Artsapalooza 2014

Stillwater Artsapalooza is set for Saturday,  June 21, 2014 from 6- 10 p.m.

If you’re interested in participating in Artspalooza as a venue please just fill out a venue application which will be hand delivered to all Orono businesses by the end of February.  If for some reason you do not receive an application please contact Cami Carter at to have one emailed to you.

If you’re a visual or performing artist and would like to be one of the many fabulous artists who participate in Artspalooza please email Cami Carter at to let her know of your interest!

We’re already looking forward to June!

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Windover Arts Pottery Class at Orono Parks and Recreation

Windover Arts is offering a fantastic Pottery for Little Hands class through Orono Parks and Recreation. 

Check out the poster below and sign your child up today for an awesome opportunity to learn a little pottery!


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Stillwater Artsapalooza Schedule– June 22, 2013 6-10 p.m.

The Stillwater Artsapalooza schedule is posted below and you can get the pdf here: Artsapalooza Schedule

Stillwater Artsapalooza Schedule of Events- June 22, 2013 6-10 p.m.

Admission to all performances is free; no food purchase is required.

University Inn:
6:00-6:40 OHS/OMS Jazz Combo
7:00-7:40 OHS/OMS Jazz Combo
8:00-8:40 Brass Menagerie

Verve: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Kathleen Ellis Francois Amar,Jason Canniff, Cheryl Daigle, Joshua Elwood, & Megan London (poetry reading)
7:00-7:40 Old Time Machine (folk)
8:00-8:40 Good Time Sound (a cappella)
9:00-9:40 Bangor Story Slam

Keith Anderson Community Center
7:00-7:40 Chris and Dan Crocker (swing dance)
8:00-8:40 Ann Ross Dance (salsa dance)
9:00-9:40 Brandon Ross (rap)

The Family Dog: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Brass Menagerie
7:00-7:40 Paradigm Blue (blues fusion)
8:00-8:40 Travis Baker
9:00-9:40 St. Huckleberry (Celtic-tinged hard folk)

Thai Orchid: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Joshua Trombley (acoustic guitar)
7:00-7:40 John and Marisue Pickering (book talk: Maine Beyond the Usual)
8:00-8:40 Paul Riechmann and Friends (bass, vocals, percussion)

The Store: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Good Time Sound (a cappella)
7:00-7:40 Larry and Lesley Latour (folk)
8:00-8:30 Hanna Renedo (violin)

Harvest Moon: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Rich Kenefic (guitar)
7:00-7:40 Katie Quirk (reading)
8:00-8:40 Fiona Luray (alternative folk)

The Roost: menu items available
7:00-7:40 Fiona Luray (alternative folk)
8:00-8:40 Jim Chasse and Friends (vocal)
9:00-9:40 Paradigm Blue (blues fusion)

Bear Brew Pub: menu items available
7:00-7:40 581 jAm Band
8:00-8:40 Lily Muscatell (vocal)

Orono Methodist Church
6:00-6:40 New Renaissance Singers
7:00-7:40 Clara Bradley, Jessie Walker, Natalie Smith, Rory Sullivan and Anna Ellis
8:00-8:40 Molly Webster and Friends (vocal)

Parks Hardware: 6:00-8:30
Stillwater Community Arts Silent Art Auction: Teddi Jann Covell, Betty Carr, Nancy Leavitt, Julie Miller

Orono Fire Department
6:00-6:40 Six Basin All Women Dixieland Band
8:00-8:40 Sunset Strip Band (rock band)

Church of Universal Fellowship
6:00-6:40 The Artesani Family and Friends (vocal/instrumental)
7:00-7:40 Nathan and Daniel Lesser (violin and cello)
8:00-8:40 Jenn Chalout and Nicholas Southwick (vocals and flute)
9:00-9:40 Nestor and Friends (musical theatre)

Orono Public Library:
6:00-6:40 Mark Kelley (book talk: Rain of Ruin)
7:00-7:40 Sandy Phippen (reading)
On display: Janice Hambelton and University of Maine Children’s

St. Mary’s Catholic Church:
6:00-6:40: Hermon High School Theatre
7:00-7:40: Paige Bacon, Brooke Nason,Daniel Perkins (vocal/guitar)
8:00-8:40: Hermon High School Treble Makers (show choir)

Don’t forget to “go green” and use the Bike Valet at Rose’s Bike Shop!Final Poster

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Paul Riechmann and Friends at Artsapalooza

For more than six years, VELMA, an Orono band,  has been entertaining local audiences.  VELMA couldn’t round up all of her members for Artsapalooza this year, so Paul Riechmann, Margo Lukens, and Sue Hamlett accepted the invitation to perform some of their favorite songs in a quieter, more intimate style. Paul will be leading the trio on his double bass; Margo and Sue will be adding acoustic guitar, percussion, and VELMA’s signature vocal harmonies. This stripped-down, jazzy set should be a fun change of pace.Paul Riechmann and Friends

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A Dixieland Band and Nestor Gonzalez and Colin Graebert sing!

