Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

Community Events Calendar

<< August 29, 2014 >>
"Art in the Park" Artist Reception
The "Art in the Park" program, entering its fifth year, features a grouping of sculptures by artist Anne Alexander. The sculpture is currently on view in Johnson Park on Water Street, and will be displayed through October. Anne Alexander's sculptures are carved from logs using power tools such as chainsaw, pneumatic carving tools, and grinders. As part of the Gardiner River Festival, the artist will be demonstrating her techniques and will have a booth at the Art and Craft Fair. A reception with Anne Alexander will be held at Circling the Square Fine Art Press at 3pm. "As an artist, I am concerned with inspiring emotional or kinesthetic responses in the viewer. I also wish to enhance one's awareness of his/her body, size, and surrounding space as it relates to the natural world, explains Anne Alexander. "My work is successful to me, when it causes these reactions in many ages and types of people. Small parts of nature are the source of ideas and inspiration. Natural forms are abstracted and enlarged to create works which suggest themes of regeneration, growth, life cycles, and stages of maturation." "Art in the Park" is provided by a grant from the Harry Faust art Fund and is supported by the City of Gardiner, Gardiner Main Street, and the Maine Arts Commission. "This year's sculpture gives us the opportunity to see artwork displayed throughout the park, giving the community an opportunity to engage with the sculpture," says Patrick Wright, Executive Director of Gardiner Main Street. Harry Faust was a creative photographer and avid supporter of arts in local communities. He owned The Framemakers in Waterville, and upon his death, he left funds to support art in communities. Gardiner was one of the beneficiaries of five years of support through the Harry Faust Art Fund. Artist Reception Date: June 21, 2014 and Exhibition on view: Through October 31, 2013. The Gardiner Main Street program is one of four original nationally accredited Main Street programs in the state of Maine. The program uses a comprehensive approach to strengthen Gardiner as a regional focal point for commerce, culture, and community. For more information about Gardiner Main Street, visit www.gardinermainstreet.org. For a schedule of events related to the Gardiner River Festival visit- http://www.gardinermainstreet.org/events/greater-gardiner-river-festival/ Cost: Free and open to the public.
Event Location: Johnson Park Water Street Gardiner, ME 04345
Harlow/KLT Art Exhibit - Open to local artists
The Harlow Gallery recently received a $4,060 grant from the Maine Community Foundation to support an art exhibition in October 2014 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT). Maine artists are invited to create art depicting or inspired by any of the land trust properties that are open to the public. A complete list is available on the KLT website at http://www.tklt.org/land/land.htm. Email submissions from artists are being accepted through September 1, 2014. Submissions will be reviewed by a curatorial committee including Kennebec Land Trust founder Jym St. Pierre, with staff from the KLT and the Harlow Gallery. For complete details on how to enter, vist http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-artists-celebrating-the-klt-25th-anniversary/ The art exhibition will be on view at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell from October 10 through November 1, 2014, with a public reception on Sunday, October 12th to coincide with a related art opening at Slates Restaurant -- (details coming soon!). Proceeds from art sales during the exhibition will benefit the Kennebec Land Trust and community arts programming at the Harlow Gallery. About the Kennebec Land Trust: Established in 1988, the Kennebec Land Trust works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine. The Trust protects land permanently, offers opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy the natural world, and works with partners to support sustainable forestry and farming. KLT has partnered with landowners in 21 communities to protect more than 4,800 acres on 60 properties through land donations, fee purchases, and conservation easements. Volunteers have constructed 37 miles of trails on KLT land and developed informative brochures and maps of KLT properties that encourage visitors to learn about and enjoy Kennebec County's natural landscape. Most properties are open to the public for walking, hiking, hunting, fishing, enjoying nature ... and creating art! About the Harlow Gallery: The Harlow Gallery is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Founded in 1963, the Harlow Gallery's mission is to connect and celebrate art, artists and community. About the Maine Community Foundation: A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities. For more information, visit www.mainecf.org or call 1-877-700-6800.
