UM students to visit Swans

A special treat is in store for those of you on the island next week (the week starting May 23); we have so many events going on this week that you may think we are in the middle of summer! As I mentioned in an earlier column, the students from a University of Maine course entitled “Maine Island Culture and Community Engagement” will spend over one week on our island, and any event associated with this course is also open to all islanders. We’ll post schedule specifics on island bulletin boards and online, but to give you a taste of the feast: John Maddaus of UM’s lecture and discussion on diversity and cultural identity with readings from Kate Webber’s “Swan’s Island Chronicles;” a lecture by Caroline Moore on Island Institute initiatives/aquaculture; an astronomy lecture by Justin Dimmel of UM; a musical performance by our own Marshall and Shepard Walker; mask-making of your own face with Courtney Eastman; “Ekphrastic Poetry” reading by Gary Rainford (Thursday, May 26, 6:30 p.m. at the library); a lecture by Mary Ellin Logue, chair of the Department of Teacher and Counselor Education at UM; and adventure therapy activities with Don Lynch of Unity College.

Congratulations to Jud Cease and his fiancée, Stephanie Brown, who each graduated from the University of Southern Maine this past weekend.

Douglas Cornman informs us, “Sunbeam will be bringing Planet Pan Steel Drum band to Quarry Wharf for a free island concert on Saturday, May 21, at 6 p.m. Bring along a chair and a picnic dinner, and I can guarantee you a fantastic evening of great music and fun! Spontaneous dancing is allowed and encouraged! Call me with any questions or thoughts at 479-0707. I look forward to seeing you soon.”

Clay Savage invites us to follow the concert on May 21 with a free movie at the Methodist church. “We will be showing the great classic movie ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ from the wonderful children’s fantasy written by C.S. Lewis. This is one of the all-time hits and is a movie for the entire family. The refreshments are free, and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m.”

Happy birthday to Chelsea Tripler. Anniversary blessings to Lester and Nevora Stanley and Jerry and Barbara Tozier Matthews.

Kimberly Haller

Kimberly Haller

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