Author Jim Haskel will be at the Golden Harvest Grange to give a presentation on his adventures of hiking the Appalachian Trail on Thursday, July 28th at 6 PM. He will read and autograph copies of his book, “Two-Tents: Twenty-one Years of Discovery on the Appalachian Trail.” Haskel graduated from Hermon High School in 1978, section hiked all 2,200 miles of America’s most famous footpath from 1990 to 2010. The book depicts how Haskell’s childhood fantasy evolved into an achievement for his lifetime and his self-discovery as a husband, father, and man during his tow decades on the trail. It includes stories about the diverse people and places he encountered as well as a generous helping of the trail’s nearly 100 year history.
A portion of the proceeds from books that he sells will benefit the Simpson Memorial Library. The Grange is located at 928 Main Road in Carmel. For more information visit or contact 207-848-7145.
Author, Jim Haskel to give book presentation at the Golden Harvest Grange.
The Newport Cultural Center (NCC) would like to announce the following upcoming programs: Fairy Workshop - Tuesday, July 19th at 10 AM. Come meet Maine author Liza Gardner, author or the newly released, Fairy Houses All Year. Liza will assist children in making their own fairy houses and special fairy accessories. This program is sponsored by Masonic Charitable Foundation Grant; Annegret Baier, percussionist - Wednesday, July 20th at 10 AM. Annegret Baier is a German-born percussionist specializing in West African hand drumming. She will be performing on a variety of traditional hand drums and percussion instruments from West Africa, and invite children to actively participate through singing, clapping, and dancing.  This program is sponsored by Vic Firth of Newport; Mad Science of Maine: Olympic Madness - Thursday, July 21st at 9:30 AM. In this interactive show participants will explore the fundamentals of the science of sports. The program will by lighting the Mad Science Olympic torch with a combustion reaction and make colored flames that show national pride. This program is recommended for children ages 4 to 12. This program is sponsored by Masonic Charitable Foundation Grant; Musician and Storyteller, Jennifer Armstrong - Thursday, July 21st at 6 PM. She will be sharing songs and stories from around the world. Keep in mind, this is an evening program; and Teddy Bear Storytime - Friday, July 22nd at 10 AM. Teddy bear storytime will begin with Teddy Bear in the Park. Join the group at the Riverwalk Park to read some teddy stories, make a teddy craft, and enjoy a “beary” special snack. Bring your favorite teddy and a comfy blanket to spread on the grass.
Due to the overwhelming response to the summer programs it is required that participants pre-register for the following programs: Mad Science of Maine, Thursday, July 21st at 9:30 AM and Wildlife Encounters, Thursday July 28th at 10 AM. Contact the Newport Cultural Center at 368-5074 to register. These programs have limited space available. The NCC is located at 154 Main Street in Newport.
Local illustrator and author Russ Cox will be presenting two “Ready, Set, Draw” drawing workshops at the Pittsfield Public Library. The first workshop will be held on Thursday, July 21st at 10:30 AM. Russ will work with children up to age 7 on creative artwork. Then the second workshop will be held on Thursday, July 28th at 10:30 AM. Older children ages 8 and older will create one-of-a kind illustrated stories. Russ Cox wrote and illustrated “Faraway Friends” and has illustrated many books for other authors. The library is located at 110 Library Street in Pittsfield. For more information, contact the library at 487-5880.
Monson Public Library will host a book talk by Lauri Anderson on Saturday, July 30th at 7 PM. Mr. Anderson is a Monson native who has lived on Michigan's Upper Peninsula for many years. He is a professor at Finlandia College and has written a number of books which feature Finnish-American characters. The library is located at 2 High Street in Monson.
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