Sunday

December Events at Mechanics' hall


Mechanics’ Hall Library December Events
Tues.Dec.2nd
First Tuesday Book Club
1776 by David McCullough
"David McCullough tells the story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence - when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper." "Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the King's men, the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known." "Here also is the Revolution as experienced by American Loyalists, Hessian mercenaries, politicians, preachers, traitors, spies, men and women of all kinds caught in the paths of war." "At the center of the drama, with Washington, are two young American patriots, who, at first, knew no more of war than what they had read in books - Nathanael Greene, a Quaker who was made a general at thirty-three, and Henry Knox, a twenty-five-year-old bookseller” ............http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1776-david-mccullough/1100185210?ean=9780743226721
Meeting held in the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association        Library at 12:00 noon
  519 Congress St, second floor, elevator accessible
 Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks(tea or lemonade) provided
 All are welcome.                Pre-reading of the book is not required.
  FMI call pat at 773-8396 or e-mail at   mcma1857@gmail.com

Kristine Biegel will be continuing her exhibit of “Whimsical Maine
DECEMBER ARTIST  KRISTINE BIEGEL -WHIMSICAL  MAINE” 
“Maine is definitely the way life should be and this group of paintings takes inspiration from the beautiful Maine landscape as well as the people and lifestyles that make us a unique 
and inspirational community.” 
The Creative Child and Adult Arts Program www.creativechildart.net 
December 5th, First Friday Artwalk in the library, 5:00-8:00 pm
Congress St. will be closed off between Monument Square and Congress Square.-6:00-8:00 pm
“Artist and Authors”
Kristine Biegel exhibiting her colorful and whimsical artwork and local authors;
Edward & Morgan Rielly and David Morse
Edward Rielly, a Westbrook resident, is a professor of English and director of the Writing and Publishing program at Saint Joseph’s College.  He has published about two dozen books, including biographies, studies of baseball and football in relation to American society, and volumes of his own poetry. His most recent book is a memoir of his childhood, Bread Pudding and Other Memories: A Boyhood on the Farm.  
  Morgan Rielly is a 2014 graduate of Westbrook High School, where he was salutatorian, served four years as class president, and was a student representative on the Westbrook City Council.  Now a student at Bowdoin College, he wrote Neighborhood Heroes: Life Lessons from Maine’s Greatest Generation based on interviews that he conducted with World War II veterans.
  They will bring copies of Bread Pudding and Other Memories: A Boyhood on the Farm, Sitting Bull: A Biography, and three collections of my poetry: A Fine, Safe Journey; To Sadie at 18 Months and Other Poems; and Old Whitman Loved Baseball and Other Baseball Poems.
  Morgan, of course, will have copies of his Neighborhood Heroes: Life Lessons from Maine’s Greatest Generation.
Author; David Morse
David Morse, a retired radiologist, is a published poet and short story writer. He has led writers groups in Northampton, Massachusetts, Boothbay Harbor and Wells, Maine. His experiences climbing with his wife and three children, hiking and exploring new places were the inspiration for writing “Julie’s Climb”.
Always an observer of life around him, he enjoys writing about the challenges that daily life presents. In Harry and Maude he has found the perfect couple who try to cope with their missteps along the way while finding humor in their resolution.
He lives in Wells with his wife, Joan.

Friday

mcma-art.blogspot.com: Mechanics' Hall Library Events in November

mcma-art.blogspot.com: Mechanics' Hall Library Events in November

Mechanics' Hall Library Events in November

 Tues.Nov. 4th
First Tuesday Book Club
From acclaimed novelist Kate Christensen, Blue Plate Special is a mouthwatering literary memoir about an unusual upbringing and the long, winding path to happiness.

“To taste fully is to live fully.” For Kate Christensen, food and eating have always been powerful connectors to self and world—“a subterranean conduit to sensuality, memory, desire.” Her appetites run deep; in her own words, she spent much of her life as “a hungry, lonely, wild animal looking for happiness and stability.” Now, having found them at last, in this passionate feast of a memoir she reflects upon her journey of innocence lost and wisdom gained, mistakes made and lessons learned, and hearts broken and mended.”


