PLEASE NOTE: ALL EVENTS ARE BEING HELD ON ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
all events at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted
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.
June 30: Mike Taylor
Talk focusing on The Secret Galaxy
Mike Taylor’s landscape astrophotography and nature images and articles have been featured on NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day, The Huffington Post, The Weather Channel, NBC News, Viral Nova, Discovery.com, Down East Magazine, and multiple other science websites. Taylor is a contributing member of the International Dark-Sky Association and has been working in conjunction with their organization to help raise public awareness of artificial light pollution and its negative effects on human health, wildlife, safety and energy waste.
July 28: Dave Patterson
Talk focusing on Soon the Light Will Be Perfect
WINTHROP COMMUNITY READ
A graduate of St. Michael’s College, Dave Patterson holds an MA from the Bread Loaf School of English and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. While at Bread Loaf, Patterson won the Freeman Short Fiction contest. His work has appeared in Slice Magazine, Salon, Hot Metal Bridge, The Drunken Odyssey, Storyacious, Clare Literary Journal, The Apple Valley Review, and Blinders Literary Journal among other journals. He was a finalist for a 2019 Maine Literary Award. Patterson is represented by Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Hoffmann & Associates.
August 25: Roger Guay
Talk focusing on A Good Man with a Dog: A Retired Game Warden’s 25 Years in the Maine Woods
Guay takes readers into the patient, watchful world of a warden catching poachers and protecting pristine wilderness, and the sometimes CSI-like reconstruction of deer- and moose-poaching scenes. Guay searches for lost hunters and hikers, estimating that over the years, he has pulled more than two hundred bodies out of Maine’s north woods. His frequent companion is a little brown lab named Reba, who can find discarded weapons, ejected shells, hidden fish, and missing people. Roger Guay served with the Maine Warden Service from 1986 until his retirement in 2010. He is a K9 master trainer, a certified K9 handler, and certified in cadaver and explosives searches. In addition to decades of search and rescue experience, he has extensive experience in missing persons/homicide searches and body recovery. Guay has received numerous commendations from the warden service; the Maine House of Representatives; the Maine State Police; the Miramichi, New Brunswick, police; and the USPCA. Guay lives in Guilford, Maine.
September 22: Scott Douglas
Talk focusing on Running Is My Therapy: Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Fight Depression, and Live Happier
With a mix of distilled research, runners’ stories, expert insight, and autobiographical anecdote, “Running Is My Therapy” describes how and why millions of people use running to help manage their mental health. The book explains how running can be either an effective stand-alone treatment for many cases of depression and anxiety, or how running can be combined with other forms of treatment for even greater benefit. Scott Douglas has run more than 110,000 miles since starting in 1979. He is a contributing editor for Runner’s World and author of several books. In addition to “Running Is My Therapy,” his titles include “Advanced Marathoning,” “The Little Red Book of Running,” and “Meb for Mortals,” which was written with Boston and New York City Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi. Scott and his wife, photographer Stacey Cramp, live in South Portland.
October 27: Kim Millick
Talk focusing on Rookie Warden
As one of the first women wardens in the United States, Kim Millick pinched poachers and violators without the use of a gun. Getting a Masters Degree in forestry, she was hired to manage timberland in Maine’s North Woods. She uses those experiences as a backdrop for her writing.
November 17: Steve Brooke
Cobbosseecontee: On the Edge of Restoration
Dammed at its head of tide in 1761, Cobboseecontee Stream is the largest coastal watershed in Maine after Presumpscot River/Sebago Lake and is still impassible to native migratory fish. A tributary of the Kennebec River and upper Merrymeeting Bay, the Cobboseecontee watershed includes the communities of Gardiner, West Gardiner, Litchfield, Richmond, Winthrop, Manchester, Monmouth, Readfield and Hallowell. It contains 20 square miles of lakes and ponds, the largest being Cobboseecontee, Maranacook and Annabessacook. Those who attend will learn the history of the waterway and what is happening today to secure fish passage for its watershed. Steve Brooke served as project coordinator of the Kennebec Coalition during the decommissioning and removal of the Edwards Dam in Augusta on the Kennebec River. After retiring from the State Planning Office, he started working with Upstream, a Gardiner nonprofit working to return river herring to the Cobbossee watershed.
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.