all events at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted
August 27: Laurie Apgar Chandler
Talk focusing on: Upwards: The Story of the First Woman to Solo Thru-Paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
In the summer of 2015, at age 53, Laurie Apgar Chandler became the first woman to solo thru-paddle New England’s 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Her memoir “Upwards” provides one of the most comprehensive looks yet at the NFCT, the country’s longest mapped inland paddling trail. Her story of achieving an improbable dream combines inspiration with a down-to-earth account of the joys and challenges, nature and people of this historic route. Chandler holds degrees in biology and forestry and worked for many years as a research forester. She is the author of numerous scientific publications. She lives year-round in Maine, sharing her parents’ log cabin in Bremen, and enjoys swimming, canoeing, hiking, and snowshoeing.
September 24: The Beet Poets (Poetry & Live Music)
The Beet Poets present an evening of poetry, storytelling and music at the Bailey Library.
The Beet Poets are friends and neighbors Claire Hersom, David Moreau, Jay Franzel, Stan Davis and Brian Kavanah. Hersom, Moreau and Franzel will be reading their poetry, followed by Davis and Kavanah performing a story accompanied with music. Hersom lives in Winthrop and serves on the Board of Directors for Maine Equal Justice Partners; Moreau’s poetry has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac produced by American Public Media, and lives in Wayne; Franzel is a New York City native who teaches in Winthrop and lives in Wayne, and recently received a grant from the Maine Arts Commission for a poetry manuscript in progress; Davis is a musician and storyteller from Wayne, who recently retired as a family therapist and school counselor and continues to speak all over the world about bullying prevention; Kavanah, from Readfield, also performs with Davis as one half of the popular duo “Hurry Down Sunshine.”
October 29: Joan Dempsey
Talk focusing on: This Is How It Begins
Joan Dempsey received her MFA degree and teaching certificate in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She was the recipient of a research grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation for her work on “This Is How It Begins,” a grant that took her to Warsaw and Washington, D.C. to study in the archives at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her writing has been published in “The Adirondack Review,” “Alligator Juniper,” “Obsidian,” and “Plenitude Magazine,” and aired on National Public Radio. She lives in Maine with her partner and their family of animals.
December 7: 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.
To celebrate 10 years of Bailey Library’s Lakes Region Forum the library will host a “Play Outside” themed speaker series in 2020. Speakers and dates TBA soon!