Island residents discuss women’s views, voices in Rockland August 2

Posted 2017-07-26

ROCKLAND, ME – On Wednesday, August 2 at 10:30 a.m., the Island Institute will host a panel discussion on women’s views and voices in Maine’s island communities. The talk, “Making it Here: Women’s Views, Women’s Voices,” will be led by island residents and writers, Barbara Fernald, Courtney Naliboff, and Sandy Oliver, and moderated by Tom Groening, editor of The Working Waterfront. Part of the Institute’s Summer Lecture Series, the event will take place in the fourth floor conference room at the Island Institute, 386 Main Street in Rockland, and is free and open to the public.

About the panelists:

  • Barbara Fernald is a writer and jewelry maker whose designs are influenced by the random simplicity of life on a small island. She lives, writes, and makes jewelry year-round on Islesford (Little Cranberry), Maine.
  • Courtney Naliboff is a writer, teacher, and musician living on the island of North Haven, Maine. On the island, she teaches music, theater, and English, serves as a volunteer EMT, bakes bread, plays music, and goes in the water whenever possible. She is the author of “Salt Water Cure,” a column for The Working Waterfront, is a freelance reporter, and writes “The Frozen Chosen” blog for the Bangor Daily News.
  • Sandy Oliver is a food historian and the author of Maine Home Cooking and Food in Colonial and Federal America. A freelance food writer, her “Taste Buds” column has appeared weekly in the Bangor Daily News since 2006, and she has regular columns in Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors magazine and The Working Waterfront. She lives, cooks, and writes on the island of Islesboro, Maine.

About the moderator:

  • Tom Groening serves as editor of The Working Waterfront newspaper and oversees all aspects of the paper’s print and online editions. He also edits Island Journal, the organization’s annual publication that celebrates island life and culture. A seasoned reporter and editor with more than 25 years of experience in Maine journalism, Groening spent 10 years at The Republican Journal, a weekly newspaper serving Waldo County, Maine, and 14 years with the Bangor Daily News, most recently as the Belfast bureau chief, before coming to the Island Institute in 2013.

The one-hour talk is part of the Island Institute’s Summer Lecture Series. All events are free and open to the public, and coffee and muffins will be provided. The final presentation in the series will take place Wednesday, August 9th, and feature a talk by the Island Institute Community Energy team on island energy challenges and solutions.

To register for one of the lectures, visit, or for more information, contact the Island Institute membership department at (207) 594-9209, ext. 113, or