This summer we were very excited to offer a fine arts program for tweens and teens. The program consisted of a four-part watercolor workshop with local artist Pam Newcomb, and three stained glass classes with Jim Miller. Jim, along with volunteer Karen McGrady, began the series by taking the kids to the Newport Methodist Church to view the stained glass windows within the church. They learned about the history behind the windows and the particular design of the stained glass. The kids created their own stained glass piece and helped Jim with the design of two windows for the children’s room at the Newport Cultural Center. The series also included a silhouette class with Maine’s only silhouette artist, Ruth Monsell. All of the items will be on display at the Cultural Center, along with a reception for the artists in the next few months. Check back soon for more details about this upcoming event!
Plans are underway for our annual Fall Festival event. The event is planned for Saturday, October 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We have a number of activities planned, including pumpkin decorating, old-fashioned apple cider demonstrations, touch a truck event, music, pet costume contest, and small animal petting area.
National Public Radio recently released a list of 100 Must Reads for kids 9 – 14. Among the list are favorites such as Harry Potter, Misty of Chincoteague, and Caddie Woodlawn. But the list also offers a number of new books and authors, including John Green, Gary Schmidt, and Thanhha Lai. So, as the summer comes to an end and cold weather settles in,why not check out this list, reread an old favorite, or try a new book or author! Feel free to leave a comment about the list, or if your favorite book is missing and you think it should be included, let us know. And remember: if you need a book the Cultural Center will be glad to get if for you!