American Folk Festival awarded $30,000
The American Folk Festival has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which announced Thursday its first round of funding for fiscal year 2009.
The festival was one of 11 Maine organizations that received a total of $190,500 NEA funding.
The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor was given an $8,000 grant and the Farnsworth Museum of Art in Rockland earned a $25,000 grant.

Hampton Hotels Announces Winners of “All-American Landmark” Restorations
Nine Landmarks Elected to be Refurbished in 2009 by Hampton’s Save-A-Landmark Program
In 18 days, communities across the country showed their American spirit by casting nearly 45,000 votes to help elect the nine landmarks that will be restored. The public voted for their favorite “All-American Landmarks” in nine states from sea to shining sea, including Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Portland Observatory, Portland, Maine, Since 1807, the Portland Observatory has offered spectacular views of Portland’s harbor and served as a symbol of the city’s rich maritime heritage. A National Historic Landmark, it is the only known remaining historic maritime signal tower in the United States.

Preservation Commission honors Bayside historical
BATH (Dec 1): The Bayside Historical Preservation Society received a Preservation award from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Oct. 24, honoring the local organization’s history of Bayside, “If These Cottages Could Talk”.

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