Arts & Culture

42nd Waterville Intown Arts Fest

42nd Waterville Intown Arts Fest

Saturday, July 23, 9am-4pm on Main Street
Join us for one of the state's oldest outdoor art shows. Nearly 100 artists will line the street to display and sell their artwork. With pieces to fit every taste and budget, Arts Fest truly offers something for everyone. Artists interested in participating may download a PDF of the Arts Fest rules and entry form.

Gravestone Studies Conference

Gravestone Studies Conference
Gravestone Studies Conference June 14-19, 2011
Waterville, Maine

The Association for Gravestone Studies is holding their annual week-long c

The 38th Annual Old Port Festival on June 12th!

The 38th Annual Old Port Festival on June 12th!

Celebrate the beginning of summer in beautiful downtown Portland with the 38th Annual Old Port Festival on Sunday June 12, 2011!
11:00AM - 5:00PM

  • Come kick off the festival at the parade down Exchange Street beginning at 11AM with drummers, huge puppets from the Shoestring Theater, local mascots, dancers and more!
  • Listen to live music from 6 stages throughout the festival, enjoy festival food from vendors or local food from your favorite Portland restaurant.
  • Browse the creative and unique wares of over 90 local artists and craftspeople in the Maine Artists and Craftspeople section on Market Street.
  • Bring the kids and head to the Kid's Activities and Entertainment area at Post Office Park!
  • Come take a leap on the trapeze swing, climb the 25 foot rock climbing wall or

Movies: "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

Movies:  "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

Sit ye down, lads and lassies, and let me tell you about some real pirate movies.  They were made when Hollywood knew how to buckle a swash -- and they had stars like Douglas Fairbanks (“The Black Pirate,” 1926), Errol Flynn (“Captain Blood,” 1935) and Burt Lancaster (“The Crimson Pirate,” 1952).   So what if they didn’t have 3-D, surround sound and computer animation?  They had lusty men of iron aboard staunch ships of wood -- even if those ship were usually anchored on Hollywood sound stages.  

All of which brings me to this summer’s big pirate picture, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” starring the elfin Johnny Depp and the sultry Penelope Cruz.  

All State Musicians Have Many Talents

All State Musicians Have Many Talents

The correlation between participation in music and excelling academically is on display at the All State Music Festival on the Gorham campus of USM.  Poland

Regional High School students Ben Albee and Tyler Myers are prime examples.  Myers, singing bass in the All State Chorus, is the salutatorian of his graduating

class.  Albee, playing trombone in the All State Orchestra, is also an honor student and will be Master of Ceremonies at graduation.  There are many students at

the MMEA All State Music Festival who are the top students at their schools including Kaitlyn Kinsey, playing flute in the All State Band, who is Valedictorian of

her class at Fort Fairfield High School.  













High School Student Musicians Invade USM

High School Student Musicians Invade USM

As day one of the MMEA sponsored All State Music Festival came to a close, the 447 participating high school musicians were treated to 

entertainment with a twist.   Opening the program was Zac Stearns, a junior at Hall-Dale High School and member of the All State chorus,  

who warmed up the audience with his original stand up comedy routine.  He was followed by  a cappella singing group Ball in the House,

a five member male singing group based in Massachusetts.  Their renditions of songs from the 1970's to present day  were received by

enthusiastic students who  showed their appreciation with an impromptu dance session.

All State Music Festival in Gorham

There will be music making on the Gorham Campus of University of Southern Maine (USM) this week.  Over 400 high school musicians from Maine will converge on

USM forthe Maine Music Educators Association's annual All State Music Festival.  Last November, students went through rigorous auditions to secure a spot in one of

the threehonors performance groups: Orchestra, Band, Chorus.  Competition is keen and being accepted one year does not guarantee acceptance the next year.

Students will rehearse May 19th & 20th on campus, then move to Windham High School for the concerts on May 21st.  Order of the concerts is as follows: 2:00 pm

Orchestra; 3:30 pm Band; 5:00 pm Chorus. Tickets may be purchased at the door.  Ticket prices are $8.00 each for ONE concert; $6.00 each for TWO concerts ($12.00

total); $5.00 each for all three concerts. ($15.00 total).