Meeting held in the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association          
          Library at 12:00 noon
 519 Congress St, second floor, elevator accessible
 Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks(tea or lemonade) provided
 All are welcome. 
Pre-reading of the book is not required.

 FMI call pat at 773-8396 or e-mail at   mcma1857@gmail.com

November -MCMA Library Event    
First Friday , Nov.7th, Artist-Kristine Biegel
On exhibit for the month of November


        "Whimsical Maine" 
    “Maine is definitely the way life should be and this group of paintings takes inspiration from the beautiful Maine landscape as well as the people and lifestyles that make us a unique and inspirational community."
    Kristine Biegel
Kristine is the owner of The Creative Child and Adult Arts Program.
She has been teaching art classes for over 15 years, sometimes in the art studio, sometimes in schools both public and private, as well as Art Museums, libraries and other non-profits.
She has her Masters in Education and loves to work with artists of all ages and abilities.  She believes that everyone can make great art!
She loves to paint, travel and spend time with her family.

Kristine is the owner of The Creative Child and Adult Arts Program.
She has been teaching art classes for over 15 years, sometimes in the art studio, sometimes in schools both public and private, as well as Art Museums, libraries and other non-profits.
She has her Masters in Education and loves to work with artists of all ages and abilities.  She believes that everyone can make great art!
She loves to paint, travel and spend time with her family.


The Creative Child and Adult Arts Program

Travel Films and dates
Monday,Nov. 10 - "The Other Side of Mexico" is a journey away from the news headlines and the beach resorts.  It is a journey into the scenically dramatic, historically significant and wonderfully colorful Central Highlands.  Included are the contrasts of ancient and modern Mexico City, award-winning arts and crafts, folk dancing and mariachi bands!

Monday, Nov. 24 - "Italy's Fabled Isles, Sicily, Capri and Elba".  Our ports of call include places mentioned in Richard Halliburton's "Glorious Adventure" and Homer's "Odyssey".  We'll walk the land once ruled by Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Normans while soaking up centuries of culture.

All lectures are at McAuley auditorium on Stevens Ave. in Portland at 7:30PM.  Parking is on-site and the building is wheelchair accessible.  Refreshments will be served.
 Entrance to Mechanics' Hall 519 Congress St

Thursday

October Events at the MCMA


 MCMA October Artist-The Art of Teaching Printmaking  -Progressive Prints    
by Jayne Young           OpeningReception, First Friday Downtown Artwalk
October 3, 5:00-8:00 pm
Mechanics’Hall Library 519 congress St.
2nd floor, elevator accessible
First Tuesday Book Club, Mechanics’ Hall Library
Tues. Oct.7th
First Tuesday Book Club- Ali and Nino by Kurban Said-Fiction

“First published in Vienna in 1937, this classic story of romance and adventure has been compared to Dr. Zhivago and Romeo and Juliet.  Its mysterious author was recently the subject of a feature article in the New Yorker, which has inspired a forthcoming biography. Out of print for nearly three decades until the hardcover re-release last year, Ali and Nino is Kurban Said's masterpiece. It is a captivating novel as evocative of the exotic desert landscape as it is of the passion between two people pulled apart by culture, religion, and war.”

Meeting held in the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association        Library at 12:00 noon
 519 Congress St, second floor, elevator accessible
 Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks(tea or lemonade) provided
 All are welcome. 
Pre-reading of the book is not required. 
October 9th-NOON TIME LECTURE-Herb Adams, "The War of 1812 Battle between the Boxer & the Enterprise"
"On September 5, 1813, the HMS Boxer and the USS Enterprise engaged in a naval battle off the coast of Monhegan during the War of 1812. The dominant Royal Navy engaged the developing US Navy in many battles during the war, but the battle of the Boxer and the Enterprise embodied a level of honor and respect not seen in modern warfare. Both Capt. William Burrows of the USS Enterprise and Capt. Samuel Blyth of the HMS Boxer were struck down early in the fighting and neither survived this legendary battle. After a grueling exchange, the Boxer capitulated and the Enterprise towed her prize into the Port of Portland, as witnessed by Capt. Lemuel Moody from the Portland Observatory on Munjoy Hill………"from MHS..https://www.mainehistory.org/programs_1812.shtml
Purchase a reproduction of this item on VintageMaineImages.com.
First Travel lecture of the fall season of 2014
Monday,Oct. 20 -"San Francisco"
The lectures will be held at:
CATHERINE Mc AULEY HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
     631 Stevens Avenue
           opposite Evergreen Cemetery
     Parking Lot off Walton St.
         7:30-Doors open @6:45
  Wheelchair accessible

