23rd Maine International Film Festival Releases Program and Schedule

Dedicates Event to Lives Lost to Racist Violence

 

Waterville, Maine — The Maine Film Center (MFC) announces the release of the complete lineup for the 23rd annual Maine International Film Festival (MIFF), which will offer programming this July 7-16 at the Skowhegan Drive-In Theatre, as well as having a selection of titles available online. Among the Drive-In’s programming highlights are the festival’s Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece films, and a showcase of Maine-made short films.

 

Premieres and special events comprise this year’s festival program. Opening Night, July 7, is the Northeastern premiere of HEROIC LOSERS, a comedic, suspenseful heist film starring Ricardo Darin in which a group of “losers” find a way to get back at those who stole from them. The Centerpiece film is the World Premiere of AMERICAN THIEF, an explosive, original and timely thriller set against 2016 election night. In the Closing Night’s THE LAST SHIFT, a midwestern white working-class lifer, played by Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins, discovers uncomfortable truths about himself and the culture and world he’s rarely questioned when he starts training his replacement, Jevon, a bright, aspiring young black man.

 

“We usually present about 60 features each year at MIFF,” said Programming Director Ken Eisen. “This year, with our slimmer program, I am thrilled to be able to share some of the absolute best of the best that we usually show: 10 carloads of films that our audiences can truly discover—almost all are major premieres—for themselves.”

 

“We’re proud to present a stellar program of films that might otherwise never be screened in Maine—especially this year,” said Executive Director Mike Perreault, “not only under the stars at the Skowhegan Drive-In Theatre, but also online for fans of MIFF from home and from away. I hope that our audiences will be inspired by these incredible films.”

 

One of the Maine Film Center’s core missions is to educate by exhibiting films that advance knowledge and understanding of U.S. and world culture. Toward that end, MFC reaffirms and pledges to be unceasing in its determination and commitment to exhibit and otherwise support films that depict and express black lives. This year’s MIFF is dedicated to the lives of all people of color lost to racism, both systemic and individual. In an effort to support training, development, production, funding, and distribution for black filmmakers at a time when this work is more important and challenging than ever, MFC will provide the opportunity for patrons to donate to a charity empowering black filmmakers to tell their stories.

 

Individual tickets and passes are now available to purchase online at MIFF.org. MIFF is a project of the Maine Film Center, and is made possible by presenting sponsors Waterville Creates!, Colby College, and the Cynthia C. and Seth W. Lawry Family Foundation.

 

About the Maine Film Center
The Maine Film Center (MFC) brings world-class independent film to Central Maine through Railroad Square Cinema, the only Sundance Art House Project cinema in Maine and the annual Maine International Film Festival, a 10-day celebration that attracts filmmakers and film aficionados from around the world, and by delivering impactful, accessible film exhibitions and education programs. MFC firmly believes that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and serve as an economic engine. MFC is a division of Waterville Creates! For more information visit http://www.MaineFilmCenter.org.

Maine-Japan Printmaking Exchange Celebrates Five Years with Exhibition at Common Street Arts May 18 – July 18, 2020

Waterville, MaineCommon Street Arts in Waterville will host a collection of prints by artists from Maine and Aomori, Japan beginning May 18 through July 18 at the Hathaway Creative Center in downtown Waterville.  The traveling exhibition is part of MAPS (Maine-Aomori Printmaking Society), a cultural exchange program sharing art and artists between Maine and Aomori. The MAPS initiative is celebrating five years of collaborative exhibitions and artist exchanges. MAPS will be on view virtually through Common Street Arts’ social media channels including Facebook and Instagram.  Common Street Arts will provide associated virtual programming through its Afterschool Art Club Facebook series and provide additional video content to share the exhibition with viewers. There will also be opportunities to purchase prints through the Maine Aomori Printmaking Society.

