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|About||Public suppers on second Saturday of month and great monthly concerts featuring Maine bands.|
The North Dexter Grange was incorporated around 1916 into the National Order of Patrons of Husbandry. Granges were originally founded as a cooperative agricultural organization which equally valued both men’s and women’s work as well as their vote. All grange hall buildings were designed to serve as a hub for local social and community activities. This includes a stage, large meeting hall space, a kitchen and dining area.
Times change, though, as do businesses, occupations and social needs and so the North Dexter Grange eventually folded, ownership was reverted to the Maine State Grange (MSG) and the building was abandoned.
In the late 1990s several Dexter residents rallied and tried to buy the building. Their hope was to revive it as a social and community hub by creating a theatre. But the MSG didn’t want to lose a grange, so in 2002 a new grange (Wayside Grange #590) was created which would share space with the separately incorporated Wayside Theatre. Wayside Theatre is a 501c(3) non-profit and all Theatre members are also members of the Grange.
The Wayside Grange/Theatre meets monthly, usually the second Thursday at 6 pm at the Grange or, during winter months when the Grange is closed, at the Abbotts Memorial Library, Dexter. But call us first, just to make sure. Dave at 924-5035, Chester 924-5711 or Joe 277-3733
If you can spare a little bit of time to help us, we’d sure like to hear from you. We’re a group of friendly, local people who love bringing fun, food and music to our little Grange and Theatre.
|Founded||The original grange, North Dexter, was founded in 1916. The Wayside Grange was founded in 2002 and took over the building. The Wayside Theatre, which shares the same building, was also founded in 2002.|