    FMI-call 773-8396 or mcma1857@gmail.com

Sunday

Mechanics' Hall Library Sept. Events

"September" by Nick Pellerin
First Friday Art Walk,
Sept.5th

Mechanics’ Hall library September exhibitor 
       Nick Pellerin
 "Afternoon Mysteries" 

in gouache


Portland Artist Nick Pellerin exhibit opening Friday, Sept 5th, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
519 Congress St, Mechanics’ Hall library
second floor, elevator accessible
The exhibit “Afternoon Mysteries” will also be on display for the month of Sept. and available for viewing during library hrs.Tues, Wed. Thurs., 10:00 am-3:00 pm
FMI-call 773-8396 or mcma1857@gmail.com

Mechanics’ Hall Library
Tues.Sept. 2nd

First Tuesday Book Club

"The End of Your Life Book Club"

         by Will Schwalbe

“What are you reading?”

“That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. 

This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. ..........”

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13414676-the-end-of-your-life-book-club

Meeting held in the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association  Library at 12:00 noon
 519 Congress St, second floor, elevator accessible
 Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks(tea or lemonade) provided
 All are welcome. 
Pre-reading of the book is not required.

 FMI call pat at 773-8396 or e-mail at   mcma1857@gmail.com

Monday

MCMA August Events


Friday,August 1st,Artist Rebecca Goodale, author, book designer & MCMA member opens her exhibit- "Menagerie"-silkscreen prints and ink on paper for the First Friday Downtown Artwalk(5:00-8:00pm) and on display for the month of August in the library.For more info on Rebecca Goodale check out her website.. http://usm.maine.edu/bookarts/rebecca-goodale
Tuesday August 5th, First Tuesday Book Club-Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D.James









    “In their six years of marriage, Elizabeth and Darcy have forged a peaceful, happy life for their family at Pemberley, Darcy’s impressive estate. Her father is a regular visitor; her sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live
nearby; the marriage prospects for Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, are favorable. And preparations for their
annual autumn ball are proceeding apace. But on the eve of the ball, chaos descends. Lydia Wickham, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister who, with her husband, has been barred from the estate, arrives in a hysterical state—shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. Plunged into frightening mystery and a lurid murder trial, the lives of Pemberley’s owners and servants alike may never be the
same.” .........from Amazon Books
Meeting held in the Maine Charitable association Library at 12:00 noon, 519 Congress St, second floor, elevator accessible
Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks(tea or lemonade) provided
All are welcome. Pre-reading of the book is not required.

FMI call pat at 773-8396 or e-mail at mcma1857@gmail.com 

Weds.August 6th, Noon Time Book Talk- The Saco Drive-In, Cinema Under the Sky by Camille M.Smalley.
  “Families, teenagers, friends and sweethearts piled in their cars and filled the lot of Maine's first drive-in on opening night in 1939. A newsreel and cartoon rolled before the feature presentation, Forbidden Music, cast the first outdoor movie spell over the town of Saco. Families came for the fresh-air movie experience, while visitors in the 1950s and '60s enjoyed the dimly lit privacy. The community rallied to save the Saco Drive-In in 2013, voting to fund the transition to digital projection. Now, families and couples of the future can continue to enjoy cinema under the Maine sky. Join local author Camille Smalley as she recounts the history, films and memories of the Saco Drive-In.”
Amazon.com
Meeting held in the Maine Charitable association Library at 12:00 noon, 519 Congress St, second floor, elevator accessible
Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks(tea or lemonade) provided
All are welcome.

