Fiddlin’ Around

Gus LaCasse returns to Jesup Memorial Library as a featured performer in their Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series on March 15 at 2 p.m. A student at The Bay School in Blue Hill, Gus is a classically trained violinist and inspired fiddler. He plays traditional music with a real love for the Cape Breton, Acadian, and Quebecoise genres.

Gus was the 2014 student in residence at The Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts. As part of the residency, Gus performed in the Acadian music duo Août Gris, appearing in a Canadian international television broadcast from the Congrès Mondial Acadian 2014. He is dedicated to classical music and continues his studies with Richard Hsu at Hsu’s studio in Ellsworth, Maine. Among his musical influences, Gus cites Acadian fiddler Pascal Miousse; classical violinists Niccolò Paganini, Jascha Heifetz, and Maxim Vengerov; and legendary jazz manouche violinist Stephane Grappelli. Gus is currently working on a gypsy jazz project and his second CD of traditional music.

The Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series is generously underwritten by Machias Savings Bank.

Come join Gus LaCasse at the Jesup on March 15th for an afternoon of lively reels, jigs, strathspeys, and original compositions.

For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email Melinda Rice.

Dine & Discuss Writing about Food

Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to enjoy an enlightening and delectable evening on Saturday, March 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the beautiful, shore front Bar Harbor home of Jill and Sheldon Goldthwait.

There are just a few spots remaining at this dinner and conversation special event with the theme: WRITING ABOUT FOOD.

What better way to enjoy a discussion about writing about food than by dining while you are doing so. If you are passionate about food or writing (or both!), dine with others who share your interest. You’ll be supporting Jesup in the process!

The cost is $50 per person and will serve up to eight people. To reserve your seat, call the library at 207-288-4245 or email Melinda Rice, Director of Development and Communications.

This is the fourth in the Pages & Repasts dinner series that combines good food with a literary theme.

And fun was had by all…

Our Oscar Night party at Reel Pizza was fun and fabulous and a great kickoff for the Jesup’s fundraising year.


Thank you to everyone who helped make it a such a big success: Chris Vincenty and Lisa Burton, Pierce and Chloe of Reel Pizza; Poor Boy’s Gourmet; Siam Orchid; Alice Long; China Joy; Sassafras Catering; Cas Ole Catering; Bob Collier of FBBC; Side Street Café; Mama DiMatteo’s; Epi’s; Pat’s Pizza; Kate Jordan; Peekytoe Provisions; Judy Noonan; Dog & Pony Tavern; Judith Swazey; Diane Kopec; Fiore; Meg Kelly; Bayside Liquors; Clay Nielsen; Improv Acadia; Doug McMinimy; Abbe Museum; Bar Harbor Congregational Church; David Dunton; Amy Roebuck; John O’Brien; Joel O’Brien; Noreen Hogan; Tricia and Michael Blythe; Betty Bryer; Mark Schoon; Seth Libby; Dana Reed; Barbara Sassaman; Aaron Corrion; Holly Harding; Dale Harding; Chloe Vincenty; Susan Richardson; Jill Weber; Betty Bryer; Candace Hubbard; Michael D’Attilo; and Gabrielle Martina .

Jen Shepard and Amy Roeder of ImprovAcadia kept everyone in stitches with their hilarious commentary. It was a treat to have them with us all night.

And congratulations to our prize winners!

  • Jesup Scavenger Hunt: Terri Anya
  • Oscar Winner: Alex Schreiber
  • Best Dressed Evening Wear-Man: Jeff Miller
  • Best Dressed Evening Wear-Woman: Lea Elliot
  • Best Movie Costume-Man: Tony Uliano (Tony Stark)
  • Best Movie Costume-Woman: Anne Czechanski (Busboy from “The Grand Budapest Hotel”)

Be sure to join us next year for the 2016 Oscar Night Party at Reel Pizza benefiting the Jesup Memorial Library.

Verse Unleashed Poetry Slam

It’s finally here! The next Verse Unleashed! Poetry Slam is this Friday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. Come to the Jesup – 34 Mount Desert Street – for an open mic night where poets are invited to share their work in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Unlike traditional poetry slams, which are set up as competitions, at the Jesup it’s all about community camaraderie and having a good time. Come to share your work or the work of another poet, cheer on your friends, or just listen.  Refreshments will be served. Gonna be a great evening. Join us.

And the winner is …. You!

