Now in its eleventh summer, the Atlantic Music Festival brings rising young musicians, many in their twenties, to Colby College for four weeks of private lessons, master classes, rehearsals, and performances. From July 15 to 27, the festival's roughly 140 students, 40 fellows, and 50 faculty will give free performances nearly every evening and some afternoons as well. For a complete schedule, visit www.atlanticmusicfestival.org.
When the famed and acclaimed of international films are celebrated in Waterville during the Maine International Film Festival each summer, a few gems of state and local subjects, significance and filmmaking are among them. This year, one of those unique films is a tribute to exceptional native Mainer John Willey, poet, woodworker and boatbuilder documented by longtime summer resident, filmmaker Lauren Shaw.
Jim Haskell is another Maine author who kept me turning the pages! Yes, in only two days I read Two Tents: Twenty-one Years of Discovery on the Appalachian Trail. Read to find out how he earned his trail nickname "Two Tents" as a section-hiker and not a through hiker on the great Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. As a slow reader, I feel very accomplished in completing this Belgrade library book so quickly.
The Luckiest Boy
It was four months after my eighth birthday in July of 1955. Lee asked me if I'd like to go out fishing the next day with Elmer and him. He said he'd been watching me catch perch in the stream as well as off the bridge and figured it was about time I moved up and learned how to troll out in the lake. In those days the lake was stocked yearly with trout and salmon and a good number of them had grown to several pounds.
Last week included the 49th annual meeting of the Maine Lakes Society, on whose board I served from 2008-2019. We held our meeting at University of Maine at Farmington and had some excellent presentations focused on new technologies for monitoring Maine's lakes and ways lake associations can better motivate their members, legislators, and local communities to protect these valuable public resources.