The Farwell Project progress Report 2018
What we aim to do
Clean and restore four legendary buildings to bring forward local history; create a seasonal museum as a backdrop for a community center;
Create a regional library of books and non-electronic games; create a used book store;
Provide community workshops to teach historic handcraft;
Create year-round useful spaces, including retail venues;
Create exercise and dance classes/spaces for kids and seniors;
Invite community to help; entice local elders to share knowledge and expertise;
Provide a railroad destination with light food service;
Get community involved in storytelling, poetry, music and drama;
Provide a town-center attraction for tourists and fairgoers;
Provide rentable spaces for events, including boxcars and train adjuncts.
Who will benefit
After-schoolers; home schoolers; new readers;
Elders; Recipients of Social Services;
Pre-release Work Crew from County Corrections Center;
Tourists, visitors from other parts of Maine;
Historians; Historical Network;
Machinery buffs; Railroad buffs; Locavores; Photographers; Artists; Writers.
What we’re doing now...
Concerts (2; 2018 summer season)
Suppers (4; 2018 summer season)
Call for Stories ( Storytelling Series, March – June 2018):
Legends of the Land
Elder Voices, Younger Ears
Railroad Riffraff & Backyard Blues
Local Heroes, Lost Legacies
Museum Store; Vintage 1950s Kitchen; Clothing Construction Crew; Production Kitchen
Boxcar Books, due to open July 2019.
Who we reach and benefit...
Music lovers; Train lovers; Historians; Elders;
People learning about preparing and eating local and wild foods;
Storytellers seeking an audience; Listeners gleaning information and entertainment;
People learning to design, sew, and sell simple and practical clothing;
Outdoor enthusiasts, people seeking exercise, nature lovers;
People learning the importance of undeveloped land for wildlife habitat.