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Living history museum proposed for Ambleside

PHILLIPS — The Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad has given its approval to a project that could turn the unused Ambleside building into a multi-purpose museum.read more

Rangeley Lakes students attend Portland Stage

PORTLAND – The Rangeley Lakes Regional School’s History Department attended August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Oct. 8, at the Portland Stage. This enriching opportunity was made possible by the generous support of the Rangeley Friends of the Arts, which purchased the tickets, and the Rangeley PTA, for a locally grown food experience at Local […]

RFA has a new home in downtown Rangeley

After 45 years of bringing the arts to the Rangeley Region, the Rangeley Friends of the Arts is thrilled to announce we are no longer homeless!  Drs. Valerie and Jeffrey Zapolsky have been strong supporters of the RFA for over 30 years.  In order to see the RFA continue to thrive and reach their goal of bringing the arts to the Rangeley Region for the future, the Zapolskys are donating the improved and expanded Lakeside Theater to the RFA.

Improvements include the removal of the derelict barn and attaching the Red Barn to the back of the theater, as well as upgrades to meet the fire marshal’s requirements, adding a stage left exit, a large insulated dressing room area behind stage, onsite storage areas, resurfaced driveway between the theater and Birchwood, and an insulated, heated workshop area.

This was a cooperative effort involving several local contractors and supported by John and Birgitta Parker, owners of the adjacent property.  In this complex transaction, the Zapolskys will become the new owners of a lot on Quimby Pond that had been donated to the RFA a few years ago by Yvonne and Salvatore A. Balsamo; this will partially offset the value of their donation.  The Parkers will gain the needed parking for their property and the RFA gets a home.  The RFA has decided to show classic movies this fall on a limited but regular basis. Watch for the upcoming schedule.

RFA President Sue Downes-Borko stated:  ”For the RFA, having our own building will be an enormous asset.  The board voted unanimously to accept this generous proposal from the Zapolskys.  In the history of the organization, this is a monumental milestone.  Over the winter, RFA will begin the process of creating a business plan and assessing priorities.  Our hope is that the theater will provide a wonderful arts presence that benefits the entire community.”

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Sporting museum open for season

Sporting museum open for season

OQUOSSOC — The Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum has opened for its third season. According to organizers, if you have not yet visited the museum this is the time to do so. If you have already been to the museum you will be surprised with the many new displays and exhibits now available for your enjoyment and appreciation of our history.read more

‘Lost Villages of Flagstaff’ to be discussed

RANGELEY — Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m., local authors Alan Burnell and Kenny Wing will present a slide show and lecture on their book, “The Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake” at the Rangeley Public Library. All are welcome to come hear about the fascinating history of the towns of Flagstaff, Bigelow and Dead River.read more

Raffle Quilt

 “HUNTER BLUES” QUILT RAFFLE

Quilt Raffle Drawing was held Oct. 20th; the Quilt was won by Janet Kuhn of Whiting, NJ, who visited Rangeley in August.

The RFA would like to thank Dan and Carol Perkins for their most generous gift.  The proceeds from this raffle will benefit so many youth in the Rangeley region.  Thank you to all who supported this raffle during this season.

In the Fall of 2008, a group of Threads Galore Quilt Camp students joined together to create the award winning quilt, “Hunter Blues”.  Campers stitched up Rapid Fire Hunter Star quilt blocks in shades of indigo blue and cream, using Deb Tucker’s technique.  Mara Novak, owner of Flying Goose Custom Quilting in Chester, Vermont, assembled the blocks and graced the quilt with her original design, heirloom quality machine quilting in 2009.  “This quilt was created in celebration of, and appreciation for, the marvelous time we’ve all had coming to Rangeley every year for Quilt Camp,” states Ms. Novak.  She went on to add, “This is a project we could all be part of, and in the end, give something back to Rangeley.”

From the beginning, the intent of the group was to gift this quilt to Dan and Carol Perkins, who would decide how to best benefit a group of their choosing in the Rangeley Region.  The quilting friends, from Rangeley and afar, who pieced the blocks for this quilt are Sandra A. Bonomo, Jean Dufour, Judith P. Dunn, Lucy Hickey, Pauline Lang, Jean Libbey, Joanne Marzilli, Mara Novak, Carol Perkins, Helen Reynolds, and Deb Tucker.

Carol and Dan Perkins chose to have this gift benefit the Rangeley Friends of the Arts (RFA) Student Lesson Program and the RFA Rangeley Lakes Regional School Graduating Senior Scholarship. The Rangeley Friends of the Arts has a long history of assisting local youth with extra-curricular dance, voice, art, and instrumental music lessons.

“Hunter Blues” Quilt Raffle

The Quilt Raffle Drawing was held Oct. 20th; the Quilt was won by Janet Kuhn of Whiting, NJ, who visited Rangeley in August.

The RFA would like to thank Dan and Carol Perkins for their most generous gift.  The proceeds from this raffle will benefit so many youth in the Rangeley region.  Thank you to all who supported this raffle during this season.

In the Fall of 2008, a group of Threads Galore Quilt Camp students joined together to create the award winning quilt, “Hunter Blues”.  Campers stitched up Rapid Fire Hunter Star quilt blocks in shades of indigo blue and cream, using Deb Tucker’s technique.  Mara Novak, owner of Flying Goose Custom Quilting in Chester, Vermont, assembled the blocks and graced the quilt with her original design, heirloom quality machine quilting in 2009.  “This quilt was created in celebration of, and appreciation for, the marvelous time we’ve all had coming to Rangeley every year for Quilt Camp,” states Ms. Novak.  She went on to add, “This is a project we could all be part of, and in the end, give something back to Rangeley.”

From the beginning, the intent of the group was to gift this quilt to Dan and Carol Perkins, who would decide how to best benefit a group of their choosing in the Rangeley Region.  The quilting friends, from Rangeley and afar, who pieced the blocks for this quilt are Sandra A. Bonomo, Jean Dufour, Judith P. Dunn, Lucy Hickey, Pauline Lang, Jean Libbey, Joanne Marzilli, Mara Novak, Carol Perkins, Helen Reynolds, and Deb Tucker.

Carol and Dan Perkins chose to have this gift benefit the Rangeley Friends of the Arts (RFA) Student Lesson Program and the RFA Rangeley Lakes Regional School Graduating Senior Scholarship. The Rangeley Friends of the Arts has a long history of assisting local youth with extra-curricular dance, voice, art, and instrumental music lessons.

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