Celebration of Central Maine to take place downtown

One of Waterville’s most anticipated and well-attended events is rapidly approaching. Harvest on the Square is a celebration of Central Maine’s vibrant community. Located in Castonguay Square across from City Hall, Waterville’s vendors and community members will come together for a night of food, entertainment, education, and celebration on October 18 from 4:30 to 8:00 P.M.

Among the vendors who will be participating in Harvest on the Square is Waterville’s newest restaurant, The Proper Pig. Beginning at 6:00 P.M., the business will be showcasing its new menu and giving out some of its famous appetizers such as pork buns and parmesan fries. Unique varieties of whiskey and beer will also be served. After the appetizers, other Waterville restaurants, including Mainely Brews, The Last Unicorn, 18 Below, and The Silver Street Tavern, will be open for fairgoers to enjoy the delicious food Main Street has to offer.

Aside from tasty food and drinks, Harvest on the Square has organized several guest speakers to discuss current and future Waterville affairs at the event. These include David A. Greene, President of Colby College, Shannon Haines, CEO of Waterville Creates!, Greg Powell, Chairman of the Harold Alfond Foundation, and former U.S. Senator and Waterville native George J Mitchell.

In a presentation titled The Future of Waterville, the speakers will discuss plans for the revitalization of the city along with their individual goals for community restoration.

Harvest on the Square attendees will welcome remarks from Senator Mitchell with open arms.He entered the political world in 1979 as a US District Court Judge, then became the Senate Majority Leader in 1989 until 1995. He was elected senator in 1980. He retired from politics after serving as the US Special Envoy for Middle Eastern Peace from 2009-2011. Mitchell is originally from the Waterville area, and he and his family have been supporters of Harvest on the Square for years.

Waterville’s performance and studio artists will also be showcased at Harvest on the Square. Common Street Arts, which is located in the Masonic Building on Main Street, is home to a small theater, art gallery, and photography studio which all work in conjunction with the local arts organization, Waterville Creates!. According to The Morning Sentinel, Greg Powell of the Alfond Foundation has “always been supportive of the arts and the performing arts to the great benefit of Waterville and the surrounding area.”

Attendees of the festival will “take in three floors of local art on display and meet the artists,” according to the event’s website. David Twiss, a prominent local talent born in 1984, will be one of many artists showcasing his newest exhibit. The Bangor Daily News called Twiss’ newest exhibition “hauntingly beautiful.” Twiss is currently majoring in printmaking at the Maine College of Art. Some of the visual art on display will be for sale.

Another talented performer who will be in attendance on Tuesday is local musician, Lindsay Mower. According to Mower’s Facebook page, her music can be described as “a fusion of jazzy, folksy and bluesy tunes that capture the beautiful wilderness of rural Maine, the intensity of young love and her life growing up as a farmer’s daughter.”

From 4:30 to 6:00 P.M. there will be art exhibitions, appetizers, and live music celebrating the culture of Central Maine and Waterville itself. Then, from 6:00 to 6:30 P.M., the keynote speakers will give the highly-anticipated “The Future of Waterville” presentation.

Following the presentation, the restaurants will be open for business and attendees are encouraged to eat, drink, and enjoy the night. More information about the event can be found at www.harvestonthesquare.com or on their Facebook page.

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