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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.


32th annual Wilton Blueberry Festival Friday, Aug. 1 and Saturday, Aug. 2 . Parade on Saturday starts at 9 a.m., Re-Creation concert 7:15 p.m. Friday at Academy Hill School August 1 at 7:15 p.m. The amazing Mega Body Medical Inflatables Friday and Saturday. See the complete schedule of events here.

Library Dedication. The New New Vineyard Library will be officially dedicated on Saturday, Aug. 2. There will be tours, refreshments, and music from 10 to noon, and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. The building is located at 20 Lake Street, New Vineyard (Route 234, just off Route 27). Please join us!

Vienna Blood Drive. The first blood drive in Vienna, sponsored by Mill Stream Grange, will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center aka the Fire Dept, on Kimball Pond Road. You can sign up on line at; call 1-800-RED CROSS or locally, call Libby at 293-2362. Because of limited space, it is strongly suggested that you make an apt before coming. Everyone who donates will receive a $2.50 coupon for Turkey Hill Ice Cream.


Children's Summer Theater will present The "Wonderful" Wizard of Oz at Mt. Blue High School/Bjorn Auditorium on Aug. 1 & 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door; Adult/Senior $6; Student/Child $4. Information: Debbie Seeley at 778-9053 or 491-8503. Sponsored by The Mt. Blue Music Boosters and benefits the music program.

The Wilton Blueberry Festival's 2nd Annual Juried Art Show will be held Friday, Aug. 1, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bass-Wilson Building's main floor off Canal Street.

Community Poetry Reading sponsored by the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library to be held at Mt. Vernon Community Center 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5. Join us for an evening of readings of favorite poems and poets, given by community members of all ages. You might hear Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Jane Kenyon, Shel Silverstein, or brief readings from local poets. Bring your favorite book of poetry (& we'll have some books there), read a poem to us, or just listen. We'll have some refreshments, too.

Art Show and Exhibit for Children. The Library Studio at the Phillips Public Library will host an Art Show and Exhibit for Children during Phillips Old Home Week. The art show is open to all children from ages 5 – 18 and should include an entry form which can be obtained at the Phillips Public Library. Entries must be received by Friday, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. There will be an opening reception for the show on Sunday, Aug. 10 from 3 – 5 p.m. and the artwork will be on display though out the week during regular library hours. Friends, family and visitors can “Buy a Ballot” for $1 each to support their favorite artist's work and to benefit the Library Studio and prizes will be awarded to the children noon on Saturday, Aug. 16. For more information, please contact Caroline King at 639-2070 or stop by the Library.

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.

Five Maine photographers are exhibiting their work at the Wilton Library through the end of July. Masi Habi (Portland), Jo Josephson (Temple), Johnathan Norton (Long Island), Corinna Roy (Roxbury), and Adam Savage (Farmington) will present a variety of photos and graphic art.

Rangeley. Aug. 3, 6 pm. 8th annual Hugh Ogden Memorial Evening of Poetry. A reading by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate, follows a brief community reading. Free Refreshments. Ecopelagicon (nature store), 7 Pond St. FMI: Peggy Yocom 864-3421,; Linda Dexter 864-2771

Exhibit. SugarWood Gallery's “Artist of the Month” is photographer Duncan Miller of Livermore. 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.

Art at the New Portland Community Library to June 30: "Color of Women ~ Intentional Creativity" Paintings and poems by Cynthia Taylor Clark of Embden, shown along with works in oil and watercolors by her daughter, Jessica Lynn Clark, a children's book illustrator of Sitka, Alaska. Library hours - Mon. Wed. Thurs. 4-6 p.m., Sat. 10 to noon.

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


Spread the word that The Pinkham's Band is playing at The Wilton Blueberry Festival this year on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 7 pm to 9 pm before the fireworks right in front of the old Bradley's pizza building in downtown Wilton. Some of you may remember The Pinkham's Band which consists of three family members who have been playing Country music around Maine for over a decade and still counting.

Dance Performance 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at Vienna Union Hall. "South of the Border" a dance performance choreographed by Nitzia Vieyra Velázquez and performed by the young artist residents from Camp Bearnstow. Suggested donation $10 and $5 for seniors and students. FMI: call 293-2674.

