Community groups add to the Wiscasset Art Walk fun
While the highlights of the Wiscasset Art Walk are the resplendent art galleries, specialty shops, antique treasures, riverside feasting, and extraordinary music, local community groups bring heart and soul to the evening on Thursday, July 27 from 5-8 p.m. in Wiscasset Village.
The Garden Club of Wiscasset (GCW) has become a Wiscasset Art Walk fixture, on the corner of Main and Middle streets, since tentatively setting up its first impromptu floral shop in summer 2016. According to GCW member Janice O’Connell, “After a very enjoyable 2016 Art Walk, we’re back this year drawn by the very pleasant job of selling bouquets from the bounty of our members’ gardens, sending locals and visitors off with a smile, and promoting our club.”
The GCW, a friendly mix of novice and experienced gardeners, is a community-spirited group. The club’s goal, says O’Connell, is to share the beauty of gardens through their work on many civic projects. O’Connell hopes that visitors to the WAW will stop by the garden club’s pop-up flower stand, learn more about the club, and “take time to smell the flowers.”
For the First Congregational Church of Wiscasset, participating in the WAW is a brand new adventure. Reverend Josh Fitterling said the congregation “always wants to support the wider community” and the WAW is an opportunity to do just that. Church volunteers will be setting up a ‘photo booth’ with dress-up props and Polaroid cameras so that kids, adults, families, and even beloved pets, can go home with a souvenir from the evening (free of charge). Look for the photo booth on the lawn in front of Marston House at 101 Main Street.
Another new and local feature this season is Ukes Unite! Wiscasset Middle High School teachers Prema Long and Kim Andersson started the school’s ukulele club, Ukes Unite! last February. During the school year, the club, met weekly with about six people participating with their own instruments. Now, says Andersson, more “interested newbies are waiting in the wings.” The teachers volunteer their time to coach Ukes Unite! and will be fundraising to purchase ukuleles for the school to allow for more participation. Meet Long, Andersson and students in the courtyard behind In the Clover at 85A Main Street. Rumor has it that ukes will be available for an informal strum!
Participant sites are marked with colorful streamers and touring maps are available throughout the Village. Major Sponsors for Wiscasset Art Walk 2017 are Donna and Frank Barnako, Ames True Value, Big Barn Coffee, Carl M.P. Larrabee Agency, Carleton Real Estate, Carriage House Gardens, First National Bank, Red’s Eats, and The Maine Real Estate Network/Chris Almasi, broker. Additional sponsors are Cod Cove Inn, Fogg Art Restoration, and In the Clover.