Paradigm Blues and the Hermon High School Treble Makers

Back by popular demand we have Paradigm Blues, the awesome blues rock fusion band performing at Stillwater Artsapalooza at The Family Dog at 7p.m. and The Roost at 9 p.m.

Paradigm Blues plays a mix of new and classic blues. They cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, The Black Keys, John Mayer Trio, and more. The members are all current University of Maine studens. Chris Young is a Psychology major, he plays Bass and sings Lead Vocals. Kevin Hanselman is a Computer Engineering major, he plays Guitar and sings Backup Vocals and Scott Alexander rounds out the band on drums and is an Electrical Engineering major.


Another group of performers back again are the Hermon High School Treble Makers.  Hot off their recent Show Choir State Championship win they will be performing their award winning set list Gold: Moments of Light.  Gold is a combination of stories from the students’ lives combined with inspirational music.  The set list includes MoTown hits, 80s rock, rap, musical theatre, and a few pop tunes.  The Treble Makers will be performing at Old St. Mary’s Church at 8p.m., don’t miss this remarkable group!

Stillwater Artsapalooza 2013

Stillwater Artsapalooza is a festival of performing and visual arts that involves over 50 local artists and is on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 6:00p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in downtown Orono.  Artists will be performing and displaying their work at 16 downtown Orono venues including the Church of Universal Fellowship, The Store, Verve, The Family Dog, Parks Hardware, Thai Orchid, Harvest Moon, The Roost, Bear Brew Pub, Orono Public Library, University Inn, DeGrasse Jewelry, Orono United Methodist Church, the Keith Anderson Community Center, Orono Fire Station, and Old St. Mary’s Church.  Admission is free.

Stillwater Artsapalooza is a fun-filled way to kick off your summer by seeing and hearing some of your favorite local artists and groups perform or display their work!  Artists featured at this event include Bangor Story Slam, Good-Time Sound, Ann Ross Dance, The Artesani Family and Friends, Old Time Machine, Daniel Lesser, Nathan Lesser, Sanford Phippen, The Six Basin Street All Women’s Dixieland Band, Colin Graebert, Jessie Walker, St. Huckleberry, Stillwater Community Arts Young Artists: Paige Bacon, Max Birgfeld Davis, Anna Ellis, Allison Elston, Lily Muscatell, Brooke Nason, Daniel Perkins, Natalie Smith and Rory Sullivan, The Hermon High School Treble Makers, Sunset Strip Band, Larry and Leslie Latour, Old Town Parks and Recreation, Kathi McPhee, Chris and Dan Crocker, Divisi, Joshua Trombley, Brass Menagerie, Orono High School/Orono Middle School Jazz Combo, The University of Maine Preschool, Paradigm Blue, Clara Ahn, Rosie Upton, Brandon Ross, Rich Kenefic, Jim Chasse, Kathleen Ellis, Francois Amar, Jason Canniff, Cheryl Daigle, Joshua Elwood, Megan London, Sunset Strip Band, Fiona Luray, Katie Quirk, Nancy Leavitt, Teddi Jann Covell, Hermon High School Theatre Program, 581 jAm Band, Nestor Gonzalez, Travis Baker and many more!  So mark your calendars and come on out to Stillwater Artsapalooza on Saturday, June 22 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.!  For more information please visit or contact Cami Carter at

Stillwater Community Arts thanks key sponsors of this event: 

The Orono Health Association and University Credit Union


2013 Young Artists Showcase

Are you a high school aged visual, performing, literary or multi-media artists who lives in Alton, Bradley, Carmel, Glenburn, Greenbush, Greenfield, Hermon, Levant, Milford, Old Town, Orono, Stillwater, or Veazie?

If so then Stillwater Community Arts is sponsoring an opportunity for you to earn a scholarship toward your art and have your very own showcase at Minsky Recital Hall at the University of Maine in our Young Artists Showcase!

