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Michael Cooper, Friday April 20, 2018, 7:30 PM

When Michael Cooper presented his one man show “Doc Cooper – A Son Recalls” at UMF last January, it turned out to be too much of a good thing. There were so many people who were turned away from the doors that night that Michael has agreed to perform it once again, this time at the newly renovated Meeting House in the center of Chesterville, Doc & Joan’s home town.

Don’t miss this second chance to help celebrate the life and times and 60 year career of western Maine’s legendary large animal veterinarian. Every story and song, and every breathtaking mask was carefully crafted by Michael to honor his late father, and the passion he had for the rural life and all the creatures who populate it.

“It’s a labor of love”, Michael says, “that would not have been possible without my 40 year career on the stage, honing the crafts of storytelling and visual theater in front of thousands of audiences across the country and around the world. “Dad as well as Mum were my best friends, and have always been my greatest inspirations in life, so in the wake of their passing it’s no surprise this has become my favorite show to perform. My goal is to do them both proud as I tell the remarkable story of lives so well spent, tenderly caring for each other and for the endless parade of family, friends and animals that passed their way.”

The performance at the Chesterville Meeting House will start at 7:30 PM on Friday, April 2oth. The first two rows will be reserved for all those who couldn’t get into the Farmington show.

By the way, April 20th was Doc’s birthday! So come to the party!


Dave Mallett Band 
Saturday, May 19, 2018
7:00  PM
The celebration of rural life has flowed through the songs of David Mallett for more than four decades.  Come and enjoy his unique sound at the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House.  Ticket price to be determined. To order your tickets in advance, call 293-4321 or email

Barry Wood
Sunday, June 17, 2018
1:00-2:30 PM
Barry Wood is a country singer from Jay, Maine.  Join us for an afternoon of ballads and folk lyrics. Donations will be gratefully accepted.  Refreshments will be served.  FMI call 897-5572.

Invasive Plants in the Woods – How to Recognize and Control Them
Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist, Maine Natural Areas Program
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Monday, July 23, 2018
7:00 PM
Aggressive invasive plants like Asiatic bittersweet, glossy buckthorn, shrubby honeysuckle, and Japanese barberry can infest the forest and cause damage to wildlife habitat, tree growth, and even human health.  Come learn how to recognize and remove these plants from your woods, old fields, and other natural areas.   Please bring your invasive plant questions and conundrums for discussion. Free.  Refreshments will be served.  FMI call 778-3767.

Ruth Hill Concert
Saturday, August 18, 2018
7:00 PM
Folksinger song-writer Ruth Hill has roots that run deep in the hills of New England.  A musical storyteller, she writes songs about real people, and her reflections on the sweetness and sorrow of the world around her. She accompanies herself expressively on guitar and banjo.  Ruth has recently been named the Grand Prize Winner of the Great American Song Contest! Her song, “Oh, Brother Mine” rose up through 1800 songs to be chosen as the #1 winner of all the categories. Her latest CD, Reunion of Broken Parts, is currently # 8 in the Folk DJ charts.

Past Events 2017

An Evening of Live, True, Story-Telling:  "My Scariest Experience!"

An Evening of Live, True, Story-Telling:  "My Scariest Experience!"
October 27, 2017
7 PM

In honor of Halloween (Franklin County's favorite holiday), we thought we would stage our first story circle around true scary stories, at least one of which everyone probably has somewhere in his/her memory banks.  This will be the first such event ever held at the Meeting House, so help us make it a success, whether you want to tell a story or just listen.

Importantly, this is NOT a professional story-telling session.  It is intended to be casual, true, personal stories told without notes or scripts.  Think "Moth Radio Hour," if you are familiar with this program on public radio podcasts.  For that program, the participants stand up on stage, but at its beginnings it was a group of people sitting on a screen porch on summer evenings just telling their own experiences.  This is what we want to emulate.  Due to weather vagaries of October in Maine, we will not be on a porch or around a campfire, but we can pretend to be! 

So, what we envision is sitting around as casually as we can, with refreshments - (feel free to bring something), - taking turns telling a 5 - 10 minute true personal story, as the spirit moves us.  These are not to be read or "performed," just told as you might on a late summer evening on a porch with friends somewhere.

This event is free, but we encourage bringing an item for the Food Pantry, and as usual we do accept donations toward our non-profit efforts to keep the building standing!

If you'd like to talk about this event, call Cynthia at 778-3513


Friday, October 13th, 2017
7 PM
Chesterville Poetry Night
Chesterville Center Union Meeting House
Corner of the Borough and Zion's Hill Roads

3rd annual Chesterville Poetry Night.  Poets now of formerly from Chesterville, year-round or part-time, are invited to read their poems, or those of another past or contemporary Chesterville poet. For information about including your poem in this year’s poetry book,
call 207 778-3767.

