Community Events Calendar
2012 Bates Dance Festival
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The Festival offers a supportive atmosphere aimed at fostering a creative exchange of ideas, encouraging exploration of new ground and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance/movement disciplines. Artists, students and audiences share their knowledge and inspiration through workshops, jams, discussions, informal showings and performances. The Bates Dance Festival is comprised of four interwoven programs: two professional training programs including the Young Dancers Workshop (YDW), a rigorous three-week program serving pre-professional dancers ages 14-18; the Professional Training Program (PTP) serving dancers ages 18 and up; a main-stage performances series featuring renowned contemporary dance artists from around the world: and community outreach activities including the Youth Arts Program serving local youth ages 6-17 with dance and music training, and the Community Dance Project that invites local residents to participate in an intensive creative collaboration with a choreographer and Festival dancers which occurs on alternate years. Commissioning and residency projects support new works by established companies, emerging choreographers and international artists. Beginning June 30 tickets may be purchased over the phone with a credit card. To order call our Box Office at (207) 786-6161. Box Office Hours: Open June 30-August 11, Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m.
Pettigrew Hall bullet
305 College St
Lewiston, Maine 04240
Bates Midsummer Concert Series
Bates Midsummer Concert Series. Jul 12 thru Aug 09, 2012. From bluegrass to 19th-century brass band music, from global sounds to high-tech traditional, the 2012 Midsummer Lakeside Concert Series offers sounds for every music lover. The series opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in the Florence Keigwin Amphitheater by the college's scenic Lake Andrews. The series continues with four more concerts, all at 6 p.m.
Lake Andrews at Bates College
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Colby - Interior Visions: Alex Katz Selections
Interior Visions: Selections from the Collection by Alex Katz - Colby Museum of Art. Interior Visions, the third installation of Rediscoveries, is curated by the artist Alex Katz. The Rediscoveries exhibition series invites members of the Colby College community to select and arrange artworks from the Museum's collection. For Interior Visions, Katz has selected a group of modern and contemporary paintings and works on paper that he describes as "relevant to our times and to each other." Free and Open to the Public Tuesday Saturday 10 am 5 pm, Sunday 12-5 pm and Closed Mondays. The Museum is closed during the following holidays Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Colby Museum of Art
5600 Mayflower Hill
FUSE - Maine encaustic artists to show at Harlow
( noon to 6:00 p.m. )
FUSE: Maine encaustic artists to show at the Harlow Gallery. In August FUSE will bring 19 Maine encaustic artists together in an exhibition at the Harlow Gallery. FUSE will be on view August 3-25, 2012 with an opening reception on Friday, August 3 from 5-8pm. The Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. FUSE will introduce the public to the diverse methods and techniques currently employed by contemporary encaustic artists. Encaustic is a beeswax-based painting medium made of beeswax, pigment and damar resin, has a unique and long history that dates as far back as the 5th century B.C. Ancient Greeks used wax to seal and decorate their warships due to its resistance to water and cold temperatures. A resurgence of encaustic as an art form in the past two decades can be partly attributed new techniques and invention used with the versatile medium. The 19 Maine artists participating in FUSE are: Debra Arter, Damariscotta ~ Libby Barrett, Cape Elizabeth ~ Jean Bookman, Lubec ~ Aleana Chaplin, Gardiner ~ Betsy Cook, Hallowell ~ Marjorie Cormier, Chesterville ~ Helene Farrar, Manchester ~ Deborah Anne Hall, New Gloucester ~ Penelope Hall, Kingfield ~ LeeAnne Mallonee, Bangor ~ Jason Morgan, Readfield ~ Petrea Noyes, Lincolnville ~ Jane Page-Conway, Bowdoinham ~ Victoria Pittman, Tenants Harbor ~ Ann E. Rhinehardt , Vassalboro ~ Jamie Ribisi-Braley, Manchester ~ Mary Becker Weiss, Augusta ~ Lynda Wilson, Windham ~ Diane Bowie Zaitlin, Saco. Exhibition will be on View: August 3-25, 2012. Opening date: Friday, August 3, 2102, 5-8pm. Cost: FREE and open to the public.
The Harlow Gallery
160 Water Street
Hallowell, ME 04347
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.
Johnson Hall Performing Arts C
280 Water Street, PO Box 777
Gardiner, ME 04345
( 7:30 PM )
Requested donation $20.
