Gabby Gatherings

Everyone in Ogunquit has a story to tell. The Library’s Thursday events let people hear them. Artists, writers, travelers, and sundry other personalities are our weekly speakers. If you want to see the speaker schedule, check back here, check out the Ogunquit Memorial Library Facebook page, or look for us in the Weekly Sentinel. Our Gabby gatherings are held on Thursdays at 2:30 to 3:30. If you want to know how the use Zoom, call 646-9024. If you are having difficulty getting into a Zoom meeting. Don’t suffer in silence. Call us.

Our next Gabby Gathering :

Gabby Gathering – Tech Help
Thursday, October 21, 2:30-3:30pm at the library

We will be hosting a drop-in technology help session covering the following:

• Basic computer skills
• OverDrive/Libby and cloudLibrary eBook collection for free eBooks and Audiobooks
• Email/Internet basics
• Social media
• Office productivity software (e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, presentations)
• Usage of patron owned devices such as eReaders, tablets, and smartphones
• Basic computer troubleshooting
• Other computer or technology-related questions

Past Gabby Gatherings:

Gabby Gathering – Suzanne Williams of Healthy Rivers Ogunquit

Thursday, October 7, 2:30-3:30pm

Have you noticed that it’s been raining “cats and dogs” this summer? Besides making it hard to take your four-legged friend for walks, all that rain carries nasty stuff from our lawns, roads, and driveways right into our rivers and streams. YUCK! But don’t despair — you can do something PAWSitive to help!

Join us and we’ll talk about what our new Canines for Clean Water program means for a community that values safe, healthy rivers and recreational waters. Look for us on Ogunquit trails, parks, and beaches from September to April. Take our Canines for Clean Water Pledge and get some freebies for your furry friend. Tell your neighbors that you don’t need to have a pooch to participate in this FUN community program. Together, we can protect our water quality!

Gabby Gathering – Artist Fran Scully

Note: We are going to invite Fran Scully back this coming winter to present her work over Zoom.

Thursday, September 23, 2:30-3:30pm in person. Please bring a mask

Painting by Fran Scully

Fran Scully is a local Ogunquit artist whose work has been featured in the Scully Gallery in both Perkins Cove and 680 Main Street in Ogunquit since 1973 and she has spent summers in Ogunquit since 1951.

Inspiration for paintings comes from her admiration of nature—her love of the rugged coast line and landscapes of Maine, the magical beauty of Ogunquit’s Marginal Way and picturesque Perkins Cove, as well as the countryside settings of Maine and Connecticut. Critics have described her watercolor florals as having fragility combined with a freedom of their own. Her gentle touch with the delicacy and freshness of flowers shown through her watercolor paintings reveals her warm personal feeling for nature in all forms.

Fran studied at the University of Hartford Art School, Bay Path College, Asnuntuck College and with many nationally known artists. She has exhibited widely in regional, national and solo shows and has received numerous awards. For 15 years, she served as President of the Academic Artists Association based in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her work is represented in permanent public and private collections throughout the world.

Past Gabby Gatherings:

Gabby Gathering – St Peter’s by the Sea Episcopal Church

Thursday, September 9, 2:30-3:30pm via Zoom

Meeting ID: 833 8482 9257

St. Peters by the Sea, Ogunquit, photo credit: Christy Labrie

Louesa Gillespie and Catherine Lillibridge will present a brief history of St. Peter’s by the Sea Episcopal Church. Services have been held at the Shore Road Church, located close to Cliff House, continuously for 124 years.

Louesa is a lifelong Ogunquit resident and Catherine has been a seasonal resident at the Church’s Rectory in Cape Neddick for 11 years. The benefactor of St. Peter’s and the Ogunquit Memorial Library, Nannie Conarroe, gave both of these stone buildings in 1898 in memory of her husband, George Conarroe. With a rich history in the community, St. Peter’s is a vibrant and welcoming church community with seasonal Sunday services, community outreach, weddings, funerals, the Memorial Garden, Jazz events and ocean-view Sunday morning coffee hours. All are welcome to be part of St. Peter’s by the Sea.  

Gabby Gathering – Lacemaking

2:30-3:30pm in-person at the library. Please wear a mask.

Angela Pollino will present a brief history on Tombolo lacemaking from Italy, show some of her creations and give a demonstration.

Angela has lived in Ogunquit for over 30 years. She was born in a small-town North of the Naples Italy where at the age of 8 years old she learned the art of Tombolo Lace and has been doing it ever since. At 86 years young she is still going strong and hand making beautiful lace designs. Over the last year and a half, she has not only woven the Ogunquit Memorial Library, but also created a representation of the White House and the Flavian Amphitheater “Colosseum” in Rome, Italy. In February 2018 The Weekly Sentinel (volume 14) did an article on her piece of the “Twin Towers and Statue of Liberty”. This lace piece is now located at the 9/11 Museum in New York City.

Paper making with artist Gayle Fitzpatrick

Gayle Fitzpatrick Making Paper

August 12th 2:30 – 4:30 on the library lawn.

