November is American Indian Heritage Month

November is National American Indian Heritage MonthThe Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, and Smithsonian Institution join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. We invite readers to learn more about Native American Indian Heritage Month and the Passamaquoddy People of Maine at the following website: passamaquoddypeople.com

We at The Commons will join in this tribute by featuring Passamaquoddy Arts to debut as our November 19th Featured Collection.

– Linda, Meg, and Nancy

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Maine Seen as “Idyllic Oasis”

Writer Laurie Schreiber (MaineBiz), citing data from a recent Maine Office of Tourism virtual meeting, shared desires people are seeking in these unusual times:

  • Safe and healthy environments as a “stress-reliever” in these times.
  • Places and spaces for mental retreats, safe escapes, less crowed places.
  • Locations that can fill both virtual work and creative schooling options. 
  • Natural beauty—cozying up indoors, outdoors for rejuvenation.
  • Access to culinary experiences, coastal regions — in particular, northern rural counties.
  • Statewide campaign highlights holiday shopping and Maine-made products. 

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Artist Meg McGarvey’s Work Benefits Peavey Memorial Library and Eastport Arts Center!

Eastport artist, Meg McGarvey, is offering a gift opportunity for the coming holiday season. Anyone purchasing one of her boxed shell ornaments for $45, will have $20 of that purchase price divided evenly between the Eastport Arts Center and the Peavey Memorial Library in Eastport. Meg and The Commons want to support these local organizations and their continuing programs.

Meg McGarvey sources her designs and creations from nature. She spins wool and uses shells and other beach finds in wall hangings and jewelry. Meg is one of the partners at The Commons and takes great joy in being part of such a stellar grouping of other artisans and artists. 

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Eastport Named One of the Best Places to Live in Maine

From Downeast Magazine:

Eastport rings in the new year twice— first at 11 p.m. (when it’s midnight in neighboring New Brunswick), with the drop of a big maple leaf and a round of “O Canada,” and then again at 12 a.m., with the drop of an 8-foot sardine and a brass band playing “Auld Lang Syne.” The celebration draws hundreds, and it reflects what Hugh French, director of Eastport’s Tides Institute & Museum of Art, calls “a certain quirkiness about the place.” French and his wife, Kristin McKinlay, started their eclectic arts organization 18 years ago “as kind of a challenge to see if we could pull it together here.” Tides has thrived, in fact, drawing substantial funding from national organizations, purchasing three downtown buildings, and launching a residency program that brings artists from all over the globe to a tiny island city connected to the mainland by a causeway.

French loves that Eastport is so compact and walkable. It doesn’t hurt that a newcomer who doesn’t mind the Down East isolation can find oceanfront property for under $200,000. “The idea of authenticity rings really true here,” French says. “I love the mix. I love to see fishing trucks going by every day just as artists are going by with their equipment. It’s one of those small, special towns that are becoming fewer and fewer in this world.”

Read the full article from Downeast Magazine.