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Milestones of Our First Three Years

 

Activities:

Narraguagus High School, where the 2015 student musical TimeWise was created, produced--and enjoyed by the community! Show logo design was created by cast member Desirée Grant

  • Renovated our Center & its Studio; restored much of the property’s landscaping
  • Created & directed a spring 2015 musical—Time-Wise: A Musical Journey—at Narraguagus High, the school's first theater production in 3 years. The performances were a great success, laying the groundwork for an ongoing drama program
  • Established an ongoing series of "TLC's - Tiny Little Concerts" in the Studio at our Center
  • Hosted and publicized a 2-day residency in June 2016 by the DaPonte String Quartet, acclaimed as "Maine's Best Musical Group" in Downeast Magazine, which included school and library programs and a concert, in Milbridge, Harrington, and Steuben
  • Founded the Fish Point Writers year-round sharing & critiquing group in 2014
  • Initiated a casual women’s singing group, “The Fishwives,” in 2016, meeting year-round at Fish Point
  • Began offering choir singers' & conductors' workshops in 2016
  • Facilitated an “Artist’s Way” group in 2014-15, in cooperation with the Women’s Health Resource Library (WHRL) in Milbridge
  • Summer/fall 2017 includes concerts at regional venues including  Schoodic Arts for All in Winter Harbor, and the Eastport Arts Center

 

Professional Development:

  • Completed a course in Basic Volunteer Management offered by the Maine Commission for Community Service and United Way
  • Attended seminars in tourism, economic & community development, social media for business, and creating a bike-friendly environment, offered by Sunrise County Economic Council, Making Headway in Your Community,  Axiom Technologies, BikeMaine, and GrowSmart Maine.

 

Community Service:

  • Provide free live music for organizations including Tidal Arts, Pleasant River Garden Club, Gateway:Milbridge, houses of worship, & DETOP (Down East Table of Plenty)
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Milbridge Area Merchants Association (2014-16), and continuing to help with its major annual events including Milbridge Days, Downeast Idol, and Breakfast with Santa
  • Helped found, and served on the Board of Directors (2015-17) of, Gateway: Milbridge,  a downtown preservation & revitalization endeavor, whose first project is to bring back the beloved Milbridge Theatre as a fully operating movie & live performance venue for the area.  We continue to support Gateway's efforts. 

 

Recognition: Excellent coverage in the region's print media, including a major feature in The Bangor Daily News, a front-page article in The Machias Valley News Observer, and regular notices and photos in the CountyWide Newspaper.

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