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Mark Your Calendar

February  1 & 2

On Feb 1, 6-8 PM, 317 students will perform at the opening celebration for the  new seating area at Handy's/OTTO Yarmouth.  On Feb 2, OTTO, Handy's and Hilltop Coffee will donate a portion of sales to 317 Main. THANK YOU!

Tuesday, Feb 10

Kathy Slack & Friends will perform a
Valentine's Day
inspired repertoire in the 317 Main cafe. Bring someone you love to this FREE concert 12-1 PM.

February 15-19

317 Main will be closed during school vacation week.

Friday, March 18

317 Main is pleased to present acclaimed singer-songwriter and Maine native Heather Masse and pianist Jed Wilson at First Parish Church in Yarmouth, Friday, March 18  at 7 PM. Tickets, ($15 adults, $10 kids and seniors) will be available in advance and at the door.

Fri. April 1-Sun. 3

presented by 317 and North Yarmouth Academy.  Tickets ($10 & $15) for the Student Showcase on Sunday, April 3, 4-5:30 PM will be available in advance and at the door at USM's Hannaford Hall in Portland. 

Monday, April 4

Spring Session begins. 
Stay tuned for upcoming registration details and deadlines.

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Mondays, 7:30 - 9 PM
Bring your fiddle to this drop-in ($5 fee) weekly jam and learn how to play traditional fiddle tunes in a group setting. The group is open to high school students and adults of all experience levels.

Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9 PM
Steve Roy leads string players and singers through the great 
repertoire of songs in the bluegrass tradition. This drop-in class ($5 fee) is open to players of all levels.

Fridays 4-5:30 PM
This weekly jam, hosted by Ron and Wendy Cody, is open to middle and high school students ONLY. Learn new bluegrass tunes, develop your playing skills and meet other musicians  in this fun and FREE session. 

Contact the Front Desk at 846-9559 to register for private lessons any time!

Art Lovers Needed!

317 is looking for volunteers to serve on a new Visual Arts Committee to help with upcoming art shows in the gallery.  Please contact Gallery Manager Linda Horstmann at hendhorstmann@

Thank You S. C. Myer

for allowing us to keep your beautiful artwork in the 317 Gallery through the end of February. The artist will donate 40% of proceeds from works sold to 317 Main.

Welcome Samantha Rand

Untitled work from the artist's "Veil" series

Samantha's work will be on display in the 317 Gallery from March 1-April 30.


Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust $2,500
D'Addario Foundation $1,500
PW Sprague Memorial Foundation 
 George A. Ramlose Foundation 

You make it possible for us to provide these programs and community events. Thank you.  

A Letter From Executive Director John Williams
A big THANK YOU to the 317 community!

It seems hard to believe that the holidays have come and gone and we are already in the middle of the winter session at 317. Before we get too far into the new year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the major accomplishments of 2015 which would not have been possible without your incredible generosity. In 2015:

* You helped 317 purchase our building in Yarmouth ensuring our long-term future on Main Street.

* You helped 317 continue to provide free and low-cost music education opportunities to people who otherwise would not have access.

* You purchased 25 fiddles which allowed us to launch a Little Roots fiddle program at East End Community School in Portland.

* You allowed 317 to employ 22 working musicians and pay them an above average wage and set up a retirement plan to help them save for the future; and 

* You allowed us to continue to develop and implement fun, accessible, and quality music education programs for people of all ages and musical ability.

Thank you from all of us here at 317.

We look forward to sharing the incredible gift of music with you in 2016!

John Williams
Executive Director

Thanks to 207 Multimedia Journalist Rob Nesbitt, for covering 317's Songwriting Intensive. You can watch the
story that aired on 207 and on the WCSH6 News here .

By Amy Sinclair
"This workshop and the 317 coaches really helped me come out of my shell,"--Kiera, CBHS Student

There was a laugh-out-loud blues tune about falling in love with "Shelly" the lobster, an epic tale about a suburban hero named Freddy who wore a suit made entirely of fruit, and many other original tunes that explored the timeless territory of love, loss and teenage angst.

All these lyrics and melodies came out of a recent week-long collaboration between 317 Main and students from Portland's Casco Bay High School.
"The goal was not to become a singer or a great guitar player in a week," said Jake Hoffman, 317 's Partnership Program Coordinator. "It was more about figuring out how to find inspiration and latch onto it."

