Potluck & Peaceful Beginnings will be celebrating its 15th year in 2012. The popular first-day-of-the-year community celebration, featuring poetry, puppets, music, food and crafts for all ages will again take place at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 1. Over 200 people attended last year, enjoying the array of fun activities.
Local musicians of all ages will perform madrigals, folk songs, gypsy music and classical arrangements for violin and cello. The traditional public Round Sing will close the afternoon. Rosie Benson and friends will oversee bookmaking in the computer room off the main lobby. There will be opportunities to write and read haikus.
Puppets and craft activities are an important part of Peaceful Beginnings. Melissa Glendenning will perform a puppetshow featuring magical handmade puppets in the children’s library. Ed Cote Small will bring puppets and perform as well. Between puppetshows, there will be ongoing gnome and duct tape wallet crafting in the children’s library. Alexsandra Tomasulo, a Walpole potter, will host the clay table. Over the course of the afternoon, area poets will read selected works in the Porter auditorium of the library.
Everyone is encouraged to bring food for the informal potluck. We hope to see you all on New Years Day–invite your friends! For more information, call Jenny Begin at 563-3781.
Read the New York Times Editorial
Citizens Offering New Alternatives (CONA), a midcoast non-profit organization that works to address evolving issues of peace and social justice, strongly protests the decision by Maine Governor Paul LePage to remove a 36-foot-wide mural in the state’s Department of Labor building in Augusta.
In 2007 The Maine Arts Commission selected, through a competition, artist Judy Taylor to produce art work for the new building’s lobby. In 2008 the mural Taylor created was affixed to the wall. It has 11 panels depicting scenes of Maine workers from the colonial era to the present, including a panel showing Maine’s Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in a cabinet position — from 1933 to 1945 as Secretary of Labor in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration. She was the person behind the passage of Social Security legislation, and many other work-place laws that today benefit all Americans.
Governor LePage says he is looking for another venue for the mural, but CONA believes the Department of Labor is just the right place — the place for which the work was specifically commissioned –and that’s where it should stay. The mural is not a political statement, but rather a depiction of highlights from the history of Maine workers. Also, why incur the cost of removing it, and replacing it with something else at a time of economic budget cutting measures? LePage’s decision makes no sense — and we urge him to reconsider his position.
The board of Citizens Offering New Alternatives (CONA)
Wendy Ross Eichler
George V. Van Deventer