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Our shop on Lower Main Street
Some of our luxury yarns that are on sale in May
In May, we are having a "Luxurious" yarn sale.
Definition from Merriam-Webster Free Dictionary:
deluxe, lavish, Lucullan, luxe, luxuriant, opulent, palatial, plush, plushy, silken, sumptuous
costly, dear, expensive, precious, premium, rich; extravagant, grandiose, ostentatious, pretentious, showy; august, awesome, baronial, beautiful, gorgeous, grand, heroic (also heroical), imposing, impressive, kingly, magnificent, majestic, monumental, noble, proud, regal, royal, splendid, stately; comfortable, cozy, homelike, homey (also homy), snug
We are featuring "luxurious yarn" at 20% off. These yarns may be luxurious because of the fiber content or how they are dyed or some other factor that makes them unique and often more expensive. However, the only way we could figure which yarns to include in this sale is by price. Therefore, any yarn priced at $20.00 or above per skein will be on sale this month at 20% off.
This may be the time to pick up a Mother's Day gift, think about doing a random act of kindness, or just to indulge yourself!
Here are some yarns included in the sale that you may not know we have in stock:
Artyarns Silk Rhapsody
Artyarns Silk Mohair
Artyarns Cashmere 1 (laceweight)
Blue Heron Mercerized Cotton
Blue Heron Rayon Metallic
Cascade's Heritage 150 Sock Paints
Dream in Color Baby
Dream in Color Starry
Dream in Color miscellaneous limited edition
Ellyn Cooper's Kid Mohair
Ellen Cooper's Swiss Lace
Filatura Di Crosa Superior Cashmere (laceweight)
Great Adirondack Lacy
Jade Sapphire Cashmere
Knit One, Crochet Too's Crock-O-Dye
Plymouth's Kettle Dyed Merino
String Theory Caper Sock
String Theory Merino DK
Cap Sleeve Lattice Top, knit by Helen
Cap Sleeve Lattice Top
Helen knit this Cap Sleeve Lattice Top on recommendation of a customer who uses all different weights and contents of yarns when knitting the pattern many times over. After reading the project notes from Ravelers, Helen knit the project in circular up to the armholes (with minor waist shaping), divided the number of stitches in half to create a front and back, knit two more inches of stockinette on each side, then a simple lattice for four inches on each side. She knit across the shoulders on each side, bound off the middle stitches, knit accross the other shoulders and then did a three-needle bind-off. Done! There is no shaping and the front and the back are the same. The garment naturally drapes well due to the loose stitchwork of the lattice. (We have a more detailed version of the pattern changes here at the shop for you.)
She reports that this is a simple project -- a good first project! She is going to make many more in different summer yarns and colors!
Knit in Classic Elite's Sanibel.
Belmondo Shawl, knit by Liz
Summer Tweed by Austermann is one of those yarns that look interesting but many people would wonder what to do with it. We, of course, found it interesting, and Liz was intrigued enough to take it off the shelf to try it out. She knit the Belmondo Shawl, without the fringe, and love the result. You could also try mixing it with some laceweight mohair for warmth.
A lovely accent to your wardrobe.
Honey Cowl, knit by Sara
This sportweight yarn sells for $8.50 (100 grams/292 yards).
The pattern called for #8 needles, but Sara used #6 needles, and would even recommend using #5 needles.
We have culled our sock yarns in order to make room for new stock. We have some great sock yarns at 40% off: $9.00 for our 100-gram fingering weight, $12.00 for our 150-gram sportweight.
Madeline Tosh's Merino Light illustrating the number ten
Ten Years in Belfast!
In June, we will be celebrating ten years in business. Make sure you read next month's newsletter to see how you can join in the celebration.
Stitch Pattern Fitter
There is a handy calculator for shawl knitters called the Stitch Pattern Fitter at Laylock Knitwear Design.
Juice being prepared at The Juice Cellar
Grand Opening of the Juice Cellar
The Juice Cellar, Belfast's new juice and smoothie bar, will be holding their grand opening celebration on Friday, May 3, at their location in the Opera House courtyard on Beaver Street, facing the Belfast Co-op. There will be raw snacks to try, coffee, tea, and, of course, juices and smoothies!
Interior of Coastal Babies store
Grand Opening of Coastal Babies
Coastal Babies is pleased to announce the grand opening of their downtown store on Saturday, May 11, located next to Heavenly Socks Yarns and above the Game Loft at 80 Main St., Belfast. Coastal Babies specializes in practical and eco-friendly products for mom, baby and toddler. They will also be doing two giveaways that day, one for a Coastal Babies gift certificate and another for a photo shoot with Rachael from Light in the Forest Photography (no purchase necessary). For more information, visit them at Coastal Babies, e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on Facebook. They look forward to meeting you!
