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<< August 4, 2012 >>
New Film Camp at Johnson Hall in July
New Film Camp at Johnson Hall in July. Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center in Gardiner is offering a new film camp to give teens (ages 13-18 or entering grades 7-12) hands-on experience using professional video cameras and producing their own short films. A typical day early in the week will have lessons such as cinematography and sound track planning and hands-on activities such as how to operate a camera and microphone, plan shots, and use color. Later days will focus more on hands-on activities, as the campers work on their films. Depending on camp size, either the whole camp will work on a single master project or individual groups of four or five will make their own short film. Kids will also learn about the film industry and festivals. Camp dates are July 30-August 3, with a showing of the films on Saturday, August 4 at 6 pm. The camp is offered for the first time at an exciting moment indie film company DiBacco Films will be shooting a thriller in Gardiner during the week of the camp, and campers will be able to observe a real film in the making. Registration brochures are available online at www.johnsonhall.org , at Johnson Hall, 280 Water Street, Gardiner, and at area libraries and schools. Call 582-7144 to have a brochure mailed. Film camp will be directed by Paul Ezzy. Paul is an Augusta native now living in Brighton, MA, working at BorisFX, a company that makes video editing software and special effects. Paul is an aspiring independent filmmaker, actor, and freelance videographer. He has a double-major in Psychology and Secondary Education in Chemistry from the University of Maine, and has taken workshops on Screenwriting, Filmmaking, and Acting from the New York Film Academy and Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport. He likes to make short comedic skits, play video games, and watch cartoons, and has had short films shown in festivals in Maine, Boston, Montreal, and London. Paul was a teen intern and Assistant Theater Director in Johnson Hall s Summer Shenanigans Camp program.
Event Location: Johnson Hall Performing Arts C 280 Water Street, PO Box 777 Gardiner, ME 04345
For more information contact: 582-7144 www.johnsonhall.org
POPS Concert ( 7:30 PM )
Requested donation $20.
Event Location: Messalonskee Performing Arts Sidney, ME
For more information contact: 465-3025
Augusta Farmers' Market - Turnpike Mall ( 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM )
Nancy Perry, Food Resource Coordinator for Good Shepherd Food-Bank will be available to answer your questions about how the Food-Bank operates, the programs it helps to facilitate throughout the state, and how you can help the mission by feeding Maine's hungary. MOFGA certified and conventional growers offer a broad range of local produce. Free range meats and baked goods. Unique farmer's market CSA memberships available. The Augusta Farmers' Market runs from the third week in May to late October. It is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Whitten Road and Western Ave. (Turnpike Mall Parking Lot) For info phone (207) 549-5112,
Event Location: Augusta Farmers' Market Whitten Road and Western Ave Augusta, Maine
For more information contact: (207) 549-5112
Augusta Walking Tour "Museum in the Streets"
Downtown Augusta has been transformed into an outdoor museum with the installation of 31 signs in "The Museum in the Streets" Program. The signs, years in the planning and making, are written in both French and English, and tell the history of the building of Augusta, the city from 1625 to the present. All 29 signs and two large maps are within walking distance of each other on both sides of the Kennebec river. Another 9 Museum in the Streets signs have been installed along Canal Street in Mill Park. They tell the story of Edwards Mill, Edwards dam and industrial Augusta. The tour begins at City Center, proceeds behind Old Fort Western, moves down to Willow Street's W.H.Gannett's Comfort magazine printing house. On to a 10th sign at the east end of Calumet Bridge, then cross to the west side of the river, the 11th panel as at the corner of Bridge and Water Street. It's called "Seeing the Elephants" and shows a parade of elephants marching down Water Street. Proceed south on Water Street to Panel 13 that recounts the Great Augusta Bank robbery of New Year's weekend in 1850. On to the Great Augusta Fire of 1865 that destroyed 81 buildings on both sides of Water Street. Continue on and follow the tour to the end at Canal Street in Mill Park! The signs will be removed each November and replaced each spring. Maps of Augusta's Musuem in the Streets will be availalbe at Augusta City Center. Patrick Cardon, originally of France and now of Cushing, originated the idea in France.
