Archive for 2005

Small-business Consultants to Walk, Meet and Greet Eastport Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Contact: Louis Bassano, Extension Educator, (207) 255-3345 or (800) 287-1542

EASTPORT, ME.–On Dec. 13 the Down East

Micro-Enterprise Network, in conjunction with Eastport for Pride, will be

walking through downtown Eastport to support, meet and learn about Main

Street business owners and their operations.

Lora Whelan, director of Eastport for Pride, will lead the walk and

introduce Louis Bassano, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

educator; Extension Business Specialist Emeritus Lew Wyman; and Harold

Clossey, small business coordinator for the Down East Business Alliance of

the Washington Hancock Community Agency. The goal of these face-to-face

meetings is to acquaint downtown businesspeople with the resources and

services these business educators can offer to support them.

Eastport for Pride is part of the National Trust for Historic


Hutchinson Center Conference to Take Up Permaculture, Sustainability

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Contact: Hugh Curran, (207) 667-7170/581-2609; George Manlove, 581-3756

BELFAST — ESTIA, an international eco-peace community, will host its second annual eco-village conference on “permaculture” at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Friday, Dec. 2, from 1-6 p.m.

Permaculture involves the design and harmonious integration of landscapes and people in order to provide sustainability in food, energy and shelter. The conference will include teleconference links as well as talks, discussions and videos about the role of permaculture in eco-village design. Topics include designing homes for energy efficiency, water conservation, forest gardening and multi-storied orchards, composting and wastewater treatment, soil building and organic gardening, in addition to the role of permaculture as an integral aspect of eco-village education, according to Hugh Curran, adjunct professor of Peace Studies at UMaine, which is cosponsoring the conference with the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center. ESTIA is an acronym for European Solar Thermal Power Industry Association

Presenters are: Daniel Greenberg from Living Routes in Amherst, Mass.; Julia and Charles Yelton, former residents of Crystal Waters, a permaculture eco-village in Queensland, Australia, and designers of Humustacia Permaculture Gardens in Whitefield, Maine; and Richard Graves, chair of the Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council promoting leadership in energy and environmental design standards.

The cost of the conference is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis; only 132 seats are available. For registration information, please call 1-800-753-9044.

Native American Activist, Author Winona LaDuke to Deliver UMaine Schonberger Lecture Dec. 6

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Contact: Ann Schonberger, 581-1229; George Manlove, 581-3756

ORONO — Native American activist, environmentalist and author Winona LaDuke from the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota will be on the UMaine campus Dec. 6 to deliver two public presentations as the 2005 Howard Schonberger Peace and Social Justice Memorial Lecturer.

Both lectures are free, open to the public and handicap accessible.

LaDuke’s first talk, titled “Motherhood, Politics, and the Environment,” is scheduled from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union. The Schonberger Memorial Lecture takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Room 100 of the Donald P. Corbett Business Building.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch universities and two-time vice presidential candidate for the Green Party with Ralph Nader, in 1996 and 2000, LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. Her books include “Last Standing Woman,” fiction, “All Our Relations,” nonfiction, “In the Sugarbush,” children’s nonfiction, and “The Winona LaDuke Reader.” Her most recent publication, “Recovering the Sacred,” was released by South End Press this year. A reception and book-signing will follow the evening lecture at UMaine.

An enrolled member of the Mississippi Band of Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), LaDuke currently is program director of Honor the Earth, a Native American foundation working primarily on environmental and energy policy issues, and is the founding director of White Earth Land Recovery Project, the largest reservation-based non-profit organization in Minnesota. She has worked for two decades on the land issues of the White Earth Reservation, including litigation policy, and creation of a land trust.

The White Earth Land Recovery Project was partially funded by the Reebok Human Rights Award she received in 1989. LaDuke and the project recently received the International Slow Food Award from the Italian-based association that promotes food and wine culture and defends food and agricultural biodiversity worldwide for the project’s efforts to protect wild rice and local biodiversity. LaDuke also has received the Thomas Merton Award and was named one of “Time” magazine’s 50 most promising leaders under 40 in 1994, “Ms.” magazine’s Woman of the Year award in 1997 and the Global Green award among others.

