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Emma Parker points to the finer details of the dress she made — including a belt made from pieces of tape measure — at Engine on Wednesday. ALAN BENNETT/Journal Tribune

Lillith Young, 13, center-right, and design partner Elsa Hersey pose with their mannequin as they design a paper grocery bag dress at a Fashion Camp held at Engine this week. ALAN BENNETT/Journal Tribune

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Friday, July 28 at 1pm, the students participating in Engine’s Fashion & Textile Summer Camp, will exhibit their creations during a runway show from 1-2:30pm. The runway show is open to the public. Instructor Jane Krasnow, formerly the long-time fashion and textiles teacher at Portland Arts and Technology High School, and fashion designer Roxi Suger of Biddeford, have been mentoring the students throughout the week.

Thanks to Elements Coffee Books Beer and Carol A. Wilson Architect for helping make the camp possible.

There is no fee to attend this event. Please come out and support our local creative youth!

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Event Coordinator Opening

Looking for an individual who wants to work with Engine, a nonprofit art space startup that wants to expand its events to include more music, theater, talks, etc. This independent contractor position compensation is based on success of promotions.

Job Summary:
Reporting to the Executive Director, event coordinator is responsible for developing, organizing, planning, booking, and coordinating events for Engine. The breadth of events may range from gatherings such as private events, company parties, performing arts, community events (dances, etc.) that contributes to the community development mission of Engine while preserving its values. Candidates must possess business development, creativity, organization, and negotiation skills with strong attention to detail.


  • Tasks for event coordinator job includes:
  • Meeting with clients to determine event details
  • Manage event budget
  • Booking artists/acts or coordinating with renting parties
  • Providing artist contracts
  • Manage event marketing
  • Overseeing an event while it’s in progress
  • Develop and maintain lead database
  • Those who excel at these aspects of the job may seek promotion to an events manager job


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in tourism, hotel, or hospitality management, or in marketing, or sales
  • Self-starter, with strong organizational, project management, and communication skills
  • Strong writing skills and social media skills are a must.
  • 2 years experience with fundraising events, and marketing practices.
  • Willing to work evenings and weekends to manage event execution

Compensation: 50% of net event revenues

Engine is a public interest non-profit founded in 2010 to foster and integrate the arts and design, education, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism as an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford.

To apply: Send cover letter and past experience to




A story of an abiding love between two families, one black, one white, and the two children that are born into their shared household in the early 1960’s South Africa.  Seen first through the eyes of a child, six-year-old Elizabeth tries to make sense of the chaos, magic and darkness of her experience. The story of these families’ destinies spans four generations, from early apartheid to present-day free South Africa. Performed as originally conceived, all 24 characters are portrayed by one actress, Courtney Wood.

Two performances:

Friday August 18 // 7:00pm (doors at 6:15pm)
Saturday August 19 // 7:00pm (doors at 6:15pm)

RESERVE TICKETS (Engine Members receive $5 discount on ticket price)

General seating. Seats are limited. Please reserve online or purchase prior to the shows in-person at Engine or by calling 207-370-9130.

​Actors note:
It is a privilege to present The Syringa Tree. I love learning about other people and places through my acting.  As an actor, I have always found fascinating the process of inhabiting a character. In this story, making a strong bond with the principal character Elizabeth has been especially revealing and satisfying. I hope this work gives the audience greater access to the important history of South Africa and the lessons that can be taken about the struggle for freedom through Elizabeth’s experience. –Courtney Wood
A word from our sponsor, the Huss Group PR: Huss Group is redefining public relations and public affairs and is excited to be teaming with Engine to produce The Syringa Tree, a one-of-a-kind theatrical event in which Courtney Wood plays 24 different characters, distinguished only by their voice and mannerisms.  Creative solutions to our clients’ communications needs are at the heart of everything we do at Huss Group.