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Movie Initiative to bring First-Run Movies back to Rangeley

Movies Are Magic! The RFA Movie Initiative

A Fundraising Initiative to upgrade our digital projection and sound equipment to allow First-Run movies to return to Rangeley.

After a hundred plus years, the movie-going experience is embedded in America’s DNA. Movies offer the simple joy of expectantly settling into your theater seat and watching the screen come alive. They bring the sweet intimacy of sharing a show with your date, your friends or your children in the air-conditioned darkness on a hot summer day. They wrap us in warmth following dinner and a stroll through snow covered streets. Movies offer the perfect hangout for teenagers and the affordable opportunity for senior citizens to see a matinee. They light up the dark night and bring us together on a rainy day. The RFA Lakeside Theater, in the heart of downtown, is Rangeley’s movie house and center for entertainment, student programs and social activity.

Rangeley is home to generations of local families, relocated citizens, snowbirds, snow bunnies, retirees and seasonal families spending the entire summer. Rangeley is also a favorite with tourists, snowmobilers, outdoor enthusiasts, AT hikers, boaters, and day trippers. The region has a rich history of outdoor sporting. Our quaint downtown, with its friendly shops, restaurants, and local services is a destination for culture and commerce. Rangeley’s summer population grows nearly ten-fold and most visit downtown during their vacation. The Lakeside Theater stands in the center of it all offering a homey gathering place, where people of can connect and mingle on Main Street, appreciating the amazing vistas and fresh mountain air, taking in an art show, a performance or a movie, or stopping by a favorite place to share a café mocha, a pizza or a gourmet meal. It is all within walking distance.

Rangeley is loved by all of us. We are proud of our town and committed to making it the best it can be. That is why The RFA Lakeside Theater is responding to the community’s call to bring back first-run movies and why the Rangeley Friends of the Arts is behind this initiative to revitalize our downtown business district. In the past year, a focus group and multiple business owners suggested we help bring back first-run movies. Currently, to see a first-run show, community members have to drive an hour out of town and when they go, they take their spending power with them. Local merchants and service persons are suffering for the lost revenue. In the spirit of being good neighbors, serving our town and supporting the Arts, the RFA has pledged its efforts to promote becoming a first-run movie house. We plan to keep it local and make it great again!

In 2015 movie formatting changed dramatically. That’s when the industry adopted a digital format which requires that movies be shipped on a hard drive that is secured and accessed only by a specific type of connector. To show first-run movies, the Theater needs an expensive digital projector and needs to make upgrades to its existing sound system. Estimated costs are $50,000-$80,000 due to fluctuations in pricing for after-market equipment. Once the Theater has the equipment it still has to pay Licensing Fees, which range from $250 to $1000 per movie. Currently the RFA has the equipment to show movies on DVD/BLU RAY. That’s how the Theater has been keeping the big screen lit-up with classic favorites, special features and recent releases.

We are in a rapidly evolving film industry. Based on historical attendance data, admissions alone at $5 pp have not been able to sustain the costs of running a dedicated movie theater. Community theaters across the country have been diversifying in order to continue to succeed. Your financial commitment toward the purchase of new equipment is a good investment in the community’s social and economic health. It will provide necessary equipment the theater needs to become a full service, first-run movie house. It will enhance opportunities for Rangeley’s sustainability efforts.

A first-run movie theater:

• Brings teenagers into town and offers them an uplifting social experience
• Lights up Main Street and revitalizes our downtown business district
• Gives seniors and families accessible low-cost entertainment
• Broadens the Lakeside Theater’s repertoire. By becoming an arts center that also offers first run movies, it becomes a year-round destination that energizes downtown business activity.

The RFA has 50 years of organizational experience and fiscal management as well a dedicated board, staff and volunteers who want to meet the needs of the community. Since the RFA took ownership of the movie theater in 2013, the non-profit has expanded its programming and social services. The RFA is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to our community and our business district.

Community volunteers, donors and local business owners are committed to providing their financial support to help purchase the new equipment needed for first-run movies, however, this is a tall order for a small town in rural Maine. We need your support. Your gift will turn this vision into reality. You will touch all of the lives that have made Rangeley such a special place for us to live, to work, to play and to treasure for the generations to come.

Click HERE to review preliminary estimates of the start-up costs and contract fees for the first year.

