Book Group

Once a month, the first Thursday and at various places, members meet to discuss a variety of books. The book group operates just a little differently than most; each month they choose a theme and participants read any book connected with the theme. Some themes have been Maine authors, mystery, historical fiction, biographical non-fiction, etc. With each person bringing a different book to the group, cross-pollination of ideas and viewpoints is sparked. If your interest runs to book groups, then contact the following:

  • Mary Salamone (207-773-3022)  e-mail:

Lunch Bunch

On the fourth Thursday of each month, a group of CCREA members get together to enjoy one another’s company while they sample the culinary delights of the Portland area. Place and sign-up are announced at our monthly luncheon meetings. For more information, you may contact one of the following:

  • Mary Salamone (207-773-3022)  e-mail:
  • Edith Young (207-797-4951)

Theater Goers

A group of theater-goers attends local (Portland-South Portland) theater preview events at reduced or no cost at the following theaters:

  • Portland Lyric Theater (South Portland) – Thursday evening performance prior to opening – $10
  • Portland Players (South Portland) -Thursday evening performance prior to opening – $5

Join Linnea Farrar and others at these performances. To find out particulars (dates, times, etc.) call Linnea at 767-2343 or email her at


  • Internal: greeters for each meeting, phone pals, state convention of retired teachers, legislative liaison, etc.
  • External: too many to enumerate, but includes literacy tutoring, in-school work with students, knitting hats for premature babies, help for immigrants, work with non-profits, docents, etc.

Other Ad-Hoc Activities in which we engage:

  • Magic of Christmas, PSO
  • Other concerts: Portland Symphony Orchestra, Choral Art Society, etc.
  • State Convention of MEA-R every May
  • Group trips to places of interest
  • Group attendance at special events