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A combination of Manos Alegria and the Alpaca Company's Paca Peds are some of the gorgeous yarns in this month's sock yarn sale. (Not just for socks!)

A combination of Manos Alegria and the Alpaca Company's Paca Peds are some of the gorgeous yarns in this month's sock yarn sale. (Not just for socks!)

Sock Yarn Sale

During the month of October, all sock in our sock yarn area will be on sale at 20% off.

We have a range of sock yarns -- from fingering to worsted, in solids, tonals and self-striping. We stock 100-gram balls and skeins in a variety of colorways and fibers, and 50-gram balls of solid colors (and a few self-striping).

If you don't like to make socks -- or if you just don't want to -- consider using this yarn for other projects. We have patterns for you for using this machine-washable yarn to make baby items, hats, scarves, mitts and more.

We will continue with our 30-40% sale off our entire selection of buttons for at least a week -- or until our restocking orders arrive.

Enjoy the beautiful colors outside this month, but if you can make it to the KnitMaine-ia Fashion Show on October 11, we think you will enjoy those couple of hours inside. (See article below.)


Little Coffee Bean Cardigan, knit by Liz in Rowan Pure Wool Worsted

Little Coffee Bean Cardigan, knit by Liz in Rowan Pure Wool Worsted

Little Coffee Bean Cardigan

For several years, we have had a sample of the Little Coffee Bean Cardigan knit in Berroco Vintage. It was time for a refresh, so Liz knit the same pattern in Rowan Pure Wool Worsted. This machine-washable yarn retails for $10.50 a skein, and we have a lovely range of colors. Two skeins will make all but the largest size, with plenty left over for a matching hat or booties.


Clara dress, knit in Geilsk, one of our new fingering-weight yarns

Clara dress, knit in Geilsk, one of our new fingering-weight yarns

New Yarns and Shop News

If you have wondered why we have not posted on Facebook recently or spent a lot of time on writing articles for the last few newsletters, it is because we have been so busy. The summer months -- particularly the last two weeks of July through the end of September -- are especially busy with summer residents and visitors to our great state. Besides having the day-to-day tasks of running a retail business, during this time we have also renovated the back of the shop, replacing bookcases and taking measures to keep out as much dampness as possible. We have been rearranging, too -- trying to make the shop easy to navigate while at the same time trying to find space to add more yarn. Speaking of which, here are some new yarns, not mentioned previously:

Fingering Weight

Geilsk -- A 55% wool/45% cotton blend, knitting at 26 sts/4". Perfect for baby items (we have the Clara dress made with it), or an adult garment that is worn against the skin. The label says to hand wash but we put a swatch in a delicate cycle and it laundered beautifully. 252 yards retails at $9.95.

Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal -- A 95% merino/5% cashmere blend, knitting at 26 sts/4". The colors are saturated and beautiful with a hint of tweediness. A 415-yard skein retails for $23.95.

Sport Weight

JaggerSpun Heather -- 100% wool made right here in Springvale, Maine. A 50-gram skein has 166 yards and retails for $7.50.
JaggerSpun Green Line -- 100% organic wool. Bright colors and springy! A 50-gram skein has 166 yards and retails for $8.00.

DK Weight

Silk Garden -- in solids, tonals really. Simply beautiful and we can only imagine a colorwork piece using regular Silk Garden. A 109-yard, 50-gram skein retails at the same price as regular Silk Garden, $10.95.

Queensland Rustic Tweed -- A 100-gram/318-yard skein is made with wool and alpaca, and a little acrylic and viscose. It is machine washable and we should have a shop sample made with this yarn shortly. One skein makes a baby sweater. It retails at $17.95.

Aran

Gabriella -- This super-fine recycled merino wool by Juniper Moon is "manufactured through an acute system that selects and regenerates excess fibers from manufacturing. In this process of recycling, the use of energy is very low and no water or chemiicals are used." We have six neutral colors -- three black neutrals and three brown neutrals. Simply elegant! The 204-yard skein sells for $14.95.

Chunky

Merino 12 -- by Trendsetter Yarns is an extrafine merino that is machine washable. We have more "adult" colors for you, or that person in your life who wants a wool hat (or a garment) that is not itchy. The 100-gram/136 yard ball is manufactured in Italy (need we say more?) and retails for $15.95.

