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Event listing items can be submitted to us by emailing 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 Town of Wilton Transfer Station at 211 Munson Road, Wilton will be the site of the regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, September 12. Residents of Wilton and other participating municipalities may dispose of household hazardous waste items during this time period. To dispose of the hazardous waste materials, keep the waste in original containers and do not mix. Place materials in a secure box and place the secured box in the trunk or truck bed. At the Transfer Station, vehicles will be directed to the correct area and staff from the Waste Disposal company will inspect and remove the waste from vehicles. Everyone must remain in their vehicles. For further information, call the Wilton Town Office at 645-4961.

The Farmington Falls Standard Water District will hold its annual meeting at 1 pm Saturday. September 12 at the Farmington Falls Fire Station. All interested parties are invited. There are two current board vacancies to be filled. Call Annette Tibbetts for more information (207)778-1576.

The Carrabassett Valley Public Library is open for business and a shipment of new books just arrived! (Please see attached list) Even though we are not open to the public for inside seating or long stays, you may use the patio or visit the library for up to 15 minutes by appointment during open hours. Summer Hours are Wed-Fri: 10-5 & Sat: 10-3; beginning Sept 8, Fall Hours: Tue-Fri: 10-5 & Sat: 10-3. Interlibrary Loan is also now available through the Maine State Library. So give us a call and plan your browsing visit soon. If you feel more comfortable just picking up items we can put them out front for you. All items are quarantined before and after sharing and our staff uses all necessary precautions, including disinfecting surfaces, requiring masks and hand sanitizing, and physical distancing to ensure a safe visit inside or out front. Call 237-3535 or see our Facebook page for more information.


The University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Visiting Writers Series presents award-winning fiction writer Lewis Robinson as the popular program’s first reader of the season. Robinson will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 17, in the Nordica Auditorium in Merrill Hall. The reading is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a meet and greet with the author.


ArtsFarmington is pleased to be sponsoring a production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, directed by Ethan Wright and featuring local actors and musicians. There will be an evening performance at the Titcomb Mt. Ski Area on Saturday, August 29 at 6:00 pm, and again on Sunday, August 30 with a matinée performance at 2:00 pm. For tickets please call the director, Ethan Wright, at 890-5730. Pre-registration is required so that numbers can be strictly limited per state CDC guidelines. Face masks are required, and hand sanitation stations will be provided. You will need to register family members or persons in your “bubble” with whom you plan to sit. Bring-in food is allowed, but no alcohol. Blankets and/or low folding chairs are also allowed. Strict social distancing between individuals or “bubbles” is required. We hope you enjoy this outdoor performance! Tickets are $10 each.

(For up-to-date information check our website at or our Facebook page).

ArtsFarmington invites the public to a memorable outdoor evening with the State Street Traditional Jazz Band on Saturday, Sept. 12 @ 5:00-7:00 pm at the Titcomb Mountain Ski Area.

The State Street Traditional Jazz Band performs vintage New Orleans Jazz dating back to the authentic origins of this music at the turn of the last century. Their repertoire includes familiar early jazz songs, blues numbers, and old New Orleans spirituals. Favorites from this era include: When the Saints Go Marching In, Has anybody Seen My Gal, Saint Louis Blues, and over 150 other songs from that time period. All band members are from Maine.

The performance is open to the general public and is a free gift from ArtsFarmington—no charge required; although contributions will be greatly appreciated to help us defray costs. Pre-registration is required so that numbers can be strictly limited according state CDC guidelines. Face masks and strict social distancing are required. You will need to register family members or persons in your bubble with whom you plan to sit. Bring-in food and wine are allowed as are blankets and low-profile folding chairs. Reservations are a must and can be made either at or by calling 778-6285.


CAR WASH. The American Legion Post, Farmington is hosting a car wash on Saturday, Sept. 19th, 9 AM-2 PM ( rain day Sunday) at the former Pro-Service garage, now the Wiles monument center, Farmington Falls Road. Donations of any amounts gratefully accepted. Helps to support local area veterans services. FMI Ron Smith 778-4058

On Saturday, September 19, from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m., the Masonic Group, 70 Bryant Road in East Wilton, will be offering a meal, either a curbside Pickup at the Lodge or Home delivered in the Farmington/Wilton area. The menu will be Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables, Roll and Apple Pie. The price of pickups will be $9.00 and $10.00 for Home deliveries. For those under age 12, the cost of the meal will be $5.00. Reservations are required and must be received by 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 17th For reservations or more information, please call Alan Morison, 645-4366 or Alvin McDonald, 645-2190.

