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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.


Movie Night featuring “Reviving Freedom Mill” Making Headway in Canton, Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls and Wilton: A Multi-Town Pilot Project with GrowSmart Maine. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Livermore Falls Town Office, Two Main Street in Livermore Falls, enjoy this 30-minute film, refreshments, and Q&A with filmmaker Tony Grassi about bringing an historic building back to life and its impact on the community, followed by discussion of GrowSmart Maine’s effort to support local success. View a trailer of the film at Register here to attend.

Harvest Day on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Wilton Free Public Library. Begins at 10:30 a.m. Sen. Tom Saviello will be there to teach the kids about apples and show them how to use a cider press. Rep. Russell Black will be teaching the kids about bees and the process of making honey. There will be face painting and a craft for children, as well as snacks! The Merry Plinksters will be with us to provide festive music for the occasion. Children and parents are welcome to dress in “harvest” attire (farmers, cowboys, bees, pumpkins etc.) if they so choose. This event is free for all children and their families, though donations to future library events will be accepted and appreciated!

17th Annual Apple Pumpkin Festival. Come enjoy our day long festival celebrating fall. Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE Admission. Some of the day's activities include the Tiger Slide, Rock Climbing Wall, Bounce House, a Pie Eating Contest, Dunk Tank and music by local talent. Crafter/Vendor spaces still available. Please contact the Jay-Livermore-Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce @ 897-6755 or go to the website: for registration or more information.

Pumpkin Festival. The third annual Pumpkin Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4. Sheepdog demonstrations, horse pulled wagon rides, scarecrow decorating and live entertainment featuring Rick Charette will highlight the daytime activities of this family friendly festival. All events will take place in the Front Street Neighborhood. For more information visit the website

Third annual New Sharon Scarecrow Reunion Oct. 4 and 5. There are several categories of scarecrows that groups, businesses, families, and individuals may enter. Copies of rules and entry forms are available at the Sandy River Farm Supply, Douin's Market, or New Sharon Town Office. The Reunion is hosted by the New Sharon Community Improvement Team. This year's Reunion is dedicated to the memory of Averill Butterfield, a CIT member, who passed away recently.


Filmmaker discusses work. The University of Maine at Farmington’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is proud to present Maine filmmaker Desi Van Til for a special event to open its 2014-15 Visiting Writers Series. Van Til will discuss her films at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus. This event is free and open to the public. A native of Farmington and graduate of Mt. Blue High School, Van Til studied English Literature at Princeton University, then enjoyed a post-graduate cinema intensive fellowship in Paris before moving to Los Angeles to work in film.

Doug Dunlap to Speak at NVPL. The New Vineyard Public Library will host author Doug Dunlap at their fourth annual “Local Author’s Night” on Sept. 22, 2014, at 6:30 pm, in the library community room. Dunlap resides in Farmington and is a registered Maine guide. In addition to his regular column in the Franklin Journal, “Foot and Paddle”, he has now written the first in a series of outdoor guide books, Day Hiking in the Western Mountains of Maine. The book divides 18 hikes into three parts: the Carrabassett Valley, Rangeley, and Weld. Each hike includes a personal essay of his experience along with descriptions, elevation, and length etc. The event is open to the public and will include: a talk by Dunlap followed by a question and answer period; book sale and signing; refreshments, and a free raffle ticket for each attendee.

Color of woman painting workshop with Cindy Taylor Clark, Sat. Sept. 20 at High Peaks Artisan Guild, Kingfield, 8:30am - 4:30pm, for more information contact Cindy at, cost $125.

New Exhibit. The Emery Community Arts Center announces an opening reception for Hydrologic Making Sense with Water, art and science connecting on behalf of our most important element. Exhibition curated by Krisanne Baker, featuring the art of 14 artists. Exhibition open through Nov. 13.

The University of Maine at Farmington proudly presents an exhibit by multi-media artist and designer Barry Whittaker as the UMF Art Gallery’s opening exhibition for the fall 2014 semester. The exhibit, “Throwing Things at the Sky to See if They Stick,” will be held from Sept. 11 through Oct. 19. The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the Admissions Office. Gallery hours are Tuesdays–Sundays 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline at or call her at 207-778-1062.

SugarWood Galley 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.

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


New England Celtic Arts' Maine Music Week slated for Sept. 10-17, 2014, in Franklin County and offers a total of 10 live shows and more than 40 artists from across Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Maine, and New England. A complete list of shows with start times and ticket prices can be found at or by calling 207-562-4445.

The Western Maine Storytelling Committee will be have a storytelling event at the Franklin County Fair this year. The stories will be told in the Red School House on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4. There will be stories of local interest, international tales and Yankee Ingenuity. We have one teller who tells a story about early settlers of Rangeley. This is most interesting and will mix well with Rangeley being the featured Town at the fair this year. Her name is Jude Lamb. Please email her at to arrange a time to talk. We also have local tellers such as Phyllis Blackstone, Rob Lively, Judy Loeven and Jane Woodman.