Event Location: Harlow Gallery 160 Water Street Hallowell, ME 04347
For more information contact: Nancy Barron (207) 622-3813 www.harlowgallery.org
This event is sponsored by: Kennebec Valley Art Association
The Spirit of Maine Exhibit - Memorial Circle ( 9 am to 9 pm )
Five Maine Photographers to exhibit work at 45 Memorial Circle in Augusta. The Kennebec Valley Art Association is pleased to present The Spirit of Maine, a mini art exhibition in the former ATM space at 45 Memorial Circle in Augusta. Featuring work by five Maine photographers, Scott Ainsworth of North Monmouth, Lisa Bryant of Jay, Brenda Giasson of Lewiston, Alana Ranney of Farmington, and Jim Walker of Auburn. On view August 18 - October 3, 2014 the installation is open 9am-9pm daily, can be viewed from outside the building, and is lit at night. The five photographers from five small western towns in Maine communicate the spirit of Maine through their dynamic photographs from across the state. Scott Ainsworth of North Monmouth, Lisa Bryant of Jay, Brenda Giasson of Lewiston, Alana Ranney of Farmington, and Jim Walker of Auburn all share a passion for capturing and sharing the essence of Maine life and its natural scenic beauty. For more information about the artists, please visit them online. Scott Ainsworth: www.scottainsworthphotography.com Lisa Bryant: http://2-lisa-bryant.artistwebsites.com Brenda Giasson: www.sevastra.com Alana Ranney: www.afinephoto.com Jim Walker: www.jimwalkerphotography.com. For more information about the exhibition contact Deb Fahy at the Harlow Gallery at kvaa@harlowgallery.org or 207-622-3813, or visit harlowgallery.org.
Event Location: The Harlow Gallery 45 Memorial Circle Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: Deborah Fahy (207) 622-3813 www.harlowgallery.org
The Waponahki Student Art Show ( 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. )
A Collaboration of Maine Indian Education and the Abbe Museum. The Waponahki Student Art Show brings together a wonderful variety of art created by Native American students from early childhood education through high school. Using a wide array of media, these young artists incorporate traditional beliefs and values with the modern, multi-cultural world around them. - See more at: http://www.abbemuseum.org/calendar/april.html#sthash.ihxN5hvm.dpuf
Event Location: Abbe Museum Downtown Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: Pat Boucher (207) 288-3519 www.abbemuseum.org/calendar/april.html#sthash.ihxN5hvm.dpuf
Belgrade Community Ctr - ASEP ( 3:30 - 5:30 pm )
ASEP After School Enrichment Program.
Event Location: Belgrade Community Center 1 Center Drive Belgrade, ME 04917
For more information contact: 495-3481 www.townofbelgrade.com
CDM - Hands on Science ( 11 a.m. )
Children's Discovery Museum Hours of Operation: Tues - Thurs 10-4; Fri-Sat 10-5; Sun 11-4. Daily Admission: $4.50 per adult, $5.50 per child, under 12 months free, $75 per year. Oct. 4 ~ Viscosity, Oct. 11 ~ Scientific Method, Oct. 18 ~ Planets and Oct. 25 ~ Density! All with Miss Amee!
Event Location: Children's Discovery Museum 171 Capitol Street, Suite 2 Augusta Maine 04330
For more information contact: 207-622-2209 www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.org
Old Fort Western 2014 Summer Apprentice Program
Old Fort Western, the 1754 National Historic Landmark fort, store, and house museum on the Kennebec River in downtown Augusta, invites children interested in local history and stewardship, who are between the ages of eight and twelve to register for our Summer Apprentice Program. These week long programs will continue through August 29th and spaces are filling up fast! This is an opportunity to experience what life was like in the 18th century by exploring daily life at home, the varied world of work (blacksmithing, midwifery and storekeeping), the life of a French & Indian War Soldier and what children and adults did for entertainment; in particular how they played in the 18th century. Apprentices will also learn about the care and stewardship of our historic site. By learning proper maintenance and interpretation of our museum, the objects and archaeological collections, we ensure the continued enjoyment of the fort by future generations. Once graduates of the apprentice program are 13 years old, they can go on to be Junior Interpreters -- volunteering at open visitations and special events. Many junior interpreters have become historical interpreters here at Old Fort Western. This program costs $75 per week. If interested please fill out the registration form found on line at www.oldfortwestern.org or stop by the Old Fort Western Administrative Office in the Augusta City Center. Register as soon as possible to insure you get the week you desire. Payment in full must be received by 4:00 p.m. Friday the week prior to the registered program session. A maximum of twelve participants may register for any given week, so space is limited. Discounts for Augusta residents and multiple children are available. Please call or e-mail for more information; Old Fort Western at 626-2385 or by e-mail at oldfort@oldfortwestern.org.