Variety Show. It's been said, that "Variety is the spice of life," and so the Misfits and the Strong 8th Grade class of 2015 are presenting a variety show on Saturday, Aug. 2, in the Strong School gym at 7 p.m. A $5 donation per person will include a seat, a good time and a brownie ice-cream sundae. Proceeds, from the evening, will benefit the Misfits and the Strong 8th grade class of 2015 end of the year class trip. You won't want to miss this.

Saturday, August 9. Contradance, Farmington Grange, Bridge Street, West Farmington. Regular Contra with the Rogers Brothers playing and Kim Roberts calling, 8:00-10:30pm. $6adults/$5students or $15family max. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. Please note: there will be no Family Dance again until September. FMI, 491-9928 or <> or

Dance Concert 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at Vienna Union Hall. "South Strong Road Crew" presents traditional jazz and dance music from the 1910s to the 1940s. Featuring Sherry Walrath (vocals), Scott Dixon (drums), Doug Walrath (keyboard), Andy Buckland (bass). For the dance they will be joined by Mel Tukey (trumpet), Peter Lord (soprano Sax), and Stephen Walrath (bass). It’s great music for people who like to dance together. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For tickets call Carol at 578-0876 or email


Book Sale to benefit the Wilton Free Public Library as part of Wilton's Blueberry Festival: Friday, Aug. 1, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 2, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Western Maine Development, 128 Weld Street, Wilton. Good books of all sorts for readers of all ages and tastes plus books on tape and videos. Pricing is "by donation."

Chicken Barbecue at First Congregational Church, Main St., Wilton. Friday, Aug. 1, from 5-6:30 p.m. Eat in or Take out. Menu: Barbecue chicken, Cole slaw, roll, Blueberry cake or Ice Cream with Blueberry sauce. ¼ chicken meal $7. ½ chicken meal $8.50. Information call: 645-2535.

Lobster Roll Benefit. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church's Famous Lobster Roll Bagged Lunches are available during the Wilton Blueberry Festival on Friday, Aug. 1 through pre-order with free delivery from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. throughout the Wilton and Livermore area. We will also be selling lunches in front of the church located at 59 High St. at the corner of School and High streets in Wilton starting at 10 a.m. until sold out. Lunches include a clear meat lobster roll, chips, homemade brownie and beverage--all for $11. We are accepting orders now! Please call St. Luke’s at 645-2639 to order or email your order to Please include a phone number where you can be reached.

Public Breakfast. The Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield, will be having a Public Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 2, serving from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The menu will include: Pancakes, French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Sausage Gravy/ biscuit, Homemade Muffins, Assorted Juices, Coffee, Tea. Adults $5; Children $3, Family Rate $15. All proceeds to benefit church programs.

Block Party Benefit Saturday, Aug. 2. Farmington Elk’s Lodge presents its 2nd annual block party! Featuring music by Matt and the Barn Burners 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Car/Bike show 3 p.m.-6 p.m., full pig roast meal served starting at 5 p.m. Ticket cost: $12/per person (*Must RSVP or ticket to enter*). Tickets sold at Ron’s Market, Madore’s Market or the Farmington Elks member lounge. Call 778-6761 for more info or to RSVP.

Public Supper at the North Jay Grange 10, from 4 - 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Baked beans, casseroles, salads, cole slaw, meats, breads, beverages and desserts. Dinner music. Adults $7, 10 and under $3. FMI: 645-2910 or 645-4628.

"Souper" Supper. The Chesterville Grange will be holding a public "souper" supper on Friday, Aug. 8, serving between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Homemade soups, chowders, breads, and dessert. Adults, $5; Child, $2.50. FMI 778-2282 or 778-5845.

Public Bean Supper. The Porter Lake Association will hold its 45th annual Bean-Hole Bean Supper Saturday, Aug. 9, at Strong Beach on Porter Lake from 5 until 6:30 p.m. (Forster Building in Strong in case of rain). Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $3 for children 5 to 11. The menu includes bean-hole baked beans, franks, rolls and beverages, and a wide variety of salads and desserts. Please bring a salad or dessert to share. The dinner supports activities beneficial to the lake, its users, and the lake environment. Strong Beach can be reached from Route 234 (connecting New Vineyard and Strong) turning onto Pond Road and then right again onto Beanie’s Beach Road.

