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First Fridays, Star parties, and Story walks!

Written by Board Member Serena Sanborn

Did you know that the Children’s Discovery Museum sometimes participates in First Fridays? And that we also partner on Story walks around Waterville?

What is a First Friday?

First Fridays celebrate the vibrant creativity in Waterville through a wide array of arts experiences, which often include art making for families. On the first Friday of every month, you can meet artists, see performances, listen to live music, eat delicious food, shop at local businesses, enjoy the arts, and come together as a community.

This coming Friday, November 3rd, is extra special and highlights the Story walks in Waterville, which are co-curated by the Children’s Discovery Museum, the Waterville Public Library, and Waterville Creates. The current book on the North Street community connector trail is Skywatcher, by Maine author and illustrator Jamie Hogan. This book celebrates the dark skies outside of city lights where people can enjoy the beauty of the stars! Hogan will visit this Friday AND there will be a free star party at Quarry Road, in the yurt area.

5-7pm Meet and Greet and art making with author Jamie Hogan at the Paul J Schupf Art Center on 93 Main Street! Join us for an enchanting evening of creativity and stargazing with the renowned children’s book author and illustrator, Jamie Hogan, as we celebrate the magic of the night sky and her book, Skywatcher. This book is currently featured on the Story Walk along the North Street Community Connector Trail, and we are excited to join in celebrating its last few weeks on the trail! This special program is designed to foster a deep appreciation for the wonders of the cosmos as we begin with art making and then go out to view the stars.

7:30pm Star Party with John Meader and Jamie Hogan-

As the sun sets and the skies darken, join us at Quarry Rd for a mesmerizing star party. Local astronomer John Meader, of Northern Stars Planetarium, will be on hand to guide you through the night sky, pointing out constellations, planets, and other celestial wonders. (In case of rain or clouds, we will be inside the Paul J Schupf Art Center.)

Don't miss this enchanting evening of creativity and stargazing with author Jaimie Hogan and astronomer John Meader! The magic of the night sky and the wonder of Hogan’s book, Skywatcher, will leave you captivated and inspired. Whether you're an art enthusiast, an astronomy buff, a literature lover, or simply looking for a unique way to spend your evening, come check out the evening’s events this week. Or make sure to walk with your family along the North Street Trail sometime soon to enjoy the magic of reading in the outdoors!

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