Category archive: Events & Entertainment

Sky Program at Orgonon

The Sky Program presented by Gerry Adams on Tuesday night August 7th was awesome. He pointed out constellations, told about the Perseid meteor shower as we watched a meteor whiz by every three to four minutes, saw satellites going over, and looked at Mars in the Telescope.

The Arts are Blooming in Rangeley

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts invites the community to join us at our property on Loon Lake Road to celebrate–The Arts Are Blooming In Rangeley!   The afternoon event will take place on Sunday, August 12 from 2-4 pm.  In addition to a display of the newest version of the architect’s design for an Arts Center, there will be a great program of entertainment.  Talent will range from dance presentations to singing, from theater to visual art.

 The Rangeley Friends of the Arts is a dedicated group of volunteers with a mission to “increase awareness, knowledge, education, appreciation and support for the arts by making available varied programs of high artistic quality and by related activities, and to operate exclusively for charitable, literary or educational purposes”.

 As RFA continues to nurture the appreciation of the arts in the region, it has become very apparent that there is a great need for a facility that will enable programs to expand and grow.  The desire is a comfortable “meeting house”/auditorium for RFA programs and other community uses.  The RFA’s long-term goal is to create a facility with an auditorium, classroom and studio spaces for learning, creating and displaying all the arts including but not limited to visual, creative, movement, instrumental, vocal and performing

 August 12 will be a time to celebrate the past, present and future of the arts in the Rangeley Region. A delicious assortment of appetizers and refreshing summer drinks will complete the celebration.  Please bring your lawn chair and enjoy a great afternoon reflecting on the past, celebrating the present, and dreaming about the future.    

RFA presents Music from the Lake with Downeast Brass

Rangeley Friends of the Arts has coordinated a joint venture with The Oquossoc Lady and Loon Lodge to bring the talented Downeast Brass to Rangeley for a unique evening on Thursday, August 16th.  Prior to arriving at the Loon Lodge dock aboard the historic boat (The Oquossoc Lady) for an 8:15 PM public concert, the brass quintet will stop at several private parties along the lake shore. Tickets ($10) for the 45 minute presentation of “Music From The Lake”, on the lawn of Loon Lodge are available at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce office on 6 Park Road or 864-5364.  Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy a gorgeous Rangeley sunset while listening to an evening of beautiful music.  Make reservations for an early dinner at Loon Lodge (865-5666) or just come for the concert at 8:15 PM; a cash bar will be available.

The Downeast Brass is comprised of five highly experienced musicians from Southern and Central Maine. They enjoy playing a wide range of styles, from classical to Dixieland, and from parades to wedding ceremonies. As music educators, they seek to reach audiences of all ages with original and entertaining programming.

Trumpeter Dwight Tibbetts recieved a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Southern Maine. He has his Masters in Music from the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon. He was a recipient of the Willie Maiden Award for excellence in composition and arranging. Dwight has taught instrumental music in grades five through twelve for thirty years in Augusta, Maine. He has performed throughout Maine, most recently with the Manchester Brass Quintet.  Also an accomplished pianist, Dwight arranges most of the music performed by the Downeast Brass.

Andy Forster has been an instrumental music teacher in the Messalonskee School District for eighteen years. He received his B.M. in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire and his M.M. in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Massachusetts. Mr. Forster has studied trumpet with John Foss, Robert Stibler, Walter Chesnut and Trent Austin. His conducting teachers include Stanley Hettinger, Malcolm Rowell, and Mark Russel Smith. His professional performing experience includes performances with the Downeast Brass Quintet, the UMF Wind Ensemble, the UMF Orchestra, the Bates College Orchestra, the Colby College Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, the Al Corey Jazz Orchestra, the Brian Nadeau Big Band, the Mount Washington Hotel Jazz Orchestra, the Mayflower Hill Brass Quintet, the Brass Maineiacs, and numerous musical theater productions. Mike Peterson teaches instrumental music in the Messalonskee School District. He received his B.M. in Music Education from the University of Maine, and his B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He has studied trombone with Fred Heath, Hal Janks, and Fred “Moe” Snyder. Mike was also the primary music director for the Waterville Opera House from January of 2005 through April of 2008, and was a guest music director at Colby College in January of 2007. In addition to the Downeast Brass, Mike performs with the Good-Time Sound barbershop quartet. He resides in Oakland with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Rosemary.

 Mark Mumme is the director of instrumental music at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine. He has also taught in schools in Orono, Maine, and Needham, Massachusetts. He holds a Master’s degree in music from the University of Maine. Mark is currently a member of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and the Casco Bay Concert Band. He has also played tuba with the Blue Hill Brass Quintet, Mainely Brass, the American Band, and the Colby College Orchestra. Mark is also a bassist who has performed regularly with the Phil Rich Band, and has played in numerous musical theater productions.