FMI call pat at 773-8396 or e-mail at mcma1857@gmail.com 
Saturday,August 23rd, at 10;30 am 
     Walking tour of MCMA members buried at Evergreen Cemetery on Stevens Ave. $7, more information is available on the Friends of Evergreen we site...http://www.friendsofevergreen.org/tours/
 

Saturday

July Events in Mechanics' Hall, Laura Webb,Tuesday Book, Carl Senna

July 4th, First Friday Downtown Artwalk, July Artist in the library Laura Webb will open her exhibit to the public-5:00-8:00 pm. And will be on display in the library for the month of July for viewing during library hours. 
Laura has settled in Portland maine and looks forward to showing her artwork around the state.She also has a pet portrait business and accepts other commissions, for more about Laura and her art go to
First Tuesday Book Club will be on the second Tuesday, July 8th because of holiday conflicts.
   Tuesday Book Club, July 8th-Paris Was The Place- by Susan Conley(Maine Author)
For more about the author and book
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1240463.Susan_Conley

Meeting will be held in the library, 519 Congress St, second floor , elevator accessible. Bring your lunch, dessert and refreshments provided. 
All are welcome, pre-reading of the book is not required, for more info ;library number-773-8396 or e-mail-mcma1857@gmail.com

NOONTIME EVENT in the Library, Weds.July 16th, Author Carl Senna                                                        Carl Senna, author, editor, newspaper columnist and writing instructor will give a noontime talk about his forthcoming book on EMMA EDMONDS. She was a soldier, spy and nurse during the Civil War. After leaving her home in New Brunswick Canada to escape an arranged marriage by her father, she crossed the border to the United States and began a new life of service, intrigue and adventure. For more about Carl and his book go to  http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/author/carl-senna/
Meeting will be held in the library, 519 Congress St, second floor , elevator accessible. Bring your lunch, dessert and refreshments provided. 
All are welcome, pre-reading of the book is not required, for more info ;library number-773-8396 or e-mail-mcma1857@gmail.com

Monday

MCMA events in June

First Tuesday Book Club June 3rd
The Sheen on the Silk -by Ann Perry
The Sheen on the Silk is an epic historical novel with a heart- stopping love story at its core, and a deep spiritual quest. It is set in the gorgeous, cosmopolitan and enlightened city of Byzantium, in the twilight years of its Empire. Surrounded by the fierce Ottomans to the East, Saladin and the infidels to the South, the barbarian European tribes to the North and the powerful Venetian Empire to the West, Byzantium’s Emperor badly needs an ally. The city has never recovered from its sack by the Venetians in 1204, and now, in 1272, it’s in acute danger. Another Crusade is being mounted, and Byzantium is in its path.
This is the city into which Anna arrives. A handsome woman with an unhappy past, she has just learned that her brother has been imprisoned for murder. Unable to believe that he’s guilty, she will stay in Byzantium until she can find out the truth and secure his release. However, she needs a way to move freely in all levels of society. This isn’t something she can do as a woman and as a stranger. She will pose as a eunuch; this cadre, while past its heyday, still has power and influence. And she will work as a doctor.
As the future of Byzantium grows ever darker, Anna struggles to navigate the complex truths of her brother’s guilt or innocence, the intrigues of the powerful, long-simmering revenge plots... and the even more perilous currents of her heart and her spirit. Only in Byzantium’s darkest hour does she discover the truths that will lead to salvation for Byzantium and the soaring path to the forgiveness and love of God.
Meeting held in the Maine Charitable Mechanic Assoc. Library at noon. 519 Congress St. Portland ME, second floorElevator accessible
Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks (tea or lemonade) provided.

