The Davis Family Foundation of Yarmouth has awarded a grant of $8000 to the Mahoosuc Arts Council as fiscal sponsor of an arts consortium including the Arts Institute of Western Maine and the Kingfield Pops to support the visit of the world renowned Bonifantes Boys Choir to western Maine February 24 to 28.
Bonifantes, an extraordinary choir of 32 boys, ages 10-18, from Pardubice, Czech Republic, will be touring the United States and Canada from February 21 through March 21. They will perform in numerous cities including Montreal, Boston, Hartford, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis and Minneapolis.
While in Maine for five nights, they will be giving public concerts at 7:00 at Telstar High School in Bethel on February 25 and at 7:30 at Nordica Auditorium at UMF on Friday February 28, and will be appearing in schools in Bethel, Farmington, Kingfield and Strong. For this five-day regional visit in these western Maine communities, the group will be hosted by the Wilson Lake Inn in Wilton, the University of Maine in Farmington, Gould Academy in Bethel, Old South Church, the Homestead Bakery and Restaurant , Titcomb Mountain, and the Narrow Gauge Cinema. Choir members will also spend two nights with families in Farmington.
This extraordinary opportunity for international cultural enrichment is a collaborative project of the Arts Institute of Western Maine, the Mahoosuc Arts Council, and Kingfield Pops to bring a world-class musical group to the Maine Mountain Region for an extended stay of performances, school programs, and experiencing hospitality in the communities of Farmington, Wilton, Bethel , Kingfield and Strong.
The foundation for this visit is the musical friendship between Bruce McInnes, director of the UMF-Community Chorus and the Old South Church Choir, and Jan Misek, the director of the Bonifantes Boys Choir growing out of the meeting of the Bonifantes and Bruce McInnes’ Mastersingers USA in a festival in Barcelona in 2005.
Bonifantes had a successful tour of the US and Canada in 2006, and in planning a return visit this year, decided to add western Maine to their tour for an extended stay. This will be a wonderful opportunity for Farmington to welcome this group of charismatic, and highly trained young boys and give them a memorable introduction to the community warmth and spectacular natural setting of Maine.
The Arts Institute, Mahoosuc Arts Council, and Kingfield Pops wish to express their gratitude to the Davis Family Foundation for so generously supporting this collaborative community arts enrichment effort.
We all remember our favorite children’s books.Classic children’s stories always contain a message of love and acceptance. Who can forget Winnie the Pooh or Charlotte’s Web? Maine author/illustrator Cheryl Johnson has created a new series of characters destined to become a classic series of children books. The stories are fun and exciting while subtly addressing issues such as loneliness, bullying, being different, sadness, loss of a loved one, and other issues children deal with. Mish the Mushroom Man, Sidley the Snail, and their friends deal with issues children relate to everyday. Positive outcomes, building friendships, learning new things, and having fun with friends are some of the themes contained in each book. The third book in the series, Sidley’s Story, is now available for purchase online along with the other two books in the series. Order Sidley’s book at the following link on Create Space.
Every year Maine gardeners look forward to getting brightly colored seed and plant catalogs in the mail. As soon as they arrive, everything else gets sets aside until every page of each catalog has been seen and marked where appropriate. This is a very old tradition in Maine and all of New England. To celebrate this wonderful time of year we have found some great old seed packet packages and seed catalog covers to share with you. Feel free to copy any you like to your hard drive and print them out as cards or invitations. They are just great fun!! Enjoy!!
Bridgton, Maine is a beautiful blending of old and new architecture. It has never lost the quaint charm that makes it uniquely New England, and the small exclusive shopping area exudes that magical appeal not found in today’s commercial shopping malls. Whether you choose to just visit for a day, or rent a cabin on the lake, we know you will want to come back again and again. The following images are just a small sample of the beauty and uniqueness that is Bridgton, Maine.