Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

Community Events Calendar

<< October 31, 2014 >>
KVCC "Late Start" semester to begin Sept. 22
KVCC "Late Start" semester to begin Sept. 22. Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) is offering a "Late Start" 12-week session of academic courses beginning Sept. 22. Approximately a dozen courses required by a wide range of college programs are being offered in this compact Late-Start schedule to students not already registered for the regular Fall 2014 semester. These courses can be applied not only toward KVCC degree programs, but transferred to other colleges and universities, and offer an ideal opportunity for students pursuing four-year degrees to earn credits toward those degrees while taking advantage of KVCC s low tuition rate of $90 per credit hour. By providing a series of commonly-required courses in a compact, convenient semester, KVCC hopes to give students another option for beginning or continuing an education. The courses offered were chosen based on high demand and some are being provided online to increase the convenience for students. The Late Start semester will end Dec. 13. To learn more about Late Start semester options, call 207-453-5822.
Event Location: KV Community College 92 Western Avenue Fairfield, ME
For more information contact: 207-453-5129
"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 For a schedule of events related to the Gardiner River Festival visit- Cost: Free and open to the public.
Event Location: Johnson Park Water Street Gardiner, ME 04345
37 Artists Participating in Exhibition at Harlow ( recept. 5-8pm )
37 Artists Participating in Exhibition at the Harlow Gallery In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT), the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell presents an art exhibition from October 12 - November 1, 2014, featuring artwork by 37 artists depicting or inspired by the many properties owned by the KLT that are open to the public. A public reception at the Harlow Gallery on Sunday, October 12 from 5-8pm will coincide with the opening of a related benefit exhibition supporting the KLT's pending acquisition of Howard Hill across the street at Slates Restaurant. The receptions are both free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Welcome comments from Deb Fahy, Executive Director of the Harlow Gallery and Brian Kent, KLT President are scheduled for 6:30pm at the Harlow Gallery. The work to be included in exhibition was submitted in response to an open call for artists. Out of 92 submissions, 53 works of art were selected to be included in the exhibition. The selection committee included Jym St Pierre and Brenda Lake from the Kennebec Land Trust, and Deb Fahy, Allison McKeen and Elena Kirillova from the Harlow Gallery. This project in partnership with the KLT has been made possible by a generous grant from the Maine Community Foundation, by support from Dirigo Capital Advisors LLC, Augusta Fuel Company and Lake and Denison, LLP Attorneys; and by Harlow Gallery season sponsors: The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell, Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers. 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! For more information, visit them online at ABOUT THE HARLOW GALLERY - The Harlow Gallery is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in downtown historic Hallowell in 1963. Our mission is to connect and celebrate art, artists and community. For more information please visit us online at
Event Location: Harlow Gallery 160 Water Street Hallowell, ME 04347
For more information contact: Nancy Barron 207-622-3813
Gardiner Art Show - Maine: Always in Season
Maine: Always in Season. The seasons in Maine have captured the imaginations of Jim and Fran Townsend since their relocation here from Vermont nearly 15 years ago. Totting cameras and equipment, this husband and wife team of photographers/artists has traveled from coast to mountains in all seasons. As they wander Maine, the couple ascribe to the idea that at any time and place, within 100 yards, a person can find something to photograph or paint. The public is invited to join us for the opening reception on September 5th from 5:30-9pm. Jim, a self-described Red Barn-o-holic, turns his lens on everything from animals to rusted cars. Jim has been a life-long landscaper, stone mason, musician and photographer. He describes his relationship with photography this way, Photography is not my life, but it may be my religion. His range of work encompasses his belief that newer genres of photography require different styles and perspectives, and that the art of creative photography is enhanced by the availability of modern digital cameras, filters and processes. HDR photography is Jim s newest interest, turning traditional imagery into modern works of art. Fran s pastel work leans more toward the natural landscapes and streetscapes of Maine. For Fran her paintings capture not only a landscape, she explains, A painting should evoke a memory of a moment once experienced. She grew up in Vermont, where living, working and playing were inherently connected to the weather, the seasons, the land and the life cycles of plants and animals. Her paintings reflect the subtle colors, shifting light and varied textures in nature. Beyond the opening reception of Maine: Always in Season, the show can be seen during regular business hours- Tuesday-Friday 10-6 and Saturdays 12-6 through November 1st, 2014.
Event Location: Monkitree 263 Water Street Gardiner, ME
W'ville Opera - Maureen Hancock ( 7:00pm )
This self-described "medium comedian" is back for another visit in Waterville!
