Community Read

We are very pleased to announce that the 2018 Skidompha Community Read book is “Blood, Bones & Butter” by chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton.

A New York Times bestseller, “Blood, Bones & Butter” follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years, from the rural kitchen of her childhood, to the kitchens of France, Greece, and Turkey, to Hamilton’s own kitchen at Prune, and the kitchen of her Italian mother-in-law. Along the way Gabrielle’s story unfolds with uncommon honesty, grit, humor, and passion.

Join us as we explore the themes of Food, Community, and Identity over the course of the 6 weeks of this community-focused extravaganza. 

Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 7, 2018
An Evening of Wine 101 with Sip Wine Education
5pm to 7pm – Rising Tide Community Market – $25/co-op members
Are you a budding wine enthusiast interested in learning more and expanding your wine IQ? Join us! At the end of the class we’ll raffle off a bottle of wine for one lucky attendee
*Please Note: Attendance is limited & advanced purchase required.
Complimentary appetizers will be provided. Must be 21+ to attend.

Friday, June 15, 2018
Native Edible Plant Walk with Russ Cohen
3pm to 6pm – DRA Great Salt Bay Farm, 110 Belvedere Road – $5
Join wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen, author of the book Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, for a walk, on which participants will identify at least twenty species of edible wild plants. Cohen will provide keys to the identification of each species, along with information on edibility, when to harvest, preparation methods, and guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. As space is limited, registration is required. Please call the DRA at 563-1393.

Monday, June 25, 2018
COMMUNITY READ KICK-OFF!

“Blood, Bones & Butter” Book Giveaway
Monday through Friday, while supplies last – Skidompha Library
Community Read Book Giveaway Begins! Stop by Skidompha Library to pick up your free copy of “Blood, Bones & Butter” by Gabrielle Hamilton – our 2018 Community Read selection! Free and open to the public. One copy per household. First come, first serve!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Partner Event with the YMCA : Kids in the Kitchen
Tuesdays from 3pm to 4:30pm – June 26th through August 7th
FARMS Kitchen at the YMCA – $70 for YMCA members / $140 for non-members
This hands-on 7-week program begins June 26th and is designed for kids Pre-K through 5th grade. Organized kitchen-based activities will take the mystery out of cooking in this interactive and fun learning experience. Kids will learn everything from cooking skills to knife skills to garden skills, while utilizing the new teaching kitchen and raised garden beds. Drop-ins welcome if space allows. To register, call the YMCA at 563-9622.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Lincoln County News Open House!
5pm – Lincoln County Publishing – Free
Networking, local food, and a tour of the press!
7pm – Skidompha Library, Porter Hall – Free
Wine reception and screening of the film “Newsies.”

Thursday, June 28, 2018
OWL CINEMA FOODIE FILM: Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
7pm – Skidompha Library – Free
Stars: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné
When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.
Thank you to Lincoln County Publishing for their generous sponsorship!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Partner Event with the YMCA : Cooking Together – For Parent & Child (ages 2-5)
Tuesdays from 9am to 10:30am – 7/3, 7/10, 7/24, 7/31, 8/14
FARMS Kitchen at the YMCA – $75 for YMCA members / $150 for non-members
Young children are curious and eager so interactive learning in the kitchen is a perfect fit. With your help in this series, we will introduce concepts like kitchen safety, basic measurement and cooking skills. Storytime and craft activities may be incorporated into our exploration of cooking and eating. Drop-ins welcome if space allows. To register, call the YMCA at 563-9622.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
“Bivalves and Brews” – Live Music, Local Beer, Fresh Oysters
4pm to 6pm – Skidompha Library – $25
Entrance ticket buys you your first beer, three oysters, and a front-row seat to the band 32 North rocking out at Skidompha Library. Taste the bounties of the Damariscotta River from our local oyster companies and breweries. Come for the bivalves, stay for the town fireworks!

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Partner Event with the YMCA : Lunch Together – Parent & Child (ages 4-13)
Thursdays from 11am to 1pm – 7/5, 7/12, 7/26, 8/2, 8/16
FARMS Kitchen at the YMCA – $75 for YMCA members / $150 for non-members
Lunch is a great time to be together; especially if everyone is making the meal. Parents and children will join us in making a healthful lunch that we will all sit down to enjoy for this series. There will be a variety of recipes to expand taste buds, build cooking skills and enjoy locally grown fruits and vegetables.  Drop-ins welcome if space allows. To register, call the YMCA at 563-9622.

