Events & Activities

NEW GROUPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Is there something you’d like to see happening here? Let us know what activities you’d enjoy at The Gatherings and learn how you can get involved.

NEW! KIRTAN: CHANTING THROUGH THE LUNAR MONTH
Fridays starting March 8th at 5pm (intro on Feb 23rd)
Sign up now for this Pop-Up course from Bagaduce Music. This is a deep dive into learning Kirtan chants for the next four weeks with Shepsi Eaton at the helm, learning how to be open through music and emphasizing the “unity” in “community”.
Kirtan chanting is a sacred practice in Indian culture that serves to free your spirit and bring inner peace through music. Kirtan in Sanskrit means “Narrating” or “Describing”. The mantras are sung in Sanskrit and are usually in the form of a call-and-response, with a leader singing a phrase and the audience singing it back. It doesn’t matter your vocal strength or abilities, the point is to sing from the heart. Instruments such as the harmonium, tablas, flute, and various string and percussion instruments are used as accompaniment. Shepsi will bring a Harmonium and Tambura to the event, accompanied by special guests on violin and guitar.
There is an introductory open Kirtan Session on Friday, February 23rd at 5pm. The course will meet on Fridays in March; March 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th from 5-6pm here at The Gatherings.
The introduction class price range is from $15-35 each (via a donation sliding scale), sign up at bagaducemusic.org (prices for this Friday’s session will differ from March’s sessions.)
For more info contact Lydia Reifsnyder at library@bagaducemusic.org or call 207-374-5454

NEW! MOVIE NIGHT: V FOR VENDETTA
Saturday Feb 24th at 7pm 
In a future British dystopian society, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of “V”, plots to overthrow the tyrannical government – with the help of a young woman. Stars Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman and Rupert Graves.
2005, R, 2h 12m. Action/drama/sci-fi
$2 suggested donation goes to The Gatherings. There will be popcorn, feel free to BYO snacks & drinks!
If you have a movie suggestion, or you have one you’d like to share, please contact Joe at shallop1621@gmail.com with “movie” in the email subject line.

NEW! BOOK MAKING: ACCORDION BOOKS
Sun Feb 25th, 9am-2pm
Come and explore the dynamic art of book making! This diverse and exciting art form combines structural elements with imagery and text. The possibilities for play and exploration are endless. Attend one or all classes. All levels are welcome. Classes are for adults 16 and up.Bring lunch!
Accordion Books – Sun Feb 25 (9am-2pm)
In this class we will focus on working with various accordion forms. Accordion folds form the basis for a variety of book structures, and on their own can take on many forms. In this class we will be working with simple accordion structures, double accordions and layered structures that may be sewn or glued.
Simple Sewn Bindings– Sat Mar 30 (10am-3pm)
This class will be focused on creating soft covered book structures with simple sewn bindings- specifically pamphlet stitch and stab bindings. Stab bindings are characterized by an exposed spine bound with a sewn pattern that can be very simple or quite intricate. We will work with several stab binding patterns and if we have time we will work on a container for our books.
One Page Books and Zines! – Sat Apr 20 (10am-3pm)
In this class we will explore the exciting possibilities of one page books! Students will learn  numerous one page book structures. We will consider the possibilities for creating simple and accessible books called zines- which can be easily copied and distributed or can be a one of a kind small book. Students will work a bit on some writing exercises to inspire and will have time in class to make their own zine.  Bring writing content if you like.
Students may wish to bring these items to class if they have them: scissors, cutting mat, exacto-knife, pencil, ruler, bone folder along with any art materials or ephemera you like to use.
 Cost: $75 per class plus $8 materials fee.
 For questions or to sign up please contact Kristy Cunnane at kriscunnane@gmail.com or 207-460-7986

NEW! SUNDAY SINGING CIRCLE
Sundays from 1pm – 2.30pm
All are welcome to our open community singing group!
Every 1st Sunday we’ll sing rounds! Bring some favorite songs to share & teach if you like. FMI contact: Alice at 385-7694 or alicekslater@gmail.com
Every 2nd & 4th Sunday we’ll be using the Rise Up Singing songbook (a compilation of 1200 well known songs across a vast array of genres, containing everything from Beatles to Broadway, and from Bob Dylan to traditional ballads) so if you have a copy or two please bring them along. We’ll take it in turns picking out songs to sing together. And please bring your guitars, ukuleles, etc! FMI contact: Cathy at cathyoehmke@gmail.com
Every 3rd Sunday you can come to learn, share and sing sea shanties (or “chanteys”). This is a great opportunity to connect with the historical roots of our sailing & fishing community. We’ll be singing traditional sailing songs as well as more recently composed songs by Mainer Gordon Bok and others. Bring some of your favorites! FMI contact Alan Cohen at 202-669-6363 or biopestman@gmail.com
$2/person goes to The Gatherings community center.

