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Arts & Culture

Arts and Culture in Saco
The Saco Museum, the Dyer Library, Saco Main Street, the Stone Soup Artisans Cooperative, Thornton Academy, and Painting with a Twist all take part in bringing cultural events to Saco. For example, the Museum brought recognition to Saco through a curated needlework exhibition that was reported on by the New York Times! The Museum also holds events that feature docents costumed in historic apparel and exhibits that change with the seasons. Concurrently, each year the Museum holds the Festival of Trees during the holiday season. Not to be outdone, the Library holds art shows featuring art done by students, and recently held a Harry Potter-themed event for children. The Library also offers classes such as watercolor painting and other artscentered instruction regularly. The Dyer Library/Saco Museum would like to hold more events for both adults and children – with performers, speakers and authors – but doing more of this type of programming is beyond their current budget.

Saco Main Street also holds many events throughout the year, such as the Holiday Festival and Parade of Lights, the Pumpkin Harvest Festival, the Sidewalk Art Festival, and the Classic Car Show.

Also held during the summers of 2016 and 2017, the “Adirondacks on Main”, which featured Adirondack chairs painted by artists on display along Main Street, were auctioned off at the end of the summer to benefit future Saco Maine Street events. Other successful events Saco Maine Street helps facilitate have been: Music in the Parking Lot concerts (which were held between the Dyer Library and Saco Museum buildings), and some seasonal projects such as planting flowering window boxes along Main Street.

The Stone Soup Artisans Cooperative in Saco showcases local arts, crafts and Mainemade products. The store is a member of the Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen and participates in the Biddeford-Saco Art Walk which happens during the warmer months on the last Friday of the month.

Thornton Academy contributes to the arts and culture of Saco by offering Saco’s middle and high school students an array of courses in the arts, ranging from visual arts to performing arts. Upper school students can choose from classes in photography, illustration, painting, sculpture, dance, music and theatre