Are you missing the taste of the Farmington Fair this year, especially the traditional turkey dinner at the St. Joseph's Home Cookin' Fair Booth? The Fair Booth is on the move this year. You can get a turkey dinner at the parish hall on Saturday, Sep. 26th for $10. The dinner includes turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, and pie. You can eat in or takeout.nTickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable. For your safety, CDC guidelines will be followed. Eat-in seatings will be at 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM, not to exceed 50 persons for in-door gatherings. Take-out pick-up times will be at 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM at the parish hall. Tickets can be purchased through or by calling the parish office. Don't miss out on this tasty fundraising event.

The Jim Ditzler Memorial Library in New Sharon will hold a bargain book sale on Saturday, September 26,2020 from 10 am to 2 pm. We have fiction, non-fiction & books for children, as well as large print books, DVD's & audio books. Sale is by donation. Proceeds will be used to benefit the library programs. For more information please call the library at 779-1128.

Want a meal that is fast, delicious--and free? Stop by the Tuesday Night Supper Club! Our menu offers a choice of homemade main dishes (including a vegetarian option) as well as a variety of "sides" and desserts. We serve dinner every Tuesday night, from 5 to 6 pm. The Tuesday Night Supper Club is located at 227 Main Street in Farmington, next door to Old South First Congregational Church. Everything is free, and everyone is welcome! The Tuesday Night Supper Club is a project of the Old South Youth Group.


Outdoor Holiday and Craft Fair Start your holiday shopping early with great local arts and crafts. Saturday September 5th - 9:00am to 2:00pm Narrow Gauge Drive-in Theater space behind the cinema 123 Front Street, Farmington Over 35 vendors signed up No Entry Fee to Attend Please park in the cinema parking lot and walk to the Drive-in located behind the cinema. CDC Guidelines followed-please wear a mask when social distancing can not be maintained. Rain or Shine! Visit for more information and for vendor information.

Church Mouse THRIFT SHOP End of SEASON SALE Friday & Sat. Sept 18 & 19 9 AM to 1 PM Wilton Congregational Church

Farmington Farmers' Markets
SATURDAY: 129 Main St. Farmington, Me, District Courthouse Parking Lot, Farmington, May thru October Hours: 9 am to 12:00 pm
Shop with SNAP/EBT and double your money with Maine Harvest Bucks. Visit:
FMI: Erica Haywood,
FMI: Marjorie Cormier,

Western Maine Market - Online Farmers’ Market. Operating weekly, year-round. Place your order on Wednesday to receive it Friday. We have pick-up locations in Farmington, Freeman, Kingfield, New Vineyard, and Rangeley. We offer free delivery directly to your home or workplace along our delivery route:
Route 4, downtown Farmington to Strong
Route 27, Farmington to Kingfield
Routes 142 & 145, Kingfield to Strong
Town Farm Rd., Farmington
Delivery beyond that route may be available for a fee. Call Deborah at 207 860-0703 or email for more info.


Western Maine Audubon is sponsoring a live webinar talk by wildlife ecologist and Maine Audubon Director of Conservation, Sally Stockwell, titled “What is Happening to Our Birds?” It will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 pm. The one-hour presentation will explore the staggering losses in regional and North American forest bird populations and what we can do as individuals and as a society to help mitigate further losses. The talk is free and open to the public, but registration is required and must be done from the following link:
Please check our website prior to the event for any updates.

