Children’s Mural Painted in the Workshops
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Summer Arts Camp, Week 8: Boots & Her Brothers

For the entire month of August, we’re putting on a play!  Have your kids always wanted to be on stage?  Now is their chance!  They will experience what it is like to have a role, practice lines, learn what stage right means, and then perform in front of family and friends.

The play is “Boots and his Brothers” (although we’ve adapted it to Boots and HER Brothers).  It is based on a folktale from Norway, retold by Elaine L. Lindy and has generously been provided by Whootie Owl.  We had a read-through of the script and everyone approves!

Read-through of Boots & Her Brothers
Read-through of Boots & Her Brothers
Read-through of Boots & Her Brothers
Read-through of Boots & Her Brothers
Read-through of Boots & Her Brothers
Read-through of Boots & Her Brothers

Auditions were last week and the major roles have been chosen.  However, if your child wasn’t able to come last week, don’t let that keep him or her away this week.  There is plenty of room for townspeople, set designers, costumers, stage hands, and more!

Wednesdays, August 5-26, 9-11am
performance on Wednesday, August 26th at 10:30am
FMI contact Tessa Kingsley (737-2072,

This fun play with a positive message about curiosity, bravery, and enchantment is perfect for first time performers entering grades 3-5.  There are parts for those looking to learn lines as well as for those looking to experience just being on stage. Many hands make light work, so older children looking to work as production assistants are welcome to join the crew!  We’ll need a cast of ten children with lots of room for more (a commitment to attend all dates is strongly encouraged for a speaking part in the play)!  No materials cost, but be prepared for homework and a performance!

Join us at the gazebo at the Bowdoinham waterfront at 9 am.  Children are $5 each or $8 per family.  For more information about Merrymeeting Art Center’s Summer Arts Camp, visit here.



Three Sunday Talks in August Celebrate Merrymeeting Bay Clay

The Merrymeeting Arts Center announces 3 August events: Sunday talks on archaeology, geology, and a writing workshop – as part of the summer 2015 “Bay Clay, Bay Brick, Bay Pottery” Project.

Cathance River Bridge, Bowdoinham

The center has an exhibit up in its main gallery through September 13 that features work by 24 area ceramic artists (one working with Merrymeeting Bay clay) and a great deal of historical information on area brickmaking provided by the Bowdoinham Historical Society. The gallery is open 10am-1 pm Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 pm.

All three Sunday events are free, part of a Community Outreach Grant received from the Maine Humanities Council & Maine Arts Commission that funded the project. All will be at the Merrymeeting Arts Center, 9 Main Street, Bowdoinham (grey building with red roof by river in Bowdoinham village).

* Sunday August 16 from 2-4 pm.  Archaeologists Jay Robbins and Bill Burgess of Richmond will talk on“Our Shard Heritage: Little Pieces of Pottery Found Around Merrymeeting Bay”

* Sunday August 23 from 2-4 p.m. Dr. Arthur Hussey will give a talk and powerpoint presentation on “Geology of Merrymeeting Bay” with some reference to the bedrock geology and emphasis on the Late Quaternary Period when the so-called “clay” was deposited.

* Sunday August 30 from 1-4 pm.  Gary Lawless, poet and co-owner of Gulf of Maine books in Brunswick will give a writing workshop on “Poetry in Clay, from Babylon to Bowdoinham” which should include writing on a Merrymeeting Bay clay tablet. Writers of all ages are welcome. Please call to reserve a place.

For more information see or call 207-370-5002

Bay Clark, Bay Brick, Bay Pottery