Franklin Countys First News

Event Listings

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.


The Upside Bakery (319 Intervale Rd., Temple, past the red school house and next door to The Temple Stream Theatre), will be having a pre-opening Bake Sale and Community Cafe Pizza Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 20. The bake sale will run all day starting at 9 am. There will be fresh sour dough, and other breads fired in our artisan oven, as well as cookies, pies, scones, muffins and much more! The Community Cafe Pizza Dinner will be held from 6 pm - 8 pm. For more info call: 207-491-5837 Check us out online:

Carrabassett Valley Public Library has announced its holiday hours for 2014-15. Wed., Dec 24: 10 - 1 (closing early). Closed for Christmas. Fri., Dec. 26: 1 - 5 (opening late). Sat., Dec. 27: 10 - 5. Sun., Dec. 28: 1 - 3. Mon., Dec. 29: 1 - 4 (extra day). Tue., Dec. 30: 10 - 5. Wed., Dec. 31: 10 - 3 (closing early). Thu., Jan. 1: 1 - 4 (extra day). Fri., Jan. 2: 10 - 5. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all!


SugarWood Gallery. Joyce Dubay’s art will be on display and available for sale at SugarWood Gallery during the month of December, 248 Broadway in Farmington. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art Exhibit, Mary McFarland and Dona Seegers present an exhibit of fiber arts and sculpted painted paper at the Olde Post Office Café in Mt Vernon to Jan. 1. Café hours are Weds-Sun 7-2:30 with Fri-Sat dinner 5-9. On Dec 11 from 4-8 refreshments will be served during a sale featuring local artisans.

Gallery. The High Peaks Artisan Guild and Gallery in Kingfield is featuring Patty Ritzo as the artist of the month. Join us for great art from 10 local artists at 245 Main St., Kingfield.

Photo Fridays. New to the Schoolhouse Art Gallery this winter, Photo Fridays is a series of presentations, covering various photographic topics, aimed at discussing our work with others. Photo Fridays are free of charge and start at 7 p.m., on the next following Fridays: Jan. 16, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10. Light appetizers and refreshments available.

New Notions Studio. located next the Herbert Grand Hotel is a quilting studio and craft gallery by artisan Jessica O’Brien. Maine fiber artists and will have rotating space available for consignment pieces. In addition to newly created home décor, jewelry, and wardrobe accessories you will also find vintage and antique pieces on retail display. Regular hours to the public are: Wednesday &Thursday 2-5, Friday and Saturday 10-6.

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


“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is a family Christmas event which will be presented by the New Hope Baptist Church, 268 Perham Street in Farmington 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19, 20 and 21. All are cordially invited to this free program. For more information call 778-9696.

Winter Revels. Vienna Union Hall Association presents the Second Annual Winter Revels 7 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Vienna Union Hall. Something for everyone: music, children, theater and humor. Tickets $8 Adults; $4 children 10 and under. FMI: call 293-2674, 293-2362 or email, or visit us on Facebook.

Benefit Holiday Variety Show. Sandy Rivers Players upcoming variety show called Holiday Cheers will be presented in Alumni Theatre on the UMF campus on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Farmington Public Library. Tickets may be purchased at the door: $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Concert. The Franklin County Fiddlers are continuing their reunion tradition of giving back to the community with a benefit concert 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21 at North Church. This year, donation proceeds will go to benefit the Farmington Area Ecumenical Heating Fund. The Farmington Historical Society will be selling yummy desserts during intermission. For more information, contact Muise at or 778-3511, ext. 246.

Listen Local Youth Concert Auditions. The Arts Institute of Western Maine (AIWM) is inviting area youths (age 12-19) to audition for its Listen Local Recital Series concert on March 15 at 3 p.m. in Nordica Auditorium at UMF. Any interested young musician or dancer can submit an audio or visual file with a sample of his/her repertoire to AIWM. It can be sent as an mp3 file or YouTube link to Questions, or a request for a live audition, can be directed to this e-mail address. The deadline for submission is Dec. 31. AIWM is looking for performances of 5-15 minutes. More information about AIWM’s Listen Local recital series for adults can be found at For more information on Listen Local Youth call Jane Parker at 778-9437 or e-mail at


There will be a spaghetti supper to support Chris Smith and Jennifer Hiltz’s trailer that burned a few weeks ago on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 5-8 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge Hall in Weld. Any donations can be sent to 37 School St., Weld, ME 04985.

