Maine Bicentennial Events, October 28 & 29

Join your friends and neighbors to learn more about Maine’s history and culture as CSC continues its Maine Bicentennial offerings this month with two must-see illustrated presentations, both free and open to the public.

Bernard Fishman

On October 28 Maine State Museum Director and A Story of Maine in 112 Objects author Bernard Fishman presents Historic Maine in 3-D from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (with time for questions afterward), at the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta.

Liam Riordan

On October 29 at the Camden Library, University of Maine Professor of History Liam Riordan discusses Brainstorming the State Bicentennial: Past and Present Perspectives from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Bernard Fishman’s new program is supported by the Maine Bicentennial Commission. For years Mr. Fishman has been one of the foremost national collectors of stereoviews, 19th century photographs mounted as two images on cards which were meant to be seen in 3-D when viewed through a special viewer. He has enjoyed studying the largest collection of Maine stereoviews known, 19,000 cards kept at the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, and has worked through them, with a few additions of his own, to offer a Victorian experience of Maine stereoviews, presented as a projection show that only requires special paper glasses (remember those 1950s horror movies?) to see the views in actual 3-D, as they were meant to be seen 150 years ago. The glasses are free to all attending. You will feel as if you are right in the middle of Maine just after the Civil War, with its towns and farms, shipbuilding and bridge-building, factories and mines, parades and entertainment, parlors and porches, kitchens and gardens, hunters and loggers, Indians and soldiers, and the first tourists making their way up to our woods and streams – a spectacular and singular way to see and almost feel the past.  Mr. Fishman will also discuss the museum’s work to preserve and digitize these priceless images so they will be here for future generations to enjoy.

Professor Riordan’s discussion explores in words, maps, and other illustrations,  the long statehood process in Maine that culminated in 1820 with separation from Massachusetts. That struggle engaged a range of challenging public issues that are still recognizable today, and four themes that bridge 200 years in telling ways comprise the focus of the talk:  the “two Maines” and sharp partisan conflict, the explosive place of slavery vis-a-vis the Maine-Missouri Crisis, Wabanaki sovereignty, and the uncertain location and meaning of the international border. Professor Riordan has been a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Maine in Orono since 1997. He is a specialist on the American Revolution, especially the religious, racial and ethnic diversity in the Philadelphia region from 1770 to 1830.  As a result of having his Canadian consciousness raised by moving to Maine, Professor Riordan has an ongoing research project about Loyalists, those who opposed the American Revolution.

Coastal Senior College invites you to join us during the coming months as we celebrate Maine’s bicentennial with a variety of programs, events, and classes. A panel discussion on November 13 at the Thomaston Library will focus onWhat People Worried About in 1820.

Noted Corporate Law Scholar Kent Greenfield to Speak in October

Professor Kent Greenfield of Boston College Law School will speak on the topic “Are Corporations People? Surprising Reasons to Say “Yes”,” based on his book “Corporations Are People Too (And They Should Act Like It,” Yale University Press (2018), on Thursday October 17, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm at the Midcoast Friends Meeting House 77 Belvedere Road,  Damariscotta, Maine.  The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Greenfield’s work examines the place of corporations in both private (business) law and public (constitutional) law, from the Dartmouth College case (1819) through Dodge v Ford Motor (1919) and up to Citizens United (2010) and beyond. He explores the reasons why corporations exist, the nature of their legal personality under both private and public law, and how that relates to the ability of states to impose reasonable regulations on them notwithstanding their legal status as “persons.”

A graduate of Brown University and the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Greenfield clerked for Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter, and was the Founder and President of the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR), the named plaintiff in a 2006 Supreme Court case challenging the Pentagon’s anti-gay policies. He has previously written on the need for reform of the law of corporations in his book The Failure of Corporate Law (University of Chicago Press, 2010).

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and copies of his book will be available at the venue. For further information, contact Bruce L. Rockwood, Co-Chair, CSC Events Committee, at

Past events:

An Optimist’s Approach to the Climate Crisis

CSC instructor Paul Kando will give a talk entitled “An Optimist’s Approach to the Climate Crisis.” The talk, sponsored by the Midcoast Green Collaborative and the MIdcoast Outreach and Peace Center, will take place on Tuesday, January 29 from 2-4 pm at the Friends Meeting House, Belvedere Road, Damariscotta. The talk is free and open to the public.

Film Discussion of Schindler’s List

The Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta is showing the award winning 1993 film Schindler’s List on Thursday January 3, 2019 at 7pm and on Friday January 4, 2019 at 2pm. The film earned seven academy awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and this special presentation is part of their Classic Film Club series.

Following on our previous Coastal Senior College film discussion meet-ups, the Coastal Senior College Events Committee is holding a brown-bag luncheon discussion of the film at the Midcoast Friends Meeting House, 77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 11 to 1pm. We invite you to see the film at the Lincoln Theater and then come to discuss it with us.  Coffee, Tea and Juice will be provided.

Directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Steven Zaillian, the film follows Oskar Schindler, a Sudeten German businessman, who saved the lives of more than a thousand mostly Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories during World War II. It stars Liam Neeson as Schindler, Ralph Fiennes as SS officer Amon Göth, and Ben Kingsley as Schindler’s Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern.

Lending a local perspective on the time and events of the film will be Hungarian born Paul Kando of Damariscotta, who will talk about his late father, then a government official, who worked with Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg saving Jews in Budapest.

When Schindler was smuggled into Budapest in with a railway car full of Nazi newspapers as shown in the film, his revelations of Nazi atrocities and mass murder in the camps were of immense help in turning Budapest’s “salon-anti-Semites” against Hitler. Kando believes the film portrays lessons that need to be learned and relearned by each successive generation.