Event Location: W'ville Opera House 1 Common Street Waterville, ME 04901
For more information contact: 873-7000
CDM - Hands on Science ( 11 a.m. )
October 31, 2014 - Special Event - Halloween and Spooky Science. 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.
Event Location: Children's Discovery Museum 171 Capitol Street, Suite 2 Augusta Maine 04330
For more information contact: 207-622-2209
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. Cost: The program is free to those with a Preschool Membership ($35.00 annually).
Event Location: Alfond Youth Center 126 North St., Waterville, ME 04901
For more information contact: fax 861.8016 207.873.0684
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
Viles Arboretum - Winter Farmer's Market ( 2 - 5:00 p.m. )
The Viles Arboretum Indoor Farmers Market is This Afternoon! From 2:00 - 5:00 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. It is always a great day for an INDOOR Market! Browse and sample the products at your leisure. Support local agriculture
Event Location: Viles Arboretum 153 Hospital Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 626-7989
2014 Corn Maze -Treworgy Family Orchards Levant ( 10am to dusk )
The 2014 Treworgy Family Orchards corn maze design is The Lost Locomotive The Maze will open this Saturday July 26th and remain open for the rest of the season. Listen to Conductor Findley Stroustrup give the introduction to this year s maze! About 60,000 corn plants make up this year s maze, and most grow up to 10 feet tall, nice and high so the maze is more challenging and more fun! Come on out and get lost! You can Maze three ways 1.) Go in. Get out. 2.) Go in. Find all five stations, and solve the Clue mystery. Find your way out. 3.) Go in. Find all five stations, and solve the Clue mystery. Find Station X, and answer the mystery question. Find your way out. No matter how you tackle the maze, we know you ll find the way out, eventually, and we know you ll have a great time trying! 2014 Prices: $7 Adults, $6 Children 3-12 (2 and under are free). Includes a delicious soft-serve ice cream, vanilla, chocolate or twist, once you re out! Group rates are available for the corn maze! Groups of 10-19 receive a 10% discount on maze tickets. Groups of 20 or more receive a $1 discount per ticket. Please contact for exact date season ends. Cost/Cover: $7 Adults, $6 Children 3-12 (2 and under are free). Web Page: Contact Info: (207)884-8354
Event Location: Treworgy Family Orchards 3876 Union Street Levant, ME 04456
For more information contact: (207)884-8354
Thunder Road Farms 2014 Corn Maze
Trick or Treat in the maze, hear ghost stories around a fire, pumpkin painting, costume contest, and more. When: Opening Date - September 13, 2014 * Closing Date - November 2, 2014. Hours of Operation: CLOSED MONDAY-WEDNESDAY. THURSDAY GROUP RESERVATION. FRIDAY GROUP RESERVATION. SATURDAY 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M. SUNDAY 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M. LAST ENTRANCE 1 HR. BEFORE CLOSING. Special Hours / Holidays * Open Columbus Day Weekend - Oct. 10th - 13th - 10am to 6pm * Trick- or-Treat the maze Oct. 22nd with a rain date of the 23rd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pricing: Ages 3 and Under - Free, Ages 4 and up - $8.00 This includes maze, hay ride, jumping pillow, play area, and one ride on the cow train. Cow train ride $1.50 ticket if you want more rides. Group rates available Groups of 15 or more will receive $1 off for each person. Coupons not valid with group discount. All schools get in for half price with 15 or more kids and chaperones. Must have one chaperone to every 10 kids. Please make your group reservation at least 1 week in advance with a rain date. Times are Thursday and Friday 10am to 6pm. All Groups Welcome - School groups, after school groups, church groups, Scouts, birthdays and company parties, etc... Patches available for Scout Groups. ***No Pets Allowed Please ***No Alcohol Allowed . ***No Smoking Allowed Driving Directions: From Bangor: Take I-95 south towards Newport, get off I-95 exit 157, take right and go to light. Follow Me.11/ Me.7/ Moosehead Trl. Rd. continue for 5.2 miles. We are on the left. From Waterville: Take I-95 North towards Newport, get off I-95 exit 157, take left and go to light. Follow Me.11/ Me.7/ Moosehead Trl. Rd. continue for 5.2 miles. We are on the left. From Skowhegan: Take US-2/ US 201 North until you come into Newport. Turn left onto ME-11/ ME-7/ Moosehead trail road. Continue for 5.2 miles. We are on the left.
