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Dragonboat Festival Trip


with Chris Toy

Jun 11, 2017 at 8 am

Save the Date

35th Annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival

June 11, 2017

Join us for an exciting cultural experience along both banks of the Charles River in Boston and Cambridge!  Chris Toy will lead this excursion to Boston, where you will sample the  cultural and culinary delights of China!  This is one cultural experience you won’t want to miss!     For more info,  please email Kelli at  

Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the ancient patriot-poet Qu Yuan who lived from 340-278 B.C. The King banished him. When Qu Yuan heard that his home had been invaded, he drowned himself in the Mi Lo River.

Too late to save him, the people splashed furiously and threw steamed rice wrapped in reed leaf, into the river as a sacrifice to his spirit and to keep the fish from Qu Yuan's body.

Today the boats still race in his honor and there are traditional dances, arts, crafts, and food for visitors to enjoy!

Transportation will be provided by Amtrak Downeaster and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. The train departs from Freeport Amtrak Station promptly at 7:40 am. Participants also have the option of boarding at the Portland Amtrak Station - the train leaves Portland at 8:20 am. Please notify us if you plan to board in Portland. Please come prepared to walk! Meals not included in cost.

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Flavors of Lebanon


with Chris Toy

Apr 3, 2017 at 6 pm

Start your spring with the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean! Garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and rosewater! Sounds like good, healthy eating! If you agree, then join Chris Toy as he dabbles in Lebanese cooking. He'll be cooking up lentils with rice and caramelized onions, chicken shish tawook with vegetables - juicy and tender with a marinade of fresh lemon juice and garlic.  Top it off with Rosewater and Orange Blossom Lebanese ice cream! Bring containers for leftovers. Food fee included.

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Secrets for Successful Indie Publishing


with Maine Authors Association

Apr 6, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Independent writers now have a whole new way of producing and marketing their books. Recent innovations in the rapidly changing technology in printing have created a boom in self-publishing. Good books that don't meet traditional publisher's criteria can now be affordably printed and marketed by self publishing authors. This workshop will outline some of the publishing options both traditional and nontraditional, including what is offered locally. Students will find out how to get the technical assistance they need, and about the many types of organizations that work with Maine authors.

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