THOMASTON — The nonprofit Watts Hall Community Arts is preparing to offer its first season of activities on the second floor of the historic downtown building at 174 Main St. To kick off the fall/winter slate of events, WHCA is throwing a gala evening of live music, dancing and more Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The popular Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra will provide the music. The Midcoast-based group performs a variety of musical styles including traditional big band, Latin, funk and blues. The dancing will be fueled by hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

The gala also will include an art show and silent auction in the Watts Hall Gallery, as well as the announcement of upcoming events at Watts Hall.

“In addition to our mission of managing and promoting the second floor of the Watts Block building, we’re committed to establishing Thomaston as a destination for the arts — performing and visual — in the Midcoast,” said Kendray Rodriguez, managing director of Watts Hall Community Arts. “We’re excited about the potential impact having a busy, thriving arts center in our downtown could have on the town of Thomaston. The more people who visit Watts Hall, the more people we’ll have eating at our restaurants, shopping at our stores, and visiting our service-based businesses. As the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all ships, and we’re committed to making Watts Hall a part of that rising tide.”

Tickets for the gala are $35, available in advance via Eventbrite at Artists interested in having their work in the gala’s art showcase or those who wish to donate silent auction items are encouraged to send an email to The group’s website,, also has contact information and a calendar of events that is regularly updated.