Poetry Night is free and open to the public and this year is including a food drive for the Care and Share Food Closet in Fairbanks.  Please bring peanut butter or canned soup to contribute to this effort. Donations to support the Meeting House are also appreciated.  Refreshments will be served.

Saturday August 26, 2017

1:30 PM
Judging 2 PM
Auction 2:30 PM
Chesterville Center Union Meeting House
Corner of the Borough and Zion's Hill Roads

The Great Chesterville Bake-Off and Auction
Breads and Rolls Division, Best Pie Division, Bars and Cookies Division, Kids-Only Division.  Proceeds to benefit the University of Maine Cooperative Extension North Chesterville Home-Makers.
FMI 779-0660

Saturday, June 3, 2017

7:00 PM
Chesterville Center Union Meeting House
Corner of the Borough and Zion's Hill Roads

Local writer and canoe adventurer Bob Kimber will present a slide show at the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House.  The show is called, “From the Magpie River to Ossokmanuan Reservoir: A 250-Mile Canoe Trip through the Quebec-Labrador Bush." Bob Kimber will show photos taken on this journey and add his commentary on the joys and rigors of the rugged 21-portage trip that fellow paddler Hugh Stewart dubbed “the trip that wouldn't give an inch.” The Meeting House is located on the corner of the Borough Road and Zions Hill Road in Chesterville.  The event is free (but donations to the non-profit Meeting House are always appreciated!) Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, May 14, 2017
5:00 PM
Chesterville Center Union Meeting House
Corner of the Borough and Zion's Hill Roads

The Western Maine a cappella ensemble "Northfield Singers" will present an early music concert.  They have been singing together, in varying line-ups, for over thirty years, and draw their repertoire largely from the sacred and popular music of Renaissance and Medieval Europe and the early American shape note tradition. 

Today, Northfield is a 10 member group.
 Free admission but donations welcome and will support the Meeting House.

FMI call Carolyn at 207 778-3767.

Past Events 2016

Saturday June 4, 2016
7:00 PM
Chesterville Center Union Meeting House
Corner of the Borough and Zion'sHill Roads

The Western Maine a cappella ensemble "Northfield Singers" will present an early music concert after a brief ceremony celebrating the improved accessibility and comfort of the Meeting House made possible by grants and community volunteer effort..  The concert will be opened by the Hopeful Corvettes.  Free admission but donations welcome and will support the Meeting House.

FMI call Carolyn at 207 778-3767.

Saturday Summer Reading Program
July 9 to Saturday, August 13

Saturday Summer Reading Program - for children ages 4 to 11 (older helpers welcome!) This is a free program that will run from Saturday, July 9 to Saturday, August 13 at the Meeting House. Co-sponsored by the Meeting House and the newly formed Chesterville Community Library, the sessions will include stories being read out loud and an activity related to one of the stories. Children will be encouraged to borrow books and compete for prizes through reading achievement. Chesterville residence is not required.
Please pre-register by e-mail at or call Cynthia at 778-3513 by June 23.

Friday, August 19
7:30 PM
Emily Ramsey, Louisa Stancioff,
Matt Lohan,
William Joseph Jiordan
Self-described as "singer-songwriter indie folk" performers, their repertoire melds southern old-time influence with a traditional New England folk vibe, and includes covers of Emmy Lou Harris, John Hartford, and Townes Van Zandt in the mix of their own tunes. 

Also on tour with Dyado is William Joseph Jiordan, a mid-coast Maine folk singer-songwriter himself, who has recently incorporated Dyado into the performance of his original songs.

The free concert at the ADA accessible Meeting House will begin at 7:30 at One Borough Road, Chesterville.  FMI 778-3513.

Michael Cooper

Saturday August 20
7​:30 PM
Michael Cooper is an eye-popping local visual artist and virtuoso mime whose exquisite performances have dazzled audiences for years.

His one-man extravaganza combines his breathtaking handcrafted masks, original stories of courage and wonder, including stories about Dr. Cooper - the beloved country veterinarian, and a physical repertoire that ranges from the madcap to the sublime.

​This​ is a family friendly performance​.  Doors open at 7:00 and the show begins at 7:30 PM on Saturday, August 20.

Friday, September 30, 2016
7 PM
Chesterville Poetry Night
Corner of the Borough and
Zion's Hill Roads

Sunday, October 2, 2016
10 AM - 5 PM
Monday through Friday,
October 3 - 7
By Appointment
Saturday and Sunday October 8-9
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chesterville Art Open House

Corner of the Borough and
Zion's Hill Roads

Poetry and Art to Shine at Chesterville Meeting House

Arts Weekend Image
The work of Margie Austin, among others, will be on display at the
Chesterville Center Union Meeting House beginning Sept 30, 2016.