Since 2015, curators Jeff Badger and Jiro Ono have coordinated the exchange of ten prints each year from artists in Maine and Aomori.  The prints have been exhibited in Maine and Japan and now the collection numbers over a hundred works. The prints exchanged in 2019-2020 will be exhibited at Common Street Arts in Waterville from May 18 through July 18. The same collection was shown at the Aomori Arts Pavilion in Japan during the Citizen Culture Days in October 2019.  “We’re thrilled to be partnering with MAPS and look forward to showcasing this beautiful collection of prints.  It’s a wonderful partnership and we are so pleased to be able to serve as a virtual venue,” says Patricia King, Vice President of Waterville Creates.

The official relationship between Maine and Aomori has been in place for over 20 years, but the fascinating connection between the two states goes back to the wreck of a ship from Bath off the Japanese coast in 1889, resulting in a daring rescue of American sailors by Japanese villagers. In addition to MAPS, Friends of Aomori – the all-volunteer non-profit that supports the partnership – also supports high-school exchange programs, educational workshops and events, and economic development opportunities.  “The MAPS print collection has grown into a beautiful representation of the diversity and excellence in printmaking that can be found in both Maine and Aomori. Our goal is to exhibit this dynamic and growing collection all over the State of Maine. We are proud to partner with Common Street Arts to share the work with the people of Waterville and neighboring communities,” says Badger.

The MAPS 2020 collection features work by: Lydia Badger, Stephen Burt, Susan Groce, David Harmon, Mary Hart, Emiko Kamada, Hitoshi Kikuchi, Osamu Kitamura, Michiko Kusakabe, Tadashi Saito, Hiroshi Takehana, Kiyohiro Toriyabe, Raegan Russell, Allison Derby Hildreth, Pilar Nadal, Noriyuki Ota, Lisa Pixley, Deloris A. White, David Wolfe, Tamiko Yamaya, and Tuya Yasuta.

MAPS is presented by Friends of Aomori and made possible by the generous support of the Rines-Thomspon fund of the Maine Community Foundation and Ocean House Gallery and Frame. The MAPS exhibition at Common Street Arts is sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank.

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! connects artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. Supporting and promoting arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit www.downtownartscenter.org

Waterville Creates! Launches Art Kits for All in Response to COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Free art kits for those in need available in May; community donations to support program

Waterville, Maine — In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis and the need to keep social distance, Waterville Creates! has launched a new collaborative program, Art Kits for All, an effort to help keep our community’s families engaged and entertained during this public health crisis by providing free art supplies and instructions for art projects that can be created at home. Beginning the week of May 11th the kits will be distributed at the Alfond Youth and Community Center (AYCC) and the Downtown Waterville Farmers’ Market. Waterville Creates! is seeking community donations to fund this ongoing program. Kit distribution dates and information on how to donate to the Art Kits for All program can be found at: http://www.WatervilleCreates.org.

“Closing our doors during the COVID-19 pandemic was heartbreaking to us. We realize how many local families and community members rely on our art programs, events and scholarships to live a fulfilling and balanced life,” says President and CEO Shannon Haines. “We took stock of our resources and capabilities and realized we could provide needed relief using the art materials we’ve gathered for our ongoing art programs – and with a little help from our non-profit friends and local institutions, our arts-loving patrons, and our amazingly supportive community.”

The Art Kits for All are assembled at the Colby Museum of Art; masks and gloves are worn during kit assembly and all art materials are disinfected to remove any risk of contamination. The kits are prepared and sealed a week prior to the distribution date to further minimize any transmission risk. Kits will be distributed in conjunction with the Alfond Youth Center’s Feeding Families Initiative and at the Downtown Waterville Farmers’ Market.