Attendees will learn about classical Western paper making techniques, participate in a Q&A, and get a chance to try paper making themselves. Paper making involves creating fine paper from scratch by processing plant fibers. There will be an opportunity for each attendee to make a sheet of watercolor paper by applying the techniques demonstrated.

Gayle began making paper in 1980, and studied paper making at various institutions: The Penland School of Crafts, Haystack School of Crafts, and became a student of Master Tsuneo Naito in Japan.  She is currently a member of the Maine Artist Teaching Roster. Gayle now manages a small production paper making studio where she makes and sells handmade paper to artists and craftsmen around the world.

This event will be conducted on the lawn. Bring a mask. Rain date Thursday August 19th 2:30 to 4:30.

Artist Millie LaPerche 

July 29th 2:30 -3:30 in the library.

The famous Ugly Anne
Millie LaPerche self-portrait, 1970s

Judith Woodbury and Deborah LaPerche will present a selection of artwork by Millie LaPerche. Millie LaPerche, of North Reading, MA and Ogunquit, ME, attended the Rhode Island School of Design, she majored in Graphic Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1944. Millie did a number of paintings of people and places around Ogunquit. Art was Millie’s passion and she continued to paint into her late 80’s.

Here is the link to Millie’s artwork. You can refer to the webpage while listening to the YouTube presentation.

Gabby Gathering – A Photographic Journey through Old Ogunquit 

July 15th 2:30 -3:30 in the library

Using photos and postcards from the HSWO archives, we will explore the 19th and 20th centuries in Ogunquit and test our knowledge of these colorful places. Bring your own photos to share if you’d like!

Hosted by Ogunquit Library and the Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit

For more information visit

Gabby Gathering – Bunny Hart

Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 2:30-3:30 pm at the library. Bring your mask. Or join Zoom Meeting

Bunny will talk about her career in the arts community in Ogunquit. Featuring stories about the Ogunquit Playhouse and the Barn Gallery.

Bunny started coming to Ogunquit in the 1960’s and she was instrumental in starting the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce in 1967. She moved to Ogunquit permanently in 1968. For almost 25 years, starting in 1971, she served as the Director of Institution relations and administrator of the Barn Gallery Associates in Ogunquit. Bunny started working for the Ogunquit Playhouse as Publicity Director in 1963 through 1969. She returned to the Playhouse in 1985 and stayed until 1999. As both the Publicity Director and later as Business Manager, she was a part of the nucleus of people who supported John Lane and kept the dream alive. Before retiring, Bunny ran her own business, Hart Advertising Associates, based in Ogunquit.

Gabby Gathering – Revolutionary

Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 2:30pm via Zoom

‘Revolutionary’ by Alex Myers
Author Alex Myers

Revolutionary, tells the story of Alex Myers’ ancestor, Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man and fought in the American Revolutionary War – he related to it his own experience as a transgender person.
Alex Myers is a writer, teacher, speaker, and activist. Since high school, Alex has campaigned for transgender rights. As a female-to-male transgender person, Alex began his transition at Phillips Exeter Academy and was the first transgender student in that academy’s history. Alex was also the first openly transgender student at Harvard and worked to change the university’s nondiscrimination clause to include gender identity. Since then, Alex has worked with schools and colleges to educate students, faculty, and administrators about gender identity. He has assisted dozens of schools as they redesign facilities, practices, and policies to be more gender inclusive.

Gabby Gathering – What is Botanical Art?
Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 2:30pm via Zoom

Botanical Painting by Diane Piktialis

Imagine painting every part of a living plant with incredible detail or bringing the vibrancy of a stem or a single petal to life. What are the features of this art form? Why and how did it develop? Who practices it today? And see a demo of selected techniques used by botanical artists and learn of some resources in Maine.
Diane Piktialis has a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the Friends of Wellesley College Botanical Gardens. She is currently President of the New England Society of Botanical Artists. Diane splits her time between Brookline, MA and Ogunquit.

Gabby Gathering – Beach Plum Farm, Ogunquit’s own story

Photo credit: Tourist and Town

Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 2:30pm via Zoom

Beach Plum Farm today is a community oasis of meadow, gardens, wildlife, beach plums and salt marsh with views over the Ogunquit River, sand dunes and ocean. How did it get to where it is? Please join Tin Smith with the Great Works Regional Land Trust for a brief and remarkable history.

Visit our YouTube Channel to see some of our past Gabby Gatherings.

Gabby Gathering – Where in Ogunquit Are We?!

Looking north.

Thursday, April 22 at 2:30 PM via Zoom

Using old photos and postcards, we will test your knowledge of Ogunquit! Bryce Waldrop, Administrator for the Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, will share numerous early postcards and images as we try and guess where they are (or were) located. Come and have fun and as we wander through Ogunquit’s colorful past.

