Saturday, March 15th -  Auburn, Maine 


Let’s salute Dinny Sullivan on Saturday, March 15th with a “Hats Off” to Neighborhood businesses.  Mr. Sullivan was a local merchant in New Auburn. He exemplifies the hard work, long hours, and commitment to the local community.  We want to tip our hat to neighborhood businesses that are essential to the fabric of life in Auburn.  Neighborhood business owners are our friends and neighbors. Often they work daily in the business and yet find time to support many community activities and events. Let’s use the holiday to “toast” them one and all.

We want to celebrate our neighborhood businesses that generate a buzz of positive activity, which make them places where people want to be and shop.   We appreciate the commitment and leadership our neighborhood business owners dedicate to making Auburn even better.

(Updated as of Monday March 10th) day - Revelation Massage, 600 Turner Street, will celebrate by raising money for The Good Shepherd Food Bank. Stop in and make a $1 donation into the box, and Revelations will match each donation with another fresh green dollar bill!


All day - The Sullivan Square Park decorations are provided by support of the New Auburn Social Club, Rolly’s Diner and the City of Auburn


Naral's Restaurant LogoAll day – Naral’s Restaurant, 34 Court Street, is offering a Special on Irish Coffee drinks with $1.00 from every drink sold will go to the local  food pantry.  Naral’s will also be a drop off location non-perishable food donations.  Local Girl Scouts Troop 2012 and Finishing Touches Shower Doors will be collecting for the food pantry. All day – Finishing Touches Shower Doors will be assisting Girl Scouts and others in the collection of non-perishable goods for the local food pantry.  Owner BettyAnn Sheats will be picking up donations at various locations around town including New Auburn Social Club, Narals, Top-It Frozen Yogurt Bar and Maine Gourmet Chocolates.  Watch the website for other drop off locations.  


8:00am to 10:00am Spring Clean Auburn's Riverwalk Join State Senate Majority Leader and candidate for U.S. Congress Troy Jackson and his team in cleaning up Auburn’s Riverwalk. Spring is right around the corner and it is time for spring cleaning of our beautiful community. The Auburn Riverwalk meanders by the Androscoggin River and provides beautiful views of the Twin Cities, gardens, outdoor art, and benches.  We will meet at the upper end of the river walk, at the Downing Shoe Shop at 8:00am and continue to clean until 10:00am. Wear weather appropriate clothing and comfy shoes. We will provide bags, sanitary gloves and coffee. to 10:00am Saturday Stories- Just for Kids Join local story teller Judy in the children's room at the Auburn Public Library for some Spring stories and a craft. This month kids will create paper shamrocks in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Judy's cat, Moxie will also be here for a visit. Best for kids ages 2-7.

10:30am to 10:50am SPROUTSa rousing lap sit program for babies through 36-months and their caregivers at the Auburn Public Library. We’ll gather on the story quilt with Heather to enjoy songs, nursery rhymes, dancing, while making new friends.

9:00am to 10:30am Coffee with Public Services:  Come enjoy coffee and donuts with staff members from Auburn’s Public Services Department.  Staff will be in attendance to provide an overview of the many services and programs offered by the 3 Public Services Divisions: Public Works, Engineering, and Recreation.  Denis D’Auteuil, Dan Goyette, and Ravi Sharma will be available to answer questions and provide the latest news on Auburn Public Services.  Coffee will be at the Auburn Public Library 

9:00am to 12:00pm Ultimate Dog Sledding Experience will be giving 1.5 mile dog sled rides at the Lake Auburn Community Center 115 North Auburn Rd. Rides are $25 per person, but bring a donation (animal food, cat litter, etc.) for animal shelter, you will get $10 off the price. Bring your x-country skis and snowshoes to enjoy LACC after the ride.

10:00am to 11:15am Explore Auburn's, and perhaps your roots! Did someone in your family or someone you know work in Auburn's shoe industry - at one time the 5th largest in the country? Join "Jacob Roak" (John Henderson) in a one point two five hour walking tour of Auburn's shoe shops. Your soul will be a little larger for learning your community, and you'll learn something about our Irish, as well. Saturday, 15 March, 10:00-11:15 AM, at the Downing Shoe Shop near the Falls at Great Falls Plaza. Donations for the Androscoggin Historical Society gratefully accepted. Wear comfortable shoes!


10:45am to 12:15m Meditation: A Virtuous Practice. Adam Hill will present the benefits and techniques used in meditative practices throughout history from across the world at the Auburn Public Library. Lessons from many different sources will be mentioned to provide a broader understanding of five essential questions: What does meditation mean? What is meditation? Who can meditate? Why should we meditate? How do we meditate? Donations will be accepted for Paititi Institute, a non-profit institute that is currently on a mission to preserve more than 2,000 acres of Amazon rain forest. 11:30am to 130pm Cookies and Cans.  Local Girl Scout Daisy troop 1524 will have a Cookies and Cans booth at Top-It Frozen Yogurt Bar and Maine Gourmet Chocolates on Main Street.  Brownie Troop 2012 will be at the corner of Main Street and Court Street- at Naral’s. These young ladies will be collecting non-perishables for the food pantry while selling delicious Girl Scout Cookies… as part of their Girl Scout week activities.    We hope the community will come out and support with donations to the food pantry.  Reward yourself by purchasing a delicious treat!


