News and Events in Wiscasset

News and Events

Casual for a Cause Program

Employees of First National Bank recently raised $868.05 for the Feed Our Scholars-Back Pack Program benefiting Wiscasset students through its Casual for a Cause program. Employees make a contribution to a nominated non-profit organization in exchange for dressing casually on Fridays for one month.

Historic New England

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Energy Efficiency and Your Old Home


Tuesday, October 27, 5:30 p.m.

One of the most challenging issues facing homeowners is how to make older or historic homes more energy efficient without sacrificing character and charm. This online lecture presents a historic preservation perspective on insulation, air sealing, mechanical upgrades, and other energy retrofit opportunities in your older home. Come away with a framework for making an old house more energy efficient, and hear about how Historic New England has made significant energy improvements to its properties without damaging historic fabric.


The Zoom link for this program will be included in the email order confirmation.

If you would like to pay an amount not listed, choose the free ticket and enter your personalized donation at checkout.

Advance tickets required. Please call 617-994-6678 for more

Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights


Thursday, November 5, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

In this virtual talk, acclaimed historian Gretchen Sorin reveals how the car—the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility—has always held particular importance for African Americans. Cars helped black families evade some of the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road. She recounts the creation of a parallel, unseen world of black motorists, who relied on travel guides, black-only businesses, and informal communications networks to keep them safe.

As Sorin demonstrates, black travel guides and black-only businesses encouraged a new way of resisting oppression. Black Americans could be confident of finding welcoming establishments as they traveled for vacation or business. At the same time, she shows that the car, despite the freedoms it offered, brought black people up against new challenges, from segregated ambulance services to unwarranted traffic stops, and the racist violence that too often followed.

At the heart of Sorin’s story is Victor and Alma Green’s famous Green Book, a travel guide begun in 1936, which helped grant black Americans that most basic American rite, the family vacation.

Gretchen Sorin is a distinguished professor and director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York. She has curated innumerable exhibits, including with the Smithsonian, the Jewish Museum, and the New York State Historical Association.


The link for the webinar will be sent in a separate email prior to the event.

Please call 617-994-6679 for more information.

Maine at 200 Series

Maine Historical Society is running a fantastic series of virtual bicentennial programs between now and next March.

You can view their scheduled events and register for them here: Maine Historical Society, Maine at 200

Wednesday, October 14, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Maine at 200 Series: A Talk with John Bunker
An Apple History of Maine

An Apple History of Maine

For 45 years John Bunker has been pulling over by the side of the road to marvel at ancient apple trees, has picked his way through old books and diaries, hung out with old timers, grafted new trees, and made lots of pies, sauce and cider in his quest to re-discover and the identify the forgotten apple varieties of Maine.

As the crisp autumn air beckons the smell of fallen leaves and apple pie, this unique talk will explore the history of apple farming in Maine’s 16 counties from its colonial beginnings to the present.

Cost: Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Location: online via Zoom. Limited to 500 attendees. REGISTER HERE

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Thursday, October 22, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Maine at 200 Series: A Talk with Liam Riordan
Becoming Maine

Liam Riordan

Liam Riordan

A fascinating look at how Maine became a state. This illustrated presentation explores the long statehood process that culminated in 1820 with Maine’s separation from Massachusetts. That struggle engaged a range of challenging public issues that are still recognizable today. Four broad themes that bridge 200 years in telling ways include: the “two Maines” and sharp partisan conflict, the explosive place of slavery vis-a-vis the Maine-Missouri Crisis, Wabanaki sovereignty, the uncertain location and meaning of the international border.

About the speaker: Liam Riordan has done considerable Public History work to commemorate the bicentennial of the state of Maine in 2019-2020 and organized the Maine Bicentennial Conference on the statehood era and its legacy. He received his bachelor’s degree in history at the University of California, Berkeley, and his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Maine since 1997. A specialist on the American Revolution — especially the religious, racial and ethnic diversity in the Philadelphia region from 1770 to 1830 — Professor Riordan has an ongoing research project about Loyalists who opposed the Revolution.

Cost: Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Location: online via Zoom. Limited to 500 attendees. REGISTER HERE.

November Programs

Thursday, November 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Maine at 200 Series: Presented by Maine-Wabanaki REACH



Maine Historical Society and Maine Wabanaki-REACH invite you to a powerful and unique interactive story-telling and learning experience. We will learn about events in the 450 year colonizing history of Wabanaki people (the Indigenous people of Maine) and Europeans and their descendants. This is a participatory program appropriate for adults and teens. Our goal is to increase public understanding of colonization. Attendance is limited and registration is required.

