The Sunday Afternoons at the EAC series, a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center, will feature local music educator and musician Kris Paprocki on January 21. Historical and traditional music of Downeast Maine will be the focus of Paprocki’s presentation, titled “I Hear Washington County Singing.” In the past working men and women wrote, sang, and recited songs and poems describing their everyday lives. For lumbermen, fisherman, and sailors, singing was a social activity and major pastime. Paprocki has researched extensively to find songs and poems written in Washington County. Singing and playing guitar, fiddle, and button accordion, Paprocki will perform a hymn which comments on the occupation of Eastport by the British, a song written by a poacher in the Machias jail, dance tunes from an Addison fiddler, and poems of coastal life set to music.
Subsequent presentations in the series are as follows: January 28, Chris Bartlett on winter sea birds of Passamaquoddy Bay; February 4, Jon Bragdon on the influence of photography on painters’ work; February 11, Valerie Lawson and friends reading from 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers; February 18, Gregory Biss’ annual harpsichord hour; February 25, Jon Calame on “Heirs to the Ethnic Ghetto System: Italy’s Roma Minority”; March 4, Shead High School Music Program with jazz and rock music and a discussion; March 11, Stage East staged reading; March 18 art talk by Richard Van Buren and Anna Hepler; March 25, David Greenham on “The Immigrant Experience in Maine”; April 8, workshop performance of the opera Brundibar by EAC Children’s Theater Workshop and PBSO members; April 15 program TBA; April 22, Mark DeVoto with an illustrated talk on Beethoven’s Fidelio. April 29 is reserved as a snow date for any program that needs to be resecheduled.
An offshoot of the center’s summer Concert Series, the Sunday series began in 2009 and has been going strong with diverse programs offered in a casual and cozy atmosphere downstairs at the EAC. The programs are free and open to the public, and take place each Sunday (except Easter Sunday) at 3 pm. Hot drinks and refreshments are offered; donations are accepted. For more information, please visit www.eastportartscenter.org or call (207) 853-4650. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible.