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<< June 19, 2014 >>
42nd Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival
Family Bluegrass Music Fesitval! Extra large Tent Area Provided ! NO PETS, NO COOLERS OR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES PLEASE. Arts - Crafts - Food Vendors - Instruments - Strings and Supplies.Hours: see website Some of the Greatest Bluegrass music you can see and hear at one of the largest family musical events in New England including The Gibson Brothers * Little Roy & Lizzy * The Tennessee Mafia Jub Band * The Roys * The Kevin Prater Band * Lonesome Will Mullins * Wilf Clark & Misty Mountaineers * Zink & Company * the Banker Family * Blue Around The Edges * Robinson's Bluegrass Gospel Sing & Jam and Your Host Band Blistered Fingers! This Bluegrass Festival takes place twice every year bringing thousands of Music lovers from all over the World converging in Litchfield to hear banjos, fiddles, and those high, lonesome harmonies. This event will feature many National and Local bands from all over the world. Our Blistered Fingers festival has something for all ages. Music happens every June and August since 1991. Buses, RV's, Campers, Tents, Day Attendees and 4 days of entertainment. Come early and stay after! Don't just hear about it, experience it!! SORRY NO PETS ALLOWED IN CONCERT AREA. PETS MUST BE ON LEASH AT ALL TIMES IN OTHER AREAS. For advance tickets only send a SASE & Check or Money Order to: Blistered Fingers production Inc. 263 Trafton rRoad, Waterville, ME 04901.
Event Location: Litchfield Fairgrounds 44 Plains Road Litchfield, Maine 04330
For more information contact: (207) 873-6539
Harlow - ME Art Critic Daniel Kany Curates Show ( 12 - 6 p.m. )
MAINE ART CRITIC DANIEL KANY CURATES INVITATION SHOW AT HARLOW GALLERY THAT LETS THE ARTISTS FIRE BACK Critics like to be challenged, not coddled. So don't expect Daniel Kany's "Critic's Choice" to be a top 40 list with the same-old/same-old who's-who in the Maine art world. Invited by the Harlow Gallery to curate a critic s choice exhibition, Kany decided to dilute his curatorial authority with curator-as-artist (ICA at MECA director Daniel Fuller) between himself and the artists, so that the selected exhibiting artists could fire back with impunity. WHAT: Critic s Choice: Daniel Kany : An exhibition of works by Woong Chur An, Dozier Bell, Sarah Bouchard, Kenny Cole, Cindy Davis, Tom Flanagan, Daniel Fuller, Carly Glovinski, Ken Greenleaf, Jung Hur, Gabriella D Italia, Ben Lambert, Jonathan Mess and Jeff Woodbury; semi-curated by Daniel Kany with curator-as-artist-curator Daniel Fuller WHERE: Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347 DATES: Exhibition on view June 6 July 5, 2014 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 6, 5 8pm ( The Critic Speaks at 7pm) Harlow Executive Director Deb Fahy explains, Dan has been a strong advocate for the arts in Maine and he is extremely knowledgeable about the contemporary art world in general. We have enjoyed his interactions with the gallery. Last year he juried a show here with Bob Keyes and moderated a panel and, of course, he's written critically about our exhibitions. Plus Kany is a local, he grew up in the Kennebec Valley, so we wanted to see what he would do with an invitational exhibition here at the Harlow. The 14 invited participants are all artists about whom Kany has written, mostly from the hundreds of weekly columns the art critic has published in the Maine Sunday Telegram, but also from catalogs he has written in conjunction with gallery and museum exhibitions. Kany describes his take on the show: We have several excellent biennial and annual survey exhibitions in Maine, plus I get the chance to discuss the artists I think are the strongest and most important in Maine on a weekly basis. But there are also artists whose work raises critical issues whom I do not think are being discussed sufficiently in the statewide discourse about art. For example, I think curator Daniel Fuller might be the most important player in Maine s contemporary art scene at the moment not just for the work he shows, but for representing Maine s contemporary scene in the national and international dialogues about contemporary art. Gabriella D Italia, Jeff Woodbury and Cindy Davis, on the other hand, are showing around the state but not as much as I would like to see because I think their work most elegantly outlines the most meaningful issues coming down the pike. I have many goals with this show, but none is more important than the attempt to kick-start a set of conversations about the relationship between contemporary art in Maine and significant currents of art and art discourse across the nation and around the world. Critic s Choice features works by the 14 artists as well as bits of writing: Kany s original texts, responses written by the artists that Kany will not see until the show opens and Kany s comments about his original texts and why he selected the particular artists. Critic s Choice is co-sponsored by Levey, Wagley & Putman, P.A. and The Mendall Financial Group LLC. The opening reception is Friday, June 6, from 5 - 7pm. Daniel Kany will give a talk from 7 8 p.m. The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership-based art gallery founded in 1963. The home of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, the gallery has been connecting art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell, Maine for half a century.
