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North Pond Hermit EP

north pond hermit sessionsHere’s the digital download version of a two-artsist EP by me and and my band — the Half Moon Jug Band — and Stan and Dan who hail from the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine, not too far from North Pond. Turns out Stan Keach wrote a song about the Hermit right around the time I did. So we decided to join forces and put out a six song CD. The physical edition, which includes Stan and Dan’s songs, too, will be out around the 23rd. But for now, feel free to download an mp3 or two right here.




12 May 2013

The Ballet School turns 25

by Troy R, Bennett

Times Record Staff

Morning sun glows in the windows. French phrases tiptoe around the room to lilting piano music. Ten pairs of lithe arms and legs glide through the air. They arc and curl into impossibly beautiful shapes. They leap and flutter —all under the examining gaze of a master.

“Again,” she says

The teacher teaches and the devoted students learn.

That was the scene for two hours Wednesday morning at The Ballet School in Topsham , as it kicked-off its year-long 25th anniversary celebration with former student, and professional ballet dancer, Rebecca Purser to teaching a special class with five young women dancers. Purser is just ending a three-year stint as principal dancer at the Maine State Ballet. She got her start at The Ballet School, studying under former owner Elizabeth Drucker.

“I learned all the important stuff here,” Purser said, after her morning class with five young women. “I started pointe in this studio.”

Purser began dancing when she was 5-years-old and enrolled at The Ballet School when her father was posted to the Brunswick Naval Air Station, just as she entered high school.

Purser pursued dance therapy and psychology in college. She never stopped dancing and eventually made her way to the Maine State Ballet. She was with the company for eight years. Later this week Purses moves to California, where most of her family lives.

“This is my farewell,” she said.

Read more…

19 Aug 2010


Chris Strout of Brunswick leaps from a pine tree into Sewall Pond in Arrowsic Wednesday afternoon to beat the oppressive heat and humidity.

Chris Strout of Brunswick leaps from a pine tree into Sewall Pond in Arrowsic Wednesday afternoon to beat the oppressive heat and humidity.

5 Aug 2010

Enburi Dancers come to Morse High School in Bath, Maine

Tsuneo Takahashi, 70, performs a comic routine as Ebisu, one of the seven gods of fortune, trying to catch a fish at Morse High School in Bath. (Troy R. Bennett / The Times Record)

The Enburi dancers are on an international friendship group, touring Maine and New York. They come from the Aomori Prefecture on the northern tip of the main Japanese island of Honshu. Aomori means “blue-green forest.”

In late october, 1889, the Bath ship Cheseborough was wrecked there. Nearby villagers rescued a number of the crew and passengers, caring for them until they were well enough to travel home. Citizens of that small village, called Shariki, never forgot their tie to Maine and in 1989 — 100 years later — they established a sister-city relation ship with Bath. This led to a permanent cultural and economic exchange committee that fosters visits such as this one.

2 Jun 2010

International Wet Plate Day

This Saturday is International Wet Plate Collodion Day. Tintypists and ambrotypists from all over the world (I’m one of them) will make pictures for a book on the anniversary of the death of the process’ inventor, Frederick Scott Archer, in 1857. I want to have an all-day tintype party at my studio in Portland. I need people who want to be in some pictures, and who wouldn’t mind maybe appearing in the book. This will be the second annual book. Last year ( I was published) and proceeds from the book sale went towards getting Mr. Archer a headstone, something he sorely lacked.

Contact me if you’re interested. Bring a friend! I want to make as many pictures as possible while the sun shines on May 1st.

If you want to learn more about the wet plate collodion process, look here:

26 Apr 2010