On January 27, 2019 at 12:30 the Lincoln Theater is also showing “Who Will Write Our History,” as part of International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, co-sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights center of Maine,   and we will provide information about this during our brown-bag discussion.

For further information and suggestions of future films to see and discuss, please contact Bruce Rockwood who is coordinating this event for the Coastal Senior College, at  For further information on the film, see:;-1993-maine-theater-ev1399.aspx ,   ,  and

TURKEY ON THE TABLE:  The True Story of Thanksgiving Dinner

November 9, 10 am, Skidompha Library

Every November, American families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  We remember the Plymouth Pilgrims of 1621, and feast on turkey with all the fixin’s: mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, as well as mince and pumpkin pie.  Curiously, there’s virtually no evidence that any of these dishes were actually eaten by the Pilgrims.  More surprising, the Pilgrims did not actually consider their event to be a “thanksgiving day.”  Finally, Thanksgiving wasn’t observed as a national holiday until 1863.

On Friday morning, November 9th, Coastal Senior College instructor Nate Randall will give an illustrated talk reviewing these and many other details about how and why our modern celebration came into being.

“The true history of American Thanksgiving Day – especially the iconic dinner – is actually much more interesting than the highly romanticized version most of us were taught as children,” notes Mr. Randall.  “Together, we’ll take a look at fact and fiction, and discover the surprising way each element of the modern observance fell into place to create a holiday particularly reflective of the American spirit.”

Sponsored by Coastal Senior College, the talk will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the Porter Room at Damariscotta’s Skidompha Library.  It is open to the general public without admission charge.

Nathan A. Randall is a cultural historian with broad interests in musical, culinary, and marine history.  He holds degrees from Tufts and Smith Colleges, as well as Princeton University where he served as Artistic Director of the university’s concert series for more than 25 years.  Nate is well known to Coastal Senior College students, having offered annual courses ranging from the music of Igor Stravinsky, to the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, and a course on Italian Cooking!  He has spoken on early New England food history to The Friends of Colonial Pemaquid, and to the Boothbay Region Historical Society.  He is also a volunteer at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, where he serves as a motorman / conductor, docent, and host of the summer Children’s Story Time.  Additionally, Nate Randall is a docent for and a member of the Education Committee of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ in Portland.

Beginning Oct 1, Mysterious Mondays!

Instructor Maryanne Ward will lead a new mystery readers’ discussion group starting October 1. Scheduled to meet on the first Monday morning of each month, location to be decided. Limited to 20. This group is free and open to members of CSC. If you haven’t joined or renewed your membership, click here to find complete details and registration information. For more details and to sign up for Mysterious Mondays, contact Maryanne at

Oct 4, Seed Banking

Seeds are living beings, just like you and me.  And like us, they require the right conditions in which to thrive.  This past summer brought environmental stressors for all of us — including our seeds.

Neil Lash of Waldoboro will give a talk on “Seed Banking, Sustainability and Food Systems” on Thursday, October 4th, 2018, at 3:30 pm at the Morris Farm in Wiscasset. The event is sponsored by the Coastal Senior College Events Committee. Seed banking is the collection, identification, and storage of seeds for the purpose of preventing the loss of genetic material.  The talk is free and open to the public.  We are very grateful to the Morris Farm for agreeing to host this program.  The address is 156 Gardiner Road, Wiscasset, ME.

Lash co-founded the Heirloom Seed Project at Medomak Valley High School in 1992. He was awarded the Source Maine Sustainability Award in 2018.  We are honored to have such a distinguished and dedicated speaker to present the history of and necessity for seed banking.

For further information, contact Susan van Alsenoy at:

Oct 16, 10 am

Leigh I. Saufley

Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Coastal Senior College is proud to announce that the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley, will deliver an address to CSC members and members of the general public on October 16, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. in the Friends Meeting House on Belvedere Road, Damariscotta. The program is expected to last for two hours, and light refreshments will be served.

The presentation will focus on the importance of an accessible, neutral and robust court system to assure fidelity to the principles of equal protection which benefit every American. Chief Justice Saufley will provide an overview of the State of Maine Judicial Branch’s role in this process, and she will field non-case related questions. Participation from attendees is encouraged.

Chief Justice Saufley is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. On December 6, 2001, after a distinguished career in public law and the judiciary, she was sworn in as Maine’s first female Chief Justice by then Governor Angus S. King. Having been reappointed, she is currently serving her third term as Chief Justice.

This program is part of Coastal Senior College’s outreach efforts and provides our communities with opportunities to learn about the delivery of justice to the citizens of Maine. It supplements our regular course offerings on legal issues and opens new avenues of informed discussion. Free and open to the public.

Sept 17, Finding Benedict Arnold: the hard way

September 17, 2018 from 2:30 – 4:30 in Porter Hall at the Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. Maine writer and adventurer W. Hodding Carter shares the story of his attempt to retrace Benedict Arnold’s route in a replica bateau. His uproarious and harrowing journey helps shine a light on this major historical achievement by America’s most notorious traitor. Free and open to the public.

Is God an Underachiever?

Cancelled because of illness

Another Talk on Jewish Humor with Steve Shaw

Steve Shaw, a familiar figure and popular Coastal Senior College instructor will offer a follow-up talk on Jewish Humor in the Picker Room of the Camden Library on Wednesday, April 25th from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. The talk is sponsored by Coastal Senior College and is open to the public free of charge. No registration is required.