All are welcome. Pre-reading of the book is not required.FMI call Pat at 773-8396 or mcma1857@gmail.com











Ron Romano lecture on Bartlett Adams,Thursday June 5th at 7:00 pm in the Mechanics’ Hall ballroom

In 1800, Bartlett Adams (1776 - 1828) arrived from Massachusetts to establish Portland’s first stone-cutting shop.  He joined the Charitable Mechanic Association in 1815, and became a Trustee in 1822.  Bartlett made mantlepieces, door jambs and hearthstones, but his more visible impact is at Portland’s historic Eastern Cemetery and other early burial grounds in Maine.  Bartlett and his apprentices are responsible for at least 700 - about a third - of the gravestones found today at Eastern Cemetery.  
Ron Romano is a tour guide and Board Member for Spirits Alive (the Friends of Eastern Cemetery group)and a MCMA member.  He presented a slide show of his original research on the life, times, and work of Bartlett Adams at a well-attended lecture at USM in February.  We’re happy to offer members and friends of the MCMA an opportunity to hear Ron share his findings on Thursday, June 5... 7:00 pm, free and open to the public.
Interview with Ron Romano on CTN-Channel 5 with Lesley MacVane
http://ctn5.org/content/maine-charitable-mechanic-association

June 6th, First Friday Downtown Artwalk,5:00 to 8:00 pm
Steve Hrehovcik ,June Artist in the library and opening his exhibit of Pen & Ink drawings and paintings on the June 6th First Friday Downtown Artwalk.
For more info on Steve Hrehovcik, go to his web site listed below


Sunday

May events in Mechanics' Hall

 First Tuesday Book Club,May 6th
Mountains beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder (biography)
“[A] masterpiece . . . an astonishing book that will leave you questioning your own life and political
views . . . Kidder opens a window into Farmer’s soul, letting the reader peek in and see what truly makes the good doctor tick.”

—USA Today
This compelling and inspiring book shows how one person can work wonders. In Mountains Beyond Mountains, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who loves the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.
In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to
cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of
modern medicine to those who need them most. Kidder’s magnificent account takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.” At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains there are mountains”—as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.
Mountains Beyond Mountains unfolds with a force of gathering revelation,” says Annie Dillard, and Jonathan Harr notes, “[Paul Farmer] wants to change the world. Certainly this luminous and powerful book will change the way you see it.”..............http://www.tracykidder.com/books/mountains/

Meeting held in the Maine Charitable Mechanic Assoc. Library at noon.  519 Congress St. Portland ME, second floorElevator accessible
Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks (tea or lemonade) provided.

All are welcome. Pre-reading of the book is not required.FMI call Pat at 773-8396 or mcma1857@gmail.com 

ZOO CAIN ART EXHIBIT-"Mixed up Media Show"
May artist in the library, viewing -Tuesday, Wed. and Thursday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Monday

April Events in the Mechanics' Hall


First Tuesday Book Club,April 1st
Any Title by Jane Austen  (our classic selection) @ Noon
Thursday, April 3rd member Lesley MacVane will have a private opening for her art exhibit “2X2X4” on the second floor in the old class room next to the library, 2 Families- 2 Generations-4 Artists. 
Members and friends are invited, exhibit opens at 5:30 pm
Friday,April 4th
First Friday Artwalk and April artist in the library, Tess Morford, exhibiting Ceramics and Pottery.
5:00-8:00 pm Friday and during library hours
 Wed.,April 16, 2014 will be our Annual Members Meeting in our beautiful Ballroom, starting at 5:00PM.

There will be a full program and refreshments, more details to follow!       
Please plan to attend.

MCMA TRAVEL LECTURE                                             
   Monday, April 21st, 2014
       The Heart of San Francisco
Filmed & Presented by-Sandy Mortimer



    The multi-award-winning producer and travel lecturer Sandy Mortimer once again performs her cinematic magic as she guides viewers through one of America's most picturesque cities, San Francisco. Not only does she capture the city's iconic images, from the Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars, Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Coit Tower, Nob Hill, to Alcatraz, but what elevates this program to more than a guided tour is her ability to capture the heart of San Francisco, its people and neighborhoods, its geography of steep hills offering unforgettable vistas of the Bay, its skyline of unique architecture, and a history of moving forward for over 100 years since the devastating 1906 earthquake. Produced by Sandy Mortimer. 2012 JSCA 80 min.

