New & Noteworthy


317 Main Community Music Center looks forward to celebrating community music-making at Make Music Portland on Wednesday, June 21st. The FREE day-long festival will take place at multiple venues around the city.

For the second year in a row, 317 Main will host the Post Office Plaza stage at Market and Middle Streets in the Old Port.  Scheduled performances include 317 Main students and many community music partners including Casco Bay High School, The Boys & Girls Club Rock Band, Listen Up! Music, The Flukes (Falmouth Memorial Library Ukulele Society) and more.


Post Office Plaza

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Unspent Youth
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Listen Up! Music
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Spivey’s Robbins
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Lindsay Sterling
30min Break
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM        4 Star China Taste
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Maine Immigrant Musical Instrument Project
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM Port City Rockers
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM Cosmic Studs
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Pita Y.
4:45 PM – 5:45 PM Brad’s All-Stars
5:45 PM – 6:15 PM Local Vocals
6:15 PM – 7:00 PM The Doug Quaids
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM FLUKES
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Ukulele Play-a-Long*


Take 5 This Summer With Titus Abbott
at 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth

Improve both your playing and performance skills this summer in our new Take 5 Jazz Ensembles with veteran jazz musician and educator Titus Abbott at 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth.

Titus will lead 2 ensembles, one for middle & high school students, (2 years band experience required), and one for adults.  Students form a group, learn tunes, and perform them for friends and family at the end of the session. No improvisation experience is necessary.  Ensembles will be made up of piano, bass, drums, guitar, brass and winds.

Ensembles will meet for 5 Thursdays, July 20 – August 17.  Teens 7pm/Adults 8pm  ($100) with the option to add more sessions.  (Wednesday evenings are possible too,  if there’s consensus.)

Sign up today by calling the 317 Main front desk at 207-846-9559.  Students and families are also welcome to contact 317 Main Music Education Director Chris Moore directly at or Titus Abbott at



On Saturday, May 20th,  the barn that was attached to 317 Main was torn down.  While it was hard to let the barn go, experts told us it was structurally unsound and at risk of coming down on its own.

Because the barn could not be renovated to meet our future space needs and because it was in such poor condition, we made the decision to take it down.

That begs the question, what’s next?  317 Main continues to grow, moving boldly to engage in our mission of bringing music to the community for everyone and positioning for a continued robust future for students of all ages and abilities.  We know we need additional space for student lessons,  recitals,  performances and a dedicated space for our Little Roots programming.

317 Main is now engaging with the community to plan for the spaces needed to meet the needs of the future and preparing for a fundraising campaign to raise the money.

Our Executive Director John Williams would love to discuss 317 Main’s future with you.  Please join him for coffee in the cafe on the first Wednesday of the month to brainstorm about how we can better serve the community.

Next coffee:  Wednesday, June 7th 8:30-9:30am.

Until then, check out these videos of the demolition and “Operation Cupola Rescue.”



The gym at Rowe School in Yarmouth became a dance hall Wednesday morning when 317 Main’s Maggie Robinson and Tamora Goltz taught the Kindergarten and First graders the basics of Contra dancing. Maggie, an experienced caller, lined up the students in pairs and called out instructions as Tamora kept the beat with lively fiddle tunes.

The Contra Dance lesson is part of a 3 part music enrichment series, funded in part by the Yarmouth Music Boosters.

The students will also take part in a stringed instrument demonstration and a percussion workshop.

L-R Tamora Goltz (fiddler), Maggie Robinson (caller), Jake Hoffman (317 Partnership Program Coordinator), Christina Townsend (Rowe Music Teacher)


In the summer of 1967, thousands of flower children converged in Haight-Ashbury for what was known as The Summer Of Love. Now, 50 years later we invite you to show your love for 317 Main by converging in our House Party on Thursday, June 22nd.

Our auction is all about quality time–Time on the Ocean, Time on the Slopes, Time in the recording studio.  To see a complete list of our auction items, go here. AUCTION PREVIEW.


There’s still time to score your tickets HERE.  Advance ticket sales end at midnight on the 21st.  On the 22nd, please purchase tickets at the event.

This casual, but lively, evening will feature delicious food, drink, live music, and an auction.





Yarmouth Farmers Market Introduces NEW “Seasonal Shopper” Incentive Program and Expands Food Voucher Assistance Program in 2017
Market Runs Thursday, June 1st – Thursday, October 12th, 3-6pm

Yarmouth, Maine – The Yarmouth Farmers Market will kick-off the third season at 317 Main Community Music Center on June 1st with 15 seasonal vendors. Each week the market mix will also include several guest vendors, a food truck, an ice cream cart and live music supplied by 317 Main faculty, friends and students.

The market will run on Thursdays 3-6 PM, from June 1st through October 12th, with vendors setting up in the parking lot and on the lawn of the music center, located at 317 Main Street. Parking is available on Main Street and in the lot across the street at Sacred Heart Church.