According to Steve, “Humor has played a central role in contemporary Jewish life. From Groucho Marx to Woody Allen, probably 80% of the comedians prominent in 20th century America were Jewish. In addition, Jewish humor also provides us with some unique insights into Jewish history, sociology and theology and how some of its roots can actually be traced back to traditional Jewish sources such as the Bible and the Talmud.”

With Jewish humor as the theme, Steve will explore these topics:

  •  Is God an Underachiever?
  • Are Jews Smarter Than Other People?
  • Why Are Jews Ambivalent About the Coming of the Messiah?

Steve Shaw served for many years as the Director of the Department of Continuing Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Tour the Colby College Museum of Art

 On Wednesday, April 18, 2018 join other Coastal Senior College members as you travel by bus to the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville. With a knowledgeable museum docent, the group will visit and learn about the art in the permanent collections.

Undine by Joseph Mozier

The group will also have the opportunity to view two special exhibits: Game Time: The Sports Photography of Walter Ioos and Yoshua Okon: Oracle. Live music in the galleries will complement the tour. To find out more about the museum, visit their website: www. The museum tour will be followed by lunch at the Last Unicorn restaurant.

The museum tour, lunch and bus transportation are included in the $35 price of registration. Spouses of members are welcome at the member price of $35. The bus will pick up at 2 locations: first at the Friends’ Meeting House in Damariscotta at 8:30 a.m. and then at the Thomaston Library parking lot at 9:15 a.m. For more details and to register, please use this form.  Limit 40

Registration form

   Tour Manager Elaine Pew at age 30 changed her focus from the world of nursing to the world of art. She received a BFA in Art History from the University of Maryland. She worked in the Education Department at the Hirshhorn Museum, and later at the Smithsonian Associates, planning outreach programs. While at the Hirshhorn Museum, Elaine planned and directed trips for the museum docents to museums and private collections in California, New Mexico, and New York City. She is also a licensed tour guide In Washington, DC, and has given multi-day tours to both adult and school groups from different states in the US. Elaine’s interests include the visual arts, reading, gardening, sewing and travel.


The New York Times reporter Nick Kristof recently returned from North Korea, asserting that war between the U.S. and North Korea is much closer than we may be willing to imagine. The streets and the people of Pyongyang are full of anti-American propaganda. Is war inevitable? What are the motivations of Kim Jung Un’s nuclear program? What are the best strategies for war prevention?

Winslow Myers and Louis Sell, co-speakers

Louis Sell

Winslow Myers

Louis Sell is a retired foreign service officer. His second book, From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR, was published by Duke University Pres s in August, 2016. Sell worked for six years at the US Embassy in Moscow, among many foreign postings over a long career. Winslow Myers volunteered for 25 years for the international organization Beyond War, and serves on the Advisory Board of the War Prevention Initiative. Both Myers and Sell will be teaching courses for the Coastal Senior College.


Porter Room, Skidompha Library, Damariscotta

 Ayman Nijim

A free program is co-sponsored by Coastal Senior College and the Midcoast Outreach and Peace Center.

Wednesday, October 11, 7:00pm

Midcoast Friends Meeting,
77 Belvedere Rd, Damariscotta

Currently working with refugees here in Maine, Ayman grew up in the Gaza strip. Ayman speaks of his experience working with several international  and community-based organizations to provide services to the Gaza strip’s traumatized children, his living experiences in the Gaza strip of Palestine and Iraq, and his academic experience in conflict transformation and social justice.

Ayman Nijim, (Volunteer) Executive director of Common Ground, Advisory Board Member of Gaza Mental Health Foundation, is a child trauma
specialist and human rights activist from Gaza.  He holds a Master Degree in  Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the
School of International Training, in Brattleboro, Vermont.

His program, “Let Them Play and Heal,” provides psychosocial support for refugee children through drama, song, laughter, and dance. His professional writing includes co-authoring a manual meant to help practitioners in Syria deal with the effects of working on a daily
basis in war zones and mitigate Secondary Trauma Syndrome.

Coastal Senior College Annual Luncheon Features Sumner McKane

Monday, June 12 from 11:30 – 2:00 P.M
Water’s Edge Restaurant, Route 1 Edgecomb

Have you wondered what Coastal Senior College is all about? Or are you a CSC member who looks forward to the annual luncheon? Then mark your calendar for June 12, the date of this year’s event, which welcomes both members and nonmembers. CSC instructors, board members, students, and others interested in classes and events for those age 50 and over in Knox and Lincoln Counties come together once a year at the luncheon to share conversation, enjoy excellent food, and listen to a local speaker. This year’s presentation by talented documentary filmmaker and musician Sumner McKane promises to be especially entertaining.  The luncheon, at Water’s Edge in Edgecomb, opens at 11:30 a.m. with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. The buffet luncheon begins at noon and includes a sirloin carving station, full salad bar, and buffet with vegetables, pasta, pork, and chicken. The performance follows at 1 p.m.

Sumner McKane, who received the Maine Arts Commission’s Media and Performing Arts Fellowship in 2013, records instrumental music, film scores, and music for media and produces historical documentary films. He has built a reputation for innovative historical storytelling by combining live music, slides and film to weave histories of Maine life in years gone by.

His performance at the luncheon is titled The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Issac Walton Simpson.  Simpson was a photographer, blacksmith, barber, musician, woodsman, mechanic, husband and father of 13 whose rarely seen glass plate photographs reveal a social history of Maine around the turn of the century.  As he traveled to farms and logging camps and far reaches of Aroostook County, Simpson captured the culture of the region by illuminating the characters and lifestyles of the people in his photographs.  The Maine Frontier is an authentic illustration that transports the audience back to the region’s pioneering frontier culture.  Issac Simpson, his photographic subjects, his wife Effie, their friends, family, and work mates exemplify the character and conditions prevalent in Northern Maine in that era.

