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Event listing items can be submitted to us at They should be short and to the point, including dates, times and contact information. Please submit event listings in paragraph format (as opposed to a list format or sending a poster) and please refrain from typing them in all uppercase. All items are listed chronologically, organized by category. Our seven categories are: [Special Events], [Exhibits, Readings & Shows], [Music, Dance & Drama], [Benefit Feasts, Sales & Events], [Craft Fairs, Yard Sales & Farmers' Markets], [Meetings & Gatherings][Classes & Workshops]. Click on these seven categories for easy navigation.


Fall Fest in Phillips. The Sandy River Business Association is sponsoring a three-day event in Phillips, from Sept 5-7. The Friday night kick-off is a Crockpot Challenge Supper and Apple Bake-off 5 p.m. at Phillips Elementary School. Bring your favorite crockpot supper and the diners will select the best for prizes. The Apple Bake-off will be judged by our fine panel. $5 per person.Saturday vendors and demonstrations at 117 Park Street from 9 to 4 p.m.. Concert Saturday night. Family Sporting Field Day from 9 to noon on Sunday at North Franklin Park. FMI: Call Carol Rogers, SRBA Chair at 639-5421 or 639-5306.

Fire Fighters' Parade. Huge parade, Farmington, Sat. Sept. 6, Me. Federation of Firefighters Annual Convention. Fire apparatus from around the state, new and antiques, hand-drawn carts, marching unit, color guards, Shriner motorized units and more. Parade starts at 9:30 AM from Fairgrounds , Maple Ave, High Street, Broadway, Main, Prescott to Maple Ave. and return. More information, contact the fire department at 778-3235.

Bicentennial Celebration, Old South Church, UCC, will be held Sept. 7, from 2 - 5 p.m. on Main Street in Farmington. Program of history, music, and more. Public cordially invited.

Community Healthcare Input Sought. Franklin Memorial Hospital is hosting two patient-centered focus groups to gain insight on ways to improve access to health care for patients who are uninsured and underinsured. The focus groups will take place from 4:30–6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8 at LaFleurs Restaurant in Jay, and on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the White Elephant in Strong. Dinner will be provided for all who attend. To reserve your spot or for additional information, contact Harty at 779-2830. Space is limited.

Teal Ribbon Run 5K: Franklin County’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services (SAPARS) will be holding a 5K run/walk on Saturday, Sept. 13. Participants will gather at The Holman House on 227 Main Street in Farmington. Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m. with the 5K kicking off at 10 a.m. Registration is $15 before Sept. 7, and $20 after Sept. 7. Register before Sept. 7 and receive a free T-shirt! Kids 12 years and younger get in for free. For more information, call Stephanie LeBlond at (207) 778-9522, ext. 35. To register and pay online, please visit Checks can be mailed to: SAPARS, PO Box 349, Farmington, ME 04938 (please make checks payable to SAPARS).

Third Annual Mustang and Car Show will be held 9 a.m. on Sept. 14 at the Farmington Ford dealership parking lot at 531 Wilton Road in Farmington. Several classes of cars will be judged and trophies will be awarded. DJ music, vendors, raffle prizes and more will be available. A donation will be presented to the Western Maine Homeless Shelter in Farmington at the end of the event. FMI email or call 207-645-4847.


SugarWood Galley in downtown Farmington has announced that Kathi Smith with the be Artist of the Month through August. SugarWood Gallery is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington and is open Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trout and Salmon exhibit at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum. Now you can view some of the region’s most famous and important mounts, cut-outs, paintings and carvings of the wild brook trout and landlocked salmon that swam in our local waters. Almost 50 examples of these amazing fish are on display until the end of September in the Trout and Salmon exhibit at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum on Route 17 in Oquossoc.

William Wegman Exhibit. The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus is exhibiting the work of internationally acclaimed artist William Wegman as its featured exhibit for summer 2014. “Way Up in Maine: The Works of William Wegman” will be on exhibit in the Emery Flex Gallery from June 16–Sept. 7. The show is free and open to the public. Summer hours for the Emery Flex Space Gallery are: Monday through Friday noon–6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1–6 p.m.

The High Peaks Artisan Guild Gallery on Main Street in Kingfield is exhibiting the works of over 10 artists and craftsman. The gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. year round.

Schoolhouse Gallery is located at 266 Main Street in Kingfield. Gallery is open on Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 11-4 p.m. For other times, or to request an appointment, please contact Cynthia Orcutt at 207-939-6518 or via email at For more information, please see


UMF Community Orchestra seeking new members: The orchestra rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on the recently expanded stage of UMF’s Nordica Auditorium. For further information, please contact Philip Carlsen at Or simply show up with instrument in hand at the first rehearsal on Sept. 3.

Saturday Nite Dance Party: Public welcome to attend, Sat. Sept. 6 as part of Maine Federation of Firefighters Convention. Farmington Fire Rescue Department is hosting a Saturday Nite Dance Party, with Dreamin Big D.J.s, with Ron Smith & Scott Ladd. Cash Bar. 8:30 p.m.- 1 a.m., at Farmington Fairgrounds, Starbird Bld. Tickets $10 at door or in advance at fire station. More information, contact fire station at 778-3235.

Saturday, September 13. Contradance, Farmington Grange, Bridge Street, West Farmington. Family Dance is back this month, 6:30 to 7:30, $2 adults, $1 child. Regular Contra with Twisted Strings playing and John McIntire calling, 8:00-10:30pm. $6adults/$5students or $15 family max. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. FMI, 491-9928 or <> or

Children's Concert on Saturday, Sept. 13, two seasoned singer/musicians will share the stage at Nordica Auditorium in Farmington. Professor Smarty Pants (aka Mark Horn) and Songman Stan (Stan Keach), both accomplished singers and acoustic musicians, will perform solo, and also together, a collection of fun songs designed or adapted especially for children. The concert will start at 2 PM. Nordica Auditorium is in Merrill Hall, 225 Main St., Farmington. Admission is $5; $10 for a family. The concert will benefit the Farmington Emblem Club. For more information, call Stan at (207) 397-2241.


Comedian: Friday night, Sept. 5th, Renowned N.Y. stage & TV comedian, Justin McKinney will be the Friday Nite Major Entertainment, as part of the State Federation of Firefighters annual convention activities. Public very welcome. Cash Bar. Get tickets early as show will sure to sell out. $10 at door or in advance at fire station. More information, contact the fire department at 778-3235

A Public Breakfast will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield. Serving from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Menu to include: Scrambled Eggs, Homefries, Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes, French Toast, Sausage Gravy w/ Biscuit, Homemade Muffins, Assorted Juice, Coffee, Tea. Adults $5, Children $3, Family Rate $15. All proceeds are to benefit church programs.

Benefit 5K Run/Walk. On Saturday, Sept. 6, the Strong 8th grade class of 2015 is sponsoring a 5K Run/Walk. A donation of $5 per person will give you a chance to breathe in fresh oxygen while working to improve your running/walking time. There will be water stations along the route. Registration for this event will take place at the Strong School (110 No. Main Street Strong) beginning at 8 a.m. The event will begin at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the event will go towards the cost of the end of the year class trip for the Strong 8th grade class of 2015. Thank you for your support.

Public Supper at the North Jay Grange 10, 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6. Baked beans, casseroles, salads, coleslaw, meats, breads, beverages, desserts. Music with The Crosby's. Adults $7; child 10/under $3. FMI: 645-4628 or 645-2910.

12th Annual Seth Wescott and Franklin County Chamber Golf Classic. Sept 12 at Sugarloaf Golf Course. 8 a.m. tee team. $500/team $125/individual includes cart, impressive swag bag and lunch at The Rack. Fund Raiser for area scholarships and Level Field Fund. For more info and to sign up, call Janet Peruffo at 265-4000 or

Benefit Antique Appraisals. On Friday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Mobile Appraisal Coach will be in Kingfield for an antiques appraisal fundraiser event hosted by the Kingfield Bicentennial Planning Committee. Local participants will receive instant, onsite valuations by appraisers Kaja Veilleux and John D. Bottero for antique or collectible items brought to the coach, which will be parked at the Kingfield branch of Skowhegan Savings Bank. There will be a suggested donation of $5 per item or five items for $20, and 100 percent of the proceeds will support the Kingfield Bicentennial 2016.

No September Public Supper. Farmington Trinity United Methodist Church has canceled Sept. 13 public supper. Please visit the Trinity Methodist Booth During Farmington Fair, which starts on Sept. 14. Supper will resume at the Church on Oct. 11.


The end of the season for First Saturday of the Month Flea Market at the Phillips Area Community Center on Depot Street is Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Multiple vendors will be selling household goods, antiques, crafts, and things you can't live without. Coffee and baked goods in the morning, and hot dogs at noon will be available. For information about participating as a vendor, call Pam at 639-2630 or Larry at 639-3411. The Farmers' Market will be open at the same time next door in the Legion Hall, and the Phillips Fall Festival will be happening out on Route 142.