Where?
CATHERINE Mc AULEY HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
     631 Stevens Avenue
           opposite Evergreen Cemetery
     Parking Lot off Walton St.
         7:30-Doors open @6:45
  Wheelchair accessible
 Free to members and open to the public, a  $5.00 ($4.00 for Seniors/Students)donation suggested for non-members or guests.Dvd’s of the travel lecture are also usually available  to buy from the presenter.

FMI, CALL THE LIBRARY AT 773-8396 OR e-mail mcma1857@gmail.com

Friday

MCMA March Events

First Tuesday Book Club, March 4th
      Any Title by Elizabeth Strout   (Maine author)

About Elizabeth Strout  
Elizabeth Strout was born in Portland, Maine, and grew up in small towns in Maine and New Hampshire.  From a young age she was drawn to writing things down, keeping notebooks that recorded the quotidian details of her days.  She was also drawn to books, and spent hours of her youth in the local library lingering among the stacks of fiction.  During the summer months of her childhood she played outdoors, either with her brother, or, more often, alone, and this is where she developed her deep and abiding love of the physical world: the seaweed covered rocks along the coast of Maine, and the woods of New Hampshire with its hidden wildflowers.
During her adolescent years, Strout continued writing avidly, having conceived of herself as a writer from early on.  She read biographies of writers, and was already studying – on her own – the way American writers, in particular, told their stories.  Poetry was something she read and memorized; by the age of sixteen was sending out stories to magazines.  Her first story was published when she was twenty-six.
Strout attended Bates College, graduating with a degree in English in 1977.  Two years later, she went to Syracuse University College of Law, where she received a law degree along with a Certificate in Gerontology.  She worked briefly for Legal Services, before moving to New York City, where she became an adjunct in the English Department of Borough of Manhattan Community College.  By this time she was publishing more stories in literary magazines and Redbook and Seventeen.  Juggling the needs that came with raising a family and her teaching schedule, she found a few hours each day to work on her writing.


First Friday Artwalk, March Artist in the Mechanics’ Library Virginia March-"Art on the Spot".  "If you have a frame that needs new life, bring it in and let Virginia's inspiration fill it with magic."  

Virginia A. March
2014

“I just turned nine on February 4th.  I love to draw.  From the age of four I would use every scrap of paper I could find to draw on.  I have done a little art in acrylic, oil pastels, and collage but I prefer colored pencil drawings.  My best style of drawings are animated characters.  Although I love drawing my other love is fashion.

My dream is to do fashion or interior design.  I like drawing scenes inside a house.  I love clothes and creating outfits.  Drawing gives me the chance to create fashions, design and have fun.

I hope you like my art”.



MCMA TRAVEL LECTURE
Monday,March 24, 2014 Buddy Hatton presents
“The Treasures of Taiwan”
For more info checkout http://www.buddyhatton.com

“Taiwan hasn’t yet made it to the top of everybody’s “to visit” list, but, it’s partially a result of people not quite knowing what Taiwan has to offer. See what lies on this small island – a world of contrasts and mixed cultural influences you’re not likely to find anywhere else on the planet. Taiwan offers a hi-tech society, a culture filled with traditions and an aboriginal soul.
Partial highlights in Taipei: Chiang Kai-Shek and Sun Yat Sen Memorials,
Elephant Hill, Dragon Boat Races, Ye Liu Scenic Park, Grand Hotel, Yang Ming Shan Sulfur Springs, Fish Markets, Taipei 101, Shilin Night market for the infamous stinky tofu. Sun Moon Lake; Taroko Gorge National Park; Wulai Hot Springs.”
CATHERINE Mc AULEY HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM 631 Stevens Avenue
opposite Evergreen Cemetery Parking Lot off Walton St.
7:30-Doors open @6:45 Wheelchair accessible
Free to members and open to the public, a $5.00 ($4.00 for Seniors/ Students)donation suggested for non-members or guests.Dvd’s of the travel lecture are also usually available to buy from the presenter.
FMI, CALL THE LIBRARY AT 773-8396 OR e-mail mcma1857@gmail.com 

