Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

Community Events Calendar

<< September 2, 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 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
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
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 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 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 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
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: Lisa Bryant: Brenda Giasson: Alana Ranney: Jim Walker: For more information about the exhibition contact Deb Fahy at the Harlow Gallery at or 207-622-3813, or visit
Event Location: The Harlow Gallery 45 Memorial Circle Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: Deborah Fahy (207) 622-3813
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:
Event Location: Abbe Museum Downtown Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: Pat Boucher (207) 288-3519
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
Farmer's Market - Mill Park ( Tuesdays 2 - 6 p.m. )
Our customers find a variety of Maine-grown, Maine-made, and Maine-purveyed goods. Shop every Tuesday afternoon for vegetables, natural meats, milk, cheeses, yogurt, breads, baked goods, preserves, fruit, herbs, plants, ice cream and more. Hours: Tuesdays 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Date: 5/6/2014 - 11/25/2014
Event Location: The Pavilion @ Mill Park 1 Water Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: (207) 626-2352
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
Belfast Harbor Fest & Nat'l Boatbuilding Challenge ( 9:30 a.m. departure )
Great Pond Mailboat Service, call for reservation, calm days are best!
Event Location: Post Office Main Street Belgrade Lakes, ME
For more information contact: 207-592-1537
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
NAMI Maine Bringing a Free Training ( 8:00am to 5:00pm )
NAMI Maine Bringing a Free Training Opportunity to Hallowell! Similar to Red Cross First Aid, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches participants how to respond to, and help, those experiencing mental health challenges. NAMI Maine will be hosting a MHFA training on Tuesday September 2nd from 8:00am to 5:00pm at City Hall (1 Winthrop Street) in Hallowell. The cost for this 8-hour training is $5, which includes a comprehensive training manual, lunch, customized resource guide, ongoing support from NAMI Maine and a 3-year certification from the National Council for Behavioral Health. For more information, or to sign up for certified Mental Health First Aid Training, visit or contact Christopher at 207 622 5767 ext. 320 About NAMI Maine: NAMI Maine is a statewide, grassroots, non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy on behalf of all Mainers affected by mental health.
Event Location: City Hall 1 withrop Street Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 622-5767 ext 320
W.S. Cohen Community Ctr - Rug Hooking ( 9:00 a.m. )
Rug Hooking meets around 9:00am. Bring you own supplies. Cost is $3.
Event Location: Spectrum Generations W.S. Cohen Community Center s Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7777