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Grand Opening of New Exhibit Kicks off Ice and Smelt Festival

Ice & Smelt Festival 2016

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The fourth annual Ice and Smelt Festival debuts in Bowdoinham on Friday, February 5, 2016 with the sounds of Mardi Gras and the excitement of an art gallery opening.   Jazz Odyssey will provide the music from 6-9 p.m. while the Merrymeeting Arts Center (MAC) will host their new art show, “Winter Darkness/Winter Light” at their center at 9 Main Street, Bowdoinham next to the Mailly Waterfront Park.  Local artists will display their interpretations of the visual delights of winter and the mysteries of Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, the myth of Persephone and the Lunar New Year.  Folks are invited to bring their favorite food or beverage to share and to dress in a casual and/or creative way.

Festivities continue on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the MAC Center and will include: outdoor events, an open house at the Pottery Studio, art activities for all ages, community music making at 2 p.m., with singer/songwriter Martin Swinger, a Best Beard Contest hosted by the Maine Facial Hair Club at 4 p.m. and the Soup and Bread supper at 5 p.m. The supper menu includes homemade soup, bread, and macaroni and cheese for the children.  The $5 entry fee for supper will benefit the local Food Pantry and MAC.  There will also be bowls handcrafted by local potters available for $15 if folks wish to take their bowls home.

The Winter Darkness/Winter Light exhibit will be open all day on Feb. 6 and will continue through March 26 on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Here is the schedule:

Friday, 5 February 

6:00-9:00 p.m: Grand Opening, Community Party, “Winter Darkness/Winter Light” Group Art Exhibit (5 Feb.- 26 Mar.)

6 February

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Pottery Studio – demonstrations, classes

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. “Winter Darkness/Winter Light” Group Art Exhibit

11:00 a.m. – noon “Frozen” Karaoke contest (sponsored by Bowdoinham Public Library)

noon – 4:00 p.m. Children’s games, art projects,

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Adult board games, cribbage, cards

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Community sing with singer/songwriter Martin Swinger

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Best Beard Contest

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Soup and Bread Supper (co-sponsored by Bowdoinham Food Pantry)

The Ice and Smelt Festival is sponsored by MAC with support from the Town of Bowdoinham.

Hope to see you at the festivities!

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