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MONSON’S SUMMER FESTIVAL

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The community is invited to take part in Monson’s Summer Festival on Saturday, July 20th. Schedules will be available at the Monson Town Office or local area businesses. New to Monson’s SummerFest this year is the children’s drama camp performance of “Bed Bugs”.  It will take place at 4 PM on the green behind the Gallery. Monson Arts, Monson’s Business Association, Center Theatre and the Piscataquis County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation (MCF), teamed up to get Monson’s kids involved in the arts this summer.
Participants in the Anything that Floats race at Monson’s Summer Festival.

Monson Arts is providing the space for the children to rehearse and hone their ‘dramatic skills’, as Monson’s Business Association members ‘stepped up to the plate’ and provided scholarships so that local kids could join in with the fun. Monson Arts Gallery is hosting artist demonstrations outside on the patio, from 10 AM to 4 PM, in conjunction with its Artists of the Forest exhibit. Wood carver Tom Cote and basket maker Bill Mackowski will be sharing their making process. Monson Arts will also be hosting an artist’s reception at the Gallery from 4 to 6 PM with drinks and snacks. Monson Pottery will be demonstrating how to throw a pot on a potter’s wheel from 12 to 1 PM and then from 1 to 2 PM participants will be able to ‘give it a go’ themselves.  Monson Pottery has moved across the road into a big white barn. It is now located at 16 Greenville Road in between Spring Creek Barbecue and the Monson General Store. Monson Pottery now has an upstairs gallery where art exhibitions are being presented. Currently, thirteen Photographs from Todd Watts’ Blanchard Weather Report series are on show. Across the road is John Bozin’s Hebron Gallery which features his own oils, mostly landscapes, often inspired by Monson’s very own Lake Hebron, as well as watercolors by the renowned Milt Christianson.  Roberta Jarvis’ paintings are on view at 48 Pleasant Street. As always there will be a craft fair on Monson's Main Street which begins at 9 AM (contact 997-3268 for more details). The 'Slate Man Triathlon’ begins at 8 AM, the Anything Floats Race on Lake Hebron starts at 2:30 PM.  The Monson Historical Society’s Museum will be hosting ‘Old Time Spinning’ demonstrations from 9 AM to 3 PM. Traditional Finn dances accompanied by a live band will take place at the Finn Hall at 7:30 PM.  There has been a rumor going around that the Town Manager will be dunked in a dunk tank, sometime during the afternoon. Saving the best for last at 9 PM as the fireworks will be set-off at the ball field.