Supreme Luxury Cotton -- is a soft, bulky-weight cotton from England, with a lovely sheen. We already have a project in queue for this yarn that sells for $6.95 for 90 yards. We are hoping, that three skeins will make a lovely toddler sweater. Stay tuned!

Super Bulky

Kenai -- by Cascade Yarns is a 200-gram/109-yard skein that is a combination of alpaca, wool and acrylic. When you first feel this tweedy, chainette yarn, it could feel rope-like, but while you are knitting it, it feels wonderful -- and so does the finished project. We have a fingerless mitt made up in the shop. This yarn retails for $19.95.

We hope you come by, if only to see how gorgeous they are! (And if you can't, find us on Facebook.)


Starving Artist hat in Berroco's Ultra Alpaca Chunky, modeled by Barbara

Starving Artist hat in Berroco's Ultra Alpaca Chunky, modeled by Barbara

Starving Artist Hat in Berroco's Ultra Alpaca Chunky

Earlier this year, Berroco took one of our customers' favorite yarns -- Ultra Alpaca -- and spun it into a chunky weight. The 50% wool/50% alpaca combination provides softness and some drape without being too drapey; a perfect marriage, so to speak. We sell the 131-yard skein for $10.50.

We knit a hat for a store model using the free Starving Artist pattern from Ravelry and a 10.5 circular needle. We also stock the two other yarns recommended on the pattern.


Poster for St. Margaret's Church's monthly knitting circle

Poster for St. Margaret's Church's monthly knitting circle

Knit the Community at St. Margaret's Church

Knit-the-community monthly knitting circles will begin again on Friday, October 4. Hosted by the women of St. Margaret's Church, this group is open to all, as a time for gathering to work on projects. Bring any type of handwork and come enjoy the company, and the warmth of a cozy space.

The group meets the first Friday of every month from 4 pm to 6 pm in the library of St. Margaret's Church in Belfast. The church is located at 95 Court St. in downtown Belfast. For more information, phone Sara at 978-325-0045.


Fifth Annual KnitMaine-ia poster

Fifth Annual KnitMaine-ia poster

Fifth Annual KnitMaine-ia

The fifth annual KnitMaine-ia Fashion Show will take place at the Belfast Boathouse on Saturday, October 11 at 2 pm. Put on your favorite creations and join the fun. There will be door prizes, refreshments, music and more. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12. All proceeds will be donated to New Hope for Women, which offers support for victims of domestic violence.

New or gently used hats and mittens will be collected at the show, and artists and guests are encouraged to participate in the effort to keep our community warm. All mitten and hat donations will earn extra door-prize tickets.

Organized by the Women of St. Margaret's in Belfast, KnitMaine-ia brings together members of the community, family, friends, volunteers and visitors in a celebration of fiber art. For more information, visit Knit the Community, find them on Facebook or phone Sara at 978-325-0045.


Hats for Kids

As we say goodbye to summer and begin our preparations for the coming winter, it's time to think about our children in Waldo County who need warm clothing.

Over the past several years, Hats for Kids has been delighting children in our community with gifts in November and December of lovely handmade hats and mittens in both wool and acrylic. Wonderful, generous knitters in Belfast and beyond have used their time, talents and beautiful yarns for these fun and functional creations.

Hats for Kids will appreciate receiving handmade hats and mittens for elementary- and middle-school-aged children. The school nurse at Troy Howard Middle School, Ellie Weaver, distributes them. She knows those in need. Your cozy creations will bring warmth and a spirit of kindness to children who often don't have enough of either.

Donations can be mailed to Hats for Kids c/o Judy Kao, 20 Commercial St., Belfast, ME 04915; dropped off at the above address or at Heavenly Socks Yarns,82 Main St., Belfast, ME 04915.

Many thanks to those of you who have given so generously in the past and to those of you able to do so this year.

For more information, phone 207-338-1945 or e-mail jkrosebud@gmail.com.


Broadreach Family and Community Services logo

Broadreach Family and Community Services logo

Thank You from Broadreach; Mini-Stashbuster II

The following is a thank you from Broadreach Family and Community Services, plus an announcement of an upcoming Mini-Stashbuster II event:

"Broadreach Family and Community Services would like to express our deep appreciation to the amazing Helen Sahadi, owner of Heavenly Socks Yarns who donated so much of her time, talent and lovely items to the Stashbuster Fabric and Fiber Fair Fundraiser. The September 27 event raised over $3,000 for Broadreach's Early Childhood Education Program. This is especially meaningful since Broadreach is undertaking a Special Gifts Campaign to raise funds for the program and this is a wonderful boost.