Messalonskee Performing Arts
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TAM - The Little Prince
( 7:30 PM, Matinee1 p.m. )
The Little Prince adapted by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exup ry directed by Brooke Edwards. When a world-weary Aviator s sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara Desert, he encounters a mysterious little boy. As the Little Prince shares his adventures through the galaxy he helps the Aviator to see, It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. Recommended for ages 4 to 94. SHOW DATES: June 23, 30; July 7 (1pm), 14 (1pm), 31; August 2, 7, 12, 16, 17. The Little Prince" tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for children. For showtimes and to reserve tickets, visit www.theateratmonmouth.org or call (207) 933-9999.
The Theater at Monmouth
769 Main St. POB 385
Monmouth, ME 04259-0385
Waterville Opera House-Summer Theater Camp
( 9:30 - 4:00 )
The Tortoise vs. the Hare: The Greatest Race, July 30-August 4, Sponsored by Belgrade Lakes Resources, LLC. Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year the annual race between the Reptiles and the Mammals. A company of strolling actors attempts to tell the tale in classical fashion. The Hare s weasely managers brag about their racing star as the various reptiles assemble to choose their candidate. Fan clubs are preparing their cheers as the big day draws near. Philoh Ferret reminds the racing fans that his service station is for mammals only. As we see the race through the eyes of a TV news team covering the event, we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals. Loyalties to their specific colors create a real animosity among these creatures. Sound familiar? As the race proceeds, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of Tornado Gulch and, almost miraculously, color is forgotten as the mammals and reptiles join in the search. The wisdom of the old tortoise and the lesson learned by the cocky hare remind us all that color is just a color -- it s just decorated skin. In the end, the animals realize the folly of their ways and live happily together in their sandy homeRegistration materials are now available for 2012's Missoula Children's Theatre camps. The camps are open for children entering grades 1 through 8 in the fall. To sign up your child, please download the registration form here. Please note that we have changed the Saturday performance times to 2:00pm for all three sessions. The Tortoise vs. the Hare (Missoula Children's Theatre) Main Stage August 4 at 2:00pm. The cost is $200 per session, or $500 for all three sessions. A sibling discount is available. (All scholarships have been awarded for this summer.) A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at time of registration. If you have any questions, please call (207) 873-7000.
Missoula Children's Theatre
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,
Augusta Farmers' Market
Whitten Road and Western Ave
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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.
Downtown Augusta, ME 04330
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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
Maine State Museum
State House Complex
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.
Downtown Hallowell, ME
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.
35 Canal St.,
Lewiston, ME 04240
6th Skowhegan RiverFest A Food Lovers Paradise
Skowhegan RiverFest A Food Lover Paradise in Disguise July 27 August 5, in Downtown Skowhegan when Skowhegan becomes the jubilant home to the 6th Annual home of RiverFest. It all kicks off with an ArtWalk on the evening of the 27th and Ends with Fireworks in Coburn Park on August 5th. And for those who love to eat there is no shortage of fun. The Artisan Bread Fair takes place on the 28 (see below) at the Fairgrounds, there is a Pub Crawl on the 30th, The Lions Club Chicken BBQ and classic car show on the 31st and the Rotary Lobster Bake is on the 3rd. But save some room for the RiverFest Family Fun Days featuring a Jazz Brunch on the 5th. FMI call the Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce at 207-474-3621 or Main Street Skowhegan at 207-612-2571.
Downtown Skowhegan, ME
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Skowhegan Main Street
1st Annual Teddy Bear Run Kare for Kids
On August 4, 2012, Kora Shrine will host the first annual charity ride: Teddy Bear Run, Kare for Kids. This event will host motorcycle and car enthusiast at Twitchells airport in Turner for a ride in day of fun, food, and entertainment. Kora Shrine Parade at 3PM, Fireworks at 9PM! Live music, food and vendors during the day. The purpose of the ride in is to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Admission to the day s events will be a donation to this important and worthwhile charity. All net proceeds from the day s events will be donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners hospitals are a system of 22 hospitals that provide care to children with orthopedic, burn care, and other special health care needs regardless of the families ability to pay.
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.
153 Hospital Street
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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.
Central Maine Chrysler
300 Kennedy Memorial
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.
KLT-Blueberries for Sal Reading/Blueberry Picking
( 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM )
Join Gina Lamarche, KLT Program Director, for a reading of Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey followed by blueberry picking at Davidson Nature Preserve in Vassalboro. Please bring a container for berries and feel free to pack a picnic. Rain Date: Sunday, August 5. From Augusta take Rt 201 north to Vassalboro. Turn east on the Bog Rd for 2.2 mi to Taber HIll Rd. Turn left (N) on Taber Hill Rd for 1 mi. Look for the KLT sign and registration box at the wooden gate on the left (west) side of the road.
Davidson Nature Preserve
Taber Hill Road
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Johnson Hall Performing Arts
280 Water Street
Gardiner, ME 04345