Rockport, ME, to Host Series of Nautical Talks in Oct.


Friends of Rockport [Maine] Public Library will host a series of talks on seafaring at the Rockport Opera House meeting room on Thursdays in October at 7:00 p.m. from Oct. 8 to 29. Here’s a rundown:

Oct. 8, 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House:

United States Coast Guard – Rockland, Maine An officer from the U S Coast Guard Station in Rockland will give a talk about what services the USCG provides to boaters and discuss some general boating safety topics that are important to know.

Oct. 15, 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House:

Brian Marcaurelle, Program Director for the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) since 2009, will take people on a photographic journey along the Maine Island Trail that includes a look back at MITA’s unique history, as well as a look ahead at exciting new opportunities on the horizon.

Oct. 22, 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House:

Charles Dodge talks on The Sea as a Highway: The Voyage of the Spite House. Charles “Charlie” Dodge and his family are the owners of the Spite House, one of Rockport’s most historic homes. Charlie will speak about the moving of the Spite House to Rockport from Phippsburg in 1925. Using film footage of the preparation and voyage, he will provide some narration and share stories about this beautiful home and its interesting history. The film footage shows the preparation of the 119-year-old house after its purchase by Charlie’s father, Donald Dodge, its voyage by barge to Rockport and its placement at its current site overlooking Penobscot Bay. Come hear some stories about the Spite House and its move, using the sea as a highway.

Oct. 29, 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House:

Alison Langley has earned international recognition for her exquisite nautical photography, capturing the light, beauty and motion of classic yachts. After studying film at New York University and photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, Alison moved to Australia in the early 1980s where she learned to sail. She crewed on yachts and sailed around the world, taking photos all the while, and found her love for classic wooden boats. Alison’s images and stories from this long adventure were published in magazines such as Cruising World, Yachting, Sail, and Travel & Leisure. Returning to the states in 1992, she landed in Newport, RI, and became manager of Stock Newport, Inc., a photo stock agency specializing in nautical and marine related images. A personal project documenting wooden boat restorations brought her to Maine, and she now lives in Camden year round. As a commercial and fine art photographer and videographer, Alison shoots on assignment regularly for the boating industry. During the summer she can often be spotted on board her chase boat, Tangent, traveling the Maine coast and photographing sailing regattas.