Norway Arts Festival reveals 2011 focus figure!

The Norway Arts Festival is pleased to announce this year’s focus figure, “Tony Montanaro” (1927-2002), internationally acclaimed mime artist, director, and teacher. Montanaro a world class performer founded the Celebration Barn Theater in 1972, making South Paris the location for performers around the world to refine their skills in mime, storytelling, acting, physical comedy, and puppetry. The Celebration Barn Theater will be celebrating its 40th year in July making this years focus figure a perfect match. Karen Montanaro will kick off this year’s festival on Thursday July 7th with a special performance honoring Tony and his influence on her work. Leland Faulkner, co- director of the documentary, “Tony Montanaro: The Miracle of Inspiration”, will be showing the film before Karen’s performance.

Nonprofit Collaborative hires Network Facilitator w/ Environmental Funders Network Grant Funding

Nonprofit Collaborative hires Network Facilitator w/ Environmental Funders Network Grant Funding

Bethel Area Nonprofit Collaborative (BANC) member organizations and other local nonprofits gather to welcome Jessie Seymour Perkins into her new position as BANC Network Facilitator. From Left: Zach Lehman, Gould Academy; Landon Fake, Mahoosuc Trails; Julie Hart, Mahoosuc Kids Association; Cathy Newell, District Exchange/Maine Adult Education; Jessie Seymour Perkins; BANC Co-Chair Steve Wight, Mahoosuc Land Trust; BANC Co-Chair Nancy Davis, Bethel Historical Society; BANC Secretary Aranka Matolcsy, Mahoosuc Arts Council; Bonnie Pooley, Western Mountains Senior College/Mahoosuc Land Trust; Jeannie Waite, MSAD#44; BANC Treasurer Robin Zinchuk, Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Local Athletes Bring Home Medals

Eight local athletes brought home medals at the recent Special Olympic Winter Games held at Sugarloaf.  Alyssa Anderson, Bruce Coffin, Don Dudley, Seth Lord, Sarah Paladino, Tracey Raymond, James Rollins, and Clifford Skillings, all Special Olympians from The Progress Center in Norway, participated in the event bringing home many medals as well as great memories of a wonderful time.  Congratulations to all of the participants for a job well done!

Snowshoe 50M Dash: Alyssa Anderson and Clifford Skillings – 4th

Snowshoe 100M Dash: Alyssa Anderson – 5th; Seth Lord – Bronze; Clifford Skillings - Gold

Snowshoe 50M Dash: Seth Lord – 5th

Snowshoe 25M Dash: Bruce Coffin – Silver

Alpine Giant Slalom: Don Dudley – Silver; Tracey Raymond – Bronze; James Rollins - Bronze

Alpine Super G: Don Dudley – Bronze; Tracey Raymond – 6th; James Rollins - Bronze

Alpine Slalom: Don Dudley – 6th; Tracy Raymond – Gold; Ja

WinterKids invites you to kick back, relax and enjoy some laughs at Sunday River!

WinterKids invites you to kick back, relax and enjoy some laughs at Sunday River!

What: A comedy show to benefit WinterKids
When: Saturday, February 19th, 9:30 p.m. (new time)
Where: Shipyard Brew Haus, White Cap Lodge at Sunday River in Bethel, ME
A comedy show about the funny side of being parents and having parents, "Parents' Night Out" features Karen Morgan and Jim Colliton. Both are professional comedians. Both are married. And both are parents.

Join Jim and Karen as they share their hilarious views on life as spouses, parents and children in this unique production that brings you both sides of the story.
Real parents. Real stories. Real funny.
Admission is free. Donations are appreciated and will benefit


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.

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.