NEW! POETRY OPEN MIC
1st Saturdays from 1pm – 3pm beginning Mar 2nd
All are welcome to attend our Poetry Open mic every 1st Saturday of the month from 1-3pm!
Please come enjoy these readings, and bring some favorites to share, whether that’s poems you’ve written yourself or ones written by others.
$2/person goes to The Gatherings.
Contact Maya for more info at jacquesmaya12@gmail.com or 207-460-8339

CALENDAR

February 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • 🥐 1pm French Conversation
  • 🎶 5.30pm Ukulele Jam
2
  • 🎒 8am Surry Backpack Program
  • 🔒 3pm Private Group
  • 🐲 4.30pm Teens D&D
  • 🥣 5.30pm Food With Friends Potluck
3
  • 🕉️ 9am Community Yoga
  • 💜 10.30am Making Miracles Winter Workshop
  • 🔒 1pm Private Event
  • 👥 6pm Speed Friending
4
  • 🎵 1pm Rounds Singing
  • 🧘‍♀️ 3pm Twin Hearts Meditation and Pranic Healing Share
  • 🎲 6.30pm Board Game Night
5
  • 🕉️ 5.30pm Community Yoga
6
7
  • 🎨 10am Life Drawing
  • 🗨️ 5.30pm Spanish Conversation
  • 🔒 6.45pm Private Group
8
  • 🌸 4.30pm Girl Scouts
  • 👣 6.15pm Cape Breton Step Dance Class
9
  • 🎒 8am Surry Backpack Program
  • 🔒 3pm Private Group
  • 🔥 6.45pm Shamanic Kundalini Fusion
  • 🔒 7pm Adults D&D
10
  • 🕉️ 9am Community Yoga
  • 💜 10.30am Making Miracles Winter Workshop
  • 🎤 1pm Open Mic
11
  • 🧘‍♀️ 3pm Twin Hearts Meditation and Pranic Healing Share
  • 🎲 6.30pm Board Game Night
12
  • 🧘‍♀️ 5pm Beginners Meditation *cancelled today*
  • 🕉️ 5.30pm Community Yoga
13
14
  • 🎨 10am Life Drawing
  • ♥️ 4.30pm Parents' Night Off!
  • 🗨️ 5.30pm Spanish Conversation *meeting at Casa Jalisco*
15
  • 🥐 1pm French Conversation
  • 🎶 5.30pm Ukulele Jam
16
  • 🎒 8am Surry Backpack Program
  • 🔒 3pm Private Group
  • 🐲 4.30pm Teens D&D
  • 🔥 6.45pm Shamanic Kundalini Fusion
17
  • 🕉️ 9am Community Yoga
  • 🎉 12pm Private Event *
18
  • 🧘‍♀️ 3pm Twin Hearts Meditation and Pranic Healing Share
  • 🎲 6.30pm Board Game Night
19
  • 🔒 5.30pm Surry Small Group Ministries
  • 🕉️ 5.30pm Community Yoga
20
21
  • 🎨 10am Life Drawing
  • 🗨️ 5.30pm Spanish Conversation
22
  • 👣 6.15pm Cape Breton Step Dance Class
23
  • 🎒 8am Surry Backpack Program
  • 🔒 1.30pm Private Event
  • 🎵 5pm Kirtan: Chanting Through the Lunar Month
  • 🔥 6.45pm Shamanic Kundalini Fusion
  • 🔒 7pm Adults D&D
24
  • 🕉️ 9am Community Yoga
  • 💜 10.30am Making Miracles Winter Workshop
  • 🎵 1pm Kirtan
  • 🧵 3.30pm Sewing Machine Party
  • 🎬 7pm Movie Night: V For Vendetta
25
  • 🔰 9am Book Making Arts Class
  • 🎶 1pm Sunday Singing Circle: Rise Up Singing
  • 🧘‍♀️ 3pm Twin Hearts Meditation and Pranic Healing Share
  • 🎲 6.30pm Board Game Night
26
  • 🔒 12.30pm Ellsworth Literature Club
  • 🕉️ 5.30pm Community Yoga
27
28
  • 🎨 10am Life Drawing
  • 🗨️ 5.30pm Spanish Conversation
  • 🔒 6.45pm Private Group
29
  • 🥐 1pm French Conversation
  • 👣 6.15pm Cape Breton Step Dance Class

