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

“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”.

Monday,March 24, 2014 Buddy Hatton presents
“The Treasures of Taiwan”
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“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.”
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 

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