Sunday, April 30, 2017

"Grace Bailey" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Grace Bailey" by Doug Mills
The Grace Bailey at anchor of Castine Maine before the Great Schooner Race of 2011.

These photos are from the historical archives of the Maine Windjammer Project.
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Jenna Ortega Attends harper x Harper's BAZAAR May Issue Event

Los Angeles, California - Fourteen year old actress Jenna Ortega looking stunning wearing a white dress and gold heels attends harper x Harper's BAZAAR May Issue Event Hosted by The Stallone Sisters and Amanda Weiner Alagem at Mama Shelter Hollywood back on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Jenna Ortega Attends WE Day California 2017

Inglewood, California - Fourteen year old actress Jenna Ortega looking gorgeous wearing a plaid top, black skirt, tights and boots attends the We Day California 2017 to celebrate young people changing the world at The Forum on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.

"Arctic Explorer Bowdoin" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Arctic Explorer Bowdoin" by Doug Mills
Arctic explorer Bowdoin at the North End Shipyard in Rockland, Maine.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Grace VanderWaal Attends WE Day California 2017

Inglewood, California - Thirteen year old singer Grace VanderWaal looking delightful wearing a white, black top, black pants and tan heels attends the We Day California 2017 to celebrate young people changing the world at The Forum on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.

Laurie Hernandez Attends WE Day California 2017

Inglewood, California - Sixteen year old gymnast Laurie Hernandez looking wonderful wearing a gray top, black pants and black shoes attends the We Day California 2017 to celebrate young people changing the world at The Forum on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.

Sofia Carson Attends WE Day California 2017

Inglewood, California - Twenty four year old singer, actress Sofia Carson looking lovely wearing a multi-color skirt, white top and black heels attends the We Day California 2017 to celebrate young people changing the world at The Forum on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.

Spring Plant Sale Set For May 12-13, Merryspring

Camden/Rockport, Maine - Merryspring will hold its Spring Plant Sale on Friday, May 12 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Both days are open to the general public, but Merryspring members will receive a 10% discount on all plant purchases. .  Non-members can take advantage of that same discount by becoming members during the event.

Our 2017 plant sale will feature a diverse assortment of annual and perennial plants. We’ll also have a variety of vegetable seedlings from tomatoes to summer squash as well as the ever-popular Petunias for your gardens and flower pots.

Other flowers to be featured this year include classic Zinnias and Cosmos for home bouquets and Torch Tithonia, a favorite of the monarch butterfly.  Our selection of perennial herbs includes Anise Hyssop, Lavender, Sweetgrass and many more.  We will also be selling Merryspring's own Iris cultivar that maybe you've spotted in our circular garden bed as well as some Solomon's Seal for your shady garden borders.

An extra feature this year will be the sale of geraniums and New Guinea impatiens from The Green Thumb, with part of the proceeds going to Merryspring.  A 4.5-inch potted geranium (red, white or pink) is priced at $5.50; a 4-inch pot of New Guinea Impatiens (red, white, pink or purple) goes for $4.50.  These plants can even be pre-ordered for pickup at the Plant Sale by calling the Merryspring office (236-2239).

By purchasing your plants at Merryspring, you are helping to support the upkeep of our public gardens and continuation of our educational programming.

Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program or any others, please contact or call 207-236-2239.

Selena Gomez Attends WE Day California 2017

Inglewood, California - Twenty four year old singer, actress Selena Gomez looking fabulous wearing a white, blue top, pants and white heels attends the We Day California 2017 to celebrate young people changing the world at The Forum on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.

Gawler Sisters Coffeehouse, May 4

The Gawler Sisters are a fun-loving, folk-singing, fiddle-playing trio based in their native Maine. They will be coming to the Camden Public Library Coffeehouse on Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 pm. Tickets $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:30.

On banjo, fiddle and cello, Molly, Edith, and Elsie bring beautiful songs, tunes, and stories from their roots in the heart of Maine.