Thursday

February Events at the MCMA

MONDAY, Feb. 3rd, "LOUISIANA STORY" The last Film of the Robert Flaherty(1948) winter film series held at the MHS auditorium
“Documentary film pioneer Robert Flaherty's last feature is his most beautifully photographed work, but it also proved to be his most controversial as well. Sponsored by Standard Oil, the film can be seen as a paean to the minimal effect an oil company can have on the wilderness it seeks to exploit. Flaherty also picked a cast of amateur players to act out a simple story of a young Cajun boy (Joseph Boudreaux) and his parents living in Louisiana's magnificent bayou country almost side-by-side with a huge oil derrick, so the film's status as a nonfiction film has been challenged.The boy is at first disturbed by the clanging machinery, but the workers at the derrick soon show him the benefits of their labors and promise to leave the land unscathed when they've finished drilling. Aside from the arguable message the film's sponsor promotes, Flaherty's film is a continuation of his lifelong exploration of man's relationship to his natural environment, in such films as Nanook of the North and Man of Aran. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi”.............Internet source..”Rotten Tomatoes”
The film will shown at the;
Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. Lecture Hall
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress St., parking off Brown St. in the rear of MHS
film begins at 7:30pm, Doors open at 7:00 pm             

Admission- Open to the public, free for MCMA members, $5.00  for non-members and $4.00 for Seniors
First Tuesday Book Club, Feb.4th, 2014
The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human
condition, and he see...more......http://www.goodreads.com    Meeting held in the Maine Charitable Mechanic Assoc. Library at noon.
519 Congress St. Portland ME, second floorElevator accessible 
Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks (tea or lemonade) provided.
All are welcome. Pre-reading of the book is not required.
FMI call Pat at 773-8396 or
mcma1857@gmail.com

Friday,Feb.7th-First Friday Artwalk, presenting an on going exhibit of ”Pen & Pastels” by artist Marie Galland-Dodin. 5-8:00 pm and on display for the month in the library
Tuesday, Feb.11th, Notice, rescheduled date is Tuesday, Feb. 18th,MCMA library noon time lecture-”Maine Ski Competitions” by Scott Andrews  from the Ski Maine Museum--Maine Charitable Mechanic Assoc. Library at 12;00 NOON
519 Congress St. Portland ME, second floorElevator accessible 
Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks (tea or lemonade) provided.


Friday, Feb. 14th-”Love Your Library and New Members Party on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 from 4-7 pm in the Ballroom at Maine charitable Mechanic Assn.  All members and guests are invited; new members who have joined in 2013 will be specially acknowledged by the officers and board of MCMA.  There will be music & dancing, refreshments, historical slide show and door prizes. RSVP desired but not required. fmi call 773-8396

MONDAY, FEB. 24TH, 2014-Travel Lecture
 Doug Jones Presents
“Cruising the Orient on the QE 2”  
     Doug Jones, one of America's premier travel film producers, boarded the QE2 halfway through her World Cruise in Sydney Australia. He sailed with her for 40 days through the most exotic ports of the Orient to produce a new film, CRUISING THE ORIENT ON THE QE2.
       The film begins in Sydney Australia. The QE2 sails from Sydney on to Melbourne and Perth before heading to Bali. From Bali the ship continues on to the exotic island nation of Brunei. From Brunei, QE2 sails to Manila and the Philippines. Then the ship makes its way to Hong Kong, where we travel overland to Xian and Beijing. The next stop on the Orient cruise is Tokyo and the wonders of Japan. Then QE2 heads back to the South stopping in Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore.
CATHERINE Mc AULEY HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
     631 Stevens Avenue
           opposite Evergreen Cemetery
     Parking Lot off Walton St.
         7:30-Doors open @6:45
  Wheelchair accessible
 Free to members and open to the public, a  $5.00 ($4.00 for Seniors/Students)donation suggested for non-members or guests.Dvd’s of the travel lecture are also usually available  to buy from the presenter.
FMI, CALL THE LIBRARY AT 773-8396 OR