Edith, Elsie and Molly Gawler perform in Schoodic Arts for All’s online “Holiday from the Hall Video Series” featuring Maine musicians. GAWLER SISTERS PHOTO

Joy to the world: Schoodic Arts for all launches holiday video series



WINTER HARBOR — Pour a glass of wine or brew a pot of tea. Sit back and enjoy listening to Maine’s Gawler Sisters, known for their musical skill and joyful performances, as part of Schoodic Arts for All’s holiday gift this season. Based in Winter Harbor, the nonprofit performing arts organization teamed up with Ellsworth’s Good to Go Studios to produce the online “Holiday from the Hall Video Series” featuring Maine musicians.

The “Hall” is Schoodic Arts for All’s handsome Hammond Hall on Winter Harbor’s Main Street where the videos were shot by Good to Go Studios’ creative director Kyle Lamont and her crew. The Gawler Sisters, made up of Edith on bass, Molly on violin and Elsie on banjo, is the first in the series featuring a free musical vignette each week through year’s end. In the vignette, the trio performs “Don’t Forget to Sing,” composed by Elsie Gawler. The sisters, who hail from Belfast and Monroe, began performing together as children with their musician parents, John and Ellen Gawler.

“Don’t Forget to Sing” is a timely pick as Elsie’s tune sets a cheerful note for the outset of winter amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the video introduces Schoodic Arts for All’s new executive director, Colt Neidhardt, who takes you on a tour of Winter Harbor’s Colonial-revival hall inside. Sweeping drone footage provides aerial views. Lamont, Neidhardt and Paula Ann DiGati produced the video while Mike Perlman filmed the performance and Mike Hambrock served as sound engineer.

In upcoming weeks, music lovers can look forward to hearing singer/songwriter Chelsea Berry. Livingston Taylor has described Berry as “A voice of remarkable power and control with a joyous soul. Brave and bright.”

Singer/songwriter Chris Ross and acoustic blues duo Kenneth Uhnak and Paula Ann DiGati (Doc & Polly) will also be performing. To tune in, go to https://schoodicartsforall.org/holidays-from-the-hall-video-series/.

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]

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