"Many heard about this event through Helen's e-newsletter. So many of you opened your hearts and your wonderful stashes of fiber and fabric and notions and supplies and donated such items for Stashbuster. We were overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of contributions. Thank you to those who either attended as customers and/or passed along the word to others. Your generosity is heartwarming and every gift is appreciated. We hope to have this event again. If you are interested in donating or volunteering next year or simply have suggestions or ideas, please contact us. We had such a wonderful group of volunteers this year and we can promise a fun time with wonderful people. You can reach either Deb Schilder or Sue diRosario at 207-338-2200; Deb at extension 112, Sue at extension 201 or dschilder@brmaine.org or sdirosario@brmaine.org. Thank you all again, and Helen, you are the best!

"News: Broadreach Family and Community Services will be having a Mini-Stashbuster II event at Broadreach's main office at 5 Stephenson Lane in Belfast off Route 1 across from the Wentworth Event Center and Seng Thai Restaurant (one mile north of Perry's Nut House) on Saturday, October 25 from 9 am-noon in our meeting room. Parking is in front of the building. We do have some lovely items that did not find a home and they will be priced to sell."


Space Cowboy's Sperry Steele. Go visit Sperry and the other five new baby alpacas.

Space Cowboy's Sperry Steele. Go visit Sperry and the other five new baby alpacas.

Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm October Events

The next Alpaca 101 seminar will be held on October 11 from 10 am to 2 pm and will cost $40.00 per family. This is a wonderful educational opportunity if you are curious about alpacas, are considering alpaca ownership, or already own and would like to learn more about their care. Private sessions can also be scheduled for families or groups.

October 11-12: The Farm is participating in the Cultivate Fall Tour. Belfast Area Farm and Arts Trail and Fall Tour includes 80 studios, farms and cultural organizations and highlights the network of culture, arts and agricultural richness of Waldo County's 26 communities. It is designed for family participation, hands-on experiences and creative arts and foods demonstrations. The map is available online at Belfast Creative Coalition and provides a compelling look at the concentration of creative industry happening in Waldo County.

October 18-19: University of Maine Craft Fair. Visit the Farm's booth and do some holiday shopping at the University of Maine Field House in Orono, Maine.

For more information, visit Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm.


NAILS!, encaustic, by Beth Henderson

NAILS!, encaustic, by Beth Henderson

Cut and Paste Collage and Assemblage Show at Betts Gallery

Cut and Paste. This ubiquitous term, commonly associated with a few clicks of a mouse, has been masterfully translated by five local artists into a compelling exhibition of works using a variety of imaginative techniques. Each artist brings a unique perspective to the challenge using media ranging from steel to lace, fossil fuels to antique books and more. Works by Daniel Anselmi, Beth Henderson, Bennett Konesni, Abbie Read and Norman Tinker are featured in the show, which runs through October 31.

The Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main St., Belfast. For more information, phone 207-338-6465 or visit The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery.


Photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo and writer Matthew P. Mayo

Photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo and writer Matthew P. Mayo

October Programs at the Belfast Free Library

Camden Conference Discussion Series

Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 pm
The 28th Annual Camden Conference, Russia on the Global Stage, will take place on February 20-22, 2015. The Community Events Committee, in collaboration with the Belfast Free Library, will sponsor a four-part discussion series to prepare for this year's conference. The first topic is: Russia's People. For more information, visit The Camden Conference.

Heritage Apple Expert John Bunker

Tuesday October 7. 6:30 pm
John Bunker's presentation, In Search of the Oldest Apples in Maine: What they teach us about the past, present and future, will cover the history of apples in Maine. He will describe his adventures tracking down, identifying and preserving rare historic varieties in Waldo County and elsewhere. Guests who have their own apple trees are encouraged to bring fruit for identification.

John Bunker has been farming in Maine for the past 40 years. In 1984 he started FEDCO Trees and has also served as President of the Board at MOFGA. He is the author of Not Far From the Tree, a book outlining the history of apples in Palermo, Maine. He is a graduate of Colby College.

Democracy for Russia?

