Adult Tennis Round Robin


After being scattered across multiple states and countries we are finally arriving back on MacMahan. Just wanted to post an invitation for adult tennis players (you know who you are) to join in the morning round robins. Chris has the courts in great shape and they really need some foot action to settle them in.

Hoping we can start up on Monday at 9:30. Start time negotiable with all your input, but gives me time for my second cup of coffee. Tennis has been listed as one of the safest exercises during this crazy time. Masks are optional while playing, but please observe social distancing or wear your mask while waiting for a court. 

Please pass this along to any renters who may be interested.

Hope to see some familiar faces this week.

John Swart
MacMahan Tennis Committee

Ice cream!!

“Walk Up Window”
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 
11:00am – 1:00pm
Ice cream is available to purchase at the “Walk up Window” near the side entrance ​outside the Candy Store, facing the swing set and shop area.  We built a new walkway up to the window, so you can order from outside.  You must wear a mask and you must pay with cash or check at the time of purchase.  We also have the usual apparel for purchase.  All items will be on display in the windows with pricing.  There is also an order form on the website. If no one is at the window on T, Th, or Sat from 11-1, please ring the bell. Feel free to call or text Laurie (207) 522-1399 if you would like your ice cream order ready for pick up.

MacMahan Reads

This year we will participate in virtual MacMahan Reads.  The following are proposed books for discussion and dates.  

July 15, 2020 10a.m.
One Goal by Amy BassThis is the inspiring story of the Lewiston soccer team that united Somali refugees and multi-generation Mainers in their quest for state, and ultimately, national glory.  A timely story about overcoming the prejudices that divide us.  A reviewer said, “At a time when America seems consumed by divisiveness and hate, along comes One Goal, a beautiful and important reminder that humanity’s strength is its togetherness.”  –Jeff Pearlman–
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate – This story, told entirely in free verse, narrates the experience of a young boy Kek who has fled to the United States to escape the violence and upheaval in his native Sudan.  

August 13, 2020 10a.m. —Poetry Salon.  Share favorite poems.  

August 19, 2020 10a.m.
This Life is In Your Hands:  One Dream, Sixty Acres and a Family Undone by Melissa Coleman
This is a timely and honest portrait of Coleman’s own childhood experience in the 60’s and 70’s in Cape Rosier, ME with her homesteading parents who were protege’s of Helen and Scott Nearing, authors of Living the Good Life.  

All three books are available as e-books from public libraries, from Amazon and on Kindle.
Happy Reading!!

The Literary Committee

POLISHING & SUBMITTING SHORT STORIES A Fiction Workshop with Jason Brown

Instructor: Jason Brown
Date & Time: 
Saturday, February 1 | 10:30 AM to 4:30 AM
USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees:
Member: $70 | Nonmember: $125
Registration Closes: January 23

How does a writer know when their story is finished? There is no single easy answer to this question, but there are productive ways of approaching it.

In this workshop, attendees will learn techniques for the final polishing of short fiction, and will participate in flash workshops of the first 3 pages of each attendee’s story. The class will also discuss the process of submitting individual stories to magazines and journals and submitting collections of stories to independent presses.

Attendees will receive a packet of readings in advance of the workshop, and will receive written feedback from the instructor on their story.

+ SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit a full story of up to 6500-words by no later than 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 23. Please take the deadline and word limit seriously as MWPA likely cannot accept late submissions and excess words will be cut. Please note that the first 3 pages of the story will be distributed in advance via email to the other workshop participants. Please email the manuscript to with the subject line: “BROWN WORKSHOP MSS.” Please use standard formatting (1” margins, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman) and submit Word docs or PDFs only.

Jason Brown is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Oregon. He earned his MFA from Cornell University, and he was a Stegner Fellow and Truman Capote Fellow at Stanford University, where he taught as a Jones Lecturer. He has received fellowships from the Yaddo and Macdowell colonies and from the Saltonsall Foundation. He taught for many years in the MFA program at the University of Arizona and now teaches in the MFA program at the University of Oregon. He has published two books of short stories, Driving the Heart and Other Stories (Norton/Random House) and Why the Devil Chose New England For His Work (Grove Atlantic). His stories have won several awards and appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Missouri Review, Sewanee Review, Southern Review and other magazines and anthologies. Several of his stories have been performed as part of NPR’s Selected Shorts, and his collection Why The Devil Chose New England For His Work was chosen as a summer reading pick by National Public Radio. His third collection of stories, A Faithful But Melancholy Account of Several Barbarities Lately Committed, is out in December of 2019.