Programs of interest

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Butterflies and bats slide show presentation
On Thursday, August 2, Jerry Schneider will present a program and craft for all ages. Join  him at the Art Gallery/Multipurpose Room at the Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library at the corner of State and Second streets. The program takes place at 4 p.m.
You may bring a white cotton T-shirt to paint or you can purchase one for $4 that evening.
For information, contact 764-2571.

Fair recognizes Acadian heritage
Sunday was St. John Valley Day at the Northern Maine Fair. This kicked off a week-long exhibit of St. John Valley culture and industry at the fairgrounds.
St. John Valley Day is part of the fair’s recent efforts to recognize the diversity of Northern Maine’s heritage. The fair has been working on plans and ideas to showcase the many various communities of northern Maine.
“The Valley in particular has been a longtime supporter of the Northern Maine Fair,” said fair President Lynwood Winslow, “and it is entirely appropriate to give special recognition of Acadian Maine.”
The day began with a noontime ribbon cutting at the Mechanic Street entrance to the fairgrounds. The Commercial Building contained a collection of displays from the Valley that include the University of Maine at Fort Kent as well as several Chambers of Commerce and businesses.
The evening music festival portion of the fair also featured the St. John Valley. Les Chanteurs Acadiens, a very well-known French-speaking group that plays traditional and contemporary music, who entertained in the Music Hall at 5:30 p.m. This was followed by St. John Valley Night, organized by Diane Nadeau-Saucier, starting at 7 p.m. Prior to the Chanteurs Acadiens was an old-time music jam hosted by Dusty Brown.
“This day actually included more hours of live music in the Music Hall than any other day of the fair,” said music organizer Kevin McCartney.
St. John Valley Day was sponsored by the Northern Maine Development Commission and was, in part. organized by NMDC employee Duane Walton. The Commercial Building displays were coordinated, in part, by Terrance Kelley of UMFK.
“This was a large effort by many people,” said Winslow, “and we hope that people from throughout the County and our surrounding areas gained a better appreciation of what northern Maine has to offer.”
“It is hoped that those who contributed to St. John Valley this year will continue and expand this presence in future years,” said Walton.
There are plans for other cultures and regions of Aroostook County to also be specially recognized in the future.