Tuesday October 14, 6:30 pm
Dr. Michael G. Roskin will provide an overview of recent Russian history through today's events, and ways that the situation there might play out in the near future. He will address three important questions: Why did the Soviet Union collapse? Why did Russian democracy fail? And, does the Ukraine war portend Europe-wide conflict? These topics are sure to make for a lively discussion.

This program is presented as part of the Camden Conference Community Events speaker series at the Belfast Free Library. All of the presentations are free and offered in in anticipation of the 28th Annual Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent, February 20-22, 2015. For more information, visit The Camden Conference.

Why Not Now? Exploring a Life of Full-Time Travel

Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 pm
Join photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo and writer Matthew P. Mayo for a presentation about their lives as full-time rovers. In September of 2013 they sold their home in Northport, Maine, sold 95% of their belongings, bought an RV, and took to the road. In the past year they've traveled the USA, working and exploring.

In this talk they will cover a number of topics they've been asked about during their travels to 40-plus states, including: Life on the Road and What Led Them to It; Who They Are, What They do, and The Challenges of Balancing Work with Travel; Their RV (It's a Treehouse on Wheels!); How to Live Simply with Less Stuff; The People They Meet and the Adventures They Have ... and more.

Are You Confused Yet?

Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 pm
Gluten is in most grains, arsenic in rice, mercury in seafood, GMOs everywhere, red meat causes inflammation, dairy allergies, pesticides, sugar, artificial colors, and the list goes on. What is left for us to eat? Join John Bagnulo in a discussion on navigating today's Food World so that you can eliminate the fear and confusion around so many of our favorite foods. In many cases, the details make an incredible difference. This program is co-sponsored by the Belfast Coop.


Left: Michael Alpert, Life Studies (Architectonica Chipolana), silver-gelatin photographic print. Right: Jemma Gascoine, Georgia Vase, red stoneware (Photo: Todd Watts)

Left: Michael Alpert, Life Studies (Architectonica Chipolana), silver-gelatin photographic print. Right: Jemma Gascoine, Georgia Vase, red stoneware (Photo: Todd Watts)

Michael Alpert and Jemma Gascoine at Aarhus Gallery

Aarhus Gallery welcomes Michael Alpert of Bangor and Jemma Gascoine of Blanchard as their guest artists for the month of October. The show runs through November 2, with an opening reception on Friday, October 3, from 5-8 pm.

Michael Alpert's black-and-white photographic portraits of fossilized mollusks invite us in to muse over these little frozen cornucopias of energy, and quietly reveal, with finesse and sensitivity, our intimate connection to marine life on earth.

In contrast, Jemma Gascoine's pedestal ceramic pieces are colorful and lighthearted, with a sophisticated nod toward architecture and classical forms. "It's exhilarating being on the wheel and having clay spin through your fingers," says Gascoine, "It's a physical manifestation of your energy."

Michael Alpert was born in Bangor, Maine, in 1945 and has worked for most of his adult life as a writer, publisher, and visual artist. Under the imprint Theodore Press/Sarah Books, he has published letterpress and artist's books. Alpert has also been the occasional designer and production manager for books published by Stephen King's Philtrum Press and oversaw the 1997 production of Stephen King's e-book, The Plant.

Jemma Gascoine, born in 1973 in Surrey, UK, has been creating and selling her ceramic sculpture and her utilitarian work since 2001, when she moved from London, England to the woods of Maine. Gascoine has shown her work regularly from Portland to Millinocket, with a 2012 solo exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art entitled SlabWaltz.

For more information, visit Aarhus Gallery.


Gig Hunters: Julie Metcalf, fiddle; Stuart Kenney, guitar; Eric McDonald, upright bass/banjo

Gig Hunters: Julie Metcalf, fiddle; Stuart Kenney, guitar; Eric McDonald, upright bass/banjo

Gig Hunters and Caller Quena Crain at Belfast Flying Shoes

Join Belfast Flying Shoes on Friday, October 3, for an evening of contra dancing at the American Legion Post #43 in Belfast, 143 Church St.

The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a community dance. The contra dance begins at 8 pm and runs until around 11 pm. Quena Crain of Brattleboro, Vermont, will be calling dances, with music by The Gig Hunters.

The Gig Hunters are Julie Metcalf on fiddle, Eric McDonald on guitar, and Stuart Kenney on banjo and bass. The band performs regularly throughout the Northeast, bringing a mix of old-time, Irish and Quebecois tunes to the dance and concert hall.

