Date: Saturday, May 6 at 11:30am
Location: Stonington Lobster Coop #2 (15 Atlantic Avenue)
Run time: 90-minute guided walk
Join the Town of Stonington and community collaborators on Saturday, May 6 from 11:30 AM – 1 PM to gather with friends, neighbors, and visitors for the Town’s second annual Jane’s Walk to create your own museum in the streets of Stonington by sharing stories, questions, and even images.
This free, short, 90-minute guided walk starts in front of Stonington’s Lobster Coop #2 at 15 Atlantic Avenue and ends at the 1912 Stonington Opera House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and restored in 2000 and continuing to operate as a vibrant theater. After the tour of the Opera House, walkers are welcome to enjoy sandwiches and beverages available for purchase and the expansive view of Stonington Harbor from the Opera House lobby. Following lunch, there will be a screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, a profile of Jane Jacobs for whom these global annual walks are named.
The walk again will be hosted by Linda Nelson, Stonington Economic & Community Development Director.
The six short conversations led by long-time residents and special guests will feature:
- Donna Stinson, Janet Nevells, and other former workers of the Stonington Packing Company, the Town’s last sardine factory, closed suddenly in 1992;
- Captain Leroy Weed, for 50 years a fisherman and mariner out of Stonington and star of the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries popular “Ask Leroy” series, on the area once known as “Central Square”;
- Twyla Weed at the Deer Isle Granite Museum in the Webb Building;
- Town Manger Kathleen Billings and Harbor Cafe co-owner Max Katzenberg at the Tewksbury Building;
- George Stevens, the Noble Grand of Stonington’s International Order of Odd Fellows, on the history and charitable works of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at their waterfront building, soon to be a Town-owned public space; and
- Pamela Dewell, interim director, and Judith Jerome, founding co-artistic director of Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House, on the more than 100 years of multiple transformations of the Opera House.