Maritime Mistakes the Focus of Sweetser Lecture

Saco/Sanford, ME, October, 2010 — Those interested in maritime history are invited to attend the final entry in the fall Sweetser Lecture Series on Thursday, November 4, at 7 p.m. at the Dyer Library, when Chester Hopkins, former Vice-President of Marine and Terminal Operations for French Lines, will present a personal narrative complemented with visual images, of commercial shipping's disasters at sea and in port in Fragile: Handle With Care - Maritime Mistakes.

Chet Hopkins grew up in Reading, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy.  He served at sea for 18 years with American Export Lines, working up to Master.  This was followed by ten years in Europe and fifteen years in the New York area working for German, Chinese, Korean and French steamship companies.  He retired  from the French Line in 2005.  Captain Hopkins continues to consult in the maritime industry in the U.S.


Monday, November 1, 5 to 7 pm
Storms, Seawalls, and the Winter Beach. Walk Laudholm Beach at the Wells Reserve and learn how and why sand and stones shift between summer and winter. $7 general, $5 Laudholm member. Registration required at 207-646-1555. FMI

Wednesday, November 3, 7 pm
You, Birds, and Birding. Nationally acclaimed authors Don and Lillian Stokes will be at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm to present their brand new book, the Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America and tell how they designed it for you, the birder of today. More than six years in the making and with over 3,400 color photos, this is the most comprehensive national photographic field guide ever published.

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Oktoberfest: Brewfest

October 23, 2010
Coffee Shops & Restaurants throughout the Seacoast

Dinefest is a traditional “restaurant week” full of culinary delights at a pre-fixed price provided by many of our local restaurants. The week, October 23 through October 30, kicks off with a unique day celebrating the many fabulous coffees and craft beers of our region. It’s called BREWFEST, and it will be held on Saturday, October 23! This event is being held in partnership with the Maine Brewers’ Guild. During the day, cafes will serve non-alcoholic specialty drinks and demonstrate the many flavors of teas and coffees available. That evening, participating restaurants will feature one or more Maine craft beer, along with an appropriate entrée to partner with the beer choice. Some venues will also offer special entertainment. This project is under development.

Harvestfest Decorating Contest at York Beach

Merchants in the downtown of York Beach are being challenged to dress up their doorways and storefronts for Harvestfest weekend. The winning design will receive a cash prize of $200 from the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce. Nine merchants have signed up to compete in the contest. They include: Beach Funatic, Sweet Josie’s Candy Shoppe, Bill & Bob’s Jewelry Shop, Fun-O-Rama, The Goldenrod, My Winey Sister, Woody’s Brick Oven Pizza, Shelton’s Gift Shop, and Inn on the Blues. The winners will be chosen by the public who will get to vote on their favorite designs during Harvestfest at the Information booth located in the ball field at Short Sands. Voting will end at 3:00pm on Sunday, October 17. The winner will be announced at 3:30pm, just before the annual Reap the Harvest Raffle winners are chosen.

“Several storefronts have already been completed and they look fabulous,” said Cathy Goodwin, Chamber President.