Waterville Main Street Newsletter


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More to Do

In the Region

Whether you're here visiting or call Waterville home, the region offers much to see and do. Find out more

About Waterville

The City of Waterville offers opportunities for everyone who enjoys the arts in Central Maine. Waterville Creates! is your one stop for access to the creative economy.

Visit your local library. The Waterville Public Library welcomes everyone. Things to borrow, free wi-fi, computers, flexible spaces, children's room...Click for more

Waterville Opera House. Central Maine's best live entertainment, featuring theater, film, music and dance...Click for more

Visit the City of Waterville website
for a complete listing of officials, schools, departments, and all related information.

Our Partners

October 2016

What's Happening

Harvest Fest October 2nd

Waterville Main Street is proud to host the 14th Annual Harvest Fest at historic Head of Falls on Front Street from 10am-4pm on Oct 2nd. It's the perfect opportunity for the entire community to come together to celebrate this season's bountiful harvest, and it promises something for everyone.  Waterville Main Street will offer traditional events*, including hayrides, pumpkin carving, scarecrow building, pumpkin bowling, food vendors, entertainment and Humane Society Waterville Area will offer new, unique events such as a dog agility course, "dunk the next president," pet parade, kitten cuddling station, a doggy kissing booth, photo tent, an animal wellness clinic, and so much more! Thank you to Harvest Fest premier sponsor Winslow Community Federal Credit Union.



Connoisseurs and foodies alike will delight in an unforgettable gastronomic experience as Waterville's finest dining establishments compete in the highly anticipated Greater Waterville Kiwanis 2016 Mac & Cheese Cook-Off.  Attendees, for a small fee, are encouraged to taste samples and vote for "The Best Mac & Cheese in Waterville."

*Some events charge a small fee.

FMI:  watervillemainstreet.org/harvest-fest-2016


SAVE THE DATE! 2nd Harvest on the Square

Tuesday, October 18, 6:00-8:00pm

Please join us for an amazing downtown experience in Castonguay Square!

Enjoy delicious snacks and libations from The Proper Pig, tour the new Common Street Arts gallery and education spaces, such as the brand new pottery studio, and be the first to hear about new and exciting projects planned for the City of Waterville.  Speakers include Shannon Haines, President and CEO of Waterville Creates!, Colby College President David Greene, Greg Powell, Chairman of the Harold Alfond Foundation, and former U.S. Senator George Mitchell.

Waterville Fire Dept. Open House Oct. 2nd  

The Waterville Fire Department
wants you to stop by their October 2nd open house which begins at 10am, with the firefighter memorial dedication unveiling at 1pm. Of course, stop in before or after you've visited Waterville Main Street's Harvest Fest at Head of Falls.



City Hall Roof Repairs


Waterville City Hall is in the midst of a roof repair project which is expected to take 6-8 weeks.  The front City Hall parking lot will be closed for the duration of the project.



Kringleville Auction Oct. 26 

One way we keep Kringleville going every year is through our Kringleville live and silent auction, which includes a delicious catered meal and lots of holiday cheer! This lets us offer Kringleville free to all families.

On October 26 at Silver Street Tavern, we'll feature entertainment, a happy hour, and a silent auction from 5-6pm followed by a full sit-down dinner and a live auction.

Please consider donating cash, a gift, or a gift certificate with a minimum value of $25 to support Kringleville.  We also encourage donations of "experiential" items such as special lessons, services, and vacation rentals.  A list of auction items and donors will be posted on Waterville Main Street's website and Facebook page.

Proceeds from the Kringleville Auction support Waterville Main Street's year-round program, which not only includes such cherished holiday events as the Parade of Lights and Kringleville, but also street-scape improvements, like bike racks and banners, business recruitment and retention activities, the Maine Open Juried Art Show, and Harvest Fest events.  With your help, we look forward to continuing our efforts to make downtown Waterville a vibrant center of commerce and culture.  Thanks in advance for your support!

FMI and donations: kringleville.org


Job Openings - Framemakers Now Hiring


The Framemakers is looking for an artistic and ambitious individual to join their team! Custom picture framing experience is a plus but not necessary. This part-time position (with a potential for full-time) will include customer service, final artwork assembly, and quality assurance. Other duties may include various steps of the framing process.