Event Location: Old Fort Western 16 Cony Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 207-626-2385 www.oldfortwestern.org
Toddler Open Time ( 9:30 - 11 am )
The Playland features several bounce houses for your child s enjoyment. In the gym, there is a variety of climbing blocks, ride-on toys, and other fun, age appropriate toys. Ages: Birth-6, Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 9:30am - 11:00am - Adventure Playland Bounce Houses Tuesday and Thursday; 9:30am - 11:00am - Open Gym III. Cost: The program is free to those with a Preschool Membership ($35.00 annually). Non-Member drop-in fee is $4.00 for the gym and $7.00 for Adventure Playland. A member of the Alfond Youth Center staff will be on hand but children must be supervised by their parents. Snacks are allowed but we do ask that no items containing peanuts or peanut oils be brought into our facility. The program follows the Waterville School System schedule. On days when there is no school, the program will not be open. Date: 8/4/2014 - 6/30/2015
Event Location: Alfond Youth Center 126 North St., Waterville, ME 04901
For more information contact: fax 861.8016 207.873.0684 www.clubayc.org/index.php/programs/toddler-open-time.html
The Center for Maine Crafts ( 9 am - 8pm. )
Event Location: The Center for Maine Craft W.Gardiner Svcs Plaza, Rt 126 off Routes 95 and 295.
For more information contact: 588-0021 www.mainecrafts.org
Viles Arboretum Farmers Market ( 2:00 - 5:30 )
The Viles Arboretum Farmers Market is This Friday! From 2:00 - 5:30 pm...and there's something new every Friday. Fresh spinach, meats, eggs, breads, baked goods, pickled beets, often a hot dish to take home or eat right there, cheeses, and a whole lot more. SPECIAL NOTE- It's a beautiful day for an outdoor market.
Event Location: Viles Arboretum 153 Hospital Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 207-626-7989 www.vilesarboretum.org
Boothbay Harbor - Harbor Fest
Harbor Fest is a 10 day celebration of our home.....And it just so happens that our home consists of breathtaking rocky coastline, pristine tidal rivers, unspoiled countryside and one of the most picturesque harbors in Maine. Mother Nature's precious gifts are only enhanced by the lifestyle, livelihood and spirit of the people who have chosen Boothbay Harbor, Maine as their home. So, what's not to celebrate? A community collaboration created to offer visitors and locals the opportunity to experience a collection of unique and vibrant events that celebrate who were are. There will be something for every type of fun seeker: music geeks, foodies, artsy folks, fashionistas, athletes......And the entire festival is wrapped around the ever so important cause to support local business and small community lifestyle. After all, what would New England be without it?? Major Events Include: HARBOR CRAWL 3 DAY MUSIC FEST AND CHILI-CHOWDER CHALLENGE * ART SHOW & TREASURE HUNT * 5K & HALF MARATHON * GOLF TOURNAMENT * RESTAURANT WEEK * FISHIN' FOR FASHION SHOW * GRAND FINALE PARTY * 2 DAY COMMUNITY WIDE YARD SALE. Hours: see website for schedule of events. Cost/Cover: see website for details on events requiring tickets.
