Last Friday, Clif and I went to our friends Margy and Steve’s house for one of their snappy potlucks, which often have themes. This particular potluck was held not only to celebrate January’s full moon—the Wolf Moon—but also to celebrate Priscilla Jenkins’s years of service on the Winthrop Town Council.
There were about 15 of us in Margy and Steve’s large kitchen and dining room, made cozy and warm by a fire in the wood stove. I brought homemade crackers as well as cranberry chutney—also homemade—mixed with a red pepper jelly made by a friend of a friend. The chutney and red pepper jelly was spread on top of softened cream cheese that, in turn, was spread on the crackers. (Not too bad, if I do say so myself.) There were also quiches, salads, and the most delicious lentil soup—made by Ginny Geyer—I have ever eaten. The soup had ham, which gave it a lovely smoky taste—and homemade noodles. The soup’s smoky taste reminded me of the pea soup that Franco-Americans are so famous for. I had two bowls full, and I could have eaten more, except that I knew what was for dessert—Patty Engdahl’s homemade carrot cake, made in honor of Priscilla.
But before the cake was cut, a rather amazing thing happened—various people listed events that they were involved with and might be of interest to others at the potluck. Margy went first with PechaKucha Night in Waterville, Maine, on January 24 at 7:20 p.m. at the Hathaway Creative Center. For those unfamiliar with PechaKucha, here is Waterville Public Library’s description: “PechaKucha … is a creative networking event for the entire community featuring diverse presenters faced with the same dynamic challenge: telling a compelling story in 20×20 (20 images showing for 20 seconds per image).” Winthrop’s very own Patrice Putman will be one of the presenters, and she will talk about her recent trips to Africa to help eradicate polio.
Margy also announced that a revised, updated edition of her book Talking Walls has been published, and there will be a launch party for the book at the First Friday Art Walk in Portland on February 7, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mainly Frames. Talking Walls is a lovely, poetic children’s book that explores some of the great walls in various countries and the stories those walls tell. (I have this book in mind for a certain little beloved baby who came into this world a few days ago.)
Clif went next, speaking about the Cinema Exploration film series that will be running every other Saturday from now through March at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville. (Clif and I are on the steering committee of the film series.) On January 25, the Georgian movie In Bloom will be shown, and it’s a harrowing but moving look at being a young woman in a country that was once a part of the Soviet Union.
Since he had an audience, Clif also took the opportunity to promote his own photography exhibit—Portals: The Mystery of Windows and Doors. The exhibit will be at Railroad Square in Waterville sometime the end of February, either the 20 or 27. (When I know the exact date, I’ll let readers know.)
Finally, Rita Moran told of the play—Doubt—that the Monmouth Community Players will be performing at Cumston Hall in Monmouth, Maine, from January 24 through February 2. The tickets are very reasonably priced—$10 for seniors and students and $12 for adults.
“Wow!” Margy said, when everyone was done. “No cabin fever in Winthrop!” No, indeed. This just goes to show how even small, rural towns can have plenty of creativity.
Then there was cake as we celebrated Priscilla’s 6 years of service on the town council. We applauded her, we made an acrostic with her first name, and we dubbed her Queen of Winthrop, at least for that day.
Many thanks, Priscilla!