Monday, May 10, 2021

Call for info: old 1970s WBZ audio?

Here's a real shot-in-the-dark -- does anyone know someone who collects audio of old WBZ shows? I'm looking for some of Larry Glick's midnight radio shows from around 1971.  Please email me at michelle.souliere@gmail.com if you think you can help!  Thanks, all!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Tomorrow (FRI)! Black Bear coffee chat

 Do you live near black bears in Maine?  Probably.  Wouldn't you like to know more about them?  I know I do!

Join MDIFW's Black Bear + Canada Lynx Biologist, Jen Vashon, for coffee tomorrow morning (Friday)! Jen will be discussing Maine's robust bear population and how to avoid conflicts with bears.

 Click here to watch, or set a reminder to participate in this live video chat on YouTube!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBx7Pj_D79w

WHAT: Coffee chat with Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Biologist Jen Vashon about Black Bears and how to avoid conflict with our big neighbors

WHERE:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBx7Pj_D79w

WHEN: 9:30am on Friday, Mar 26, 2021

COST:  Free!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Bigfoot in Maine: release date and BDN article!

Well, the cat's out of the bag now! Here's the first article about my upcoming book, Bigfoot in Maine. 😃https://bangordailynews.com/2021/03/23/news/portland/mainers-frightening-encounters-with-bigfoot-highlighted-in-new-book-and-film/ 
 
You can preorder a signed copy here on my site, it will be shipped for its release date of May 24th! https://greenhandbookshop.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/preorder-bigfoot-in-maine-by-michelle-souliere-signed

 I'll post the final cover art as soon as the design department at History Press gets it to me.  Thanks everyone!

192 pages of manuscript, done!

NOTE: 
While the article reports that "Bigfoot’s story in Maine begins with ancient Wabanaki traditional stories about a giant, manlike creature, known as the Wendigo, who frequents the Maine woods," in my book I specifically refrain from any lengthy discussion of Native American traditions since I don't have any authority or knowledge to speak of them. I'm not sure where that information in the article was drawn from, as it wasn't from my interview with the reporter, or the sample chapters I sent him.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Spirits Alive winter lecture finale - Maine Bicentennial epic!

Here's something fun to do while the weather is still iffy! It's the last episode in Spirits Alive at the Eastern Cemetery's winter lecture series - Saturday March 27th!! 


The Silent Bicentennial with Herb Adams 

Saturday, March 27 1:30pm to 2:30pm 

COVID-19 burst Maine’s Bicentennial (2020) like it was a battered balloon, but the boisterous years to Statehood (1820) and The Maine Centennial (1920) were anything but a bust. The story will be told in 2 parts: “To Make the Angels Weep! Maine’s Struggle for Statehood, 1820,” the true backstory of Kings and slavery, bad math and bad politics, defiance, and backroom deals that made Maine the 23rd State, and “The Big Parade—Centennial, 1920!” 

Maine’s biggest birthday bash ever included biplanes, submarines, silent movies, native encampments, cavalry charges, booming parades, and the governor in a canoe in Deering Oaks in Portland. 

Register for the Silent Bicentennial lecture here: 

 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkcOGuqDwiGtyHDn-McY14xvlvzb3syxbr?mc_cid=e77902a091&mc_eid=a596575a85 

When: Saturday March 27th - Starts 1:30pm and lasts about an hour or so 

Located on Zoom—A different link is available for each event each month. 

Register in advance as the event is limited to 100 attendees

Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Spirits Alive does this lecture series every winter, you can find more information about it on their website here: https://www.spiritsalive.org/lectures/

Monday, November 09, 2020

What a year! Bigfoot in Maine update etc

 Hi everyone--

This update note is long overdue, as are so many other things in this completely bonkers year.  The good news is, although I'm still fighting to keep my shop (The Green Hand Bookshop) afloat in the midst of all this, my upcoming book, Bigfoot in Maine, has meanwhile been quietly moving ahead.  It is making its way through the maze of editors and formatting designers at the publisher, and if all goes well we'll be looking at a release date in the first half of 2021.

