Ice & Smelt Festival 2017

In the depths of winter, Bowdoinham’s Ice and Smelt Festival has a host of activities planned to help celebrate the season and coax Bowdoinham area neighbors out of their rocking chairs.  Sponsored by the Merrymeeting Arts Center, the Festival will have events for all ages.

Starting on Friday, Feb. 3, MAC will host an opening reception for its winter art show, “Out of Darkness, Light” from 5:30-8 p.m. at 9 Main Street, Bowdoinham.  Creative expressions in all media will feature interpretations on the theme of darkness and light.  The exhibit will continue on Feb. 4 from 10-5, and Sat. Feb. 11 and 18 from 10-1.  A viewing can also be arranged by calling 207-370-5002 (please leave a message).

On Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10-3, MAC’s Pottery Project will be open for anyone wishing to play with clay.  Simple projects may include Valentine hearts or other gifts for the upcoming holiday.  Drop-ins at 11 Main Street, Bowdoinham are welcome.

Ice & Smelt Festival Poster 2017

Saturday afternoon activities will include the following:

A Frogtown Puppetry performance of “The Legend of the Banana Kid” at 2 p.m. at the Bowdoinham Community School.  This wonderful troupe performed in Bowdoinham many years ago to the delight of a packed hall.  We welcome them back with a new show to delight children of all ages. For more information on this show, click here.

A “make your own puppets workshop” will take place from 3:00-4:30 at the Community School.  Anyone inspired by the puppet performance can stay to make a puppet to take home.

“Plan the Skatepark Mural” session.  It will be spring before we know it and the long awaited Skatepark will be built!  MAC received a grant from the Maine Arts Commission to support the creation of a mural on the fence surrounding the park.  Come work with artist, Manon Whittlesey, to decorate a paper skateboard and help plan the mural.  (Bowdoinham Community School from 3-5 p.m.)

Lego build.  Work alone or with your friends to build whatever you wish with our giant pile of Legos.  (Bowdoinham Community school from 3-5 p.m.)

The day will close with our traditional supper of soup, bread, and dessert at the Bowdoinham Fire Station from 5-8 p.m.  The cost is only $5 per person.  Proceeds will benefit the Bowdoinham Food Pantry and MAC.  Bowls created by members of the Pottery Project will be available for purchase for $15.  Instead of “singing for your supper” you can sing after supper with Martin Swinger who is returning this year by popular request.  Entertaining, thought provoking, and socially conscious, Martin is celebrated for his engaging delivery.  Nothing can beat the winter blahs like joining with others in a rousing song.

Soup Supper

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