Event Location: Harlow Gallery 160 Water Street Hallowell, ME 04347
For more information contact: (207) 622-3813
Harlow Gallery-Vacationland:Artist's View Postcard
As part of our summer members show the Harlow Gallery is seeking handmade artists postcards for a unique fundraising event and mini-exhibition called Vacationland: Artist s View . Artists do not need to be a member to participate. Each artist is invited to submit up to 3 handmade postcards in any media. The postcards will then be for sale during the July Member s show for $20 each. All proceeds will go to programming at the Harlow Gallery. These small works of art have the potential to reach audiences in distant lands. To participate deliver your original 4 6 postcard(s) at the Harlow Gallery no later than Monday, July 7th. Please sign and title your card, vertically down the center (not on the stamp side) in small print, you can include your website if you like. In addition, please include (on a separate piece of paper) your name, address, email, phone, title(s) and media of your postcard(s). You may mail them (in an envelope) if it is more convenient. IMPORTANT DATES: Delivery deadline: Monday, July 7 at 2 pm, Potluck opening on Friday, July 11, 5-8pm each artist should please bring a dish or beverage to share! Exhibition runs July 11 August 2, 2014. Pick up unsold postcards: Saturday, August, 2, 6-8pm or Monday, August 4, 10-2pm.
Event Location: Harlow Gallery 160 Water Street Hallowell, ME 04347
For more information contact: 207-622-3813
This event is sponsored by: Kennebec
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
Open House-45 Memorial Circle: meet the artists! ( 9 am to 9 pm daily )
Location: "Harlow on the Circle" lobby gallery at 45 Memorial Circle in Augusta. Hours: 9 am to 9 pm daily (Can be viewed from the street and is lit at night) Cost: free and open to the public. The Kennebec Valley Art Association is pleased to present "New England Moments", a mini art exhibition featuring paintings by Christine Sullivan of Gardiner, located in the former ATM space at 45 Memorial Circle in Augusta. On view May 12 through June 27, 2014 the installation is open 9am-9pm daily, can be viewed from outside the building, and is lit at night. Christine Sullivan is a painter in contemporary realism and impressionism. She has experimented with oils and watercolors but has concentrated on acrylics which seem to suit her style well, especially the vibrant colors that can be attained with acrylics. Even though her paintings are traditional they reflect her background and interest in graphics, whether a simple still life or an elaborate landscape. She is a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The artist currently lives in Gardiner, Maine. For more information visit Sullivan s website at For more information about this show contact Nancy Barron at the Harlow Gallery at or 207-622-3813, or visit
Event Location: Lobby Gallery 45 Memorial Circle Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: Nancy Barron 207-622-3813
Trivia Night - Charlamagne's ( 7:30 - 9:00 PM )
Thursday Night is Trivia Night hosted by the wonderfully creative and mind-filled Jeff Noel. Come play alone or with a team of up to 4 people. Either way we promise you will walk away with more knowledge and a smile.. and maybe the evening's winning score! It's always fun at Trivia Night!
Event Location: Charlamagne's 302 Water Street Augusta, ME
F. W. Webb Maine Expo
F. W. Webb Maine Expo Thursday, June 19, 2014
Event Location: Augusta Civic Center 76 Community Drive Maine's Capital City!
Waterville Winter Farmers' Market ( 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM )
Downtown Waterville Farmers Market from the Third Thursday in April until the Thursday before Thanksgiving Every Thursday ~ 2 6 pm Rain or Shine. On the Concourse at Appleton and Main St, in downtown Waterville, Maine. (During the winter, we're downstairs in Barrels Community Market.)