About Maine-Wabanaki REACH: Maine-Wabanaki REACH is a cross-cultural collaboration that successfully supported the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. REACH is implementing the Commission’s recommendations, focused on Wabanaki health, wellness and self-determination and community building. REACH envisions and prepares for a future where Maine and Wabanaki people join together, acknowledging truth, promoting healing and creating change.

Cost: Free and open to the public. Attendance Limited. REGISTRATION REQUIRED — DETAILS FORTHCOMING.

Location: To be determined.

Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Maine at 200 Series: With James E. Francis, Sr (Penobscot)
Pandemics in Wabanaki Communities

James Eric Francis Sr. (Penobscot)

James Eric Francis Sr. (Penobscot)

James Eric Francis, Sr. (Penobscot), Director of Cultural and Historic Preservation, Penobscot Nation talks with Steve Bromage, Executive Director of Maine Historical Society about how pandemics have affected Wabanaki communities since the first Europeans interacted with Wabanaki people on the shores of what is now known as Maine to today’s concerns about COVID-19.

About the speaker: James E. Francis, Sr. is the Penobscot Nation’s Tribal Historian and Director of Cultural and Historic Preservation, for which he studies the relationship between Maine Native Americans and the landscape. Prior to working at the Penobscot Nation, he served with the Wabanaki Studies Commission, helping to implement the new Maine Native American Studies Law into Maine schools, and managed a team of teachers and cultural experts in developing a curriculum. An historical researcher, photographer, filmmaker, and graphic artist, Mr. Francis co-produced a film, Invisible, which examines racism experienced by Native Americans in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes.

Cost: Free and open to the public. Registration required.

Location: online via Zoom, limited to 500 attendees. REGISTER HERE

Thursday, November 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

With Dr. Ardis Cameron
Representing Race in Mid-Century Maine Film: Screening of LOST BOUNDARIES (1949)

Representing Race in Mid-Century Maine Film: Screening of LOST BOUNDARIES (1949)

In partnership with University of Maine – Augusta
Join us for the screening of LOST BOUNDARIES (1949, Alfred Werker, director) followed by a facilitated discussion with USM Professor Dr. Ardis Cameron.

The film is based on the William Lindsay White’s book of the same name and narrates the experiences of a black doctor who passes for white to work in a New England hospital. Based on the real story of a black family in early 20th century New England, LOST BOUNDARIES was filmed in Kittery and York, Maine, as well as parts of New Hampshire, and released in 1949.

Historically, this film is part of the movement that spawned socially conscious films in Hollywood in the 1930’s and 40s, but few such films directly addressed racism in New England. This film provides an opportunity to consider the larger context of racial politics in mid-century Maine and the significance of setting a story of racial “passing” in New England.

Cost: Free and open to the public, registration is required.

Location: online via Zoom, limited to 500 attendees

Monday, November 30, 7:00 pm

Performed by Gerald Dickens
A Christmas Carol


Charles Dickens’ literary masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, continues to shape the way we celebrate Christmas over 150 years after the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the three spirits of Christmas first touched hearts in 1843.

Join us in welcoming the author’s great-great grandson, renowned actor Gerald Dickens, to perform his uniquely powerful one-man stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol. MHS is again proud to host Mr. Dickens as he brings the classic Christmas story to life on stage in a performance that you’ll remember for many Christmases yet to come!

Cost: Ticket prices TBD at when available. DETAILS FORTHCOMING.

Location: To be determined.

Mills Administration Announces Maine to Enter Stage 4 of Reopening

October 6, 2020

Starting October 13, indoor seating limits are increased, enforcement of face coverings is strengthened statewide

The Mills Administration announced today that Maine will move into Stage 4 of the Plan to Restart Maine’s Economy beginning Tuesday, October 13, 2020. With cold weather months approaching, Stage 4 increases limits on indoor seating to 50 percent capacity of permitted occupancy, or 100 people – whichever is less – and maintains the critical public health measures outlined in COVID-19 Prevention Checklists, such as enhanced cleaning practices and physical distancing. Today’s Executive Order also further strengthens the State’s face covering mandate by requiring that a broader set of entities, such as private schools and municipal buildings, ensure that employees and people in their buildings adhere to this critical health measure. The Order also expands the scope of the enforcement statewide, rather than in just Maine’s coastal counties and more populous cities.

