All are invited to gather at Eastport Arts Center for a Halloween Open House Party, 3-7 pm, on Tuesday, October 31. The free event will include prizes for costumes; candy, treats and other refreshments; an elaborately decorated photo booth with props; and live mood music. First, maestro Gene Nichols will entertain with a theremin, musical saw and an array of esoteric percussion instruments, starting at 3:30 pm. Next, at 5:30 pm, surf rock trio The Dramamines will electrify the Center with a mix of vintage and spooky tunes. The Open House will be followed by an EAC Films screening of the 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, for those who dare! (Film tickets are $7; open house event is free).

The Dramamines are Steve Schmitt, guitar; Donovan deCesare, bass; and Mike Arsenault, drums. The group made their debut at the Eastport Pirate Festival, dazzling the crowd with a set by turns lush (Santo & Johnny’s “Sleepwalk”) and ferociously energetic (“Murder” by Brazilian band The Blobs). 

The Dramamines share a love of surf rock music!

Gene Nichols has been a massive musical presence in Downeast Maine for nearly a half century, as educator, performer, composer, and director. Most recently at EAC, he led youth drum circles weekly through the spring, and took the helm as Director of Quoddy Voices this fall. He authored a wildly parodic Blueberry Festival Musical this summer, and will teach and perform with a group at the October International Ukulele Ceilidh in Nova Scotia.

Gene Nichols, performing on Serpentine horn.
Photo by John Leavitt

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.