Their music feels cut directly from their homeland’s fields and forests, and though it is rooted in traditional “downeast” music, years of curiosity and travel into the world beyond have influenced their sense of musicianship. Their extensive collection of rollicking tunes in the Down-East, Franco-American and Scandinavian traditions is complemented by angelic three-part-harmony, gutsy worksongs, folk-blues, and amusing odes to everyday life. This music is part of their heritage as the three sisters were taught to play and sing by their Mom (Ellen Gawler, fiddler, and singer) and Dad (John Gawler, banjo player and songster.)

The Gawler’s unique arrangements are especially engaging and often go along with anecdotes of historical or humorous content, delivered in the stoic but friendly style of true New Englanders.
They are often joined by the rest of the family, their parents John and Ellen Gawler, and Edith’s husband Bennett Konesni to bring the full-fledged, rip-roaring, sky soaring tunes and songs to their performances.

With their infectious spirit and sparkling musicianship, the Gawlers have earned a beloved place in the delighted hearts of varied audiences across the Northeast. The folk music itself brings a sense of community and grassroots connection that is welcoming and from the heart.

Molly Gawler plays the fiddle and is particularly fond of breathing life into old traditional songs and tunes. She is a dancer who has toured the world with Pilobolus Dance Theater as the lead role in their show “Shadowland.” She studied ballet at Bossov Ballet Theater in Pittsfield Maine, contemporary dance at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College in New York and circus at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro Vermont.
Her roots belong to Maine, and she returned home to start growing the next phase her life with the birth of her own company, Droplet Dance – integrating live music and her solo dance work into performances dedicated to Water awareness. Currently, she is living with her husband, Lao Gillam, and dog, Acadia on their homestead in Monroe. She loves to tend to her small vegetable garden and sing to the kale and her chickens. Her artistry is interwoven as her passion is to dance with live music and inversely to incorporate dance into the music shows, delighting in the ways openness connects people heart to heart.

Edith Gawler fills in the Gawler ensemble with her rich low harmonies and her musicianship on banjo and fiddle.
She is an Architect, musician, and farmer. She works as an architectural designer at GO Logic, a design + build firm that creates carefully designed, highly energy-efficient buildings. She developed her architectural thesis at Syracuse University, which looked to draw on the principles of the local sustainable food movement as a model for a new architecture.
In 2008, she and Bennett Konesni met, and they’ve been playing music together ever since. As a duo, she and Bennett teach worksong workshops all over the Northeast, which seek to put the culture back into agriculture, and — as legions before them have done — find the joy to make hard labor feel more meaningful.

Elsie Gawler incorporates the cello into folk music with a range of chops, backup rhythms and innovative chord structures. Fiddle music is deeply embedded in her musical sensibilities, and she delivers lively jigs and reels with the cello as easily and solidly as she backs the band on the low end.
She’s also been known to pick up the banjo and fiddle from time to time to play an old favorite or spin out original song or tune. In addition to music making, Elsie lives an agrarian lifestyle in Belfast, Maine working as a cheesemaker at a local farm and feeding her artistic nature with visual and traditional arts.

Amphitheatre Clean-Up Day Rescheduled for May 6, Camden Public Library

Our Annual TLC DAY in the Amphitheatre and Harbor Park has been re-scheduled to Saturday, May 6, at 9:00 am. “Volunteers are needed!” says David Jackson, director of the library’s parks. “Bring rakes and other hand tools, and a good pair of work gloves, and be prepared to pitch in. We can spruce up the Park and Amphitheatre in no time.” Call Dave at the library at 236-3440 with any questions. The cleanup is scheduled for 9:00 am to noon.

The Zig-Zag Path of One Entrepreneur

Local author Charlie Masalin will be at the Camden Public Library on Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 pm to read from his new book, speak about his life and learnings, and sign copies of his book. Copies will be available for sale.

Charlie Masalin was raised in Camden in the 1940s. Leaving high school early to attend Naval Academy launched him into a self-described “zig-zag path” from lobsterman to Naval Engineer to blueberry and Christmas tree farmer. He earned a Masters in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from MIT and attended further graduate work at Harvard Business School. His new book, The Zig-Zag Path of One Entrepreneur describes his journey and what he has learned along the way. Masalin will read from his book, answer questions, and sign copies.

