Annual DaPonte Candlelight Concert returns

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    Experience the 18th century in the glow of flickering candles for a very unique and special DaPonte String Quartet concert by candlelight. The concert will be held at the all-original, pre-revolutionary, 1772 Old Walpole Meetinghouse on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). The Meetinghouse is 3.5 miles south of Damariscotta on Meetinghouse Road off Route 129 in South Bristol.

    Tickets are $30 and are available only by pre-purchase, not at the door. Buy tickets by credit card at, or by check/cash at Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookstore in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, and at Walpole Barn in Walpole (Route 129). To make other arrangements for tickets, please call 882-7744 or e-mail

    Because this is a special fundraising concert to benefit maintenance on the Meetinghouse, we are not able to honor tickets for other Daponte venues in their concert series.

    The Daponte String Quartet’s special performance this year will be a creative tribute to Maine’s Bicentennial, titled, “Maine’s 200th: Music of Early Maine.” They will be joined by guest artist Eric LaPerna on percussion for a program that highlights significant events along Maine’s pre-statehood timeline from the 16th to the early 19th centuries, with music to share some of the cultural influences.

    The DSQ writes, “When we learned about the notated songs of Membertou (c. early 1500s-1611), a major shaman-chief of the Mi’kmaq nation, the idea for this program began to percolate. What music might there have been as so many different peoples explored, fished and colonized Maine’s rocky coast and European influences began to permeate the land?”

    This event promises to be a truly 18th century experience; there is no electricity or no running water in the building, but a modern portable toilet will be available. The Meetinghouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and is an exquisite example of colonial architecture, including a soaring hand-carved pulpit.

    Open seating is in the original box pews, and the Quartet posed on a central elevated platform gives the performance a theater-in-the-round effect. Quartet violinist Dino Liva has commented, “The Meetinghouse has the best acoustics of any venue we play.”

    Please bring a cushion to sit on and a flashlight to guide you to your vehicle after the event. All current Maine CDC COVID-19 guidelines will be observed.

    Tax-deductible contributions toward the maintenance of this lovely old building would be gratefully accepted and should be sent to Old Walpole Meetinghouse, P.O. box 47, Walpole, ME 04573. Old Walpole Meetinghouse is a non-profit 501©(3) historical and educational organization.

    Event Date: 

    Sun, 09/12/2021 - 7:00pm


    Walpole Meetinghouse Road
    Walpole, ME 04573
    United States