all events at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted
February 25: Chloë Rowse
Talk focusing on solo thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail
Artist, teacher, athlete, hiker and world traveler, Rowse has been working with children and adults since 2006. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder, licensed Maine Recreational Guide, and Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard. Rowse, who solo thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, coaches coed Ultimate Frisbee and runs several youth Frisbee camps. In 2015, she played on the US Women’s National Team at the World Ultimate Frisbee Championships. Rowse graduated from Maine Coast Waldorf School, Waynflete High School and Colorado College, where she double majored in Education and Studio Art. She has studied German, French, and Italian. She also studied Dutch while living in the Netherlands. When Rowse was 12 years old, she went on her first solo trip to Europe, visiting a pen pal in Germany. She spent two months in India on a Venture Grant from Colorado College, a semester in Italy studying art history and Italian, and traveled to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.
March 24: Greg Westrich
Talk focusing on Hiking Maine
Greg Westrich is the author of five Maine hiking guides published by Falcon and is currently working on several others. Also, in 2019 he published Hiking New Hampshire. Since 2013, he’s mapped more than 700 hikes in Maine and 110 in New Hampshire. Greg has also published more than fifty articles and stories in newspapers, anthologies, and magazines, including Canoe & Kayak, Birding Watching, and Down East. He’s written about everything from backyard mushrooms to wedding traditions in Aroostook county. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program. Greg teaches writing and literature at Husson University and Eastern Maine Community College. Greg’s also worked as a carpenter, sous chef, newspaper carrier, fence installer, stay-at-home parent, children’s educational book editor, bookstore manager, and warehouse supervisor in an Alaskan salmon cannery. He spends way too much time thinking about the “nature writing problem.” He lives in Glenburn, Maine with his wife Ann, their two children Emma and Henry, and too many pets. He was born in Cincinnati and has visited 49 state and most Canadian provinces. Maine is his favorite place, which is why he’s lived there for twenty three years.
April 28: Kevin Gardner
Talk focusing on Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls
Kevin Gardner is a writer, teacher, tradesman, and a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, NH. He has been a stone wall builder for forty years, and is the author of “The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls,” as well as poetry, songs, and essays. For 25 years, Kevin was an award-winning performance critic, feature writer, and producer for NH Public Radio. He’s also a longtime professional actor, director and teacher of theatre. He is a regular Guest Director at Plymouth State University, and has been a performance evaluator for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. He has taught at the New Hampton School, the NH Institute of Art, and at St. Paul’s School’s summer Advanced Studies Program.
May 26: Earl Brechlin
Talk focusing on Return to Moose River
Earl Brechlin has been writing and taking photographs on Mount Desert Island and in Maine as a journalist for more than 35 years. A Registered Maine Guide, and author of four Maine and New England history books based on antique postcards, as well as field guides to Maine and MDI. Born in Meriden, Connecticut, Brechlin returned to his family’s ancestral roots when he returned to Maine to live after high school. After getting degrees in Forestry and Soil and Water Science from the University of Maine, Earl moved to Bar Harbor and worked as a gardener on a large summer estate. He later worked his way up from print shop to become Editor of the Bar Harbor Times. Currently he is Communications Director for Friends of Acadia, an organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Acadia National Park and the quality of life in the surrounding communities. He lives surrounded by Acadia National Park with his wife Roxie, a retired kindergarten teacher. Seasonally they operate a vacation rental cabin, The Carriage House Cottage.
December 5: Winthrop Handbell Ringers | 1:30pm
The popular Winthrop Handbell Ringers will give a holiday themed concert in the King Event Room. The Handbell Ringers have performed together for over 25 years, and will perform a medley of holiday favorites.