In January of 1990, Joe Orchulli II moved to East Boothbay, Maine with a desire to photograph lighthouses and the rugged Maine coastline.
He resided in what he calls "a small, uninsulated, frozen cottage, one mile from Ocean Point.”
After pulling into the snow covered driveway at 3 a.m. on the corner of Royall Road and Ocean Point Road in East Boothbay, Joe walked into the cottage, and after seeing the tiny, uninsulated dwelling with no heat or plumbing, he almost walked right back out the door and drove back to Pennsylvania. A ride out to Ocean Point the next morning quickly changed his mind.
After two weeks of exploring and picture taking along the wintry shoreline of East Boothbay, Orchulli wandered into Boothbay Harbor on a bitter, January evening when a glowing light led him to Hasenfus Glassblowing on Commercial Street. Peering through a frosted window pane, he saw Walter Hasenfus molding glass over a flickering flame. “It was the only shop open in town that night,” Orchulli said. The next day, he had a job there and made a new friend in Walter who taught him not only how to blow glass, but also how to make homemade corn chowder and a warm fire to help keep his little cottage warm.
He also did janitorial duties at the Boothbay Region YMCA which led to him being encouraged by Neal Verge to bring one of his photographs to his now friend, Boothbay Register Editor Kevin Burnham, who then gave Joe a job as a photographer and writer for the paper.
“As I was leaving the Register after giving Kevin the photograph, I paused before I walked out the door and asked him, “Would you like me to write something to go with that?” He replied, “Sure!” and the rest is history.”
Previously working as an apprentice to an airplane mechanic at a small airport in New Jersey, once he moved to Boothbay, Joe fell in love with sailing after experiencing his “first sailboat ride ever” on the 125-foot, three masted topsail schooner, Alexandria. He then became crew aboard Ladyship and Bay Lady Friendship sloops, though he is best known for his adventures and photography aboard H.M.S. Bounty.
He worked another season at the Register in 1998 and then from 2005 until the end of 2011.
Twenty-five years later, the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library invited Joe to be the Artist of the Month where his photographs were exhibited for the month of August, 2015.
The photographic display included everything from scenic photographs, (people and places) from the Boothbay region to images he’s captured while living in the tropical paradise of Venice, Florida where he presently lives.
Joe also performed a musical concert on the library lawn, where he played a variety of music including his original compositions to selections from John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot and others.
He was invited back again as Artist of the Month for August 2016 where he displayed photos on canvas as a silent auction to benefit the library and did a concert on the library lawn on August 6, 2016.
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Joey O Bio
Singer-Songwriter Joseph John Orchulli II aka Joey O, a native of Easton, Pennsylvania (born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey) began singing , playing guitar and piano as a child. "When I was in the fourth grade, I remember walking into the church across the street from my school and I saw a group of girls seated in a semi-circle, holding guitars, being taught by a nun and I thought, 'I want to do that.'
Currently residing in Venice, Florida, he plays a variety of venues in and around Sarasota County and also leads worship at a local church.
He has performed at festivals with the likes of Switchfoot, Toby Mac, Mercy Me, Jars of Clay, Newsboys and Skillet. He has also opened for Matthew West and Brandon Heath.
His song “True Love Waits” received airplay as well as other songs from the self titled CD. Since that time, Joey O has played many venues including True Love Waits seminars, music festivals, churches, youth camps, coffeehouses and more. He's also run various live music venues and enjoys encouraging up and coming artists, including Maddie Lin Campbell who has been performing dates with him.
He recently released his newly mastered CD "Rain Down" internationally.
His songs, ranging from heartfelt ballads to modern pop and rock carry the message of the hope and comfort that can only come through Christ who "came to heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds."
Silent auction of Orchulli photos to benefit Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library
"Cottage By the Sea"
East Boothbay, Maine 1990
Photo by Joseph John Orchulli II