The progression into Stage 4 comes as Maine, adjusted for population, continues to lead the nation on key metrics for COVID-19 response, including having the lowest hospitalizations, second lowest new cases, and fourth lowest deaths.

“With winter weather approaching, we must support businesses across the state as outdoor service becomes less viable and people move inside. This expanded capacity, along with continued health and safety precautions, is a prudent step forward that balances public health and economic health,” said Governor Janet Mills. “These adjustments, however, should not lure us into a false sense of security. This virus is still very much with us all across the state and wearing a face covering, staying six feet apart, avoiding large gatherings, and washing our hands often is key to keeping Maine schools and businesses open and keeping Maine people healthy.”

Beginning a week from today, businesses and organizations that serve people through seated activities – such as indoor dining, religious gatherings, and movie theaters – will be permitted to operate at 50 percent of their capacity, with a maximum of 100 people. Updated COVID-19 Checklists for these businesses and organizations are posted on the Department of Economic and Community Development’s website. Appropriate health and safety protocols, such as enhanced cleaning practices and the requirement to maintain six feet of distance between seating areas, remain in full effect.

To arrive at this adjustment, the Administration worked closely with the Portland Regional, Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan, and Bangor Region Chambers of Commerce, as well as the Visit Portland and Visit Bangor Regional Convention and Visitor Bureaus. The Chambers worked with their restaurant member teams to solicit feedback, of which the primary ask was to be able to operate at 50 percent capacity.

For non-seated indoor activities, such as physical activity in gyms, the limit remains at 50. The outdoor gathering limit remains at 100 people. Retailers remain subject to the occupancy limit of 5 people per 1,000 square feet of shopping space.

Stage 4 also anticipates a reopening date for indoor service for bars and tasting rooms of Monday, November 2, 2020. To reopen for indoor service, these establishments must abide by the newly-posted COVID-19 Prevention Checklist for seated food and drink service, which is an update to the restaurant checklist.

Governor Mills also expanded her Executive Order (PDF) requiring certain businesses to enforce the State’s face covering requirement. During the summer months, the enforcement mandate was required only in Maine’s coastal counties and more populous cities. It is now required statewide. The Governor also broadened the Order to make clear that places, such as private schools and local government buildings, must join restaurants, lodging, and retail establishments in having their employees and clients’ wear face coverings. Face coverings have been proven to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“Led by Governor Mills, we adjust daily our balance between protecting Maine’s residents from this deadly disease and increasing safe reentry into businesses, schools, and other parts of pre-COVID life,” said Jeanne Lambrew, Commissioner of Health and Human Services. “Stage 4 has been made possible by focusing on science and by the hard work and common sense of Maine people.”

“We recognize that winter capacity is critical to Maine businesses and want to ensure that we find alternatives that support both businesses while protecting public health,” said Heather Johnson, Commissioner of Economic and Community Development. “We will continue to review creative options for other sectors as we move in to Stage 4.”

“Face coverings, physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and avoiding non-essential gatherings remain the best ways for all Maine people to protect themselves and their communities,” said Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “Continued adherence to these science-based safety protocols, and getting your flu shots now, will help us limit potential spread of the virus during this next stage.”

Businesses that violate the Governor’s Executive Orders are subject to enforcement, including possible fines and loss of licenses. To date, state officials have issued fines — in one instance nearly $20,000 — and more than two dozen imminent health hazard warnings to organizations that have not abided by the health and safety measures meant to protect their employees, customers and clients.

In April, Governor Mills issued her Plan to Restart Maine’s Economy to gradually ease restrictions on some businesses and activities while also implementing protective protocols, along with broader additional health and safety measures, to protect Maine people. Since then, Maine has reopened the vast majority of its economy while maintaining one of the lowest national rates of COVID-19 transmission. Stage 4, which Maine will enter in a week, lifts some restrictions and allows all businesses and activities to resume with appropriate safety precautions.

As of October 3, 2020, Maine, adjusted for population, ranks 2nd lowest in the nation in terms of positive cases; 4th lowest in the nation in terms of deaths; the lowest in terms of patients ever-hospitalized out of the 36 states reporting; and 9th highest in the percentage of people who have recovered out of the 45 states reporting.

A copy of the Governor’s Executive Order is attached (PDF).

PiYO with Lorna‘ (Outdoor fitness class) will be moved into the gymnasium tonight if the weather becomes an issue.
If weather conditions become an issue for our outdoor fitness classes we will move them inside the gymnasium (when space is available due to rentals). If you have any questions please call 882-8230 (leave message) or email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Reservations have been on the rise for the pool, fitness room and the gymnasium. Please make sure to call (882-8230) or email, to reserve your time in these areas of our facility.

