Voices of Sea 2014 expands to two cities
Voices of the Sea, a performance event coordinated by Maine Maritime Museum that showcases the talents of Maine poets and musicians who earn their living from the sea casts a wider net this year with performances on two consecutive nights on the waterfronts of two different cities.
On Friday, March 14, the program will be held at the museum in Bath to kick off the city’s Blarney Days, a celebration of all things Irish. Fittingly, Maine’s storyteller John McDonald emcees the evening, which will include offerings by poets Sally Woolf-Wade and Stefanie Alley and musicians Bob Bowman and Lauren Crosby. Doors open at 6:30, performances begin at 7, and a cash bar will be available until 8:30.
The following evening, Saturday, March 15, the second performance will take place on the Portland waterfront at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial St. Maine folk musician Gordon Bok emcees the program that includes the talents of poets Stefanie Alley, Jack Merrill and Sally Woolf-Wade, and musicians Bob Bowman and Frank Gotwals. Doors open at 6, with a reception and cash bar until 7 p.m., when the show begins.
“Feedback from both attendees and performers in the two previous years was extremely positive,” says Jason Morin, the museum’s director of Public Programs. “A recurring comment was that the event should be expanded to reach a broader audience in more locations. That’s our goal this year and in years to come.”
In addition, Morin points out that both events will coincide with larger community celebrations and in facilities with incredible water views.
The Bath show will help launch Bath Blarney Days, a four-day celebration of Irish culture, a nation recognized for its poetic and musical artistry, as well as its maritime heritage. Voices of the Sea will be held in the museum’s Long Reach Hall which overlooks the historic Kennebec River where thousands of Maine built ships set sail for voyages to all corners of the world.
Saturday night’s performance in Portland occurs during the Maine Boatbuilders Show weekend in GMRI’s Cohen Center auditorium surrounded by Portland’s fleet of working fishing boats.
“We’re very excited to be working with GMRI,” says Morin. “Their auditorium has incredible seating, as well as a video system that will allow us to incorporate images of Maine fisheries and the maritime life into the performances.”
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the museum’s website at www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org or call 443-1316, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Support for the 3rd annual Voices of the Sea series comes from the Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance, Maine Boatbuilder’s Show, Maine Coastal News, the Hampton Inn Bath and The INN at Brunswick Station.
Maine Maritime Museum
Maine Maritime Museum is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage through gallery exhibits, an historic shipyard, educational programs, a research Library, and narrated excursions along area waterways. Founded in 1962, the Museum is nestled along Kennebec River in Bath, “The City of Ships” and provides a unique experience to visitors of all ages from around the world. Visit www.mainemaritimemuseum.org for more information.