Arts & Culture

Reindeer's High School Band Competition to Benefit Teen Agencies

Reindeer's High School Band Competition to Benefit Teen Agencies

The statewide high school rock band competition called The Off-Ramp is rounding the fourth curve and heading into the homestretch-but not before the nine competing bands learn a lesson in giving back to the community. The Off-Ramp is the brainchild of Reindeer Records, the creators of the popular Rock-Off competition that helped out thousands of young musicians since it began in 1984. The new competition is designed to provide a more intense learning experience for the young competitors and leave a long-lasting impact on their peers. Since being selected in November, the bands have had to face various music-industry tasks-songwriting, video documenting their recording studio experience, and marketing. Their fourth task is Live Event Production, for which Reindeer created three teams of three bands with the goal of producing an all-ages show to benefit designated youth groups.

Yearly Spring Concert by Salvation Army Band and Songsters

The Old Orchard Beach Salvation Army Band will hold its spring concert on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the local Salvation Army, the corner of Sixth Street and Church Street in Old Orchard Beach. 
Local musicians who attend the Army as their church are extremely talented and their ministry is expressed weekly at their Sunday services under the direction of Bandmaster Al Stickland.  The concert will include a Brass Quartet from The New England Brass Band, New England’s premier brass band “in the British Tradition.”  The New England Brass Band was formed in 1988 by a group of friends which with years of experience playing in the British style.
Included in the evening program will be selections by the Salvation Army Songsters (choral group) under the direction of Dr. Drew Poulopoulos as well as presentation by soloists of the group.
Admission to the concert is free.

4th unique singing event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

4th unique singing event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

PORTLAND - On Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine will host its fourth one-of-a-kind multigenerational a cappella musical concert at USM’s Hannaford Hall (in the Abromson Center on the Portland Campus). 

“Acappellooza 11” is an annual event, created by the late Terri Hatt, who was a Big Sister with the organization.  The 2011 program will feature seven singing groups from Maine and New Hampshire who have again volunteered to help the local nonprofit organization raise funds to support kids needing mentors in Southern Maine.

The concert is sponsored by Winxnet, UBS, and Mainebiz.  It features a cappella groups volunteering from USM, Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Colleges, the University of New Hampshire, and the Portland area women’s quartet known as “Rally.”

Terri Hatt, who volunteered three years as a Big Sister for the mentoring agency until her death in January 2009, created and coordinated the public event for

York County Senior College Lecture Features Past and Modern-Day Explorers

Saco/Sanford, ME, Feb., 2011:  The three-part York County Senior College lecture series will culminate on Wednesday,  March 16, with voyages through history and geography, with Dr. John Sutherland, who will speak about the 26th president's life in "The Many Faces of Teddy Roosevelt." 

                John Sutherland graduated from the University of Maine and received his Ph.D. in History from Temple University. He is Professor of History Emeritus and Emeritus Director of the Institute of Local History at Manchester (CT.) Community College.

Franco-American La Fête du Printemps festival

Franco-American La Fête du Printemps festival

BIDDEFORD—Biddeford’s third annual celebration of Franco-American arts and culture has undergone a lively makeover, including a new name and new events.

The newly dubbed La Fête du Printemps—best translated as a “Celebration of Spring”—is a festival highlighting the creativity of New England’s Franco-American population. The free weekend of events will feature Franco-American folk art, French Canadian and Acadian music, and Franco-American theater performed in both English and French.

Biddeford’s City Theater/Salle de l’Opéra will host La Fête du Printemps from Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27 at the City Theater located in the Biddeford City Hall at 205 Main Street.

The preliminary schedule of events includes:

Friday, March 25, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Opening reception for a showing of sculptures by Biddeford native and folk artist Adelard Coté (1889-1974) at the Heart of Biddeford, 205 Main Street.

Friday, March 25, 8 p.m.

Crafters Encouraged To Apply

The Shaker Hill Apple Festival will be taking place
on the beautiful grounds of an old Shaker village
on Shaker Hill Road in Alfred, Maine, on September
24 and 25, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The
York County Shelter Programs is sponsoring the
Second Annual Juried Shaker Hill Arts and Crafts
Fair at the Apple Festival. The jurying committee
of this arts and crafts fair is particularly interested
in applicants who work in quality nature-related crafts.   
Basketmakers, potters, fiber artists, painters,
spinners, weavers, blacksmiths, woodworkers,
woodcarvers, stone artists, quilters, and glass
artisans are strongly encouraged to apply.



Saco, Maine— In June 2010, Saco artist Diane Bowie Zaitlin attended a residency at Great Spruce Head Island Artweek in Penobscot Bay.  In the exhibit Point of Departure she provides a view of her creative process and the power of influence from a period of immersion in her artwork in a setting of intense beauty. Point of Departure will be on view at the Saco Museum May 7 through September 4, 2011. A FREE public opening reception (held in conjunction with the concurrent exhibition Voyages and the Age of Sail) will take place at the Saco Museum on Friday, May 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

During her residency, Zaitlin experimented with a variety of artistic media.