2020 Summer Programs

And the Jan Howell Memorial Lecture Series

Note: though these programs were planned before the current health crisis, all of these events at the Lighthouse learning center have been cancelled due to restrictions and guidelines issued by the state of Maine to protect residents and visitors against the coronavirus pandemic.  Please check the schedule regularly on our Facebook page or this website for any changes


Letter To Our Friends and Members – Pandemic Update – June 13, 2020

I think we were all hoping that by now the pandemic would be more under control and show unmistakable signs of having less impact on our lives and activities.  For that reason, a decision to either proceed with our Lecture Series had not yet been made, thinking somehow (and perhaps somewhat wistfully) that we could go ahead as planned.

Alas, the decision to cancel has recently been decided by the Bristol Parks and Recreation Commission that had allowed us to hold the programs in their Learning Center located in Lighthouse Park.  The commissioners correctly determined that because of the Learning Center's size and seating capacity, the required social distancing currently in effect, and the difficulty of providing proper sanitation in between lectures and other scheduled events, that it would be safer to close the Center for the season.

 In specific terms, since our lectures normally draw approximately 75 people, it would be impossible for them to sit six feet apart, not to mention, that as of June 1, the mandated number of people in an indoor space is limited to 50.    All that being said, the Commission’s decision to close the Center for the summer is the most effective way to keep the public safe.

There being no other venue options that wouldn't be subject to the same risks and restrictions, the Friends are obliged to cancel their lecture series until next year if by then the pandemic is no longer a threat to the health of our residents as well as seasonal visitors (as an aside, if you are accustomed to re-newing your membership at the lectures, we suggest you consider doing so on line). In the meanwhile, we extend our appreciation to the members who helped organize the series and to the lecturers who agreed to participate in it.

Further, and for similar reasons, the annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence scheduled for July Fourth has also been cancelled.  Even in an open setting, there are too many variables that could easily put the health of the public at risk, including but not limited to the six-foot social distancing requirement as well as restrictions on group size. Even as we all tentatively emerge from the imposed hibernation that has recently shaped our lives, the last thing we all want to do is undermine whatever progress we have made in containing COVID 19 by extending its current life because of imprudent decisions. 

That said, our final program of the season – the annual Castlebay Concert slated for Saturday, August 29 – may still occur as planned, but we don’t know for certain now (nor is it possible to predict) whether it can be offered.  The same is true of our annual meeting, usually held in summer, now tentatively planned for early fall. We’ll keep you posted about both.  In the meanwhile, please check the FOCP website at friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org for details.

The Friends wish that the outcome for our programs could have been different, and perhaps it will be in 2021.   Until then thank you for your support, your patience and your understanding during these very difficult times.

Stay well and stay safe.

Don Loprieno

President

Friends of Colonial Pemaquid



    • July 13, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

     How Maine Became a State

    What connection if any was there between Missouri and Maine?  Why did the Pine Tree State decide to be independent from Massachusetts?  Was it a unanimous decision?  These questions and more will be the subject of FOCP’s first presentation in this bicentennial year.  Join us as Carolyn Hardman, a member of the Nobleboro Historical Society and a former history teacher explores the issues and concerns that brought about our statehood.


    THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC.


    Monday July 13, 2020

    7:00 PM ($5 or free to members)

    The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • July 20, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

    Maine Life in 1820

    What was it like 200 years ago in the Pine Tree State?  What events, both local and national, helped shape the future? All in all, 1820 was an exhilarating time in our country’s history, with waves and ripples of change lapping European shores and beyond. Join us for an informative and interesting presentation by Chip Griffin III of Boothbay Harbor.




    THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC.

    Monday July 20, 2020

    7:00 PM ($5 or free to members)

    The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • July 27, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

     Monarchs of the Sky

    In North America, what creatures migrate both north and south on an annual basis, in a long-distance journey that is fraught with risks? Their destinations  are the sanctuaries of the Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve in Mexico as well as  parts of Florida, and along the way these winged splashes of color also brighten parts of the Maine coast.  Join us for an informative lecture by Thomas Klak, Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. This program will highlight the remarkable natural history and geography of the monarch butterfly and will offer practical ways that we can enhance our backyard and public spaces, not only to support the vulnerable monarch, but also enrich our own lives.

    THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC.

    Monday July 27, 2020

    7:00 PM ($5 or free to members)

    The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • August 03, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

     Historical Quilts – Patriots, Protestors and   Petticoats: Women of the Civil War

    Presentation by Kathy Kenny, Quilt historian and lecturer.  This favorite lecture focuses on four different Civil War women who made a difference – an abolitionist, a nurse, a seamstress, and a teacher. You’ll hear how each woman influenced and helped others during this difficult time. Learning about these women, combined with the 1800’s Quilts that will be shown during the program will bring the Civil War to life.

    THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC.

    Monday August 3, 2020

    7:00 PM ($5 or free to members)

    The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • August 10, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

     The English Settlement of Maine in the   17th Century 

    Presentation by Dr. Emerson Baker, award-winning author and professor of history at Salem State University. In the 1620s and 1630s the English established a string of settlements along the coast of Maine from Kittery to Pemaquid. Unlike Massachusetts Bay which was established for religious reasons, immigrants came to Maine for economic opportunity drawn largely from Maine’s natural bounty of furs, fish and lumber. The settlements prospered until the 1670s, when the first of a series of conflicts with the Native Wabanaki would leave much of the region in ruins.

    THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC.

    Monday August 10, 2020

    7:00 PM ($5 or free to members)

    The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • August 17, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.

    The Doctrine of Christian Discovery and  Domination – How It has Impacted Maine History

    Presentation by John Dieffenbacher-Krall, chair  of the Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations, Assistant Director of Research at the College of Natural Resources and the University of Maine Orono. and former Executive Director of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission. Learn how The Doctrine, originally created by Pope Nicholas V in 1452, has affected not only the Wabanaki but also Original Peoples worldwide and has resulted in critical re-examination of Columbus’s voyages to the New World. 

    THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC.

    Monday August 17, 2020

    7:00 PM ($5 or free to members)

    The Learning Center at Bristol’s Lighthouse Park.


    • August 29, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • The Grounds of Ft. William Henry

    Castlebay in Concert: A Labor Day Weekend Tradition

    Join the Friends for their traditional close of the season special event and enjoy an outdoor performance of Celtic, nautical and early American music featuring the popular local duo of Fred Gosbee and Julia Lane on the grounds of Ft. William Henry.

    1:00 and 3:00PM.

    Rain date is Sunday, August 30


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