Event Location: Various locations Downtown Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: (207) 626-2300
Girl Scouts: Celebrating One Hundred Years ( 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. )
The Maine State Museum to Host Girl Scout Centennial Exhibit and Special Event. Girl Scouts: Celebrating One Hundred Years!! Exhibit: June 23 through August 31, 2012. The Maine State Museum in Augusta in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Maine opens a new special exhibit Girl Scouts: Celebrating One Hundred Years, on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. with a day filled with fun activities. On display will be vintage period uniforms, pins, patches, ephemeras, cookie merchandise, camping gear, and many other novelty items. In celebration of the new exhibit and the opening day festivities, Maine State Museum admission is free all day! On-going activities throughout the day include: the museum s Natural History and History Touch Carts Old Fashion Games Fish Printing - Scavenger Hunt. The Maine State Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, open on Sundays 1-4 pm from June 24-Nov. 25, 2012. Admission is $2 for adults; $1 for senior adults over age 62 and children 6-18 years of age; children under 6 free. Maximum charge for families is $6. Cask and checks only. For more information please call 207-287-2301, or visit the Maine State Museum website: www.mainestatemuseum.org
Event Location: Maine State Museum State House Complex Augusta, ME
For more information contact: 207-287-2301 www.mainestatemuseum.org/
Hallowell Walking Tour "Museum in the Streets"
Tourists, history buffs or those looking for something to do can now enjoy the newest version of The Museum in the Streets. City Historian and others have put together 19 signs that are part of the tour. The tour, which takes about an hour, begins at the waterfront, heads up Winthrop Street. The bulk of the signs are in the heart of downtown along Water Street. The panels (signs) reveal stories, events and traditions that helped shape the area. Hall-Dale French students were part of the translation team that made French subtitles so the panels could be bilingual. Visitors to Hallowell can find maps of the city's Museum in the Streets at City Hall, KV Chamber of Commerce or the Hubbard Free Library. Other Maine communities with a Museum in the Streets include Augusta, Waterville, Thomaston, Biddeford, Belfast and Searsport.
Event Location: Various locations Downtown Hallowell, ME
This event is sponsored by: Hallowell Board of Trade
Portraits/Voices: Shoemaking Skills of Generations ( 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. )
Details: Oral histories and portraits richly explore the stories of the people who helped put Auburn "on the map" as one of the largest producers of shoes in the nation at one time. These people built an industry that continues to produce world-famous shoes today. A timeline begins in the year 1824 and documents the history of shoemaking in the Twin Cities. Through photos and text learn the steps of making a shoe, welt-boot making, and about the "cottage industry" of shoemaking at home. Videos show the shoemaking process and techniques of handsewing a shoe. Cost/Cover: $5.00 adults; $4.00 seniors and students 6 and up; Free - children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.
Event Location: Museum L-A 35 Canal St., Lewiston, ME 04240
For more information contact: Susan Beane (207) 333-3881 museumla.org/exhibits/
20th Maine Civil War Reenactment Coming to VILES ( 10:00 - 2:00 PM )
RALLY ROUND THE FLAG, BOYS CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT COMING TO VILES ARBORETUM ~ The Viles Arboretum is pleased to announce that it will host the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Public demonstrations including musket firing will take place from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday August 4th. Admission will be $3.00 per person (12 and under free). The encampment will be located in the Nut Collection, a beautiful setting surrounded by large oaks and fields and just a five minute walk from the Arboretum Visitors Center. A menu of barbeque lunch meals will be available and there will be an outdoor gift shop set up as well so come and enjoy yourselves and experience an outstanding living history presentation. Golf cart transportation will be provided for those needing transport assistance to the encampment. COMPANY B, 20th MAINE, is a living history group dedicated to preserving the memory of Maine Civil War volunteers. The original Company B was mustered into the 20th Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry, in August 1862, in time to march to Antietam with the Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac. Company B, commanded by Walter G. Morrill, had been recruited in Piscataquis County, among the farmers of Dover, Milo, and Sebec. At Gettysburg, Company B was sent out as skirmishers by Colonel Chamberlain to protect the regiment's exposed left flank. Posted behind a stone wall, the Company was too far away to participate in the initial fight, but was instrumental in routing the fleeing Confederates, its sudden appearance adding to the Rebel confusion. Company B was with the 20th in all its battles, from the Wilderness to Petersburg to Appomattox. Its Captain, Captain Walter Morrill, became the Regiment's last commander in March, 1865. THE PRESENT-DAY REENACTMENT GROUP is made up of men and women from eastern, central and southern Maine, even Canada, and as far north as Aroostook county. They are people from various walks of life. The group includes school teachers, an aircraft pilot, a lawyer, and self-employed contractors. They all share a fascination in the Civil War, and a great interest in "learning by doing". They strive to be as "authentic" as possible in their Civil War impressions, and their main goal is to provide members and the public with activities that are enjoyable, educational and above all, safe. CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT AT VILES ARBORETUM - LIVING HISTORY - 10:00 - 2:00 SATURDAY AUGUST 4TH. Breaking News!!!!! Maine Public Broadcasting will be filming a documentary during this encampment. What better way to enjoy a Saturday..... A short hike to the Arboretum Nut Collection and one of the best locations on our 224 acres, you will have the opportunity to discover an authentic encampment of the 20th. Maine Volunteer Infantry. Musket firing, drills, all part of life during the Civil War will be taking place. Bring the family. Admission is only $3.00 and there will be hearty lunches served for a small fee. Golf cart transport will be available for those needing a ride to the encampment. We will also have the Viles gift shop set up on the lawn out in front of the visitors center with a wide selection of bird feeders. Now is a good time to get your hummingbird feeders....or consider some early holiday shopping.