Cancer Hospice Fundraiser. On Saturday, Aug. 9, Happy Horseshoe Campground in Lexington Township, will host its 3rd Annual Cancer Hospice Fundraiser. The event kicks-off at 10 a.m. with pie/bake sale, 50/50 raffle, and silent auction featuring over 100 items. At the conclusion of the silent auction, their will be a live auction from 3-5 p.m., followed by a traditional bean-hole-bean supper at 5:30 p.m. The day's events will be capped with live music by Danny Taylor and Friends, dancing, and another 50/50 raffle. For more information, call Happy Horseshoe Campground at 207-628-3471, or visit their website:

Benefit Lobster or Prime Rib Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 9; 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. seatings. Single Lobster Dinner $20; Twin Lobster Dinner $25; Prime Rib Dinner $20. Tickets in advance only and will be sold until August 4. For More Information and Tickets call: Kathy Meader 293-2335, Laura Church 293-3892, Sharon Rackliff 778-3952 or Jean Lehman 293-3751. Includes Lobster or Prime Rib, Garden Salad, Corn on the Cob, Homemade Bread, Desert, Drink. Benefits building fund raiser for North Vienna United Methodist Church, 572 Tower Road, Vienna.

Farmington Aug.9, Public Supper at Trinity United Methodist Church 4:30 to 6 p.m. Baked Beans Casserole supper. The price will be $7 adults, children under 12 $3.50. For more information call Trinity United Methodist Church at 778 - 3921.

Mother Son Dance. Franklin County Animal Shelter will hold its Mother Son Dance on Aug. 15 at the Titcomb Mountain ski lodge, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door, with all funds to go toward the FCAS. Call 778-2638 for more information.

Tyngtown Tee Time (TTT). The 5th annual TTT will take place at the Wilson Lake Country Club on Aug. 23 in Wilton. Tee time is 8 a.m. with a scrambles format. The cost is $50 per player with breakfast snacks and gourmet lunch included. Carts may be rented for $10 per player. Sign up is at the WLCC 645-2016.
The gourmet lunch is available for $10 per person. Reservations may be made by calling Trish at 645-4443. Lunch is served under the tents from 12-2 p.m. accompanied by live music. Raffles and a putting contest is open to everyone. The Tyngtown fundraiser benefits the Wilton Library, Wilton Early Childhood Center, downtown flowers, children's programs and scholarships.


Phillips First Saturday Flea Market and Craft Fair, Aug. 2, from 10-2 at the Phillips Area Community Center on Depot Street. New vendors welcome! To reserve a large table for $10, call Pam at 639-2630. Hot dogs, drinks, and snacks for sale onsite. This is a monthly event continuing through Sept. Lots of interesting bargains, crafts, antiques, collectibles – always something new. Phillips Farmers’ Market in adjacent Legion building.

Huge Benefit Yard Sale. The Jay/Livermore Falls Lions Club is sponsoring a huge yard sale at the Jay Plaza on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8 to 4 and Sunday, Aug. 24, from 8 to noon. Come find your treasures. All proceeds are donated back into the community.

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.

The 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.

The 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 as the season progresses. Check out our blog at: Hope to see you there.

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 Mt. Blue High School Class of 1984 will have its 30th Class Reunion on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at the West Farmington Elks Lodge from 7-10 p.m. A cash bar will be available. Any class members interested in touring the new Mt. Blue Campus should meet at the high school at 5:30pm that evening, prior to the reunion. For more information, please call Rhonda at 860-9282.

Wilton Fish & Game Assoc. will be holding their Annual Open House during Blueberry Festival Weekend on Rt.2. Saturday, Aug. 2. The Shooting gallery and Gatling gun event will be from 9AM-4PM. A Bryant Pond 4-H Archery Instructor will hold a FREE workshop on Basic Archery starting at 9AM to 1PM. Equipment provided. Trap shooting from 1PM - 4PM. Bring your own ammo and hearing protection. This is a great opportunity to try your shooting skills and receive instruction. All welcome. Range officer on site. Rimfire and Firing Pin Youth Competition League will be providing a hot dog and hamburger lunch as their fund raiser. FMI - Call Phil 897-4305

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at the Farmington Town Office, the first Monday of each month, (Aug. 4) from 3 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.

