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Who Are They? Wintergreen Arts Center – Part 5

September 16, 2017

CHAIR-ity and other creative fundraisers

This blog post is one of a 6-part series about the Wintergreen Arts Center in Presque Isle.  Wintergreen provides creative experiences that empower the young and young-at-heart to imagine, invent, and innovate. With quality arts education programming for children of all ages, family-friendly signature events, and adult programs, Wintergreen works with several community partners to deliver inspiring opportunities to help individuals bloom and Aroostook County thrive. Dottie Hutchins is Wintergreen’s executive director. You can learn more at

CHAIRityOn November 3, 2017, the Wintergreen Arts Center will kick-off its third Annual CHAIR-ity event with an Opening Reception from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm during the First Friday Downtown Art Walk.  The show is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served and music provided by the very talented Brian & Doug from Common Crossing.

The third annual CHAIR-ity show will open and be on display at Wintergreen for the entire month of November. Opening bids begin during the November 3rd reception. The show will later go “on the road” with the 70th Annual Presque Isle Rotary Auction.

First, chairs are displayed in the Rotary Auction Showroom at the Aroostook Centre Mall beginning November 18; and, are eventually sold during the Rotary Auction on December 16.

“Last year local artists did an amazing job painting and decorating new wooden mini chairs,” said Dottie Hutchins, Wintergreen’s executive director. “This year, we are returning to our original concept of repurposing, recreating, and redesigning a wide variety of both large and small chairs, benches, stools, and unique seats of many ages, makes and models.”

Joyce picks the winner of Kelly Mathes GB house

Here you see Preschool Teacher Lisa Brewer helping Preschooler Joyce Hankins pick the winning raffle ticket for a Gingerbread House lovingly created by Kelly Mathes of Confectionately Yours, a bakery located in Presque Isle, to be auctioned off at the Family Gingerbread Festival.

This year’s event also offers a friendly challenge for not only individual artists, but for local businesses and organizations who seek a little bit of competitive fun for a good, charitable cause. The Presque Isle Police Department was the first organization to step up to recreate a chair for this year’s CHAIR-ity event and invited other teams to join them.

Holiday signature events also rank high on the list of Wintergreen’s creative fundraisers. From the Artful Egg, to Halloween Spooktacular, the Family Gingerbread Festival, and POLAR EXPRESS, Wintergreen opens its doors for family-friendly fun.

All of the gingerbread that more than 60 families use to construct their own gingerbread houses is artfully made and donated by the Culinary Arts students from Loring Job Corps of Limestone, Maine.

2016_Polar Express

It really does take a village to put on a Wintergreen signature event!

Wintergreen’s POLAR EXPRESS Event remains its most popular holiday fundraiser of all. Last year over 800 tickets were sold online in less than 10 minutes.

With the purchase of a $10 roundtrip golden ticket, each passenger climbs aboard the Presque Isle Historical Society’s Molly the Trolley who magically transforms herself into the POLAR EXPRESS. As the conductor punches tickets, riders enjoy a special holiday trip to the North Pole (Wintergreen) where Santa’s Elves serve hot cocoa and sing songs. Everyone gets to decorate sugar cookies, visit with Santa, and take home a jingle bell souvenir. After visiting the North Pole, holiday passengers are delivered safely back to their point of origination on the campus of the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI).

The success of Wintergreen’s fundraising events is due in large part to our community partners. Without UMPI, our POLAR EXPRESS would not “leave the station.” Without the Loring Job Corps’ Culinary Students, our Family Gingerbread Festival would have no bread. And, so it goes for all of our events. We cherish these partnerships and are grateful for their continued support over the years.

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