Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Belfast Sardine Extravaganza

August 21 Belfast Sardine Extravaganza at the Belfast Harbor Fest
Raise a Ruckus for Herring!

1100 Speaker: Joe Upton, herring bait boatman and author of Amaretto, and Alaska Blues - at the Boathouse

and at the Sardine Stage - Belfast Commons:
12 Noon - Invocation... for the love of Herring: Poets and Divas
100 The Gawler Family
200 Anna Dembska & the Schoodic Chorus
300 Morty Hanson
3:30 Gordon Bok with The January Men and Then Some
430 Grand March with Chrissy Fowler, the Flashing Fish Dancers & the Belfast Bay Fiddlers
Anna Dembska, the Sardine Singers, & the Belfast Drum and RabbleParade and Flotilla to the Old Sardine Factory and Walking Bridge for the Grand Finale!!!

To volunteer, add your fishy ideas, or for more information please contact:
For the ongoing, continually upgraded schedule of summer sardine events:
and for the Harbor Fest:

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

summer sardine events

We want to spend the summer celebrating the herring, yes the sardines, the little silver darlings, but we also want to celebrate the human cultures which grew up around the sardine fisheries. We want to spawn and promote a number of events around the state centering on the sardine, and the disappearance of the sardine related industry and culture, another kind of extinction.Please join us, and keep watching here as we will have more events to post.

June 29 - The Fish Belong to the People - film showing at the Belfast Free Library with speaker Glen Libby - sponsored by the library and the co-op- more info click

July 3, Saturday, 130 PM Eastport Arts Center - Herring Hymnal, Herring Dance, Herring Song - A reading by poet Karin Spitfire with local poets and archival film footage of the Eastport sardine industry, Old Eastport, and maritime life, from the Northern Lights Film Society

July 20 - Herring Night at the Bass Harbor Library - as a part of their annual Ruth Moore Days - with readings from Ruth Moore and historic photos of the local sardine cannery by Eleanor Mayo

July 22 - Karin Spitfire reads poetry, Stockton Library, 7 PM

July 25 - 6 PM Poetry and Sax = 9 local women poets read, with jazz sax, at a release party for: Talking Furniture - Selections from Maine Writers, at Bay Wrap, 102 Main Street, Belfast - $10 donation, proceeds go to sponsor the Belfast Sardine Extravaganza

July 26 Belfast Free Library - film maker Karen Saum's film "Working Women of Waldo County" which includes a section on the sardine industry - sponsored by the Belfast Historical Museum and the Belfast Free Library

July 30 - 730 PM - sardine poetry night at the Wayne (Maine) Public Library

July 31, 11-3, Maine State Museum, Augusta - special event for the Stinson Seafood- sardine industry exhibit - with:
1030 & 130 - music by Roll and Go
1100 - sardine poetry with Karin Spitfire and Gary Lawless
1130 - food historian Sandra Oliver on Seafood and Sardines in the New England Diet
and more!

August 1 - 30 images of the sardine industry - a photo/art exhibit at the Kramer Gallery, Belfast - focussing on the Belfast sardine cannery, with images from the Belfast Historical Society, Penobscot Marine Museum, and local artists

August 4, 630-800 PM Herring Gut Learning Center, Port Clyde - sardine taqlk, poetry, and film (including footage of the Port Clyde cannery fire and explosion), with a display of historic photos, aprons, scissors, timecards, trays and other historic artifacts - for more info click

August 10, 630 PM, Belfast Free Library - Fish Forever-speaker Aaron Dority of the Penobscot East Resource Center, with a herring/sardine slide show compiled by Kevin Johnson of the Penobscot Marine Museum.

August 21 - Belfast Harbor Fest and Sardine Extravaganza - sponsored by the Belfast Rotary and many local groups and businesses - with boat races and displays, speakers, singers, poets, dancers, art displays, and a choral piece culminating in a parade to the Belfast cannery site for an event there

and yes a published collection of sardine poems called "Sardine Songs/Herring Hymns"

We hope to see you at these events.
Please contact us for more information

sing the sardines in Belfast

We are looking for singers (and listeners) to join in the sardine celebration in Belfast August 21. Please go to this
and come join us in Belfast!