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This year Movies in the Park continues its tradition of screening family-friendly movies—for free!—in Nathaniel Davis Park in the Historic Northwest District of Brunswick, Maine. We’re ever-so-grateful to MITP’s new coordinators, Kathleen and Whitney, who present this year’s line-up, and the many generous sponsors they’ve teamed up with to make this series available to everyone in our community!

See the flyer below for the movies to be shown this summer, and visit and like Movies in the Park Brunswick on Facebook to keep in the loop!

Movies in the Park 2017

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This Thursday, August 20, is the final Movie in the Park for summer 2015:
Big Hero 6!

Come at sunset (around 7:30 pm) to choose a grassy spot and settle in—better yet, pack up a picnic and come early to enjoy the charms of our neighborhood’s Nathaniel Davis Park (entrance by Tess’ Market)! Concessions for sale include a variety of sodas, popcorn, and other snacks.

As always, the movie is free and open to all—we hope to see you and your family there!

Donations are not required, but are welcome to help keep this Northwest Brunswick summer tradition free!

2015 movies in the park poster

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First movie is tonight, June 18! We’re showing Divergent (2014)—hope to see lots and lots of you there! The next movies are The Amazing Spiderman 2 (July 16) and Big Hero 6 (August 20).
2015 movies in the park poster

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Update July 16:

After the Public Hearing yesterday, Town Council voted to retain voting at BJHS this fall, and to study other alternatives for future elections.

Click here to read the results of the NWBNA survey!

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Memo (6/26) published in the Town Council meeting packet regarding the proposal

Link to map which gives Brunswick Landing Bldg. 211

Feel free to email us (nwbnabrunswick@gmail.com) if you have questions or concerns about this.

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Come join us for the NorthWest Historic District’s Annual

Our Neighborhood & Apple Pie Night

Wednesday, October 24th 7:00pm

People Plus Center
Corner of Union and Cumberland Streets

“Connecting Newspapers to Our Community”

Enjoy and evening with Bruce Hardina, Publisher and Editor of the Coastal Journal and former President of NWBNA, as well as Bob Mentzinger, recently appointed Managing Editor of the Times Record

Homemade Apple Pies, tea and coffee served with pleasure

Another fun community building event sponsored by the
NorthWest Brunswick Neighborhood Association

Apple Pie Night: Flyer — pass it along and spread the word!

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Eileen and Ed Blot, on High Street, received the Brunswick Downtown Association’s Award of Excellence “for making an outstanding contribution to the historic preservation of Brunswick” at a special presentation May 24. Great job, neighbors!

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Longfellow Days 2012




Now in its ninth year, Longfellow Days is a celebration inspired by the life and works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who studied and taught at Bowdoin College.  This year we explore the loving connectedness that enriches our personal and public lives.


Enjoy Maggie Finch and Jerry Day Mason in a satisfying brew of poetry and commentary, hosted by Leila Percy.  Gather round the fire, ponder, partake refreshments.  Bring a poem to share.  Free.

Keeping Room, Brunswick Inn, Park Row


Sunday, February 5, 1:00 PM ▪ THE COURSEN READINGS

Maine poets Ted Bookey, Helene McGlauflin, and Ricardo Zarate read from their work.  Mr. Bookey is the author of five books of poems.  He is editor of the anthology How Many Cars Have We Been Married?  He teaches humor and poetry writing workshops at University of Maine, Augusta.  Ms. McGlauflin is a school counselor and writer of poetry and nonfiction.  Her book, Tiny Sabbath, was published by Finishing Line Press.  Mr. Zarate is a student at Bowdoin College where he lives with his bike, Rocinante, and his six year old pet rock.  Free.

Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library


Wednesday, February 8, 12:15 PM  WHAT’S LOVE GOT to do WITH IT? CHANGING PATTERNS for DATING & MARRIAGE 

Do people still date?  Are fewer getting married?  Does marriage mean what it used to?  An illustrated  lecture by Wendy Christensen, Ph.D., answers these questions and more by examining historical trends and their meanings.  Christenson, is a Visiting Professor of Sociology & Anthropology at Bowdoin College and holds a Ph.D. from The University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Her research interests include the sociology of war, the military, new media technologies, and feminist theory with an emphasis on mothers of members of the U.S. Armed Forces.  We launch the program with a brief reading from The Courtship of Miles Standish.  Free.

Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library (a Winter Wisdom Lecture)


Saturday, February 11, noon to 3 TOUR LONGFELLOW’S HOME 

Visit as guests of the Pejepscot Historical Society.  Tours begin each hour on the hour.  Free. 

Joshua Chamberlain Museum, Maine and Potter Streets


Sunday, February 12, 1:00 PM THE COURSEN READINGS

Poets Robert Farnsworth, David Moreau, and Alice Persons read from their work.  Mr. Farnsworth has published three collections of poetry including Rumored Islands with Harbor Mountain Press.  His poems have appeared in U.S., Canadian, and UK periodicals.  He is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, has served as poet-in-residence at The Frost Place, and teaches at Bates College.  Mr. Moreau works in Lewiston with developmentally disabled adults.  He is the author of two books of poetry, You Can Still Go To Hell…and Other Truths About Being

A Helping Professional, and Children Are Ugly Little Monsters (But You Have To Love Them Anyway.  Ms. Persons founded Moon Pie Press, a publisher of 62 books by poets all over the U.S.  She has had 8 poems featured on NPR’s Writers’ Almanac.  She has authored three chapbooks and a full length collection, Thank Your Lucky Stars.  Ms. Persons teaches at SMCC and USM.  She lives with 4 cats and a dog and volunteers for animal welfare.  Free.

Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library


Wednesday, February 15, 10:30 PM READINGS AT THE HIGHLANDS

Hosted by Ted Bookey and Helene McGlauflin, resident poets and community members meet to discuss and to read works of their own.  Ballroom, Holden Frost House, 7 Academy Lane off Frost Way, Topsham.  Refreshments, RSVP 725-2650.  Free.

The Highlands


Thursday, February 16, 6:00 PM HEART’S DELIGHT DINNER

Savor a buffet from the renowned dining services at Bowdoin College:  Hungarian mushroom soup, green salad, ancient grains salad.  Haddock with Maine shrimp, pan seared balsamic turkey steak, fettuccini with squash and baby spinach, roasted Maine root vegetables, wild rice pilaf.  Red velvet cupcakes, apple crisp, chocolate rum balls.  Maine’s Poet Laureate, Wesley McNair will read from his most recent collection, Lovers of the Lost , in which he recounts the struggles of his own life and the lives of others – misfits, dreamers, sufferers, and loners – seeking insights into New England, America, and the more obscure geography of the human heart.  The selections explore personal experience and the experience of others with curiosity, humor, and deep feeling, which ranges from sorrow to joy.  McNair has held grants from the Guggenheim and Fulbright Foundations, two Rockefeller fellowships, and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.  McNair will inscribe copies of his book which can be purchased following the program.  Reservations at $25 required by February 8, www.brunswickdowntown.com via PayPal, or phone 729-4439.
Maine Lounge, Moulton Union, Bowdoin College


Sunday, February 19, 1:00 PM THE COURSEN READINGS

Maine poets Carolyn Gelland Frost, Bob MacLaughlin, and Kevin Sweeney read from their work.  Ms. Gelland’s poems, characterized as compact and painterly,  have appeared in several journals.  Her book, Four Alarm House , was published at the start of February.  Bob MacLaughlin has been a sportscaster, editor, and advertising copywriter.  His book Faulty Wiring was published in 2010 by Moon Pie Press.  Kevin Sweeney chairs the English Department at Southern Maine Community College.  He has published poems in numerous journals and was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  His books, Rags of Prayer and Ordinary Time are published by Moon Pie Press.  Free.

Fireplace Room, Curtis Memorial Library


Tuesday, February 21, 10:30 PM READINGS AT THORNTON OAKS

Hosted by Ted Bookey and Helene McGlauflin, resident poets and community members meet to discuss and to read works of their own.  Free.

Multi-purpose Room, Thornton Oaks, Baribeau Drive.


Friday, February 24, 7:00 PM CABARET

A Valentine buffet of Chef Cunningham’s signature desserts, cheeses, and beverages will be served up with music, love letters, and poetry.  MSMT’s Birdie Katz and pianist David Dean head a stellar local cast including Rob Jarratt, Maryli Tiemann, and Ursus Verses.  An evening of good company, chocolate mousse, Wicked Joe coffee, and one beverage coupon per guest – Who could ask for anything more?!  Reservations at $20 encouraged by February 14, www.brunswickdowntown.com via PayPal or phone 729-4439.

The Inn at Brunswick Station, Noble Street


Sunday, February 26, 3:00 PM CHAPEL SERVICE

Themes of love inspire music, song and readings in a service led by Rev. Brad Mitchell with organist, Grace Lewis McLaren, The Longfellows, and the Merrymeeting Singers performing Snow-Flakes, a Longfellow poem to music composed by Charles Kaufmann.  The piece premiered in Portland with the Longfellow Chorus in 2007 and won second prize in 2008 at the Ithaca College Composition Contest.  Offering will benefit the reconstruction of the Unitarian Universalist Church at Pleasant and Middle Streets that burned down in summer 2011.  The Church houses a bible which was a gift from Longfellow.

Bowdoin College Chapel


Longfellow Days is a program of the Brunswick Downtown Association & Bowdoin College with support from the Nathaniel Davis Fund of Brunswick, the Senter Fund, Maine Humanities Council: Power & Pleasure of Poetry, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and the Association of Bowdoin Friends.  Longfellow Days receives in-kind support from Art Forms/Cool as a Moose, Brunswick Inn, the Inn at Brunswick Station, Bohemian Coffee House, and Curtis Memorial Library.

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Next Thursday, March 31, from 11 AM to 11 PM (April Fool’s Eve), Gelato Fiasco is generously donating all gelato & coffee sales above their seasonal daily average to the Brunswick Teen Center.  Last year, over 700 people participated and the event raised over $2,000 for the Teen Center!

Tip: I’m told the lines are shortest between 11 AM & 3 PM, before the kids get out of school and before the Bowdoin student come out at night.

See the flyer:


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This fifteen-minute video entitled “Working together to preserve our way of life” explains recommendations for Route 1 in the midcoast area from Brunswick to Rockland; it impacts our neighborhood regarding traffic on Mill St.

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Here is the flyer for the Nwbna Block Party 2010

The Fall Potluck, Sunday 19 September, 4 p.m.

Please plan to come!

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