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The Desert of Maine Center for Arts & Ecology

Programs + Events

Please try to buy tickets ahead of time! We rely on volunteers to process on-site ticket purchases.

Summer Arts Series 2023 Performance Calendar Preview

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Opens: June 3;

Continues through June 25 


June 3 at 6pm Saturday

June 4 at 6pm Sunday

June 10 at 6pm Saturday

June 11 at 6pm Saturday

June 17 at 6pm Saturday

June 18 at 6pm Sunday

June 24 at 6pm Saturday

June 25 at 6pm Sunday

Following the success of last year’s spectacle “Caravan of Dreams,”
Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble will present a world premiere fantasy for all
ages, THE SAND PRINCESS is set within the captivating landscape of
the Desert of Maine in Freeport. The show plays Saturdays and Sundays
in June. THE SAND PRINCESS blends high drama and low comedy as a
clever scoundrel threatens the future of an empire in the sand. The show
contains magic, masked creatures, and evocative music performed live.
The show is produced in conjunction with the Desert of Maine Center for
Arts & Ecology. 
This is an outdoor-show only. Please check our website if rain is forecast. If a show is canceled because of rain, the
ticketholder is welcome to use the ticket at another performance.


Juan Wauters

June 2, 7 pm


From his early days as a founding member of Queens-based garage act The Beets to his impressive solo career, Wauters has spent the better part of the last decade on the road. When he wasn’t touring or recording, he was gathering material, traversing Latin America to write his 2019 Spanish-language opus La Onda de Juan Pablo, then heading North to collaborate with other musicians. Apart from intermissions in his home base of Jackson Heights, Queens, Wauters has been notoriously hard to pin down. His most recent songs on Wandering Rebel , written during this extended break from touring are candid reflections on subjects like career (“Wandering Rebel”), romantic commitment (“Amor Amor”), mental health (“Nube Negra”) and the personal toll of touring (“Let Loose”).

Kat and Brad

June 9, 7 pm

Drawing from 50s and 60s pop, American Songbook standards, and much more, this vibrant duo channels and fuses these influences through two voices, a guitar, and violin to bring you a mixture of original songs and dusted off covers from the past. The two consist of Brad Bensko on vocals and guitar and Kathleen Park on vocals and five-stringed fiddle. In the fall of  2018 the duo recorded, produced, and mixed  their first LP of original material with the master recording engineer Chris Rival’s Middleville Studio. Since its release in 2019 it has been loved, and received high praise by audiences all over New England.

Classical Uprising Presents, Choose your own Musical Adventure 

June 10, 11am-12pm

Classical Uprising offers a bold rethinking of the classical music experience through immersive events, performances, and educational programs in southern Maine. This performance will station musicians at different areas of the Desert of Maine landscape to encourage audience participation and ask questions like–will you be the conductor, the drummer, a singer, or a music critic? Will you stop the music or make it faster? You determine which way to go and what to hear in this musical labyrinth, but beware of pop-up partitas, surprise suites, and singing sirens. 

Sarah Quintana

June 16, 7pm


Sarah Quintana is a singer-songwriter from New Orleans with a background rich in jazz, folk and popular music. Quintana splits her time between the US and France, working alongside Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil, saxophonist Raphael Imbert, touring on her own repertoire with French and American musicians. In 2010 she went from singing on the streets of Provence with a traveling circus, to the stages of the Jazz and Heritage Festival and later, the Lincoln Center for Mid-Summer Swing with The New Orleans Moonshiners. In 2012, Quintana was awarded an artist residency at A Studio in the Woods where she composed "Miss River," music with water.

Cold Chocolate

July 1, 6pm

Cold Chocolate is a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk and bluegrass to create a unique sound all their own. Led by Ethan Robbins (vocals/guitar) and Ariel Bernstein  (vocals/percussion), the Boston-based duo released their fourth full-length album, DUO, in the summer of 2022. Punctuated by tight harmonies and skillful musicianship, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original music and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon, David Grisman, and Angelique Kidjo, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals across the country. ” Kathy Sands-Boehmer of No Depression raved, "[Ethan] feels the music in his heart and soul and it shows when he plays. Ethan becomes the music on stage. There’s an almost mystical connection between his guitar and the notes that flow out of it."

Old Eleven

July 22, 6pm

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