Eighty tickets are available for this year’s luncheon; cost is $25. To purchase tickets, call Althea Simeone at URock: 1-207-596-6906. A limited number of tickets may also be available at the door. Water’s Edge is on Rte.1 just north of the Davey Bridge between Edgecomb and Wiscassett.

Your Electric Bill and the Mysteries of the Power Grid: Options, Including Microgrids

2 pm – 4 pm, Wednesday, March 1.
Friends Meeting House, 77 Belvedere Rd, Damariscotta, Maine 04543

Coastal Senior College Events Committee announces a timely discussion by Paul Kando of electric bills and how to respond to them. According to a February 7 article in the Portland Press Herald our electric bills have grown significantly even though the cost of power generation did not increase or actually declined. Delivery charges are the culprit, and the biggest reason is the increasing cost of transmission lines and equipment. The long term prognosis is not encouraging if we stick to the status quo. But there is a silver lining: we don’t have to. In fact, there are win-win solutions that will benefit everyone on the power grid, from our electric utilities to the smallest residential consumer.

Smart microgrids have the potential not only to reduce and stabilize power-grid-related costs, but also to physically stabilize the power grid itself – even prevent local power failures. Under the auspices of the Midcoast Green Collaborative, a dedicated group of local citizens, including two state legislators, have been researching these alternatives to our traditional electric supply, with the goal of developing “win-win” local solutions that benefit both our electric utilities and their consumer base. This half-hour illustrated presentation will summarize our results to date. The presentation will be followed by open discussion.

This is a free of charge offering of your Coastal Senior College and all are invited. For further information you can contact Paul at:


Film Discussion Event,

December 20, 12 pm at the Midcoast Friends Meeting House

The Coastal Senior College Events Committee is holding the second of a series of planned brown-bag luncheon discussions of important recent films. Coming shortly to the Lincoln Theater is the film “Moonlight” and we invite you to see it during its run and to join us for a brown-bag lunch and discussion of the film and its impact on Tuesday, December 20, from Noon to 2 pm at the Midcoast Friends Meeting House, 77 Belvedere Road.  Coffee, Tea and Juice will be provided.

“Moonlight (R)” is playing at the Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, Maine from December 16 to December 22, 2016. It plays Fri at 2 & 7 PM, Sat at 7 PM, Sun at 2pm & 7 PM and Wed and Thu at 2 & 7 PM. See: for more information. To avoid holiday conflicts we are holding the lunch discussion before the last local showing of the film.

Directed by Barry Jenkins and already in receipt of numerous awards, “Moonlight” is the story of a young man who deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the “War on Drugs” era. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality.

For further information, contact Bruce Rockwood who is coordinating this event for the Coastal Senior College, at Coffee, tea and juice will be available at the venue. For further information, see: ,  and

Writers Read

December 5, 1-3 pm,  Camden Library



The Writers’ Group of the Coastal Senior College will host their annual Writers Read presentation of their current work, on Monday afternoon, December 5, at 1:00 pm. “The Writers’ Group is fortunate to have both talent and diversity — which makes our monthly meetings at the Camden Public Library all the more interesting!” says Marilyn Muth, a member of the group. “Through sharing and critiquing we constantly hone our skills.” All are welcome to the reading; the event is free of charge and includes refreshments.

In the photo: Members of the Coastal Senior College’s Writers’ Group. Seated, from left: Carolyn Russ, Ken Keoughan, Debby Atwell, and Carol Luchetti. Standing: Bob Olfenbuttle, Marilyn Muth, and Norb Nathanson. Not shown, Peter Muth

“Denial in a Fact-Free Universe”

Film Discussion Event,

December 8, 12 pm at the Midcoast Friends Meeting House


“Denial (PG-13)” is playing at the Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, Maine from December 2 to December 8, 2016. It plays Fri at 2 & 7 PM, Sat at 7 PM, Sun at 7 PM and Wed and Thu with shows at 2 & 7 PM. See: for more information.

The film recounts the real story of the legal defense against a libel suit in Britain for publishing the truth about the Nazi holocaust and criticizing the holocaust denier David Irving, and is based on the book by historian Deborah Esther Lipstadt, author of Denying the Holocaust (1993), History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier (2005) and The Eichmann Trial (2011). She is currently the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University.

The Coastal Senior College Events Committee asks members and friends of the Coastal Senior College, the Lincoln Theater, and the broader community, to see this film at the Lincoln Theater during its run here in December, and then attend a brown-bag luncheon and discussion of the film at the Midcoast Friends Meeting on Friday, December 9, 2016 from Noon to 2pm, located at 77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta, Maine.

 For further information, contact Bruce Rockwood who is coordinating this event for the Coastal Senior College, at Coffee, tea and juice will be available at the venue. For further information, see Professor Lipstadt’s blog:; and commentary on the film’s web site about the general problem of science and history denial in our society:


drwho2Special Event for

Fans of “Dr. Who” and Science Fiction Enthusiasts

Thursday, October 20  from 3:00-5:00 pm
Porter Room at the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta

All “Dr Who” fans, science fiction enthusiasts and members of the community, are welcome to hear Karen Hellekson present a fascinating program titled “‘Dr Who’ Fan Fiction and the “Dr Who” Phenomenon” in the Porter Room at the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta on Thursday, October 20  from 3:00-5:00 pm.

Karen Hellekson, the author of “Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet,” will show how fans of the iconic BBC TV show have engaged with the show by producing fan-created videos that fall into one of two categories: affirmational and transformational videos. Affirmational fans, who are usually male, seek to restate the helleksonphotosource material and to affirm the creator or producer, who may actually sanction the fan artwork. Transformative fans, on the other hand, are usually female; they seek to transform the source material; and they are usually not interested in the creator or producer, at least in terms of their artwork creation.

