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01/30/2018 – Creative After-School Arts, ages 6-12

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts is offering a Creative After School Arts program (CASA) beginning September 5, 2017, for students in grades 6-12.  It will coincide with the 40 week school year, from September to June, during after school hours, Monday through Friday, until 6 PM at the RFA Lakeside Theater in downtown Rangeley.CASA will have a rolling registration, and students can attend every day or any day, so it can fit in with their other after-school commitments. It’s an open environment where students can join in the activities offered, or just hang out with friends and get their homework done in a creative, supportive environment. There will be workshops in dance and movement, broadcasting and engineering with WRGY, theater performance and operations, music and performance, graphic art, fine arts and design, digital media, creative writing and community service. There will be a nominal fee per semester and scholarships will be available.  Latch-key kids, artistic kids, ambitious kids, quiet kids, YOUR kids, will find a relaxed, healthy home-away-from-home where they can thrive. Registration forms are available in the brochure holders outside at the theater entrance. FMI contact the RFA at 207-864-5000, rangeleyarts@gmail.com.

01/01/2018 – Creative After-School Arts, ages 6-12

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts is offering a Creative After School Arts program (CASA) beginning September 5, 2017, for students in grades 6-12.  It will coincide with the 40 week school year, from September to June, during after school hours, Monday through Friday, until 6 PM at the RFA Lakeside Theater in downtown Rangeley.CASA will have a rolling registration, and students can attend every day or any day, so it can fit in with their other after-school commitments. It’s an open environment where students can join in the activities offered, or just hang out with friends and get their homework done in a creative, supportive environment. There will be workshops in dance and movement, broadcasting and engineering with WRGY, theater performance and operations, music and performance, graphic art, fine arts and design, digital media, creative writing and community service. There will be a nominal fee per semester and scholarships will be available.  Latch-key kids, artistic kids, ambitious kids, quiet kids, YOUR kids, will find a relaxed, healthy home-away-from-home where they can thrive. Registration forms are available in the brochure holders outside at the theater entrance. FMI contact the RFA at 207-864-5000, rangeleyarts@gmail.com.

12/26/2017 – Creative After-School Arts, ages 6-12

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts is offering a Creative After School Arts program (CASA) beginning September 5, 2017, for students in grades 6-12.  It will coincide with the 40 week school year, from September to June, during after school hours, Monday through Friday, until 6 PM at the RFA Lakeside Theater in downtown Rangeley.CASA will have a rolling registration, and students can attend every day or any day, so it can fit in with their other after-school commitments. It’s an open environment where students can join in the activities offered, or just hang out with friends and get their homework done in a creative, supportive environment. There will be workshops in dance and movement, broadcasting and engineering with WRGY, theater performance and operations, music and performance, graphic art, fine arts and design, digital media, creative writing and community service. There will be a nominal fee per semester and scholarships will be available.  Latch-key kids, artistic kids, ambitious kids, quiet kids, YOUR kids, will find a relaxed, healthy home-away-from-home where they can thrive. Registration forms are available in the brochure holders outside at the theater entrance. FMI contact the RFA at 207-864-5000, rangeleyarts@gmail.com.

11/27/2017 – Creative After-School Arts, ages 6-12

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts is offering a Creative After School Arts program (CASA) beginning September 5, 2017, for students in grades 6-12.  It will coincide with the 40 week school year, from September to June, during after school hours, Monday through Friday, until 6 PM at the RFA Lakeside Theater in downtown Rangeley.CASA will have a rolling registration, and students can attend every day or any day, so it can fit in with their other after-school commitments. It’s an open environment where students can join in the activities offered, or just hang out with friends and get their homework done in a creative, supportive environment. There will be workshops in dance and movement, broadcasting and engineering with WRGY, theater performance and operations, music and performance, graphic art, fine arts and design, digital media, creative writing and community service. There will be a nominal fee per semester and scholarships will be available.  Latch-key kids, artistic kids, ambitious kids, quiet kids, YOUR kids, will find a relaxed, healthy home-away-from-home where they can thrive. Registration forms are available in the brochure holders outside at the theater entrance. FMI contact the RFA at 207-864-5000, rangeleyarts@gmail.com.

