Members of the newly formed Bangor Arts organization have been busy pooling their resources in order to present the public with the full range of artistic opportunities available in Greater Bangor. Bangor area residents can check out all eight member organizations during the Bangor Arts Familiarity Tour from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16.
The members of the Bangor Arts group include: Penobscot Theatre, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, University of Maine Museum of Art, Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor Public Library, Bangor Museum and Center for History, River City Cinema and Robinson Ballet.
The tour starts at the Bangor Public Library, where participants can pick up an event map and passport to be turned in at the end of the tour for a chance to be entered into the prize drawing.
“There will be a violin petting zoo from the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and River City Cinema will show trailers from all their movies they are showing this fall,” said Scott R.C. Levy, producing artistic director of the Penobscot Theatre Company and chairman of Bangor Arts. “There will also be displays on all the current exhibits and programs at the library itself.”
The tour will continue to the University of Maine Museum of Art, where at 4:45 p.m. curator George Kinghorn will give a 20-minute talk on the current exhibits at the museum. On-demand tours of the Bangor Opera House and the Thomas A. Hill House will be given at any time between 4 and 6 p.m.
The Robinson Ballet will give an open class in its studios at the corner of Main and Union streets, above the Greyhound bus station, and will offer a coupon to take a free dance class at the studio. The Maine Discovery Museum will offer free admission to all between 4 and 6 p.m.
The tour will conclude at 6 p.m., and those who have visited each stop are encouraged to attend at 7 p.m. performance of the PTC’s “The 39 Steps,” $20 tickets for which will be available to tour-goers.
“We’ll be doing the drawing for the season pass during the curtain speech at the performance that night,” said Levy.
The tour is designed to highlight the many events all the organizations offer during the year, some of which occur this weekend. Friday, Sept. 17, brings another Downtown Bangor Arts Walk, from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown galleries and at the UMaine Art Museum. River City Cinema will kick off its fall film series on Friday as well, with a 7:30 p.m. screening at the Union Street Brick Church of the documentary “Winnebago Man.”
For information on the tour and on the organization, visit www.bangorarts.org.