Voices of the Sea:
The Poetry and Song of Maine's Fisherman and Those Who Work on the Water
Maine Maritime Museum will host its first fisherman poetry reading at DiMillo’s On the Water on Portland's waterfront. This unique gathering, called Voices of the Sea: The Poetry and Song of Maine’s Fishermen and Those Who Work on the Water will feature working fishermen and those who work on the sea reading their own original work, poems and songs that examine their water-borne careers through verse.
Joining the fishermen on stage will be folksinger and sailor Gordon Bok. Among the singers and poets presenting their work are Frank Gotwals, a lobsterman from Stonington, Maine, Stefanie Alley who lobsters out of Islesford, Jack Merrill, who lobsters and serves on the board of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, and Kendall Morse, a former Coast Guardsman turned folk musician and humorist.
The event will take place on the upper deck of DiMillo’s On the Water and a cash bar will be available. DiMillo’s On the Water is the perfect venue for an event like Voices of the Sea, just outside the windows of the restaurant you can see draggers and lobster boats tied up to the wharves and when you talk about commercial fishing, the restaurant is the end-user, the end of the chain that starts with the working fishermen.
DiMillo’s On the Water will have a cash bar open during the poetry reading and of course the restaurant is open for dinner before or after the event.
Maine Maritime Museum offers a myriad of opportunities to explore Maine’s maritime heritage and culture and to experience the mystique of Maine.
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