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Summer of Art & Science

January 31, 2017 By Scott Richardson Filed under Article Tags: artmusic

Associated People Nik Charov

Sentinel 3. Sculpture by Gary Haven Smith.We're lining up new ways to discover the Wells Reserve at Laudholm in 2017. We will soon be kicking off our Summer of Art & Science.

The cornerstone of our summer-long celebration is a major sculpture exhibition and sale. We're also loading our events calendar with special walks, talks, workshops, and performances that explore the links between science and art.

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October 18, 2015 By Nik Charov Filed under Article Tags: climate changefoliagemonitoringmusictwo worlds

burning beech

The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 10/18/2015.

Welcome to Southern Maine and “peak foliage.” Those blazing reds and oranges along the Turnpike and our back roads are a sight to behold. Of course, I’m talking about brake lights.

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Blue Moon

July 1, 2015 By Scott Richardson Filed under Article Tags: moonmusictides

Tonight's full moon is the first of two full moons this month. The next will be on the 31st. Modern convention will label it a blue moon.

NASA Photo: Moon from Apollo 11The blue moon's moment most full will be at 6:42 — ante meridiem, of course. By then the lunar disk will be an hour below the horizon (it'll set at 5:43, 14 minutes after sunrise) and the next chance to greet its glow will be at 8:03, two minutes before sunset.

Blue moon,

you saw me standing alone

without a dream in my heart

without a love of my own…

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Music (and then some) To My Ears

July 16, 2014 By Dana Cohen-Kaplan Filed under Article Tags: music

Associated People Nik Charov

Last Thursday evening, I happened to be working late in the shop when I received a special dispatch from John, the facilities manager. A research group had taken a golf cart down to the marsh and had not yet returned, though it was nearing closing time. He had to head out, and I really had nowhere to be, so I took off down the trail in my own golf cart to investigate. Down at the marsh (three sides of which I visited trying to get as close to the researchers as possible), it turned out that they were just having a long day in the field and would be finished soon.

Good enough. Here's where the story begins.

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June 28, 2014 By Nik Charov Filed under Article Tags: endangered specieslaudholm livemusicsoundscapetwo worlds

Associated People Susan Bickford Eileen Willard

Concerts for the Coast 2014

Photo (c) C.A. Smith Photography


The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 6/29/2014.

Every hour, the Mississippi River Delta loses an area of marshland the size of a football field to the Gulf of Mexico. Every day, World Cup host Brazil still clearcuts six square miles of rainforest. Every month, the oil-producing nations of the world suck 2.3 billion irreplaceable barrels of oil out of the ground beneath our feet.

If we look around, we can watch the natural world disappearing right before our eyes. The good news is that those rates of loss have been worse in the past. The bad news is that what we see disappearing isn’t the only thing we’re losing.

It turns out, the sounds of the natural world are fading too.

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Interior of hay and horse barn at historic Laudholm FarmEnthusiastic volunteer and proud mom Eileen Willard had her boy "Flip" Baber (Johnnyrandom) help us understand why music in the Laudholm barn sounds So Darn Good…

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Music in the Key of Maine

August 4, 2013 By Nik Charov Filed under Article Tags: musictwo worlds


The following was originally published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 8/4/13:


Music is in the ear of the beholder. Whether finch or frog, cricket or quartet, it’s all part of nature’s symphony.

Working at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, I listen to recorded music in my farmhouse office most hours of the day. Because it’s such a natural fit here, I’m bringing more live music to our barn this summer too. String quartets sound particularly fine in a hundred-year-old wooden barn. An acoustical engineer recently told me: “Wood slats like your barn’s walls have ideal absorptive, reflective, and diffusive characteristics for live instrumentation.” Sounds good to me.

Barns aside, I’m constantly discovering new artists in our fields and marshes too.

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On Sunday, August 26th, I attended an afternoon concert at The Colony Hotel. One hundred fellow music lovers and I enjoyed a dozen classical piano duets by maestro Warren King and his college roommate, recording artist David Pihl. Ticket proceeds came to the Laudholm Trust – it was music played for the benefit of science. What better accompaniment to our special nature at the Reserve than the seashell symmetries of Bach’s cantatas or the sunflower melodies of Mozart?

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On the Punkinfiddle Main Stage

September 28, 2009 By Scott Richardson Filed under Article Tags: musicpunkinfiddle

History of Punkinfiddle Music

We have had the pleasure of hosting a wonderful series of performances at Punkinfiddle and once again thank all the artists who have appeared on the stage. We list them all below in order of appearance. If you think you would be a good fit, please review this information and, if you still think so, get in touch.

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History, pumpkins, and fiddles were the conceptual underpinnings for the first Punkinfiddle festival. Fiddle music remains a key part of the festival. With the 2006 merging of Punkinfiddle and our National Estuaries Day celebration, environmental education became another key component of the event.

Main stage acts must feature a fiddler, environmental education value, or both.

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