Books in Boothbay 2022

Meet and greet two Maine Literary Award winners at this year’s Books in Boothbay! It is the largest single-day annual literary event in Maine. This free, family-friendly fair brings together Maine authors and book lovers of all ages for an annual celebration at the Boothbay Harbor Railway Village Museum. With an ever-changing lineup of more than 40 writers spanning all genres, authors showcase their most recent publications, meet fans, and sign books. Proceeds from on-site book sales are shared between Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library and the Boothbay Harbor Railway Village Museum.


Secret Gardens of Kennebunkport

We are very pleased to announce that Graves Library’s Secret Gardens of Kennebunkport will be held again on Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (rain or shine). Six homeowners have agreed to open their private gardens for this one day only to help raise money for the Library. Tickets are $40 each and they can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite via the link above or at the Library at 18 Maine Street. On the day of the event, ticket holders should begin at Kennebunkport Consolidated School at 25 School Street to pick up their map. Day-of tickets will only be available for sale at Consolidated School.

A detailed map will be provided on the day of the tours to all ticket holders to reveal the secret locations of the six participating properties. Visitors will be treated to a wide variety of garden styles and plant types amid lovely natural settings hidden from view behind stone walls, seaside cottages, and privacy hedges. The magical garden settings include an abandoned granite quarry, a historic riverfront home, a wooded wonderland, and yards with sweeping ocean and harbor views.

This year, gardeners will especially appreciate the option to stop at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust annual plant sale at 57 Gravelly Brook Road- perfect for shopping, grabbing lunch from Beach Dawgs, and dessert from Gemini Cakes! Additionally, tour goers are encouraged to avoid the parking crush by visiting the gardens on the trolley that will be looping past the stops to drop off and pick up visitors.

All proceeds for this event benefit the Graves Memorial Public Library. Please call us with any questions. (207) 967-2778.

We are very grateful to our Premier Sponsor, Kennebunk Savings Bank!

Additional sponsors are:

Proscape IrrigationSpang BuildersChez RosaFarm + TableHazelwood HandymanHuston & Co.Terrapin LandscapesDock Square EmporiumFleurantJAK DesignsRococo Ice CreamSchlegel RealtySmith & Company RealtyIn Town Trolley

Thank you for your support!

We also thank our food vendors, Beach Dawgs and Gemini Cakes, for participating in the fun!



The Center for Grieving Children 35th Anniversary Soiree at Vinegar Hill

Join us for a night of music, conversation, and community!

We are thrilled to once again have the opportunity to gather close friends and supporters of the Center for an evening of live music, conversation, and community! This summer, on July 19th, we invite you to join us at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre as we celebrate 35 years of the Center’s love and support for grieving families throughout Maine.

Event Program

·         Cocktail hour: 6 – 7pm

·         Program: 7 – 7:15pm

·         Live music & dancing: 7:15 – 9:00pm

As we kick off our anniversary year, we are so grateful to all of you in our community who have stood by the Center and continued to support our work, ensuring that children and families have a safe, loving place to grieve together and grow in hope and resiliency.


Camden Garden Club’s 74th Annual Garden Tour

The Camden Garden Club’s 74th Annual Garden Tour will be held July 21, 2022 from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. This year, this major fundraising event will include several special activities throughout the day, including plein aire artist Holly Smith, who will be in one of the gardens to paint a scene that will be raffled off at the end of the day.

The funds raised by the annual Tour supports the Club’s mission to provide public gardens, horticultural programming and educational scholarships.  The Tour is always held on the third Thursday in July.



Portland Chamber Music Festival: Annual Benefit

PCMF’s 29th summer season launches with a fabulous fundraiser at Cove Street Arts, East Bayside’s multimedia gallery complex celebrating Maine-made fine art. Among gorgeous seascapes and works by contemporary masters, bid on exclusive silent auction items and enjoy performances from members of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. Join with fellow music lovers and help support world-class chamber music performances in our community.

08/9/22 to 08/19/22


Attend all four Salt Bay Chamberfest’s 2022 Festival Illuminations concerts at the Lincoln Theater in Darmariscotta.

Tuesday, August 9 at 7:30 pm
Friday, August 12 at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 16 at 7:30 pm
Friday, August 19 at 7:30 pm

For more information on the individual concerts, visit

All four concert subscription $140

Single Concert Ticket / General Admission $40

SBC Supporters and Lincoln Theater Members $38

Students Free

(All ticket levels include admission to concert and pre-concert lecture starting at 6:30 pm)

*COVID-19 precautions at all indoor events: masks are required, plus proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.*


Portland Chamber Music Festival: ECCO Dreams

Welcome to the 2022 summer season! Luxuriate in the East Coast Chamber Orchestra’s glorious sound-world with Strauss’s lovely String Sextet from Capriccio, three poignant pieces by Clara Schumann, and a kaleidoscopic work by Michi Wiancko that celebrates the vitality and resilience of the natural world, performed by the ensemble-within-an-ensemble Jupiter String Quartet. Finally, Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” a pillar of the chamber music repertoire, builds a dialogue between sinister, subversive power and a dreamy, expressive lyricism in Mahler’s arrangement for string orchestra.


Portland Chamber Music Festival: ECCO Dances

The original source of Schubert’s fun-loving ‘Trout’ quintet was a song warning young women against being ‘caught’ by ‘angling’ men, but for the piano quintet version he concentrates on the colorful imagery of a trout in its natural habitat. Jessie Montgomery’s Banner “daringly transforms the [national] anthem, folding it into a teeming score…to create a musical melting pot” (New York Times), and features the ensemble-within-an-ensemble Jupiter String Quartet. The East Coast Chamber Orchestra brings its residency to a high-spirited finale with Tchaikovsky’s heartfelt Serenade for Strings, one of the most definitive and popular works from the late Romantic era, infused with grace, exuberance, and sheer joy.


Portland Chamber Music Festival: Reflections

A gentle serenity and sublime slowness infuses a single-movement nocturne by Schubert; the calm before the storm which is Schoenberg’s “stand against tyranny” for piano, reciter, and string quartet. Ode to Napoleon, based on a poem by Lord Byron, references “La Marseillaise” (France’s national anthem) and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony to yield a forcefully dramatic expression of resistance in the World War II era. The evening comes to a glorious close with the absolutely gorgeous clarinet quintet by Brahms, one of his final works, written during an unexpected re-emergence from retirement inspired by hearing the virtuoso clarinetist, Richard Mühlfeld.


Portland Chamber Music Festival Presents: Time For Three

Bonded by an uncommon blend of instruments and vocals, Charles Yang (violin), Nick Kendall (violin), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass), have found a unique voice of expression. To experience Time For Three live is to hear the various eras, styles, and traditions of Western music fold in on themselves and emerge anew. The Portland Chamber Music Festival is thrilled to present Time For Three in their solo Portland debut performance.

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