Partner Event with the YMCA : Adult Cooking Class  – Cooking Around the World: Middle Eastern
4pm to 6pm – FARMS Kitchen at the YMCA – $30 for YMCA members / $60 for non-members
Join FARMS at the Y for an adult cooking class that will offer an interactive experience where you prepare recipes and eat the results in our new kitchen. Classes and workshops are for all levels. Only 12 spots available per cooking class, register early to guarantee your spot! To register, call the YMCA at 563-9622.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Screening of “Mind of a Chef: Gabrielle Hamilton”
Episodes 1: Prune, 2: Garbage, 3: Rome
10 am – Skidompha Library, Porter Hall – Free
Run time: 69 minutes
Enter the mind of chef Gabrielle Hamilton in the first three episodes of Season 4 of the Emmy-winning and James Beard Award-winning series THE MIND OF A CHEF.

Pasta-Making, the Italian Way with Bernie DeLisle
5:30 to 7:30 pm – Rising Tide Co-Op Community Kitchen – $10
Learn the secrets and simplicity of fresh, handmade pasta in this hands-on class, courtesy of “Nana Bucci,” Bernie’s mom. You won’t leave hungry! Space is limited. Sign up by calling the library at 563-5513.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Food Insecurity Panel Discussion – featuring The Good Shepherd, Twin Villages Farm, Rising Tide Community Market, FARMS and the Ecumenical Food Pantry
10 am – Skidompha Library, Porter Hall – Free
Join our panelists for this discussion on food security in our region, and our neighborhoods. Learn more about each organization’s mission and reach, and discover what you can do to get involved. This discussion is a must for anyone wanting the whole picture of our food economy.

Lunchtime Read Aloud – “Blood, Bones & Butter”
Chapter 1: The Feast
12:30pm to 1:15pm – Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop – Free
Come hear Gabrielle Hamilton’s writing come alive with chapters read aloud by local actors. Chapter 1 sets the stage for Gabrielle’s lyrical writing, and focuses on a feast set up in her family’s backyard.

Screening of “A Place at the Table”
2pm – Skidompha Library, Porter Hall – Free
Run time: 1 hour, 24 minutes
A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.

Partner Event with the YMCA : Cooking for Yourself (ages 13-18)
Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm – 7/11, 7/25, 8/1, 8/15
FARMS Kitchen at the YMCA – $40 for YMCA members / $80 for non-members
This series of classes is geared toward shopping and cooking for yourself. We’ll also teach cooking techniques that will be the building blocks to becoming a knowledgeable and confident cook. Leaving home doesn’t have to mean leaving well-balanced meals.  Drop-ins welcome if space allows. To register, call the YMCA at 563-9622.

Thursday, July 12, 2018
GENEALOGY ROUNDTABLE – Tales from the Kitchen
5:30pm to 6pm – Skidompha Library – Free
This is an opportunity to share discoveries and remember stories from your ancestors’ kitchens – recipes, tools, traditions, feasts! Bring a story.  Bring a document, recipe, photo, or kitchen artifact.  Bring something sweet or savory made from a family recipe to share!

OWL CINEMA FOODIE FILM: The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
7pm – Skidompha Library, Porter Hall – Free
Stars: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal
The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery.
Thank you to Lincoln County Publishing for their generous sponsorship!

Friday, July 13, 2018
“Blood, Bones & Butter” Book Discussion Group
10am – Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop – Free
Come join the community discussion! All welcome!

Simple Craft Cocktails with Torie Van Horne DeLisle
6pm to 7:30 pm – Rising Tide Co-Op Community Kitchen – $15
Move over mixologists, this hands-on course will focus on making fresh, simple, seasonal cocktails that set the home bartender up for success. Impress all of your friends and relatives with your knowledge of cocktail theory and tasty treats. Samples and snacks provided! $15 class fee. Space is limited. Sign up by calling the library at 563-5513.

Saturday, July 14, 2018
OWL CINEMA FAMILY FOODIE FILM: Ratatouille (2007)
11am – Skidompha Library, Porter Hall – Free
Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. Thank you to Lincoln County Publishing for their generous sponsorship!

