Authors and an Eclectic Pop-Jazz-Country Band!

What we have loved most about organizing the first annual Stillwater Artspalooza is the wondrous amounts of different artistic talents present in the Orono-Old Town-Bangor area.  There are dancers, singers, musicians, thespians, authors, painters, sculptors, poets, and the list goes on and on.  A few more of the talented local people who have agreed to be a part of Stillwater Artspalooza are the well-known Maine authors: Robert Klose and Sanford Phippen, and the awesomely eclectic jazz-blues-pop-country band Velma.

Robert Klose is a professor of Biological Science at the University of Maine at Augusta and a well-known Maine author.  His most recent book, The Three-legged Woman and Other Excursions in Teaching, chronicles his experiences teaching diverse students at the college level.  Klose describes with equal doses of care and wry wit those who are profoundly unfit for college, and their often inadequate command of the lingua franca.  He reflects on the decline of reading for enjoyment and the folly of regarding email as a praiseworthy substitute for expository writing. He details what works in the classroom, identifies what has failed, and relates stories of the absurd, the sublime, and the unanticipated, such as one student’s outburst following a discussion of evolution: “For what you have taught today you shall be damned to everlasting fires of hell!”  Tempering thoughtfulness with a light touch and plenty of humor, these essays prove that teaching, an “imperfect occupation,” remains a “special profession.”

We are lucky that he will be sharing these stories and much more at the Maine Maven from 7:00-7:40p.m. at Stillwater Artspalooza!

Sanford Phippen is an expert story teller, and not just an expert story teller, but an expert Maine storyteller, so we were quite delighted when he agreed to tell some of his humorous, touching stories at Stillwater Artsapalooza.

Sanford “Sandy” Phippen grew up in Hancock, graduated from Sumner Memorial High School in East Sullivan, received his BA in English from the University of Maine and earned an MA in English Education from Syracuse University.  He is the author of The Police Know Everything, People trying to be Good, Cheap Gossip, Kitchen Boy, and The Messiah in the Memorial Gym, plus two histories of Hancock and a play, Standing, Just Outside the Door.  He has edited The Best Maine Stories and High Clouds Soaring, Storms Driving Low : The Letters of Ruth Moore. His works have appeared in numerous anthologies and publications including, The New York Times, DownEast Magazine and Maine Times.  Sandy spent numerous years as a high schol English teacher at Orono High School, and is now retired, though he continues to teach writing at the University of Maine.  Sandy will be reading some of his stories from 8:00-8:30 at Verve on Saturday, June 25.  Don’t miss this chance to hear this witty, perceptive Maine author and teacher.

On the other side of Mill Street at The Roost from 8:00-8:40p.m. you can catch the fantastic vocal stylings of the band Velma!  Called “the love child of Ella Fitzgerald and Lyle Lovett,” Velma has her own way with a mix of pop-jazz, blues, and even some country.  The band features Steve McKay on lead guitar and accordion, Sue Hamlett on percussion, Harvey Kail on harmonica, and Paul Riechmann on upright bass.  Each member takes turns with the vocals and keeps the audience guessing as to what will be heard next!  Unfortunately the talented rhythm guitar and mandolin player, Margo Lukens, will be out of town on June 25th, but not to worry, the other four members of Velma have an exciting batch of new songs and old favorites to perform!


Origami Galore!

One of the fabulous visual artists displaying her work at Stillwater Artspalooza is Eva Szillery.  Eva obtained her PhD in Mathematics at the prestigious Eotvos Lorand University and it is there that she started folding modular origami to help enrich the teaching of mathematics for students.
Eva is now the Maine State Director of the American Mathematics Competitions, the founder of the Maine Junior Engineering Technical Society(MJETS), the Maine Mathematics Science and Engineering Talent Search(MMSETS) and the Maine Origami Society.  She is the 2005 recipient of the University of Maine Educator Recognition Award for programming Excellence of the MMSETS and MJETS Programs. Szillery’s modular origami work has been exhibited in Lewiston, Portland, Bangor, Orono, Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick, and Presque Isle.   Her fascinating art will be on display for Stillwater Artsapalooza at Fiberphilia from 6-10p.m.  Be sure to check out this intriguing artist!