Once we reach the initial $80,000 goal, we will purchase the best products at the best prices at that time. All donations toward the new equipment are placed in a restricted account at Franklin Savings Bank in Rangeley. We hope you will join our community leaders in creating movie magic for our town. Thank you. The volunteers at the RFA appreciate your support. To Donate to this initiative, click Below.

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08/15/2017 – "Bach Unaccompanied," Kennebec Early Music Festival

THE KENNEBEC EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Dynamic Chamber Music – Beautiful Historic Instruments

George Bozarth, Artistic Director

At the Kennebec Early Music Festival (August 15-20) enjoy musicians of national and international renown from San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Portland, and Bath performing the music of the Renaissance masters, as well as Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert on historic instruments Renaissance lute and theorbo, Baroque violin and violoncello, Flemish harpsichord, and two different Viennese fortepianos.

THE PRE-CONCERT “DISCUSSION”: “Bach’s Violin” (Elizabeth Blumenstock & George Bozarth, begins at (6:45 PM)

THE CONCERT (7:30 pm)

Bach Unaccompanied

Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin (Andrea Guarneri, Cremona, 1660)
Sarah Frieberg, violoncello (John Joseph Merlin, London, 1784)
Linda Skernick, harpsichord (in the Franco-Flemish tradition)
Tamara Friedman, fortepiano (after J. A. Stein, Augsburg, 1780)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Violoncello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011

French Suite in G major, BWV 816

Concerto in the Italian Style in F major, BWV 971

Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, including the virtuosic Ciaccone

The Kennebec Early Music Festival is supported by grants from the Edgard and Geraldine Feder Foundation, the Davenport Family Trust, and the Maine Arts Commission, with major sponsorships from Bath Savings Trust Company and William Raveis/Carleton Real Estate.

$25 GA, $20 Seniors (ages 65+ or retired), $10 Young Adults (ages 16-25), available at http://www.kemfmaine.org, through Brown Paper Tickets, and at the door. Kids-Come-Free: Children ages 7-15 may attend free of charge, when accompanied one-on-one by adults.

THE INSTRUMENTS

Elizabeth Blumenstock’s violin was made by Andreas Guarneri (Cremona, 1660), the founder of the dynasty of renowned Guarneri violin-makers in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Sarah Freiberg’s violoncello was crafted by Joseph John Merlin (London, 1784), an ingenious mechanic whose inventions included various types of intricate clocks and automata, inline skates, a perpetual motion machine, and mathematical and keyboard instruments which he displayed in Merlin’s Mechanical Museum in London.

Linda Skernick’s harpsichord was built by Yves Feder in 1981, and is based on a late 17th-century Flemish pattern, with scaling and plucking points done to an 18th-century French design. The sound of the instrument is best described as Franco-Flemish. The motto inscribed on the harpsichord lid HONI SOIT QUI MAL ME TOUCHE is a humorous take on the motto of the English Crown, Honi soit qui mal y pense, which roughly means curses on he who plays me badly.

Tamara Friedman’s fortepiano was modeled after a 1780s instrument by Johann Andreas Stein (Augsburg) and is the type piano that so captured Mozart imagination in 1777 that he began composing his long series of piano sonatas, as well as his sets of variations and fantasias.

THE MUSICIANS

Widely admired as a Baroque violinist of expressive eloquence and technical sparkle, Elizabeth Blumenstock is a long-time concertmaster, soloist, and leader with the San Francisco Bay Areas Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists, and concertmaster of the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, Germany. In Southern California, she is Music Director of the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival. Her love of chamber music has involved her in several accomplished and interesting smaller ensembles, including Musica Pacifica, Galax Quartet, Ensemble Mirable, Live Oak Baroque, the Arcadian Academy, and Trio Galanterie. An enthusiastic teacher, Elizabeth is on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the American Bach Soloists summer Festival and Academy, and the International Baroque Institute at the Longy School of Music.

