Due to the inclement weather, the opening night for this year’s “Walk Among the Shadows-Boom or Bust: Ghosts of 1807 Portland” has been postponed until Friday night, October 24th at 6:30pm.
We hope to see you there!
We hope to see you there!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014 from 5:30PM to 6:30PM
Judge Freeman of Falmouth is presiding and deciding at the Eastern ! Stern justice !
Mary, wealthy Boston widow of Robt. Stonehouse, shipwrecked with daughter Eliza Hayden and infant grandson, seeks heavenly union with beloved husband.
Elizabeth Tyng & her Sheriff husband are loyal citizens of Portland after an unfortunate absence during the Revolution.
Alexander Parris was Maine’s first practicing architect. But the Embargo Act of 1807 forced him to leave. And so it was Boston and not Portland that got Fanuiel Hall.
Rev Edward Payson has been waiting for a new congregation for quite some time. He is ready. Are you?
Matthew “King” Cobb was the wealthiest man in Portland at one time. He owned a successful shipping business which operated off of Long Wharf and was a co-founder of the Maine Bank.
Reverend Samuel Deane, 51 years the faithful minister of the First Parish Church, and survivor of the British bombardment of Portland.
First Floor Gallery – Portia (Merchant of Venice), Shylock (Merchant of Venice), Pericles/Marina (Pericles);
L.D.M. Sweat Memorial Galleries – Angelo/Isabella (Measure for Measure), Macbeth/Lady Macbeth (Macbeth);
Third Floor Gallery – Julia (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing), Brutus/Portia (Julius Caesar).
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16th at 5:15pm
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18th at 11am
As you may have heard, we have reached a collaborative agreement with the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association (MCMA), the non-profit organization that owns and operates Mechanics Hall, to complete the final stages of renovations to the third floor ballroom space so it can be licensed for public performances and operate as a rental venue for the performing arts community. Built in 1857, Mechanics’ Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the Ballroom, redesigned by John Calvin Stevens at the turn of the 20th century, is characterized by unique historical features, 3,000 square feet of floor space, a refinished wood floor suitable for dancers, high ceilings, and nicely restored architectural details.
This new venue will be fully flexible to accommodate a wide variety of uses, including theatrical performances, musical concerts, grand balls, workshops, dramatic readings, lectures, films, and a wide variety of social dances, including swing, latin, contra, tango and ballroom, just to name a few. Portland is a city long on arts organizations but short on venues, and the location of Mechanics Hall in the Arts District means that the proposed 50 to 300-person performance space will be a cultural, social, and educational center for its members and the community. MCMA is committed to restoring the elegance of the space, while making it available to arts and culture groups at affordable rates.
MCMA and Acorn have identified the work required to receive a public assembly license; a final push should allow the venue to open during the 2014/15 arts season. When it is complete, the ballroom will provide a unique addition to the roster of performance venues in the Arts District—indeed, on the peninsula. Come see the space and learn our plans on Wednesday, October 22nd at 6pm. Representatives from Acorn and MCMA will be on hand to answer your questions and refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
We strongly recommend you wear loose fitting comfortable clothes and bring a pencil or pen, as well as a water bottle (there is no water source easily accessible other than the bathroom sink).
We have only 12 yoga mats, so please bring one if you have one as well.
If you cannot make this first meeting, but still want to be a part of the workshops, please email us if you have not already.
If you are not certain if you want to attend or not, keep in mind that we are not thinking you are making a commitment for the entire three and a half months simply by attending this first session. Come check it out, and we can always chat after if you have questions.
We look forward to seeing you on Monday at 6:30pm at Mechanics Hall–519 Congress St. Please meet us outside the building and arrive on time, as the doors will be locked if you arrive late.