Event Location: Waterville Farmer's Market Maine & Appleton/Concourse Waterville, ME
For more information contact:
This event is sponsored by: MaineGeneral Health
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, 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 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
DOL 's SafetyWork! Laws Governing Workplace Rights ( 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. )
AUGUSTA The Maine Department of Labor will offer sessions of its popular no-charge course that educates employers and the public about regulations governing the workplace. The Laws Governing Workplace Rights classes are taught by staff of the Wage and Hour Division of the Bureau of Labor Standards. The BRUNSWICK course will be held JUNE 19 at the SOUTHERN MIDCOAST CAREERCENTER, 275 Bath Road in Brunswick. The BANGOR course will be held June 26 at the BANGOR CAREERCENTER, 45 Oak Street in Bangor. Although courses can be attended at no charge, registration is required because seating is limited. We are pleased to be offering these popular courses at no charge to employers all over the state to make it more convenient for small business owners and HR staff to attend, said Governor Paul R. LePage. Understanding the law prevents businesses from making costly mistakes. This course helps Maine s business managers save time, money and aggravation when complying with state regulations. This course covers wage and hour laws, including minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, severance pay, equal pay, leave requirements (family medical leave and domestic violence) and break requirements. It addresses commonly asked employment-related questions and offers participants an opportunity to ask questions. The course also includes a discussion of employer services offered by the CareerCenters. Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette said, The department wants to help Maine employers by giving them the answers before we give them the test. This course is designed for small business owners or staff who handle human resources and payroll functions. This is about education, not investigation. Come with your questions. To register, call the Maine Department of Labor at (207) 623-7900 or visit Space is limited so reservations are required. The Wage and Hour Division is Maine s regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law; it provides both consultation and enforcement services. The division promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of Maine s workforce.
Event Location: Brunswick CareerCenter Bangor CareerCenter Brunswick & Bangor, ME
DOL 's SafetyWorks! 30-Hour General Industry Stds. ( 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. )
The Maine Department of Labor's SafetyWorks! training and safety consultation program announces free training courses for June. The Department of Labor's SafetyWorks! program is nationally recognized for best practices in workplace safety and health training, said Governor Paul R. LePage. Classes instructed by professional occupational safety engineers and industrial hygienists help businesses reduce work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. I encourage employers to take advantage of these services, provided at no charge to employers, to create a safer and healthier work environment for their employees. All courses are held in SafetyWorks! Training Institute (STI) at the Central Maine Commerce Center, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta unless otherwise noted. To register, call (207) 623-7900 or register online at . Businesses with several employees requiring the same training course should contact SafetyWorks! to ask about the free onsite training program. To learn more about SafetyWorks! like us on Facebook at 30-Hour General Industry Standards: June 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 at 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This five-day course introduces attendees new to safety and health to the OSHA standards for general industry (29 CFR 1910). Attendees who complete all five days will receive OSHA 30-hour general industry course completion cards. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., day one through day five. OTI charges $5 per card payable by MasterCard and VISA only. SafetyWorks! is not OSHA and cannot issue fines or citations to private businesses. While SafetyWorks! helps businesses of any size, priority is given to small businesses. The program trains about 8,000 people and consults at nearly 1,000 worksites in Maine each year. Employers interested in learning more about the consulting and training services offered by SafetyWorks! should call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or visit .
