Upcoming Events

Shared Bounty community garden in Dexter needs volunteer help.
Not only is this a busy time for YOU as the winter grudgingly gives way to a Spring (of sorts) and we dash around trying to get plants into the ground, but the large community garden in Dexter also needs help. Saturday mornings from 8 to 11, the small band of volunteers who grow the vast array and amount of food for free distribution to area seniors all season long invest their sweat and love into the project, and could happily use assistance in weeding, planting, harvesting, bagging and any other of the myriad chores involved. Please consider coming on any Saturday morning even for a short time to lend a hand.  The garden is on Rt 23 at Fred Sherburne’s place on the Ripley road just a mile or so South out of Dexter, on the left side of the road going up the big hill; you can’t miss the sign.  Call for more info:  Deb Burdin 924-6538, John Gornall 924-5232

The Dexter Lakes Association is seeking volunteers with a kayak or canoe to assist with the annual plant survey of Dexter’s Lakes. During the survey plant samples are collected from each sector and are used to measure changes that occur in vegetation growing in Dexter’s lakes and to specifically look for any invasive plants that can take over and ruin our lakes. Collecting samples from a sector normally takes from two to four hours and can be done anytime between August 6 through August 20, 2016. Plant identification and finalizing the survey will be on Saturday August 20 with plenty of social time and opportunity to meet others interested in preserving Dexter’s Lakes.
Volunteers are needed to collect samples from the following sectors.
Plant identification is not required when collecting samples.

Lake Wassookeag (Big Lake) & Lake Wassookeag (Little Lake)
Sector 1 from 038-019(N. White) to back of island (Ripley)
Sector 2 from back of island (Ripley) to Sucker Brook
Sector 3 from Sucker Brook to 033-004-C (R. Crawford)
Sector 4 from 033-004-C (R. Crawford) to Rt 23 bridge
Sector 5 from Rt 23 bridge to 040-010 (N. Landry)
Sector 6 from 040-010 (N.Landry) to 038-019(N. White)
Sector 7 from 031-003 (Franks Island) to 022-007 (Back Cove)
Sector 8 from 022-007 (Back Cove) to Witherill Island (Soft Rock)
Sector 9 from Witherill Island (Soft Rock) to 031-003 (Franks Island)
Echo Lake (Puffers) – Sector P-1, Sector P-2, & Sector P-3

This is a great opportunity for parents and grandparent to spend time on the lake with their children and grandchildren and learn about the health of Dexter’s lakes. If you are able to assist and want to learn more about the plants growing in your lakes please contact either: Dan Hutchins 717-9091, Jeff Lovejoy 924-3553, Beth Lagasse 341-1656, or Norm White 212-6794


  • August 2, 2016 –  Wayside Park Concert -Halfway Home –  6:00 – 7:30  Note -All dates, times and performers are subject to change.


  • August 5, 2016 – DDATT First Friday Film will be showing a full length feature film at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter at 7:00 pm, but we can’t mention the title.  Here are some clues though: a 2015 American documentary written and directed by a famous American rabble-rousing filmmaker.
    The film, in the style of a travelogue, has the narrator playing the role of “invader” traveling to countries such as Italy, France, Tunisia, Slovenia and Portugal, where he experiences those countries’ alternative methods of dealing with social and economic ills experienced in the United States (worker benefits, school lunches, early education, college education, worker inclusion, decriminalized drugs, low recidivism, women’s health care, and women inclusion).
    Interested?  Come see it and stay afterwards for discussion and camaraderie as usual.
    And for the September First Friday (on Sept 2nd) we are planning to show “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change”, just so you know…
    Call 277-4221 or 924-3836 for more info.


  • August 6, 2016 – The Dexter Sunrise Kiwanis Club will be holding its 2nd Annual Cruise-In on Saturday, from 4:30 PM TO 8:00 PM in the Municipal Parking Lot behind the Bangor Savings Bank on Main Street, Dexter. Rain date will be August 27th.  Proceeds will benefit the many Kiwanis activities in our area.  There will be music, food & non-alcoholic drink and of course, “doughboys”!  The event will feature “The Wildwoods Band” and our super “DJ”.  Contributions will be $5 per car (occupants free) and $2 for walk-ins.  Proceeds support our Kiwanis programs and activities.
    Although classic car owners’ personalities are as varied as their prized possessions themselves, there are certain attributes like commitment, respect and even curiosity that make ownership less daunting and better able to meet the challenges of such ownership.  After all, these vintage vehicles are frequently older than their owners and need lots of TLC.
    So come and have a blast and meet ALL the “personalities” at our second annual Dexter Kiwanis Cruise-In on August 6th 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Municipal parking Lot, Rain Date August 27th.