We are also lucky that Molly Webster has found time in her busy, busy schedule to manage to fit in a showing at Stillwater Artsapalooza!  Molly is a local vocal talent originally from Patten, Maine.  She attended the University of Maine and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting. She currently owns a private voice studio in the Bangor area where she teaches all styles of music.  She is incredibly excited to be a part of the first annual Stillwater Artsapalooza and will be performing varied works from Gershwin to Adele to The Decemberists. She is also excited to showcase one of her students from Veazie, who will be singing a Leonard Cohen tune.  Also joining her for a few songs will be Mr. Pat Sylvia, a graduate of UMaine in Guitar Performance.  This promises to be an excellent display of incredibly talent and we are grateful to have these artist performing at The Roost from 7-7:40p.m. on Saturday, June 25.  To learn more about Molly Webster please visit

A Capella Groups, Painting, and Musical Theatre, Oh My!

Who 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 Sounds.  Good-Time Sounds has been singing together for over two 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!  They 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 singing at Stillwater Artsapalooza on June 25 at Verve from 6:00-6:40p.m. and then again at The Store from 7:00-7:40 p.m.

One 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 June 25 on display at Ted Curtis Law Offices from 6:00p.m.-10:00p.m. To see more work by this fantastic artist visit her website:

Finally, the University of Maine Summer Music Theatre Festival will be presenting one number from Stephen Sondheim’s  macabre musical masterpiece Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Stillwater Artsapalooza on June 25 performing with Ann Ross Dance Students from 6:00-6:40p.m. at Asa Adams Elementary School.  Come see this awesome band of musical theatre actors portray this world renowned musical!  More information about the upcoming performance of this musical in early August can be found here:

Stillwater Artsapalooza Schedule of Events

Admission is free to all performances; no purchase is required at any venue.

Orono Fire Department
5:30-10:00 p.m. Pick up your schedule & map for Stillwater Artsapalooza & information on fall events!

Church of Universal Fellowship
6:00-6:40 Nate and Dan Lesser – Strings
7:00-7:40 Robinson Ballet
8:00-8:40 Lauren Onsrud – Opera
9:00-9:40 Colin & Friends Sing Broadway

Church of Universal Fellowship Gathering Place:
Stillwater Community Arts Silent Auction – Make a bid on beautiful art!
Also being displayed:
Janice Hambelton and Student Work

Orono Town Council Chambers
6:00-7:00 Orono High School Drama
7:10-7:40 Orono School Strings
8:00-8:25 Orono Community Theatre
8:35-9:00 Orono Community Theatre

Ted Curtis Law Firm: Visual Artists
Beverly Antonitis – Painting
John and Ginny Hackney – Jewelry
Julie Miller – Painting
Fariba Dayhim – Painting
Ency Whitehill and James White- Minerals

Asa Adams Elementary School
6:00-6:40 Ann Ross Dance & University Maine Summer Music Theatre Festival– Sweeney Todd
7:00-7:40 Dirigo Winds Band
8:00-8:40 Chris and Dan Crocker Swing Dancing & Instruction
9:00-9:40 The Blast Addicts – Rock Music

Woodman’s Bar and Grill: full menu
9:00-10:30 – Park Street Pickers

Keith Anderson Community Center
6:40-9:40 DAD GAD Coffee House

Verve: baked goods, coffee, drinks being sold
6:00-6:40 Good-Time Sound- A Capella Music
7:00-7:40 Park Street Pickers
8:00-8:30 Sandy Phippen – Book Reading & Maine Stories
8:40-9:40 Story Slam – Story-telling

Fiberphilia: Visual Artists
Janet Bilyk – Jewelry
Nancy Prisk – Jewelry
Eva Szillery – Origami
Esther Taylor – Painting

Harvest Moon: wraps, drinks, chips, and whoopie pies being sold
6:00-6:40 Jim Chasse and Friends Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
7:00-7:30 Greta Landis & Lyndsy Shuman Speech Performance
7:50-8:30 The Artesani Women – Laura, Carolyn, and Emily
9:00-9:40 Nate Lesser, Dan Lesser, and Yada Lee- Gershwin Strings

The Store: baked goods, coffee being sold
6:00-6:30 Rich Kenefic – Classical Guitar
6:35-6:55 Travis Baker – Poetry/prose
7:00-7:40 Good-Time Sound – A Capella Music

Maine Maven
6:00-6:40 Greta Landis, Hannah Cyrus, Annie Monroe – Folk Music
7:00-7:40 Bob Klose – Book Reading

The Roost: full menu
6:00-6:40 Old Town High School Jazz Combo
7:00-7:40 Molly Webster – Vocals
8:00-8:40 Velma – Vocal Jazz
9:00-9:40 Harbour Blue- Punk Rock Band

Ballet with a side of Rock please

One of the most exhilarating things about Stillwater Artsapalooza is that you can “choose your own adventure” of artists!  Heck, you can leave the exuberant dance performance by Robinson Ballet at 7:40p.m., head to Harvest Moon for an insightful and moving poetry reading at 8:00p.m. and then head to the Asa Adams Elementary School for a knock-your- socks-off rock concert by the Blast Addicts at 9:00p.m.!   And those are just a three of the 50 artists from which you’ll be able to choose!

