The Kennebec River grinds its way around an island in the river at the center of Skowhegan as traffic winds its way through town on its way north and south. This is the county seat of Somerset County reaching to the Canadian border.

Skowhegan Farmers’ Market: Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Somerset Grist Mill, downtown. Find fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, naturally-raised meat – beef, pork, poultry, lamb and goat – along with milk, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, coffee, maple syrup, honey, soaps and salves, seedlings and cut flowers. Also beer from Oak Pond Brewery.

Skowhegan Moose Festival: June 8-.10.On Saturday, June 9, the 2018 Moose Permit Lottery comes to the Skowhegan Fairgrounds, a fitting tribute to the Skowhegan State Fair’s 200th anniversary and a kickoff to summer. To celebrate, nonprofit Main Street Skowhegan is coordinating the weekend Moose Festival. The festival will include the Moose Lottery drawing exhibits, demonstrations, competitions, kids’ activities, local food trucks, live music and more.

Skowhegan River Fest: August 1-5. River Fest is a multi-day celebration in downtown Skowhegan – recreation and life on the Kennebec River – sponsored by Skowhegan Savings and organized by Main Street Skowhegan, the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Skowhegan Run of River committee. River Fest illustrates the potential of the Kennebec River Gorge as a recreational destination, currently under development by the Run of River project. For more information visit mainstreetskowhegan.org/index.php/info/River%20Fest

Skowhegan Drive-In Theater: Rt. 201 south of town, Skowhegan, 474-9277. This 1954 drive-in has updated to digital and is showing first-run movies. Be sure to check it out, especially if you remember growing up with drive-in movies. Food and drink available. Shows start at dusk.

Skowhegan History House & Research Center: SHH sponsors events monthly to explore Skowhegan history. Includes photos, cemetery walks, talks, documents, raw materials, goods and manufactured products; systems for transportation to and fro; and how the railroad helped Skowhegan to establish itself. Beginning May 30th Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center will be open on Mondays from10 a.m.-1 p.m. for research purposes only (no tours). This will allow researchers to come in and concentrate on their research. The History House tours are held Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 66 Elm Street. For information about more summer events: skowheganhistoryhouse.org

Craft Brew Fest: Saturday, September 1 from 2-7 p.m. Celebrate Maine’s Craft Brewers and Farm-to-Table Movement. Maine craft brewers serving beer, wine, cider, and spirits; local food vendors featuring farm-to-table fare; live bands; opportunities to explore downtown Skowhegan and the Langlais Art Trail; and tours of the Somerset Grist Mill. For more info and choice of 4 ticketing options call 612-2571 or check skowhegancraftbrewfest.com

Skowhegan State Fair, operating since 1818: August 9 - 18 at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds, 33 Constitution Avenue. Phone 474-2947 for information or for a schedule of events and admission costs visit skowheganstatefair.com

Margaret Chase Smith Library and Research Center: 56 Norridgewock Avenue. The Margaret Chase Smith Library, owned by the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and operated under its auspices by the University of Maine, is an archive, museum, educational facility and public policy center preserving the legacy of Margaret Chase Smith. American political history is preserved here, advancing her ideals of public service, and civic engagement. Smith’s home and library are filled with memorabilia from her thirty-two year congressional career. For information call 474-7133 or check mcslibrary.org

Lakewood Theater: 76 Theater Road. Madison. The 118th season May to September is offering one dramatic comedy, two farces, three comedies and three musicals – some old favorites and some brand-new shows. Call 474-7176 or see the full schedule at lakewoodtheater.org/theater/full-schedule

Skowhegan Free Public Library: 9 Elm Street, Skowhegan. The Skowhegan Free Public Library is in an architecturally significant Queen Anne brick building designed by Edwin E. Lewis and completed in 1890.For information, call 474-9072 or check skowhegan.lib.me.us.

Bernard Langlais Art Trail: Ask about their Bernard Langlais art at the library, town office and see examples in pocket parks around town for more sculptures as well as the Skowhegan Indian. langlaisarttrail.org/art-trail-map.

Lake George Regional Park: Rte. 2 Skowhegan/Canaan line. The park has 320 acres of land, two sand beaches, a boat launch, playing fields and hiking trails. Call 373-1292 or visit lakegeorgepark.org.