Quena (pronounced Kay-nuh) Crain is known for her cheerful stage presence, easy teaching style, and enjoyably diverse repertoire of dances. She moved to Blue Hill in 2007. Since then she has enjoyed calling all around New England and on the West Coast.

There will also be the annual Lost and Found Sale. A year's worth of left-behind items will be available at bargain rates.

Contra Dance Classes with Chrissy Fowler

Chrissy Fowler is leading another series of contra dance classes in Belfast this fall. The 90-minute classes will be held on Tuesdays, 6:45-8:15 pm, at the Belfast Dance Studio, 109 High St., Belfast. The schedule is Tuesday, October 21 to Tuesday, November 25. The fee is $45.00 for the six-week class. A minimum of 24 registrants are needed.

How to Register:
Mail a check for the full class fee made out to Chrissy Fowler at 93 Kaler Rd., Belfast, ME 04915. Please include your name(s) and e-mail address(es). She'll use e-mail to communicate re updates, etc. Phone number(s) are optional.

Class Description:
The expanded 90-minute class time will let us dance more, covering the basics as well as some of the finer points. Participants can come with or without a partner. The minimum class size will ensure danceable numbers for each evening's class. All experience levels are welcome.

These are three intentions for the class:
1. Introduce neophytes to the basics of contra dancing;
2. Directly teach figures/pointers to interested non-neophyte dancers; and
3. Provide participants with a fun and healthy social activity.

For more information, phone Chrissy at 207-338-0979 or visit Belfast Flying Shoes.


Blessing of the Animals at St. Margaret's Church

Blessing of the Animals at St. Margaret's Church

Blessing of the Animals

All creatures and their human friends are invited to the lawn of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church at 9:30 am on Sunday, October 5, for the Blessing of the Animals. The church welcomes residents of Belfast and local communities to participate.

The Blessing of the Animals celebrates the special connection and love that owners have for their pets. It also recognizes the caregiving that is expressed daily by young and old alike as they raise pets. Past events have attracted a wide variety of furry, feathered and reptilian friends.

All pets should be managed on a leash or in a cage or container. Anyone who has a sick or immobile pet or one that is deceased is welcome to bring a leash or other memento to participate in a remembrance.

The church is located at 95 Court St. in downtown Belfast. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors.

For directions to the church or other information, visit St. Margaret's Church, or phone 207-338-2412.


Weaving by Sister Betty Edl of Hermitage FiberArt

Weaving by Sister Betty Edl of Hermitage FiberArt

The Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Arts Fall Tour

Developed by the Belfast Creative Coalition, the Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Arts Fall Tour highlights the richness of art, culture and agriculture in and around 26 coastal and rural communities in midcoast Maine.

The tour will take place on Columbus Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 11-12, from 10 am-4 pm, and includes open studios, farm tours, and special workshops and demonstrations. Visitors are encouraged to bring their families and visit the farms, see artists working in their studios, watch a glass-blowing demonstration, or learn how to make soap.

For more information, visit Belfast Creative Coalition or find them on Facebook.


Twelfth Annual Pie and Story Festival poster

Twelfth Annual Pie and Story Festival poster

Twelfth Annual Pie and Story Festival

The Twelfth Annual Waldo County Pie and Story Festival will take place at the Belfast Boathouse on Sunday, October 12, from 1-4 pm.

Musician and renowned storyteller Jennifer Armstrong and Friends will present a program that includes an afternoon of music, stories, pie and plenty of family fun for all.

The festival starts with free music and stories for the whole family, and halfway through, there will be slices of pie available for a dollar each. Each slice comes with a ballot to vote, or not.

Anyone may enter a pie for prizes. You may bring more than one pie. All types of pies are welcome: sweet or savory, pizza or whoopee, as long as they are pies and homemade. Because of allergies, a complete list of ingredient should accompany all pies.

General pie voting will include four categories: Best Pie Ever, Most Beautiful Pie, Most Unusual Pie and Yummy Mess. Special prizes and awards will also be given for best local-ingredient pie, grown, gathered or caught. Winners in the four major categories will be heaped high with praises and handed a few pretty good prizes.

A lively and competitive whole-pie auction will allow folks to walk away with a whole pie.