We are so excited that Robinson Ballet and the Blast Addicts have agreed to be two of our groups featured at Stillwater Artsapalooza!  Read on for more information about these fantastic acts!

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 entitled “The Kitchen Sink” for Stillwater Artsapalooza at the Church of Universal Fellowship from 7:00-7:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2011.

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:

The Blast Addicts will be performing for Stillwater Artsapalooza at Asa Adams Elementary School from 9:00p.m. to 9:40p.m.  They have been rocking out in this area for a year now and are a hard hitting, high energy Rock/Pop/Blues band featuring the amazing vocalist Jason Simpson, guitarist Mike Curtis, bassist Athion Lewey, and drummer Ron Douglass.  They play a wide range of music including; Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Lady Gaga, Pink, Stevie Ray Vaughan, ACDC, Rihanna, Heart, Queen and many more great songs, and every song is a dance hit, so get ready to get your groove on!

The Blast Addicts have been together for one year and have played to great acclaim all over Central and Coastal Maine. In the Bangor area they can be seen playing regularly at Ipanema Bar & Grill, Raena’s Pub, Carolina Sports & Spirits, and Benjamin’s on Franklin. They’ll be coming to us straight from the Bangor Gay Pride Festival earlier in the day on June 25th, and will be headlining the Eastport 4th of July Festival for two nights, July 2nd and 3rd, and then will be back in Orono to play Webster Park on July 6th, so, if you like what you hear at Stillwater Artsapalooza there will be quite a few more chances this summer for you to catch this awesome band.

What’s not to love about Opera and Stories?

June 25 is just under a month away and we are beyond excited to be able to preview some of the artists who will be performing and displaying their fantastic work at Stillwater Artsapalooza.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, June 25 from 6-10p.m. for an awesome night of the arts in downtown Orono!

The Church of Universal Fellowship has graciously agreed to be a venue for Stillwater Artsapalooza and will  host four performances in its sanctuary.  One of the performers at the Church of Universal Fellowship from 8-8:40 p.m. is Lauren Onsrud, an Orono High School graduate, and well known by many for her starring role as the infallible Sally Bowles in Orono High School’s production of Cabaret. Read on to learn more about this stunningly talented young woman.

Emerging soprano Lauren Onsrud is known for her captivating stage presence and strong, flexible voice. While completing her degrees in Voice Performance at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and the University of Southern Maine, she gained performance experience through her involvement in opera, concert, and musical theatre. She also gained professional experience as an emerging Young Artist with PortOpera in Portland, Maine and the Halifax Opera Workshop in Nova Scotia, Canada. Ms. Onsrud was most recently seen in Kansas City Metro Opera’s Production of Charlotte’s Web playing the character of Templeton. Of the performance, said, “Lauren Onsrud played Templeton the Rat with an endearing abrasiveness…Her vigorous acting and strong voice made her a stand-out.”

In addition to her operatic background, Ms. Onsrud is an accomplished recitalist and concert soloist, and was recently a finalist and winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Missouri Advanced Division. Lauren has also forayed into musical theatre, most recently being seen as Grace in Annie at Theatre in the Park, a production that drew over 10,000 audience members.  To read more about Lauren Onsrud please visit:

Story Slam Bangor is a fantastic community building program that started here in the Orono area with the goal of giving people a time and space to tell their story.  Story Slam Bangor will be featured in Stillwater Artsapalooza at Verve from 8:40p.m. to 9:40p.m.

Story Slam Bangor happens one night a month in the Orono/Bangor area and was started by Anya Rose, Jesse Moriarity and Zack Pike who were brought together by a shared love of NPR’s The Moth. The concept is simple: 50 or 60 people get together each month at a local venue and tell stories based on a theme. Not everyone tells a story, some folks just come and listen.  Those who opt to tell a story throw their name in a hat and 10 names are chosen at random to tell their story. There is a 5 or 6 minute time limit and at the end the audience gets to vote for their favorite story of the evening. The winner receives a fabulous prize.  Story Tellers have come from all walks of life to share their stories.  The stories are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always very poignant.  This event brings about a better understanding of ourselves as people, and builds an amazing sense of community, so what’s not to love about that?  To learn more about Story Slam Bangor please visit: