Events – Portland Press Herald

Exhibition of historic fashion open to the public
The Maine Historical Society (MHS) will bring historical clothing and fashion to modern audiences through its new two-part exhibit, “Northern Threads: Two Centuries of Dress at Maine Historical Society,” on view beginning Wednesday at the MHS Gallery at 489 Congress St.
In the midst of MHS’s 200th anniversary, the exhibit examines how the clothing worn by Maine residents from the late 18th to mid-20th centuries reveals the social, economic, and environmental history of our state. Over the course of the year, the exhibit will explore key themes such as fabric production and accessibility, societal expectations, the devastating impact of the fur trade on Maine’s wildlife and ecology, and the independence of women. It will also illuminate history with never-before-seen items from the MHS permanent collection, as well as unprecedented public online access through the Maine Memory Network.
Part I of the exhibition “The garment around 1780-1889”, open from March 16 to July 30, offers vignettes including the lamb pouch from the 1830s; Civil War era fashions; mourning clothing and practices; adaptive fabric reuse; deconstructed restlessness; and outerwear, as well as silhouettes in sequence.
Part II, “Clothing Circa 1890-1980,” will run August 12 through December 31, with vignettes such as Maine’s Golden Age; 1920s-1930s fashion; working women; chemistry and fashion; bridal and formal wear; swimwear; and outerwear, as well as silhouettes in sequence.
Virtual access, complementary exhibitions and public programs will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition, including a 3D virtual tour and detailed digital exhibition to increase 24/7 public access for those who cannot visit the gallery in person; public and educational programming, including a March 22 lecture on MHS’ historic clothing collection with textile and dress historian and consultant curator Jacqueline Field; and a talk on April 13 with Richard Thompson Ford on “Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History.”
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The public invited to the transport forum
The first-ever Statewide Active Transportation Plan (SATP) for Maine is underway and help is needed to make it as robust as possible.
The MaineDOT is hosting a public forum from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. This is the first public forum to cover the “family of plans” – Active Transportation, Rail, Transit and Aviation – which will all feed into MaineDOT’s long-range plan. After an overview, attendees will be able to choose two breakout sessions to attend.
Advance registration is recommended. On the registration form, please select “Active Transportation Plan”. The registration link is

Drama students make their debut ahead of the festival
Freeport High School drama students are gearing up for the statewide One Act festival this month and will perform two previews of their 40-minute Agatha Christie play “The Patient” before the competition.
The show will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, both at the Freeport Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door cash only or online, in advance with a credit card, at

A heritage skills teacher leads a conference
Patrons and friends of the Vose Library are invited to a Vose or Virtual Wednesday series lecture with author and heritage skills teacher Elizabeth Miller at 7 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom.
About 20 years ago, Miller moved his family from suburban New Jersey to a 200-year-old Federal-era house and barn in rural Maine. She didn’t garden, raise chickens or bees, didn’t know how to preserve food, or how to make soap or hook rugs. But Miller embarked on a journey to learn these heritage skills that had been somewhat forgotten, and today she owns and operates Parris House Wool Works, a traditional rug hooking business serving artisans and end buyers. . It is also a village farm and workshop where she practices and teaches heritage skills, including all aspects of gardening, beekeeping, carpet laying, conservation and soap making. She teaches in the studio and at select teaching venues and her work has been featured in Making Magazine, Rug Hooking Magazine and on the Maine Cabin Masters TV show.
Signed copies of Miller’s book “Heritage Skills for Contemporary Life: Seasons at the Parris House” are available at
or order a copy from booksellers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other independent booksellers.
Closed captioning will be available. For a Zoom link to join the discussion, call 785-4733, email [email protected] or stop by the Vose Library at 392 Common Road.

Put on your dancing shoes for the blues
Kennebunkport Historical Society will present two blues concerts. One at 7 p.m. Wednesday and the other at 1 p.m. Sunday, with both performances at the Historic Town House School at 135 North St.
Bassist Dana Pearson and keyboardist Mark Gunter will be joined by guitarist Andy Oliver and drummer Ron Breton for the shows. Artists covered include Junior Wells, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Howlin’ Wolf, Nina Simone, Robert Johnson and Albert King. Dance shoes are highly recommended.
Masks are mandatory. Evening shows are BYOB (21+ only).
Tickets are $15 for members and $18 for all others and are available online at

The Admiral will give a presentation on naval operations
The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) will hold a public meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brick Store Museum’s Program Center, 4 Dane St.
The speaker, Vice Admiral William Merz, has extensive experience in naval operations, from command of the 7th Fleet to various war preparedness operations focused on the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. It will address the “strengths and vulnerabilities of islands off China’s eastern coast” and likely recent concerns in Ukraine.
The meeting is free and open to the public.

Library updates weekly event offerings
The Wells Public Library will host the following programs this week at 1434 Post Road:
• Wishful Reading, a monthly adult fiction book group, will meet Tuesday at 2 p.m. The next book discussion will be on “Little Comfort” by Edwin Hill. Reserve a copy by calling the library or using the online catalog today. No registration necessary.
• A St. Patrick’s Day party for teens will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, including snacks, crafts and activities. Wear green!
• The French-language conversational group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for an informal approach to practicing or relearning French. This week the program will take place at the library. For more details, contact Cindy Appleby at [email protected]
• The Lego Club for children of all ages will meet at 3:00 p.m. Friday. Participants are invited to build masterpieces with Legos or solve Rubik’s cubes, with all materials provided by the library.
• Also on Friday, the Arts Fibers Group will meet at 10:30 am to work on individual or collective projects. Seamstresses of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to join for ideas, inspiration and lively conversations. For more details, contact Stefanie Claydon at [email protected]
• Mother Goose story time will be offered at 10:30 am on Monday. Children aged 24 months and under, accompanied by their caregivers, are invited to participate in recovery activities, nursery rhymes, songs and finger games. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of Wells Public Library.
For details, call the library at 646-8181.

Dinner, dance, a fundraiser helps a veteran
The American Legion is hosting a fundraiser Saturday night at American Legion Post No. 24, 184 Congress St.
The event will begin with a potluck at 6 p.m., hosted by the Legion, followed by dancing to music by The Salty Dogs Band from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission is by a $10 donation at the door. There will be raffles for door prizes. Proceeds go to help pay the medical bills of a local veteran’s family.
Call Charlene for details at 357-9494.

Learn how to make homes more age-friendly
The 2022 Seacoast Village Project Luncheon Series for Seniors continues online Tuesday lunchtime with “Adapting Your Home for Safety and Easier Living,” featuring Kris Rench.
The virtual program is intended for seniors but open to everyone. The free presentation will take place via Zoom and requires prior registration.
Rench will discuss how home modifications can improve safety and prevent falls. He will share tips and strategies for planning ahead and increasing the chances of aging in your home. The presentation will cover common safety upgrades ranging from simple and inexpensive activities like clearing clutter and installing additional handrails to larger renovations like widening doorways, modifying bathrooms or improving the access.
For more details or to register, visit

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