Living Waters in Farmington will Host If my people New England prayer event on September 27th at 6:00 p.m. Join us as we live stream with churches all over New England. This event, "If My People...New England", is a chance for the body of Christ in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont to come together in worship, prayer, and intercession. For more information on the Farmington event contact us at 778-6190. Learn more about this event on Facebook at If My People New England

Discussions on race, ethic of service, pandemic volunteer management top agenda for virtual Maine Volunteer Leadership Conference. Maine’s only statewide educational event focused on engaging citizens in volunteer service moves online, expands opportunities for participation. Maine Volunteer Leadership Conference basics:
Where: Online venue
When: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $40 for individuals, $100 for a watch party
Registration deadline: Oct. 2, 2020
Registration page:

A vigil in Farmington will be held every Monday at noon to make people aware of the CMP Corridor vote coming up in November. Please join us, in front of the Farmington post office, if you’re in the area.

Pandemic Mass Times for Rangeley, Oquossoc, and Stratton: Our Lady of the Lakes Parish Mass schedule (Effective June 20) St. John Church, Stratton - Saturday 6 p.m. Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Oquossoc - 7:30 a.m. St. Luke Church, Rangeley - 9:30 a.m. To make a reservation for Rangeley, call Gerry at (207) 864-2601. To make a reservation for Oquossoc, call Carmen at (207) 864-3807. To make a reservation for Stratton, call Patty at (207) 246-4892.

Daily invitation to pray at the foot of blessed crosses located at 227 Macomber Hill Road, Jay Maine. All are welcome to come in quiet respect. Please call 207.595.0865 for more details.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Wilton holds worship services each Sunday at 9:30 am. The Episcopal Church welcomes you wherever you are on your spiritual journey. St. Luke's is located at 59 High St. at the corner of School and High Streets in Wilton. FMI about the church: or find us on Facebook. Phone number: 645-2639.

A support group for mothers who have lost a family member to addiction or who have children currently addicted. Mondays 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Henderson Memorial Baptist church, 110 Academy Street, Farmington.

Incarcerated Family Support Group: Rose's Room, a support group for family and loved ones of incarcerated men and women, will meet at St. Joseph's Church, 133 Middle St., Farmington, at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month. All with loved ones in jail or prison are welcome. Join us for a non-judgmental, supportive, safe space to share experiences with friends who know what it's like to have a loved one in the system. For more information, call 207-491-2527. Rose's Room supports loved ones of ALL faiths and/or no faith. All are welcome.

Drugs causing you problems? We can help you achieve freedom from active addiction. Narcotics Anonymous Three meetings per week in Farmington. Go to or call 1-800-974-0062 for more information.

Christian liberation organization. Have you been looking for like-minded people that seek to experience the depth of love from God that He provides ... then please read! This is not a solicitation from a church nor is this a plea to get people to serve. The Spirit has been quite clear to provide a venue for people that desire the fellowship and soul feeding that a church environment could provide without the condemnation and expectations associated with organized religion. What exactly this will look like is yet to be determined. Not that we don’t want some vision of this but we do not want any ‘mans’ vision. We are completely comfortable with whatever God may be doing. When I say ‘we’ there are just a few that have been praying for God’s direction. For those interested come for regular "Consider This" videos and "Sermons" as lead by the Spirit. If you want to be included on our reminder list please leave your email in the discussion section of our Christian liberation organization Youtube site , or email us directly at We reside in the western mountains of Maine and would welcome gatherings. Looking forward with great expectation of God’s work! May you experience the joy and peace of the Father, Son & Spirit!

Veterans of Foreign Wars, James A. McKechnie Post 10881, has changed the monthly meeting to the first Thursday of each month. 7 pm at the Farmington Municipal Bldg., downstairs in back of building.

Ongoing support group for people who have a loved one with a mental illness. It meets every third Wednesday at the Farmington hospital. Any questions you can call Louise at 592-9933 or Kathy.


Central Maine Board #20 is offering basketball a five-week rules course for people interested in becoming a certified basketball official. The class meets through Zoom at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 29. If you wish to register, you can do so at Mid-Maine Regional Adult Education website at For more information contact TJ Halliday @ 522-2029 or e-mail at

Yoga Class~ third Tuesday of every month, 6-7pm, $10 Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge St, West Farmington, Maine 04938 Most people think Yoga is for young, fit people. This could not be further from the truth! Yoga is for everyone who wants to live a healthier, happier life in body and mind! No prior experience required. Vegan potluck to follow.