ONGOING GROUPS

  • Beginners Meditation 2nd Mondays 5pm. Learn mediation basics including breathing techniques and mudras. $2/person
  • $2 Community Yoga Mon 5.30pm / Sat 9am. All are welcome to these affordable yoga classes. We stream teachers from glo.com using the big screen. $2/person.
  • Women’s Group Occasional Mondays at 7pm. Meditation and sharing circle. $2/person
  • Life Drawing Wednesdays 10am. Artists age 18+ sketch each week from live models using a variety of drawing media; from charcoal and pastels to colored pencils. These uninstructed sessions are open to the community and all skill levels are encouraged to attend. Masks required. $17/person.
  • Spanish Conversation Wednesdays 5.30pm. This is a group meeting for people wanting to practice their Spanish conversation – all levels are invited! $2/person.
  • Community Arts & Crafts every other Thursday 11am. A different activity each week. $2/person (more if you need supplies – please RSVP by text to 207-949-7306). On hold til fall
  • French Conversation every other Thursday 1pm. Casual group meeting to chat in French together, all abilities are welcome! $2/person.
  • Girl Scouts 2nd & 4th Thursdays 4.30pm. Surry Girl Scout Troop #823. For ages K – 5th grade. Meetings during the school year.
  • Knit Happens 2nd & 4th Thursdays 6.30pm. Bring your knitting, crochet or fiber art project to work on. $2/person. Would you like to host a new fiber arts group here?
  • Ukulele Jam 1st & 3rd Thursdays 5.30pm. Easy-going ukulele group – beginners welcome! $2/person.
  • Cape Breton Step Dance Class 2nd, 4th & 5th Thursdays 6.15pm. Learn jigs, reels and strathspeys. $2/person
  • Surry Children’s Backpack Program Fridays 8am. A charity organization committed to weekend food security for Surry’s school aged children. New volunteers welcome.
  • Dungeons & Dragons usually meets alternating Fridays 4.30pm. This is a family-friendly club for all those looking to play D&D or other tabletop role playing games to come together and enjoy an adventure together. $2/person.
  • Food with Friends every First Friday at 5.30pm! Community potluck. Bring a dish or drink to share while spending time with your neighbors and fill up on a variety of home cooked dishes. Donations to the community center are welcome.
  • Shamanic Kundalini Fusion 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Fridays of the month at 6.45pm. Breathwork, mantras, physical poses and relaxation. $13/person.
  • Poetry Open Mic 1st Saturdays 1pm. Bring a poem to share written by yourself or someone else. $2/person.
  • Open Mic 2nd Saturdays 1pm. All abilities are welcome to sing and/or play at this friendly acoustic open mic session. By donation.
  • Organic Gardeners Meetup 2nd Saturdays 4pm. Casual roundtable for farmers and gardeners. $2/person. Seeking new host and timeslot – can you help?
  • Kirtan 4th Saturdays 1pm. Kirtan is an ancient Indian practice of call and response chanting. All are welcome to join this contemplative spiritual practice in the vein of meditation and yoga. By donation.
  • Sewing Machine Party 4th Saturdays 3.30pm. Bring your sewing machine and a project to work on. $2/person
  • Movie Night 4th Saturdays 7pm. Usually a classic comedy, see calendar for titles. $2 suggested.
  • Sunday Singing Circle Sundays 1pm. Open community singing group. 1st Sun: Rounds, 2nd & 4th Sun: Rise Up Singing, 3rd Sun: Sea Shanties. $2/person
  • Twin Hearts Meditation and Pranic Healing Share Sundays 3pm. relieve stress and anxiety, and induce peace, calm and healing. By donation.
  • Board Game Night every Sunday at 6.30pm. We play modern board games, tile games, card games, dice games, word games, cooperative games… bring your favorites! $2/person.
  • Chicken Feed Pickup various days once a month. See calendar. Cooperative bulk-buy of organic locally grown chicken feed. Book feed in advance. 73c/lb
  • NOW AT TOWN OFFICE Magic Food Bus Thursdays 2.30pm. The Magic Food Bus offers fresh local food and books for residents to pick up free of charge on the Peninsula. It visits The Gatherings at 2.30pm every Thursday and stays for 45 minutes.