Sarah Freiberg is principal cellist of Boston Baroque and a tenured member of the Handel and Haydn Society. She has performed with the New York Collegium, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), Portland Baroque (Oregon), Seattle Baroque, the Boston Early Music Festival, and Arion (Montreal). As a corresponding editor for Strings magazine, she has contributed dozens of articles and reviews on a wide range of subjects. Sarah edited the long-forgotten Guerini cello sonatas for both PRB Productions and Broude Brothers, and recorded both Guerini and Laurenti cello sonatas for Centaur. As well as teaching in the Historical Performance department at Boston University, she is Chair of Strings and Chamber Music at the Powers Music School in Belmont and teaches at the Amherst Early Music Festival. Sarah can be heard on numerous recordings, including as soloist on the Boston Baroque CD of works by Vivaldi and Geminiani.

Pianist Tamara Friedman, praised for the depth, wit, and humor of her performances (Seattle Times), attended the Oberlin Conservatory and received her masters degree from the Mannes College of Music (NYC). She has collaborated with such artists as Stanley Ritchie, Jaap Schröder, and Max van Egmond, and appears with violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock as Duo Amadeus. In the Pacific Northwest she has performed on the Seattle Camerata, Allegro Baroque and Beyond, Belle Arte, Early Music Guild, Gallery Concerts, and Mostly Nordic series and for the Governors Chamber Music Festival. She has been the featured performer in early piano workshops for Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) and the Western Early Keyboard Association, and maintains a private studio in Seattle, where she teaches modern piano and fortepiano on her collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century keyboard instruments, which is on display at SEKM! – the Seattle Early Keyboard Museum. Her summers are spent in Bath, Maine, where she also has a group of historic pianos.

Harpsichordist Linda Skernick served on the music faculty of Connecticut College, 19792015, when she moved to Bath. Her career has included solo recitals at the Los Angeles Harpsichord Center, Washington DCs Phillips Collection, the Cleveland and Birmingham Museums of Art, New Yorks Lincoln Center, and he Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, as well as at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments and at Wesleyan University. She has toured with Alexander Schneiders Brandenburg Ensemble and performed with Gerard Schwarzs Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as the Seacliff Chamber Players Long Island Bach Festival, and many local Connecticut series, including the Robbie Colomore concerts in Chester, the Essex Winter Series in Essex, the George Flynn Classical Concerts in Clinton, and Music Mountain in Falls Village. Linda was a member of New Yorks Tafelmusik Ensemble and the New York Baroque Consort, and has been soloist with many orchestras and chamber series throughout Connecticut. She has twice been the recipient of grants from the Sylvia Marlowe Harpsichord Society. Linda appeared both as soloist and in chamber music with the Connecticut Early Music Festival and John Solums Hanoverian Ensemble. She was also a founding member of The Klezzical Tradition, a group playing traditional klezmer and classical music. Many of her performances, including several guest concerts at Music Mountain, Falls Village, Conn., have been broadcast by National Public Radio. She appeared live on WQXR’s “The Listening Room” (New York City) and WGBH’s Morning Pro Musica (Boston).

 

08/15/2017 – Lily Webber, Mixed Media

Lily Gacki Webber – Mixed Media
July 26 – August 21, 2017 at the Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery in the Lobby of the RFA Lakeside Theater, 2493 Main Street, Rangeley.

Regular hours at 10 – 2, Mon through Thurs and will be open at other times when the theater is open for an event.

08/09/2017 – Lily Webber, Mixed Media

Lily Gacki Webber – Mixed Media
July 26 – August 21, 2017 at the Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery in the Lobby of the RFA Lakeside Theater, 2493 Main Street, Rangeley.

Regular hours at 10 – 2, Mon through Thurs and will be open at other times when the theater is open for an event.

08/09/2017 – Westerhoff/RFA Music Camp

Westerhoff/RFA Music Camp
Mon – Fri, August 7-11, 2017, 9 AM – 3 PM.
RFA Lakeside Theater and other Rangeley locations

Sponsored by the Westerhoff Family Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation, the Maine Arts Commission and the RFA.

Make great music and great friends at the Westerhoff-RFA Music Camp this summer!

This week-long camp offers campers the chance to learn from music teachers who have a proven ability to work with youth. Activities alternate between individual instruction, practice, and performance to group lessons, music-making and fun musicianship classes. Campers learn to play music with others, write music and advance their individual skills. Each day will include group singing and a noontime outdoor recreational period.  On Friday, campers will showcase all that they have learned in a performance for family and friends.