D. Loren Fields, french horn, is a graduate of Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine, where he is presently Director of Bands for grades 7-12. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from the University of Maine at Orono. Loren has performed with the Bangor and Portland Symphonies, as well as numerous local musical theater productions. He has played french horn in the Augusta Wind ensemble, and the Manchester Brass Quintet. He has performed on stage with Barry Manilow and Colin Raye. Loren has studied with Philip Nesbit, Louis Stout, Robert Abernathy, and Charles Kavalovski. In addition he has been coached by Jens Lindemann., Fred Mills, and David Ohanian, all former members of the Canadian Brass.

 The Downeast Brass has performed in many New England settings. Audiences have been impressed by these fine Maine performers on the concert stage, at weddings, festivals, and on parade. They have performed at private parties at the Governor’s mansion in Augusta, Maine, at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, the famous Moxie Parade, and Governor Baldacci’s inauguration ceremony, among many other appearances. Their wide range of musical styles makes them the preferred musical choice for many occasions.

     The Downeast Brass’s founder and arranger, Dwight Tibbetts, has kept the unique talents and skills of his colleagues in mind as he has arranged music specifically for the group. From Andy Forster’s pristine high trumpet tones to Mark Mumme’s full bass sonority, the Downeast Brass combines the skills of some of Maine’s premier musicians. Since they are also music educators, they seek to reach audiences of all ages with original and entertaining programming.

 Rangeley Friends of the Arts has coordinated a joint venture with The Oquossoc Lady and Loon Lodge to bring the talented Downeast Brass to Rangeley for a unique evening on Thursday, August 16th.  Prior to arriving at the Loon Lodge dock aboard the historic boat (The Oquossoc Lady) for an 8:15 PM public concert, the brass quintet will stop at several private parties along the lake shore. Tickets ($10) for the 45 minute


Oquossoc Day scheduled for Saturday, August 18th

A CIRCUS IN AUGUST.that’s the theme for the annual OQUOSSOC DAY Celebration and Potluck Dinner/Dance, a day of fun for everyone.  This year the featured band will be ‘DADDIO’S with music of Big Band, Classical, Dance and Jazz, promising a fun dancing night after a delicious meal at our Potluck Dinner.

John Swan exhibit at Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum

The Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society’s Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum is pleased to announce a major exhibit of the highly acclaimed artwork of internationally known artist John Swan.

RFA presents American Wildlife Up Close

Over more than four decades, Gary Westerhoff has developed a passion for outdoor adventures that began with fly fishing for brook trout in the Rangeley area. This grew into a love for combining trout fishing with landscape and wildlife nature photography across America, Canada, Central America and South America. His wildlife images, featured in this presentation, catch the individual characteristics of the animals and their relation to the environment in which they live, often portraying the habits and family life of the animals.

Gary Westerhoff has been a long time summer resident of Rangeley and presently owns a home on Rangeley Lake. He will make a slide show presentation and lead a discussion on Saturday, August 4 from 7 to 8 PM at the Barn of the Congregational Church on 2 High Street in Rangeley. The presentation is sponsored by The Westerhoff Family Foundation and The Rangeley Friends of the Arts. Admission is free however donations to RFA will be accepted. His presentation is entitled American Wildlife Up Close.

A number of Gary’s images and books may be viewed on his web site at

Contact information:

Gary Westerhoff, Trustee                                          Sue Downes-Borko

The Westerhoff Family Foundation                          Rangeley Friends of the Arts                                       

Cell phone: 914-645-9133                                          Phone: 207-864-3951

Wilhelm Reich Museum to host Sky Program on August 6

Rangeley, Maine — The Wilhelm Reich Museum will host another  “Sky Program” on Monday August 6th,  at dusk at its Conference Center on Dodge PondRoad in Rangeley. We will view planets, stars, and the moon using telescopes,and binoculars as well as picking out constellations with the naked eye. Bringbinoculars,  lawn chairs or a blanket. Wewill only…

Joey McLafferty to be remembered

A memorial celebration for Joey McLafferty will be held at the Rangeley Lakes Logging Museum on Wednesday, August 8th from 4 to 7 pm. Bring stories, photos, and memories to share.

Next Community Breakfast on August 8th

RANGELEY — The next Ladies/Community Breakfast with everyone invited to attend will be on Wednesday August 8th at Loon Lodge on Route 4 south Rangeley, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Come and enjoy one of their great breakfast buffets.

Words and Music – What an Evening!

The Rangeley Public Library and the Rangeley Friends Arts, two Rangeley non-profit organizations, are partnering to offer an exciting afternoon and evening on Thursday, August 9th.  Beginning at 4:00 pm you are invited to help celebrate the Rangeley Public Library with cocktails and a silent auction.  For your entertainment Mike Blythe will be offering acoustic…