The Farmington Elks Lodge 2430 will not be holding its regular Monday Night Beano until Monday, Aug. 4. Many of the regular players will be receiving phone calls directly from the Beano Chairman but if anyone has questions they may contact the Elk’s Lodge at 778-6761.

SeniorsPlus will be at the Wilton Free Public Library on Aug. 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 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.

Narrow Gauge R/R Historian to speak at Strong Historical Meeting. Guy Rioux, author of The Franklin County Narrow Gauges - The Next Stop Is Rangeley, will be the guest speaker at the August meeting of the Strong Historical Society. Copies of his book will be available and he will conduct a book-signing. He will speak on the subject of his soon-to-be-released volume concerning local conflicts around the Sandy River Railroad and the Franklin & Megantic Railroad. Where: Strong Historical Society, 79 North Main Street, Strong. When: Wednesday, Aug.6 at 5 pm for the book sale and signing. Potluck supper at 6:00 pm, a brief business meeting at 7:00 pm, followed immediately by the guest speaker. The public is invited.

Open House & Annual Meeting. The Temple Historical Society will hold an Open House at the Red Schoolhouse on Temple Intervale on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 1-3 p.m. The annual meeting will be held at 1 p.m. The archives room at the Town Hall will be open on the same day from 1:30 - 3 p.m. for the public to visit and to talk with members about genealogy, our archives, and recent donations to the Society.

Farmington and Mt. Blue High School Alumni Association reunion on Sunday, Aug. 9 at newly remodeled MT. Blue High School. Registration at 4 p.m. and Banquet at 5 p.m. Dues $5, Banquet Reservations $15. Send Check to: P.O. Box 331, Farmington, Me. 04938.

Raksha Bhandhan festival at Hridaya Ashram on Sunday, Aug. 10. 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Come experience Hridaya Ashram and help us celebrate Raksha Bhandhan -- a festival of expanding Life through the inspiring potential of Yoga. Fun and great food for all ages! We’re located at 243 Greenwood Brook Road in Industry. FMI and to register (required) please contact Bhagavan Das at: 207-542-6606 or Visit us online at


Everyone’s Resource Depot. July Arts and Crafts workshops for children of all ages.Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-4 pm. Fee: $1. For info call 778-7150. July 29 and 31: “Your Choice.”

Kids Art Camp - Ages 7 & Up at the Upcountry Artists Gallery and Learning Center, 161 Main St. in Farmington. Week 2: August 4 - 7, Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - noon, Nature Journaling. This week our focus will be on keeping a Nature Journal. You will Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You.This exercise will take us out of doors (weather permitting) where we'll explore the natural environment around us. Please bring water bottles, snack, towel or cushion to sit on. One week session cost: $75; all materials provided. Please contact Mardy at or call 207-778-6495 or 491-0651 for more info.

The UMF Boys High School Prep Camp will take place on Aug. 4 - 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. The Girls High School Prep Camp will take place on Aug. 4 - 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Both camps will be located at Prescott field. The purpose of these camps is to help prepare players for the high school season. At the camps players will have the opportunity to work with college coaches and college players. More information about the camps can be found here: Feel free to contact Tommy DiNuzzo, Head Men's Soccer Coach at UMF, with any questions. or call 207-778-7142.

Driver Safety Class is being offered at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 612 Farmington Falls Road, on Thursday, Aug. 14 starting at 12:15 p.m. The charge is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. A discount on your vehicle insurance is mandated for all who complete this course. Space is very limited, so please call early. George Davis at 872-2788.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Support Group is held the third Wednesday of each month (Aug 20) from 4 to 5:30 pm at Franklin Memorial Hospital. The group meets to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers, and is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association (Maine Chapter). For immediate assistance or to speak to someone about support groups call our 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900

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, Aug. 6, from 1 – 3 p.m. 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 Thursday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. - 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 Thursday, Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. to 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 Wednesday, Aug. 6 and Wednesday, Aug. 20, 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 CareerCenter.

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.