Saturday Farmington Farmers' Market is open Saturdays, 9-noon, May thru Oct in the District Courthouse parking lot on Main St., Farmington. We have chicken & duck eggs, vegetables, honey, beef, pork, cookies, breads, homemade pies and more. Hope to see you there. Check out our blog at:

The Phillips Farmers Market, held at the American Legion Hall on Depot Street, is open every Saturday from 10 to 2 through the summer. New vendors, gardeners, and crafters are invited to bring their goods to the market. The market, which this year lost its founder and chief organizer, Dick Stovall, is also in need of volunteers who can help set up and break down the market each Saturday, or who can devote time any given Saturday to help run it. To offer your assistance contact Donna Chamberlain at 639-2221 or show up at the market and tell those in attendance when you can help.

Rangeley Farmers’ Market is open! Every Tues from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., corner of Rte 4 and South Shore Drive.

Friday Sandy River Farmers' Market is open at the Narrow Gauge Theater Square next to the Snack Shack. Hours are 9am-2pm. Get all your local foods. Eggs, vegetables, seedlings, baked goods, gluten-free baked goods, 100% angus beef kettle corn and more.

Western Maine Market, Franklin County’s online Farmers’ Market, runs year-round and offers free delivery in downtown Farmington and Strong. Other WMM pick-up locations for Friday and/or Saturday include Avon, Kingfield, Rangeley, Rumford, Stratton, and East Wilton. Check the website for additional new locations. The website for Friday and Saturday is Contact Deborah Chadbourne, 1-(857)-225-1199,


The Dead River Area Historical Society in Stratton, will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31. An Ice Cream Social will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and along with your ice cream enjoy a Brownie ala mode made and served by our volunteers. Charlie Bruce will entertain us with a pleasant afternoon of songs like “Jud Strunk’s A Daisy a Day. John Denver tunes and takes requests. With free ice cream and music what could be a better way to spend the last day of the season? Everyone from everywhere welcome. For more information call 246-2271.

Fall Hours for the Carrabassett Valley Public Library begin on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Tue, Thu & Fri: 10-5; Wed: 1-5; Sat: 10-1

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at the Farmington Town Office on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. This is a wonderful chance to connect with others, share experiences, gain information, support and a friendly ear. You do not have to pre-register to attend the support group. This opportunity is FREE and open to the public. For further information, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Strong Historical Society meeting. Selected readings from Sandy River Rhymes, by the late Henry W. Scamman, will be presented at the September meeting of the Strong Historical Society. Mr. Scamman was born and raised in Phillips, where he started raising his family. They moved to Strong in 1944, where he soon made a name for himself as the farmer and poet on Norton Hill. In later years two books of his down-to-earth country poetry were published. Strong Historical Society will meet Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 79 North Main St., Strong. Doors will open at 5 pm for a tour the building. Share a delightful dish at the potluck supper at 6:00. A brief business meeting will be held at 7:00, with readings immediately thereafter. The public is invited.

SeniorsPlus will be at the Wilton Free Public Library on September 3, 2014 from 1 pm to 4 pm. We will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. All events are FREE and open to the public. For further information and to make an appointment, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Ecumenical Contemplative Worship at Rangeley Congregational Church on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 pm in the Barn. All are welcome at this monthy ecumenical Contemplative Worship. Our theme this month is "Listening," after the hustle and bustle of a Rangeley summer. We will share music from the Taize and Iona Christian communities offered by Derek Wendelken on guitar and Tim Wallace on mandolin; readings; silence; and candlelit prayer led by Rev. Cathie Wallace.

Western Maine Women’s Business Owners Networking Event will resume on Friday, Sept. 5, from 8:00-9:30 am at the Homestead Restaurant in Farmington. For more info, contact Betty at

George Smith Book Talk Sponsored by the Vienna Union Hall Association, and the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library At the Vienna Union Hall on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. Join us to listen to George talk about his new book, A Life Lived Outdoors, published by Islandport Press.He tells great stories about fishing and hunting and the family, friends, and neighbors he loves. It will be a fine afternoon of storytelling and community. We’ll have copies of his book to buy – make sure you ask him to sign one for you!

Church Gathering. Sunday Sept. 7 6 p.m. Living Waters in Farmington will host a night of Worship and Praise.

Robin Jordon will speak on "Using Biological Controls as Pest Controls" at the next meeting of the Mt. Blue Area Garden Club, on Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at Robin's Flower Pot, 387 Webster Road, Farmington. Hostesses will be Matiana Glass, Mary McFarland, and Carole Godomsky. The pubic is invited to attend. FMI please call Marion Hutchinson at 645-2067.

