By Carol McCracken (Post # 656)
The public is invited to attend an opening reception for recent graduates of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. The reception is Thursday, December 16th from 5 – 9 pm at 561 Congress Street. The show is titled “Why Go West: Maine Stories in Radio, Writing, and Photography.” The show is composed of more than 50 documentary stories, said Doug Anderson a participant in the show recently and currently a Hill resident.
A few of the “Salt stories” feature current or past owners of Munjoy Hill businesses: For example, Guy and Stella Hernandez, owners of the popular Hill restaurant Bar Lola will tell their story of a mid-life career change that brought them to this business. Other Hill business owners will make presentations as well.
Six Salt students, most from “away”, and currently living on the Hill will tell Maine stories:
DOUG ANDERSON presents a radio story about Stan Moody, a former prison chaplain wh o brings prison reform issues to the pulpit of his North Manchester church.
RACHEL GOLDMAN presents a photo essay on Arren Rosen, a record-holding female powerlifter from Westbrook, who redefines what it mans to be a strong woman.
ANNE HOFFMAN tells the story of Israel Critz, co-pastor of La Iglesia El Sinai, who offers citizenship in heaven to parishoners at his Latino Evangelical church.
GEORGIA MOODIE presents a radio story about the displacement of Portland’s L ittle Italy neighborhood during the period of Urban Renewal.
ANDREA MURASKIN presents a radio story about men who drive a motorhome from Georgia to Maine to adopt out dogs that would otherwise be euthanized.
DAVID TURNER writes about Shafiq Rahman, a man who struggles to rebuild his life after being accused of aiding the Times Square bomber.
The show runs through February 18th.