And because a major part of my life is spent with my head down, I lose touch with what's going on around me in the greater community. This makes me feel a little shitty about myself. And what makes me feel even shittier is when I've completely overlooked something genuinely fantastic.
With the exception of a five year affair with Alaska, my entire life has been right here in Lincoln County, Maine. My childhood was spent in the little town of South Bristol, and after my return from Alaska, I made roots in the neighboring town of Bristol. Both are tiny rural towns with no lack of fishermen or artists. A lovely mix of artsy and grit, this area is pretty great. However, if you need anything like groceries or something from the hardware store, Damariscotta's your girl. "Scotty" is a vibrant town with lots of little shops and eateries as well as a hearty art scene. She's shiny, busy, and very popular. It's hard to overlook her.
But oddly enough, this blog isn't about Damariscotta. It's about Waldoboro.
some stupid shit, but since graduation has managed to clean up their act and become personally successful. But depite their own personal successes, everyone who knew that kid still refers to them as "a delinquent" or "a loser" or simply just "rough". And because of this totally lame reputation, Waldoboro seems to be chronically just a few steps behind total epic-ness. And I'm gonna ask right now, how did Waldoboro get this reputation in the first place?
Though neglecting Waldoboro had been my modus operandi, I have to tell you, I've recently fallen absolutely in love. The Narrow's Tavern serves up a decent burger at the fraction of any Damariscotta price. Sorry Scotty, it's true. Some of the most luxurious (and badass) bath and body products are made and sold by Long Winter Soap Co. There's a new super rad farm brewery in Waldoboro now called Odd Alewives. And I've recently come to learn about the Waldo Theater, quite possibly one of the biggest diamonds to exisist in midcoast Maine.
*NOTE: writing in red was straight-up stolen from the Waldo Theater's website
Yup, that's right, the same fellow who helped design the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Sydney Opera House designed the Waldo Theater (which is in WALDOBORO, MAINE!). How cool is that?
Schlanger designed the Waldo Theatre with an Art Deco interior and a Greek Revival-style façade with seating for 400. Many local families took part in the theatre’s construction, which was overseen by Master Builder L. Myron Neal of Friendship and Master Carpenter Clyde Winchenbach of Waldoboro. Cooney installed projection and sound systems identical to those in Radio City Hall, and the theatre soon became renowned for its acoustics, earning it a reputation as Maine’s Little Radio City. The theatre was described by the Association of Motion Picture Owners of America as one of the best designed small theaters in the nation.
The building fell into a state of disrepair and, in 2017, was placed on Maine’s List of Most Endangered Historic Places.
Wait, what? Total disrepair? Why?
have the capacity to conceive, to create, and to nurture. We've stopped noticing Waldoboro. We've forgotten the Waldo.
Luckily there are folks out there who give a damn about Waldoboro and who've asked, what about the Waldo? These small town heroes are combining their strengths to preserve the beauty and magic that once lived in the heart of Waldoboro. They're dedicating themselves in restoring something from the past, but more importantly, they're investing in the future.
I hope you'll join me in the creative soul revival of the Waldo Theater! I'll be setting up with my wares at the Waldoboro Artwalk Saturday, July 14th 4pm-7pm. The theater will be open for tours and educational purposes, and I hear there might even be popcorn!
For more information about the Waldo Theater, Raise the Roof Fundraiser, and the Waldoboro Artwalk , please follow the links below.