SUMMER 2018 CAMP SCHEDULE
 

Acoustic Discovery Camp 
(Age 6-10)

July 9-July 13
July 16-July 20
July 30-August 3


Acoustic Jam Camp
 (Ages 10-15)

July 23-July 27
August 6-August 10



SPÜN BAKERY CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY WITH AN EXPANSION OF STAFF AND HOURS

L-R Lyndsay Guggar, Emily Heath and Erin Zeli 

Spün Bakery will kick off its second year in our cafe with a bigger staff and extended hours. 

Starting Monday, March 12, the cafe will be open from 7:30am-6pm Monday-Friday. Please welcome new baristas Lyndsay Guggar and  Emily Heath to the crew. 

In celebration of Spün's first anniversary, the cafe is offering a 20% discount on loose leaf teas and honey to all who wish them a Happy Anniversary. (Promotion runs through March.)


LITTLE ROOTS IS HEADING OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY THIS MONTH.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS! 


 
A MESSAGE ABOUT OUR MISSION
John Williams, Executive Director


As a growing organization, we're often focused on what lies ahead, but it's also important to pause and reflect on recent accomplishments. 

One of the things we tackled over the winter was to rework our mission statement.  

Mission statements are important for a couple of reasons:  (1) they describe what you do, and (2) they serve as filters to help guide decision-making and future direction.  It had been many years since the last mission statement was created and the organization has continued to grow, mature, and evolve since its inception.  The time had come to insure we have a mission statement that accurately states our purpose and why we exist.

For those of you who have had experience creating a mission statement, you know the work involved.  It is a fun and challenging exercise with the goal of developing an inspiring statement that summarizes what an organization does, preferably in 14 words or less.  Our process involved pulling together a small task force to solicit input from the community about the important parts of what we do, and then to piece together the words and phrases which we felt best exemplified the day-to-day activity at 317.  I am pleased to share with you our new mission statement:

317 Main's mission is to encourage creative expression, personal growth, and community connection through music. 

We hope that you share our enthusiasm for the clear statement of purpose for this wonderful community-supported organization.  As always, thanks for all you do to help make this place a treasured community resource.

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Community support from individuals and businesses is what makes our programs possible.  40% of our funding comes from community support and foundation grants.  
Your donation will help ensure access to our programs through financial aid, our Partnership Program, and by helping keep our programs affordable. Please consider a donation today! 



317 MAIN IN THE NEWS

This recent article in The Forecaster highlights our new Partnership Program with Portland High School,  an after-school Beatmaking and Audio Production Class that's being taught by musicians Just Plain Jones and Kafari.
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"This is a real opportunity to delve into digital music and work with professional artists," -Jake Hoffman/Partnership Program Coordinator
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317 Main's Deep Roots ambassador band, Unspent Youth,
WGME Videographer recording Unspent Youth
wa s featured in a segment on WGME-TV done by Jana Barnello.
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"This is one of the few things people our age can actually get better at!" -Bob Bergesch/Unspent Youth Member
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WHY YOUR 11-16 YEAR OLD SHOULD GIVE BANDROOTS A TRY!



Last fall we launched a new program called BandRoots that's intended to serve as a bridge between private lessons and making music in a band with friends.

  Currently, we have two groups running with teaching artists John McCain and Brad Longfellow.  The students who are in BandRoots love it, but we hear from other students all the time, who tell us they don't think they're "good enough" to join. They are! BandRoots was created for students who are brand new to ensemble playing.
Click on this video to see and hear what  Bandroots students say about the experience. 


Watch This Video To Hear Kids Talk About BandRoots

If BandRoots doesn't fit into your schedule this spring, sign up for one of our Jam Camps this summer! These week-long camps for 10-15 year olds are all about learning to make music with friends in a relaxed and supportive setting. 
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GETTING TO KNOW LULA WILES

L-R Mali Obomsawin, Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke

The members of Lula Wiles say they sensed their chemistry the very first time they harmonized during a late night jam at Maine Fiddle Camp. Flash forward and this all-female trio is now touring nationally,  making a name for themselves in the Folk/Americana scene. 

317 Main is delighted to be presenting Lula Wiles in concert on Saturday, March 24th at First Parish Congregational Church.   We wanted to get to know this talented trio a bit better before the show so we posed a few questions.

You can read our interview with Isa Burke that starts with the burning question...


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 PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT
Wayfinder Schools

Hear what Partnership Program Educator Dustin LeVasseur and Wayfinder student Jesh Flynn have to say about their experience in the drum circle.

C omings and Goings

 Callie Hastings
Little Roots Educator

Welcome Callie!

We are pleased to welcome  Callie Hastings to our growing Little Roots Team. Starting in Spring Session, Callie will lead our Saturday morning classes. During the week, Callie works with the toddlers at Breakwater School in Portland. She's also a painter with a fine arts degree from Alfred University.

Good luck Eli Gilbert

Teaching Artist  Eli Gilbert will leave us this spring to head out on the road  with Dreamcatcher, a bluegrass band made up mostly of fellow East Tennessee State University grads.  Good luck, Eli!

We thank both  Meg Baxter and  Dan Rose  for their service on our board.  317 Main is a stronger organization because of your contributions!
One-Night Home Stays Needed For Village Harmony Teen Ensemble 

317 Main community member Joy Ahrens is seeking Yarmouth area  families who would be willing to host a member of the Village Harmony  Teen Ensemble on August 5th. The group, which specializes in ethnic singing traditions from around the world, will perform at the UU church in Yarmouth on August 5th.  If you can host a performer, 
please contact Joy at  807-6899 or email her at jahrens1@maine.rr.com

317 Main Community Music Center  
317 Main Street, Yarmouth, Maine 04096 
  www.317main.org  / 207-846-9559