Hellekson will present fan-created videos to illustrate the differences between the two categories and highlight their commonalities. She will use clips from several examples of Doctor Who recons (reconstructions). Affirmational fans, taking advantage of the fact that audio exists for all the broadcast episodes, have created videos of the missing episodes by stringing together stills from the show or by creating cartoons, and playing the images over the soundtrack. In contrast, transformational fans do not seek to create a text that evokes canon. Hellekson will show several transformational fan-created videos. These videos, including song/music videos, splice together clips that, read along with the music, tell a new story, with a focus on post-2005 “Doctor Who.

This event, sponsored by Coastal Senior College, is free and open to the public.


“Love Letters”
A Two Person Play

loveletters2 September 21, 2016, 2-4 pm
Skidompha Public Library, Porter Room, Damariscotta

“Love Letters,” a play for two actors, written by A. R. Gurney and performed often since its 1988 premiere, will be performed in the Porter Room at the Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta on September 21, 2016 from 2-4 pm.

Ethan and Barbara Stanley will perform the roles of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, a man and a woman who have known each other since they were very young.  They sit side by side at tables and each reads aloud, in sequence, and reacts to letters they have received from each other over the 50 years of their long and complicated relationship.  In the letters they discuss the hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. Though it becomes obvious that they are not well-matched, the unfolding of their tale is full of wonderful moments, with the audience embracing them and wishing that life was just a little more perfect.

The performance is sponsored by Coastal Senior College.

Ranked Choice Voting:  What You Need to Know to Decide

FairVote_MaineFriday, September 16, 2016, 5 pm to 8:00 pm
Skidompha Library, Porter Room, Damariscotta.
co-Sponsored with Fair Vote Maine

On November 8, Mainers will make a very important decision as they vote on referendum question #5 that will determine whether Maine will change to a system of Ranked Choice Voting for federal and state primary and general elections beginning in the 2018 election cycle.

On Friday, September 16th, at 5:00 p.m. the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta will host a free informational session on ranked choice voting, sponsored by Coastal Senior College and presented by FairVote Maine, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving democracy through public education on a number of election-reform related issues. Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and engaging the public on matters of money in politics and campaign finance law will also be represented at the event.

The presentation provides a general overview of Ranked Choice Voting, with a focus on how it works, how it compares to the current system of voting, and where it is currently used across the country and the world. The presentation will demonstrate RCV sample ballots and tabulation.  There will be a question and answer session following the presentation to allow attendees to gain a thorough, fair, and balanced understanding of the possible benefits and costs of this system.
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Annual Luncheon

Transitioning Maine to a Sustainable Clean Energy Economy

May 19, 2016

Pictured on the right is Chris Frost, a CSC board member and organizer of the event, speaking with a student, Judy Ekholm.

Coastal Senior College’s annual luncheon, open to all, will take place Thursday, May 19 at Water’s Edge in Edgecomb. There will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres available beginning at 11:30 a.m.; the buffet luncheon will begin at noon and will include a sirloin carving station, a full salad bar, and buffet with vegetables, pasta, pork, and chicken. The featured speaker will follow at 1 p.m.

CSC has had a tradition of interesting speakers on timely subjects, and this year, Phil Coupe, a founding member and managing partner of ReVision Energy, will continue that tradition with a presentation on “Transitioning Maine to a Sustainable Clean Energy Economy.” ReVision is the leader in solar installation in Maine, and is garnering headlines weekly in its successful efforts to expand solar energy use. The latest venture is a solar farm planned for the Morris Farm in Wiscasset; one was established in Edgecomb a couple of years ago.

Prior to co-founding ReVision, Coupe served as Vice President and Director of Corporate Philanthropy at a startup company in Washington, D.C. that received numerous awards for its socially responsible business initiatives and also twice made the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. ReVision is a “B” corporation, which stands for “benefit” and designates one that is dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Other founders of ReVision are Fortunat Mueller and Bill Behrens who was one of four coauthors of the famous report “Limits to Growth” which launched the public discourse in the 1970s about an unsustainable fossil fuel world.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-286-1594. Some tickets will also be available at the door. Water’s Edge is on Rte. 1 just north of the Davey Bridge. 

 Click here for a map to the facility.


Freedom Summer, A Rememberance

April 7, 2016, 2 pm
Friends Meeting House, Damariscotta

One of the most momentous times in the nation’s history, the 1964 Freedom Summer of the civil rights movement, will be the subject of a presentation by two Maine professors who participated in it. The talk, sponsored by the Events Committee of Coastal Senior College, will take place on Thursday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, Damariscotta..

Mel ZarrA campaign to register black voters in Mississippi, Freedom Summer attracted more than 1,000 out-of-state volunteers, mostly white and from the north, to work alongside thousands of black Mississippians. Professor Mel Zarr, law professor at the University Of Maine School Of Law, began his legal career in 1963 as a civil rights lawyer in Mississippi, and quickly developed an expertise in helping his clients, including Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., find refuge in the federal courts.

Jim MatlackJim Matlack, a retired professor of English at Cornell University, went to Mississippi in 1963 to help form the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, returning the following summer – Freedom Summer – to teach at a black college in Holly Springs and assist in the voter registration drive. He is a life-long Quaker, former director of the American Friends Service Committee in Washington, D.C. and, retiring to Rockport, is now involved with the Maine Public Policy committee of the Friends and Clerk of the Midcoast Friends Meeting.

