Events – Portland Press Herald

Emmy-nominated actor for the performance
St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Windham, Westbrook and Gorham will welcome Emmy nominee, daytime actor and popular host Frank Runyeon for a three-evening program that will include three separate, unique performances at three different venues. Admission is free and attendees can attend just one or all three performances. “Journey for joy!” each evening will feature a different theme: “Stories from the Gospel of Luke” Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail, Windham; The Sermon on the Mount will be held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at St. at Hyacinth Church, 268 Brown Street, Westbrook; and “Contemporary Struggles to Live Faithfully in the Media Age” on September 27 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s, 299 Main Street, Gorham. It will be held at Anne Church.
The public can meet, greet and take pictures with Runyeon after each performance. This is a family-friendly event for adults and children of all ages. All are welcome.
For more information, contact the church at 892-8288.

A lecture on the history of imported textiles
The Old Berwick Historical Society will present an online lecture by textile historian Titi Halle on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
From Chinese Silks to Indian Cottons: New England’s Imported Textiles and Their Imitations examines the wide variety of silks and cottons from China and India available in New England in the 17th through 19th centuries and how they were used in furnishings and clothing. These imported textiles inspired their American and British printed and embroidered counterparts, showing an international appreciation of materials and motifs.
The name Cora Ginsburg has been associated with fine and rare costume and antique textiles since the 1940s. Founded in 1971 as Cora Ginsburg Inc., the company specializes in museum-quality costumes from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and textiles from the 17th and 20th centuries. Owner and director Titi Halle has been with the gallery since 1981. He is a member of the National Association of American Antique and Art Dealers, Center International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens, American Costume Society, American Textile Society. and CINOA.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is required at The lecture will be recorded and posted on the society’s website.

Special excursion to the textile exhibition and collection
Nancy and Peter Cook, guest curators of the Old Berwick Historical Society, will host a behind-the-scenes presentation of Material Culture: Native Cloth Making in 18th-Century New England at the Counting House Museum. The two-part tour will take place on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Curator Ruth Greene-McNally will also provide information on the museum’s selection of objects and the installation process. Tour guests will then drive to the nearby Tare Shirt Farm, an 18th-century working farm with heirloom gardens, heritage breeds of livestock and an 18th-century folk house complete with period furniture.
The tour, titled “Collectors, Curators, Cooks,” continues with a signature dinner and an in-depth tour of the Cooks’ extensive textile, decorative and fine art collection in the couple’s historic home and spinning barn. a walking tour of the pastoral landscape.
This is a fundraiser for the community and tickets are limited to 30. For ticket prices and the full itinerary, visit

Celebrate your faith, educate at a special Mass
All alumni, students, school families and community members are invited to gather to celebrate 30 years of faith, academic excellence, service and smiles at St. James School.
A 30th anniversary service and celebration will be held Sunday at St. Joseph’s Church, 178 Elm Street in Biddeford. After the Mass, everyone is welcome to attend a reception in the church hall, where those gathered can share stories, look at old photos and reflect on 140 years of Catholic education in Biddeford and Saco.
St. To learn more about The James School, visit For more information about the anniversary celebration, contact the school at 282-4084.

Take a field trip around the Thatcher Brook Watershed
The York County Soil and Water Conservation District, the City of Biddeford and the Saco Watershed Collaborative will host a limited-person “Large Wooded Debris Stream Habitat Restoration” tour of the smaller Thatcher Brook watershed at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Saco River watershed tributary and subwatershed.
John Fields of Field Geology Services will inform attendees about how he uses the principles of river geomorphology to improve stream restoration and watershed management.
“Cut and drop” is a catchphrase for strategically placed trees on headwaters. This allows the streams to have more natural influences, which in turn provides a cold water refuge for brook trout during the hot summer months.
Attendance is limited to the first 15 people with pre-registration required here: Additional information will be provided to registrants.