The Young Artist Showcase is a wonderful opportunity for high school aged visual, performing, literary, or multi-media artists to have a chance to perform/display their work in a highly publicized showcase in the Orono-Old Town area.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Young Artist candidates may audition in person on the dates indicated or submit materials to be reviewed by the selection committee via a DVD or CD.  Auditions will be held March 28 at 2:15p.m. at Hermon High School and April 10 at 2:30p.m. at Orono High School, and then at Old Town High School at 3:45 p.m..

Categories for Consideration:  Performing Artist; Visual Artist: Literary Artist; and Multi-Media Artist.

Materials to Submit: Young Artist 2013 Application and a one page explanation of your art,  how you started, what inspires you, and your plans for the future.   If you decide to submit via a DVD or CD, please write your name, school, and category on the disc itself to ensure it is identified correctly.

Applicants will be judged on their talent, creativity, and ability by a panel of professional artists and patrons of the arts.

Artists will be notified by the end of March 2013, if they have been chosen as a Stillwater Community Arts Young Artist.

If you have any questions, please direct them to  Please send your completed application form, your one page explanation statement,  and the work you want to be showcased by March 15, 2013 to:

Stillwater Community Arts, Young Artists Showcase
P.O. Box 292
Orono, Maine 04473

You may also drop off your application material at the Stillwater Community Arts Office, 82 Main Street, Orono, Maine, Monday – Friday,  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Young Artists will be notified of the results by Monday, April 15, 2013.

Stillwater Artsapalooza Schedule

Stillwater Artsapalooza, a performing and visual arts festival, will happen on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. in downtown Orono.  Two weeks prior to the event you may pick up an updated Stillwater Artsapalooza schedule and map at any of the participating venues.  Thank you to the Orono Health Association and University Credit Union for sponsoring this fantastic event.  Don’t miss this fantastic event!  Admission to all venues and performances is FREE!

University Inn:
6:00-6:40 The Underscores- Orono Middle School Jazz Band
7:00-7:40 Six Basin Street All Women Dixieland Band
8:00-8:40 Larry and Leslie Latour – folk rock

Verve: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Good-Time Sounda cappella
7:00-7:40 Park Street Pickers
8:00-8:40 Fiona Luray- folk singer
9:00-9:40 Story Slam

Keith Anderson Community Center
6:00-6:40 Mary Drew Dance
7:00-7:40 Robinson Ballet
8:00-8:40 Chris and Dan Crocker- Swing Dance
9:00-9:40 Ann Ross Dance– Latin Dance

Lissus Pizza: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Brass Menagerie
7:00-7:40 Travis Baker-poetry/theatre
8:00-8:40 Orono Speech and Debate

Orono Pharmacy:
6:00-6:40 Greta and Oliver-folk music
7:00-7:40 Fiona Luray- folk singer

The Store: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Larry and Leslie Latour- folk rock
7:00-7:40 Good-Time Sound- a cappella

The Roost: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Pat Sylvia- eclectic guitar and vocal
7:00-7:40 Molly Webster- vocalist
8:00-8:40 St. Huckleberry Band- hard celtic rock
9:00-9:40 Harbour Blue Band- rock music

Bear Brew Pub: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Sean Hiatt- alternative rock
8:00-8:40 Paradigm Blues- blues/rock fusion
9:00-9:40: Sean Hiatt- alternative rock

Orono United Methodist Church
6:00-6:40: Jenn Chaloult-vocalist
7:00-7:40 Old Town High School Theatre- Grease: the musical
8:00-8:40 Stillwater Community Arts Young Artists and Friends
9:00-9:40 Organ Recital

Ted Curtis Law Firm: Visual Artists
Julie Miller
Teddi-Jann Covell
Beverly Antonitis
Eva Szillery
Ency Whitehill and James White

The Old St. Mary’s Church:
6:00-6:40: Hermon High School Play
8:00-8:40: Hermon High School Show Choir plus Cat McElvain, Abby Cummings, Paige Bacon and August Eaton
9:00-9:40: Lampstand- alternative rock

Orono Fire Station:
7:00-7:40 Blast Addicts- rock music
9:00-9:40 Blast Addicts- rock music

Harvest Moon: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Rich Kenefic- guitar
7:00-7:40 The Artesani Family and Friends-vocal music
8:00-8:40 Greta and Oliver- folk music