Bring pies at noon on the day of the event. For more information on how to enter pies, or to help with the event, phone Jennifer at 207-322-2265 or find them on Facebook.


Detail from the Maine Craft Weekend poster

Detail from the Maine Craft Weekend poster

Waldo County Artists Participate in Maine Craft Weekend

Aarhus Gallery, Aarhus partner Willy Reddick and other Waldo County artists are pleased to be participating in Maine Craft Weekend (MCW), a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events, an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine. MCW is a public, educational, community-oriented, family-friendly weekend which takes place on October 11 and 12. MCW is scheduled in conjunction with American Craft Week, a nationwide event promoting craft events each October. Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state who are not regularly open to the public or who have planned special MCW events and demonstrations at their locations. Plan a route to include a pottery wheel lesson and a glass-blowing demonstration in the morning, swing by a brew pub for lunch, wrap up the day perusing a craft show and start all over again on Sunday.

Other participants in Waldo County include: Marshall Wharf Brewing Co., Mainely Pottery, Lupine Cottage, Mary Trotochaud, David Jacobson, Dawnella Sutton, Jim Crampton, James MacDonald, Andrew's Brewing Co. and Penobscot Bay Brewing Co. Please visit Maine Crafts Association to learn about participants and events and use the interactive MCW map to plan your route.


Pianist Laura Kargul

Pianist Laura Kargul

Pianist Laura Kargul at the First Church

On Sunday, October 12 at 3 pm, pianist Laura Kargul will present a program of Romantic Period works at the First Church in Belfast, UCC, located at 104 Church St.

The First Church is handicapped accessible using the Spring or Court Street entrances. The concert is free; donations are appreciated. All are welcome. For more information, phone 207-505-1694.


Pablo Neruda Prize recipient Kathleen Ellis

Pablo Neruda Prize recipient Kathleen Ellis

Tenth Annual Belfast Poetry Festival

To mark its tenth year, the Belfast Poetry Festival is doubling its educational opportunities. On Saturday, October 18, the Festival will present one panel discussion and seven workshops on topics ranging from writing and performance to community building, youth outreach and the political imagination. Workshops are available for writers of all skill levels.

Imagining a Future Utopia (3:30 pm), a featured guest workshop with star Chicago slam poet and activist Adam Gottlieb from the award-winning documentary Louder Than a Bomb, will talk about irony to ask the question, "What would a world with (poetic) justice look like?"

Other writing workshops include The Fable: Story, Center, Circle, Poem (1 pm) with Witter Bynner Award recipient Bea Gates, Poems from Tarot (1 pm) with poet Arielle Greenberg, and Writing Outside Ourselves: Engaging the World (9 am) with Pablo Neruda Prize recipient Kathleen Ellis.

Performance workshops will include Stand Up Poetry (9 am) with Belfast Poet Laureate Ellen Sander. Tina "TLove" Smith of the Telling Room and Portland, Maine's Poet Rising collective will lead Poetry Revolution (1 pm), a workshop to inspire Waldo County youth with prowess in performance and group composition.

Community-building offerings include Poetry Rites (1 pm) with Portland, Maine's first Poet Laureate, Martin Steingesser, which will discuss finding voice and describe an award-winning slam poetry team of Lewiston sixth-graders coached to victory. Joel Lipman, previous Poet Laureate of Lucas County, Ohio, leads a free panel discussion on Building the Poetry Community: Inviting Collaboration (9 am).

Workshops will take place at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.; at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St.; and at the Hutchinson Center, on Route 3 (Belmont Avenue).

The 2014 festival will also feature a Friday night of poetry and performance arts, a Saturday night multimedia presentation of poetry and visual art, a gallery hunt and a lively open mic. For more information or for questions about workshops, phone Lauren Murray at 207-322-6611, visit Belfast Poetry Festival or find them on Facebook.


Glowing and Showing Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The displays of the past few years have been wonderful and have sent a powerful message to survivors of abuse that we are a community that cares.

During October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2014, New Hope for Women is hoping to collaborate with businesses and organizations to show continuing support to all persons affected by domestic violence, dating violence and stalking in our community. In downtown Belfast this will take the form of displaying the color purple during part or all of October.

Ways to glow or show purple could include:
Purple lights in display windows;
Purple plants in the window;
Purple clothing, toys, accessories, etc. in the window or throughout the business;
Purple lights on bushes on the property;
Purple Friday -- everyone dresses in purple;
Any other creative idea.