The Community Table will be open next week at the Forster Building in Strong four days from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will not be open Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Come join us for a free hot meal and fellowship with your neighbors...see you there.

There will be a free public Christmas Day Dinner again this year at the America Legion Hall in Livermore Falls. Feel free to contact Pam Newton (897-3072) or Karen Mitchell (897-3593) if you would like to help, provide food items or join us for a meal. We serve turkey and ham with all of the fixings and pie for dessert. This is for anyone who is alone Christmas, can't do a meal or just wants to be with a wonderful group of people. We need a general idea of how many people are coming, so please let one of us know! While this meal is for anyone who wants to come, regardless of where one lives, we do provide delivery in the tri-town area.

A benefit auction and dance to support Taylor Lane, 13, of Phillips will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Nostalgia Tavern in Kingfield. The auction will be held from 6-8 p.m., followed by dancing with Dream 'Big Karaoke. A suggested donation of $5 at the door, with all proceeds going to Lane. Cash donations will be gratefully accepted at a Skowhegan Savings account named, "The Taylor Lane Benefit Account." Anyone wishing to send a check directly to the family, should make it out to: Karen Holbrook and send it to Tanya Morgan, 77 Bridge St., Phillips, ME 04966. For more info, call 860-8660.

Special Olympics Maine is reaching out to people who knit or crochet to help with their 2015 Scarf Project. The goal of this project is to outfit all 500 Special Olympic Maine athletes who attend the state winter games in January, with a new scarf. This year's colors for the scarves are: Red Heart, Carrot #256, Burgundy #376, Paddy Green #368. The design/pattern is totally up to you. Please combine all three colors in to the scarf. Scarves can be mailed/delivered to (by Jan. 16): Attn: Katheryn Wildes; Trinity Lutheran Church; 612 Main St, Westbrook, ME 04092. For more information please call 207-854-5653.

Organizers said today that they have begun planning for Heat Dance IV, the fundraiser for fuel oil assistance. For the past three years, Heat Dance has been probably the most successful and best-attended charitable event in Franklin County, raising more than $21,000 last February to help keep local families and individuals warm. This year, the dance will be held on Friday, Feb. 6 at the University of Maine, Farmington and will once again feature the popular local band Shepherd's Pie.


The Farmington Winter Farmers' Market will host a Fiber Spinning Meet every second Saturday of the month this winter at the Farmington Grange Hall. Spinners and knitters, of all levels, are encouraged to bring their spinning wheels and needles to the market for some productive social time. It will be a good time to get some help and learn some new skills. The market hours are Saturdays 9 to noon, at the Farmington Grange Hall, 124 Bridge Street in West Farmington. The meet is free to participants, unless they wish to sell something. Refreshments will be available. The market master is Bonnie Clark, 778-6637.

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,


Annual Christmas Observance. Pilgrim Commandery #19 Knights Templar will hold its Annual Christmas Observance on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Harnden Masonic Lodge Hall on the Bryant Road in East Wilton. All Sir Knights, Chapter, Council and Master Masons are invited to attend this special Christmas Service.

Candlelight Service at Reeds Mill Church in Madrid. Reeds Mill Church on Reeds Mill Road will hold a Candlelight Christmas Service on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Warmed by the woodstove under the glow of the lit kerosene lamps, worshipers will gather in this wonderful, historic church to celebrate the Christmas season with the singing of favorite carols and the reading of the Christmas story. For directions or more information, please call Ginni at 639-2713.

Farmington Baptist Church Presents A Christmas Night Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 10:30 a.m. and a Christmas Eve Candle Light Service on Wednesday, Dec. 24 6:00 p.m.

Phillips Community Church Christmas Eve service will be at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24. This is a service of carols and Scripture, led by Pastor Robert Edgarton. All are welcome.