Event Location: Central Maine Commerce Center 45 Commerce Drive Augusta, ME
For more information contact: (207) 623-7900
Red Cross Blood Drive - 7th Day Adventist Church ( 12:00 - 5:00 PM )
To help ease the blood shortage, 7th Day Adventist Church is having a community blood drive. Call to make an appointment. Appointments are available every 15 minutes and an ID is required
Event Location: 7th Day Adventist Church 584 Maine Avenue Farmingdale, ME
For more information contact: 207-621-6462
Red Cross Blood Drive - DOL ( 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM )
To help ease the blood shortage, DOL Augusta is having a community blood drive. Call to make an appointment. Appointments are available every 15 minutes and an ID is required
Event Location: DOL Augusta 45 Commerce Drive Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 207-621-6462
Spectrum Generations - Free Benefits Check-up ( 10:00am to 3:00pm. )
Could you be saving money? Free Benefits Check-up June 19th at the Vassalboro Town Office. Spectrum Generations, central Maine s Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center, is hosting a free Benefits Check-up at the local town office of Vassalboro June 19th from 10AM- 3PM. Spectrum Generations Benefits Specialists will be on hand to discuss various programs and services that could help residents of Kennebec County to save money in these difficult economic times. Stop by our table to see if you qualify for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, the Medicare Savings Program, MaineCare, Supplemental Security Income, and the Home Energy Assistance Program. Did you know many Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for the Medicare Savings Program (also known as the Medicare Buy-in), are not receiving it? This could amount to a savings of hundreds of dollars. The Medicare Savings Program is available to those who receive Medicare and have a monthly income at or below $1,777 (and less than $50,000 liquid assets) for a single person household, or $2,394 (and less than $75,000 liquid assets) for a two person household. The income limit may even be higher if some of the income is from a job. This is only one of the many benefits to be reviewed with our Benefits Specialists. If you would like to find out if you qualify for any of these benefits, please just stop in to see us at the town office located at 682 Main Street in Vassalboro. At Spectrum Generations, we are proud to be a leader in advocating for the rights and services that benefit older adults, their caregivers and adults with disabilities. We look forward to meeting with you. For more information about Spectrum Generations visit us and like us on Facebook.
Event Location: Town Office 682 Main Street Vassalboro, ME
For more information contact: 626-7777
W.S. Cohen Comm. - Elder Abuse Panel Discussion ( 12:30 )
12:30 Effective Strategies to Help Prevent & End Elder Abuse Panel Discussion
Event Location: Spectrum Generations W.S. Cohen Community Center s Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7777
Greater Gardiner River Festival
Greater Gardiner River Festival, June 18 - June 21, 2014! The Greater Gardiner River Festival begins on Wednesday, June 18, on the waterfront. The bands TBD from 7-9 pm, and spectacular fireworks from Central Maine Pyrotechnics after 9 pm. This festival traditionally kicks off the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce's Whatever Family Festival that includes events in Gardiner, Hallowell, Winthrop, and Augusta. The carnival continues on Thursday and Friday beginning at 4 pm and will run until about 9:30pm. Bring the whole family down to the beautiful waterfront and enjoy food from our vendors and the live bands playing. Plan on spending most of your day in Gardiner on Saturday, June 21. Christ Church will be hosting a pancake breakfast to start things off, and Colossal Yard Sale from 8 to 2. From 9am to 4pm the Gardiner Public Library will be holding its annual book sale with many great treasures to be discovered. Downtown Water Street will be closed to vehicular traffic so we can celebrate the 10th Annual Gardiner Arts & Crafts Festival from 10am - 4pm. There will be specialty food vendors, and wonderful arts and crafts from Maine artisans. In front of Johnson Hall from 10 am to noon, children can work with artists from the Center for Maine Craft. to create art projects to take home. Great live music and entertainment will be presented in Johnson Hall mini-park. The Gardiner Waterfront is another fun place to be. There will also be an opportunity to support many local non-profit organizations at their tables. Fire Department demonstrations throughout the day are a new addition to the events. A Coast Guard vessel will be docked along the waterfront and it will be opened for tours all day. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Gardiner will be on hand from noon to 3 pm with children's activities, face-painting and games. Why go home for supper? Restaurants downtown and food vendors at the waterfront will remain open all day. Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy the sights and sounds of talented amateur performers from throughout our greater Kennebec Valley area. There will be no need to move as the fabulous fireworks display, sponsored by Gardiner Federal Credit Union, will be launched from the river. Rain date for the Talent Show only, is Sunday, June 22 at 3PM in Gardiner Area High School Theater. Don't miss this wonderful festival! Come to Gardiner, Maine and enjoy the beautiful waterfront, dine on some delicious local cuisine and support our local arts and culture. Shops and restaurants are open as well. Bring the whole family and stay for the day. There is plenty of designated parking and lots of entertainment. The event is organized by the GGRF Committee and brought to you by generous sponsors:TBD.
Event Location: Various locations Downtown Gardiner, ME
For more information contact: (207) 582-3100