Join us at Reel Pizza on Sunday, Feb. 22 for a fun evening of food, prizes and general fabulousness …

  • Pre-show Party starting at 6:00 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres & champagne
  • Emceed by Jennifer Shepard and Amy Roeder of ImprovAcadia
  • Dress up in your best gala evening wear, a movie-themed costume or regular everyday threads. Prizes will be awarded for best evening wear and costume!
  • Guess the winners — a grand prize will be awarded to the person who correctly predicts the most number of Oscar winners
  • Door prizes
  • Jesup Scavenger Hunt — How well do you know the Jesup? Participate in our Jesup Scavenger Hunt for a terrific prize!
  • Live Oscar broadcast on the big screens complete with red carpet arrivals.

Tickets are just $15 and are on sale now at the Reel Pizza box office and at the Jesup’s front desk. See you there!


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

The next Pages & Repasts fundraising dinner, dubbed “The Hungry Ocean” in honor of Linda Greenlaw’s best-selling book, will feature a special guest. Local lobsterman Dennis Meehan, known for his entertaining tales about making a living from the sea, will regale diners at the home of Mary Ratner on Saturday, February 28, during the cocktails and appetizers portion of the evening.

The dinner is open to 10 people, and the cost is $50 per person. To reserve your seat, email Melinda Rice, Director of Development and Communications, or call the library at 207-288-4245.

Rescheduled: Slideshow & Talk by Steve Ressel

Hazardous weather conditions on Thursday, Feb. 5, caused the postponement of College of the Atlantic professor Steve Ressel’s slideshow, “Stories in the Snow: Uncovering Nature in Winter,” at Jesup Memorial Library. That presentation is rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.

Steve has been interested in amphibians and reptiles since he was a child and his research interests in how temperature impacts the lives of these animals eventually led him into the realm of winter ecology. This slide presentation will highlight some of the remarkable adaptations that year-round resident animals of Maine possess in response to potentially lethal winter conditions. From frozen frogs to mice with specialized heater tissue, Steve will draw on numerous field experiences that he has shared with his students while teaching a highly popular Winter Ecology course at COA over the past 20 years.

For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email Melinda Rice.

Pages and Repasts: The Hungry Ocean Dinner

Next in a series of tasteful good times in the new year is a dinner based on Linda Greenlaw’s “The Hungry Ocean.” Come enjoy a meal provided by the abundance of the sea on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the home of Mary Ratner. It is open to 10 people, and the cost is $50 per person.

This is the third of five Pages & Repasts fundraisers for the library. Pages & Repasts combines good food with a literary theme for a good cause, the Jesup Memorial Library. Each event will have a different host.

For more information about this or other upcoming Pages & Repasts fundraising events, or to buy tickets, email Melinda Rice, Director of Development and Communications, or call her at 207-288-4245.

Native American Flutist to Perform at Next Jesup Concert

We’re just halfway through our Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series, and the reviews are in: It’s the talk of the town! There’s no more enjoyable way to spend a winter afternoon than at the warm and welcoming Jesup Memorial Library, but the extraordinary musical talent we’ve booked for these events makes it even more so!

Next up is renowned Native American flutist and traditional flute maker Hawk Henries, who will perform both traditional songs and his own compositions at the Jesup on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m.

Hawk is a member of a northeastern Algonquin tribe called Nipmuc, a People indigenous to what is now southern New England. In his travels within and beyond the United States, he especially enjoys engaging people who come to hear him play and speak. Music, stories, and humor create a space where people from diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds can enjoy each other’s company and engage in meaningful dialogue.

And, as always, the Jesup will be open and offering regular library services on concert Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

The final two concerts in this series are:

Sunday, March 15, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Gus LaCasse & Friends

Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 2 p.m.
The 60-member Acadia Choral Society

All Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series events are generously sponsored by Machias Savings Bank.

Avoid the Penalty – Sign up for Health Insurance on February 4

Join Mount Desert Island Hospital and Jesup Memorial Library for help enrolling in healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the library at 34 Mount Desert Street. ACA Navigators will be on hand to help you enroll.

You have until February 15 to enroll in a plan to avoid owing the per-month fee for not having health insurance in 2015. Open enrollment in the health insurance Marketplace started Nov. 15, 2014 and ends Feb. 15, 2015.

Additional information on the open enrollment period is available here.

For more information on the Feb. 4 signup at the library, contact Oka Hutchins at the hospital at 288-5082 ext. 1423 or