It’s easy to see why the Skowhegan area is truly, “A Place to Watch”.
Thank you guests, citizens and local businesses for your tremndous support of RiverFest 2014. The six days of events included: Moonlight Madness, the Drivers & Duffers Golf Classic, the Rotary Club Lobster Bake and so much more. The event was sponsored this year by Skowhegan Savings along with Franklin Savings Bank, Redington Fairview General Hospital, Beeline Cable, Bloomfield’s Tavern, Moxie Outdoor Adventures and dozens of other local businesses. The event was born through collaboartion between the SACC, Main Street Skowhegan, the Run of River Project, Skowhegan Parks & Rec and the Town of Skowhegan. Check out the details on the dedicated event page at www.skowheganriverfest.com
Don’t miss the unveiling of the Skowhegan Indian icon in Skowhegan on Saturday, September 13, 2014. This is an event 10 years in the making as fundraising was completed in the spring and the restoration work has been happening for much of the summer in Skowhegan. This $65,000 restoration of the iconic landmark is one of the biggest historic restorations of a public piece of art in the history of the the State of Maine. That will all be celebrated with a ceremony at 2pm and an all-day arts festival (the 1st COTA) both before and after the ceremony. For more details look at the Indian Resotration tab above.
The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to discover and enjoy the delights of central Maine. The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce is a vital part of our community, actively supporting the commercial, industrial and civic interest of the Town of Skowhegan and the surrounding communities. As an advocate for business, The Chamber helps members to grow and prosper through business exposure, marketing and networking opportunities. The Chamber serves as the voice for local industry, speaking up for business with the government leaders and providing services to promote local commerce. The Chamber takes an active role in the community as well, promoting events, planning activities and coordinating the talents of local business people with issues from economic development to tourism. Whether you’re here to visit or here to stay, the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be at your service.
The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce shall promote the business, commercial, manufacturing, and civic interests of the greater Skowhegan Area, striving to make it a prosperous place in which to live.
Get your very own Skowhegan Indian!
The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a new fundraising partnership featuring the work of local whittler, Sharon Kimball. The artistry is amazing as Sharon has created three pieces of art for the Skowhegan-lover in your family. The three pieces are various-sized depictions of Bernard Langlais’ iconic masterwork, The Skowhegan Indian. Sharon has created three sized works to scale including a …17-inch, an 11-inch and a 4-inch ornament-sized Indian. The proceeds from the sales of these statues will go towards an evolving maintenance and stewardship account for the Indian to beautify the statue, the area around it and for continued maintenance through the years. Each piece is hand-whittled and unique to the owner of that piece. There is nothing like it around.
The Statues are available through the Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce (we are temporarily located at 60 water street). Call or come by anytime to order yours.
Statues will be available for order at the Skowhegan Celebration of the Arts on September 13, 2014.
We have some on hand and if they need to be ordered the orders are delivered as recieved in a first come first served fashion . As they are hand whittled, there is no automatic production, but the wait is well worth it.
The 17-inch statue price $75
The 11-inch statue price $35
The 4-inch ornament price $10
Don’t miss your chance! To order call 474‑3621 or visit Cory at the Skowhegan Chamber in the municipal parking lot.
The revitalization of the Skowhegan Indian statue is an achievement of collaboration, dedication and art restoration which is a shining example of what is possible in a public/private partnership. The work being done this summer is the culmination of over a decade’s worth of work, and involvement from people throughout the country. All of that will be celebrated on Saturday, September 13, and the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting all of you to be there for the ceremony. The re-dedication will be at 2pm and will be the centerpiece event of the 1st COTA (Celebration Of The Arts) a new all-day Skowhegan arts festival.
The re-dedication ceremony will happen at the base of the Indian off High Street in Skowhegan, and although it is the most important event of the day, it is hardly the only one. The full details are still being worked out, but organizers are planning on speeches from local dignitaries (with hopes of a few noteworthy presenters, yet to be confirmed) and a blessing and traditional ceremony from members of tribes from across the state. At the original dedication back in 1969, members of the tribes, representing the Maine Indians, were on hand, as the statue was dedicated to them, and remains so. The ceremony fits in with another project as well, as the Colby Museum of Art has begun the Langlais Art Trail of which the Skowhegan Indian is a major figure of. The original artist, Bernard Langlais, has hundreds of pieces that have been distributed across Maine thanks to the museum, and they have created a map that people can follow. In Skowhegan alone there are two dozen other pieces, thanks to the work of Main Street Skowhegan. Many should be in place in time for the ceremony on Sept. 13.
Although, the re-dedication of the Indian statue is not a new idea, the Celebration Of The Arts festival is. The SACC, along with several local artists, are organizing the day-long festival to surround the unveiling. Hopes are that in years to come the festival would continue and a portion of the funds raised during the festival would go towards the continued maintenance and upkeep of the Skowhegan Indian. Details are still being finalized for COTA, but the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce has said the plan is to have art displays and music before and after the festival at various stages around Skowhegan. “We have 11 bands or music artists that have contacted us about playing during that day and right now we are determining the different areas around town that we will use for bandstands and stages,” said Cory King, Executive Director. “It’s very fluid, because it is a first year event and we have bands contacting us weekly to be a part of it.” However, King said it is not only bands they are looking for. “Performance groups, actors, poetry readers, painters, sculptors whatever your medium, we want to give you a space at the COTA,” King continued. “It’s not just a celebration of music, it’s a celebration of all forms of art, and we would love all forms of art to be represented.”
In an effort to let businesses and individuals know where they can find support in registering for the new Health Insurance Marketplace we have created this resource list of local contacts ready to help those in our service area
HealthReach Community Health Centers
HealthReach Community Health Centers has four Certified Application Counselors who are trained to assist the public with information and enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace. People without health insurance and those who want to explore new options in Maine will be able to review choices. They will learn if they are eligible for lower costs, compare coverage options side-by-side, and enroll with the help of Certified Application Counselors. They offer unbiased, factual information to help you decide if the Marketplace plans are right for you. HealthReach Community Health Centers is comprised of 11 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Central and Western Maine located in Albion, Bingham, Belgrade, Bethel, Coopers Mills, Kingfield, Livermore Falls, Madison, Rangeley, Richmond and Strong. Established patients as well as the general public may make an appointment at a health center close-to-home for assistance with Marketplace information and registration.