2018 Winter Series


Mara Flynn in concert

with Juliet Nelson, Guy Capecelatro and Jason Anderson

Tuesday January 16 at 7:00 pm


Singer songwriter Mara Flynn has released three albums on Burst and Bloom Records; her debut solo album, “Small as a Heartbeat” (2011) and her follow-up, “Wide Open” (2013).  Her newest record, “Good Hands” was released in November 2016.

 As a teacher, student and practitioner of theater and music, she has come to learn that these arts are powerful lenses through which we can deepen our sense of community, self-awareness and empathy.”

“Mara Flynn welcomes a song into the world with a voice hovering somewhere between heaven and earth, rich with love and tenderness, yet tinged with pain—even sadness, and a womanly wisdom that only sorrow knows.  Her writing is fresh and nuanced…  I could listen to Mara sing her lines of hope…  forever, and never tire of the beauty of her voice.  Even in—especially in—the darkest midnight. ” –John Perrault

“Wide Open” is Flynn’s follow-up to her 2011 Burst & Bloom debut “Small as a Heartbeat”…  the result is a soulfull 11-song album that blends elements of  roots-rock, country, jazz, and blues.  Flynn’s voice is dreamy and meditative…  There’s no skipping over tracks on “Wide Open”.  It’s an invitation to slow down and let the album fully wrap itself around you like a blanket”  — The Wire, NH

Good Hands Mara Flynn album


You can listen to “Good Hands” here: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/maraflynn


small as a heartbeat Mara Flynn album Wide Open Wide Mara Flynn album








A Few Seconds With Our Fathers..Songs and Stories of WWII a Tribute to Veterans of All Wars

Tuesday February 13 at 7:00 pm

A Few Seconds with Our Fathers a tribute to Veterans of WWII


Award winning songwriter Curt Bessette and Jenn Kurtz present a program honoring WWII veterans and their generation through stories, Curt’s original songs, popular war-era songs and the historical facts that inspired them.

“A Few Seconds With Our Fathers” is a tribute to World War II veterans and their families and generation. It honors veterans of all wars and makes no political statementjust a concert to celebrate veterans and keep those stories alive.  Bessette and Kurtz will perform original and cover songs and tell the stories behind each tune in a “musical history lesson.” 

A WWII memorabilia table is available for viewing before and after the performance.

The songs are about Pearl Harbor, the war in Europe, veterans returning home with emotional and physical wounds, life on the Home Front…and the historical facts surrounding these songs and stories. Several of the songs are about Curt’s father, who was a WWII veteran, and a son’s awareness that his father, like so many veterans who came home, never said a word about their war experiences.

Curt Bessette and Jenn KurtzCurt Bessette has performed throughout the USA. He was a Songwriting Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival (Texas) and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (New York). He has recorded 4 CD’s of his originalsongs, is a musical instructor in Portsmouth, NH, and teaches songwriting in Adult Ed programs in Maine and New Hampshire.

Jenn Kurtz is a respected harmony singer who performs in numerous venues throughout New England. She has an extensive Social Services background working with members
of the WWII generation.


Susan Poulin ~ An Evening With Ida 

Tuesday March 27 at 7:00 pm

An evening with Ida is “Guaranteed to put you in touch with your “innah Mainah.”  Ida has Moxie, and she’s not afraid to drink it!  Get ready to laugh when “the funniest woman in Maine” and our local friend and neighbor Susan Poulin performs her Ida Leclair show.


Susan Poulin



Selected by Portland Magazine as one of the “Ten Most Intriguing People in Maine,” award winning writer and performer Susan Poulin is the author of ten plays, five of which feature her alter ego, Ida LeClair. She was a featured performer in The Mirth of Venus and The Mirth Canal at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, The Maine Festival, the Minneapolis Fringe Theater Festival and Portland, Maine’s Cassandra Project. Seacoast Media Group selected Susan and Ida: Woman Who Runs With The Moose! to receive a Spotlight Award for Best Actress and Play of the Year in 1998. In 2005, they awarded her Best Actress and Best Original Script for Ida’s Havin’ a Yard Sale!As well as touring with her own work, Susan is an actor and facilitator for PowerPlay Interactive Development based at the University of New Hampshire. She writes the popular Maine humor blog and podcast, Just Ask Ida and is the author of Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Living the Good Life and The Sweet Life: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Love and Marriageboth published by Islandport Press.