All WCC Memberships have been updated and extended!
If you have any questions about your membership please contact Duane Goud.

Please remember when entering the building we ask that you wear a mask in the lobby and any time you cannot social distance within the building(6′).
When you are within the pool area you are not required to wear a mask.
When you are within the fitness room you are not required to wear a mask while you are working out, but we do ask that you respect one another and please social distance 14′ while working out. We have signage posted throughout the building to help everyone with spacing and sanitation.

Thank you for your continued support of the Wiscasset Community Center as we try to keep everyone updated and informed as times, schedules, guidelines, etc. change.

The Lincoln County Food Initiative (LCFI) has partners across the restaurant, education, charity, government, and public health sectors. Leave a voicemail with your information, and one of our navigators will call back and discuss resources available in your town. The hotline will connect with local resources to provide the best form of assistance.

Chamber Chat with Chip-June 10

Hosted by LCTV, Chamber Chats with Chip will be broadcast Wednesdays at 7:30pm, every two weeks.

Available for viewing on : Spectrum Cable TV Channel 7

Tidewater Cable Channel 7

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Next Up- July 8 with Sheepscot Bay Physical Therapy

Next Up- July 22 with First Congregational Church Wiscasset

Next Up- August 5 with Red’s Eats

Next Up- August 19 with Chewonki Campground

Next Up- September 2 with Sheepscot Harbor Village Resort & Water’s Edge

Next Up- September 16 with Wiscasset Rec Center

Volunteer projects in the great outdoors where Covid 19 is much less of a threat, has allowed the Garden Club of Wiscasset (GCW) to continue its work this summer. The gardens at the historic Pownalborough Courthouse, the Serenity Garden at the Coastal Cancer Treatment Center in Bath, the Wiscasset Library, the Wiscasset Sunken Garden, the Nickels-Sortwell House Garden and the Wiscasset Green Elder Care are all blooming beautifully and on schedule.

We hope you’re enjoying the beauty and cheer of the flowers and planters in Wiscasset Village. These were made possible by funding from the Garden Club of Wiscasset (GCW) and the collaboration and hard work of the Appearance of the Town Committee.

We welcome new members throughout the year with comradery and educational programs monthly during the winter. For more information contact:

Linda Belmont
Membership – GCW

Lincoln County Historical Association misses summer visitors, but looks to the future

Just as many stores, restaurants, and other businesses have fallen victim to the dictates of the Corona virus, museums and historic sites including three that are maintained by Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) remain closed to summer visitors.

In a normal year, volunteer docents would share stories of these buildings to show how history intertwines with the heritage of this part of Maine. LCHA’s Chapman-Hall House, Pownalborough Court House, and the 1811 Old Jail span 200 years of Lincoln County history. The individuals who lived and worked in these historic buildings were observers and sometimes influential participants in the growth of Lincoln County from a district of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to one of the 16 counties in the State of Maine.

Although the buildings themselves remain quiet for now, LCHA looks to the future. Education director Louise Miller is adjusting her programs to meet the needs of a school year that promises to be unlike any other, with the exception perhaps of 1918. The cancellation of summer children’s programs and fundraisers has limited the organization’s ability to network and share with the community, but.a successful grant proposal will help fund a major electricity renovation in the Old Jail, and members have have shown their appreciation for the mission of the Association with their memberships and donations to support ongoing projects.. For this generosity the Board of LCHA is very grateful.

In the coming year, as restrictions ease and protocols are put in place to keep visitors and docents safe, the LCHA historic sites will once again be open to share insights into the rich heritage of Lincoln County. Meanwhile, the public is invited to view LCHA’s new website launched in the spring at Hiking trails at the Pownalborough Court House are also open to all.

The Lincoln County Historical Association is a nonprofit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset, and the Pownalborough Court House in Dresden.  For more information about the Lincoln County Historical Association, visit and the Facebook pages, Lincoln County Historical Association Maineand Pownalborough Court House Museum.

Caption:  This display of 17th and 18th century navigational tools was featured at an LCHA event at the Chapman-Hall House in 2017.

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We have identified several training programs to be conducted online, including for jobs as medical assistants, phlebotomists and technicians who could help make supplies like swabs and disinfectants. MQC is coordinating its efforts with the Department of Labor and other workforce agencies for the recruitment and screening of participants in the new online programs.
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