CHESTERVILLE – Thanks in part to a generous grant from the Onion Foundation, the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House is pleased to host the Chesterville Children’s Festival with performances by Maine artists Michael Menes and Michael Cooper. Spanning two Saturdays, the Festival will feature evening performances and afternoon activities and is sure to ignite a renewed sense of joy and wonder in the hearts of children and adults alike.
World-class juggler and physique comedian, Michael Menes (pronounced “men-ness”) performs Saturday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. movement, character work and breathtaking technical excellence.
A juggler for 30 years, Michael Menes has performed all over the world and is considered by his fellow jugglers to be a pioneer in his field. Whether performing on an elementary school stage, in a television studio, on a cruise ship or for an international festival, Michael Menes is celebrated for his elegance, chic style, precision and originality. Prepare to be entertained and don’t miss the fun juggling workshop and pre-show barbecue. To learn more about Michael’s story, visit www.michaelmenes.com.
Continuing the Festival, world-renowned artist Michael Cooper will perform on Saturday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. with a fun mask-making workshop for all ages with Mr. Cooper and a barbecue hosted by the Meeting House from 4 p.m. :00 pm A native of Chesterville, Michael Cooper has entertained audiences across the United States and abroad. He brings a unique form of multi-dimensional storytelling to the scene with strikingly beautiful handcrafted masks and a seemingly magical fabric of visual art. Drawing on a legacy of experience in mime, theater and adventure growing up in Maine, Michael will captivate and delight any audience.
Come for the 4:00pm workshop and make a fun and simple mask with Michael, enjoy the BBQ and get carried away at 6:30pm with Michael’s evening show. To learn more about Michael’s work and art, visit www.themaskedmarvel.com.
The Chesterville Children’s Festival is open to all with donations at the door to support the meeting house gratefully accepted ($5 individual, $10 family recommended). Barbecues will take place outdoors under a tent and CDC guidelines will be followed for performance inside the venue. The juggling workshop will be indoors, and the mask-making workshop outdoors. The Chesterville Center Union Meeting House is a non-profit community resource and is located at 3 Borough Road in Chesterville. The building is ADA accessible. For more information, call 779-0660 or visit www.chestervillemeetinghouse.org.