Dover-Foxcroft
Serving the Children of the World

CENTRAL HALL PROJECT

Since 1882

 

The Kiwanis Club of Dover-Foxcroft wishes to show interest and support of the
Central Hall Project. 
 
Kiwanis has held many events
at Central Hall over the years
since the Charter Night in 1938. 

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OF CENTRAL HALL!
 
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2017 OPEN HOUSE

Whoopie Pie Day - JUNE 24th
Homecoming Celebration Day - August 5th
 

Our intention of this page is to 'bring back to life' some of the events
of the past when our Club utilitzed this historic building. 
 
(News articles and photos submitted by Tom Gerrish, Barbara Moore, and Betty (Libby) Arno)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DOVER-FOXCROFT KIWANIS CLUB GIVEN CHARTER
 
New Service Club Starts Career Under Most Auspicious Circumstances
 
     Kiwanis International became an integral part of the civic life of this town Monday night when the Dover-Foxcroft club was host to 181 Kiwanians, their ladies and guests at a Charter Night at Central Hall, the event being marked by excellent addresses and good fellowship.  Previous to the dinner an enjoyable concert was played by the Boys' Band.
 
     The Hall was decorated with blue and gold with a huge bell hanging from the ceiling. 
On the stage were huge baskets of flowers, the American and Canadian flags, and the tables bore floral decorations.  During the dinner each lady was presented with a rose.
(News release from The Piscataquis Observer)
 
 
Kiwanis Variety Shows began in the year 1943.
 
     The first money raising project was a Merchant's Bazaar.  This was followed by running Saturday night dances at the Sebec Lake Pavilion, selling tickets for the Piscataquis Fair Association, by having a hot dog stand at the fair, and then finally, as the projects that were being supported required more money than was being raised, it was decided to put on a Minstrel Show.  The first show was in April 1943 in Central Hall.  The seating capacity was four hundred and fifty.  Nine hundred tickets were sold and on the night of the show, a wild melee took place at the entrance.  Four hundred were turned away by telling them to return the following night for a second show.  From that time on for seventeen consecutive years,
a minstrel show was presented each spring.
 
 
CRACKER-JACKS and SWANEE SCANDALS - 1945 at Central Hall
 
 
Here are some photos from the 7th Annual Minstrel Show
Sponsored by Kiwanis in 1949.
 
 
 
1953  -  11th Annual Kiwanis Sponsored Minstrel Show at Central Hall
 
 
  Henry Gerrish Interlocutor - 1954
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
More Minstrel Shows from the 50's Era
 
"Twenty-Four Hours of Sunshine"
Dancing and Singing L-R:  Brian Howe, Bea King, Bob Gray, Sharon Sweetster,
Roger Knowlton, Betty (Libby) Arno, John Ireland, Sheila Zwicker
 
"A Bushel and a Peck"
 
"Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy"
 
 
Kiwanis Winter Social at Central Hall in 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Kiwanis Club of Dover-Foxcroft supports and commends the efforts of Friends of Central Hall and the Maine Highlands Senior Center, in their quest to Save and Honor our History and
Build our Future by creating a valuable community resource.  The project began in 2010 and is still in progress today. To support this project, read more below about how to donate.

 

 
 
"Your Name Could Be Here"
 
 
                                      PRINT BRICK ORDER FORM HERE
 
 
 
For more information:
 
THE COMMONS at CENTRAL HALL
 
Facebook - Saving Central Hall