Maine Mountain Chamber Music: Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, selections from Bartok’s Duos for Two Violins, performed by violin and viola, and Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor for Four Hands. Jasmine Lin, violin, Laurie Kennedy, viola, Kathe Jarka, Yuri Funahashi, piano, and Steven Pane, piano. Nordica Auditorium at the University of Maine at Farmington; Saturday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m $12; free admission to those 18 years & under, and to students with id. cards. 645-2157.

On Friday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Vienna Union Hall - Molly Gawler presents a premier performance of her new company Droplet Dance featuring dance and the Cyr Wheel with Ellen and John Gawler playing music along the way. Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. For tickets email or call 293-2674.

Buffet and Dance. Weld Public Library is teaming up with Kawanhee Inn for an end-of-the-season buffet and dance to benefit the library on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Kawanhee Inn in Weld. There will be two dinner sittings at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. The $25 a person tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be a cash bar with all drinks discounted for the occasion. If you wish, come dressed to Rock n’ Roll through the ages to live music! This is a unique opportunity to enjoy great food and music and at the same time help the library fund much needed programs and building repairs. Tickets can be purchased at the Weld Free Public Library, the Kawanhee Inn, the Weld Town Office, Skoolhouse Variety and the Weld General Store. For more information, please call The Kawanhee Inn (585-2000).

8th Annual Al Corey Big Band Autumn Dance sponsored by The Mt. Blue Music Boosters will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27. Dance Clinic from 6-7 p.m;. dance from 7-10 p.m.
at the Mt. Blue Middle School Cafeteria in Farmington. Refreshments will feature the chocolate fountain with fresh strawberries and many other items to sample. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Devaney,Doak & Garrett Booksellers in Farmington or The Wilton Public Library in Wilton. Advance tickets Adults $15; students & seniors $10. Tickets purchased at the door will be Adult $18; students & seniors $12. For additional information please contact Debbie Seeley
at 778-9053 or

Dance to the music of Roy Hudson on Oct. 4 at the Farmington Elks Lodge #2430, 120 School St., West Farmington. From 8 p.m. to midnight – Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets available at Madore’s Mkt. & the Elks Lounge or call 778-6761 in advance for reservations.


Public supper: Saturday, Sept. 20, 4:30 to 6 pm. Mercer Community Center, 1015 Beech Hill Road, Mercer, ME. Baked bean supper, hot dogs, casseroles, desserts. Hosted by Mercer Community Club. Adults $7; ages 6 -12 $4; 5 and under free.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, there will be a Public Masonic Supper at the Harland M. Harnden Masonic Hall at 70 Bryant Road in East Wilton, to benefit the Building Fund. The menu will be BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Rolls, Strawberry Shortcake and Beverages. $8 for Adults and $5 for those under the age of 12. For more information please call 778-2354.

The 18th Annual Mt. Blue Football Tailgate Party will be held before the York Varsity football game on Friday, Sept. 26 at Mt. Blue High School. The menu includes half chicken meal for $6.50, a quarter pound hamburger or two hotdogs each for $5. All meals include coleslaw, chips, a brownie and a drink. Food will be served between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Seating is available. Tickets are available to purchase from all Mt. Blue High School football players or they can be purchased at Madore’s Market in West Farmington and Shelly’s Hometown Market in East Wilton. Tickets may be available at the event but advanced purchase is advised. All proceeds benefit the Mt. Blue High School Program.

Golf Scramble (9 holes)- Sunday, Sept. 28 - Tee off at 1 p.m. Diadema Golf Club, Route 16, North Anson. 207-635-3060. Reservations at Diadema or 652-2417. 4 Golfers on a team - $40 per golfer - Rental carts available - Lunch from 11:45 - 12:45PM. Benefit for New Vineyard Public Library

Benefit Ghost Ride. Sandy River Lakes Railroad and the Phillips 8th Grade present 11 Annual Ghost Train Ride Saturday, Oct. 4, from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Location is the Train Station on Bridge Street Phillips. Come see if we can scare you! There will also be concessions on sale, face painting, fortune telling, music. Come ride the train Adults $6. children under 12 $3.


4th Annual Wilton PTF Craft Fair Saturday, Nov. 15 at Academy Hill School in Wilton from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information or to reserve your space($20/table) contact Renee by phone at 645-3120 or by email @

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,


Western Maine Audubon Monthly Program: “All about Bluebirds, and More” will be held 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Room 101, Roberts Learning Center, University of Maine at Farmington (Note change in room from our usual C23). The Eastern Bluebird has made a remarkable – thanks to many of you and others who joined the efforts to put up nest boxes and create bluebird trails. Years ago rare, it is now a familiar Spring and Fall sight. John Rogers has maintained a trail of bluebird nest boxes for over 35 years in Central New York. He was co-founder of the NYS Bluebird Society, past board member of the North American Bluebird Society, and recipient of many conservation and bluebird related awards. His program will be an audio-video presentation about the life cycle of the Eastern Bluebird, bluebird nest box management, habitat, the nesting cycle, and more!

