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......    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

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.
     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.

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