The town of Waldoboro is enjoying the revitalization of The Waldo Theatre as well as welcoming some new businesses, both downtown and along Atlantic Highway.

The Perch Café and Bakery opened at 11 Friendship Road in what used to be Fessenden’s storefront. The Perch offers coffee, espresso, and fresh baked goods in a welcoming atmosphere. Their offerings include fresh baked bagels with a variety of toppings, sweets and even some gluten-free banana bread.

The Cornhole Connection had a successful opening day on Wednesday, Sept. 29, across Route One from the Waldoboro Town Office. Many people stopped by to check it out. Owner Penny Dostie and Wendi Dever hosted the first cash tournament that same evening. The plans are to have cash tournaments every Wednesday evening beginning at 6 p.m. The cost is $15 per person to enter, and the cash prize will depend on how many people enter each tournament.

In response to customer interest in a daytime tournament, there will be a league at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. All skill levels are welcome to participate. They hope to get a children’s league started as well, in addition to making the space available for special events and birthday parties.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Cornhole Connection is hosting a party and tournaments. Children’s activities are from noon to 4 p.m. and the adult event is from 6-10 p.m. There will be a prize for best costume for children and for adults. In addition, there will be raffles, snacks, and beverages available.

Craft fair fundraiser

A craft fair and yard sale fundraiser will take place at the Charles C. Lilly American Legion Post 149 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. Refreshments and raffles will also be available. The Hall is at 181 Jefferson St. downtown.

Waldo Theatre events

The Waldo Theatre is active again with movies, live music and classes. Don Carrigan will be hosting a candidate forum at the theatre on Oct. 18 from 7-9 p.m. The Maine Fiddle Festival Jam Session is Oct. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. and the Maine Fiddle Festival concert is Oct 22 from 7-9 p.m.

Trunk o’ treat

The Second Annual Trunk o’ Treat is being hosted by Cornerstone Financial on Halloween from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in their parking lot at 816 Atlantic Highway. There will be freshly made kettle corn on site and several other local businesses sponsoring trunks. This event was started last year as a pandemic-friendly way to bring some joy to local families while providing a safe way to celebrate the holiday. Any individual or business that would like to enter a vehicle and help give out candy should email Rob Winslow at robert@unitedcornerstone.com or call 832-6950.

Waldoboro anniversary

Waldoboro’s 250th anniversary is coming up in 2023, and the planning committee’s next meeting is Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Waldoboro Town Office. Anyone interested in more information or wishing to volunteer is encouraged to attend. So far there are activities planned all over town, including an opening at the German Church, a parade downtown, pig roast, movies at the Waldo Theatre, fireworks, cornhole tournament, car show at Delano’s Seafood, activities for kids and fireworks.

Jamaican grocery coming to Waldoboro

J&J Jamaican Grocery just announced plans to move its business from downtown Damariscotta to the corner of Manktown and Atlantic Highway. Most recently the building was Townie’s, and before that it had a long run as Townline Video. An opening date hasn’t been announced yet but will be posted to this column when it is known. They plan to expand some of their offerings as the storefront is larger and parking is plentiful.