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WAYFINDER BUCKET DRUM CIRCLE-PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM IN ACTION

Asked what she enjoys most about participating in the drum circle, Serenity,  16, answered matter of factly, “I like to hit things.”  And what better way for teens to exorcise tension than by banging out rhythms on  upside down buckets with a pair of drum sticks.

Serenity was one of 14 students taking part in a 9-month program at Wayfinder Schools in New Gloucester-an alternative high school for at risk teens.

The percussion partnership with 317 Main is an annual tradition both organizations look forward to every year.

“It’s such a great outlet for them,” noted Joseph Hufnagel, Wayfinder’s Director of Residential Programs. ‘The biggest thing for me is seeing that they’re all in it together getting their energy out in a positive way.”

This year, the 4 week percussion program was led by experienced drummer Dustin LeVasseur. He and the students took turns leading the group reinforcing the idea of collaboration over competition.

“I liked seeing how we all brought different ideas to the circle,” said Hassan Hussein, 18.

 

OPENING RECEPTION FOR “REFUGE” BY BETSY THOMPSON SAT. MARCH 25th

317 Gallery is pleased to present Refuge, a new series of mixed-media works by artist and illustrator Betsy Thompson of Portland, Maine.

The collection, created over the last 18 months, is an examination of the search for compassion and humanity in our changing world.

“Where do we find refuge?” asks the artist. “How do we create sanctuary for those who are most vulnerable? How do we foster and hold onto hope for ourselves and others in the face of fear?”

The pieces, created on paper and wood panels, document the importance of cultivating and nurturing personal relationships, and the discovery of safe harbor in the sense of home, community, and the larger world.

Thompson is a self-taught, mixed-media artist with a background in education – a B.A. in Child Development and a M.Ed. in Alternative Education. For 25 years she was involved in the field of education in a variety of roles: as a classroom teacher, educational consultant, program evaluator, curriculum developer, and homeschooling parent.

She began her career as an artist and illustrator in 2007, and regularly shows in galleries throughout New England.

317 Gallery invites the public to a reception for the artist on Saturday, March 25th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The evening will include refreshments and live music from The Cliffhangers, a student group featuring Thompson’s daughter Lily.

The Gallery is located in 317 Main Community Music Center at 317 Main Street in Yarmouth. 40% of proceeds from works sold during the show will be donated to the music center to support broad access to music education.

Gallery hours are 10:00 – 2:00 pm on weekdays. Please contact the front desk at 846-9559 to schedule a visit outside these hours.

HEATHER MASSE & JED WILSON RETURN TO YARMOUTH-TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Heather Masse can sing anything, beautifully. Don’t miss the chance to hear this extraordinary vocalist  perform with  former 317 Main teaching artist Jed Wilson on Friday, April 7th, 7pm at First Parish Congregational Church in Yarmouth.  317 Main’s Folk Music Revival Ensemble, Unspent Youth, will open the show.

Heather is best known for her many appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and as a member of the Canadian folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys.

Plan to make a night of it and head to Gather after the show to enjoy a special $6 drink/dessert menu for concert goers.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids under 12. Buy them here or at the door.

SPÜN BAKERY TO OPEN AT 317 MAIN MARCH 27

Spün Bakery Owner and Chief Baking Officer Don Gaile showing a a sample of the mouth watering treats that will be available at 317 Main starting on March 27th.

Please join us in welcoming Spün Bakery to the 317 Cafe this month.  Those of you who sampled Don Gaile’s quality baked goods at the Yarmouth Farmers’ Market last summer know what a coup this is. Don and his staff will offer baked goods, granolas, yogurt parfaits, coffee drinks, teas, cocoa and more 8 am -7 pm Monday-Friday beginning on March 27. They’re also happy to take your custom orders.

We sat down with Don to learn more about his family’s move from NYC to Maine, his passion for baking and the umlaut. 

So….how exactly do we pronounce “Spün?”

It’s pronounced ‘spoon’. I have to give credit to my son, Justin, for the name inspiration. When the bakery was in the planning stages I knew I wanted a one word name that really stood for everything while being playful and fun at the same time. There were a few names we tried but none really felt right. For inspiration we went through the list of menu items. Nothing came to mind until Justin said, “It’s like you can eat everything with a spoon.” Pow! We knew we had the name! The unique spelling was something that came right after. I just felt being obvious wouldn’t be enough. If you notice, the ü looks like a smiley face. That’s another goal of the company – to always put a smile on your face.

Have you always been a baker?

I developed my passion for cooking and baking after I graduated from college and realized I had to feed myself. My first cookbook was The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. I was so inspired by the interesting flavors and recipes.

I spent the first 25 of my post-college professional years working in New York City in all sorts of industries including financial services, advertising & branding, internet marketing, website design & technology and international consulting. I’ve always been lucky enough to follow my passions within those industries. 

I’ve had careers in operations management, training & development, human resources and film & video production. Apartment living in New York City is compact but I always made sure I had a big kitchen! Would you believe I almost always had an eat-in kitchen wherever I lived? That’s a pretty rare thing in New York! 

