BDN Events is pleased to announce our June lineup of virtual events, which are free and open to the public. All we ask is that you register in advance. Join in on our conversations with authors, poets, business owners and civic leaders as we learn something new together.

June 4: Food Preservation 101

The BDN’s Sam Schipani welcomes two experts from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to learn how to safely and effectively preserve fruits, vegetables and herbs. Kathy Savoie and Kate McCarty will teach us how to make the most from our gardens’ bounty. Register here:

June 9: Election Update With Secretary of State Matt Dunlap

Maine has a state primary election on July 14. This election will most certainly look different than elections in years past. Join us as Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap talks about what citizens can expect as we cast our ballots next month. Register here:

June 11: Pivoting During a Pandemic

Hear from leaders at Good Shepherd Food Bank and United Way of Eastern Maine, who will share how they have changed how they serve the state due to the coronavirus pandemic. Register here:

June 16: Maine Songwriters’ Circle

The BDN teams up with Launchpad to feature Maine songwriters and their music. Hear the stories behind the songs performed by local musicians during this live event. Performer details coming soon. Register here:

June 18: Tackling Today’s Marketing Trends

Join the Pulse Marketing team as it shares its insight, expertise and ideas for your marketing plans. Our discussion will share ideas on the most important marketing trends you can try right now, how to pivot your strategy to best deal with the global pandemic, tips on setting up an e-commerce site, and more. Register here:

June 23: An Interview With Paul Doiron

BDN Outdoors Editor John Holyoke interviews author Paul Doiron on his new book, One Last Lie. Paul Doiron is the best-selling author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels, set in the Maine woods. Paul is chair of the Maine Humanities Council, Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, and a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing. Register here:

June 25: Poetry and Conversation With Richard Blanco

Award-winning poet Richard Blanco returns to BDN Events for a reading and discussion, offering a moment for reflection in this challenging year.

Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco is the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity characterizes his four collections of poetry: How To Love a Country, City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to The Beach of the Dead, and Looking for The Gulf Motel. He has also authored the memoirs For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey and The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. Register here:

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Melanie Brooks

I am a professional writer/blogger who is finally finding my way in the kitchen. I am not a health-food addict, but I appreciate a home cooked meal made from local ingredients. As an avid member of the...