The Olive Tree
|The Fall semester was a busy one. There were a variety of activities planned, which encouraged even more of our friends and supporters to stop by for a visit.|
First up was our Halloween Celebration on 30 October. There were stories, music, and costumes. The free goodies and fun atmosphere provided a much appreciated study break for students and staff alike.
The fall season also saw the first in a series of marathon readings. The series, coordinated by Librarian Steven Galbraith, began with a reading of Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett. Readers included local celebrities as well as members of the University community. The reading began at 11.00 a.m. on 2 December in the University Club and continued until the last page was turned.
Our featured event was a reading by well-known Maine
author Sanford Phippen. A 1964 University of Maine graduate, Phippen
spent 15 years teaching in New York public schools before returning to
his roots in Hancock Point. He received his M.A. from Syracuse
University and currently teaches at Orono High School. He also works as
a columnist for the Ellsworth Weekly. His works include, Cheap Gossip,
The Police Know Everything, Trying to be Good, Kitchen Boy, and The
Messiah in the Gym and Other Writings.
A large crowd turned out to hear Phippen who gave Friends and their guests a special treat by closing out the afternoon with excerpts from his newest work in progress.
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