Having spent all my working life living in New York City I realized my needs and desires had changed and it was time to make a move away from the noise, congestion and hustle of the city to a place where my family could enjoy nature and smaller town living. I knew I couldn’t stay in the career I was in if we moved so I thought seriously about what other passions I had. Well, it was staring me right in the face! So about 2 years before I moved to Freeport I started testing recipes, bringing different treats to work and sending out a lot of food gifts to see the response. I also spent some time with friends in the food industry to get their perspective. Once we moved to Freeport I knew I wanted to start small and take my time to cultivate a following and develop an interesting menu. I started at 3 farmers markets last season and contributing quite a bit to local causes including the Freeport Players Association, Wolfe’s Neck Farm and Freeport Middle School. It was really the perfect way to start things. I had an opportunity to meet so many people, share and hear stories and develop wonderful relationships. 

Why start a cafe?

The cafe is the perfect next step to the farmers’ markets. Partnering with 317 Main makes a lot of sense to me because we are both so passionate about good food. I found the folks in Yarmouth and surrounding communities have a keen appreciation of food that is thoughtfully prepared. They are also open to exploring new things. I can’t tell you how many people didn’t know what babka was but quickly became hooked on it! I’m very interested in community involvement so I’ll be asking for feedback along the way. For example, I have been sampling some of the locally roasted coffees. They are all so good but I’m having a hard time deciding what to do. You’ll have the ability to offer your feedback on your preference. That will help me decide which direction to go in. We’ll also have weekly musically-focused trivia contests with prizes and periodic performances from the faculty and students at 317 Main. 

What will you offer in the cafe?

My plans include offering an assortment of baked goods and special treats. Those include scones, muffins, pastries, cookies, bars, whoopie pies, granola, jams, chutneys, crumb cake, donuts and babka. Plus I will add items that I couldn’t have at the farmers’ markets due to weather and temperature issues. Those items include cakes, cupcakes, custards, yogurt parfaits, local coffees, teas and other beverages. Things will continue to be seasonal taking full advantage of local farms and I’ll also be bringing new and different things to try. When we’re in full swing for the season you can expect a plethora of fruit pies just like last summer! We’ll also accommodate special cake and cupcake orders for celebrations. We will  be partnering with other local vendors to feature their products. That includes local handmade bread, honey, yogurt and cheese. Eventually I would like to expand the menu into more savory items including pressed sandwiches, pot pies and other delicious comfort foods. Let’s just say there is a lot to look forward to!

When will you be open?

We’re going to start with a specific set schedule and change it as customer needs change. We’ll be open Monday through Friday from 8:00am-7:00pm. We anticipate eventually opening earlier for the morning rush folks and weekends too.

Will you share a favorite recipe with us?

One of my favorite things on a cold winter day is a warm mug of hot chocolate. It satisfies my giant sweet tooth and brings back fond childhood memories. Forget that powdered stuff in the envelope. It’s very easy to make your own with good ingredients you can easily find in your pantry or in the market. The addition of the unsweetened chocolate adds tons of chocolate flavor without the added sugar. A kid version of this might be to substitute the dark chocolate for milk chocolate. We’ll definitely be serving these at the cafe!

https://food52.com/recipes/9669-perfect-hot-chocolate

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR MAINE ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL!

Tickets for Faculty Concert April 1st

Tickets for Student Showcase April 2nd

MAINE ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL SET FOR MARCH 31-APRIL 2

43 middle and high school music students from around the state will come together for a 3-day acoustic music festival that culminates in a Student Showcase Performance on Sunday, April 2nd at The University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall in Portland.

The middle and high school students were selected by audition to participate in the festival that includes workshops, rehearsals, and performances. “The pool of talent this year was especially high,” said MAF Coordinator Amanda Gale. “This is the biggest group of musicians we’ve ever had.” All the participants have distinguished themselves in traditional acoustic music styles including bluegrass, Irish, Quebecois, folk, Old Time and American Harmony singing.

The Maine Acoustic Festival was created both to celebrate the music that helped shape Maine’s culture and to allow students interested in these genres the chance to learn from world class musicians. The 2017 Teaching Artists are Brendan Taaffe, Tony Watt, Lauren Rioux, Hanz Araki, and Steve Muise.

The festival is presented jointly by 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth and North Yarmouth Academy.