11/21/2017 – Creative After-School Arts, ages 6-12

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts is offering a Creative After School Arts program (CASA) beginning September 5, 2017, for students in grades 6-12.  It will coincide with the 40 week school year, from September to June, during after school hours, Monday through Friday, until 6 PM at the RFA Lakeside Theater in downtown Rangeley.CASA will have a rolling registration, and students can attend every day or any day, so it can fit in with their other after-school commitments. It’s an open environment where students can join in the activities offered, or just hang out with friends and get their homework done in a creative, supportive environment. There will be workshops in dance and movement, broadcasting and engineering with WRGY, theater performance and operations, music and performance, graphic art, fine arts and design, digital media, creative writing and community service. There will be a nominal fee per semester and scholarships will be available.  Latch-key kids, artistic kids, ambitious kids, quiet kids, YOUR kids, will find a relaxed, healthy home-away-from-home where they can thrive. Registration forms are available in the brochure holders outside at the theater entrance. FMI contact the RFA at 207-864-5000, rangeleyarts@gmail.com.

09/01/2017 – Maine Outdoor Film Festival

Rangeley. 1 Sept. Maine Outdoor Film Festival, 7pm. Lakeside Theatre, 2493 Main St. Admission $6; $3 for Appalachian Trail hikers and children under 12. http://maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com/2017-rangeley Part of 6th annual Rangeley Trail Town Festival, 2 Sept., 10-4, Pond St.

08/26/2017 – Maine Native American Summer Market

Maine Native American Summer Market at Shaker Village

Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10am – 3:30pm

The ninth annual festival of some of Maine’s finest, award-winning Native American artists will be held on Saturday, August 26th from 10am – 3:30pm at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village – the world’s only active Shaker Community.  This is the southernmost gathering of Wabanaki artists in the state of Maine.  More than 40 members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki crafts including basketmaking, woodcarving, bark etching, doll making, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to featured performances of drumming, dancing and story-telling.   A wide selection of crafts are offered for a range of prices from a few dollars to several hundred dollars (cash/personal check accepted by all artists).  High-quality, handmade crafts will be available for sale. 

Participating artists include: Dolly Barnes, Jason & Donna Brown – Decontie & Brown, Pam & Jacob Cunningham, Barry & Lori Dana, Linda Dana, Faye Decontie, Stuart Tomah & Gal Frey, Wendy Hamilton, Marie Harnois – Passamaquoddy Maple, Butch & Kelly Jacobs, Joe & Tammy Loring, Brenda Moore-Mitchell, Geo Neptune, James Neptune, Peter Neptune, Molly Neptune Parker, Debbie Nicholas, Debbie Parsons, Gail & Butch Phillips, Caron Shay, Tim Shay, Michael Silliboy, Frances Soctomah, Fred Tomah, and the Burnurwurbskek Singers.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand Maine’s Native American culture.  FREE ADMISSION!  Rain or shine. BBQ lunch plates will be served.  The Shaker Museum and Shaker Store will be open, as well.  Shaker Village is located at 707 Shaker Road (Rt. 26) in New Gloucester, Maine – 15 minutes from the Maine Turnpike.  FMI:  www.maineshakers.com, follow on Facebook at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, or 207-926-4597.

08/21/2017 – "Wedding Belles," Community Theater

Wedding Belles

by Alan Bailey and Ronnie Claire Edwards

Community Theater Production
Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon, August 18-21, 7 PM
RFA Lakeside Theater

Sponsored in part by Blue Orchid.

Four garden-club ladies meet a young girl who has come to their little Texas town to marry an infantryman before he ships off for World War II. The women impulsively decide to throw the girl an elaborate wedding, and their lives and friendships are thrown into turmoil as they race to accomplish the nuptials in one frenzied afternoon.

Admission: *First-Night: $15,  all other nights are $20. All seats are reserved. Purchase tickets for this event HERE. Tickets will also be available at the door.

“Delightful!…Funny and folksy…The ladies light up the stage!” – The Dallas Morning News

“Wedding Belles” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

*First-Night: an opening night ticket discount to showcase the performers and reward our wonderfully supportive community that enjoys RFA’s live theater productions.

08/21/2017 – 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.

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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