Church of Universal Fellowship
6:00-6:40 Simon Bilyk-violinist
7:00-7:40 Orono Middle School play
8:00-8:40 Good-Time Sound– a cappella
9:00-9:40 Nestor Gonzalez, Colin Graebert and Friends- musical theatre

Church of Universal Fellowship Gathering Place:
Stillwater Community Arts Silent Art Auction
Old Town High School Art

Orono Public Library:
Old Town Parks and Recreation Art Display
Orono Parks and Recreation Art Display
6:00-6:40 Kid Hour
7:00-7:40 Sanford Phippen and the Puckerbrush Review
8:00-8:40 Sanford Phippen and the Puckerbrush Review
8:45-9:30 Sandra Hutchison– poetry and stories about China

Paradigm Blues at Bear Brew for Artsapalooza

One of the new bands we have this year at Stillwater Artsapalooza is an awesome blues rock fusion band named Paradigm Blues.

Paradigm Blues plays a mix of new and classic blues. They cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, The Black Keys, John Mayer Trio, and more. The members are all current University of Maine studens. Chris Young is a Psychology major, he plays Bass and sings Lead Vocals. Kevin Hanselman is a Computer Engineering major, he plays Guitar and sings Backup Vocals and Scott Alexander rounds out the band on drums and is an Electrical Engineering major.  They are set to play at the Bear Brew Pub at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday at Stillwater Artsapalooza.   Don’t miss a chance to welcome them to the Artsapalooza line-up!

Swing Dancing and Show Choirs at Stillwater Artsapalooza!

Dan and Chris Crocker are local educators (Dan is the Dean of Enrollment Management at Eastern Maine Community College, Chris teaches Spanish at Orono High School) who have been part of the  greater Bangor area dancing scene for over 12 years. Performance swing and lindyhop dancers, this athletic, energetic and dynamic duo share their love of dance by volunteering their time to such worthy events as the Dancing Like the Stars Project Graduation performances, dance exhibitions, dance choreography for Orono High School musicals, Stillwater Artzapalooza and other fundraisers. If you haven’t seen them dance, don’t miss this opportunity to watch them go head over heels. And make sure you bring comfortable shoes, ‘cause you’ll get to learn a few moves and then share the dance floor with two of the area’s best!  Dan and Chris will be moving and shaking at Stillwater Artsapalooza on Saturday, June 23 at the Keith Anderson Community House from 8:00-8:40, don’t miss the fun!

The Hermon High School Treble Makers are hot off their first year as the new Hermon High School choir!  They scored a 1 rating at the District 5 competition and competed at the Maine State Show Choir Competition in late March.

They are a vibrant, exciting group and perform songs ranging from Billy Joel to Lady Gaga to contemporary musical theatre.  The Hermon High School Treble Makers will be performing at the Old St. Mary’s Church from 8:00-8:40.  Come enjoy an entertaining evening of fun, upbeat songs performed by some phenomenal high school artists!

Sandra Hutchison reads about living in China at Artsapalooza

We are lucky to have had Sandra Hutchison agree to join us at Stillwater Artsapalooza!

Sandra Lynn Hutchison is the author of a book of poetry, The Art of Nesting (GR Books, Oxford: England, 2008) and a memoir about living in China during the Tiananmen Uprising, Chinese Brushstrokes(Turnstone Press, Winnipeg, 1996). She has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including a Jane Kenyon Poetry Scholarship from Bennington College and an Emily Dickinson Poetry Award. Her memoir about China was selected as an editor’s choice Best Book in Canada and has been included in the high school curriculum there for the past decade. Hutchison’s poetry, stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including the Oxford anthology of stories about China, Chinese Ink, Western Pen (Oxford University Press, 2000). She writes a column for the online magazine In Culture Parent and serves as poetry editor for Puckerbrush Review. She teaches English and Maine Studies at the University of Maine.  Sandra will be reading her stories at the Orono Public Library beginning at 8:45 p.m.  Don’t miss this chance to hear an award winning writer talk about her cultural experiences.

Celtic Rock, Middle School Jazz, and Theater!

