Wiscasset Art Walk Season Opens on June 27

Galleries, Music, Hands-on Art-making Contribute to a Festive Night

Wiscasset Village might look like a construction project but behind the orange barrels and rippling caution tape are the open doors of beautiful galleries, new and familiar shops, delicious eating, and accomplished music during the season’s first Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, June 27, 5-8pm.

A new stop on Wiscasset Art Walk day is the Farmers’ Market on the commercial pier, starting at 3pm. Shop for local farm-grown groceries then head over to Treats for a delicious wine tasting from 4:30 to 7pm, always a propitious start to an Art Walk ramble.

Like a crescendo at the top of the hill, the historic Nickels-Sortwell House, owned and managed by Historic New England, will be open for free tours during WAW. At the other end of the Village, the Creamery Pier beckons with its exquisite riverfront views; lobster shacks and Sarah’s Café are open through the evening. And in-between, enjoy the high-quality art, both contemporary and historic, in the Village galleries; shope the one-of-a-kind specialty shops and exquisite antique venues.

This season, the gallery at 64 Main St. becomes the Weaving Project – a drop-in, hands-on art project meant for adults and children. With very little guidance, visitors will choose from an abundance of colorful materials to creat simple and unique weaving to take home or leave behind for a “community wall.” Local guest artists will also display their work in the gallery. In June, dream-inspired paintings by Kate Nordstrom and abstract photos by Mark Tripp add color and depth to the creative fun!

As visitors travel the sidewalks, volunteers from local community organizations will be on hand to describe their healing art projects, ancient artifacts, and share anecdotes. The Garden Club of Wiscasset returns with fresh flowers from members’ gardens, perfect to take home for the dining table.

Park your car in one of Wiscasset Village’s seven local parking lots and enjoy a summer evening of art & craft, music, Maine history, and sparkling river views – all in one place!

Wiscasset Art Walks are held on the last Thursday of the summer months: June 27, July 25, August 29, and September 26 from 5 to 8pm. Participant sites are marked with colorful streamers and touring maps are available throughout the Village. Lead Sponsors for Wiscasset Art Walk 2019 are Donna and Frank Barnako. Major Sponsors are Ames True Value, Big Barn Coffee, Carl M.P. Larrabee Agency, Carriage House Gardens, Emotions in Writing, Fogg Art Restoration, Peter H. Eaton & Joan Brownstein Antiques, Red’s Eats, and Wiscasset Woods Lodge; with additional sponsors BIRCH and Rock Paper Scissors. For more information about Wiscasset Art Walk, please visit www.wiscassetartwalk.org or contact Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net.

Sherri Dunbar has announced the line-up for the

Alive on the Common  Summer Concert Series for 2019:

July 4th – Salty Dogs

July 11th  – Pan Fried Steel

July 18th – Ron Bergeron

July 25th – Art Walk

Aug. 1st – Liz Lannon

Aug. 8th – Dyer Neck

Aug. 15th – Junction 218

Concerts start at 6:00 p.m.  Bring a blanket or chair, a boxed lunch, sit back and enjoy the music in the air!

If you would like to be a part of this concert series, as a sponsor or performer, please contact

Sherri Dunbar at 207-380-7931 or email Sherri@dunhamrealty.com

 The Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway is hosting their “Music on the Railway” concert series on the 4th Saturday of June, July, and August, featuring some of Maine’s best acoustic musicians.  This series takes its inspiration from public concerts that the Railway held during the early twentieth century for people from throughout the Sheepscot Valley. Concert trains leave from the Railway’s Sheepscot station located at 97 Cross Road in Alna at 5PM.

The concerts are held rain or shine underneath a large tent surrounded by the beautiful fields of the Albee Farm adjacent to Alna Center station. The Museum’s classic 1930 Ford AA truck serves as the stage. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics along for their enjoyment during the concert. Take out dinners are also available from the Alna General Store for pickup prior to the concert. They are just a five minute drive from Sheepscot Station.

‘Darlin’ Corey’ will be kicking off the concert series on June 22nd. The duo, comprised of Matt Shipman and Erica Brown, features a delightful blend of vocal harmonies accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars. From thoughtful original and traditional songs as well as carefully chosen covers, traditional instrumentals from Maine, Canada, Southern Appalachia and Ireland they play a diverse and unique Americana mix of bluegrass, old time and folk.

Our July 27th concert features Jud Caswell. Maine singer/songwriter Jud Caswell has an eye for detail, drawing inspiration from the land like Mary Oliver, pushing into the specific, unfolding it into the universal. In 2006 he burst onto the national scene, winning the legendary Kerrville New Folk competition. His songs have been taught at Berklee, recorded by Judy Collins, and named “#4 Song of the Decade” by New York’s WFUV. Jud left the road to raise a family and make his music where his roots go deep. With a voice fresh as water over granite and soft as a pine needle bed, he wields his many instruments with the easy deftness of an old woodsman with an axe.

