MVSB’s Mitten Tree Program provides nearly $4K to local nonprofits as well as 2K hats and mittens

Through the generous support of community members throughout the Lakes Region, Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) donated $3,942 to local organizations and collected and distributed nearly 2,000 items of warm winter accessories to people in need.

Each year during the Mitten Tree program, the Bank’s 11 offices throughout the Lakes Region collect handmade and store-bought winter accessories from the community and coordinate with local organizations such as local schools and the Visiting Nurses Association to distribute the items to those who need them.

Calling All Healing Artists, Food Vendors, Non-profit Organizations, and Performers!

The Norway Arts Festival is now accepting applications for the 2011 Sidewalk Art show. Rijah Newell, Director of Performance and Vendors, is announcing a new component to this historical event. This year, Massage Therapists, Herbalists, Naturopaths, and Energy healers will be welcome to a space in the Arts Festival to showcase their work. “We will be providing a Healing Arts area that will provide space for Therapists to network and a place for festival attendees to relax and recharge” explains Newell. She adds, “It would also serve as a comfort station for people and animals, with general First Aid as well”.  

The Norway Arts Festival will continue to have a traditional food court and non-profit mall during the Sidewalk Art Show. Vendors are encouraged to register early to ensure there are spaces available and vending spaces will be assigned according to the order the registration forms are received.

History Book Discussion Group at Bethel Historical Society

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
A "History Book Discussion Group" is being organized by Bethel Historical Society President William D. Andrews and Associate Director Stanley R. Howe, both of whom will serve as facilitators at the first meeting.
The BHS History Book Discussion Group will meet at 4:00 PM at the Society's Robinson House (10 Broad Street) and is open free to anyone who wishes to share and exchange ideas and opinions on a variety of history books.  Those attending the first meeting will be asked to suggest ideas about topics and format; they also will be encouraged to recommend specific books for consideration by the group.  (207) 824-2908;;

Puppy Love - Valentine's Day Weekend - Dog sled rides for two

Puppy Love - Valentine's Day Weekend - Dog sled rides for two

Friday, February 11, 2011 to Monday, February 14, 2011
And they call it Puppy Love - Dog sled rides for two - 30 minute tour through the beautiful trails of the Outdoor Center ($75/sled), Friday through Monday. Give your Valentine something special to make this a memorable occasion. For reservations, please call 207-824-5700 or 800-543-2754.

Maine Restaurant Week kicks off with the 2011 Signature Event

PORTLAND, Maine – Expanding on last year’s legendary cocktail competition, the March 2011 Maine Restaurant Week kick-off Signature Event introduces a two-pronged dessert competition. Taking place on February 28 at the Masonic Temple in Portland from 5-8 pm, the Signature Event celebrates the priceless individuality behind Maine’s cocktail shakers and sugar shacks.

Cookies challenge cakes and cupcakes take on truffles in the “How Sweet It Is” portion of the competition, but only one can win. Guests at The Signature Event have the final say in this people’s choice face-off.

More Than Just Dinner’s on the Docket at Maine Restaurant Week 2011

PORTLAND, Maine — Restaurants across the state are gearing up for the third annual Maine Restaurant Week, taking place March 1-12. Restaurants around Maine will participate in the event by featuring special three-course dinners ranging in price from $20-$40. Some restaurants will also offer three-course prix-fixe lunches from $15.

Restaurant Week celebrates the vibrancy and richness of Maine’s culinary traditions while giving restaurants a much-needed boost during the slowest time of the year.

More than seventy restaurants are already registered for the March 2011 Maine Restaurant Week, from Eliot to Bangor to Rockland. A list of participating restaurants and featured menus is available on

Kicking off Maine Restaurant Week is The Signature Event™, on Monday February 28 at the Masonic Temple in Portland.

Peterson Project At Legends Saturday

Peterson Project At Legends Saturday
The Peterson Project is a bluesgrazz acoustic trio (blues, bluegrass & jazz mash-up), formed in 2009. Working a single mic, they slide from one genre to another, sometimes mid-tune. Mark Peterson's voice is smooth, his blues harmonica commanding; when not taking the lead it supports the back beat for Mike Conant's bluegrass-style instrumentation (guitar, banjo, and occasionally frenetic fiddle). Keeping this train on the tracks is jazz standup bassist Tim Clough. Tim not only keeps the heartbeat going but frequently takes this ensemble to places where the tracks don't go.