In addition to sharing their personal experiences, the two will talk about the legal challenges facing the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Freedom Riders in Mississippi and the issue of voter suppression today. The format will be conversational and there will be time for questions from the audience.

CSC regularly presents programs of interest, free of charge, to the public. For further information, contact Bruce Rockwood at

Here is a link to the article Art Mayers did for the Boothbay Register on the Freedom Summer event:

Here is also a link to the video he did, which will be on LCTV soon: 


Homeowner Energy Clinics, 2016

 Feb. 4, 11 and 25th at Camden Hills H.S.
Feb. 12, Sheepscot General Store, Whitefield
all from 6 to 8 p.m.

KandoA homeowner energy clinic is a two hour workshop that covers the basics of building science and a rich variety of techniques to improve the energy efficiency of an existing house. During and after a richly illustrated presentation, those present are encouraged to ask their own questions and bring up challenges they face in upgrading their houses. The presentation is  designed to primarily serve homeowners, but it is also useful to others involved in weatherizing  homes and other buildings.

“The idea is to demystify home weatherization and encourage even the most timid home owner to act. The goal is to reduce energy waste and save money, without creating new problems in the house. ”, said Paul Kando who has been offering independent energy audits and energy seminars around the Midcoast region for years. “In our eagerness to plug holes that let in cold drafts, it is easy to forget that heat, air and moisture interact in a house, so tightening the structure the wrong way can cause unintended moisture problems, for example.”

Thursday, November 19, 1-3 pm in  the Friends Meetinghouse, Belvedere Rd. Damariscotta; and Tuesday, December 1, 6-8 pm in the Waldoboro Public Library, Main St. Waldoboro. Both workshops, jointly offered by the Coastal Senior College and Midcoast Green Collaborative, are free to the public.

The instructor is Paul Kando, energy researcher, columnist, and teacher.Kando is a retired engineer, with over forty years of hands-on energy and building research experience  in the US and Europe. A co-founder of the Midcoast Green Collaborative and the Maine Passive House Association, he is a member of the Coastal Senior College faculty, and an instructor in adult education.


This Changes Everything

Thursday February 11, 2016 at 1:30pm in Skidompha Library’s Porter Room

this changes everythingBased on Naomi Klein’s international bestselling book addressing the challenge of climate change, This Changes Everything was filmed in nine countries over four years and presents portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. As daunting a challenge as climate change is, her conclusion is that the crisis is an opportunity to transform what she views as failed economic systems.

Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the 2007 international bestseller, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.”

A discussion will follow the film, led by Bruce Rockwood, CSC environmental law and ethics professor, and Chloe Maxmin, a Lincoln Academy and Harvard graduate who attended the recent Paris climate talks. She started the Climate Action Club at Lincoln and at Harvard co-founded Divest Harvard, a campaign calling on the University to divest from fossil fuels, which grew from group of three into a movement of over 70,000 people. She has received national and international recognition for her activism, including being named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone, receiving the Brower Youth Award, and appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher. She is currently a Fellow with The Nation magazine.

In the light of the recent Paris climate talks and historic agreement among nations, this film couldn’t be timelier. For further information about the book and film you can go to the website: . For more information about the program, contact Bruce Rockwood at .


Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 1 p.m.
Wiscasset Communications Center (click for directions) 

Permaculture_gardenJanuary seems a good time to start thinking about spring planting. Topher Belknap, an early member of the Midcoast Green Collaborative, will present a program on permaculture on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Wiscasset Communications Building on Rte. 1 next to the county courthouse. The event is sponsored by Coastal Senior College.

Belknap has had a long-time interest in sustainable energy practices, conducting energy audits (more than 400) in the area since 2006. He is also an inventor: after investigating and rejecting as inadequate all commercially available energy audit software, he wrote his own for the Collaborative, and keeps improving it based on new information gathered from the field. His latest invention is an indoor storm window that has gained popularity across the region and, via the Internet, around the country and world-wide.

A graduate of Bowdoin College in Math and Computer Science, he has completed formal course work in permaculture after years of practice and experimentation. For more information about the program, contact or .


“Merchants of Doubt” at Skidompha

Friday, December 11, 2015

Merchants of DoubtThe film “Merchants of Doubt” will be presented by Coastal Senior College Events Committee on Friday, December 11 at 1:30 pm in Skidompha Library’s Porter Room in Damariscotta. The film is based on the book of the same title by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway who explain how a loose–knit group of high-level scientists, with extensive political connections, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades on a number of issues, including the harms of tobacco, acid rain, the ozone hole, global warming, and DDT.

Oreskes is one of the world’s leading historians of science, professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Conway is an historian of science and technology currently employed at the California Institute of Technology. He studies and documents the history of space exploration and examines the intersections of space science, earth science, and technological change.

The film will follow with a discussion led by Professor Bruce L. Rockwood, who has taught environmental law and ethics for Coastal Senior College. For further information, contact him at

Homeowner Energy Clinics, 2015

Thursday, November 19, Damariscotta

Tuesday, December 1, Waldoboro

KandoA homeowner energy clinic is a two hour workshop that covers the basics of building science and a rich variety of techniques to improve the energy efficiency of an existing house. During and after a richly illustrated presentation, those present are encouraged to ask their own questions and bring up challenges they face in upgrading their houses. The presentation is  designed to primarily serve homeowners, but it is also useful to others involved in weatherizing  homes and other buildings.

“The idea is to demystify home weatherization and encourage even the most timid home owner to act. The goal is to reduce energy waste and save money, without creating new problems in the house. ”, said Paul Kando who has been offering independent energy audits and energy seminars around the Midcoast region for years. “In our eagerness to plug holes that let in cold drafts, it is easy to forget that heat, air and moisture interact in a house, so tightening the structure the wrong way can cause unintended moisture problems, for example.”