Closing out our music series on August 25th is this year’s Maine Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Stan Keach, with The Sandy River Ramblers.  The Sandy River Ramblers are one the one of the oldest continually performing Bluegrass bands in Maine, having been established in 1982. The Sandy River Ramblers feature banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and upright bass.  Their specialty is original songs about Maine. Their critically-acclaimed album ‘Cry of the Loon and other original songs about Maine’ is, according to Keach, the best selling Bluegrass album in Maine.

Trains for each concert leave from Sheepscot station at 5PM and return at 7:30PM Parking and round-trip train fare are included in the price of the ticket. Tickets (available at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com) are $20 for adults and $10 for children 4-12. Sales are limited to 100 tickets per concert, so get your tickets soon. See you on the narrow gauge!

Welcome New Chamber members:

Mammy’s Bakery is located at 100 Main Street, Wiscasset, owned by Jessica Deshiro and her fiance Gabriel McCoy along with their son Elijah. They journeyed through Damariscotta and have made their way to Wiscasset and we are thrilled!

A stint at Beelicious and opportunity motivated their move here. Offering delightful cupcakes, whoopie pies, Italian breads and cookies, fresh handmade pastas, biscotti, and other delectable sweets and savories using local ingredients and old-fashioned techniques past down from generation to generation.

Stop by and say we’re glad to have you here!

Photo Credit: Suzi Thayer/Boothbay Register

Welcome New member: White Pine Home

This news story appeared in the Lincoln County News, by Charlotte Boynton,

Betsy Kyle holds the sign she will soon mount on her home at 57 Washington St. to welcome customers to her new business, White Pine Home. (Charlotte Boynton photo)

White Pine Home, a new shop for vintage accessories and a variety of other items for the home, which  opened in Wiscasset on  May 2.

White Pine Home is at 57 Washington St., behind the Wiscasset municipal building.

The owner, Betsy Kyle, plannned a soft opening to begin at 10 a.m. She invited everyone to come in, look at her wares, and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with some fresh baked goods.

The business will offer home furnishings, flower arrangements, vintage and antique items, Cavallini paper goods, and Sweet Grass Farm candles, soaps, and lotions.

Kyle will showcase the decor and accessories she used in clients’ homes when she owned and operated Vignette Home Design in Stow, Mass. before moving to Wiscasset.

Kyle is a retired teacher, having taught for 22 years. She refers to herself as a wife and mother, a cancer survivor, a trained chef, and an interior redesign stylist, an art she is anxious to share in her new business. She also describes herself as a curious naturalist and scientist who loves music, books, and all things that grow.

Kyle and her husband, Leo Egan, left the place she had spent most of her life and moved to Wiscasset on April 26, 2018. She immediately became involved in the town.

A new business, White Pine Home, will open at 57 Washington St. in Wiscasset on Thursday, May 2. The building is also the home of shop owner Betsy Kyle and her husband, Leo Egan. (Charlotte Boynton photo)

A new business, White Pine Home, will open at 57 Washington St. in Wiscasset on Thursday, May 2. The building is also the home of shop owner Betsy Kyle and her husband, Leo Egan. (Charlotte Boynton photo)

She began by volunteering at the Wiscasset Public Library, where she reads at story hour every Friday, something she really enjoys. She visits the Wiscasset Community Center to go swimming three times a week.

Until this past week, she worked at Treats on Main Street, making sandwiches. She also belongs to the Women’s Charitable Society, providing help to women in need.

She plans to join the Friends of Wiscasset, a coalition of local businesses and organizations.

Her husband, Egan, is known as the “Reluctant Woodworker.” Some of his work will be available at the new business. His work includes shelving, tables, garden benches, picture frames, floral boxes, and mantles. He is also a musician.

Kyle plans to decorate her shop according to the four seasons of the year, changing the decor with the season. A small space in the shop will be devoted to a Christmas theme year-round.

Her goal is to create a relaxed atmosphere for people to visit with her and with one another.

“I enjoy pretty things and I know other people do as well,” she said. “I welcome them to come in and look around. If they don’t buy anything, that is OK. Come in and enjoy the experience of seeing what is being offered.”

Kyle used a quote from Elsie de Wolfe to describe her ambition in life: “I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life.” De Wolfe was an American interior decorator and actress who was born in 1859 and died in 1950.

White Pine Home will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. during the spring, summer, and fall. Flexible hours are being considered for the winter.