Wednesday, Dec. 24. Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m. at Shorey Chapel at 1109 Industry Road, Industry. Service of Carols and Scripture. Dec 21st Worship Service at 10 a.m. All Welcome!

Candlelight Service. United In Christ Presbyterian Church, 7 Locke Hill Road, Starks, will be holding a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. A traditional service of carols and readings.

Fiber Arts Group. We meet at the Wilton Free Public Library every first Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. We encourage any one who is interested in rug hooking, hand embroidery, or any other hand work to join us. The next one is Friday, Jan. 2. For more info. Call Glenda (645-0909) or e-mail

The Farmington Warming Center will resume on Tuesdays and Thursdays in January, February and March 2015 for its sixth season. Hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and everyone is invited. Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, 110 Academy St. (778-2163) Tuesdays: Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 ; Feb. 3, 10; St. Joseph’s Church, 133 Middle St. 778-2778 Tuesdays: Feb. 17, 24 ; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Old South Church, 227 Main Street -778-0424 All Thursdays: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26. If schools are closed because of weather, the Warming Center will be canceled, too. If any further questions, please call 778-2163.


Chocolate Lovers Workshop with Pam, “the chocolate lady” of Farmington on Sunday, Dec. 21 from 1-3 p.m. Have fun learning the Basics of creating the most favored chocolates. Everyone takes home about 1 1/2 pounds to share (or not). Registration required. 6-10 students per session. Great family fun, or groups. $35./person. Call about special family or group rates. FMI call/text 578-2055. Have a “Sweet” Holiday!

Free Photography Workshop. On Sunday, Dec. 28 from 6-7 p.m., at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library, local photographer Waylon Wolfe will present a free one-hour workshop on the basics of photography and camera operation.To view his work, visit

Are you a CNA who wants to take that next step in your career? Let us help you by signing up for a 120 hour CNA Certified Medical Technician Program now available through the Mt. Blue Adult Education Program in Farmington. This course prepares CNAs who work in nursing homes to administer medications under the supervision of an RN. The training includes 60 hours of classroom time, 20 hours of classroom/lab and 40 hours of clinical training at a healthcare facility. Prerequisite: CNA License plus 2080 hours working as a CNA. Call the Mt. Blue Adult Ed Office at 778-3460 for an application and detailed registration requirements. Dates will be announced once the class is full. The fee is $1,000.

Erasure Poem and Collage Workshop at the New Portland Community Library. Join us on Saturday, Jan. 3 from 1 to 3 pm for an inspiring afternoon of collage using found images and text. All participants will receive a text selection to transform into their own unique piece of writing/art. Focus on the words that excite you and cross out the rest! Add cut-out images! Follow your imagination! Pieces created in this workshop will be displayed in the New Portland Community Library as a community art show. This activity can be enjoyed by curious, creative people of all ages—no background in art or writing is required. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring images you might want to use in your collage. If you can’t make it to the workshop, materials and instructions will be available until March 31st, and finished works will be added to the show as they are created. An artist’s reception will be held at the library on Friday, April 3rd from 5-7 pm to share and celebrate our exciting creations!

Drawing Class every Monday, from 5:30-8 p.m. $10. Live model $20/person. Register with Kika 400-1124. Upcountry Artists Gallery and Learning Center at 161 Main Street in Farmington. Preregistration is strongly advised.

The New Sharon Recreation Department is holding a Seniors Exercise Class. Tues: - Thurs. 8:15 am to 9:15. Held at the New Sharon Town office. Fee: $5 per class. Please contact Audrey Brown for more information 778-2567

Marketing Workshop. The “Top Ten Ways to Market Your Business Online" workshop with Dream Local Digital will be held on Jan. 15, from noon-2 p.m. in CR 123 at the University of Maine at Farmington. Brenna Herridge of Dream Local Digital will be presenting. $15 per person and refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register, e-mail Arika at or call (207) 778-5887. You can also register online at

Chocolate Class. Due to popular request, another Chocolate Class will be held Feb. 8, just in time to make Sweet Delights for Valentine’s Day. Mark your calendars! And be certain to pre-register (6 people needed to hold each session). FMI call 578-2055. Will hold two sessions that date if interest warrants.

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.

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.