LaDuke also is the parent of five children.

For more information about LaDuke’s lecture schedule or the Howard Schonberger Peace and Social Justice Memorial Lecturer, please call 581-1228.

Page Farm and Home Museum Plans Old-Time Holiday Celebration Dec. 2

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Contact: Patricia Henner, 581-4100, George Manlove, 581-3756

ORONO — For people who think the holiday season has become a little too commercial, Page Farm and Home Museum director Patricia Henner at the University of Maine says this year’s annual holiday party Dec. 2 is intended to bring back a little old-fashioned appreciation for hands-on creativity and celebration.

The public is invited to visit the farm and home museum on the Orono campus at 6:30 p.m. to trim the tree, sing carols and enjoy light refreshments as children make ornaments and tree decorations with popcorn, cranberries and string, among other materials.

The annual party has attracted as many as 200 people in past years, Henner says. “It’s always been a nice time for families to get together and have some fun,” she says. “Children have a grand time — they make ornaments, they trim the tree.”

The museum also is hosting two public wreath-making workshops, under the direction of Claire Ackeroyd, on Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, from 5:30-8 p.m. A $15 fee covers the lesson and cost of materials.

Also, from Nov. 29 through December, the Page Farm and Home Museum shop will feature holiday crafts, in addition to the regular inventory of home-made items that include Elm Street pottery by Sandy Houtman, Barbara Guidotti’s “Naturescan Artwork” greeting cards and framed art, hand-made candles, soaps and holiday wreaths, cooking aprons, old-fashioned wooden toys, clothing, hand-knit mittens and hats, all made by local artisans.
The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. The mention of this article entitles visitors a 10 percent discount, Henner says.

The Page Farm and Home Museum offers exhibits, tours, special events and information about agricultural and rural living in Maine between 1865 and 1940. Further information is available by calling (207) 581- 4100. The museum website, with museum hours, other events and a virtual tour, is at:

Benefit Bottle Drive at Sunday Hockey Game

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Contact: Joe Carr at 581-3571

ORONO — Thanks to the initiative of a UMaine student, Black Bear hockey fans will have the opportunity to donate to a worthy cause when they arrive at the Sunday University of Maine hockey game against Vermont.

“Fans with Cans,” the brainchild of UMaine student Drew Borkovitz, will raise money for the social service agency Youth AIDS.

“This is a great cause,” Borkovitz says. “I know that hockey fans have a lot of enthusiasm, and I hope they’ll apply it to helping us raise money for Youth AIDS.”

Borkovitz and other students he’s recruited, many of whom are fellow residence hall Resident Assistants (RA’s), will collect returnable cans and bottles outside Alfond Arena before the game, which starts at 2 p.m. Students from UMaine’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Peer Educators group are also involved. The UMaine Deans of Students office has donated hot chocolate, to be distributed as a token of appreciation to those who contribute.

Sea Vegetable Celebration Planned for December 7

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Contact: Dawn Aubrey, director of Dining Services, at (207) 581-4408

ORONO — University of Maine diners will have the opportunity to “sea” what they’ve been missing on Wednesday, Dec. 7. UMaine’s Black Bear Dining will host a celebration of sea vegetables from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on that day.

Sea vegetables are wild ocean plants, popular in coastal areas around the world, and can be used in a variety of delicious recipes. Menu items including Nori-Stuffed Manicotti, Norikopita, Roasted Vegetable and Nori Wrap will be available to those who visit the Maine Marketplace in Memorial Union.

Coordinators for this event are Dawn Aubrey, director of Dining Services at UMaine and Susan Brawley, professor of Plant Biology and cooperating professor of Biological Sciences in the School of Marine Sciences. The sea vegetables will be supplied by Maine Coast Sea Vegetables ( in Franklin, Maine.

“Our goal is to educate the campus population on the nutritional value of sea vegetables as well as to show their versatility in a variety of recipes”, says Aubrey. “We hope to raise awareness among the students, staff, faculty and guests who visit the Marketplace.” Carl Karusch from Maine Coast Sea Vegetables will also be on hand for the occasion. The Sheep Island Rovers, a contra-band from Winter Harbor, will provide music in Union Central, just outside the Marketplace.