The students participating in the 2017 Maine Acoustic Festival come from 18 schools;

North Yarmouth Academy- Camilla Rosenfeld, Cameron Woods, Pierce Manchester, Savanna Shaw, Lindsay Tufts, Zelda Clegg, Ellie Hilscher, Kara Jensen, Charlotte Collins, Suzanna Butterfield, Matt McGrath, Chris Paradis

Brunswick High School – Paige McKinnon, Lorna Moore, Kira Walpow, Finn Woodruff, Liberty Krauss
Cape Elizabeth High School – L ily Thompson
Mt. Blue High School – Julia Ramsey, Zach Gunther, Thadeus Gunther, Nolan Rogers, Kayla White, Chelsea Seabold, Rachel Spear,

Yarmouth High School – Anna Ruprecht,
Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth – Johnny Cody, Maggie Ralph
Poland Regional High School – Sigrid Sibley
Falmouth Middle School – Lauren Rousell
Houlton Middle School, Hope Chernesky
Maine Coast Waldorf School, Freeport – Avery Bakewell, Tucker Pierce
Messalonskee High School, Oakland – Alex Frost
Belfast Area High School, Declan Brinn
John Bapst Memorial High School, Bangor – Lauren Potter
Homeschool – Owen Kennedy (Winthrop), Joshua Rosenthal (Damariscotta) Madelyn Morell Lincoln Academy, Newcastle – Helen Newell
Greely High School, Cumberland – T erra Gallo
Mt. Abram High School, Salem Twp. – Mason Strunk
Freeport High School – Perrin Davidson

We welcome the public to attend two events during the festival.

FACULTY CONCERT – SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 7:30PM -YARMOUTH – at First Parish Congregational Church Yarmouth at 116 Main Street.
STUDENT SHOWCASE -SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 4-5:30PM – PORTLAND – in Hannaford Hall on University of Southern Maine campus at 66 Bedford St. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Students/Seniors. Purchase them online or at the door.

For more information on the Maine Acoustic Festival and ticket information please visit www.maineacousticfestival.com.

 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR-THANKS TO KATHY SLACK!

Thanks to Kathy Slack and friends for presenting a sweet confection of a NoonTunes concert.  Kathy gathers musical friends for this popular Valentine’s Day show featuring lovely harmonies and great instrumentation.  This year’s collaboration included Kathy on lead vocals, Sarah Potter, Rosita Moore and Lucy Burkette on supporting vocals, Kate-Campbell Strauss on sax, Steve Roy with bass, Neil Lamb on guitar, Ronda Dale with percussion and a cameo from Chris Moore and his mandolin.

Here are few highlights.

WHY MUSIC MATTERS – A MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOHN WILLIAMS

A colleague recently shared a piece of writing that I found to be so compelling and consistent with the role that 317 Main has to play in our community that I wanted to pass it along and share it with all of you.

This Keynote Address, Why the Arts Must Be at the Table, by Rip Rapson, CEO and President of the Kresge Foundation, emphasizes the critical role of arts and culture, including:

  • The power to fortify bedrock community values;
  • The potential to shape the civic landscape;
  • and The ability to drive creative placemaking and imbue a location with meaning and significance

I hope you will take a few minutes to read the full Keynote Address and reflect on the impact music has had on your life.

I am grateful to all of you for being part of this powerful force for good!

– John

PRIVATE LESSON TIME SLOTS STILL AVAILABLE-CLAIM YOURS TODAY!

Now that we’re into the Winter Session, many of you call to ask “what’s left?”   To simplify this process, we’ve compiled a list of available time slots organized by instrument and day of the week.  We will do our best to update this list daily.  Please call Sarah or Marie at the front desk to reserve the time slot that works best for you before someone else does.  Carpe Diem!

MONDAY

Piano

2:00-3:30pm
5:00-5:30pm

Guitar or Electric Bass

7:00-9:00pm

Voice

2:15-3:30pm

Fiddle

2:45-4:00pm
5:00-5:30pm
6:00-6:45pm

Ukulele

8:30-9:00pm

Flute

2:15-3:00pm

Banjo

6:30-9:00pm

TUESDAY

Piano

1:30-3:15pm

Guitar or Electric Bass

8:15-9:00pm

Voice

1:30-2:00pm

Fiddle

2:00-2:30pm
3:15-3:45pm
7:15-8:45pm

Ukulele

8:15-9:00pm

Cello

2:00-4:00pm
5:45-7:00pm

Flute

2:00-3:00pm

Banjo

8:15-9:00pm

WEDNESDAY

Piano

12:00-12:45pm (Beginner piano only)
2:30-3:30pm

Guitar

2:00-3:00pm
7:00-8:00pm

Voice

11:00am-12:45pm
1:45-2:30pm

Fiddle

2:00-3:00pm

THURSDAY

Piano

12:00-1:00pm (Beginner only from 12:00-1:00pm)
2:00-3:15pm

Guitar

3:00-3:30pm
5:30-6:00pm

Voice

11:00am-3:15pm

Fiddle

3:00-3:30pm
4:30-5:00pm
6:00-6:45pm
7:00-7:45pm

Ukulele

3:00-3:30pm
5:30-6:00pm

Cello

9:45-10:15am
11:30am-3:00pm

Flute

2:00-3:15pm

Banjo

3:00-3:30pm
5:30-6:00pm

FRIDAY

Piano

1:00-2:30pm (Beginning piano only)

Guitar

12:30-1:00pm
1:30-2:00pm

Electric Bass

12:30-1:00pm
1:45-2:15pm

Voice

1:00-2:30pm
1:30-2:15pm

Fiddle

3:30-4:00pm

SATURDAY

Guitar/Electric Bass/Banjo

12:00-3:00pm