Sunday, July 15, 2018 to Saturday, July 21, 2018
Local Dish Restaurant Week!
July 15th to July 21st at participating area restaurants.
Sample the signature dish using local, seasonal ingredients at our area restaurants.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Screening of “Mind of a Chef: Gabrielle Hamilton”
Episodes 1: Prune, 2: Garbage, 3: Rome
5:30 pm – Skidompha Library, Porter Hall – Free
Run time: 69 minutes
Enter the mind of chef Gabrielle Hamilton in the first three episodes of Season 4 of the Emmy-winning and James Beard Award-winning series THE MIND OF A CHEF.

Meet Your Farmer – Music, Food & Farm Goods
5:30pm to 7:30pm – Darrows Barn, Roundtop Farm – Free
Meet your local farmers and producers at this relaxed, family-oriented event. Shop at the indoor farmers’ market, have dinner with one of the local food vendors or bring-your-own-picnic and listen to the band, “Driving Charlie Home” with Olivia DeLisle and Caleb Jones.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Lunchtime Read Aloud – “Blood, Bones & Butter”
Chapter 6: The Lobsters
12:30pm to 1:15pm – Milling Around, Main Street Newcastle – Free
Come hear Gabrielle Hamilton’s writing come alive with chapters read aloud by local actors. Chapter 6 looks at Gabrielle’s high flying catering career and her job as a summer camp chef.

Healthy and Delicious Desserts with Frida Hanlon
6:30pm to 8pm – Rising Tide Co-Op Community Kitchen – $10
Are desserts too difficult and caloric to bother with? You won’t feel that way after this class! Join us for a healthy and indulgent evening. $10 class fee. Space is limited. Sign up by calling the library at 563-5513.

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Native Plants in the New England Garden – a talk with Mark Richardson & Dan Jaffe, presented by Wild Seed Project
10 am to 12 pm – Darrows Barn, Roundtop Farm – Free
With native plants, you can create inviting landscapes that are full of vitality without disappearing into a black hole caused by excessive maintenance. The less time you spend mowing, watering, pruning, and weeding, the more time you have to enjoy watching the wildlife native plants tend to attract. 

Skidompha Library Community Cooking Contest
11am – Skidompha Library – Free
Come compete for fabulous prizes and fame at our Community Cooking Contest! Sign up for either the sweet or savory category, amateur or professional on the theme of ITALIAN FOOD in honor of our Community Read book, “Blood, Bones, & Butter.” Our judges will include Annie Leck from Barn Door Baking Co., and Laura Cabot of Laura Cabot Catering. To enter, please sign up by calling Skidompha Library at 563-5513.
Each participant must make 10 servings of your selected recipe, and deliver to Porter Hall no later than 11am on the day of the contest. A first-place and runner-up winner will be chosen in each category.

Skidompha Library Community Lunch
12pm – Skidompha Library – $25
Taste the best cooking our community has to offer with the purchase of your handmade ceramic plate from Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts!
First come – first served!

OWL CINEMA FOODIE FILM: The Big Night (1996)
7pm – Skidompha Library, Porter Hall – Free
Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony
New Jersey, 1950s. Two brothers run an Italian restaurant. Business is not going well as a rival Italian restaurant is out-competing them. In a final effort to save the restaurant, the brothers plan to put on an evening of incredible food. 
Thank you to Lincoln County Publishing for their generous sponsorship!

Friday, July 20, 2018
“Blood, Bones & Butter” Book Discussion Group
10am – Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop – Free
Come join the community discussion! All welcome!

OWL CINEMA DOCUMENTARY: Seed: The Untold Story (2016)
7pm – Skidompha Library, Porter Hall  – Free
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy.

