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The annual Chesterville Poetry Night at the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.

Now a cherished tradition among local poetry enthusiasts, the event has drawn a faithful audience over many years, but always welcomes new participants. The gathering features an "open mic" available for those who wish to read or perform on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chesterville Poetry Night participation is broadly defined, explained organizers: Beyond the obvious occasion for living Chesterville-dwelling poets to share their work, non-residents are also invited to read poems about Chesterville or written by living or deceased Chesterville poets; also included might be works of parents, grandparents, siblings, children or other relatives of Chesterville residents past and present, works of Chesterville lovers who live elsewhere, part-time residents, would-be residents; a current resident who does not write poetry but just wants to read a favorite poem; in short, anything or anyone related to Chesterville in any way, as well as music about Chesterville, are all encouraged.

Youth poets are especially welcomed. Organizers stress that volunteers will be on hand to read the poems of authors who do not wish to read out loud and do not have someone to read for them.

Audience members who simply want to observe are of course warmly welcomed, say organizers from the Board of the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House. The event is free and open to the public. The Meeting House is a 501(c)3 non-profit organized to preserve the 1851 building for future generations to enjoy; donations towards the building's maintenance and up-keep are gratefully accepted at the door.

Refreshments will be available, and the building and its attached privy are accessible to those with mobility impairments. For more information, call 778-3513.

And that's a wrap for 2023

Stay tuned for spring events

Coming Soon!!

Past Events

May 31,2021
Memorial Day Activities
10 to 11 a.m.
Open House/Art Viewing
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

     A double event included a Memorial Day flag service recognizing Chesterville’s former military service members whose lives were lost in performing military duties, and an art show featuring the creations of local youth in an open house display

Past Events

Chesterville Poetry Night
Friday, October 25, 7:00 PM
Chesterville poets will read their original poems. Bring your poem or story and join us for this creative and enjoyable event.  Admission free. Donations welcome

Archaeology Project at Sandy River Bridge
Tuesday, September 10, 7:30 PM

John Mosher, Maine Historic Preservation Commission, will discuss results of the archaeology dig currently in progress in Farmington Falls.  The state is planning reconstruction of the bridge over the Sandy River. The State Historic Preservation Office is required to consider the effect of projects on historic properties and seek ways to avoid or reduce adverse effects to historic properties. Admission free. Donations welcome.

Fungi Talk poster

Foraging Local Edible Wild Fungi
Sunday, August 25
3:00 PM

Cynthia Stancioff has been foraging wild edible mushrooms throughout Maine and beyond for over 30 years, and has so far made no fatal mistakes!  While not a mycologist, she deems herself a passionate mycophile, and is happy to share her accumulated wisdom with anyone who is willing to listen.  Cynthia will share information on the most popular local edibles and explain how to safely hunt them on your own.  Audience members are encouraged to bring specimens of anything about which they are curious as to its identity and edibility. Admission free. Donations welcome
Fungi talk

Foraging Local Edible Wild Fungi
Sunday, August 25, 3:00 PM

Cynthia Stancioff has been foraging wild edible mushrooms throughout Maine and beyond for over 30 years, and has so far made no fatal mistakes!  While not a mycologist, she deems herself a passionate mycophile, and is happy to share her accumulated wisdom with anyone who is willing to listen.  Cynthia will share information on the most popular local edibles and explain how to safely hunt them on your own.  Audience members are encouraged to bring specimens of anything about which they are curious as to its identity and edibility. Admission free. Donations welcome

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Canoe Trips into the Northern Wilderness
Sunday, August 4,
3:00 and 7:00 PM
Imagine packing for a canoe trip that will take you deep into the heart of a northern wilderness in which you will have no access to communication, let alone supplies! You are prepared to fish, but will you catch anything? Will you freeze, starve, or get lost?  Will you actually be able to carry everything over the many portages from lake to lake, or will your huddled remains be found by the Ministry Lads later in the season...