Requirements include flexibility for scheduling, basic math skills, good housekeeping, attention to detail, and communication skills.

Please submit a resume in person at 46 Main Street, Waterville, during normal business hours (8:30am-5pm Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4pm Saturday), or email  framemakers@gwi.net.


Nail Tech Booth Rental Space Available



Booth rent for nail tech available at Millennium Styling Salon, in the heart of historic downtown Waterville. Send resume to Millennium Styling Salon, 36 Temple Street, Waterville, ME, 04901.


FMI: Call (207) 872-6700.



Downtown Real Estate Opportunity of the Month For Lease:



177 Main Street, Suite 3



Currently set-up as an office.


1638 usable square feet; 7.35 per square foot heated. Central air conditioning; three-phone electrical service. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.


Call Bruce: 873-5003 or 313-8409.  Email bruce@winterromp.me.




StudioX October Special

Get in shape this fall.  StudioX, at 99 Main Street in downtown Waterville, is offering an October special -- 10 classes for $40!

FMI: www.studioxmaine.com



Blue Wave Dancing's Masquerade Ball

Blue Wave Dancing at 33 Concourse East (above SBS Carbon Copy) will host a Masquerade Ball on October 29th from 7pm-10pm. $5 per person.

FMI: Blue Wave Dancing on Facebook


Pecha Kucha PK


Pecha Kucha Night Oct. 1st


PK WTVL Volume 22 will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7pm at the Waterville Opera HouseCommon Street Arts gallery at 93 Main Street (the Center building; next door to the Waterville Opera House) will host a free opening reception from 5-7pm.  We will celebrate together at an opening reception for "mud" works in clay by Maine artists, while enjoying free snacks and beverages. Then, we will head to the Opera House for PK WTVL at 7pm. Presentations start at 7:20pm.





Habitat for Humanity ReStore Anniversary


Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 24 Silver Street in Waterville is celebrating its second anniversary.  All month, we will be having special sales, contests, and drawings.  Come by and help us celebrate and enjoy the fun!

ReStore hours are Thursday to Friday, 10-4pm.

Waterville ReStore is a treasure hunt -- you never know what you will find.  All sales proceeds go to Waterville Habitat for Humanity for house building, weatherization, and "brush of kindness" projects.

Like us on Facebook for new items weekly.

Volunteer, Shop and Donate.

FMI: Call (207) 616-0166 or visit www.watervilleareahfh.org.



GrowSmart Maine Summit Oct. 19

GrowSmart Maine's 2016 fall summit, Leaning into Change, will help you discover how to move your piece of Maine in the right direction -- without losing what you love most. Join the discussion about innovation, downtown, art and culture!

Registration required. Morning tours around Waterville and afternoon sessions at Thomas College. Wednesday, October 19, 9am-4:30pm, reception 4:30pm-5:30pm



FMI and registration: Click here



Common Street Arts Works in Clay "Mud" Presentation

See works in clay "mud" by Maine artists, in the main gallery at Common Street Arts, 93 Main Street. In collaboration with Maine Crafts Association and in conjunction with Maine Craft Weekend, Common Street Arts presents works in clay "mud" by Maine ceramic artists from throughout the state. The show will be on display from September 29 through November 5th with an opening reception on Saturday, October 1st, 5pm-7pm.




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Hardy Girls Healthy Women Moves to The Center

Hardy Girls Healthy Women, a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of girls and women, recently moved from 177 Main Street to 93 Main Street, Suite #308.


FMIhhghw.org or "like" HGHW on Facebook


Former Waterville Elks Club Building Demolition

The brick building at 13 to 15 Appleton Street, where The Resurrection Life Church was recently located, and before that, the Waterville Elks Lodge #905, has been torn down to make way for more parking.  The
revitalization of the Hains building on the corner of Appleton and Main is underway, too.


Ticonic Tales Sept. 30 to Oct. 2nd  

Ticonic Tales are stories of the land and people at the junction of the Messalonskee and the Sebasticook with the Kennebec.