White Nebula Number 7, gouache on paper, 30 x 22 inches, by Clint Fulkerson
Sublime Monotony at Aarhus Gallery
Please join Aarhus Gallery for an opening reception on Friday, May 3, 5-8 pm, for a show entitled Sublime Monotony which runs May 2-June 2.
Every day the sun goes down, and every day the sun comes up. That which at first seems extinguished, wearisome, routine, repetitive, becomes singularly new, becomes beauty, becomes the flame. In a paradoxical world, our world, neither is either, without each other ... and together they reveal a divine truth: The Sublime Monotony.
The show will feature the works of Marcie Jan Bronstein, Gabriella D'Italia, Clint Fulkerson, J.T. Gibson, Stew Henderson, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Marc Leavitt, Karen MacDonald, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick and Kate Russo.
Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St, Belfast, is open February-May, Thursday-Sunday 11 am-5:30 pm, and starting in June they will be open Tuesday-Sunday 11 am-5:30 pm. For more information, phone 207-338-0001 or visit Aarhus Gallery, where a slide show of the current works is available.
Belfast Flying Shoes Brings Music from the Maine/Montana Border
Please join Belfast Flying Shoes on Friday, May 3, as their contra dance series stomps beyond mud season into spring.
Scheduled to play at the American Legion Hall Post #43, at 143 Church St., Belfast, is Sassafras Stomp, a high-energy dance band with one foot in Maine and one foot in western Montana. Weaving together diverse fiddle traditions with a strong rhythmic sensibility, fiddler Johanna Davis and guitarist Adam Nordell build a rich, dynamic contra dance sound marked by driving foot percussion and sweet-harmony vocals. Banjo and mandolin player Putnam Smith will join the band on Friday.
The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a community dance led by Chrissy Fowler and music by the All-Comers Band, led by Tom Fowler, Phyllis Buchanan and Jennifer Armstrong. Fun and simple dances will be taught, and both beginner and experienced dancers are encouraged to brush up on and learn new skills. All musicians are welcome to sit in.
The main contra dance begins at 8 pm and runs till around 11 pm. Admission for the community dance is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. For the main dance, the price is $10.00 for those over 20, $7.00 for those aged 13 to 20 as well as adult All-Comers, and $4.00 for children. As always, anyone who brings a box fan for the windows gets a dollar discount. For more information, phone Chrissy at 207-338-0979 or visit Belfast Flying Shoes.
More Maine Contra Dance
May 4: Big Moose Contradance
Gates Hall, College of the Atlantic, 6:30 pm early-bird/family dance, 8 pm contras -- Calling with the Big Moose Band. For more information, phone 207-288-5620.
May 5: Family Contradance
May 10: Bates Contradance
At Bates College in Lewiston, 8 pm contras.
May 24: RSU 20 Community Dance
6:30-8 pm at Troy Howard Middle School cafeteria/auditorium in Belfast. District-wide family dance with music by the Fowler Family and Friends. Supported by the Maine Community Foundation's Expansion Arts Fund, Country Dance and Song Society, DownEast Friends of the Folk Arts, Belfast Flying Shoes, and a private foundation. For families in Belfast, Belmont, Morrill, Northport, Searsmont, Searsport, Stockton Springs and Swanville -- all of the towns in the RSU 20 school district.
May 25: Thomaston Contradance
At Thomaston Academy, 60 Main St. in Thomaston, 8 pm contras -- Calling with Tamora Goltz, David Stimson and others. For more information, phone 207-832-5584.
Djembe Drumming Workshop at Waterfall Arts
Gustaff Besungu, a musician from Cameroon, will hold a drumming workshop on Sunday, May 5 from 2-4 pm at Waterfall Arts in Belfast. The workshop will center on the rhythms of the djembe drum, and those attending should bring percussion instruments, preferably djembe drums or any kind of drum. The main focus of the workshop is to develop improvisational skills.
After a brief talk about himself and his music, Besungu will perform a short djembe song, so the group can see what they'll be focusing on -- what this rhythm is and how it relates to life. Besungu says "Rhythm is life, life is rhythm," a view that is the heart and core of this interactive workshop. Besungu will then have the group put rhythm into action, and he'll share some of the cultural rhythms of Cameroon, West Africa. Based on what the group comes up with, a collective piece will be created. Although the workshop will center on drumming, vocals might come into play as well.