Ages: 8-18
Instruments: All instruments and voice
Prerequisite/eligibility: 6 months experience playing an instrument or studying voice, or singing in a group setting (chorus or choir); students with no previous musical experience are also encouraged to apply and will be considered for participation on an individual basis.
Camp Size: A maximum of 20 students working both individually and in small and large groups.
Location: RFA Lakeside Theater and other downtown locations in Rangeley, Maine.
Dates, Time: August 7-11, 9 AM – 3 PM. Before and after hours available for additional fee.
Instructors: David Iskowitz of Westerhoff School of Music, Timothy Macek of Howard University, and Erin Smith: Music Instructor at RLRS. 
Tuition: $200. for the week (financial aid available); ($50 nonrefundable deposit required upon registration)
Application: Final deadline: July 22, but we recommend early registration to ensure placement.

For Registration form, Click HERE.

Click here for Tuition Assistance Form

The Westerhoff/RFA Music Camp is presented by the Westerhoff School of Music and the Rangeley Friends of the Arts. It is supported by grants from the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Recertification Course

The best and most comprehensive course of its kind, WFA offers relevant and realistic first-aid training for seasonal outdoor activities or short term wilderness endeavors and pursuits.  Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short…

08/03/2017 – Art in August

Art in August – Art Show and Sale

Thursday, August 3, 2017
10 am – 4 pm, Oquossoc Park in Downtown Oquossoc

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts’ 37th annual “Art in August” will be held in the heart of Oquossoc Village. Always the first Thursday in August, the show will take place on August 3rd from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Artists’ exhibits will be in the Oquossoc Park.  Come see this year’s offerings as the tradition of presenting fine art and fine craft continues in the Rangeley Lakes Region.

Oquossoc Village is a location sure to please visitors and patrons of fine art and fine craft.  All amenities are within easy walking distance of the artists’ displays and there is ample parking.  Local restaurants and grocers will happily accommodate your desire for lunch or refreshments so you can visit each exhibitor and make selections at your leisure.

Prizes will be awarded in both fine art and fine craft categories.  Ribbons will be awarded early so that throughout the day, the public can enjoy viewing the winning pieces.

08/03/2017 – Lily Webber, Mixed Media

Lily Gacki Webber – Mixed Media
July 26 – August 21, 2017 at the Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery in the Lobby of the RFA Lakeside Theater, 2493 Main Street, Rangeley.

Regular hours at 10 – 2, Mon through Thurs and will be open at other times when the theater is open for an event.

08/03/2017 – TEEN Drama Week

08/03/2017 – TEEN Drama Week

RFA TEEN Drama Week
July 31 – August 4, 2016, 9:30 AM – 3 PM

RFA Lakeside Theater

Exclusively Sponsored by The Rangeley Lakes Resort.

Let’s Get Into the act!
for students entering 7th grade through 12th grade or age 13 through 18 years old

The week will combine improvisation, scene work and developing onstage skills for young actors. Performers will play games and work creatively to explore character development, movement, and story-telling. The camp will include the rehearsal of a short show to be performed at the end of the week.

ACT… LAUGH… LEARN

LOTS OF FUN… During the week we will produce a show and focus on the following topics: improvisation, scene work, developing the character, movement, story-telling, reaching your objectives, and developing on-stage skills.

Talley Murphy has directed the RFA teens for the last three years, and has been involved with RFA and Dodgeball Theatre summer youth programs since 2008. She studies theatre at Barnard College, where she’s currently completing her senior thesis in directing. Most recently, Talley directed Romeo and Juliet for Awake At 3, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for RFA teens, Macbeth in the Basement for the Capital Fringe Festival and A Wrinkle in Time for Columbia University Players. Talley’s work focuses on young artists, collaborative productions, and classical texts.

SPACE IS LIMITED – Registrations accepted on first come -first served basis. The cost for the week of fun and professional instruction: $150.  For more details contact: Millie Hoekstra: 207-864-2963 or milliehoek@gmail.com

Click HERE for Registration form.

07/28/2017 – Lily Webber, Mixed Media

Lily Gacki Webber – Mixed Media
July 26 – August 21, 2017 at the Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery in the Lobby of the RFA Lakeside Theater, 2493 Main Street, Rangeley.

Regular hours at 10 – 2, Mon through Thurs and will be open at other times when the theater is open for an event.

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