Rollys logo11:30am to 3:00pm Rolly's Diner - Join us for a delicious, traditional corned beef dinner. Owners Rolande and Ken Blais will be providing a free Pot of Gold dessert with every lunch.  After the walk, John Henderson owner of Hometown History Works - Memories Made Manifest, will be at Rolly’s with eye catching and informative note cards featuring local historic buildings and their stories for sale. to 1:00pm Petting Zoo- in Sullivan Square. Meet the babies from Valley View Farm located on Sopher Mills Road in Auburn.  The farm will bring the babies to town.  This is a perfect time for small children to touch and cuddle with small animals.  We need good weather for the baby animals to be outside.


12:30pm to 1:30pm The Origins of Dinny Sullivan’s New Auburn Neighborhood Historic Walking Tour  Join Auburn’s Economic Development Specialist, Alan S. Manoian, for a fascinating and entertaining historic walking tour of Dinny Sullivan’s New Auburn Neighborhood. Discover how the neighborhood was designed and constructed in 1873 by the owners of the Barker Mill cotton textile factory; and hear how the neighborhood came to be the social, cultural, religious, and mercantile cradle of Auburn’s immigrant peoples including the French-Canadian, Irish, English, Jewish, Armenian, and many more. Meet in front of Rolly’s Diner at 12:30PM. Wear good walking shoes.

1:30pm to 2:30pm Crime and Punishment in L–A, 100 Years Ago” -A murder investigation and trial nearly 100 years ago show how the police, the justice system, and the public dealt with one woman’s sensational murder trial. The Superior Court judge handled a slew of other crimes too. Annette Vance Dorey, the author of “Maine Mothers Who Murdered: Doing Time in State Prison, 1875–1925,” will discuss the roles of several legal officials in Lewiston–Auburn. She will tell about the early county jail and the early state prison.  Ms. Dorey’s presentation will be at the Auburn Public Library.  This is a free program, refreshments will be served.

2:00pm to 4:00pm Woman’s Literary Union Open House with Celtic Harp Echoes Ensemble at the Foss Mansion, 39 Elm Street.  The group includes Patti Tillotson, Betsy Kopyc and Melanie Lee on harps, Jonathan Whitmore on recorder and hammer dulcimer, and Woody Trask on guitar, bodhran and autoharp.  Harp music is captivating.  Relax and enjoy the bewitching sound of Celtic music in the beautiful setting of this Auburn historic home.  Strings and air resonate- sure to enchant visitors.  Elegant melodies provide a graceful backdrop for tea and conversation.


4:00pm to 6:00pm Public Supper at the New Auburn Social Club.  All are welcome.  Corned beef dinner with all the fixin’s-- $7.00 per person.  There will be a DJ and dancing after- guests are welcome to stay and enjoy the entertainment.


4:30pm City Wide - "Hats Off" Toast to Neighborhood Businesses - Numerous places throughout the city, including the New Auburn Social Club with Councilor Walker, the Woman’s Literary Union with Councilor Crowley, and at Auburn’s newest business- The Tailgate Gourmet, 272 South Main St., Councilor LaFontaine  will raise a glass for Auburn's businesses. Check the website for other locations.

5:00pm to 6:00pm Community Concert.  Pianist Phil House and vocalist Kathy Haley will perform in the Foss Mansion, the headquarters for the Woman’s Literary Union, on Elm Street.  House and Haley will play a wonderful mixture of sweet melodies that will amuse and entertain.  There will surely be some Irish tunes of celebration.  House, a virtuoso pianist, is organist at the First Universalist Church in Auburn, and has been doing concerts and playing at weddings at the All Souls Chapel in Poland Spring for 25 years. He will be joined by one of the area's best-known vocalists, Kathy Haley. Haley was formerly one of the lead singers with "Good and Plenty" and is the organist/choir director at the Court Street Baptist Church of Auburn.


4:30pm City Wide - "Hats Off" Toast to Neighborhood Businesses - Numerous places throughout the city, including the New Auburn Social Club with Councilor Walker, the Woman’s Literary Union with Councilor Crowley, and  at Auburn’s newest business- The Tailgate Gourmet, 272 South Main St., Councilor LaFontaine  will raise a glass for Auburn's businesses. to _______ Auburn Church of the Nazarene, 38 Summer Street, is holding a free public supper starting at 5:30 pm in hopes of inviting our community into the church. Spaghetti supper meal and donations accepted. It is to celebrate our efforts to help children and families in this neighborhood and to partner with the PAL Center in their work.

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Have questions- Need more information? For more information or to join the group celebrating our Neighborhood businesses, contact:

Auburn City Councilor Ward 1 Tizz Crowley  783-1468 or
Auburn City Councilor Ward 5 Leroy Walker 577-2694 or


COME - EXPERIENCE AUBURN - Enjoy a day around our City and say “thank you’ to the neighborhood business owner.