Event Location: Various locations Boothbay Harbor, Maine
For more information contact: 207-671-7676 www.boothbayharborfest.com/
Red Cloak Haunted History Tour 2014 ( 7:30 p.m. )
Lantern-lit walking tours of intown areas with the Lady in the Red Cloak; Camden, Damariscotta, Bath, Wiscasset, Boothbay Harbor Hallowell or Rockland. Come with us as we find ghosts and history, spirits and mystery! $15 adults, $7 under 12, free under 5. Cemetery Tours also available! Call or e-mail for reservations. See calendar at www.redcloakhauntedhistorytours.com. Adults $15, children under 12 $7, children under 5 free. Contact Address: PO Box 545 Damariscotta, ME US 04543.
Event Location: Bath, Maine
For more information contact: (207) 380-3806 www.redcloakhauntedhistorytours.com/
Windjammer Days - Camden Windjammer Festival
Aug 29 - 31, 2014 Camden Windjammer Festival! Festivities include a parade of sail, maritime heritage fair, contra dance, fireworks, lobster crate race, chowder challenge, free concerts, schooner crew talent show, family scavenger hunt, outdoor movies and more.
Event Location: Camden Harbor Camden, ME
For more information contact: (207) 374-2993 www.sailmainecoast.com/contact.php
LC Bates Museum Maine's Natural History Museum
Sign up for FREE girls and insects programs! Click on the link at the right for more information. Want to schedule a fun field trip for students at Maine's natural history museum? Do you love historic museums filled with wonders? Or perhaps you want to learn to catch frogs at a special event? The L.C. Bates Museum is the place to do this and more! Admission: Adults $3.00, Children up to 17 years $1.00. The museum includes amazing natural history exhibits, fun local history, Native American collections, rocks and minerals, fossils, outside nature trails, picnic tables, and an arboretum behind the museum. The museum even has themed art exhibits from artists of New England each summer through fall. Want more info on programs? See the link to museum programs on the left hand side of our page. We are on facebook atwww.facebook.com/lcbates Open Hours Spring, Summer and Autumn Hours (April until mid-November): Wednesday to Saturday 10 AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday 1 to 4:30 PM and other times by appointment. Winter Hours (mid-November to March) Wednesday through Saturday 10AM to 4:30PM and other times by appointment or chance, please call 238-4250 to be sure we are here to greet you in winter. Closed if the roads are snowy. Please note that we are not heated in winter! Dress warmly if you come for a visit. Self-Guided Outdoor Activities. Good Will-Hinckley Nature Trails Start Behind the Museum-your family can stop in for self guided map, a Discovery backpack to take out, or take a picnic. Museum Gift Shop Open museum hours. The gift shop features many fun and educational items for curious adults and children, including puppets, books, jewelry, posters, and natural items such as minerals, shells and fossils. The gift shop has a wide range of prices including 1$ dollar items to allow kids and school groups to shop too. Membership and Volunteering. We welcome new museum memberships and volunteers to have fun, share their knowledge and learn while making the L.C.Bates Museum available to central Maine Community. If you have a special interest or talent, please inquire about volunteering. The L.C.Bates Museum is located 5 miles north of I 95 exit 133 on Rt. 201 halfway between Skowhegan and Fairfield.
Event Location: L. C. Bates Museum Good Will-Hinckley, Route 201 Hincley, ME
For more information contact: 207.238.4250
Lithgow - Incredible Infants ( 10:00 AM )
Event Location: Lithgow Library - Reading Room 45 Winthrop Street Augusta, Maine
For more information contact: 207.626.2415 www.lithgow.lib.me.us
Monmouth Museum ( 1:00-4:00 PM )
Local and regional Maine history.
