EAC’s Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series continues January 14 at 3 pm, when Edward French will present People and Place: 40 Years of Quoddy Tides Photographs, a slide show and talk about the photos on display at the arts center this past summer, along with some additional photos, that were were taken during the past 40 years for The Quoddy Tides newspaper. The images range from news photos of celebrations like the Eastport Fourth of July and Passamaquoddy Days, to people at work making wreaths, packing sardines and fishing, to portraits of the people who live in the Quoddy region. French invites those who have memories of those times and events to come and share their thoughts and reminiscences during the talk.

Edward French spoke about his photography for The Quoddy Tides at a very well attended reception during Eastport’s Old Home Week, July 2023.

Editor and publisher of The Quoddy Tides, a newspaper that covers eastern Washington County and the Fundy Isles of New Brunswick, Edward French has been taking photos for the paper since he was in high school.

THE MYSTERY WEIR at Whale Cove (clockwise from top left), Grand Manan, is seined, with herring being pumped by the scale boat Bon Tri Kei into the sardine carrier Courtney Lynn. EDDIE BROOKS who operated Brooks’ Garage in Robbinston — the last “American” gas station — was honored for his 51 years of faithful service by the town in 1985.
SEINING THE CORA BELLE, a weir owned by Bradley Small at Pettes Cove, Grand Manan, with
the sardine carrier Mauvais getting ready to pump herring aboard in August 1993.
A HAPPY GARDENER. Albert Ross of Eastport stands beside some of his Kentucky Wonder pole
beans that he was growing on his Clark Street property in 1999.
All photos by Edward French for The Quoddy Tides.

The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series is a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center. The events are offered by voluntary donation, with proceeds shared equally between the presenters and EAC ongoing program The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The full series schedule, which runs weekly through early April, skipping Easter Sunday, may be found at eastportartscenter.org/the-concert-series.

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, 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. 

Edward French and Lora Whelan presented on the history of The Quoddy Tides for the 2022 Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series. Photos and an audiorecording of the event are accessible here: https://eastportartscenter.org/2022/01/quoddy-tides-whelan-french-audio-available/