The workshop is free; however, donations at the door are welcome to help this traveling musician cover his expenses. The workshop is open to all ages and skill levels; listeners are welcome as well. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High St. in Belfast. For more information, visit Waterfall Arts or phone 207-338-2222.
Introduction to Theatre Improvisation with Beverly Mann
Stretch your imagination, think quickly on your feet and plunge into the unknown. This high-energy and fun class will focus on creating scenes using theatre improvisational techniques. It will increase your physical and vocal range while you make exciting, dramatic choices. You will explore the "who" (character), "what" (action), "where" (environment) and "why" (objective).
Improvisation is a powerful tool. This class will boost your confidence, foster creativity and encourage risk taking by establishing the importance of trust from the very beginning. Will take place at Waterfall Arts in the dance annex. Optional showing on Friday, June 28 at the Fallout Shelter. Geared for ages 18 and up.
The classes will take place on Wednesdays, May 22-June 26, 7-8:30 pm. Cost: $80.00 for six classes. For registration and information, phone 207-338-3531. Please register by May 8.
Beverly has been teaching and performing for over twenty years in theatre, theatre improvisation, mask theatre and mask making.
Kelp Secrets, by Karen Meisenheimer
Belfast Co-op May Schedule
May Featured Artist: Karen Meisenheimer.
Native Organic Perennial Plant Sale
Annual native, organic, perennial plant pre-order sale with Rebel Hill Farm in Clifton, Maine. Catalogs available in-store and online at Belfast Co-op Store. The plants we choose to grow matter a lot to wildlife and the surrounding natural areas. Julie and Peter Beckford of Rebel Hill Farm have raised MOFGA-certified organic, field-grown native perennials for over twenty years. Pre-order deadline: Monday, May 6; plants delivered to the Belfast Co-op on Saturday, May 11 between 9-11am.
Senior Discount Day
Every Tuesday, Belfast Co-op customers 62 years young and up receive a discount if they inform the cashier of their eligibility. Co-op member-owners receive a 10% discount; non-member-owners 5%.
Queen of the Sun Screening and Beekeeper Panel
Thursday, May 2: Free community screening of Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us? at 6 pm in the Belfast Free Library followed by discussion with local beekeepers. Co-sponsored by the Waldo County Beekeepers, the Belfast Area Transition Initiative and the Belfast Co-op.
Belfast Farmers' Market Opens
Friday, May 3, 9 am-1 pm: Main Street Festival, upper Main Street between High and Church streets; Waterfall Arts the remaining Fridays in May. For more information, visit Belfast Farmers' Market.
Wine Tasting and Art Opening
Friday, May 3, 7-9 pm, Belfast Co-op Cafe: Free monthly wine tasting featuring highlighted seasonal wines, gourmet cheeses and crackers, and the opening of Karen Meisenheimer's show Inspired by Nature -- Spring 2013. Rodney Winchell of Wicked Wines, Jaap Helder of the Co-op's wine department and mixed-media artist Karen Meisenheimer will be available to answer questions. Featured wines are 10% off during the tasting. Must be at least 21 years of age to attend.
Cinco de Mayo Cooking Class
Sunday, May 5, 4-6 pm, UU Church of Belfast, 37 Miller St.: The Belfast Co-op is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo-themed seasonal cooking demonstration with natural foods chef Pam McKeen. Participants will watch demonstrations and taste samples of: Black Bean and Roasted Sweet Potato Tamales, Latin Kale with Pepitas and Lime, and Avocado Salad with Green Dressing. Pre-registration required; $15.00 materials fee, ten-participant limit. Pre-register at any register in the Co-op or call 207-338-2532 to pre-register with a credit or debit card.
3rd Thursday Donation Day
Thursday, May 16: Every third Thursday of the month, the Belfast Co-op donates 1% of the day's sales to a community organization whose work helps build local resilience. Project Puffin has been selected as their May recipient. To learn more about their work, visit Project Puffin.
Maine Community Health Options Presentation
Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 pm, Belfast Free Library: Presentation by Kevin Lewis of Maine Community Health Options, a new non-profit health plan in Maine. For more information, visit Maine Community Health Options.
Local Food Day
Friday, May 31: Hootin' Gluten Free Bakery will share free samples of their baked goods between 11 am-3 pm; lunch special highlighting local ingredients, 10% off select Maine products throughout the day.
For more information about Belfast Co-op events, visit Belfast Co-op Store, e-mail email@example.com or phone 207-338-2532.
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.)
Inside our shop, with yarn lovers examining a tempting skein.