While Waterville Creates! developed the Art Kits for All concept, many local nonprofits are collaborating in this effort by providing volunteers and supplies. Partners include the Colby Museum of Art, the Kennebec Montessori School, Waterville Public Schools, and the Family Violence Project. The AYCC and Downtown Waterville Farmers Market are also lending a hand by providing a distribution network for the kits. Community donations in support of this effort are also being requested; Art Kits for All can be sponsored for as little as $10, and all gifts are tax deductible. To donate, visit: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/waterville-creates/art-kits-for-all

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! connects artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. Supporting and promoting arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit www.downtownartscenter.org

The Maine Film Center (MFC) Launches New Railroad Square Cinema Website

http://www.railroadsquarecinema.com/ Features Streaming Recommendations from the Maine Film Center and Ease-of-Use Functionality and Flexibility During Unprecedented Closure Due to COVID-19

 

Waterville, Maine – The Maine Film Center (MFC) is making the most of its unscheduled COVID-19 “intermission” (aka temporary closure) by launching a new website for the Railroad Square Cinema, Maine’s only Sundance Art House Project theatre. The new and enhanced website features a more mobile-friendly interface for visitors, allows for a greater diversity of content sharing, and for the first time ever includes streaming film recommendations from the Maine Film Center staff. The new website can be found at Http://www.RailroadSquareCinema.com.

 

“All of us at the Maine Film Center are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support during these difficult times that have literally reshaped the way we entertain, educate, and build community,” says Mike Perreault, executive director of the Maine Film Center. “While watching at home can in no way rival the experience of the cinema, the new Railroad Square Cinema website will feature a curated selection of titles available for streaming. We hope that by presenting some of the best American independent, international, and classic films available online in this way, our audiences will still be able to enjoy quality films and look eagerly toward the future when we can again project, congregate, discuss, debate, and revel in—to the fullest extent—our passion for cinema.”

 

Established in 1978, Railroad Square Cinema is a three-screen independent movie theater boasting the “best popcorn in the known universe.” Saluted by the Sundance Film Institute as one of the first theaters in the country to be included in its Art House Project, Railroad Square Cinema is consistently recognized as one of the region’s top theaters and according to Yankee Magazine is Maine’s “Best Art-House Theater.”

 

About the Maine Film Center

The Maine Film Center (MFC) brings world-class independent film to Central Maine through Railroad Square Cinema, the only Sundance Art House Project cinema in Maine and the annual Maine International Film Festival, a 10-day celebration that attracts filmmakers and film aficionados from around the world, and by delivering impactful, accessible film exhibitions and education programs. MFC inspires an appreciation for the art of film and works to make Waterville a key destination in the state of Maine. MFC firmly believes that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and serve as an economic engine. For more information visit http://www.MaineFilmCenter.org

 

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! connects artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. Supporting and promoting arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit www.downtownartscenter.org

Youth Art Month (YAM), Common Street Arts’ March Exhibition, Spotlights Area Youth Art

“A Journey Through Art” opening reception – Thursday, March 5 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Waterville, MaineWaterville Creates! is filled with child-like excitement to host the Youth Art Month (YAM) exhibition at Common Street Arts! YAM honors the amazing art teachers in central Maine while celebrating the work of aspiring youth artists in grades K-12 from 17 participating schools. This year’s YAM theme is “A Journey Through Art” and is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank. Each Saturday, Common Street Arts will host a series of free programs that explore the themes of travel, culture, and human creativity. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 5 from 4:30 – 6:00pm at Common Street Arts. For a complete list of the scheduled projects and programs, please visit www.commonstreetarts.org.

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
CLOSED SUNDAY

Featured Schools:

Albert S. Hall School
Canaan Elementary School
Carrabec High School
George J. Mitchell School
Glen Stratton Learning Center
Kennebec Montessori School
Madison Elementary School
Madison Junior High School
Maine Academy of Natural Sciences
Messalonskee High School
Messalonskee Middle School
Mount Merici Academy
North Elementary School
Warsaw Middle School
Waterville Alternative High School
Winslow High School
Winslow Junior High School

 

Free Youth Art Month Events:

Arts Around the World at the Chace Community Forum

Explore art throughout the world and become inspired by artists from different countries. Members from the Colby College International Club and Colby Museum of Art will assist in art-making projects and discuss art from various countries throughout the world.

Saturday, March 7 @ 1:00 – 4:00pm

Kids Art Yoga

Join yoga teacher Stephanie Pinnette as she leads a youth yoga class in the gallery. Participants will create unique poses inspired by artwork in the exhibition.

