A gala poetry reading will take place in honor of the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. The event will mark the poet’s 125th birthday and will feature a dozen Maine poets, including Rockland’s current and former poet laureates, and Maine’s poet laurate, Stuart Kestenbaum. Each will share a work of Millay’s aside their own work. A celebratory reception with refreshments will take place directly following.

Restaurants were still a fairly new, decidedly French “invention” when they first opened in New York City around 1830. In the decades immediately prior the Civil War, the city’s restaurants began to thrive as diners relished their first taste of exquisite French cuisine served in graciously appointed dining rooms. Then, between 1870 and the onset of World War I, while industrialism was rapidly increasing and vastly enriching America’s urban population, they became palatial—and sometimes truly bizarre—establishments that served as a stage for New York’s most extravagant social entertainments.

In this collaborative lecture program, three artists who participated in this past summer’s Monhegan Artists’ Residency will each present a slideshow presentation of their work, including highlights from their experience creating work on island. Susan Danly, President of the Board of Directors of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency, will also share some of the Residency’s history and its mission in supporting the creative growth of dedicated Maine artists by providing them time and space in which to work in the inspiring environment of Monhegan Island.

Join Chief Curator, Michael K. Komanecky, for a focused look at the exhibiton. 

Poetry students participating in the annual, week-long Between the Lines poetry writing workshop will read their work in the Farnsworth auditorium on Friday, August 12 at 1 p.m.  The poets featured in this reading include Lois Anne, Carol Bachofner, Sylvia de Leon, Ellen Goldsmith, Eileen Hugo, Judy Kaber, Claire Millikin, Catherine Neuhardt-Minor, Mark Raymond, Katie Wilson, and others. Orono poet Kathleen Ellis, who has been teaching the Farnsworth's summer poetry workshops for over 20 years, will host the reading. The event is free and open to the public. Museum admission not included. 


On Thursdays, throughout July and August, David Rockwell, nephew of Andrew Wyeth will share with visitors his recollections of his uncle Andrew Wyeth, the Olsons, and summers in Cushing. These informal conversations will take place at 2 p.m.

Rockwell, whose father Dudley regaled visotors to the Olson House for years, has a B.S. in Education and a MA in History from Emporia State University, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He has been teaching at Suffield Academy in Suffield, Connecticut, for 49 years and currently teaches Environmental/Political and Educational Philosophy, as well as Native American Studies. He chaired the History Department there for 25 years and is presently the Chair of the Leadership Department.

Amy Morey of the Wyeth Study Center will lead a tour of the exhibition Andrew Wyeth: They Dory, an exhibition that captures the artist's understanding and appreciation of the dory and helps document an important part of coastal Maine history. See exhibition description here.