Meeting ID: 833 8482 9257

Gabby Gathering – Let’s Talk About It

Thursday, April 7 at 2:30 PM via Zoom

For National Library Week we are trying something new this Thursday during our Gabby Gathering. We are introducing a new segment called Let’s Talk About It. We would like to gather informally to discuss what you are currently reading, watching or listening to. Please join us and share a book, show or podcast.

Gabby Gathering on March 25 at 2:30 A musical presentation by The York River Ramblers.

Cathy King and Keith Fletcher
Presentation at the Land trust.

The York River Ramblers, Keith Fletcher (fiddle and banjo) and Cathy King (guitar and vocals), will provide 45 minutes of music for your listening pleasure. They have a large repertoire of old and new fiddle tunes from a variety of traditions. They love playing this music and trust you’ll love it, too. Both are volunteers at the Great Works Regional Land Trust. Keith was involved in working to conserve the Old Boston Land, the largest tract of undeveloped land in Ogunquit.

On March 18 at 2:30 author Kimberly A. Hamlin talked about her book “Free thinker: sex, suffrage, and the extraordinary life of Helen Hamilton Gardener”

Kimberly A. Hamlin, PhD is an award-winning historian, speaker, and writer. Her book, Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener reveals the fascinating story of the “fallen woman” who reinvented herself and became the “most potent factor” in Congressional passage of the 19th Amendment. Free Thinker received support from a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholar Award and the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics. Appointed to the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer Bureau, Hamlin speaks about the history of women, gender, and sex across the country. A regular contributor to the Washington Post, Hamlin’s research has also been featured in NPR and CBC radio, Vice,, among other outlets, and she has contributed to several PBS documentaries. Hamlin helped to organize commemorations of the 2020 suffrage centennial, and she serves as historical consultant to the Bearded Lady Project, now on view at the National Museum of Natural History. Hamlin lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where she co-hosts the Mercantile Library’s “Women You Should Know” Book Series and teaches at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

“Human Rights in Wells/Ogunquit- Still healing from our past: An historical perspective spanning slavery to restricted covenants to the passage of the Maine Human Rights Act.

Terry Ann Lunt’s expertise is grounded in her tenure, serving under 3 Governors, as the first executive director subsequent to the establishment of the Maine Human Rights Commission.


Painter Edward Hopper and his work in Ogunquit in 1914 and 1915; where did Edward Hopper set up his easel?

Chris Woodbury, retired engineer and grandson of Charles Woodbury, narrates a photographic essay of his research on Edward Hopper. Chris knows exactly where Hooper stood when he painted the painting that appears on the Maine bicentennial postage stamp.


Why choose pastel as your painting medium?

Artist Judith Woodbury will talk about the benefits and drawbacks of pastel painting.

Participants will learn about pastel technique, best supports, safe use of materials (don’t breathe in pastel dust!), the benefits of a slanted easel, the reshaping of pastel sticks, using fixative, proper framing, and more.

The talk will also feature a survey of pastel artists, ranging from cave paintings in Altamira, Spain, through painters of the baroque, enlightenment, and impressionist periods, and ending with contemporary pastelists and Judith’s own work.


Tour of the Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit’.

Join Administrator & Curator, Bryce Waldrop, as he takes you on a tour of the Historical Society of Wells & Ogunquit. We will enjoy a survey of the iconic 1862 Meetinghouse, a glimpse at the museum collections,and see the extensive research library, famed for its genealogy sources.


The Gold Rush at Perkins Cove

History of the Perkins Cove Gold Rush of 1960 – local historian Jay Smith joined us on Thursday, November 19, at 2:30 PM gave a presentation about the gold rush that swept through Ogunquit in 1960.


Generators: when the lights go out – Thursday, November 12, at 2:30 PM, Chris Woodbury will be offering advice about picking out a generator fit for your needs and good generator maintenance.


Preservation of the Old Boston Land. See this presentation on YouTube

Join us on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 2:30 PM for a Zoom session about an important conservation effort: preservation of the Old Boston Land.

Ogunquit and the Great Works Regional Land Trust have a one-time opportunity on November 3rd to protect the Old Boston Land on North Village Road. At 157 acres this is the largest remaining undeveloped property in the town with over 2000 feet of frontage on the Ogunquit River. Its woodlands, wetlands, historic foundations and cemetery would provide for outdoor recreation and protect water quality. It connects with 6000 acres of conservation lands stretching to Mt Agamenticus. Tin Smith, Great Works Regional Land Trust Board member, will talk about this exciting project and answer questions.

Here is link to a YouTube video which explains his efforts.


Buttoning up your house and yard for the winter

Join us on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 2:30 PM for a virtual session about “Buttoning up your house and yard for the winter”. Have you got your firewood stacked up?, the gutters cleaned out?, the bulbs planted? Have you locked the door and headed for Florida? What is your to-do list? We hope to see you there on Zoom!

Visit our YouTube Channel to see some of our past Gabby Gatherings.


History of the Perkins Cove Bridge presented by Chris Woodbury on September 17, 2020


See Richard Perkins read his Odes


Our first Zoom program was “How to use Zoom.”. Call 646-9024 or email if you want help using Zoom.

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