Thursday, November 19, 1-3 pm in  the Friends Meetinghouse, Belvedere Rd. Damariscotta; and Tuesday, December 1, 6-8 pm in the Waldoboro Public Library, Main St. Waldoboro. Both workshops, jointly offered by the Coastal Senior College and Midcoast Green Collaborative, are free to the public.

The instructor is Paul Kando, energy researcher, columnist, and teacher.Kando is a retired engineer, with over forty years of hands-on energy and building research experience  in the US and Europe. A co-founder of the Midcoast Green Collaborative and the Maine Passive House Association, he is a member of the Coastal Senior College faculty, and an instructor in adult education.


Maine Native American Tribe versus the State of Maine

THE PENOBSCOTTuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
Midcoast Friend Meeting House, Damariscotta

On Tuesday, November 17, at 6:30 pm, the Coastal Senior College will present a free screening and discussion of the film The Penobscot: Ancestral River, Contested Territory, at the Midcoast Friends Meeting House, 77 Belvedere Road, in Damariscotta. The documentary film from Sunlight Media explores the conflict between the state of Maine and the Penobscot Nation over contested uses of the Penobscot River territory. From the 1700’s to the current legal battle in Penobscot Nation v. Mills, the film illustrates the Penobscots’ centuries-long fight to retain their territory and treaty-reserved sustenance fishing rights for future generations. Featuring first-person accounts, the film tells the urgent, inspiring story of a struggle for justice and cultural survival in the face of an astonishingly open abuse of state power.

The case is taking place in the context of a larger state battle over river jurisdiction and water quality standards. In February, the federal EPA ruled that Maine must improve its water quality standards to protect Penobscot sustenance fishing rights. Governor Paul LePage has called the ruling “outrageous” and threatened to relinquish state regulatory responsibilities to the federal EPA if they did not reverse the ruling.

The film runs for approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer period. The Sunlight Media Collective is a collaboration between Penobscot and non-native filmmakers. The film is an example of an up-swell of activism and work on issues affecting the Wabanaki tribes, and its showing is co-sponsored by the Maine Sierra Club, . For further information, visit the Coastal Senior College web site at .


November 2, 2015 1:00 PM

writers-readx380The dedicated writers of the Coastal Senior College Writers’ Group will be giving readings from their current work at the “Writers Read” event at the Camden Public Library on Monday, November 2, at 1:00 pm. “Writers Read” features authors from Marilyn Muth’s writing group presenting their own poems and short stories. This annual presentation has attracted a larger audience for each of the past five years. The audience has greatly enjoyed hearing examples of the creativity and humor of some of their fellow Coastal Senior College members. “We have all been continually impressed and amazed at what these lively minds have brought forth, and feel certain that you will, too,” said Jack Farlow, volunteer and instructor at Senior College.

As has been the case in past years, this event is co-sponsored by Coastal Senior College and the Camden Public Library. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. “We aim to benefit from the members’ different skills and experience,” said Marilyn Muth. “We are our own audience and critics, and we enjoy this opportunity to read for the public!”

Standing, from left: Ken Keoughan, Gin Mackey, Norbert Nathanson, Carol Luchetti, Barbara Furey, Peter Muth. In front: Bob Olfenbuttel and Marilyn Muth. (Missing:  Marilyn Hotch and Carolyn Russ)


League of Women Voters: Public Discourse and the League’s Study Process

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from Noon to 2, in Wiscasset, at the 911 Lincoln County Communications Room, located just off Route 1, behind and below the Court House.  Click for map.

A_coloured_voting_box.svgThe Coastal Senior College will host a presentation by the League of Women Voters in Maine (LWVME) on Wednesday, October 14, from Noon to 2, in Wiscasset, at the 911 Lincoln County Communications Room, located just off Route 1, behind and below the Court House.

The League of Women Voters was formed in 1920 to help newly enfranchised women fully participate in public affairs.  With 95 years of action-oriented non-partisanship, the LWV opened to men in 1976.

There is public concern that our government is failing to address the major issues that voters care about. Partisanship is viewed by many as the cause of dysfunctional leadership and legislative process at both the national and state levels.

The LWVME is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major political policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

How does a non-partisan political organization form its advocacy positions?  The subject of this forum is just that.  The LWV has a “study process” which begins with selecting an issue, proceeds through primary and secondary research within a committee structure, and ends with a national call to all local Leagues to come to consensus on a position that provides a basis for advocacy and action.

LWVME presenters are Anne Schink and Barbara Kaufman.  Anne is in her second term as a member of the National Board of the League of Women Voters.  Presently, Anne is one of 2 Maine Leaguers to have been selected as national participants in the League’s latest study on Amending the Constitution.  She will walk us through this study process as co-participants.

Before moving to Maine, she was on the state board of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania for six years and state president for four years.

Anne now also consults in volunteer management, training, and facilitation.

Barbara Kaufman is President of the Portland Area League chapter and a member of the LWVME Board of Directors.  This is the third year she has participated in a Coastal Senior College pre-election presentation and can’t imagine a world without engaged citizens coming together for a civil discussion of issues.

FMI: Carmen Lavertu, Coastal Senior College, program contact, or 354-9556


Making Change through Nonviolent Action

Friday, August 21, 2015, 5:00 to 7:30 pm


Rivera-w-DIThe Challenge of Change Coastal Senior College dialogue group invites friends and neighbors to join us in a personal conversation with Rivera Sun. A major activity for Challenge of Change members this year has been to join the Dandelion Insurrection book group.

