Archive for April, 2012

Saturday, May 19 at The Rockport Opera House…A Conversation with Richard Russo & Andre DubusIII, 4-6pm

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Richard Russo and Andre Dubus III

Richard Russo and Andre Dubus III at Rockport Opera House May 19


Wayfinder Schools present “A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo and NY Times Bestseller Andre Dubus III” on Saturday, May 19 from 4-6 at The Rockport Opera House.


Dubus, whose House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for The National Book Award, and Russo, who won the Pulitzer for Empire Falls, will discuss memoir, including Dubus’ highly acclaimed Townie and Russo’s upcoming Elsewhere.


Doors will open at 4:00 and the conversation will start at 4:30.  Wine, cheese, chocolates and other Maine treats will be provided by Don and Patrisha McLean, State of Maine Cheese Company, Ducktrap River of Maine, Chocolatier Blue and other local businesses, with additional support provided by The Hawthorne Inn.


This event is generously sponsored by Charles and Julie Cawley, KeyBank, Know Technology, Maine Magazine, The Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and Richard and Barbara Russo.


Tickets are $50 ($25 with student I.D) and all proceeds benefit Wayfinder Schools. Tickets are available at The Owl & Turtle Bookshophello hello booksMaine Coast Book Shop & Café, and online at


Marianne Forti Brushes Off Her Dance Shoes

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Swing & Sway owner and Head Instructor Christian Clayton and Marianne Forti will dance a tango at this year's Dancing with the Local Stars

Marianne Forti is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory and went on to pursue a fulfilling career in dance and music performance and dance education in Boston and New York.

Marianne is a certified Pilates instructor at SOMA Pilates studio in Rockland where she teaches private Pilates sessions and group classes.

Marianne is the proud mom of Jude and Greta Forti, ages 9 and 6, and wife of Oceanside East Principal-extraordinaire Tom Forti.

She was asked by event organizers Heather Hearst and Nancy Schultz to come out of “retirement” and dance an athletic tango with her fabulous partner Christian Clayton who was kind enough to push her around from day one of rehearsal!

Marianne is proud to support Wayfinder Schools along with her group of energetic moms known as The Hot Mamas.

Don’t miss Marianne and Christian dance the tango at the fourth annual Dancing with the Local Stars!




Camden Police Department’s Brook Hartshorn Swings at the Opera House

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Jacob Adams with local star Brook Hartshorn!

Brook Hartshorn has worked for the Camden Police Department for ten years.

She has four children and two grandchildren, and she loves motorcycle riding and working out.

Brook got involved with Dancing with the Local Stars to benefit Wayfinder Schools.

Brook says, “It’s a fantastic resource, and I would do anything to help the community in which I serve.”

Don’t miss Brook dance an east coast swing with Swing & Sway Dancing’s Jacob Adams on Friday, April 27, at the Camden Opera House!





Jamie Ritter Graces the Camden Opera House Stage with a Foxtrot

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Jamie Ritter and Bonny Branch will perform a foxtrot at this year's Dancing with the Local Stars!

Jamie Ritter has lived in the midcoast region of Maine since 1994.  He worked with MBNA, Camden National Bank, the Camden Public Library, and he is most recently a director at the Maine State Library in Augusta.

During his career with MBNA, Jamie worked closely with student-related internships including alternative high schools such as BCOPE and Wayfinder Schools, and also worked directly with the MBNA Scholarship Program.

He is married to his beautiful wife Heather and has two terrific kids — his step-daughter Anna (13) and his son James (8). They all live in Searsmont, and look forward to a fun summer where they will plant a great vegetable and herb garden and a huge pumpkin patch!

Jamie likes to underscore that his dancing ability is “pretty bad” — he’s usually the guy “holding up the wall” so this experience has been both challenging and lots of fun. He’s glad that it’s helping such a great organization as Wayfinder Schools.

Don’t miss Jamie and Bonny Branch of Swing & Sway Dancing perform a foxtrot at this year’s Dancing with the Local Stars!



Lincolnville Native Julia Libby “Hustles” on April 27!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Christian Clayton and Julia Libby perform the hustle!

Julia Libby was born in Lincolnville, the only girl of four children, and has lived there most of her life. She attended Lincolnville Central School and Camden High School.

Julia has three children who live in Lincolnville and Boston and four grandchildren ages 19-23.

Julia recently retired from a 33 year career as the office manager for the law firm of Harmon, Jones & Sanford in Camden and now works as the full time director/service chief for our local ambulance service.

She has been a member/volunteer for the past 29 years of the Camden First Aid Association and as a first responder in Lincolnville.  Julia currently serves on the Lincolnville Select Board as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Mid-Coast Solid Waste.

Julia is a member of the Camden District Nursing Association and has served in the past as its president and vice president.  Julia also served for many years as president and treasurer of the Anita Card Montgomery Foundation and is a member of the Camden Rotary Club.