UMaine Museum of Art Hours

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Contact: Kathryn Jovanelli 207.561.3350

The University of Maine Museum of Art will be closed November 24 – 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. The museum will reopen on Saturday, November 26 at 9:00 am.

Museum of Art
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 am – 5 pm.
Admission: $3.00 per person. No charge for Museum Members and UM students with Maine Card.

From the North
I-95, Exit 185 (formerly 48) – Broadway, (Bangor, Brewer)
Turn left at light onto Broadway, Rt. 15
At the 4th light (1.2 m), turn right onto State St., Rt. 2
At the light at the bottom of the hill (.1 m), turn right on to Harlow St. (a one-way street)
Merge into left lane, turn left into parking lot of 40 Harlow St.

From the South
I-95, Exit 185 (formerly 48) – Broadway, (Bangor, Brewer)
Turn left at light on to Broadway, Rt. 15
At the 3rd light (1.1 mi), turn right onto State St., Rt. 2
At the light at the bottom of the hill (.1 mi), turn right onto Harlow St. (a one-way street)
Merge into left lane, turn left into parking lot of 40 Harlow St.

UMaine Hudson Museum Plans 11th Annual Maine Indian Basket Sale, Demonstration

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Contact: Gretchen Faulkner, 581-1901; George Manlove, 581-3756

ORONO — The Hudson Museum at the University of Maine will host its 11th annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The day is a celebration of traditional arts and cultures of the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot people of Maine. More than 30 Maine Indian basketmakers, selling hand-made, one-of-a-kind, ash splint and sweet grass basketry customarily come from all corners of the state to display and sell their authentic crafts, baskets and art work. With friends and family members often joining them, the annual sale and demonstration at the Hudson Museum is one of the largest Native gatherings in the state and a rare opportunity to see the work of members of all four of Maine’s Indian tribes.

The event draws hundreds of visitors and basket collectors from throughout New England and beyond, coming to the Orono campus each year to buy work baskets, such as creels, pack and potato baskets, fancy baskets, ranging from strawberry and blueberry shaped-baskets to curly bowls, along with quill jewelry, wood carvings, birch bark work, paintings, photography and Native jewelry made during the year by members of the Wabanaki tribes.

The day also features traditional foods, music, a children’s workshop and demonstrations of brown ash-pounding and basket-making. Allen Sockabasin, author of “Thanks to the Animals,” a book based on a story told to him as a child by his mother Molly Zoo Sap, will host a book-signing. Also, renowned Passamaquoddy basket maker Jeremy Frey will demonstrate his technique. One of Frey’s baskets will be raffled off in a special Hudson Museum Friends Maine Indian Basket Raffle.

The event is free and open to the public; early bird shopping for $10 is from 9-10 a.m. For more information, call 207-581-1901 or visit the museum’s website at

A schedule of events follows:

9-10 a.m. – Early bird shopping;
10 a.m. – Opening welcome by the Penobscot Nation, the event’s host tribe and the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance;
10:30-11 a.m. – Brown ash pounding and work basket demonstration by Eldon Hanning, Micmac;
11-11:30 a.m. – Fancy basket demonstration by Jeremy Frey, Passamaquoddy;
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Traditional foods, Bodwell Lounge area, featuring hull corn soup, fry bread and blueberry desserts. Food sales benefit the Penobscot Nation Boys and Girls Club.
Noon-1 p.m. – Children’s workshop with Pam Cunningham, Penobscot, making candy baskets. For ages 6 and up, limited to 16 children, with pre-registration required. A $15 charge covers materials for each child for one activity. Call 207-581-1901 to register.
1-2 p.m. – Book signing with Allen Sockabasin, Passamaquoddy storyteller and author of “Thanks to the Animals.”
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Burnurwurbskek Singers, drumming, singing and dancing;

Highlights of the day include:

A Hudson Museum Friends Maine Indian Basket Raffle that offers a chance to win an original Passamaquoddy fancy basket made by Jeremy Frey. The drawing will be held during the sale and demonstration at the Hudson Museum. Raffle tickets are $5 each and are on sale at the Hudson Museum Shop.

