In late December, a group of Waldoboro residents got together to celebrate their friendship and community. Approximately 30 neighbors gathered at Odd Alewives Farm Brewery in Waldoboro to enjoy each other’s company … and donate to a community cause.

Organizers Elaine Abel, Karen Haney and Wendy Corlett knew their Dutch Neck neighborhood was filled with new and old friends, great cooks and a generous spirit. Thus, Friends Giving was born and soon all were gathered at the brewery, enjoying a meal and raising money for the downtown Waldo Theatre.

“It wasn’t difficult to decide upon that organization for our first and hopefully Annual Friends Giving,” said Abel. “This is a venue that needs to become a vibrant part of our community again.”

The Waldo’s new board of directors and a number of local businesses in town have done an amazing job, not only fundraising for the theater but also bringing awareness to the importance of arts in the community, Abel said, adding, “We are looking forward to seeing the theater become a cultural hub of the Midcoast region once again.”

The group’s $300 donation will be used for interior restoration work this year. To learn more about the Waldo Theatre restoration effort and how to help, contact or visit

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