The free programs are presented at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Fridays

GREENE – The spring-summer program offerings, good for the entire family, are announced as follows at the Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial:

March 9 and 10: “Royal Netherlands,” Willis Moore. The Netherlands is a small densely populated country, committed to European cooperation and unity. Yet the Dutch are a distinctive people. More than windmills and wooden shoes, the Netherlands offers cultural and historic richness rarely seen in so small an area.

March 23 and 24: “Norway – Land of the Vikings,” Dale Johnson. Norwegians retain a unique culture and remain a vibrant, dynamic people, determined to make a satisfying and rewarding life for every citizen. How they accomplish it is a study of a success oriented people.

April 6 and 7: “Vietnam – A Land of Surprises,” Buddy Hatton. Vietnam is fast, slow, traditional, cutting edge, exotic and familiar, and … accessible. There are beautiful beaches, historic landmarks, colorful markets and limestone mountains floating on Halong Bay. Thirty years post-war, Vietnam is in the limelight as a traveler’s Mecca.

April 20 and 21: “Hello! Louisiana,” Monty and Marsha Brown. Join the Browns for a tour of the state, where the Caribbean meets the Old South; where the Red River joins the Mississippi; where French and Spanish flags flew over a steaming land of cotton and sugar.

May 11 and 12: Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection. From playing the fiddle at an early age to producing her own recordings, Brown has developed into a popular performer. Band comprises her brother, Daniel Brown, Lincoln Meyers, Ken Taylor, Ted DeMille and Read McNamara.

May 25 and 26: “Two Old Friends,” Mac McHale and Emery Hutchins. Join Mac and Hutch as they perform old-time traditional country music, Irish ballads, sing-a-longs and hot picking instrumentals. They will play the banjo, guitar, mandolin, bodran and octave mandolin.

June 8 and 9: “Sentinels of the Coast – Lighthouses of Maine,” Michael Perry. Maine has 64 lighthouses along its coastline, both far offshore and on the mainland. Join Perry for a slide show journey from the Isles of Shoals to the candy-striped lighthouse at West Quoddy Head.

June 22 and 23: “The Celtic Harp,” Christina Tourin. San Diego-based, Maine native Tourin performs music of Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia and her own original compositions.

The free programs are presented at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Fridays at the center, 371 Sawyer Road.

The building was erected in 1936 by John Marshall Sawyer as a memorial to his mother, Araxine Wilkins Sawyer.

The Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Foundation is a nonprofit private foundation with a primary purpose to provide family entertainment.

Those wishing more information can visit the Web at http://ourworld.cs.com/sawyerfoundation or call 946-5311.


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