Saturday, March 14 @ 10:00 – 11:00am

 

Family Game Café

Every time we play games, we are transported to another world. Explore board games that bring us on journeys, from the more recent Settlers of Catan to the old school Oregon Trail.

Saturday, March 21 @ 1:00 – 4:00pm

Music from Around the World

Musicians from Snow Pond Center for the Arts will introduce participants to instruments from around the world. Families are invited to create art as they listen to music!

Saturday, March 28 @ 1:00 – 2:00pm

 

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! connects artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. Supporting and promoting arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit www.downtownartscenter.org

 

Waterville Creates! Invited to Participate in 17th Annual Maine Nonprofit Day

Waterville, Maine — Waterville Creates! joins the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) at the 17th annual Maine Nonprofit Day at the State House. Nonprofit Day provides an opportunity for nonprofits and government to assert their commitment to working together in order to creatively, efficiently and effectively serve the people of Maine.

The Maine nonprofit sector is a major economic engine, employing 1 out of every 6 Mainers. Maine’s nonprofit sector paid over $4.7 billion in wages in 2017, or 17.9% of the state’s total payroll. These wages translated in an estimated $271 million of personal income tax revenue for Maine’s state and local governments. Nonprofit Day at the State House seeks to educate lawmakers on this critical piece of our economy and celebrate the importance of the work of exhibitors.

Waterville Creates! connects artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. Supporting and promoting arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community.

“Maine’s nonprofits are complex and strategic organizations. They create jobs, develop community leaders, and invest significant financial and human resources across the State,” said Jennifer Hutchins, Executive Director of MANP. “We are thrilled to highlight this diverse sector at the State House.”

“Waterville Creates! serves over 86,000 patrons annually through theatre, live music, and special events at the Waterville Opera House, daily film programming at Railroad Square Cinema and the annual Maine International Film Festival, ongoing arts education and exhibitions at Common Street Arts, and numerous collaborative community events,” says President and CEO Shannon Haines. “In addition to providing outstanding year-round arts programming, Waterville Creates! is a significant economic engine for Waterville and the region.”

Other exhibiting nonprofits include:

Auburn Public Library
College Guild
Community Concepts
The Ecology School
In Her Presence
Jackson Lab
Kids Peace
Pine Tree Hospice
NAMI Maine
Sexual Assault & Crisis Support Center

The 17th Annual Nonprofit Day takes place on February 11th, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm, in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta. For more information on this event, please call the Maine Association of Nonprofits at 871-1885 or visit www.nonprofitmaine.org/nonprofitday.

About Waterville Creates!

Waterville Creates! connects artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. Supporting and promoting arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit www.downtownartscenter.org

Serena Sanborn, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Waterville Creates!, Accepted into Maine Master Naturalist Program

Waterville, Maine — An exciting new chapter will begin in the new year for Serena Sanborn, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Waterville Creates!, as she has been accepted into the Maine Master Naturalist Program! The Maine Master Naturalist Program is a nonprofit volunteer-based enterprise that trains people to become citizen-naturalists. The graduates of the Maine Master Naturalist Program help enrich nature education in Maine. The program is quite extensive, with 100 hours of in-depth training and more than 200 hours of practice as students learn about topics varying from Maine’s ecological systems to conservation biology, animals, geology, and more! The program extends beyond graduation, with students promising to volunteer their time leading nature walks and sharing their knowledge, becoming part of a nexus of naturalists around the state, and having opportunities to continue learning about Maine’s natural world through advanced seminars. Upon her completion of this course, Serena has plans to expand on her already popular guided nature walks, share her knowledge through fun activities, and design even more programming around nature education.

“I am delighted not only to expand my knowledge and participate in this program, but also for all the opportunities that this will allow me to bring back to the Waterville community,” says Serena Sanborn, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Waterville Creates! “I have always been an advocate for citizen science, involvement with the outdoors, and the connections to art, so I’m thrilled and honored to be accepted into a program that focuses on something so dear to my heart.”

About Waterville Creates!

Waterville Creates! connects artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. Supporting and promoting arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit www.downtownartscenter.org

Common Street Arts Spotlights Studio Members in the new exhibition, CSA Clay!