Strings of lights are available to borrow, as well as signs that can be put up on the window or door.

Please feel free to phone Ellie Hutchinson, Community Educator for New Hope for Women at 207-338-9975 or e-mail her at ehutchinson@newhopeforwomen.org with any questions. New Hope for Women looks forward to collaborating with you, and thanks you for your help in ending domestic violence, dating violence and stalking in our community.


Painted photograph by Corlis Carroll, from her After Wallace Nutting art show

Painted photograph by Corlis Carroll, from her After Wallace Nutting art show

October 2014 Belfast Co-op Events

Featured Artist

Corlis Carroll's exhibit of painted photographs, After Wallace Nutting, is on display in the Co-op Cafe through late October.

Round Up for Community Recipients

October 1-15: Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives;
October 16-31: Strive program at Waldo County Technical Center.

Senior Discount Day

Every Tuesday, Belfast Co-op customers 62 years young and up receive a discount upon informing the cashier of their eligibility. Co-op member-owners receive a 10% discount; non-member-owners 5%.

In Search of the Oldest Apples in Maine

Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: In search of the oldest apples in Maine: What they teach us about the past, present and future, free presentation with apple expert and fruit explorer John Bunker, who will discuss the history of apples in Maine and describe his adventures tracking down, identifying and preserving rare historic varieties. Those who'd like help identifying an apple tree are encouraged to bring fruit for identification. Co-sponsored with the Library.

Testing Yourself for Food Sensitivities

Thursday, October 9, 6:30 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Free presentation with Dr. Susan Miller, who will teach participants how to test their food to learn which foods are optimal for them using basic kinesiology (muscle testing); includes hands-on practice. At Vibrant Life Wellness Center in Rockland, Dr. Miller helps clients revitalize their health through specially designed individualized nutritional plans and gentle chiropractic. For more information, visit Vibrant Life Wellness Center.

Building a Resilient Local Economy through Worker Cooperatives

Monday, October 13, 6:30 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Free presentation with Jonah Fertig, of Cooperative Fermentation, and Rob Brown, of the Cooperative Development Institute, who will explore: the ways worker co-ops can provide secession plans for existing business; steps to creating new worker co-ops; worker co-ops in Norway, Spain and New York City; and how more worker co-ops can form in the midcoast.

Guided Store Tour

Saturday, October 18, 10 am, Belfast Co-op, 123 High St.: Meet near the Co-op entrance for guided store tours (every third Saturday of the month) which highlight the benefits of joining the Co-op and how to take best advantage of shopping there. All are welcome.

Love LOCAL Day

Friday, October 24: Lunch special will highlight local ingredients, 10% off all Maine-made products throughout the day at the Belfast Co-op, open 7:30 am-8 pm daily.

Beer Tasting and Art Opening

Friday, October 24, 7-9 pm, Belfast Co-op Cafe, 123 High St.: Free tasting of Peak Organic (Portland) beer and art show opening. Featured beers will be 10% off all day; participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Cooking Class with Pam McKeen

Monday, October 27, 6-8 pm, St. Margaret's Church, 95 Court St., Belfast: Seasonal cooking demonstration with natural foods chef Pam McKeen, who will prepare and provide samples of: Roasted Olives with Citrus and Herbs, Dark Leafy Greens with Caramelized Red Onion, Roasted Delicata Squash with Orange and Thyme, and Miso Salmon with Lime-ginger Glaze. Twelve-participant limit; $20.00 registration fee. Register at any register at the Co-op, or by phone, 207-338-2532, with a credit card.

John Bagnulo Presentation

Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.: Free presentation with nutritionist John Bagnulo MPH, PhD; topic to be determined. Co-sponsored with the Library.

For more information about Belfast Co-op events, please visit Belfast Co-op Store.


Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man

Our Shipping Policy

Even though our Web site is not designed with a shopping cart, we will happily ship anything to you.

At this time, we only ask for the exact cost of the shipping; there is no handling charge.

By the way, the man in the photo is our well-loved UPS deliveryman. He is always smiling and happy, even when hauling heavy boxes down the stairs. (He must be a secret wannabe knitter.)


Yarn customers browsing inside our shop

Inside our shop, with yarn lovers examining a tempting skein.