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Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 26, 2014
Castine Sculpture Committee announces schedule of events

Last August, Castine was selected as one of seven towns to receive a large granite sculpture in 2014. Soon, the fifth and final Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium will take place on the Schoodic Peninsula in Prospect Harbor. For six weeks, starting August 3, seven artists will be creating large granite sculptures for towns Downeast. The outdoor studio in Prospect Harbor will be open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

In association with the symposium, there are a number of related activities planned for Castine, according to a news release from the town’s sculpture committee. One of those activities will be a fundraiser dinner on July 29 at the Manor Inn where donors can meet Castine’s sculptor, Robert Leverich from Olympia, Washington, enjoy a presentation of his work, and ask him questions.

Last year’s fundraising effort brought in generous donations from many Castine residents and the committee’s goal was reached before the end of the summer. Those moneys went directly toward the cost of the sculpture as part of an agreed upon commitment with SISS. This summer, a smaller fundraising effort will be necessary to raise money for Castine’s local site improvements next to the Wilson Museum in preparation for the arrival of the sculpture in September.

Another commitment that each recipient town has made to SISS is to provide volunteers to host the information/hospitality tent in Prospect Harbor during the six weeks of the symposium (August 3-September 14). Castine’s designated hosting day each week is Friday, and a total of eight volunteers are needed each Friday to fill four two-hour shifts. Two people will serve for two hours on each shift. In addition, each town receiving a sculpture is required to provide 12 lunches for the seven sculptors and their five assistants on their designated hosting day. The committee asks residents to “please consider volunteering to host the tent and contribute to the lunch effort.” The Castine Sculpture Committee encourages volunteers to contact Gene Bland at to sign up.