FMI: www.facebook.com/ticonictales/

Sustain Mid Maine Coalition's Timber First Presentation 


Sustain Mid Maine Coalition's Education & Community Outreach Team invites you to Timber First: An Introduction to the New Generation of Tall Timber Buildings

October 13 at 6:30pm in Room 141 of the Diamond Building at Colby College

Presented by Bill Basford.  Recent advances in timber framing technology and changes to the 2015 International Building Code now allow tall timber-framed buildings of 18 stories or more.  Roughly a dozen of these are already completed or under construction in North America.  Come learn about the environmental and economic advantages of these new Timber Towers and see examples, including an academic building near completion at U Mass Amherst and a 13-story condo project in Quebec City.  Many more will be coming soon, maybe even to Waterville, Maine.

FMI: Sustain Mid Maine Coalition on Facebook 


WOH Presents Young Frankenstein     


October 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7:30pm
October 23, 30 at 2:00pm


Tickets: $23 adults; $21 youth and seniors
music and lyrics by Mel Brooks
book by Thomas Meehan and Mel Brooks

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius Mel Brooks adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation -- Young Frankenstein!
Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced "eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.
This show contains mature content.

FMI: www.operahouse.org

Bacon Jam Downtown Oct. 22nd 

The Proper Pig and Camden National Bank are sponsoring "Bacon Jam" on October 22nd in the "pocket park" between GHM Insurance and Camden National Bank.  It will feature three bands, including The Fossils.  The event runs from 2pm to 8pm; delicious menu items from The Proper Pig and a variety of beer on tap from Mason Brewery will be served.  An eclectic wine selection will also be available.


Loyal Biscuit Co. to Host Nail-Clipping Clinic 

Melissa from Primp My Paws will be in Waterville on Saturday, October 15th for our next nail clipping clinic!

For just $10, you can have your pet's nails trimmed, and all of the proceeds will go to the Humane Society Waterville Area!  No appointment necessary, just stop by our Waterville location at 109 Main Street with your pup or cat from 10:30am-12:30pm.


Convenient parking and store entrance via Temple St. behind Lebanese Cuisine.



FMI: (207) 660-9200 or www.loyalbiscuit.com


Nosh and Knock Off Nov. 5  

You're invited to the Waterville Public Library for Nosh & Knock Off "Murder at Gooseneck Lake" November 5.  When a local dignitary is found dead at a gala at the public library, guests are in the detective seat to help solve a crime!  A cast of local actors, characters, and dignitaries provide clues to help figure out "whodunit."  All of the proceeds will go to the library.  This event will be catered by local restaurants; Shipyard Beer and wines selected by Meridians.


FMI and tickets: www.watervillelibrary.org


Children's Discovery Museum is moving from Augusta to Waterville

The Children's Discovery Museum will be moving to downtown Waterville. The mission of the museum is provide an array of exhibits and activities that promote developmental skills including social, cognitive, problem solving and peer interaction. The museum is expected to open in 2018. FMI on the museum, visit their website.

Paint with Common Street Arts in October 

Common Street Arts invites you to their new monthly series: Paint With Us!  No experience necessary, no supplies to buy -- just show up and we'll show you how!  Bring a friend, bring a drink! Light snacks will be provided. The next session is scheduled for October 15, 6-8:30pm. Discover the joy of painting in a supportive environment.

Theater at Monmouth's The Tempest at WOH Oct. 12


Shakespeare's The Tempest
9:30am to 11:30pm
Grades 6 - 12 ∙ Theater at Monmouth

Journey to a unique and fantastical world where spirits roam, reality is elusive, and illusion abounds. After twelve years marooned with his daughter Miranda, the deposed duke must choose between the desire for power and the freedom that comes with compassion. Set during the golden age of sea exploration, The Tempest investigates individual freedom: our desire to achieve it, our struggle to preserve it, and ultimately, our forgiveness of those who have taken it from us.

Registration forms must be completed to attend School Shows. Attendance is determined on a "first come, first served" basis. Download Registration Materials Here.

FMI: www.operahouse.org


Downtown Waterville Historic District Expands 

City Manager Mike Roy recently received notice that the nomination to increase the Waterville Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places was recently approved at a meeting of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission on July 22. The nomination will be sent to the Chief of Registration in Washington, D.C. for a final decision. The area includes 129 Main Street to 177-179 Main Street and 13 Appleton Street. Among the many benefits, local historic districts protect the investment of owners and residents of historic properties and a historic district can have a positive effect on the local economy through tourism.