  • August 9, 2016 –  Wayside Park Concert -Wilf Clark & The Misty Mountaineers – 6:00 – 7:30  Note -All dates, times and performers are subject to change.


  • August 13, 2016  – 1st annual ‘Maine Red Hot Dog Festival’ fundraiser. Activities planned on this day will be a breakfast, a 5K ‘bun’-run and a 1-mile kids fun-‘bun’-run, over 200 feet of inflatable obstacle courses for all ages, live entertainment on stage all day including The Mallett Brothers Band, food contests, a hot-dog eating contest, a silent auction, children’s games, food and craft vendors, and much more. Plus, plenty of ‘red snappers’, donated by W.A. Bean (Maine’s only remaining producer of hot dogs), will be cooked and served a number of different ways by members of the DRC.
  • August 16, 2016 –  Wayside Park Concert -Dover Alumni Jazz Band –  6:00 – 7:30  Note -All dates, times and performers are subject to change.


  • August 23, 2016 –  Wayside Park Concert -Sebasticook Valley Band  – 6:00 – 7:30  Note -All dates, times and performers are subject to change.


  • August 23, 2016 –  Wayside Theatre’s annual Variety Show will feature local student and adult musicians along with comedy. Ukuleles, guitars and a banjo, mountain dulcimer, cello and harmonica will play old and new songs. And sprinkled in between sets will be the “Hee Haw” cornfield type of bantering between Tim Breen and Dave Pearson in “Gee Haw.”
    Because the Dexter Regional High School ukulele group had so much fun, they decided to continue playing throughout the summer. Led by Susan Abel, recently retired DRHS school librarian, and assisted by Dave Pearson, the group will strum and sing several songs. A special feature of their set will be a song written and composed by student Emily Albair called “Let Me Go.” Backing up Emily with their ukes are Mac Allan-King, Tatum Bailey-Sumers, Elise Beaudry, Regan King, Amber Knowlton, Will Leavitt and Lindsey Shaw. Other HS students who will play several sets each are Kilee Lewis and Lena Downes. Kilee will be a senior at DRHS and plays bass guitar in their band. Lena Downes has played her guitar and sung during many of our Grange suppers. She will be a senior at SAD 4 Guilford HS and is on their soccer team. Among the several songs that Lena will do, one will be a duet with Dave Pearson of Nellie Kennedy’s song “East-West Highway.”
    John (JT) Curran of Dover-Foxcroft has an extensive career playing guitar that includes two appearances on “American Bandstand.” He started playing doo wop in high school and became a fan of early rock and roll. The blues have also been a major influence for him.
    Toby Hall of Sangerville and Mike Kagan of Sebec will play Appalachian and folk music. Toby plays his banjo with Woodsong (Metsälaulu in Finnish) the ‘house orchestra’ at the Finnish Farmers Hall in Monson during their monthly summer dances. Mike will play his mountain dulcimer, a two-necked string instrument played on the lap, which originated in the Appalachians in the mid 1800s.
    Ruth Fogg of Dexter returns to our stage playing classical music and as many other styles that will fit in her cello case.
    Dana Collins, Joe Kennedy and Wally Warren also return to our stage. Dana and Wally have been soloists during our Grange suppers. They’ve also spent many years jamming together on their guitars either at Dana’s home in Athens or Wally’s in Ripley. Joining them with his harmonica is Joe Kennedy of Ripley, a Wayside Grange member Wally’s neighbor. Joe returns to Wayside’s stage on August 27 with Brooks and Kennedy and on September 17 with the Evergreen reunion concert.
    Tickets are $7. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7. No reservations. Home baked desserts and pretty good coffee sold during intermission. Our little theatre is on Rt. 23, 861 N. Dexter Rd, Dexter. FMI call Tim Breen at 355-5507 or Joe Kennedy at 277-3733 or Facebook Wayside Grange and Theatre.


  • August 30, 2016 –  Wayside Park Concert – Gary Knowles –  6:00 – 7:30  Note -All dates, times and performers are subject to change.







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