Opening reception – Thursday, January 16 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Waterville, Maine — The new year will bring a new and exciting exhibition to Common Street Arts: CSA Clay!. This exhibition celebrates Common Street Arts’ clay studio members alongside a selection of established Maine potters. CSA Clay! will be on view in the Common Street Arts gallery from January 13 through February 15, 2020. This will be a great opportunity to directly support Maine artists as each work is a one-of-a-kind, locally crafted piece and available for purchase. The opening reception is Thursday, January 16 from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Join CSA as we explore incredible works by skilled local artists.

CSA Clay! will feature quality pieces crafted by our talented studio members as well as established Maine potters. “This is the first exhibition that has focused solely on ceramics, pottery, and clay creations and we’re just thrilled to be able to showcase this work in a gallery setting.  It’s a great opportunity for us and for Maine artists,” says Patricia King, Vice President at Waterville Creates!

CSA Clay! Hours
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
CLOSED SUNDAY

Featured Artists:
Chris Cubberly
Goodland Pottery
Magpie Creative
Monica McCaw
Brian Soldano
Tamsen Brooke Warner
Unity Pond Pottery

Associated Programming:
January 8 – Beginning Wheel Class
January 9 – Clay on the Wheel
January 15 – Art Happy Hour: Pint + Paint

About Waterville Creates!

Waterville Creates! connects artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. Supporting and promoting arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit www.downtownartscenter.org

The World’s Greatest Detective Shines in a New Light as Miss Sherlock Holmes

Miss Holmes Opens At The Waterville Opera House January 24, 2020

Waterville, Maine —The Waterville Opera House (WOH) is excited to present a mystery that shines a new light on favorite characters when Miss Holmes opens this January in Waterville. Inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it’s not just another mystery – it’s a reexamination of the Victorian world of Holmes and Watson that explores the added obstacles that these two iconic characters would have faced if they had been women.

In a time and place where gender roles are rigidly defined, Miss Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Dorothy Watson dare to challenge societal norms by providing an unusual, but necessary, service. When an anonymous note sends a newlywed wife looking for help, Miss Holmes and Dr. Watson work together to uncover the secrets surrounding a corrupt police inspector whose wives have a habit of turning up dead. But this Holmes and Watson face far greater challenges than bringing the cunning criminal to justice. Miss Holmes possesses one of the greatest deductive minds of her generation, but she chafes at the restraints imposed upon her by society and family. Dr. Watson struggles to make a difference at the only hospital in London that will hire female doctors.

Join the Waterville Opera House and go on the hunt for a killer with Miss Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Dorothy Watson, and an all-star local cast of memorable characters. With murder, mystery, mistaken identities, and plot twists that you won’t expect, Miss Holmes is an exciting and thought-provoking mystery with a positive message. Reserve your tickets today!

Miss Holmes Showtimes*
January 24, 25, 31 and February 1 at 7:30pm
January 26 and February 2 at 2:00pm 

The talented cast of community actors performing in Miss Holmes are:
Miss Sherlock Holmes:
 Phoebe Sanborn
Dr. Dorothy Watson: Maggie Wachtl
Edwin Greener/Passerby: Erik Hyatt
Superintendent/Passerby: Joe Blackwell
Mycroft Holmes/Vagrant: Bart Shattuck
Dr. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson/Peggy/Martha: Jeralyn Shattuck
Mrs. Hudson: Eve Blackwell
Eudora Featherstone: Marie Cormier
Inspector Geoffrey Lestrade/Orderly #1: John DeWitt
Lizzie Chapman: Hannah King
Thomas Chapman/Orderly #3: Tim Croce
Dr. Michael Stamford/Passerby: Melvin Morrison
Reginald/Orderly #2: John Buys

Production Team
Written By: Christopher M. Walsh
Director:
 Debra Susi
Scenic and Lighting Designer: Tony Gerow
Sound Designer: Ben David Richmond
Costume Designer: Candace Chase
Stage Manager: Isaac Tardy