Event Location: Thunder Road Farms 185 Newport Rd. Rt. 7/11 Corinna Me. 04928
For more information contact:
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 $1.00. The museum includes amazing natural history exhibits, fun local history, Native American collections, rocks and minerals, fossils, outside nature trails, picnic tables, and an arboretum behind the museum. The museum even has themed art exhibits from artists of New England each summer through fall. Want more info on programs? See the link to museum programs on the left hand side of our page. We are on facebook Open Hours Spring, Summer and Autumn Hours (April until mid-November): Wednesday to Saturday 10 AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday 1 to 4:30 PM and other times by appointment. Winter Hours (mid-November to March) Wednesday through Saturday 10AM to 4:30PM and other times by appointment or chance, please call 238-4250 to be sure we are here to greet you in winter. Closed if the roads are snowy. Please note that we are not heated in winter! Dress warmly if you come for a visit. Self-Guided Outdoor Activities. Good Will-Hinckley Nature Trails Start Behind the Museum-your family can stop in for self guided map, a Discovery backpack to take out, or take a picnic. Museum Gift Shop Open museum hours. The gift shop features many fun and educational items for curious adults and children, including puppets, books, jewelry, posters, and natural items such as minerals, shells and fossils. The gift shop has a wide range of prices including 1$ 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
"The Haunting of The Hill Mansion" ( 6 PM to 11 PM )
Halloween Night, Friday October 31, 2014.....Maine Ghost Hunters presents "The Haunting of The Hill Mansion" to run 6 PM to 11 PM at 136 State St. , Augusta, Maine. Expert guided tours of the mansion by the Maine Ghost Hunters with no gimmics no fakery on the tour. If you see something, it is one of the actual spirits that haunt the mansion. Snack foods are provided. At 7 PM a special Mystic Auction will happen that includes items like a quartz skull, a magic wand and more. From 8 PM to 11 PM there is a 1960s themed costumed event and dance that features a Beach Boy's tribute surf music band. Tarot Card Readings are also part of the event. Admission is $40 a person and includes Costume party, dance and food. Optional haunted tours are $20 a person and you pay at the event. Also optional is the Tarot card reading for $10 and that is pay at the event. There will be a cash bar at this event also. All; proceeds go to "Friends of Lithgow Library" to help build a major addition to the Augusta's Library. Cost/Cover: $40.00.
Event Location: Hill Mansion 136 State Street Augusta, ME
'The Winter Wonderettes' ( 6-7:30 pm )
Don't miss this unique evening tour of the Longfellow House in the week leading up to Halloween! Based on Longfellow's poem, "Haunted Houses" -- "All houses wherein men have lived and died / Are haunted houses" -- the 90-minute tour will be led by seasoned guide James Horrigan. It will bring to life the various family members that died in the Wadsworth-Longfellow over its long history. RSVPs are required and each tour is limited to 12. All tours sold out quickly last year so don't delay! To reserve a spot, call John Babin, Visitor Services Manager, at 207-Don't miss this unique evening tour of the Longfellow House in the week leading up to Halloween! Based on Longfellow's poem, "Haunted Houses" -- "All houses wherein men have lived and died / Are haunted houses" -- the 90-minute tour will be led by seasoned guide James Horrigan. It will bring to life the various family members that died in the Wadsworth-Longfellow over its long history. RSVPs are required and each tour is limited to 12. All tours sold out quickly last year so don't delay! To reserve a spot, call John Babin, Visitor Services Manager, at 207-774-1822 ext. 212.
Event Location: Maine Historical Society 489 Congress Street Portland, ME
For more information contact: 774-1822 ext 212
Halloween at the Old Mill in Vassalboro ( 5 - 8 p.m. )
Halloween at the Old Mill in Vassalboro is expected to draw hundreds Friday night. The Halloween at the Old Mill in Vassalboro in Vassalboro is now a the haunted walk, the product of work by volunteers who have assembled representations of bloody corpses, graveyards, skeletons, hanging monsters, spiders, cobwebs, bats, rats, spooky lights, music and some unexpected surprises, according to organizer Ray Breton. Breton and family members along with about three dozen volunteers have spent the past few weeks getting ready for the event. Last year we had 1,000 people go through the mill and kids were lined up way out to Main Street, Breton said. He added that he plans to have 90-pounds of candy to hand out. We do it for the kids and the community, Brenton said. The haunted walk will be open from 5-8 p.m.