Stillwater Artsapalooza is an amazing chance to see a wide variety of artists–  where else could you hear a folk duo at The Store, then a Dixieland Band at the Fire Station, a Show Choir at the Catholic Church and finish off your evening with a fantastic concert of musical theatre at the Church of Universal Fellowship?   Saturday, June 22 is sure to be an amazing evening and we are excited to welcome for the second and third year in a row respectively, the Six Basin Street All Women Dixieland Band and Nestor Gonzalez, Colin Graebert and Friends!

The Six Basin Street All Women Dixieland Band is an all-female Dixieland band made up of members from the Greater Bangor, Maine area. They have been playing gigs since 1992 everywhere from town parks to a reception for former Vice President  Al Gore.  They play traditional Dixieland, including standards such as their namesake, “Basin Street,” “Royal Garden Blues,” “Lazy River,” and “St. James Infirmary.” The band consists of trumpet(s), saxophone(s), banjo(s),tuba, clarinet, piano, drums and occasional vocals.  They are quite a delight and always prove to be lots of fun to listen and move to!  Six Basin Street will be playing at the Fire Station from 6:00-6:40 p.m., be sure to put your Dixieland dancing shoes on and check them out!

Finally, Nestor Gonzalez and Colin Graebert are well-known musical forces in our community.  Both have beautiful tenor tones and Colin’s ability to tinker on the keyboard while singing away is mesmerizing!  Any concert with Nestor and Colin at the fore-front is bound to be an entertaining one.  Nestor will be singing, with a few of his friends: Blaise Collett, Hannah Barry, Jenn Chaloult to name a few.  They’ll be performing  a variety of contemporary musical theatre songs.  If you’re interested in hearing Colin before (or after) Artsapalooza, check out his website here and catch one of the numerous bands with which he’s associated.

Nestor, Colin and Friends will be performing at the Church of Universal Fellowship from 9p.m.-9:40 p.m., don’t miss them!

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Artsapalooza Hosts: Good-Time Sound and Julie Miller’s exquisite art

Good-Time1Who doesn’t love A Capella music?  Tight harmonies, fun lyrics, and an all around good time, which may be why our featured a capella group is aptly named Good-Time Sound.  Good-Time Sound has been singing together for over three years.  They first harmonized as the cast of the clever musical Forever Plaid at the Waterville Opera House and they enjoyed the sounds and company so much that they just kept on “busting chords” together as an a capella quartet!  Last year one of their original members, Todd Lake, moved on to bigger and better things down south, but they’ve found a replacement and are back at making music that’s better than ever!

Good-Time Sound love to sing and perform a variety of musical genres from doo-wop to barbershop, contemporary to classical.  Some of their favorites are Blue Moon, Brown-Eyed Girl, Happy Together, King of the Road, Mood Indigo, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, and the list goes on.  So come hear this fantastic group at Stillwater Artsapalooza on June 22 all over downtown Orono.  Catch them at The Store/Ampersand from 6:00-6:30 p.m., The Black Bear Brewery from 7:00-7:40 and finally at Verve from 8:00-8:40 p.m.

Picture 1One of the fantastic visual artists who will be featured at Stillwater Artsapalooza is the incomparable Julie Miller.  Julie Miller, a beloved nurse for School Union 87 (Orono and Veazie) until 2000, lives in Old Town, Maine, and now has an Art Studio, “FeatherStone”, where she creates works of watercolor, pen and ink, silver and feather jewelery and notecards.  Julie describes her art as the following:
“Within my paintings, I hope to give voice to those that could not speak for themselves. My medium is mostly watercolor inks, and india ink. all of my images come to me in dreamtime, and the poetry I share with them are their stories.. 
may your journey be a walk of peace, hope and light.”  Julie’s work will be at Stillwater Artsapalooza on display at Parks Hardware (or the old Maine Maven) from 5:30 p.m.-8:30p.m.

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Celtic Rock, Jazz and Theatre at Artsapalooza

We are incredibly pleased to have the St. Huckleberry band playing at Stillwater Artsapalooza again, this time at The Family Dog from 9:00-9:40 p.m.

St. Huckleberry is an eclectic mix of Celtic-tinged Hard Folk originals and hopping Acadian Fiddle. 

A reviewer once said, “St. Huck is a rather savory blend of roots rock with a touch of blues and a twist of Celtic. The songwriting is tight, and the musicianship crisp. What really makes the sound distinctive, however, is the contrast between the vocals and the viola (some of the tastiest viola to be heard around these parts for a long time).”  Don’t miss the chance to hear this awesome group in action!

What started as a sugar-fueled conversation between students at a school dance two years ago has become a jazz combo that combines Orono Middle and High School students.  Under the guidance of Steve Hodgdon, this group has developed into the most exciting young jazz group in Orono. They are set to play at the University Inn, poolside, from 6:00-6:40 p.m. and again from 7:00-7:40 p.m.

Finally, members of the Hermon High School Theatre Arts 2 class will be performing pieces from their spring showcase at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Main Street from 6:00 p.m.-6:40 p.m.  The pieces run the range of humor to poignant, so don’t miss the chance to see these remarkable students make you laugh and shed a tear or two.

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