Eastport Arts Center hosted Barbara Toothpick and Alan HorseRadish in a concert titled “Kitchen Songs” on Friday, September 16, 2022 at 7 pm. Anne Moody and Helen Swallow were producers of the show; Bernie Cecire did lighting and sound and produced this videorecording of the show, presented here for the enjoyment of the EAC community.


Toothpick’s original songs tell stories about events in Pembroke in the 1970s and 1980s when the couple lived in Washington County full-time: the 3rd of July dance at the old high school where the fire station is now; the fight that brought 27 cop cars into town; the dirty movies Howard Smith showed in the Sears building across the street from the couple’s home; and the Girl Scout song Toothpick wrote while HorseRadish was Scout Leader.
Toothpick and HorseRadish bought their Pembroke home in 1969 and resided full-time in Washington County until 1980, when they moved to Philadelphia. They have since returned to their Pembroke home every year except two, and the two of COVID. They have appeared together in shows at the Tides Institute, Eastport Arts Center, the Back Door Gallery, the Rose Garden and the University of Maine at Machias. A poet, painter and musician, Barbara Toothpick notes, “My goal was to get where I am.” In addition to performances and exhibitions of art and music, she has run Play Theater in Philadelphia for 5 seasons, which is now morphing into Play Theater presents Play Dates. Alan HorseRadish is Alan Kirschenstein. “During my Pembroke years I got called Bozo,” notes HorseRadish. “Now I’m so old I get referred to as, ‘Hey, you!’”

Please find and enjoy the collection from EAC Video on YouTube, or via the EAC site at https://eastportartscenter.org/2022/01/eac-video/. Check out ‘The Artists’, a recent film about Toothpick and HorseRadish which premiered at The Camden Film Festival this year, at https://www.noahdavidsmith.com/theartists; more information here.