The Waldo Theatre, 916 Main St./Route 220 in the village, is having a community work day Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The purpose of the day is to continue cleaning the interior of the theater and, weather permitting, get the grounds outside ready for the winter. The public is welcome; refreshments will be provided.

Since the resignation of the old board in late July, a new group of volunteers has been busy drafting by-laws, revisiting the organization’s mission, developing a three-year strategic plan, building the capacity of the board, cleaning out years’ worth of trash and debris and assessing what needs to be done to renovate the theater. After nearly a decade with very little maintenance and several years without heat, there has been significant damage to the building.

The new board’s initial goals are to get the electricity and plumbing in working order and do basic repairs to prevent further damage to the building. Over the winter, the group will explore the feasibility of restoring the historic Waldo Theatre and developing a self-sustaining and vibrant performing and visual arts program for the greater Waldoboro area.

Equipment that would be helpful to bring to the work day include: trucks (for transporting trash to the dump); shop vac and extension cords for cleaning the interior; rakes, loppers and pruning shears for putting the theater grounds to bed; and gloves for inside cleaning and outdoor work. For more information on the work day or about helping with the restoration effort, send email to

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or