies Program, CAHS, and Criminology Dept. Film starts at 6:30pm, with roundtable, "Human, Animal, and Environmental Rights" to follow. http://www.theghostsinourmachine.com./ "THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of acclaimed photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, we become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research" Cheryl Miller of the 46 Million Turkey Project, will have her art, recently seen at the Harlow Gallery, on display. view event