Posts Tagged ‘Vinalhaven’



June 20, 2019

Opportunity to dance in June and July

Chrissy Fowler is one busy person – dancing into and throughout the summer. In fact, Chrissy is all about dancing! She spent the weekend of June 15, 16, and 17 at the Maine Fiddle Camp playing music, listening to more music, dancing, singing, laughing, eating tasty food, watching the snapping turtles, admiring the flora & fauna, and more. Chrissy is a ball of energy!

Below is a schedule of many other fun dancing and music events scheduled.

Saturday, June 22: BAR HARBOR – Calling a Contra Dance with Big Moose at Jesup Library, 6:30 p.m. First house is a community dance for all ages, especially families. Info: 288- 4245.

Saturday, June 29: BANGOR – Calling a Contra Dance with Spintuition at the UU Church on Park St. 7:00 p.m. intro, 7:30 dance. Info:

Friday, July 5: BELFAST – Calling the Belfast Flying Shoes (BFS) Community Dance with the All-Comers Band, 6:30 p.m. Calling the BFS Contras with Riptide, 8:00 p.m. Info:

Saturday, July 6: VINALHAVEN – Calling an outdoor Community Contra Dance with Velodipede and the Vinalhaven All Stars (Julia Plumb, Baron Collins-Hill, plus community musicians sitting in). Dancing in the Carver harbor parking lot, Main St., in downtown Vinalhaven, 6:30 p.m., free! Donations accepted, to benefit Vinalhaven Partners in Island Education. (Rain location: Vinalhaven School, 21 Arcola Lane). Transportation info:
Saturday, July 11: GREAT CRANBERRY ISLAND – Calling a Community Contra Dance with Pixie Lauer, Tom Judge, Susan Groce, Nick Appolonio, and others, at the Longfellow School, to benefit the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society. Info:
Friday, July 12: ISLESBORO – Calling a Community Contra Dance with Bennett Konesni and Benjamin Fosses at the Islesboro Historical Society, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Get to Islesboro on the MDOT ferry, possible Quicksilver back to the mainland after the dance (check with Chrissy for list & availability). Info:
Sunday, July 14: BAYSIDE – Calling a Community Contra Dance with Bluebird at the Bayside Community Hall at 813 Shore Road in Northport, 7:00 p.m. workshop, 7:30 p.m. dance. Info:
Saturday, July 27 (rain date July 28): Calling a Community Contra Dance with Lisa Newcomb, with music by the Don Roy Trio (Don & Cindy Roy were awarded the 2018 NEA Heritage Arts Fellowship – wow)!, 4:00 p.m. at City Park in Belfast. Part of the Belfast Flying Shoes “Dancing in the Park” outdoor dance series. Info:

In Today’s News

April 6, 2014

UMaine’s Symphonic Band travels to Vinalhaven

Hoping to inspire the island students, the University of Maine’s Symphonic Band boarded the ferry boat in Rockland and traveled to Vinalhaven to perform twice for community members. It was exciting for the island folks as well as the UMaine students. You can read the entire article which was published in today’s Bangor Daily News by clicking here.


Another Arts Teachers’ Story: Shannon Campbell

May 8, 2012


Featuring one teacher’s journey as an arts educator

This is the eighth in a series of blog posts telling arts teachers’ stories. This series contains a set of questions to provide the opportunity for you to read educators stories and to learn from others.

Shannon Campbell presently teaches visual arts to 215 K-8 students at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School. This is her first year there were she has 24 classes a week. Previously, Shannon taught on the island of Vinalhaven for 2 years. Shannon is a teacher leader from the first phase of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative.

Shannon has resources on the school website at

What do you like best about being an art educator?

I love the process of art, and I love being able to teach kids how to use the process of art to understand and interact with life. I love that no minute of my day is ever the same, and that I get to share art experiences with students every day.

Tell me what you think are three keys to ANY successful arts ed program?

  1. flexibility,
  2. innovation, and
  3. the ability to connect your curriculum with the students life experiences.

What specific way(s) do your assessment practices tie into the success of your program?

My assessment practices help students to understand the project expectations and push students to self-assess their own work, allowing students to be more thoughtfully engaged in their work.

What have been the benefits in becoming involved in the arts assessment initiative?

Networking! This process has introduced me to a great support system of other art teachers who are constantly pushing what they do in the classroom in innovative ways. I love how technology has allowed a group of educators throughout the state to all stay in touch throughout the year. The assessment initiative has given be great ideas and support in what I do in my classroom, and has made me more mindful of the assessment process. 

What are you most proud of in your career?

So far, I am most proud of the professional work that I have done through the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative.

What gets in the way of being a better teacher or doing a better job as a teacher?

Life–I still don’t understand how people teach kids and have their own kids!

Apple or PC?


What have you accomplished through hard work and determination that might otherwise appear at first glance to be due to “luck” or circumstances?

Hmm.. I would say that I have my job because of hard work and determination. In this economy teaching jobs are hard to come by, and I think that because of how seriously I take my job as a teacher, I have earned a good reputation in the field. I think that hard work is how I was able to get my current job at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary school.

Look into your crystal ball: what advice would you give to teachers?

Be innovative and keep pushing your program to become better interconnected with the outside world. Also, don’t over analyze a bad day, we all have them. 

If you were given a $500,000.00 to do with whatever you please, what would it be?

Go on a vacation, get 3 more weimaraners and maybe open up my own arts based Montessori school.  

Thank you Shannon for taking the time to tell your story!

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