The 1850 Academy is made to order for receptions, musical events and large family gatherings. The building was constructed as a school, but after the school closed in 1906, it became the center of community activities. Residents gather in the summer for monthly suppers, political meetings, and family reunions. Several weddings have been held here recently, and the brides have done something different each time to decorate and make the large rooms sparkle. With a capacity of 120, the Academy is spacious enough for a medium sized wedding party. Amenities include a full kitchen, an upstairs stage and dance area, antique lighting, tables and chairs.
Recent renovations include repairing the ceilings and walls, painting the interior and exterior, new landscaping, and out door lighting. Old wavy glass windows are being restored gradually beginning with the three large upstairs front ones. The "old girl" has never looked better and is ready to host events in style.
The First Baptist church has sanctuary seating for 225 with a small receptions hall below for 50-60. The building boasts an elevator for handicapped access. Recent renovations include a new heating system, new fabrics and a complete interior paint freshening. All interior improvements were done with an eye to the historic colors and patterns of the building. Things look the same, but better! The Revere Bell rings on the hour and for a small donation patrons can experience the joy of setting the bell to ring with an old pull rope.
The village itself is full of surprising "photo ops". The white mountains drift in the background, the sunsets are spectacular, and many residents are open to letting people take photos in their yards. A romantic walk about the common can add something unique to the event as guests travel from the Church to the Academy.
Rental costs are minimal and all proceeds go to the upkeep of these historic buildings.
Academy: Janet Brogan email@example.com, 207 743-6862
Church: Rev Mary Beth Caffey firstname.lastname@example.org, 207 754-7970