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Meetinghouse Arts Opening Celebration

November 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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One event on November 6, 2021 at 10:00 am

One event on November 7, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Free
Antonio Roche

The Meetinghouse Arts renovations are complete, and we are filling this exciting new venue with arts and cultural events and activities to Engage, Enrich and Enjoy! To celebrate this achievement and experience some of the opportunities and possibilities in YOUR new arts and cultural home, stop by Meetinghouse Arts November 5, 6, and 7.

All events on this schedule are free and open to the public. No registration necessary. Masks and proof of full vaccination or recent negative COVID test required at performances and gatherings. (For details on the Meetinghouse Arts COVID policy, click here.)

Friday, November 5

10:00am – 7:00pm: The gallery is open. Come see the new show “Uniting Our Arts and Cultural Community”, featuring original work from local artists in a variety of mediums, including oils, watercolors, and sculpture.

In the Performance Hall

  • 3:30-4:30pm: STAGES Youth Theater
    Play fun acting games and create your own brand-new character with STAGES Youth Theater. This activity is family-friendly, but geared for ages 8 to 12 (if a parent or a younger sibling wants to participate, we can do that).
  • 7:30-8:45pm: Music @ Meetinghouse Arts Strings Collaborative
    Music @ Meetinghouse Arts Strings Collaborative is a music mentorship program in residence at Meetinghouse Arts. Founded by professional musicians Brian Thacker with the support of Susanna Macomber. Students ranging in age from 9 to 20 have met weekly with their professional mentors, receiving one-on-one coaching while playing within an ensemble. Their mentors include Dean Stein (Portland String Quartet), Kirsten Monke (Daponte String Quartet), Sally Dunning (Toledo Symphony), Amy Sims (Portland Symphony), Bill Blossom (New York Philharmonic), Thacker, Macomber, and others. Four of the students will perform a selection from Rossini by themselves, and the mentors will perform Grieg’s Holberg Suite by themselves.

Saturday, November 6

10:00am – 7:00pm: The gallery is open. Come see the new show “Uniting Our Arts and Cultural Community”, featuring original work from local artists in a variety of mediums, including oils, watercolors, and sculpture.

In the Performance Hall

  • 10:00-10:15am: Meetinghouse Arts Tour
    See the changes and hear about the process of renovating this historic building to accommodate the new performing and visual arts facility. Learn about the COVID safety measures in place, as well as imagining what you might want to see or create here.
  • 10:30-11:30am: Celebrating Community through Children’s Literature
    Morse Street School librarian Patti Francis, ACAF Executive Director Dana Legawiec and ACAF board president Nancy Salmon read aloud their favorite children’s books.
  • 12:00-12:15pm: Meetinghouse Arts Tour
    See the changes and hear about the process of renovating this historic building to accommodate the new performing and visual arts facility. Learn about the COVID safety measures in place, as well as imagining what you might want to see or create here.
  • 12:30-2:00pm: pastel drawing with Lily West
    Join Freeport High School artist, Lily West, as she inspires and encourages you to create a collaborative painting with oil pastels. All ages welcome. A great family activity!
  • 2:30-3:15pm: Antonio Rocha, Story in Motion
    Antonio Rocha (pronounced Haw-Sha) will surely tickle your funny bone and knock you off your seat with hilarious stories performed with mime movement, a tenor voice, and realistic sound effects. This award-winning and dynamic storytelling extravaganza has been performed in over 15 countries across 6 continents.  You sure don’t want your school-aged kid to miss this. [For more about Story in Motion, visit www.storyinmotion.com.]
  • 4:00-4:30pm: Inside Radio: Joe Tanner Revisited
    Enjoy a condensed version of a 1940s-style radio serial, delivered by Joe Quinn, who voiced Joe Tanner for all 10 episodes, and Penny Dublin, who has appeared in many Freeport Players productions, including several editions of Radio. A tribute to Freeport Players’ 16 years of bringing the WFCP Home Time Radio Hour, a show created by, for, and of the community.
  • 7:00-9:00pm: Altar-ed States Coffee House
    Hosted by MASISTA (Maryellen and Sam in support of the Arts), the coffee house returns — LIVE! — and renamed in honor of its new home. Altar-ed States offers relaxed performance opportunities for budding artists and established entertainers — young and old and in between! Short performances of music, comedy, poetry, skits, whatever are encouraged at this “Safety Zone for Creativity!”

Sunday, November 7

12:00 – 4:00pm: The gallery is open. Come see the new show “Uniting Our Arts and Cultural Community”, featuring original work from local artists in a variety of mediums, including oils, watercolors, and sculpture.

In the Performance Hall

  • 10:00-11:00am: First Parish Congregational worship service and coffee, all are welcome
  • 12:00-12:15pm: Meetinghouse Arts Tour
    See the changes and hear about the process of renovating this historic building to accommodate the new performing and visual arts facility. Learn about the COVID safety measures in place, as well as imagining what you might want to see or create here.
  • 1:00-2:00pm: Sanctuary Ringers
    This bell choir from New Gloucester Congregational Church will make beautiful music to stir the soul and show off the acoustics in the historic church sanctuary.

Events are subject to change without notice. Times may vary slightly, but we will do our best to stay on schedule. View the Meetinghouse Arts COVID-19 health and safety policies here.

Organizer

Arts & Cultural Alliance of Freeport (ACAF)
Email:
director@freeportartsandculture.org
Website:
http://www.freeportartsandculture.org/