Downtown Waterville Farmers Market

Do you look forward to the tastes of fall?  As the growing season progresses, fresh produce is being added weekly.  Food from the market helps us reconnect with the cycles of nature in our area, and our farmers are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to prepare the foods they sell.  Support your local growers at the Farmers Market, open every Thursday from 2pm-6pm in The Concourse.  The market will run through November 17th in the same location, and will move indoors for the winter beginning December 1st.  The winter market is scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month beginning December 1st. Location: MaineGeneral, Thayer Campus, North Street, Dean Entrance, 3pm-6pm, Dean Rooms 3 & 4.  Next spring, it will move to Castonguay Square in front of city hall.

Enjoy the video clip of one of our market's farmers at

Video credit: Chad Smith, Full Wave Media, CATV7; (207) 358-9283 or info@fullwavemedia.com.
: Farmers Market on Facebook.

WOH October Comedy Nights
Bob Marley
Oct. 8, 7pm to 9pm
Tickets: $25
Maine's own "wicked funny" comedian returns for his annual performance at the Opera House!


Ben Roy and the Cast of TruTV's
Those Who Can't


Oct. 14, 9:00pm to 10:30pm


Tickets: $25
The Opera House is excited to host Ben Roy and the Cast of Those Who Can't for a stand-up comedy show! Ben Roy created and stars in TruTv's scripted comedy series Those Who Can't, along with fellow Grawlix comedy troupe members Adam Cayton-Holland and Andrew Orvedahl. Set in Denver, Those Who Can't follows three dysfunctional high school teachers, who are as screwed-up as the kids they teach.


Colby College Family Homecoming Weekend
Come home to Colby! Register today for Family Homecoming Weekend
October 7 to 9, 2016
Students, alumni, and their families and friends are invited to campus for this special weekend celebrating athletics, academics, our Colby community and spirit.
Highlights and special programming includes:
  • Sporting events
  • Ludy '21 and Pacy Levine '27 Homecoming Weekend BBQ
  • Tailgate event
  • C Club Dinner
  • New Alumni meet up tent
  • Tours, open classes, and receptions
  • Colby's talented a cappella groups perform in Lorimer Chapel
  • Theater productions
 FMI: Office of Engagement and Annual Philanthropy at 207-859-4311 or colbyevents@colby.edu

Thomas College Homecoming & Family Weekend

Fri., Oct. 14, 6pm to
Sun., Oct. 16, 2pm

You are invited to the 2016 Thomas College Homecoming & Family Weekend!

The weekend will be filled with activity -- from varsity athletic contests and alumni games to on-campus magic shows and theater performances.

Kick it off with the Thomas College Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, featuring guest speaker former UCONN Men's Basketball Coach Jim Calhoun.

Also -- don't forget to invite your friends through the Thomas College Alumni Facebook page. Help spread the word!

Thomas is again partnering with the Good Shepherd Food Bank through their BackPack Program with a "Fill 'Em Up!" campaign throughout the weekend. Full details here, including suggested food items.

Alumni volunteer opportunities are available throughout the day.

Register Now: www.thomas.edu/hf2016

See you there!

FMI: Students and families: Dena Wade: 207-859-1243; alumni: Jimmy Veino: 207-859-1167 or veinoj@thomas.edu.

United Way of Mid-Maine

United Way of Mid-Maine Pantry Project

To make a non-perishable donation in October, please stop by Kennebec Federal Savings at 70 Main Street or at 11 Washington Street in Waterville.  Huhtamaki at 242 College Avenue is also collecting donations.  The food is distributed to area food banks.  If you have any questions, please call Lauren: (207) 873-0686.  United Way of Mid-Maine is looking for more downtown Waterville businesses to sign on through December.  They will provide all the materials you will need to become a drop-off point.

Downtown Partners

Thank you to all who contribute to Downtown Partners. With your help, Waterville Main Street can advance efforts to develop the downtown into a thriving, energetic, commercial, social, cultural, and entertainment destination. We use donations in part for our seasonal banners, flower boxes, bicycle racks, trash receptacles, community events such as the Parade of Lights, Kringleville, Harvest Fest, Maine Open Juried Art Show, Downtown Business of the Year Celebration, and much more! To make a donation, please visit our website.
     Waterville Main Street
     The Heart of the City
Waterville Main Street | 207-680-2055 | info@watervillemainstreet.org | www.watervillemainstreet.org
44 Main Street, Suite 202
Waterville, ME 04901

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