Event Location: Halloween at the Old Mill Vassalboro, ME
Haunted Castles Keep Presents Once Upon a Night ( 5:00PM-9:00PM )
Immerse yourself in a world where monsters and apparitions roam the night. Since its birth 12 years ago, the Haunted Castle's Keep has mutated into something bigger, darker, and with a life all its own. Guarded by gargoyles and smoke-snorting dragons, its corridors are home to a sinister underworld of ever-changing terrors. Gather your friends and sacrifices, and come join us for our annual haunting in New Harbor, on Route 130 just past Reilly's store. Look to your left for the cloud of dragon smoke. The Keep will be receiving visitors Oct. 31st, Nov. 1st and Nov. 2nd, from 5pm - 9pm each evening. All souls who make the journey will be rewarded with something sweet. In these tough economic times, we are pleased to provide a free and fun event for children of all ages. On behalf of the Keep and its guests, thanks to all who have generously contributed time and resources to our madness. Cost/Cover: FREE. Web Page: ...
Event Location: The Haunted Castle's Keep 2634 Bristol Rd New Harbor, ME 04554
For more information contact: 207-677-3741
Pittston Palooza! ( 6 p.m. )
Town of Terror is the area s premiere haunted event, with both a walk-through haunted house and hayride! It is the perfect way to celebrate the spooky Halloween season! Town of Terror is intended to be a scary time! Kids under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This great event is being powered by Oakland Furniture and Hamiltons Liquidation! WHEN: October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31. WHERE: Pittston Fairgrounds 995 East Pittston Road, Pittston, ME (Map) TIME: 6-11 pm. Last admission is approximately at 10:30 pm. Please note: this is a rain or shine event, and no refunds will be given. TICKETS: $15 per person. $1 of each ticket sale goes to the Spirit of Children. All of the money given to Spirit of Children will stay in Maine, with the proceeds benefiting the Barbara Bush Children s Hospital! TICKET PURCHASES: Tickets are available at Spirit of Halloween stores in South Portland at the Shops at Clarks Pond, 333 Clarks Pond Parkway (Map), Augusta at The Turnpike Mall, 10 Whitten Road (Map), Brunswick at Cooks Corner Shopping Center, 172 Bath Road (Map) and Bangor at The Crossroads Plaza at 930 Stillwater Ave (Map), Online and at the 92 Moose Studios (56 Western Ave. in Augusta). Tickets can also be purchased at the gate on the night of the event. NOTE: Video photography is prohibited at the Town of Terror, but still photos are allowed. Read More: Town of Terror |
Event Location: Pittston Fairgrounds 995 East Pittston Road Pittston, ME
Come Celebrate Women in Small Business ( 8 - 9 a.m. )
Join us for breakfast and connect with fellow entrepreneurs as we honor women business owners in the community! October is National Women in Small Business Month.
Event Location: Sam's Club 45 Marketplace Drive Augusta, ME
For more information contact: Theresea
~ VILES ARBORETUM TREES SPROUTING BOTANICAL LABELS ~ To anyone visiting the Viles Arboretum, keep your eyes open for our all new botanical labels cropping up on various specimens throughout our preserve. Board member Hillary Schultz has been working hard at producing labels with our brand new embossing machine purchased through a generous grant from the Cricket Foundation and the Davis Conservation Fund. These tags will record each specimen s unique accession number, our arboretum way to track our specimens, and they will also indicate genus, species and family. The Viles Arboretum is centrally located in Augusta, Maine on 224 acres of fields, forests, wetlands and with botanical collections from around the world, and offers an ever-changing selection of inspirational exhibits, educational and practical programs for the general public and for schools. We focus on interactive, creative and hands-on teaching with a focus on botany and natural history. Our goal is to unlock everyone s natural ability to understand the nature of our world through your own eyes and by using your own intellect. Our presence contributes significantly to the quality of life in and around Augusta and beyond and our newly installed Art Trail presents the largest publically accessible display of outdoor art sculpture in Maine. You can learn more about the Arboretum and its programs, or how to become more involved by checking our website at, checking our Facebook page or simply by stopping in or calling us at 626-7989.
Event Location: Viles Arboretum 153 Hospital Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 207-626-7989
W.S. Cohen Comm.Ctr -Entertainment: Paul Toussaint ( 11:00-12:30 )
11:00-12:30 Lunch Halloween Lunch Menu - Baked Bat Wings, Bloody Eyes, Roasted Brains, Boiled Worms, Witches Brew, Entertainment: Paul Toussaint. Lunch is offered Monday - Friday (unless otherwise posted) 11:00AM to 12:30PM. The suggested donation for age 60+ or disabled is $5.00; Under age 60 the cost is $6.00 unless otherwise stated. Age 3 and under is free, age 4 to 12 is $4.00. Please NOTE that we are unable to accept reservations for parties less than 20 people unless specifically requested by Spectrum Generations.
Event Location: Spectrum Generations W.S. Cohen Community Center s Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7777