Event Location: Viles Arboretum 153 Hospital Street Augusta, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7989
Get your car seat inspected !!! ( 10 am to 1 pm )
Details: Please bring your car seat instruction manual and your vehicle owner's manual, if available. Car Seat Inspection Stations are open year-round inside heated buildings. Please be aware of the event end time. Because an inspection can take 20 to 30 minutes depending upon corrections needed and incompatibility issues between the vehicle and the car seat, the last vehicle is taken 30 minutes prior to closing. Due to the popularity of the inspection station, there may be a wait time before the inspection can begin. If there are several vehicles waiting during the last hour of operation, we may have to turn vehicles away. We will strive to accommodate your needs but your patience and understanding is appreciated!Cost/Cover: All car seat inspection stations and car seat checkup events are free. No appointment is necessary.
Event Location: Central Maine Chrysler 300 Kennedy Memorial Waterville, ME
For more information contact: 207-899-9461 www.cmautogroup.com/
KLT - Sunset Paddle to Sunset Beach Hodgdon Island ( 10:00 a.m. )
Loon Paddle to Sunset Beach on Hodgdon Island, Lake Cobbossee Saturday, August 4, 10:00 a.m. Join Lisa Kane, Natural Science Educator, MDIFW, and the KLT Outing Club for a paddle to Sunset Beach on Hodgdon Island, where we will picnic and swim. Lisa will begin with a short educational program about loons, then the group will canoe or kayak on Cobbossee Lake to Sunset Beach. Meet at the outlet dam on Cobbossee Stream; park along Collins Road. Please pack a picnic lunch. Bring your own kayak/canoe. PREREGISTER and directions: (207) 377-2848.
Event Location: Sunset Beach Hodge Island Lake Cobbossee
For more information contact: 207.377.2848 www.tklt.org
Johnson Hall - 17th Annual Waterfront AUDITIONS ( Thur 6-8 pm, Sat 2-4 pm )
Auditions for 17th Annual Johnson Hall / Riverfront Festival Talent Show.Got talent? Want to compete for a $200 prize? The 17th Annual Johnson Hall / Riverfront Talent Show is looking for you! Hosted this year by Johnson Hall s new Executive Artistic Director Mike Miclon, this tradition of providing an outdoor showcase for area talent continues. Auditions will be held on Thursday, May 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and again on Saturday, May 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water Street in Gardiner. All ages and all talents are welcome to try out. Please arrive by 5:45 pm on Thursday and 1:45 pm on Saturday to get your audition number. Please contact Johnson Hall to advise which day you will be auditioning. A limited number of acts will be chosen to perform at the Talent Show, to be held on June 22 at 6:30 pm on the Gardiner Waterfront (rain date June 23 at 3:00 pm). Four prizes will be awarded at the Talent Show: Best Overall Prize is $200; Adult is $100, Teen (13-17) is $100 and Junior (12 & under) is $100. Audition applicants should bring their accompanying music, if required. Karaoke will not be allowed, so any CDs or MP3s should have the music only. Audition pieces should be presented complete with costumes and/or props, exactly as you would appear at the Talent Show itself. All acts are welcome bands, poets, storytellers, variety acts, dancers, magicians the sky s the limit. No one will be accepted into the talent show without an audition, however. This is an amateur event. We are looking to identify the area s next star. Performance slots will be open to anyone, but prizes are limited to those who do not primarily support themselves as a performer. Audition applications are available at Johnson Hall walk in, email info@johnsonhall.org or download from their website at www.johnsonhall.org. Applications can be brought to the audition or filled out at the audition. Please call 582-7144 for more information, assistance, or to sign up for an audition day.
Event Location: Johnson Hall Performing Arts 280 Water Street Gardiner, ME 04345
For more information contact: 582-7144 www.johnsonhall.org