There will be no summer vacation at the Washington Schoolhouse in Round Pond (Bristol), as July will be packed with special events including live music, Beano, art camp, and museum hours.
Back by popular demand, the award-winning Katahdin Valley Boys will perform in concert on Saturday, July 7 at 7 p.m. at the historic Washington Schoolhouse. This all-ages show will include traditional and contemporary bluegrass music featuring lively instrumentals and soaring vocals. The Katahdin Valley Boys are multiple winners of the Bluegrass Band of the Year award from the Maine Academy of Country Music. General admission tickets are $12, or $10 for students with ID. Seats are limited and advance tickets are recommended. For more information or to order tickets, call Jenny Cleaves at 529-5796.
The second Old-Fashioned Beano Night of the season will be on Thursday, July 12 from 7-8:30 p.m. Cards are still only two for $1 to play this New England tradition and family favorite. Fresh popcorn, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase.
The historic Washington Schoolhouse will be a beehive of creativity as young artists ages 7-12 attend the annual summer art camp. Practicing Round Pond artist Liz Martone will conduct engaging week-long sessions of painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, tie-dye, and more.
“I want to provide more opportunities for kids to create,” said Martone, a BFA graduate of Syracuse University.
There will be two sessions of art camp: July 30 through Aug. 3 and Aug. 13-17 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. To enroll one’s child or grandchild, email Martone at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 529-2067. Spaces are going fast.
The art camp is an example of how interested community members can rent the schoolhouse for special events. It furthers the Round Pond Schoolhouse Association’s mission to maintain this 19th century landmark as a place for educational, cultural, and community events.
Beginning Wednesday, July 11, the museum on the second floor of the schoolhouse will be open every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. The past is present in the lovingly restored classroom filled with artifacts from the era when the school was in session from 1885 to 1954.
The Washington Schoolhouse is located at 1426 State Route 32 in the heart of Round Pond village in Bristol. Like the schoolhouse on Facebook at “Round Pond Schoolhouse” or go to roundpondschoolhouse.org.