"Preparing Heritage" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Preparing Heritage" by Doug Mills
Preparing Heritage for haulout at North End Shipyard in Rockland, Maine.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Skylar Stecker Attends WE Day California 2017

Inglewood, California - Fifteen year old singer Skylar Stecker looking fantastic wearing a white, black stripped top, pink coat, blue denim jeans and heels attends the We Day California 2017 to celebrate young people changing the world at The Forum on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.

"Hauling Schooner Heritage" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Hauling Schooner Heritage" by Doug Mills
Hauling schooner Heritage at the historic North End Shipyard in Rockland, Maine.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trekkers 11th Grade College & Career Overnight at Camp Kieve

Trekkers, the Thomaston-based youth mentoring organization, completed an 11th grade College & Career overnight trek with Team North Face at Camp Kieve in March. Trekkers’ Senior Manager of Programs, Alaina Ennamorati, led her team of nine students on this short trek along with assistance from Program Manager Lindsey Evans and two adult leaders.

This overnight trek focused on a “career” component. Their first stop was a tour of The Shelter Institute in Woolwich, as several students in this class had listed carpentry or manual labor jobs as their career interest. The Shelter Institute teaches courses on how to build your own house and other types of building projects. The team then went to Camp Kieve, where they played Trekkers games, wrote in their journals about career paths, and prepped for the professional panel of speakers coming on Saturday.

On Saturday, Team North Face started the day touring the Darling Marine Center in Walpole.  Their tour guide, Charlie Walsh, talked about several projects he is working with graduate students in the University of Maine system, as well as the future of the fishing industry, describing ways lobstermen and fishermen can use their skills in various scientific jobs. This discussion was very helpful for many young men in the North Face team who grew up in fishing families and were seeking to explore that career as their main source of income or as side income in the future. The students and leaders then returned to Camp Kieve for their professional panel of speakers. Featured on the panel were the following: Audrey Ennamorati (Medomak Valley high school teacher); Erin Faye (Outdoor Sport Institute – gap year programming); Emily Carver (social work and counseling student at USM and former Trekker Program Manager); Coast Guard personnel, including C. LT. Zac Bender, Petty Officer Meghan Cahoon and Seaman Brian Burke; Kate Tagai (AmeriCorps and Peace Corps Alum); Tara Murray (PenBay nurse); and Jacque Letteney (Miles Hospital ultrasound and radiology technician). Students expressed that having a professional panel where they could not only learn about an individual’s career path journey, but also ask questions of the participants, was very beneficial in broadening their viewpoint and perspective on many career options.

As the students reflected on their College & Career overnight, one student shared that “I am relaxed and can help people with their energy levels and anxiety.”  Another student wrote, “That I have a lot more options than I originally thought.”

Trekkers is a non-profit, outdoor-based, six-year mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. This year, Trekkers will serve more than 200 students from the communities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston. For more information about Trekkers, please visit or contact the Trekkers office by calling 207-594-5095.


THOMASTON, Maine – Trekkers, the award-winning youth development program based in Thomaston, has announced the launch of the Trekkers Training Institute for Youth Development. The Institute will train youth development practitioners from across the state and beyond in Trekkers’ highly effective programming principles.

Trekkers is an outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people to caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. The organization’s unique, relationship-focused mentoring model follows young people over the course of a six-year period that begins in 7th grade and culminates when they graduate high school in 12th grade.

“Over the years, we have received numerous requests from communities, organizations and youth development practitioners, both in and out of Maine, who are interested in learning more about our six-year mentoring model and its emphasis on the power of relationship building to change lives” said Trekkers Executive Director, Amie Hutchison  “The development of the Training Institute will fulfill our long-standing goal to impact more young people by extending the reach of the Trekkers model beyond our base in mid-coast Maine.”

The Trekkers program serves approximately 200 students from six communities in mid-coast Maine and engages upwards of 250 community volunteers who contribute around 10,000 hours to the organization each year. Trekkers’ students graduate high school at a rate nearly 10% higher than their peers and go on to post-secondary education at a rate of 17% higher than their peers at the same high school, and 13% higher than their peers across the state of Maine. The program typically achieves an 85% retention rate for students who join in 7th grade and stay with the program until they graduate high school. Over the course its 23 years, Trekkers has graduated hundreds of students from the program, many of whom return to support the organization as volunteers, board members or donors.