Julia enjoys oil painting, dancing, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and, of course, rehearsing her hustle with Swing & Sway Dancing’s Christian Clayton!

Don’t miss Julia perform at Dancing with the Local Stars on Friday, April 27!



Charlie Jordan Performs the Cha-Cha

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Bonny Branch and local star Charlie Jordan dance the cha-cha!

Charlie Jordan, Jr. (the junior is a contractual requirement between Sr. and I) was born on April 13, 1961, at Camden Community Hospital, a modest brick community medical center located on land now occupied by Quarry Hill.

Charlie was raised in Camden, graduating with limited distinction from Camden-Rockport High School in 1979.

From 1979 through 1987, Charlie squeezed four years of college into eight at the University of Maine at Orono, graduating with a B. A. in economics (and only three credits shy of a minor in Asian history). Both of these subjects would serve him well as chief of the Rockland Fire Department.

In 1985, after realizing he could not live forever in the Alpha Tau Omega house (the same house that brought us Allen Fernald), he took the advice of CRHS freshman science teacher Charlie Perry and married for money. He and the current Mrs. Jordan, the former Miss Robin Hersom, have been happily married ever since and have two wonderful (maybe too strong a word) children, Mackenzie and Jeffrey.

Charlie will be dancing the cha-cha with Swing & Sway’s Bonny Branch on April 27, at the fourth annual Dancing with the Local Stars!


Editor’s note: this hilarious bio was written by Charlie himself. 




Kate Braestrup Dances the Salsa

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Christian Clayton and Kate Braestrup practice their salsa for the dancing spectacular on Friday, April 27!

Kate Braestrup spent her childhood in Algiers, New York City, Paris, Bangkok, Washington, DC and Sabillasville, Maryland.  Educated at the Parsons School of Design/The New School and Georgetown University, Kate originally thought of herself primarily as a writer.

Kate later entered the Bangor Theological Seminary and was ordained in 2004.

Since 2001, she has served as chaplain to the Maine Warden Service.  She is also the bestselling author of Here if You Need MeBeginner’s Grace, and Marriage and Other Acts of Charity.

Kate lives with her husband, the artist Simon van der Ven, and their six children in Lincolnville.

These days, Kate is busy rehearsing her salsa with Swing & Sway Dancing’s Christian Clayton for this year’s Dancing with the Local Stars!




Allen Fernald, Ballroom Prodigy

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Allen Fernald was born a dancer!

A true prodigy of the ballroom, Allen Fernald’s dancing career began at the tender age of twelve. During the war years of the 1940s, he performed on stage and in the Walter Shaulk Studio Review.

Allen subsequently attended college at the University of Maine where he acquired the sobriquet of “Alley” in the sweaty smoke-filled rooms of Alpha Tau Omega and found his longtime dancing partner—and love of his life—the demure Sally Carroll. Always practical, Sally convinced him to give up his raucous jitterbugging ways to pursue better-paying (albeit staid) ballrooms in the big city where they raised their three children.

Allen pursued a career in publishing, rising through the ranks of Holt, Rinehart & Winston and later CBS, ultimately becoming their senior vice president and head of the college publishing division. Envious colleagues remarked that his light step served him well in New York but the always-energetic Allen changed tempo and made a home on the coast of Maine.

By day, he was DownEast magazine’s owner, but at night, Allen’s heart was always tapping, swinging, and doing the salsa with Sally. Finally in 2007 Allen gave up his day job to follow his dream fox-trotting around the globe.

Allen and Tessa Antolini will dazzle at this year's Dancing with the Local Stars!

In their nearly fifty-six years as partners, Allen and Sally have performed in the world’s finest venues: New York City, San Francisco, London, Paris, Rome and (of course) the Camden Yacht Club: always graceful, always in each other’s arms.

Today the pair is a regular feature in the ballrooms of the world’s finest cruise liners from Cunard and Grand Circle. They come to Dancing with the Local Stars fresh from an extended sold-out engagement on the M/S River Melody out of Amsterdam.

Allen will grace the stage of the Camden Opera House for this year’s Dancing with the Local Stars on April 27, with Swing & Sway Dancing’s Tessa Antolini!






Duffy Anderson Investment Management LLC Sponsors DWLS!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

We want to thank Duffy Anderson Investment Management LLC for being one of our fabulous sponsors of Dancing with the Local Stars!

A financial legacy, Duffy Anderson customizes each financial plan to the needs and goals of each client.

You can read more about this generous donor at, and make sure to attend this year’s dancing event on Friday, April 27!

Thank you, Maine Mag!

Monday, April 16th, 2012


Maine Magazine is one of our generous event sponsors for the fourth annual Dancing with the Local Stars on Friday, April 27!

Maine Mag is dedicated to sharing Maine’s vibrant stories with its readers, covering stories about Maine art, events, weddings, travel, and people.

Check out the latest issue of Maine Mag at and don’t miss our dancing event at the Camden Opera House!