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Mr. and Mrs. Squid with Ed Seidel
11am – Kids program at Rising Tide Co-Op Community Kitchen – Free
Learn about squid in this hands-on science class, and when the dissection is over? We’ll make calamari! Space is limited. Sign up by calling the library at 563-5513.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Screening of “Mind of a Chef: Gabrielle Hamilton”
Episodes 4: Hunger, 5: Past, 6: Hustle
10 am – Skidompha Library, Porter Hall – Free
Run time: 69 minutes
Enter the mind of chef Gabrielle Hamilton in the 4th, 5th and 6th episodes of Season 4 of the Emmy-winning and James Beard Award-winning series THE MIND OF A CHEF.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
GENEALOGY ROUNDTABLE – Tales from the Kitchen
12:30pm to 2pm – Skidompha Library – Free
This is an opportunity to share discoveries and remember stories from your ancestors’ kitchens – recipes, tools, traditions, feasts! Bring a story.  Bring a document, recipe, photo, or kitchen artifact.  Bring something sweet or savory made from a family recipe to share!

Lunchtime Read Aloud – “Blood, Bones & Butter”
Chapters 12 – 15: The Affair and Brunch
12:30pm to 1:15pm – Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop – Free
Come hear Gabrielle Hamilton’s writing come alive with chapters read aloud by local actors. These chapters focus on how Gabrielle met her husband and a slice of life of being a woman chef.

Thursday, July 26, 2018
Partner Event with the YMCA : Adult Cooking Class  – Cooking Around the World: Asian
4pm to 6pm – FARMS Kitchen at the YMCA – $30 for YMCA members / $60 for non-members
Join FARMS at the Y for an adult cooking class that will offer an interactive experience where you prepare recipes and eat the results in our new kitchen. Classes and workshops are for all levels. Only 12 spots available per cooking class, register early to guarantee your spot! To register, call the YMCA at 563-9622.

OWL CINEMA FOODIE FILM: The Trip (2010)
7pm – Skidompha Library, Porter Hall – Free
Stars: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rebecca Johnson
Steve is asked to review restaurants for the UK’s Observer who is joined on a working road trip by his friend Rob who fills in at the last minute when Coogan’s romantic relationship falls apart. 
Thank you to Lincoln County Publishing for their generous sponsorship!

Friday, July 27, 2018
“Blood, Bones & Butter” Book Discussion Group
5:30 pm – Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop – Free
Come join the community discussion! All welcome!

Saturday, July 28, 2018
OWL CINEMA FAMILY FOODIE FILM: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
11am – Skidompha Library, Porter Hall – Free
Stars: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell
A local scientist is often regarded as a failure until he invents a machine that can make food fall from the sky. But little does he know, that things are about to take a turn for the worst. Thank you to Lincoln County Publishing for their generous sponsorship!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Screening of “Mind of a Chef: Gabrielle Hamilton”
Episodes 4: Hunger, 5: Past, 6: Hustle
5:30 pm – Skidompha Library, Porter Hall, Free
Run time: 69 minutes
Enter the mind of chef Gabrielle Hamilton in the 4th, 5th and 6th episodes of Season 4 of the Emmy-winning and James Beard Award-winning series THE MIND OF A CHEF.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Lunchtime Read Aloud – “Blood, Bones & Butter”
Chapters 19 & 20: Marriage and Food
12:30pm to 1:15pm – Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop – Free
Come hear Gabrielle Hamilton’s writing come alive with chapters read aloud by local actors. These chapters focus on Gabrielle’s visits to Italy, her marriage, and ruminations on the future.

Thursday, August 2, 2018
Partner Event with the YMCA : Adult Cooking Class  – Cooking Around the World: Spanish
4pm to 6pm – FARMS Kitchen at the YMCA – $30 for YMCA members, $60 for non-members
Join FARMS at the Y for an adult cooking class that will offer an interactive experience where you prepare recipes and eat the results in our new kitchen. Classes and workshops are for all levels. Only 12 spots available per cooking class, register early to guarantee your spot! To register, call the YMCA at 563-9622.

Friday, August 3, 2018
An Evening with Gabrielle Hamilton
7pm to 10pm – Skidompha Library
Ticket options: $35 author event only, $65 for author event & reception
Come hear chef, author, and culinary rockstar Gabrielle Hamilton talk about her book and life as the owner of Prune in NYC, followed by an evening reception in the atrium of Skidompha Library. Under the glow of lanterns and live jazz, get to know Gabrielle better with our author “meet and greet” while enjoying craft cocktails, local oysters, and some of the best of the best our local restaurants and producers have to offer. Space is limited – please purchase your ticket in advance.

More details to come! Please check back for additional info!