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Art, Music and Theater Take Center Stage Next Weekend

Watercolor by Cheryl Lunde. She will have a booth at the Art in the Park event sponsored by the Sanford Art Association.

4th of July 2022 weekend saw some great community activities in Sanford, with food vendors, music and fireworks at Number One Pond on Sunday night and the parade on Monday. But summer’s just getting started! Next weekend, Sanford will host a number of great art, music and theater events in what is hoped will become an annual arts celebration in our community.

Friday Events:

On Friday, July 15, spend your lunch hour enjoying Music on the Patio as Zac Stearn brings his blend of comedy and music to the Springvale Library. The show starts at noon. Free admission.

That evening, the fun continues when Nunsense the Musical opens at the Nasson Little Theatre with a 7:00 p.m. show. The show is a fundraiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidently poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). Updated with new jokes, additional lyrics, two new arrangements, and a brand new song, this madcap musical has become an international phenomenon, with more than 5,000 productions worldwide, and has been translated into 21 languages. Book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, directed by George Perkins, with musical direction by Karen Mathews. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors and kids, and may be purchased at the door or online at nassonevents.ticketleap.com.

At 7:30 p.m., La Famille LeBlanc returns to the Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum with an exciting program of Franco-American music. Tickets are $20 for age 18+, with children admitted free. Seating is limited, so email heastman@metrocast.net to reserve your tickets.

Saturday Events:

On Saturday, July 16, the Sanford Art Association will present its annual Art in the Park show at Gateway Park from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Croonie Tunes with Bob will provide live music from 10:00 to 2:00 as you view and shop for art from these artists:

  • Doris Porell – oil, acrylics, pastels
  • Robert Mongue – oil, acrylics, pastels, pen & ink
  • Kathleen King – pottery
  • Cindy Mathieson – photography, rock design, jewelry
  • Richard Winslow – pottery, pastels, water colors
  • Pauline Bergeron-Flood – oil
  • Searra Canfield – photography
  • Kate Neuville – photography
  • Cheryl Lunde – oil, acrylics, water colors
  • Linda Waite – acrylics, pottery, mixed media, pastels

At 4:00 p.m., the Strafford Wind Symphony will take the stage at the Sanford Performing Arts Center for All-American Pops! The performance will feature patriotic selections as well as tunes from popular musicals including West Side StoryFiddler on the RoofLes Miserables, and The Music Man. Visit SPAC’s website for more information and to purchase tickets: sanfordpac.org/americanpops/.

At 7:00 p.m., there will be a second performance of Nunsense the Musical at Nasson Little Theatre.

Sunday Event:

If you’re not an evening person, you can catch Nunsense the Musical at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday! Or if you just can’t make it to the show this weekend, it will return for evening performances on July 21, 22 and 23.

But Wait, There’s More to Do!

In addition to all the great arts events happening, there are other fun things to do around town that weekend:

  • Friday night, the Sanford Mainers will play the Mystic Schooners at Goodall Park at 6:30 p.m.
  • There are sure to be some great finds when Mercy Chapel holds a yard sale both Friday and Saturday from 8:00 to 1:00, to benefit their building fund.
  • The Sanford Farmers’ Market is open at Central Park on Saturdays from 8:00 to noon, with produce, crafts, baked goods and more.
  • Springvale’s historic gem, the Edmund E. Goodwin House is open for tours on Saturdays from 10:00 to 1:00.

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