We are incredibly pleased to have the St. Huckleberry band playing at Stillwater Artsapalooza at the Roost from 8:00-8:40 p.m. this Saturday, June 23!

St. Huckleberry is an eclectic mix of Celtic-tinged Hard Folk originals and hopping Acadian Fiddle. The lineup is comprised of Laura Gallucci on Electric Viola and Fiddle, Ray Romanoski with a mix of hand percussion, and Mike Gallucci as main songwriter on Guitars and Vox (and on some occasions joined by Don NYVice Johnson on Sax and Flute). 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).”  We can’t think of a more exciting group to have join our Artsapalooza line-up!  Don’t miss the chance to hear this group in action!

What started as a sugar-fueled conversation between students at a school dance has become the jazz combo known as The Underscores.  Under the guidance of Steve Hodgdon, The Underscores have 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.

The Underscores are comprised of Orono Middle School students: Ben “Piano Man” Blood, Garry Morneault, Jacob “Jay Bass” Fandel, Alex “The Multi-tasker” Fergusson, Allison “Jazz Girl” Pickering, Lowell “LT” Ruck, and Will O’Neil.  They are sure to impress you with their talent, wit and energy, so don’t miss the chance to hear them!

Finally, there will be quite a lot of theater this year at Artsapalooza, yay!  At the Catholic Church on Main Street Hermon High School’s Theatre Arts class will perform the David Ives play Small World at 6:00 p.m., directly following this Orono High School will perform As You Like It in the same venue at 7p.m.  Across the street at the Church of Universal Fellowship at 7p.m. Orono Middle School students will perform their spring play, and finally at the United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. students from Old Town High School will perform excerpts from the musical Grease. Be sure to see any one of these wonderful performances!

Dixieland Music, Ballet and Musical Theatre!

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 University Inn, a Show Choir at the Catholic Church and finish off your evening with a knock your socks off rock concert at the Fire Station?   It’s going to be an amazing evening and we’re so excited to welcome the Six Basin Street All Women Dixieland Band, Robinson Ballet, and Nestor Gonzalez and Friends back for more Stillwater Artsapalooza fun!

The Six Basin Street All Women Dixieland Band will be making their debut performance at Stillwater Artsapalooza this year!  Six Basin Street is an all-female Dixieland band made up of members in 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 University Inn from 7:00-7:40 p.m., be sure to check them out!

Robinson Ballet was founded in 1977 and is a highly respected dance company that enhances our community by reaching out to educate, inspire, and involve people of all ages by providing opportunities to create and experience quality dance.  Robinson Ballet is based in Bangor, Maine and will be giving a performance for Stillwater Artsapalooza at the Keith Anderson Community Center from 7:00-7:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

The “Kitchen Sink” is a series of short dances highlighting the versatility of the company and its dancers.  This quirky lighthearted performance blurs the conventional forms of dance to create pieces that show the diversity of the Robinson Ballet as well as to introduce dancers and choreographers from the School of Robinson Ballet to the community.  For more information about the fabulous programming and classes Robinson Ballet provides please visit:

Finally, Nestor Gonzalez is a well-known voice in our community.  His beautiful tenor tone is one of the best we’ve ever heard, and any concert with Nestor at the fore-front is bound to be an entertaining one.  Nestor will be singing, with a few of his friends, some contemporary musical theatre songs from Tick, Tick Boom, Songs for a New World, Company, and a few pop standards.  Nestor is accompanied by the equally talented Colin Graebert–you can read more about Colin here.

Nestor and Friends will be performing at the Church of Universal Fellowship from 9p.m.-9:40 p.m.!

Artsapalooza Goes Green with Rose Bike Shop’s Bike Valet Service!

This year you can ride your bike to Stillwater Artsapalooza, park it at Rose’s Bike Shop (9 Pine St.), and visit all of the venues without having to worry about where to safely park your bike.  When you are done, simply return to Rose’s Bike Shop,  pick up your bike, which has been safely guarded, and ride home!  Rose’s Bike Valet Service will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, and will be open until 10 p.m.  Thank you to Rose’s Bike Shop for adding this great service to Stillwater Artsapalooza 2012!!