The Trekkers Institute is being funded as part of the Aspirations Incubator Program, a larger effort by the Portland-based Emanuel & Pauline A. Lerner Foundation, aimed at raising and sustaining the aspirations of middle school and high school students in rural Maine communities and small cities.

The Lerner Foundation recently announced the names of eight Maine youth-serving organizations that will participate as partners in the Aspirations Incubator Program (AIP) for the next six years. The Trekkers Institute will provide the leadership development component of the AIP initiative. Each of the eight AIP partners will incorporate the principles developed by Trekkers into its own youth program design, and will seek to reproduce the successes that Trekkers has achieved.

“The Lerner Foundation believes that the program principles and practices developed by Trekkers, which the Foundation has supported for several years, comprise a model that can be adapted in many Maine communities to achieve similarly positive outcomes,” shared the Foundation’s Executive Director, Erin Cinelli.

This summer the Training Institute will pilot a three-month, immersive training experience focused on its 10 Youth Programming Principles at Trekkers’ headquarters in Thomaston, Maine. The Lerner Foundation’s AIP partners will get to see the 10 Principles in action, and consider how to incorporate or adapt them into their own programming and activities. Starting in 2018, the Trekkers Institute will open its training opportunities to other practitioners in the fields of youth development, mentoring, and education.

While concurrently launching the Trekkers Training Institute, Trekkers will continue fulfilling their mission to young people growing up in the six towns that make up their local service territory and Trekkers’ former Program Director, Meredith Lynt, will direct the overall leadership and curriculum delivery for the Institute. According to Amie Hutchison, Executive Director at Trekkers, “Meredith Lynt brings a wealth of experience on Trekkers’ model and youth development.  We are thrilled to have her at the helm of the Institute.”

Lynt describes, “The success of Trekkers programming is anchored by a razor-sharp emphasis on leveraging long-term, intentional relationships. Relationships are the catalyst for raising aspirations, broadening perspectives and expanding opportunities for youth.” Lynt further explains what differentiates Trekkers from similar programs by adding, “while our program staff have to be adept at leading expeditions, they have to be absolutely passionate about developing relationships that inspire young people to be the best versions of themselves. The launch of the Trekkers Institute provides us with an extraordinary opportunity to transform more communities into places where young people can thrive while still fulfilling our obligation to serve our local community.”

With additional support through the Lerner Foundation’s incubator program, Trekkers will participate in an independent evaluation with the Data Innovation Project (DIP), housed at the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the University of Southern Maine, to evaluate the impact of their 10 Youth Programming Principles. DIP will also evaluate the effectiveness of the Trekkers Institute’s role in the Lerner Foundation’s incubator program over the course of the six-year initiative.

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Rose Williams Attends Premiere Of Starz's 'American Gods'

Hollywood, California - Twenty three year old actress Rose Williams looking fantastic wearing a white top, black pants and heels attends the premiere of Starz's 'American Gods' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome back on Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

Luna Blaise Attends Keep It Clean Live Comedy Benefit For Waterkeeper

Los Angeles, California - Fifteen year old actress Luna Blaise looking fabulous wearing a red top, pink pants and black heel attends Keep it Clean Live Comedy Benefit for Waterkeeper Alliance at Avalon Hollywood on April 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Jenna Ortega Attends Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2.'

Hollywood, California - Fourteen year old actress Jenna Ortega looking simply gorgeous wearing a purple, pink dress and silver heels attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2' at the Dolby Theatre back on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

"Tall Ship Heritage" The Maine Windjammer Project

"Tall Ship Heritage" by Doug Mills
Tall ship Heritage at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse in Rockland, Maine.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Taylor Hatala Attends 9th Annual Shorty Awards

New York City, New York - Thirteen year old dancer Taylor Hatala looking simply beautiful wearing a multi-color dress and black heels attends the 9th Annual Shorty Awards at PlayStation Theater on Sunday, April 23, 2017 in New York City.