The Wiltona Club will start out the year with a luncheon meeting followed by a trip to the Turner History Museum. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, we will meet in the Methodist Church parking lot to carpool. We'll leave there at 11 a.m. and head for the Four Season's restaurant, located at the Highland Golf Course in Turner. Lunch will be followed by a short business meeting and then on to the museum. Dues of $20 will be collected at the business meeting and the lunch will be approximately $15 to $20. There is no charge for the museum.

Church Service Guest Sunday, Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mark Dunfee Evangelist will be at Living Waters in Farmington. Super-natural revival is breaking out at each location they visit, and the Holy Spirit is showing up strong. Lives are changed as a divine release of the anointing takes place during their meetings. Please join us as we celebrate 2 Chronicles 7:14 everyone is welcome!

Message Circle on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m., Mercer Meeting House..Connect with Spirit, receive messages from your loved ones who have crossed over. This event will be held inside the historic Mercer Meeting House (circa 1800) with Mediums Rev. Beth and Mike Carter of the Madison Spiritualist Camp. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the Meeting House. $10 advance purchase tickets please call Amy at 207-587-2225. Tickets will be sold at the door, day of the event for $12. (Limited quantity of tickets will be sold for this event.)
FMI: Call Amy at the number above or visit us at:


Sign up Now. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine's Family-to-Family Education Program is offering a free 12-week course for families and friends of people with mental illness. The course provides the knowledge and skill family members need to cope more effectively. Sign up now, course begins Sept. 4 and will run Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. through Nov. 20. To register, call 364-2197 or 800-464-5767, ext. 305 or go to: for more info.

Watercolor Booster class. Wednesdays, Sept. 17, through October 29. 7 weeks, $115. 3:30-5:30pm. A good class for those who love to paint and have some experience with watercolor. Bring your paint, paper and brushes. Some materials provided, or all materials provided for a fee. Braided Streams Studio off the Mason Road in Farmington Falls. Call Mary Beth 624-2401 or email

Pastels Class. Mt. Blue RSD 9 Adult & Community Education is offering Barbara Hathaway’s art classes beginning Monday, Sept. 22, at the Hathaway Art Studio, Wilton, with Pastels, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pastels can make very detailed art work. Students can bring a photo to work from. Soft pastels set will be needed for the first class. This is a hands-on class for beginners to pros.FMI:

Acrylic Painting Class. Mt. Blue RSD 9 Adult & Community Education is offering Barbara Hathaway’s Thursdays Acrylics class starting Sept. 25, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hathaway Art Studio. This class is for beginners
to semi-pro. FMI:

Two Day Basic Pistol Course. Saturday, Sept. 27 9-2PM and Sunday, Sept. 28 from 9-Noon. Location-Wilton Fish & Game Club House-Rt.2 Wilton. NRA Certified Pistol Instructor. Pre-Register with Everett 779-0721

Wilton CareerCenter.The following sessions are to be held at the Wilton CareerCenter 865 Us Route 2E Wilton. Telephone 645-5800; toll free 1-800-982-4311; TYY 888-697-2895 to set up an appointment. These workshops are at no charge to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times; registration required­­­.

Resume & Interviewing Skills Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Wilton CareerCenter. Explore the basics of resumes and applications and learn how to make your resume and interview standout in a positive way. Learn to market yourself in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence.

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 10:00 - 1 p.m. This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please call to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703 for this session.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 9:00 – noon. This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 1st Thursday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required

Gateways to Employment will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. – noon and on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Maine CareerCenters help bring job seekers and employers together. It is the place to start your job search or find out about education and training opportunities so you can continue to be competitive in the workplace. This workshop will provide you with more information about the resources that the CareerCenter has to offer. You will also learn about some of the newest tools that can assist you in conducting an efficient and productive job search. Topics covered include: how to tap into the “hidden job market”; identifying the skills you have to offer employers and tips on successfully completing applications, resumes, and cover letters a well how to register and apply for jobs posted through the

O*net Ability Profiler. Call for further information as this workshop requires five or more people for attendance. This is a career exploration tool that helps clients plan work lives using a paper and pencil format with optional apparatus parts and computerized scoring. Results can be used to identify strengths for which more training/education is needed, and to identify occupations that fit their strengths.

If you have a preferred need please contact Patty Ladd at the Wilton CareerCenter by calling 207-645-5822 or e-mail her at CareerCenter partners include WMCA CareerCenter Services and Maine Department of Labor. We are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.