Community Briefings September 1 – Knox County VillageSoup


Two Centuries of Shipbuilding in Maine

The Rockport Public Library will host Nathan Lipfert on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. as he discusses the history of Maine shipyards and shipbuilders and the ships they built, focusing on the 200 years since the creation of the state. His presentation will be based on his research for his recent book, “Two Centuries of Maine Shipbuilding: A Visual History”. Lipfert worked at the Maine Maritime Museum from 1971 to 2017 in various curatorial capacities, and his current title is curator emeritus. This is an in-person event, free and open to everyone. Call the library at 236-3642 or stop by for any questions.

Merryspring will host a wild mushroom workshop

Local mushroom expert Greg Marley will lead a two-day workshop on identifying and finding wild mushrooms online and outdoors at the Merryspring Nature Center. The two-day course will begin on Zoom Sept. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed Sept. 17 by a 3-hour mushroom walk at the Merryspring Nature Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants are encouraged to bring fresh examples of mushrooms from their own region (in a paper bag or wrapped in a paper towel). No prior mushrooming experience is necessary. The documents will be provided as a digital download. The cost of this program is $60 for the two-day session, with a discounted rate of $90 for couples living in the same household. Guests should be prepared to walk on uneven terrain for up to three hours during the outdoor portion of this workshop. Participants can register by contacting Merryspring at 236-2239 or [email protected] Space is limited, pre-registration required.

Merryspring offers a presentation on the native mammals of Maine

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Education and Outreach Supervisor Laura Craver-Rogers will lead a program on Maine Mammal Adaptations on Tuesday, September 13 at noon. The program will explore how Maine’s mammal species each have their own role to fulfill in the wild, what characteristics make them so good at living through the seasons, their different habitats, and ways to identify some native species. Admission to this program is $5, with free entry for Merryspring members. For more information, contact [email protected] or call 236-2239.

Chalk the Walk “Back to School”

The public is invited to join the Rockport Public Library in decorating the sidewalk with what you love about school! This free event will take place on September 6 at 4 p.m. In case of rain, this program will be postponed to a date to be determined.

Maine Outdoor Film Festival Featured Tour

Camden Public Library and the City of Camden are hosting the Maine Outdoor Film Festival at the Camden Amphitheater on Thursday, September 1 from 7:45-10 p.m. for an evening of outdoor adventure and conservation films air. The event is free and open to the public. Bring a camping chair to sit comfortably. Visit to explore the collection of shorts to show.

Reading the explorations aloud: Pacific Rim Windjammers

In honor of Camden’s Windjammer Festival, on September 2-3, local comedian Joseph Coté will read aloud “Windjammers of the Pacific Rimby Jim Gibbs and Phillip Drucker, Friday, September 2, 11 a.m. to noon. The book explores the history of windjammers on the West Coast of America. New readings become available to view every Friday at 11 a.m. on the “videos” section of the Camden Public Library YouTube channel and Facebook page.

“Maine through my eyes” Fine Art Photography by Olga Merrill

During the month of September, Camden Public Library will host an exhibition of fine art photography by award-winning visual artist Olga Merrill. The exhibit will feature images of Maine – land and sea – created by Merrill over the past five years. Find more information at

Artist reception for Olga Merrill

The public is invited to visit the Picker Room at the Camden Public Library on Saturday, September 3 from 3-5 p.m. and meet award-winning Maine artist Olga Merrill. The show is an opportunity for the community to view a large collection of work by Merrill himself, who will feature dreamlike images of Maine – land and sea. Learn more at

Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble Concert

The Library welcomes the Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble back to the Camden Amphitheater for a free public concert, Sunday, September 4, from 3-4:30 p.m. The Rockland-based ensemble is made up of musicians from secondary age to retirees. This show is a family-friendly way to spend a Labor Day weekend afternoon outdoors. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Art and newspaper

Librarian Amy Hand facilitates creative art and journaling projects via email and the Zoom online meeting platform every Wednesday from 4-5 p.m. Email Amy at [email protected] to receive project ideas and a link to join the Zoom meeting.

Reading the explorations aloud: No camaraderie

Local comedian Joseph Coté will read aloud from Alice Elliot Dark’s novel “Fellowship Point” on Friday, September 9, from 11 a.m. to noon. The novel tells the story of a lifelong friendship between two very different women with shared histories and buried secrets, tested at the twilight of their lives, through the arc of the 20th century. New readings become available to view every Friday at 11 a.m. on the “videos” section of the Camden Public Library YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Yoga in the Camden Public Library Amphitheater

On Tuesday and Friday mornings, certified yoga teacher Denyse Robinson will offer a yoga class in the Camden Amphitheater from 9-10am. Classes are by donation. Suitable for all levels. Contact Robinson at 975-5325 or [email protected] for details.

Tai Chi in the Camden Public Library Amphitheater

Instructor Anna Dembska will lead tai chi classes for all levels on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., by donation. A portion of the donations collected will benefit the Camden Public Library. For more information and to register, email Anna at [email protected] Registration is strongly recommended in order to be contactable in the event of course cancellation.

Outdoor story time for preschoolers

Children’s Librarian Miss Amy hosts outdoor storytimes on the library grounds and in Harbor Park, specially themed for preschoolers on Thursday mornings, 10-11 a.m. The program will be moved indoors in case of rain. For more information, email Miss Amy: [email protected]

Afternoon of creative art for children

The Afternoons of Creative Art are back in person every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in September. This is an extracurricular activity for children who want to develop their artistic skills and experiment with new crafts. The projects are facilitated by children’s librarian Miss Amy. Call 236-3440 to register for September sessions.

Camden Free Historic Walking Tours

Meet at the Camden Public Library Kindergarten on Fridays from 4-5 p.m. to take a walking tour of several historic sites in Camden town center including the Camden Public Library grounds and the ‘amphitheater. Discover the people, places and industries that continue to make Camden a special destination. The tour ends at the Village Green. Free, donations accepted (for the benefit of the library). Suitable for all ages. Moderate amount of walking required.

Save time for babies with Miss Amy

Children’s Librarian Miss Amy hosts an outdoor story hour in the Camden Amphitheater on Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., specially themed for toddlers and babies. Time permits. For more information, email Miss Amy: [email protected]

Brain injury support group meeting.

This will be the group’s last meeting at the Camden Public Library on Wednesday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. The new ordinary meeting place will be at Union. The group welcomes survivors, family and friends of stroke survivors, or anyone facing a neurological challenge. Please call Carol at 273-2090 for more information.

Detective dogs in wildlife research and conservation

The Center for Wildlife Studies’ “Wild Maine” nature program series, in partnership with the Camden Public Library, continues Thursday, September 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with a presentation that will discuss how dogs sniff data. for biological research. The program will be offered in person in the library’s Picker Room to a limited audience and simulcast to remote audiences on Zoom. Email [email protected] to RSVP if you’d like to attend in person, or visit the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar on to sign up for a Zoom link to attend. For digital publishing, the Zoom registration link is

Knox County Retired Educators Reunion

Knox County Retired Educators will meet Wednesday, September 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Offshore Restaurant in Rockport on Route 1. If you are a retired person who worked at a job that helped school students to settle down, you have the right to join our group – bus driver, caretaker, secretary, support staff, teacher, administrator, coach – you name it. For more information, call 594-4397.

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