     CHESTERVILLE: The Chesterville Center Union Meeting House is pleased to host a second Chesterville Poetry Night, an evening of poetry readings by Chesterville authors Friday September 30, 2016 beginning at 7 p.m. Following on the success of last year’s Poetry Night, the Meeting House walls will again echo with the voices of Chesterville poets reading their own work or the work of past Chesterville authors. Recalling last year’s event, Meeting House president Carolyn Drugge commented “We hadn’t realized so many talented writers were…here in our midst. It was inspiring and powerful to hear their works read aloud in this historic building.”
     Works read at the 2015 Poetry Night were collected and published in a booklet which has been well received by area residents. Meeting House organizers are excited to announce that a similar book will be published from this year’s poetry readings with permission of the authors.
     But this year’s Poetry Night is just the beginning of a larger Arts Week which will showcase other artistic talents of Chesterville residents. Paintings, drawings, photography and other works by Chesterville artists will be on display at the Meeting House during Poetry Night and again on Sunday October 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday October 8-9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment throughout that week. The growing list of local artists displaying their work includes Margie Austin, Mark Tenney, Anstiss Morrill and Jeffra Hays.
     Poetry Night and the Chesterville Art Open House are open to the public and free of charge. Donations are gratefully accepted to support the Meeting House and last year’s “An Evening of Poetry Readings” will be available for sale. The Chesterville Center Union Meeting House is a non-profit community resource located at the corner of Zion’s Hill and Borough Roads, in Chesterville. For more news and events at the Meeting House, visit

Past Events 2015

Armed Services Day
10am - 2pm. 

Program will begin with flag raising ceremony at the Chesterville Honor Roll monument across from the Meeting House.  Families are encouraged to create displays of photos and memorabilia of Chesterville veterans which will be exhibited in the Meeting House until 2PM. There will be a microphone set up for anyone who would like to share memories or pay tribute to a veteran.  Refreshments will be available.

 For more information, contact Caroline Tibbits (207) 778-6216, Carolyn Drugge (207) 778-3767 or Greg Soule 897-4907.

Friday, June 12
7:30 pm
The Wiles
A captivating female ensemble (Ellie Buckland, Mali Obamsawin, and Isa Burke) will present a folk, blue grass and old time concert as a  fundraiser for  the Chesterville Center Union  Meeting House operating expenses.  A pre-concert jam session will be open to audience members starting at 6:30. Concert begins at 7:30.  Admission is by donation.  Info call (207) 778-3767

Tool and Quilt Show
June 28, 2015
1 PM
Display of award winning quilts and antique tools, including  axes from the extensive collection of Reggie Rackliff.

The Glacial Legacy of Chesterville by Patti Millett
July 11, 2015
 7:30 PM
Dr. Millett will focus on the recent discoveries by her high school earth science classes regarding the glacial origins of some of the prominent landscape features in Chesterville.
The Linscott Family in Chesterville by Richard Wilde.
August 9, 2015
3 PM
Land for the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House was donated in 1851 by Shepard Linscott, the son of Samuel Linscott, one of the early settlers of Chesterville. Mr. Wilde will present the genealogy of the Linscott family with anecdotes about members of the family.  

Slide Show

First Couple to Canoe Coast to Coast across the United States.
August 21, 2015
7:30 PM

In the early 1990s, Jim and Lisa Lisius of Farmington Falls became the first people in modern history to travel across the U.S., from the Pacific to the Atlantic, by canoe and human muscle power only.  They captured the amazing adventure with spectacular photography, which they will share in a slide show.

Poetry Night in Chesterville
Friday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.

Are you a Chesterville poet, either known or undiscovered? Or have you perhaps been hiding your talents in the closet and feel ready to reveal them? Maybe you want to read someone else's work written in or about Chesterville? Or would you just like to listen to others reading their poetry? Any and all of these things might be happening at the first ever Chesterville poetry night, when you and your friends show up at One Borough Road, on the corner of Borough and Zion's Hill Roads. Poets and poetry-lovers of all ages (children too, please!) from everywhere are welcome, but Chesterville residents will have priority in presenting their work. For more information call 778-3513 and leave a message, or contact us at:

Past Events 2014

June 2014 
Ruth Hill, local acoustic musician and song-writer and the Rogers Brothers string duo performed "pro bono" to help raise needed operating funds.

July 2014
Revisiting, Reflecting and Remembering 1944" with 90+ year-old Marin Whittier of Farmington Falls.