We are pleased to host a visit with the author, Rivera Sun, to highlight the practical teachings of nonviolent and creative social, political, cultural change depicted in this imaginative novel.

Rivera, who grew up in Maine, has written several social protest novels. She also offers theatrical renditions of social protest, writes essays, and conducts workshops.

Welcome to an intelligent, aware, and inspirational young leader of the transformative generation!

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Midcoast Friends Meetinghouse
77 Belvedere Rd Damariscotta (click here for directions)

Money in Politics: Whose Democracy Is It?

Thursday, August 20, 2015  at the Camden Library

MCCEAnn Luther from the League of Women Voters of Maine and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections will be speaking at noon on Thursday, August 20 at the Camden Library about money in politics, the continuing struggle for political equality, and the significance of a referendum this November to advance new campaign finance reforms.

The referendum, An Act to Strengthen the Maine Clean Election Act, Improve Disclosure and Make Other Changes to the Campaign Finance Laws, will provide a way to restore equality to Maine voters against the advantages of big money campaign funders, according to its supporters. They believe it is important not only for Maine voters who have enjoyed a Clean Elections system since 2000, but that strong support for the Referendum will be inspiring to citizens across the Nation who want to reverse the harmful effects of recent Supreme Court decisions.

Luther was the lead signer on the Clean Elections petition.  She works closely with both the League of Women Voters of Maine (LWVME) and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) on their shared priority issues of clean elections and campaign finance reform. She has been on the LWVME Board since 2001 and currently serves as Treasurer as well as Advocacy Chair. On behalf of the League, she works on Clean Elections, campaign finance reform, voting rights, ethics in government and repeal of term limits. She has been on the MCCE Board since 2006, now serving as its Treasurer, and received the 2013 Maine ACLU Baldwin award.

MCCE was founded in the mid 1990’s as a broad coalition of organizations that worked to pass the Maine Clean Elections Act in 1996.  MCCE and MCCE Action, now stand-alone organizations, work to advocate, defend, and improve the Act and related campaign finance reform issues. MCCE Action has led the signature campaign to put the Clean Elections Initiative before the voters in November 2015.

Founded almost 100 years ago, the League of Women Voters has been a national leader on many issues, including campaign finance reform since the mid-1970s. In Maine, the League was a lead organization in the diverse coalition that worked for the passage of the Maine Clean Election Act in 1996 and has played a continuing role in defending it ever since.

The program is open to the public at no charge. It is sponsored by Coastal Senior College and The League of Women Voters Maine. For further information contact Carmen Lavertu (CSC) 354-9556 or

 May 29: Annual Luncheon, 2015

Something Different This Year!

Samoset Resort, Rockport
Doors open at 11 a.m.
Registration begins May 1

Sculptor Victor Goldsmith and "Sleeping Lovers"

Sculptor Victor Goldsmith and “Sleeping Lovers”

The Coastal Senior College Board of Trustees has noted that at past Annual Luncheons, the attendees had relatively little time for socializing with old friends and meeting new ones.  Typically, just the half hour prior to luncheon was the only time one could meet and interact with anyone not seated at their own table of eight.  The Events Committee has set up a fun situation to overcome this difficulty–something different this year!

Noting that CSC members have active minds and are unusually observant and creative, the Events Committee decided it would be an enjoyable learning experience (and meet the Board objective) to carry out an easy exercise invented for museum goers.

Click for a larger view and complete description.

  • The object is to use our powers of observation to briefly (five minutes) study an art object we had never seen before, and then to observe and record our own reactions to it in a simple, four-line format (which would then turn out to be a free-form, non-rhyming, non-scanning “modern” poem)– the Diamante Poem. Often, just this would reveal hitherto unknown facets of ourselves.
  • Next, by hearing, thinking about and briefly discussing each of the eight poems generated at our table, we will learn something special about each of our table-mates and about the extraordinary variety and subtlety of the human mind. Each table selects one of the eight poems to share with the entire luncheon audience.
  • And now we all will hear and appreciate the still greater diversity of human observation, mind-set and use of language the poems based on different sculptures selected by attendees at the other tables.
  •  Finally, we hope that each of us can identify someone(s) previously unknown whose mind-set (as demonstrated by their poem and discussion) gives promise of belonging to a hitherto-unidentified, potential friend, with whom we could then go talk.
  •  And, of course, it’s always great to create something special of your very own!
  • Poet Ellen Goldsmith

    The frosting on the cake will be the informed comments of published poet Ellen Goldsmith and sculptor Victor Goldsmith.

  • Those of you who are “not quite sure” about this exercise may gain confidence from the fact that fourth-graders (and up!) find it enjoyable and quite easy to be successful.  And you could also “practice” making up a poem with objects in your own house ahead of time …
  • Each luncheon attendee will have time to look at Victor’s sculptures displayed around the hall and to select one of especial interest. Then each will record their reactions in a short, easy, specified format (which will turn out to yield a “diamante” poem!). Each table of eight will choose one of these for further consideration by a small committee. Ellen Goldsmith will read the “winner” and comment on some of the others. And Victor Goldsmith will then present brief comments on each of his sculptures. Lots of interesting viewpoints and observations will certainly emerge, and some attendees will discover their previously unknown talent. This will be quite painless and lots of fun!
  • Registration begins May 1. Lunch will be a choice of chicken piccata or Asian vegetarian stir fry, salad, dessert, coffee, tea. Cost is $24 each.  A cash bar will be available.   Reservations can be made through UROCK at 1-800-286-1594 between May 1 and May 22.  Click here for a Registration form.

[ For more information, please contact Jack Farlow by phone at: 207-832-7816 or at: ]