The Woods Storytelling Guild in Farmington will hold their regular monthly meeting on Thurs. Sept. 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. in Room 123 of the Olsen Student Center on the University of Maine campus on South St. in Farmington,, ME. All who are interested in storytelling are welcome. Telling is optional.

The Franklin County Retired Educators will initiate the 2014-2015 series of meeting on Monday Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Rangeley Episcopal Church. The guest speaker will be Larry Given, president of Maine Education Association-Retired, who will speak about the organization's membership and benefits. Annual dues may be paid at this meeting or sent to Debbie Kidder. Lunch will be served by the great cooks as usual.

Public Feedback Forums. Sept. 25 at 309 Wilton Road in Farmington (Work First Inc. building) The 2014 Public Forum Series Collaborative is hosting a public meeting to gather your feedback on your experiences and thoughts about the current service system under the Office of Aging and Disabilities Services (OADS.) There will be two forums on September 25 in Farmington. 11:00 AM at Work First Inc. conference room 309 Wilton Road, Farmington. This gathering is focused on the individuals receiving services and their support staff. Questions will be offered to help the process. What services are working well, what could be better, what is missing? Please come and share your thoughts and help those you support to share their thoughts. 6:30 PM at Work First Inc. conference room 309 Wilton Road, Farmington. This gathering is open to all interested parties. Families, providers, staff, individuals receiving services and guardians are all welcomed. Please come share your thoughts, comments and concerns. The purpose of this forum is to gather information about the services you use, and what you think could be added to or changed to make the services better. Your annual plan, case manager, home, work or community support, your staff, your advocate, transportation... these are all services that are up for discussion. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 1-800-870-7746 The Maine Parent Federation

The North Chesterville Extension Homemakers will be meeting on Thursday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chesterville Town Office. The topics for the evening will be choosing a project for the Rotary Christmas Tree following the theme “Maine Wildlife”, Program Planning for 2015, and Election of Officers for 2015. All meeting are free, and the public is invited to attend. Everyone is asked to bring ideas they would be interested in for the coming year. FMI 778-3156.

Hunter Safety Course will be held Oct. 2, Oct. 14, Oct. 16, from 6-9 pm. FMI at 645-4867. $5 Limited Enrollment. Pre-Register at Wilton Fish & Game on Monday Sept 29 at 6 p.m.

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:


UMF offers a free, weekly playgroup for parents/caregivers with infants and toddlers. Parents/caregivers attend with their children. A snack and fun, developmentally appropriate activities are offered. The program is open to families in the community with children under the age of 3. It is a great opportunity for our students at UMF to work with families with babies and toddlers. Playgroups are offered during the following days/times: Tuesdays 9-11am, Wednesdays 9-11am, and Thursdays 5-7pm. We have space in all three playgroups, especially the Thursday night session which is great for working families. Playgroups are free but registration is required. If you are interested, please call Patty Williams 778-7109 or e-mail her at Playgroups start the week of Sept. 22nd so there is still plenty of time to register.

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:

Poetry Writing Workshop. For anyone (16 and older) interested in writing poetry for publication in nationally distributed literary journals. Please join us at the Farmington Public Library this Thursday, Sept. 18th, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bring at least one copy of a poem totaling no more than two single-spaced pages to distribute to all workshop participants. Workshop leader: Frank Giampietro, author of Begin Anywhere (Alice James Books, 2008) with assistance from Julia Bouwsma and Meg Willing. Please email Frank Giampietro ( or Jen Scott ( for more information.

Classes. Mt. Blue RSD Adult & Community Education is offering more than 60 classes. There is something for everyone! If you want to get moving but are tired of the same old physical activities, why not try Clogging or Line Dancing. If you are a music enthusiast, join the Organized Acoustic Jam Sessions, including Old-Time, Country, Bluegrass, Celtic, Folk, Blues and Soft Rock or the Guitar Improvisation class. There have been several requests for American Sign Language which is being taught this fall. If you are craving crafts, register for Piecing Meets Applique, Cake Decorating, Wreath Making, or new this fall, Monster Makeup for Adults & Teens. Along with these new offerings, still available are past favorites of Advanced/Intermediate Welding, Hunter Safety and many more! You may read details about all the available courses online or register at Please also feel free to call Mt. Blue Adult Ed at 778-3460 Monday-Thursday for information or to register. It is never too late to learn something new! Call today!

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

Registration is now open for Swim lessons will be offered at the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center. Beginning the week of Sunday, Sept. 28, lessons are offered at a variety of times and days, with our final session of lessons beginning Nov. 4. Beginner lessons are free to those 4 years old through adults. Registration is open and classes will fill up quickly. For a full outline of lessons and more information visit Registration forms are collected in person and through the mail only.

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.

Gateways to Employment will be held 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.