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Upcoming Events


Holiday Sing Along

Sunday, December 9th at 4-5:30PM • Raymond Village Community Church

The Raymond Arts Alliance is proud to present the Lakes Region Ukulele Association (SLUKES) for a fun and joyful celebration of music of the season. Fun for kids and adults!

Join us at the
Raymond Village Community Church
27 Main Street, Raymond

Refreshments served. Suggested donation of $5.



Community Sing!

Monday, December 17th at 6PM • Raymond Village Community Church

Please join us for holiday singing with Patrick Martin leading and accompanying. Patrick has a book of carols and songs to choose from and encourages us to make a suggestion. However, he will prepare a list in case we can’t pick our favorite! This will be free sing or parts if appropriate. Please come and get yourself into the sprit of the season with the most beloved activity – singing!

Join us at the
Raymond Village Community Church
27 Main Street, Raymond



Qigong for Vibrant Health

Reduce Stress · Improve Balance · Increase Energy · Build Range of Motion

Qigong (Chee GONG) is an ancient, Chinese practice of mindful movement that gathers and cultivates energy for healthful longevity. Shown to reduce stress, calm the mind, condition the body and increase immunity, it is taught in multiple cancer, chronic pain, and health centers around the world. It is the most highly recommended exercise forms for the prevention of falls by the AARP.

Participants of all levels of physical ability are welcome and are sure to experience benefits from this quiet practice. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes and supportive footwear. Movements are practiced slowly and within one’s own comfortable range of motion.



Side By Each

Saturday, January 5th at 7:30pm to 9:30pm • Raymond Village Community Church

What do you get when you take Don & Cindy Roy and add Matt & Erica Shipman?
A performing quartet named Side By Each.
Don’t let their unassuming presence fool you! Don & Cindy Roy, are the NEA’s 2018 National Heritage Fellow Award Winners and their favorite accompanists Erica Brown and Matt Shipman (Darlin Corey) are also standouts, delighting audiences throughout New England.
This will be an exceptional night of traditional music with renowned musicians, some on traditional instruments from Maine, Canada, Southern Appalachia and Ireland. Not to miss!
Doors open at 7:00 pm. $10 suggested donation.

 

 


2018 Past Events


JANUARY
An Evening of Music

This event turned out to be the premier of what is now called “The Short Set Concert Series.” A format and experience enjoyed by all concerned, providing three different groups each playing 25 minutes. This night featured Raymond’s own vocalist/guitarist, David Young, a delightful Jazz Quartet comprised of students from USM who call themselves Top Brahmen, and Canosos y Otros, a Latin group generated by Raymond residents with occasional guests.


MARCH
Writing for the Soul of It

With Lorraine Glowczack. A lively interactive workshop, exploring various methods to spark creative writing. March 9.

Self Publishing: You Can Do It!

With Brianna Bizier author of 5 books, who led us through the ins and outs of self publishing, no matter the genre.

A Night of Maine Poets

Truly the icing on the cake featuring inspired poetry written and read by Jenny Doughty, Penthea Burns, and Richard Taylor.  Oh for a videographer! March 24th 


APRIL
SLUKES (Sebago Lake Ukuleles) Group Sing-A-Long

Such fun as 50 + people sang and laughed through songs old and new. April 21. Is there anything more disarming and charming than a ukulele singalong? We didn’t think so!


MAY
A Night of Comedy + Magic

Randy Judkins (once a Raymond resident) joined John Ulmer (local magician extraordinaire, [oh, did we mention he’s 12?) and brought A Night of Comedy + Magic May 12th and hilarity ensued!


JUNE
Short Set Concert Series: International Music Night

With Celtic Balladeer-ess Sharon Newman accompanied by her husband Perry, both formerly of Sligo Rd.; Middle Eastern Music was presented by Maine’s very own Zapion; and Raymond residents Rafael Freyre and Gary Wittner wrapped the night up with Eric Winter playing Latin tunes, making it very hard to leave. June 16.


JULY
Community Sing!

July 10th was the first of in our “Community Sing!” series, this one facilitated by Patrick Martin, the Choral Director of Raymond Village Community Church, a skilled and dedicated leader and teacher.

Hacker’s Hill Concert

How can we ever thank the 18-piece New England Jazz Band, for their incredible performance fund raising for us on July 21st ? A powerful and exciting sound on a perfect summer night atop the beautiful Hacker’s Hill in Casco!

A Night with Seeds of Peace

Our first collaboration with the Raymond Village Community Church and the Raymond Village Library, came together with an inspiring night with Seeds of Peace. A camp in neighboring Otisfield, SOP is dedicated to bridging divides through providing shared group experiences for teens of warring countries. Leaders and dignitaries from around the world praise, support and visit this special and needed endeavor. July 31. 


AUGUST
Prompt! Workshop 

A verb meaning to cue to get going, and a noun, meaning a suggestion of topic to write about. In this workshop they were both at once. August 18. Feedback? “Bring her back!!!” Facilitated by Diana Altman, long term summer Raymond resident and published writer.


SEPTEMBER
Community Sing! 

With Pat Cannon of the Family Music Studio in Brunswick. Simple, soulful songs enticed all participants to express their desire to continue. September 24th.


OCTOBER
The Jazz/Poetry Project

On October 6, The Jazz/Poetry Project enthralled and inspired many with a musical form not heard too often. Former Maine State Poet Laureate, Betsy Sholl, performed her poetry accompanied by saxophonist Jimmy Cameron and guitarist Gary Wittner, a seasoned and profound Jazz duo that skillfully integrated Betsy’s words as an instrument in its own right.


NOVEMBER
The Raymond Tree Lighting

On November 25th the Raymond Arts Alliance supported the Raymond Tree Lighting by providing hot popcorn


ONGOING

In addition, we’ve hosted monthly Open Mic Nights that have given composers, guitarists, poets and even a young comedian (8 yrs) a place to show their work and experience the enthusiasm of others for their creativity and talent.

And of course, our Qigong (Chee Gong) Series has been a ballast and a medicine for those who have enjoyed it.