All the illustrations are done, photos are tweaked, chapters written, and everything indexed.  Phew!!!  There was a lot of back and forth about how long it could be, and in the end I had to cut almost half of what I had written, but I fought to keep in the bulk of the most important part, in my view -- the oral history of eyewitness accounts. 

Some of the parts I had to pull out will show up here or in print as articles, so that they still see the light of day.

I am still talking with folks about their encounters, and with those out in the field investigating current activity, even though Covid has restricted my own travels for the foreseeable future (again, trying to keep the shop going has been intense, and we're not out of the woods yet).

Just for fun, I also recorded a short adaptation of the Maine story "Hobgoblins of the Wild North Woods" by Winthrop Packard, published in the Boston Evening Transcript, back on Dec 31, 1902. While it is ostensibly fictitious, it contains many elements of Bigfoot sightings reported even today.

You can listen to it here for free -- enjoy!

https://soundcloud.com/mys-648503636/a-hair-raising-bigfoot-yarn

I hope you have all stayed safe and well in these trying times, and I wish everyone better days ahead.

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook!

Hi folks, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Many of you like myself can appreciate the part that food plays in the cultural history of Maine.

There are 5 days left to participate in the Kickstarter to help Rabelais Books put together their inspiring project --
The
Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook! 

[Apologies for the lateness of this alert, 2019 was not kind and I missed a lot of fun things that were brewing.]
If you aren't able to contribute, but have a Maine family food memory, recipe, or image you'd like to send to them as part of the project, do not hesitate! Deadline for submissions is JAN 10!

Submit here: https://www.maine200cookbook.com/home/#submit

Kickstarter here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maine200cookbook/maine-bicentennial-community-cookbook

Don Lindgren of Rabelais Books has long been a tireless archivist of historical cookery, and I can only imagine as he turns his enthusiasm and focus to the topic of Maine's own recipes that some marvelous and fun treasures are going to be turned up in the hunt. 

Let's do what we can to help him out!  If you have a delicious or notorious family classic that has long been a part of your family gatherings and history, why not send it in and add it to the mix?  It's one small (but tasty) way you can participate in Maine's bicentennial!

If you're curious about Rabelais Books, I encourage you to visit their website, as it (and their catalogs) are a trove of information and imagery on the topic of food books of all sorts:  https://www.rabelaisbooks.com/

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Bigfoot in Maine update, summer musings!

Hi everyone! The warm weather is finally here (mostly), and even the sporadic rainy days are good days to get out into a part of Maine you haven't seen yet.

I'm plugging away on the book, and excited to report that I'm working on the last major chapter (Durham Gorilla!), then all I have to do is add a few bits and pieces in to catch up with some last minute interviews and site visits elsewhere... and then the illustrations!

It's pretty exciting to finally be closing in on what is at this point a decade-long project. It's also exciting that it has been well worth it. I've met a lot of amazing people, and gotten to poke around in corners of Maine I might never have seen otherwise.

It has also become obvious that finally packing the manuscript off to the publisher when I've finished and done a final edit is NOT going to be the end of the work. This project has started what looks to be a lifetime's worth of recording Maine's Bigfoot-related oral history and scattered accounts. I have a feeling that I'll continue exploring this Strange Maine topic for many years to come, even after the book is done.
Skowhegan region driveabout on a rainy day!
Most recently I've been up in the Skowhegan region, where a series of late-1970s sightings occurred. It was a rainy day, but we covered a lot of ground, albeit in a truck because it was pouring rain and there were many meandering miles to traverse, many of them on dirt roads. Many thanks to those of you out there (you know who you are) that helped make this happen.

One of the most important things I've learned throughout this whole process is to be patient, and to be careful. If what I'm hearing from people is as real as it seems to be, we have neighbors that need our respect and possibly someday our protection. It's an intriguing thought to chew on.

I've also learned how important it is to be able to talk openly about the unexplained, because many people encounter it in their lives, always unexpectedly, and if we can't listen to others respectfully about their experiences, we can be sure that if we ever find ourselves in the same situation, ridicule will await us as well.

So please stop and think before you disparage or slap someone down just because they're trying to sincerely share something with you that they can't explain, but need to talk about. Small steps towards making this a better world for all of us. It doesn't take much, guys!