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Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 12, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, July 12, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, July 12, 2018
OHA celebrates area with films

Stonington Opera House will host four documentaries exploring aspects of the culture and history of Maine beginning Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. with The Home Road by Tonya Shevenell.

In 1845, 19-year-old Israel Shevenell left his home in Canada and walked nearly 200 miles to Biddeford. He found work and built a new life in an American boomtown being transformed by the Industrial Revolution. In 2015, his 74-year-old great-great-grandson, Ray Shevenell, retraced the pioneering journey, walking from Compton, Quebec, to Biddeford. Tonya Shevenell tells their stories in her first documentary film.

On Friday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m., local filmmaker Richard Kane presents J. Fred Woell: An American Vision. This documentary by Kane with Robert Shetterly is about the history and significance of this metalsmith, jeweler, and political artist.

On Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. The Northeast by Eastern screens at the Opera House. Part film and part concert, the documentary combines Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company’s comprehensive collection of early 20th-century photographs of rural New England and Upstate New York, with archival film footage, interviews, oral histories, and a live musical soundtrack by Sumner McKane and Josh Robbins.

The series concludes on Thursday, August 2, at 7 p.m. with Jon Wilson—The Restorer’s Journey, a cinematic portrait of the man who took on a monumental task to change the course of wooden boat history. For information or to purchase tickets:,or 367-2788.