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Portland Museum of Art to Unveil Sculpture This Friday

Picture of Robert Indiana's Sculpture SevenThe Portland Museum of Art (PMA) will unveil Maine resident Robert Indiana’s sculpture SEVEN this coming Friday. The sculpture will make its home at the Museum’s front plaza at 7 Congress Square and is sure to become one of Portland’s most noticeable landmarks.

The presentation will take place at 5:30 PM on Friday, November 7, 2014, during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk. Festivities for the evening will include the ribbon cutting ceremony as well as performances by local artists.

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2014 Portland Chamber Music Festival

Picture of Harpist Bridget Kibbey

Harpist Bridget Kibbey

August 14, 2014 marks the beginning of the 21st season for the Portland Chamber Music Festival (PCMF). The PCMF is held at the Abromson Center on the Portland Campus of the University of Southern Maine. The festival has a well earned reputation for presenting outstanding performers and imaginative programming. This year’s concert schedule includes:

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 8 PM: Opening Night presenting Stravinsky, Meltzer, and Tchaikovsky.
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 8 PM: Harpist Bridget Kibbey and Friends
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8 PM: Honoring the Legacy of Cellist Marc Johnson
  • Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8 PM: Season Finale with Host Suzanne Nance presenting works of Vivaldi, Josh Newton, and Brahms

The Portland Chamber Music Festival will also present its annual free Children’s Concert on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at noon.

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Photographs and Drawings of Monhegan Island by George Daniell

A George Daniell PrintThe Portland Museum of Art in Portland, ME will present an exhibit of photographs and drawings of Monhegan Island by George Daniell starting March 1, 2014 and running through August 3, 2014. This is and intimate exhibit of approximately 20 photographs and drawings that Daniell created on Monhegan Island during the summer of 1936. Shingled houses, hardworking fishermen, and rugged terrain are the subjects of these drawings and photographs.

This is the first showing of these works in more than a decade so you do not want to miss it.

Picture credits: The picture in this post is an untitled, 1936, gelatin silver print by George Daniell (United States, 1911-2002). It was provided by the Portland Museum of Art and is copyright George Daniell Archive, Dwayne and Gina DeJoy.

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American Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells

Photograph Sunflower and Sand Dune by Eliot Porter

Sunflower and Sand Dune, by Eliot Porter. © Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas.

An exciting new exhibit is coming to the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. The exhibit, American Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells, will run from December 21, 2013 through February 23, 2014. It will showcase many important developments from American artists such as: Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Paul Strand, Eliot Porter, and William Wegman. The exhibit highlights a body of work that documents more than eight decades from the early 1900s to the 1990s. Included will be an array of thematic, stylistic, and technical trends in American photography including landscapes to intimate portraits and domestic scenes of daily life.

Fans of American photography will not want to miss this great exhibition.

Photo Apple Orchard by Paul Caponigro.

Apple Orchard, by Paul Caponigro. © Paul Caponigro.

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“Sunrise/Sunset” with the DaPonte String Quartet and Karol Bennett

Picture of Karol Bennett

Soprano Karol Bennett joins the DaPonte String Quartet in August

The DaPonte String Quartet will be joined by soprano Karol Bennett for a series of concerts entitled “Sunrise/Sunset”. The program will consist of Ms Bennett singing selected Bach arias as well as works by Haydn, Respighi, and Verdi. The schedule for the concerts is as follows:

  • August 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM at Centennial Hall in Harpswell, ME. You can obtain tickets here.
  • August 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM at St. Columba’s Church in Boothbay Harbor, ME. You can obtain tickets here.
  • August 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM a performance of just the Bach arias at the Choir Festival at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, ME.
  • August 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Laudholm Farm in the Wells Reserve in Wells, ME. You can obtain tickets for this performance at the Wells Reserve.

You may also want to catch the remaining concerts of their “From Russia With Love” summer series being held on July 23 in Harpswell, ME, July 24 in South Bristol, ME, and July 25 in Boothbay, ME.

