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Downtown Brunswick Association helps carry the message, 'It's All here... All Year'

Downtown Brunswick Association helps carry the message, 'It's All here... All Year'
By Patrick Gabrion, Times Record Business Editor

BRUNSWICK — Downtown Brunswick. It’s lively, diverse and undergoing changes. One of the many organizations deeply involved and at the forefront in keeping the town pointed in the right direction is the Brunswick Downtown Association.

The Times Record recently chatted with Stephanie Slocum, the BDA’s executive director, to talk about the group’s mission, the town’s new branding campaign, the need for more retail locations, and what makes Brunswick’s downtown so special.

Q. Stephanie, first of all, give us a little background about yourself, such as where you grew up, went to school, etc. You told me that you have lived in many different parts of the country, but you are back in the Mid-coast region. Comparisons, thoughts?

A. I am proud to be a multi-generation Maine native, born in Bath and raised in Boothbay Harbor.

The Music Man Starring Peter Scolari to Open at the Ogunquit Playhouse July 20th!

The Music Man Starring Peter Scolari to Open at the Ogunquit Playhouse July 20th!

For Immediate Release:
July 9, 2011

The Music Man Starring Peter Scolari to Open at the Ogunquit Playhouse July 20th!

 

There’s Trouble in River City… Yes, the critically acclaimed Broadway classic, The Music Man marches onto the Ogunquit Playhouse stage July 20 through August 20. Starring Emmy Award winner Peter Scolari as Harold Hill, Meredith Willson’s all-American favorite follows the fast-talking traveling salesman as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a town band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef!

Artist John Swan's work on display at St Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence-Portland 7/12 4-6p

Artist John Swan's work on display at St Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence-Portland    7/12 4-6p

Renowned Portland artist John Swan's works are usually on display in galleries in various parts of the world.

Summer of Love starring Michele Lee at the Ogunquit Playhouse until July 16th!

Summer of Love starring Michele Lee  at the Ogunquit Playhouse until July 16th!

Be prepared for a head on collision between cultures when a conservative bride runs away from the altar and runs into a VW Bus full of hippies from Haight-Ashbury, in the East Coast premiere of Summer of Love, on stage June 22 to July 16 at the Ogunquit Playhouse. With a little help from the hippies and dropouts of San Francisco, she comes to realize she has to make her own kind of music! This new musical by Roger Bean showcases the powerful music of the late 1960s by some of the most influential artists of the love generation including The Mamas and the Papas, Donovan, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane, with songs that include: “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Get Together,” “Piece of My Heart,” “White Rabbit,” “Spinning Wheel,” “Happy Together” and many more! Take a trip down memory lane, remember your glory days and most of all enjoy the music!

The 2nd Annual Stiletto Challenge on May 19th at Dimillo's on the Water

The 2nd Annual Stiletto Challenge on May 19th at Dimillo's on the Water

On Thursday, May 19th at 5:30 PM Dimillo's on the Water/ Dimillo's Floating Marina in Portland will host the 2nd Annual Stiletto Challenge. This is a women's and men's [YES! Men's!] race whose proceeds benefit three charities; Lift Up Foundation, Susan G. Komen, and Flight PGLA. This event will feature three, 100-yard dashes [men, women and team relay (4 people)]. All races require a 3" stiletto heel, NO wedges, but buckles and straps are OK!

Beyond the obvious “bragging rights”, each winner will receive a fantastic prize package.

World-Class Knitter to Speak as part of Longfellow Days

World-Class Knitter to Speak as part of Longfellow Days

Maine Fiberarts Hosts Katharine Cobey

TOPSHAM, MAINE:  Maine Fiberarts presents a gallery talk and reception with sculptural knitter and author Katharine Cobey on Sunday, February 13 (snow date: Feb. 20). An open-house reception runs from 2-5 p.m.; Knitting Great Shapes gallery talk takes place from 2:30-3 at the Maine Fiberarts Gallery, 13 Main Street, Topsham. The event is free and open to the public.

The gallery talk with Katharine Cobey is part of the region's Longfellow Days, the annual celebration of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Katharine Cobey embodies this year's theme Longfellow and the Maine Crafts Tradition: Virtue, Independence, Equality given her distinction as a 2010 Maine Master Craft Artist.