Event Location: Monmouth Museum 751 Main Street Monmouth, ME
For more information contact: 933-2287 www.monmouthmuseum.org
Old Fort Western FAQ
Visit Schedule: Walk-in visits (No reservations necessary) Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day: 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Weekdays). CLOSED TUESDAYS. 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m (Weekends) Labor Day to Columbus Day: 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Weekends only) *See our calendar page for a schedule of our Special Events and Lecture Dates. Pre-scheduled visits School and other group tours and programs are available anytime by pre-arrangement, either at the Fort (seasonally), in your classroom, or where your group meets. See the program brochure link on our home page for the details regarding all the pre-scheduled school and group programs offered by Old Fort Western. To schedule a tour please call us at (207) 626-2385. Adult motor coach tours are available from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Please e-mail us at oldfort@oldfortwestern.org, or call us at (207) 626-2385 for prices and to make special arrangements. Admission Rates For walk-in visits: Members FREE or $10.00 per person Seniors/Veterans: $8.00 per person. Children ages 6 - 14:$6.00 per person Children age 6 and under: FREE Family of (5):$25.00. Active Military: FREE Augusta, Maine residents:FREE. Please note: Old Fort Western may offer admission discounts either on a regular basis or from time to time. Visitors may claim only one discount per visit, regardless of the number for which they may be eligible. For pre-scheduled group visits: Please see the program brochure, located on our home page for information and pricing on our group programs, both at the Fort and where your group meets. Please call us at (207) 626-2385 or e-mail us at oldfort@oldfortwestern.org to make scheduling arrangements or for more information. Special Events Please visit our calendar page for dates and more details on all of our Special Events and Lecture Series.
Event Location: Old Fort Western 16 Cony Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: (207) 626-2385 www.oldfortwestern.org/faq.asp
Waterville Historical Soc. Tours-Redington Museum ( 10 + 11 am, 1 + 2 pm )
Waterville Historical Society Tours @ Waterville Historical Society Redington Museum. Fascinating collections of furniture, accessories, household artifacts, toys, tools, and weapons as well as historical papers and diaries, are located in an elegant Federal-style home at 62 Silver Street. The museum is a civic treasure, maintained and supported with pride by the Waterville Historical Society. Waterville has had a long and varied history of commerce, agriculture, and manufacturing that in turn supported a lively community bound together by educational institutions, the arts, sports, politics, social and recreational activities. A visit to the Redington Museum affords accurate and engaging insights into the lives of the people who lived here. Hours: Tours given at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. Cost/Cover: $5.00 for adults, kids 18 and under free with an adult. Date: 8/1/2014 - 8/30/2014.
Event Location: Redington Museum 62 Silver St., Waterville, ME
For more information contact: 207-872-9439
126th Windsor Fair
The 2014 Windsor Fair features a midway, animal events, a Maine Apple Queen paegant, a giant pumpkin contest, arts and crafts, food and family entertainment. A large progresive fair with extensive agricultural, craft, art exhibits. Large midway, animal pulling events, harness racing and mechanical pulling. GENERAL ADMISSION IS $7.00 THE FIRST SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY AND MONDAY, LABOR DAY ADMISSION IS $9.00 FOR FRIDAY, SATURDAY, THE SECOND SUNDAY. CHILDREN UNDER 16 ARE FREE SENIOR CITIZENS (60+) $3.00 ON WOODSMEN'S DAY & SENIOR CITIZENS DAY SEASON PASS IS $50.00 AND MAYBE PURCHASED AT GATES 1 & 4.
Event Location: Windsor Fair Grounds 100 Ridge Road (Route 32) Windsor, ME
For more information contact: Lincoln Orff 207-549-7121 www.windsorfair.com/
Historic & Haunted High Street - Haunted History T ( 1 p.m. to 4 p.m )
Aug 29, 2014. Historic & Haunted High Street. This 3 hour tour, running from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will include inside tours through historic Castle Tucker and the oldest working courthouse in the state of Maine. While walking along beautiful High Street, local legends and tales of some of the buildings will be told. You'll also have the opportunity to speak with a local journalist who investigates the paranormal. A portion of the $35 ticket price will benefit Historic New England. May be combined with a tour of the Ancient Burial Ground. By reservation only.
Event Location: High Street Wiscasset, ME
For more information contact: www.redcloakhauntedhistorytours.com/
W.S. Cohen Community Ctr - TOPS Meeting ( 8:00-9:00 )
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets from 8:00 to 9:00. Weekly fees are $3. Yearly dues to TOPS is $28. First TOPS visit is free.
Event Location: Spectrum Generations W.S. Cohen Community Center s Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7777 www.spectrumgenerations.org/