The Golden Harvest Grange located on 928 Main Road in Carmel will be hosting Susan Poulin on Thursday, October 22nd at 6 PM. This event is sponsored by the Simpson Memorial Library.
Susan Poulin will be reading from and signing copies of her new self-help humor book, “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life,” (actually penned by Maine-based writer and performer Susan Poulin, the creative force behind the popular stage personality Ida LeClair).
Poulin’s character Ida, is a recently minted "Certified Maine Life Guide." Ida is a lifelong resident of fictional Mahoosuc Mills, an impossible-to-find, but oh-so-familiar town in Western Maine, where she lives in a tidy and tastefully decorated double-wide with high school sweetheart Charlie and adorable dog Scamp. Most importantly, Ida is a daughter, sister, wife, and best friend who draws upon her experiences (as well as those of the noble and majestic moose) to offer practical and hilarious advice on relationships, physical fitness, stress, housecleaning, work, shopping, fun, and more. If you are looking for impractical, woo-woo advice from a glammed-up, over-educated, fancy-schmancy life coach, just keep looking.
In her book, readers will find sections such as: What Did I Do Wrong to Deserve this Turkey Gobbler Neck?; How Many Points in Cabbage Soup?; Feng Shui-ing the Double Wide; Slaying Energy Vampires; and Spousal Deafness. This book is 100 percent Ida, who, as her husband Charlie often says, "just loves giving advice to people, whether they ask for it or not!"
“Finding Your Inner Moose” is part of a developing relationship between Poulin and Islandport. Poulin’s weekly “Just Ask Ida” humor blog and podcast is now produced for Islandport web sites, and Islandport will lend marketing support to Poulin’s shows and events, as well as for her social media sites.
Poulin, once selected by Portland Magazine as one of the “Ten Most Intriguing People In Maine,” created the character Ida LeClair in 1997. Poulin has been a leader in bringing a female voice to New England storytelling and humor, a genre historically dominated by men such as Bert and I and Tim Sample. Poulin has produced five stage shows featuring Ida: “Ida: Woman Who Runs with the Moose,” “Ida’s Havin’ a Yard Sale,” “A Very Ida Christmas,” “The Moose in Me, the Moose in You,” and her latest, “I Married an Alien.”
The Clinton Writing Circle will be held on Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30 PM at the Reading Room of the Brown Memorial Library in Clinton. During this meeting the group can decide on a permanent monthly meeting date and time. The writers group will gather to share ideas and suggestions, encourage each other through discussion and support, and participate in writing exercises designed to sharpen the perception. Whether induvials are a beginner or a published author, whatever your writing forte, bring ideas and writing challenges to this meeting of the minds.
There will be an open house at the Shaw Public Library to show off the new connector/corridor with the Vernon and Barbara Davis Shaw Public Library Annex on Friday, October 16th. The open house will be from 10 AM to 3 PM with light refreshements being served. The library is located on 9 Lily Bay Road in Greenville.
The Newport Cultural Center would like to announce the following up and coming events scheduled for the month of October.
Lego Club for ages 5 to 10 on Friday, October 16th from 4 to 5 PM. Attention all Lego fans. The club will supply the Legos, participants supply the ideas. Come along to this informal group to get creative and share skills. No registration required. Lego Club is held the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month.
The Newport Cultural Center invites the public to celebrate the season with their 5th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 17th from 11 AM to 1 PM. The festival will include an old fashioned apple cider demonstration, pumpkin and cookie decorating, face painting, and a maze/bounce house. The fair is free and open to the public, with the help of people like the Dann family, Burgess Family, Smith Family, Bradstreet Farms and the Sebasticook Valley Federal Credit Union.
Kids Knitting Club will be held every Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. Get help and learn some new techniques and make knitting fun. This club is open to all and anyone at any level is encouraged to join. Adult knitters will be on hand to offer advice and help anyone who would like to learn to knit.
Family Storytime and Pizza Party will be held on Friday, October 23rd at 6 PM. Children are welcome to come to the library to listen to some scary Halloween stories. The center will also have some not so spooky stories for younger children (recommended ages 3 to 5). After the reading, participate in making a take home Halloween craft and enjoy some frighteningly yummy pizza. Be prepared to have a spook-tacular time. This event has been sponsored by the Palmyra House of Pizza, Pizza Hut and Newport on the Run Shell Station.
The Newport Cultural Center is located at 154 Main Street in Newport. For questions or additional information contact the Cultural Center at 368-5074.
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