Frey draws on his family’s tradition of basketmaking through his grandfather Fred Moore as well as traditions passed on to his mother Gal Frey by Sylvia Gabriel, a master Passamaquoddy basket maker. Frey harvests his own basketmaking materials, going into the woods to harvest brown ash trees, pounding the logs to separate the growth rings to produce splints for baskets. He weaves baskets from the brown ash he prepares.

Frey is best known for his intricate fancy baskets, featuring braided ash weavers, very fine splint work, porcupine quill decorative treatments and the use of porcupine and curly weaves. He has demonstrated his craft throughout the state in museums and at festivals and shows his work at the Native American Festival in Bar Harbor, the Hudson Museum Holiday Show and the Common Ground Fair. His work is among the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Allen Sockabasin’s new book “Thanks to the Animals” comes from a story that his mother Molly Zoo Sap told him as a child. It’s a family story set around 1900, in which Little Zoo Sap and his family are traveling to their winter home when Zoo Sap falls off the sled unnoticed. The forest animals hear his cries and keep him safe until his father comes back to find him.

Sockabasin was born in 1944 at the Passamaquoddy village of Peter Dana Point, the tenth of eleven children, with eight brothers and two sisters. He was tribal chief for more than four years and has served as the director of child welfare, a substance abuse counselor, a builder, logger, landscaper, heath educator and activist. For the past 25 years, he has taught and promoted the Passamaquoddy language to keep it alive in his tribe.

UMaine Jazz Ensemble at Hauck Auditorium Dec. 1

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Contact: Karel Lidral, 581-1256, Karen Cole, 581-4704

ORONO — The University of Maine Jazz Ensemble concert Thursday, Dec. 1 in Hauck Auditorium will feature 18 student musicians, with associate music professor and jazz performer Karel Lidral directing, to offer a repertoire of favorite jazz standards as well as newly composed works.

The jazz ensemble, an auditioned group, has been studying a varied program of works this semester. The fall concert is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their mastery of the material. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $6; students with a MaineCard are admitted free.

The evening program includes: Mark Taylor’s arrangement, in ballad form, of “After You’ve Gone” by Henry Creamer and Turner Layton; Kenny Dorham’s Latin favorite “Blue Bossa”; “Boplicity (Be Bop Lives)” from the Miles Davis album “Birth of the Cool”; “Business As Usual,” a medium-tempo swing style original from well-known jazz composer Dave Berger; an arrangement of Ann Onimus’ original “Li’l Liza Jane” by Doug Beach and George Shutack; composer, trumpet player and Kendor Music president Jeff Jarvis’ hard-driving shuffle original, “Firestorm”; another Miles Davis standard, “Milestones”; Count Basie’s immortal “One O’Clock Jump,” arranged by Mark Taylor; “Saralon Blues,” a great offering from Tom Frederickson, which was commissioned by the Illinois Music Educators Association for the 2005 All-State Jazz Ensemble; and a Mike Tomaro original, “Scott Free,” written in a relaxed samba style.

Student soloists include Steve Barter on tenor saxophone, Jenna Hartung on alto saxophone, Laura Zukowski, baritone saxophone, Jarrod Bishop, James Hebert and Rodger Wong on trombone, Alex Cardamone, Beth Rucci and Karl Varian on trumpet, Ashley Drew, piano, and Scotty Horey on drums.

The concert will feature small ensembles within the big band and some great solos, says Lidral, director of jazz studies.

On Friday, Dec. 2, the newly formed Chamber Jazz Ensemble will present an informal concert in the Bangor Rooms of the Memorial Union from noon-1 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

More information is available by calling the Maine Center for the Arts box office at 581-1755 or visiting

Lifelong Learning at your Fingertips Via UMaine Cooperative Extension

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Contact: Kyle McCaskill, 207-581-3185 or 800-287-0274

ORONO, ME–There is still an affordable way to get practical education that

will help you at your job, in your business and in your home. The U.S has

a national system for lifelong learning, based within its 100-plus

land-grant colleges and universities: Cooperative Extension. Extension

represents the largest publicly supported organization devoted to adult

education in the world. And it