Everyone is invited to Starfest
The Astronomical Society of Northern New England (ASNNE) will sponsor a Starfest event Friday through Sunday at ASNNE’s Talmage Observatory on Route 35, Alewife Road.
The site will be open for solar and lunar observations. ASNNE members and the general public are invited to camp in tents or cars throughout the event.
Installation begins Friday afternoon. On Saturday, solar observation will be done from dawn to dusk. There will be a meal at 2:30 p.m. Participants may contribute, but are not required to. Donations to the Club to cover food costs would be gratefully accepted. At 6:00 p.m., ASNNE director Bern Valliere will give a presentation on how distances to stars and galaxies are determined, as well as “standard candles.” After the talk, there will be a night observation.
Sun observation will be done from morning to afternoon on Sunday.
Please email to inquire about any last minute changes to Starfest due to circumstances [email protected] or visit

Volunteers are needed for the book sale
The Springvale Public Library is holding its annual giant book sale at 443 Main St. on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The sale includes fiction, non-fiction, antiquarian books, children’s books and puzzles. Saturday will also feature live music, a jewelry sale and a children’s craft project.
Volunteers are also needed before the sale for various tasks on Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm; Friday 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m., and 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Email Tina Parks for more information [email protected] or Lesley at [email protected]

Food safety training for cooking for a crowd
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer several opportunities for volunteer chefs to receive essential food safety training in September and October. “Cooking for a Crowd” will be available in both in-person workshops and via Zoom.
This popular course offers up-to-date information on how to safely handle, transport, store and prepare food for large group functions such as soup kitchens, church dinners, food pantries and community fundraisers. Participants are provided with a specially prepared manual for volunteer cooks, a certificate of participation, posters, magnets and thermometers. This class meets Good Shepherd Food Bank’s food safety training requirements.
$15 per person includes all materials. Register and find more information at or call 781-6099 or 800-287-1471 (Maine).

Support Kiwanis by buying moms
The Scarborough Kiwanis Club will hold a rummage sale Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Scarborough branch of Saco & Biddeford Savings Bank, 41 Gorham Road.
The club sells 9-inch planters in various colors for $10 each or four for $35.
Contact the club for more information [email protected] or Sherry Forest at 883-2775.

The library updates offers weekly
The Wells Public Library will host the following adult programs this week at 1434 Post Road.
• Join Beth Goodwin of the York County Beekeeping Association for a free presentation on “Everything You Wanted to Know About Beekeeping” on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Come learn about beekeeping, how the hives work and finish it all off with a taste of honey.
• A star viewing will be held on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Join the Northern New England Astronomical Society and view the night sky through their telescopes for the fall equinox. See lunar features, including craters and maria, and other interesting star features. Registration is required. This program will be held at the ASNNE Observatory on Route 35 in Kennebunk.
• Afternoon Crafternoon will have a beeswax candle making session on Thursday at 2pm. These candles add color and the warm scent of beeswax to your home and make great gifts.
These events are free and sponsored by the Friends of the Wells Public Library.
Contact Stefanie Claydon for more information [email protected] or call the library at 646-8181.

The library will host Stephen King-themed trivia
Author Stephen King turns 75 this month, and to honor the milestone for Maine’s favorite literary star, the Gray Public Library will host a Stephen King-themed trivia event at 5 Hancock St. on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Think you’re a true Royals fan? Do you know what breed Cujo is? Where did Stephen go to college? Which Stephen King novels are not set in Maine? Come test your knowledge! You’ll have the chance to snack on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres while competing in five trivia rounds.
Thanks to the support of the Gray Public Library Association, the library is pleased to offer excellent Scary King themed prizes for first, second and third place trivia winners.
This event is free, open to the public, and suitable for both teens and adults. Participants can play individually or in teams of up to five people.
For more information, visit, email [email protected]or call Andrea Kazilionis at 657-4110.

Hear about a replica ship’s journey around Maine
Join historian and historical interpreter Matt Blazek for a talk detailing the final replica row of Maine’s first ship, the Jane Stevens, on Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the Vose Library at 392 Common Road or via Zoom.
Blazek was one of six adventurers who took a 17th-century copy of “Jane Stevens” from Georgetown to Fort William Henry in Pemaquid. Passing through the mouth of Sagadahoc and out of Boothbay Harbor, the crew stopped at various islands along the way. Learn about the early history of European exploration along the Maine coast, hear stories from the trip, and see reenactments used on the voyage.
Call 785-4733 or email for more information [email protected]or stop by the Vose Library to get the Zoom link.

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