Miss Holmes runs January 24th through February 2nd at the Waterville Opera House. Tickets range from $21 – $24. Groups of 10+ receive a 10% discount. WOH’s 19 – 20 season programming is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Harold Alfond Foundation, Colby College, Golden Pond Wealth Management, Maine General Health, Kennebec Savings Bank, Central Maine Motors, Northern Light Inland Hospital, GHM Agency, Granite Hill Estates, Central Maine Newspapers, Marie Cormier, JS McCarthy Printers, and Woodlands Senior Living. Miss Holmes  is presented through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing. For more information or to reserve tickets call 873-7000, visit our website at http://www.operahouse.org or our Box Office at 1 Common Street!

About The Waterville Opera House
The Waterville Opera House has been Central Maine’s cultural center since 1902, treating audiences of all ages to the magic of the performing arts. The 810-seat venue has been host to theatrical productions, ballet performances, concerts, vaudeville and comedy acts, touring shows, as well as a variety of community celebrations and special events. Each year, the Opera House draws 30,000 patrons, reaches 4,000 students through its education performances, and features 250 youths in their theater camps and productions. From the classics to new releases the Waterville Opera House has a seat for you. For more information, visit http://www.operahouse.org/

Waterville Creates! Invites You to Joy to the Ville on Saturday, December 7th

Free community fun day offers family-friendly entertainment, activities, goodies and more at participating locations in Waterville

Waterville, Maine —On Saturday, December 7th the city of Waterville will once again embrace the holiday spirit with the 3rd annual “Joy to the Ville” event– an all-day community celebration meant to highlight the magic of the holiday season on the Kennebec River. Waterville Creates! and their friends at the Waterville Public Library, the Colby College Museum of Art, Snow Pond Center for the Arts, the KVCAP Family Enrichment Council, and the Children’s Discovery Museum are joining forces with local business sponsor Bangor Savings Bank to organize this day of free, family-friendly holiday programming throughout Waterville! For a complete listing of activities visit: https://www.watervillecreates.org/event/joytotheville/

Joy to the Ville Schedule of Events
*All events and admissions are FREE

FREE Hot Chocolate Cotton Candy from 10am – 4pm at Railroad Square Cinema, Common Street Arts and the Colby College Chace Community Forum. (While Supplies Last!)

10 – 11am: Princess Storytime at Waterville Public Library
10am – 12pm: A Christmas Story at Railroad Square Cinema
10am – 2pm: Make holiday cards for nursing home residents at the Waterville Public Library
10am – 4pm: Tinker and explore with the Children’s Discovery Museum’s pop-up exhibitions at the Chace Community Forum
11am-3pm: Make a holiday ornament using 3d printed parts, ribbon, colored paper, and more! Get creative and see how a 3d printer works Common Street Arts
11am – 5pm: Visit Santa at Kringleville in Castonguay Square
1 – 2pm: Satur-Play: Families in Theater Workshop led by members of the Recycled Shakespeare Company at the Waterville Public Library! Caregivers and kids will learn fun theater games to get them used to stage life!
1 – 2pm: Join Snow Pond Community Music School for a Melody Makers class where we use our bodies and instruments to make music at the Chace Community Forum
1 – 3pm: Holiday Green Screen Winter Fun Photos at the Chace Community Forum
1 – 3pm: Make a cool creative holiday frame for your festive photos with Colby Museum of Art at the Chace Community Forum
1 – 4pm: Holiday Mind Jars with KVCAP Family Enrichment Council at the Chace Community Forum. Similar to a snow globe, mind jars can be used for fun and can also be used to relax
2 – 3pm: Instrument Petting Zoo at the Chace Community Forum sponsored by the Snow Pond Community Music School. Try your hand at xylophone, violin, African drum and lots more!

About Waterville Creates!

Waterville Creates! connects artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in our community. Supporting and promoting arts education, exhibitions, theatre, film, music, and dance that is accessible to all, Waterville Creates! is leading the effort to make Waterville an exciting cultural destination and a thriving, vibrant community. For more information about the ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center visit www.downtownartscenter.org