All events are at 6:00 pm and free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Christopher's Restaurant will be open on lecture evenings. For information about the programs, call 207-546-2821 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a reservation at Christopher's, call 207-546-1219.
|July 23, Thursday||Searching for Bees in Eastern Cuba||Alison Dibble|
|July 25, Saturday||A Warp-10 Tour of the Universe
Colossal telescopes on the ground and a fleet of robotic telescopes in space have revealed a dynamic, often violent universe. The universe is not the quiet, unchanging place known fifty years ago. Modern observatories and spacecraft have discovered a cosmic zoo of exotic objects, including planets of other suns, pulsars, black holes, quasars, and colliding galaxies. This lecture explores the nature of objects that lie far beyond the boundaries of our own solar system. These deep space objects are separated by unimaginable distances. So it will be necessary to travel in imagination at “warp-10” – one thousand times the speed of light – to tour the cosmos.
|July 28, Tuesday||The Science of Cooking||Joe Kakareka|
|July 30, Thursday||Botanical Wonders in Human History: An explanation of How Plants Rule the World||Jill Weber|
|August 1, Saturday||The Cultural Landscape of Renaissance Italy
Depictions of the landscape mark the changing relationships of the Italian city-states to their environments. Inhabiting a peninsula largely settled for two-thousand years blurred separations between the natural world and the human-made, for the Late Mediaeval and Renaissance eras had inherited a landscape populated by Classical ruins that emerged from the ground much as geological formations and organic flora. With the reclaiming of the Classical past and the rise of global exploration, considerations of the landscape shifted from agricultural possession to an appreciation of Nature as sublime.
|August 4, Tuesday||Fishes of New England: Can You Dig It? An Archaeological Perspective||Dave Halliwell|
|August 6, Thursday||Wild Mushrooms: Foraging for Functional Food||Greg Marley|
|August 8, Saturday||Climate Change and Honeybees in Maine: A Retired Biologist and Beekeeper's Perspective
The European Honeybee is being impacted by climate change. Matt will show data on climate change and how it may impact beekeepers and the numbers of honeybee pollinators in Maine and the US.
|August 15, Saturday||An Artist’s Look at Handmade Porcelain Production in China
This talk features digital images of Chinese Ceramics and porcelain production showing people at work using different skills and processes, from digging the clay to firing pottery in a dragon kiln. John will also show examples of his own work using these processes and talk about these experiences.
|August 18, Saturday||Saint Croix Island: Maine's "Other" National Park||Meg Scheid|
|August 20, Thursday||Lichens and Biofilms||Judy Jacob|
|August 22, Saturday||Wild Child: Taking Children to Nature's Playground
The author of the book A Child's Walk in the Wilderness: An 8-Year-Old Boy and His Father Take On the Appalachian Trail describes how parents and educators can best interest and involve children in the great outdoors.
|August 27, Thursday||Darwin and Plants||Robbin Moran|
|August 29, Saturday||Quick-change Artists of the Sea: The Lethal Game of Hide and Seek
Sha-zam! In the blink of an eye, the prey disappears. This talk discusses how marine animals utilize dynamic changes of color and texture to hide themselves right in plain sight of potential predators.
|September 3, Thursday||Rare Mosses of the World||William Buck|
|September 5, Saturday||Downeast Storytelling with Sanford Phippen
Sanford “Sandy” Phippen’s stories, according to his first book publisher Constance Hunting, “give rise to the qualities that critics and readers have consistently hailed: hilarity and poignance in equal measure, simultaneously. Phippen’s people are splendidly human and uniquely Maine.” Phippen grew up in Hancock, Maine, a graduate of Sumner Memorial High School and the University of Maine. He received his M.A. from Syracuse Univesity; and has been an English teacher, both at the high school and college levels, for 51 years. As a writer, he has published thirteen books that include such small press best-sellers as THE POLICE KNOW EVERYTHING, KITCHEN BOY, PEOPLE TRYING TO BE GOOD, and THE BEST MAINE STORIES. He has written for The New York Times, Maine Times, Maine Life, The Bangor Daily News, The Ellsworth American, Down East, and other periodicals. Phippen will be telling stories about Maine and his life as a teacher and writer. He will have several of his most popular books available for sale after his lecture, including his newest book, “Sturge: A Memoir” about his friend Sturgis Haskins.
|September 12, Saturday||Using Wild Plants for Food and Medicine
Tom will describe his own history of using wild plants with methods learned from his grandparents where he grew up in Waldo, Maine. He will offer suggestions and advise ways others can apply his methods to their own situations. Mainers can forage in March right through autumn, before the killing frosts abruptly end the foraging season. There’s still time to come learn the many culinary and medicinal uses of Maine plants!