Events

Educare Central Maine’s 4th Annual Showcase

Join Educare in celebrating a year of changing lives in our community.

Dar Williams in Concert

Dar Williams has been called “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New Yorker. She’s released ten studio albums and authored four books including her latest, “What I Found In A Thousand Towns,” to be released in September.

Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the ’90s. Williams’ growth as an individual over her two-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist, touring along the way with such distinguished peers as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Loudon Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin among others.

Dar’s most recent album, Emerald, “deals as bluntly as ever with the shadowy, subtle corners of humanity” according to Rolling Stone, and was recorded with friends such as Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule, Jim Lauderdale, the Milk Carton Kids, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzzy Roche, the Hooters and others in various studios across the U.S. It is a sparkling collection of new original material, inspired collaborations and some surprising covers such as B.A.D.’s “Johnny Appleseed” making this album one of her best yet.

“Dar Williams, one of America’s very best singer-songwriters… Her songs are beautiful. Some are like finely crafted short stories. They are, variously, devastatingly moving, tenderly funny, subtle without being in any way inaccessible, and utterly fresh—not a cliché or a clunker in her entire songbook.”
-The New Yorker

Tickets: $32 – $33
Prices include per ticket handling fees.

On Sale to Members: August 8
On Sale to Public: August 15

Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp: The Tortoise vs. The Hare

Waterville Opera House collaborates with Missoula Children’s Theatre, an internationally recognized touring group, to present sessions of theater camp during February and summer vacations for students in the first through eighth grades. Each week concludes with a fully realized performance, with scenery, costumes, and props. Theatre camp provides children with hands-on opportunities to learn about the theatrical process. The camp is open for children in grades 1 through 8.

The cost is $220 per session. A sibling discount and partial scholarships are available. A non-refundable deposit of $50 per session is required at time of registration. Please make checks payable to “Waterville Opera House.”

If you have any questions, please call 207.873.7000.

THE TORTOISE VS. THE HARE: Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year – the annual race between the Mammals and the Reptiles. A company of strolling actors attempts to tell the tale in classical fashion. Philoh Ferret reminds the racing fans that his service station is for “mammals only.” The Hare’s weasely managers brag about their racing star as the various reptiles assemble to choose their candidate. Fan clubs are preparing their cheers as the big day draws near. As we see the race through the eyes of a TV news team covering the event, we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals. There’s a real animosity between these creatures. As the race proceeds, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of Tornado Gulch and, almost miraculously, the mammals and reptiles join in the search…together. The wisdom of the old tortoise and the lesson learned by the cocky hare remind us all that it’s easy to get along, if you just try. In the end, the animals realize the folly of their ways and live happily together in their sandy home.

Vacationland Wonderland Exhibit: Artist Reception

Meet and Greet the Artists!
Friday, December 13th, 2019, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Music by Adam Babcock
With tea and coffee by Enchanted Herbs & Teas

This exhibit features
• oil paintings by Esta Rae Knapik
• oil landscapes by Marylu Wellwood
• wood carvings by Jonathan Leach
• acrylics by Jim & Gisele McLear
• encaustic ornaments, mixed metal & bead ornaments,
etched copper meditation feathers, and beeswax paintings by Ann Rhinehardt
• jewelry and cards by Greta Joseph of La Sagato – A Studio
• sweater critters by Barbara Hayward
• oils by Charles (Chuck) Ott
• gift cards by Gale Davison
• handcrafted handbags by CE Nilles
• sweater mittens by Stephanie Roscoe

Displaying at The Last Unicorn Restaurant:
• acrylics by Pat Binette

Displaying at Enchanted Herbs & Teas:
• oils by Kevin James

Displaying at Selah Tea Cafe
• prints and scarfs by Mimi McCutcheon – Raven Ridge Studio

Joy to the Ville

On Saturday, December 7th the city of Waterville will embrace the holiday spirit with “Joy to the Ville” – our third annual all-day community event meant to celebrate the magic of the holiday season here on the Kennebec River. Waterville Creates! and its partners the Waterville Opera House, the Maine Film Center, the Waterville Public Library, the Colby College Museum of Art, and the Children’s Discovery Museum are joining forces to organize this day of free, family-friendly holiday programming throughout Waterville. Details are still being planned but for now SAVE THE DATE — December 7th there will be a lot of seasonal fun to be had in downtown Waterville!

Silk Scarf Dying at the Hathaway Holiday Stroll

You can never have too many scarves. In fact, you may be missing a color for this holiday season!

Join Common Street Arts to learn how to create natural dyed silk scarves with instructor Vickie Limberger. The class will use leaves, flowers, and other natural elements to make the perfect beautiful accessory for yourself or for a friend — just in time for the holidays! Participants will be split into two groups; while one group assembles their scarves, the other group can browse the Holiday Stroll at the Hathaway Creative Center and enjoy beer or wine in our Holiday Bazaar.

Limit: 24 participants

hathaway holiday stroll

Enjoy a special evening at the Hathaway Creative Center! Stroll the historic halls at Hathaway and join Common Street Arts, Hathaway Mill Antiques, The Robin’s Nest, and Waterville Brewing as they host a diverse array of holiday events perfect for adults looking to create, shop, and have fun!

Common Street Arts will have the Holiday Bazaar until 8pm. Shop from nearly 60 local makers and find the perfect unique gift for someone on your list.

Common Street Arts studio will host a Natural Dyed Silk Scarves class for some fun hands-on accessory making. Tickets for the class are limited so reserve your seat today!

 

Hathaway Mill Antiques will host a Holiday Spectacular Sale and Tree Raffle. Drawings for winners will take place at 7:30pm. In the spirit of the season, all raffle proceeds will support the George Mitchell Elementary School lunch program in Waterville and the Winslow + Vassalboro Elementary Schools.

The Robin’s Nest will offer a special collection of wreaths, flowers, and decorations for the holiday season. Make your selection early!

Enjoy a refreshing pint at Waterville Brewing while making your own holiday cards! Free card materials will be available for anyone who would like to be creative while enjoying one of the locally crafted brews.

Shop early and shop local at the Hathaway Creative Center!

Matt Tavares Introducing Dasher

Dasher: How A Brace Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever is a brand new book from Matt Tavares. Available in November, it is destined to become a Christmas classic! Come meet Dasher. Matt will read the story and draw for us, too. Books will be available and Matt will be signing them.

AUDITIONS – Miss Holmes

Want to be part of community theater? Do you enjoy plays? Come audition for Miss Holmes! Audition times are Sunday, November 24 at 12:00pm and Monday, November 25 at 6:00pm. Location: WOH Rehearsal Space at the Hathaway Creative Center.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. For more information visit: https://www.operahouse.org/auditions

AUDITIONS – Miss Holmes

Want to be part of community theater? Do you enjoy plays? Come audition for Miss Holmes! Audition times are Sunday, November 24 at 12:00pm and Monday, November 25 at 6:00pm. Location: WOH Rehearsal Space at the Hathaway Creative Center.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. For more information visit: https://www.operahouse.org/auditions