These are the questions Paul and Cynthia Stancioff have addressed many times in packing for their many trips to Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park throughout the past 30+ years.  Their slide presentation will share the joys of a successful canoe tripping adventure, as they have experienced it. Admission free. Donations welcome


Locally-renowned a cappella ensemble, Northfield, will be performing at the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House on May 31st, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in a fund-raiser performance. Northfield has been performing in the Farmington area for over 30 years and has acquired an avid following over the decades.


Listeners will be treated to songs in French, Italian, Latin, German, Norwegian and English, with themes of love, lost love, and Spring. In addition to their usual repertoire of music from European Renaissance, pieces by Monteverdi, Victoria and Byrd, the group has lately ventured into the 20th and 21st centuries with new selections from Malcolm Dalglish and Debussy, as well as modern compositions influenced by the Northern Harmony tradition.


Northfield welcomes a new member at this performance, Rowland Hazard, tenor. He will be joining the ten other members: sopranos Vicky Cohen, Margaret Cox and Michal Hatch; Altos Jess Isler Nickerson, Mardie Porter and Joan Quinn; Tenors Mark Paddock and Daniel Woodward; and in the bass section, Josh Grams and Paul Stancioff.


Northfield will share proceeds of the concert with the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House, which will accept donations in lieu of a ticket price. The Meeting House is raising funds for steeple repair and exterior paint for the historic 1851 building.


The concert is open to the public, and the building is fully wheelchair accessible.  Refreshments will be served. The meetinghouse is located at 3 Borough Road in Chesterville.


 FMI call 778-3767 or visit and/or

Tim Sample
Friday, May 10
7 PM
$20 in advance; $22 at the door
Tickets on sale now at Booksellers in Farmington
(cash or checks only please)
or by calling 779-0660 or 778-3767

Past Events

Franklin County Fiddlers
Saturday, November 17
7 pm
The Franklin County Fiddlers will perform at the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House Saturday, November 17 at 7 pm.  Admission is by donation with proceeds to help fund repairs to the Meeting House bell tower.  Come witness the Fiddlers light up the room with their diverse repertoire including styles ranging from American Old-Time to Canadian Maritime, and Celtic to Quebecois. The Chesterville Center Union Meeting House is a non-profit community resource and is located at 3 Borough Rd, Chesterville. For more information and directions visit or call 778-3767.

An Evening of Live, True, Story-Telling: Back in the Day in Franklin County

On Friday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m., the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House will host a live, true-story-telling event with the theme of “Back in the Day in Franklin County.”

Long-time area residents are invited to share a story of a true event in the past, particularly those which illustrate the way life used to be. Last year the Meeting House held its first such event, with a theme of “Something Scary.” From a near-drowning in a Casco Bay fishing trip, to losing a toddler in a campground, to encountering a bear on the way to school, participants’ true tales had their listeners riveted, and left many impressed by new insight into the lives of their long-time friends and neighbors.

This year’s event is expected to kindle some nostalgia in the telling and awe in the listening, as tales of times past in an era of rapid change are shared. Consider that one-room schoolhouses and no electricity are still within the memories of some area residents!

The “Back in the Day in Franklin County” event is free and open to the public. Stories should be rehearsed to make sure they are 10 minutes or under, and must be true to the best of the story-teller’s knowledge. Story-tellers will be featured in the order of sign-up at arrival. Listeners welcome too! While the event is free, donations are accepted with gratitude!

The Chesterville Center Union Meeting House is a non-profit organization sustaining and maintaining the 1851 building for use by residents now and in the future for events of all types. Wheelchair accessible, including outstanding attached privy. For more info visit

For questions about the Oct. 19 event call 778-3513 or email

League of Women Voters
Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018
7 PM

There will be a presentation by the League of Women Voters about Ranked Choice Voting in the November election.  More details to come...

Barry Wood, Singer, Sept 7,2018. 7:30 - 9 PM

Barry Wood
Friday, September 7, 2018
7:30 - 9 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.

Ruth Hill Concert, August 18, 7 PM
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.

Invasive Plants in Your Woods and Fields – 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.

David Mallet. May 19th. 7 PM

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. 
Advanced Ticket price $25. To order your tickets in advance, call 293-4321 or email Tickets at the door: $30.

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!


Past Events

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


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


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


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.

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