State quilt show

AUGUSTA – Pine Tree Quilters Guild Inc. will present its 30th annual quilt show Friday through Sunday, July 27 to 29, at the Augusta Civic Center.

More than 500 quilts will be on display, including art, antique, judged, display and raffle. Special exhibits will include 52 ship quilts and “Quilting Then and Now: 1978-2007.”

In addition, there will be a merchants’ mall with 41 vendors from across the U.S., demonstrations, lectures, quilt appraisals, workshops and a silent auction of small quilts and bags, with all proceeds going to Maine Cancer Foundation Women’s Cancer Fund.

There is a show preview and champagne reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Hours Friday and Saturday will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily admission will be $7; children 12 and under free with paid adult.

For more information, visit or contact Nancy Zienkiewicz, Maine quilts coordinator, at [email protected] or 415-4417.

Writing retreat

BATH – Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance will host its annual fall writing retreat Sept. 21 to 23 at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle.

Six workshops will be offered: “Beginning Fiction, Prose Basics” with Tanya Whiton; “The Idiosyncratic ‘I,’ or the Pleasures, Perils and Pitfalls of the Personal Essay,” Elizabeth Peavey; “Advanced Poetry Revision,” Dawn Potter; “Novel Ideas,” Suzanne Strempek Shea; “Constructing a Novel for Young Readers,” Sarah L. Thomson; and “You are the Maine Character,” Carolyn Gage.

For registration and fellowship information materials, visit Registration deadline is Sept. 15, but early sign-up is encouraged as workshops fill quickly.

Writers’ conclave

BELFAST – The 13th annual conference of the Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at First Baptist Church, High Street. The one-day event is open to writers of all ages, experience and genres. The cost is $20.

This year’s theme is “You’ve Written It – Now What?” Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

Three workshop sessions will be held during the day with a choice of topics, including “Research Your Subject,” “Freelance Writing Market,” “Developing Fiction Characters,” “Writing Poetry,” “Writing for Family Heritage,” “Get Your Works Published,” “Writing Memoirs,” “The Business Side of Writing” and “Marketing Published Works.”

Two small group sessions will be divided by genre interest, and there will be a short talk by Bob and Martha Stevenson of Carbon Copy on self-publishing/printing and a Live Writers’ Society.

Attendees are asked to take a bag lunch. Beverages will be provided. The afternoon will include a worship session, evaluation and door prizes, closing by 5 p.m. Paid critique services are also available. Authors with works to sell may reserve table space.

For more information and a registration form, e-mail Vicki Reynolds Schad at [email protected] or call Susan Page Davis at 426-8851 or e-mail Davis at [email protected]

Museum programs

AUGUSTA – Lisa Kane, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. will present a program, “Skins and Skulls,” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 21, at the Maine State Museum.

Kane will show visitors how to be wildlife detectives and identify a mystery skull and skin. Then from 1 to 3 p.m. museum curators David and Paula Work will host the Curators’ Corner. Kids are invited to bring in rocks, fungi, feathers or other natural object and identify them with the help of the museum’s science curators.

Admission to the museum is free all that day. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, contact the museum at 287-2301 or go to

Star party

WESTBROOK – The Southern Maine Astronomers will offer an evening of public stargazing at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the “Upper Fields” (soccer fields) at Westbrook High School on Stroudwater Street.

“This is the second of five public star parties in the greater Portland area that SMA is hosting this summer,” said Paul Howell, president.

SMA members will also offer a telescope clinic. Persons seeking that kind of help should arrive around 6:30 p.m.

In the event of overcast skies, the star party will take place Sunday, July 22, if it is clear. The star party is free, although donations will be accepted. For more information, visit

New volunteers

LEWISTON – The Abused Women’s Advocacy Project recently launched a new volunteer training program.

Six volunteers from Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties attended a three-week training from May to June at the project administrative office. Volunteers learned skills that will help them understand and support victims of domestic violence when volunteering for the agency.

For more information or to become a volunteer, contact Diane Feely, AWAP volunteer coordinator, at 795-6736, ext. 14. The next training will be in September.