To facilitate this process, 18 students spent the first part of the week working with Hoffman and teaching artists Kate Campbell Strauss, Lisa Redfern and John McCain, learning the fundamentals of writing and arrangement.  

Then came the harder part - teasing out their own songs. "I  just thought about stuff that annoyed me," said Tom Victor, freshman.  When the students got stumped, 317's teaching artists were at the ready, with instruments in hand, to offer suggestions. 

Emma Hindall, senior, came up with 10 random words including "avocado" and "Connecticut," and wrapped them into whimsical sentences.  She and her writing partner, Halie Jipson, sophomore, traded lyrics during the workshop and at home over their phones at night.   The result was a song so catchy, people were humming it days after the students had returned to their classrooms.  

When it came time to perform the songs, the students seemed surprisingly at ease as they took turns stepping up to the mic - a testament to the culture at Casco Bay High School.

"We work hard to make sure the kids know they can trust us, said Stewart Croft, CBHS teacher. "T here's a real feeling in this community that it's OK to express yourself."

With many of their parents in the audience, several wiping away tears, the students shared songs that were clever, funny, tender, angry, poignant and eloquent.    

The only downside of this transformative week said Tom Victor after 5 days of non-stop guitar playing... blisters.


is  our newest member of the 317 teaching staff. Eden is a talented fiddle player who grew up in the Boston music scene and graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2014. She finds her musical home in American Old Time Fiddle, but says her repertoire extends in many directions including a background in Scottish music. Eden won the US Junior Scottish Fiddle Championship in 2004. She now makes her home in Portland.

North Carolina native JEFF CHRISTMAS joins our Partnership Program staff this month, teaching music to kids at the South Portland Boys and Girls Club. Jeff has a master's degree in music from the Boston Conservatory. He's a classically trained musician who loves everything from Americana to Funk. Jeff teaches music theory at Bowdoin College and offers private voice lessons in his home. He and his wife and their two sons live in Portland. Jeff is looking forward to getting more involved in the the 317 Main Community.  
Molly Burk, Development Director

Many thanks to YOU, our wonderful community, for helping 317 Main achieve our goal of raising 70% of our annual fundraising budget for 2015-16 by the end of December.

This puts us well on our way to reaching our fiscal year goal of $338,000 by the end of June. We rely on individual donors, foundation supporters, and corporate sponsors to bring the power of music to people of all ages and abilities from across southern and midcoast Maine, regardless of personal circumstances. Thank you!

Colter Olson, 
T-Shirt Salesman Extraordinaire
Thank You Maine Unites!

Huge thanks to Maine Unites, an initiative of Atlantic Sportswear, for making a gift of $10,000 after our successful t-shirt fundraiser! Thanks to YOU - and our amazing student fundraising team - we reached our goal of 400 t-shirts sold by Maine Unites to support 317 Main. Online sales have ended, but we still have a limited number of sizes and colors available at 317 Main!

Grants to Green: Energy Efficiency at 317 Main

317 Main was recently awarded a $35,000 grant from Grants to Green Maine to help cover the cost of energy efficiency upgrades to our historic building. Our planned updates include supplementary insulation, air sealing, lighting upgrades, and installation of heat pumps - all of which were recommended in our recent energy audit. We are thrilled about the opportunity to reduce our environmental impact while also saving money that can be invested back into our programs. The Grants to Green funding requires a 1:1 match. A portion will come from rebates from Efficiency Maine. If you would like to make a contribution or have ideas for funding opportunities, please contact

Chris Moore, Director of Music Education

This January, 317 Main, in partnership with the Yarmouth Historical Society, kicked off a 10-week class in English Country Dancing.

The program has attracted more than 30 community dancers and is being taught by caller/dancing master Robb Spivey, with live music accompaniment. 

Check Out English Country Dancing Here
Curious about English Country Dancing?
Watch this video. 

English Country Dancing has endured for centuries and is still very much a living tradition - the uninitiated may recognize it from film and television adaptations of Jane Austen novels. 

The Wednesday evening group at the Yarmouth History Center has quickly discovered the many benefits of the form, as an enjoyable way to meet and socialize with others, and a fun exercise for both mind and body - all while being carried away by the strains of beautiful music.

Anyone with an interest in English Country Dancing is encouraged to reach out to Chris Moore at
Thanks for reading our newsletter. We look forward to making music with you!