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Labor Day Weekend 2012 in Maine

We are in the home stretch highlighting fun things to do in New England this labor Day Weekend. Next up, fun things go do in the State of Maine this coming Labor Day Weekend:

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Portland Chamber Music Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

Portland Chamber Music Festival LogoThe Portland Chamber Music Festival kicks off its 19th season tomorrow (August 9, 2012). The festival was founded in 1994 and has grown into a top New England Music event that attracts musicians from around the world. The festival consists of a series of five concerts:

  • Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 8 PM: Boccherini, Hindemith and Dvorak featuring the Portland Chamber Music Festival debut of one of the world’s leading classical guitarists, David Leisner and soprano Tony Arnold.
  • Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8 PM: Paganini, Dominick Argento and Schubert in this “Business Supports the Arts” Concert.
  • Sunday, August 12, 2012 from 11 AM to 1 PM: Free Family Fun Day consisting play activities and a children’s concert.
  • Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8 PM: Telemann, Michael Rose and Brahms featuring the debut at the Portland Chamber Music Festival of the Hikari Trio.
  • Saturday, August 18, 2012 – 8 PM: Mozart, Sebastian Currier, and Copland with host Suzanne Nance of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

To learn more about these concerts see the 2012 Summer Concert Schedule.

All concerts are held at the Abromson Community Education Center on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus at 88 Bedford Street in Portland, Maine. Festival concerts are also broadcast regionally and nationally on Maine Public Radio, WGBH Radio in Boston, and on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.”

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Portland Performing Arts Festival – Portland, ME

The Portland Performing Arts Festival will come to Portland, Maine’s Arts District at the end of June from June 28 to July 1, 2012. The festival will feature dance, theater, classical guitar, classical piano, jazz, and performance art. This is a new festival for Portland celebrating the fact that Portland is more than just “lobsters and lighthouses”.

Be sure to check out their festival schedule for a complete lineup of events.

For more upcoming events this summer see the Travel New England Events Calendar.

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Portland Chamber Music Festival – Portland, ME

Picture of Performers at the 2011 Portland Chamber Music Festival

Performers at the 2011 Portland Chamber Music Festival

If you are a fan of chamber music you may wish to head up to Portland, Maine later this summer for the Portland Chamber Music Festival. The Portland Chamber Music Festival will kick off its 19th summer season on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine on Thursday, August 9, 2012. It is one of the top chamber music events in New England and draws performers from the United States and the rest of the world. The performers are nationally renowned with a broad repertoire of music that includes living composers.

Concerts are held at the Abromson Center on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland Campus.

For more upcoming events this summer see the Travel New England Events Calendar.

Picture credits: The photo was provided by the Portland Chamber Music Festival and is by Russ Burleigh.

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Sailing Around Portland, Maine

Picture of Fort Gorges

Fort Gorges

By Tony Cappasso

If you plan to explore Portland, Maine, a pleasant and interesting way to spend an afternoon doing it is to take the mail boat that runs to the islands in Casco Bay.

The boat stops at five islands in the bay: Little Diamond, Great Diamond, Long Island, Great Chebeague and Cliff Island. The whole trip lasts about three hours, so bring something to eat and something to wear; it can get chilly on the water. Oh, and bring a camera.

The boat, called the “Maquoit II” — supposedly an Abenaki word that meant “meeting place” — actually carries much more than mail. As it is the main means of getting stuff and people to and from the islands, you’ll see everything, from groceries to gas cylinders. There will be a flock of babies in carriers of every description, and lots of dog and cat carriers.

The summer residents stand out from the full-timers — they’ve got luggage.

As the boat pulls out of the slip, look to your left. Just off shore is Fort Gorges, a Civil-War era fortification that never heard a shot fired in anger. The roof of the fort is covered in trees, supposedly planted when it was built to help absorb the explosions of shells from warships of an enemy that never showed up to fight.

Picture of Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Portland Head Light

Off to the right are three lighthouses. The furthest out is Portland Head Light, the first lighthouse built by the U.S. Government. Commissioned by President George Washington in 1787 and completed in 1791. The closest lighthouse is Bug Light, not a particularly distinguished name, but it has the distinction of being constructed entirely of cast iron. The middle lighthouse is called Spring Point Light, which sits on the end of a pier that is the point of origin of an oil pipeline that runs all the way to Montreal, Canada.

About the Author
Picture of Tony Cappasso

Tony Cappasso is the author of the e-book America’s Highway: A Journey of Discovery Along US Route 1 in which he recounts his journey from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida. You can learn more about Tony on his website Americas Highway US Route 1, and his Facebook page.

Photo credits: The picture of Portland Head Light is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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