During the summer season, The Concert Series presents musical concerts showcasing local talent as well as performers nationally known. Although mostly classical music is presented, there have been other notable concerts such as the 2011 Children’s Benefit Concert by Paul Stookey.

During the winter months, the Concert Series takes responsibility for the Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series. This series presents a variety of events including lectures and performances of art, music, poetry and staged readings. Each event is one hour long, and starts at 3 pm. It definitely makes the winter afternoons more pleasant!

2022 Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center schedule:

January 9, ‘Jenny & The Barbs’ with a mostly a cappella performance
January 16, The Art of Publishing a Local Newspaper with Edward French and Lora Whelan, editor/asst. editor and publishers, The Quoddy Tides
January 23, Theater Appreciation and the Basics of Dramaturgy with Mark Macey, Stage East Artistic Director
January 30, Multi-instrumentalist Gene Nichols How I’ve Spent My Pandemic (So Far) (program rescheduled due to winter storm)

February 6, Robert Peacock on the history of Navy ships visiting Eastport’s 4th of July festivities
February 13, Jane Lanctot performing and demonstrating on an 18th century Fortepiano
February 20, Roland LaVallee, Wood Carving Talk
February 27, Staged Reading sponsored by Stage East, play TBA

March 6, Cynthia Morse on pastels
March 13, The Commons: History and Adventures of an Artisanal Store
March 20, Harpsichord Hour with Gregory Biss
March 27, Raye’s Mustard: From 19th Century Sardines to a 21st Century Boutique Business

April 3, Dwayne Tomah presenting wax cylinder recordings from the 1890s of Passamaquoddy stories and songs
April 10, Multi-instrumentalist Gene Nichols How I’ve Spent My Pandemic (So Far) (rescheduled from January 30)
SATURDAY, April 30, Mark DeVoto on César Franck and his Symphony in D minor

Artist Cheri Walton leads a lively discussion during the 2018 Sunday Afternoons at the EAC series. Photo by Brandy Argir.

 

Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center programs are held in the Washington Street Gallery, downstairs at EAC. Voluntary donations sustain these programs; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds are shared equally between the presenters and EAC constituent group The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. The series runs at 3 pm Sundays, and will conclude in May (date TBA) with a presentation by Mark DeVoto.   EAC abides by State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines. Additionally, at this time, patrons are required to wear masks when in the EAC building. 

Sunday Afternoon Series to Conclude (on a Saturday!) with Musicologist Mark DeVoto

The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series will conclude on Saturday, April 30 with Mark DeVoto’s presentation on César Franck’s Symphony in D minor. According to DeVoto, Franck (1822-1890) composed most of his best concert music near the end of his life; we celebrate this year the 200th anniversary of … [Read More]

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Raye’s Mustard Talk Gave Attendees a Taste of the Past and Plans of a Historic Business; Video Available

Karen and Kevin Raye presented in fascinating detail the four-generation history of Raye’s Mustard Mill,  North America’s last remaining traditional stone-ground mustard mill, for the Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series on March 27. From the founding of the business in 1900 by Kevin’s ancestor John Wesley Raye, to … [Read More]

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Singers Were a Sunday Series Treat; Video Available!

The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series kicked off this year with ‘Jenny & The Barbs,’ a vocal trio, on January 9. The singers—Jennifer Gillies from Pembroke, Barbara Fox from Lubec, and Barbara Smith from Eastport—have graciously agreed to share the video recording EAC made of their casual … [Read More]

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‘Music Man’ Gene Nichols Eastport-Bound for Sunday Series Program, April 10

On Sunday, April 10 at 3 pm, area musician Gene Nichols will give a presentation he’s titled How I’ve Spent My Pandemic (So Far) featuring: the 3 B’s (Bach, bulbhorns*, and boomwhackers); the Hubcaphone*; classical ukulele; Irish disco kazoo; the ophicleide (a 19th-century cross between a tuba and a … [Read More]

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Sunday Talk to Feature 19th Century Passamaquoddy Recordings

EAC’s Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series will continue at 3 pm, Sunday, April 3, when Dwayne Tomah gives a presentation featuring a group of wax cylinder recordings from the 1890s. Made in Calais by anthropologist Jesse Walter Fewkes, the recordings were created with an Edison cylinder machine. … [Read More]

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Pastel Artist Cynthia Morse Shared Glimpse Into Her Process; Video Available!

Cynthia Morse presented for the Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center on March 6. “This was a welll organized and illustrated talk on pastel painting,” noted attendee Jean Schild. “Cynthia provided a wonderful and concise overview of the nature of pastels, papers, building a painting and general tips.  She provided … [Read More]

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Sunday Series Well Seasoned with Mustard Talk, March 27

EAC’s Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series will continue at 3 pm, Sunday, March 27, with a presentation from Raye’s Mustard Mill: From 19th Century Sardines to a 21st Century Boutique Business, on March 27. Karen and Kevin Raye, 4th generation owners of the business, will talk about … [Read More]

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Lanctot’s Fortepiano Concert a Trip Back in Time; Video Available!

Jane Lanctot delighted Sunday series attendees on February 13 with a presentation, by turns humorous and transporting, starring her fortepiano, with its delicious and mellow tone quality. Lanctot’s instrument was created as a copy of a 1784 Andreas Stein. Of the Stein instruments, Mozart heaped praise in a letter … [Read More]

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Harpsichord Hour On Tap for Sunday Series, March 20

EAC’s Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series will continue at 3 pm, Sunday, March 20, when Gregory Biss will present the popular annual Harpsichord Hour. This year Biss will perform and talk about several selections from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, a large compendium of chiefly English keyboard music … [Read More]

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Recently in the Sunday Series: LaVallee’s Carving Talk (Video Available!) and Staged Reading

The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series is in full swing, with its winter-busting variety of programs. Roland LaVallee, the sixth in the series, gave a talk on February 20. “Roland gave an entertaining presentation of his journey into wood carving,” noted attendee Barb Smith, “beginning with his … [Read More]

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