Customers will be pleased to see many of their favorite vendors from 2016 along with some new additions. Confirmed Seasonal (every week) Vendors for the 2017 season include:

Andrews Farm – Organic Produce
Artisans of Railroad Square – Crafts
Bad Rabbit Flowers – Cut Flowers
Cantrell Seafood -Shellfish & Fish
Designs at 240 – Silver & Stone Jewelry
From The Country Farm – Goat’s Milk Products
Handy’s Market Ice Cream Cart – Shaker Pond Ice Cream
Liquid Riot – Craft Maine Beer
Old Haven Farm – Meats, Preserves, Produce
R & L Berry Farm – Honey, Berries, Breads, Cookies
Spring Brook Farm – Produce, Eggs, Meats
Spün Bakery – Baked Goods, Coffee, Teas, Iced Drinks
Still Brook Acres – Raw Milk, Yogurt, Hard & Soft Cheese, Meats
Tender Soles Farm – Organic Produce & Herbs
The Upper Farm – Alpaca Yarn, Heritage Pork

The Yarmouth Farmers Market has grown steadily since its relocation to 317 Main in 2015.

“In year three, our goal is to solidify the regular customer base and provide more access to neighbors in need of food assistance,” said YFM Manager Amy Sinclair.

To meet the first goal, the market is introducing a new Seasonal Shopper Punch Card.
For every $100 spent, customers will receive a $5 gift card to spend at the market AND their name will be entered in a drawing to win a $200 gift basket filled with market merchandise. Seasonal Shopper cards will be available at the market, at 317 Main, and at participating businesses around town.

In addition to creating a great shopping experience, the Yarmouth Farmers Market seeks to be a community gathering place. The market’s host organization, 317 Main Community Music Center will once again provide their venue and live acoustic music on the porch throughout the summer. “317 Main is always looking for ways to bring the community together,” said John Williams, 317 Main Executive Director. “By providing a combination of great food, music and ideas, we hope people will want to stay and hang out with us for the afternoon and support the local economy.”

The market is also pleased to expand the Food Voucher Program which was first introduced in 2016. $15 vouchers will be available both at the Yarmouth Food Pantry and at the market information booth to any Yarmouth resident, 18 or older, who is in need of food assistance.
The vouchers are meant to be used as a match, so that a family’s money can go twice as far at the market.

Every dollar spent at the Yarmouth Farmers Market goes directly to Maine farmers, fishermen, entrepeneurs and artists. Thank you for your support!


317 Main Community Music Center will take an important step forward this week when we begin the process of dismantling our old carriage house and we ask you to join us in writing 317 Main’s next chapter.
As you know, 317 Main is housed in a historic building dating back to 1855. We own and love this former ship captain’s home in Yarmouth village and the good news is that the house itself is structurally sound. We have recently taken critical steps to preserve it, including replacing the old leaky roof, painting the interior, adding insulation, and installing heat pumps to improve our energy efficiency.
Unfortunately the same TLC cannot restore the attached carriage house, which we commonly refer to as the barn. We
Barn & Garage next to house will be dismantled in May

have sought counsel from experts including a master barn builder and Maine Preservation and the prognosis is the same. We are told the barn has serious structural failings and, left standing, presents a safety hazard.

Damage to Barn

And so the time has come. Starting the week of May 1st, Jack Vallieres, owner of Jack’s Property Service, will bring in his crew to dismantle the barn and garage, grade the remaining ground, and seed the footprint with grass. Jack says the job should take a maximum of 3 weeks.

Both 317 Main and Spün Bakery will remain open throughout the dismantling, but parking may be interrupted for short periods when heavy equipment is on site. During these times, we encourage you to use the church parking lot across the street and/or the Masonic Lodge lot behind 317 Main.
Once the barn is gone, we are faced with a blank slate and a unique opportunity. You have probably heard us say, and perhaps seen for yourselves, that we are in need of more space. We are now preparing for a capital campaign to raise the necessary funds to make way for future growth.
In the coming months, we’ll solicit input from our community to learn more about your interests.
  • What could be improved or different?
  • What do you wish we provided?
  • How can we plan for growth while maintaining what makes 317 Main unique?
Kyo Bannai, our Director of Community Relations, and Gail Cinelli, a 317 Main board member, will be hosting a series of Community Conversations to hear what you have to say. Stay tuned for upcoming dates or reach out to Kyo directly ( to schedule a conversation. And I invite you to have coffee with me to share ideas the first Wednesday of every month  from 8:30-9:30 am  in our cafe. Please join me for coffee this Wednesday, May 3rd, at 8:30.
As always, I am grateful for the music, energy and enthusiasm you bring to 317 Main. Please know that we take our stewardship of this historic home seriously and we are excited about working together to write our next chapter.
John Williams
Executive Director


Now Taking Reservations for Little Roots Birthday Parties on Saturdays and Sundays

LET’S PARTY!  Our Little Roots offerings now include Musical Birthday Parties on Saturday and Sunday.  All parties are located at 317 Main Community Music Center and include a musical adventure with singing, dancing and games led by a Little Roots instructor. Families can also also elect to have Spün Bakery provide a high-quality cake or cupcake as part of the experience.   Families begin the process by filling out the application below.

Official BDay Registration Form