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A generous donor has pledged to give us $5,000, if we can raise another $5,000 from our other supporters.  Please give whatever you can today to support Engine.  Your contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar (up to $5,000)!

CLICK HERE to make a donation.


Engine’s Makers Camp invites curious, aspiring young artists, designers, engineers, and scientists to think, explore, and create outside the box! Makers Camp emphasizes the act of hands-on experimentation; thinking, tinkering, learning how and why things work through a series of fun and creative projects that promote innovation and creativity. Engine’s S.T.E.A.M. initiative combines science, technology, engineering, art, and math into one balanced week of activities to inspire a well-rounded maker. Similar to February’s popular camp activity, we will build a cardboard city to fill part of the gallery over the course of the week–with some additional new building challenges!

There will be two camps: for ages 7-11 and ages 12+. Age ranges may be adjusted depending on registration. Participants can register for the whole week or individual days. Financial aid is available and payment plans will gladly be arranged*. Email to find out more!

SCHEDULE for 7-11

SCHEDULE for 12+


MARTHA SCHNEE is a recent graduate of Bates College currently living in Portland, Maine. She works as a co-coordinator at the Front Street Study Center, where she helps run after-school programming for low-income students and specializes in creating dynamic arts programming. She’s also an Artist Mentor and Direct Support Professional at The Art Department, where she works with adults with developmental disabilities on art projects of all kinds. In the past, she’s worked at the Portland Museum of Art helping to run Teen Programming, as well as at a STEAM education start-up in Baltimore as part of the national Maker Corps. There, she helped design and run a summer camp that focused on 3d printing, aerial design, and game-making. When she’s not working, she loves riding her bike, swimming, taking care of her plants, listening to podcasts, innovating new ways to eat peanut butter, and exploring. She’s incredibly excited to spend time working with students at Engine!

HANNAH WEST was born and raised in central Maine. She studied Communication Design with a focus in Illustration at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and studied abroad in Venice, Italy, where she assisted in an intaglio class. Since graduating from Pratt in 2013, Hannah has worked as a freelance illustrator and an early childhood teacher. She is currently in the Master of Art in Teaching (M.A.T.) program at the Maine College of Art where she has had the opportunity to work with amazing students from the East End School, Brunswick M.S., REAL School, Engine, Hall E.S., Buxton Center E.S. and Gorham Middle School. She now resides in Buxton, ME where she has a small homestead. Her art is predominantly inspired by nature, and she uses drawing, watercolor, woodworking and natural dye methods in her work.

*If you would like to avoid the online fees associated with registration, email to arrange preregistration and alternative payment method.



One Wood Productions presents THE SYRINGA TREE

A story of an abiding love between two families, one black, one white, and the two children that are born into their shared household in the early 1960’s South Africa.  Seen first through the eyes of a child, six-year-old Elizabeth tries to make sense of the chaos, magic and darkness of her experience. The story of these families’ destinies spans four generations, from early apartheid to present-day free South Africa. Performed as originally conceived, all 24 characters are portrayed by one actress, Courtney Wood.

Two performances:

Saturday April 29 // 7:00pm (doors at 6:15pm)

Sunday April 30 // 3:00pm (doors at 2:15pm)

RESERVE TICKETS (Engine Members receive $5 discount on ticket price)

General seating. Seats are limited. Please reserve online or purchase prior to the shows in-person at Engine or by calling 207-370-9130.

​Actors note:
It is a privilege to present The Syringa Tree.  I love learning about other people and places through my acting.  As an actor, I have always found fascinating the process of inhabiting a character.  In this story, making a strong bond with the principal character Elizabeth has been especially revealing and satisfying.  I hope this work gives the audience greater access to the important history of South Africa and the lessons that can be taken about the struggle for freedom through Elizabeth’s experience. –Courtney Wood

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WHEN: March 11
TIME: 7pm-10pm
WHERE: Banded Horn Brewery 32 Main Street in the Peppermill Campus
Supporter | $25: Entry; 1 beer; 1 plate of Palace Diner fried chicken, baked beans & biscuit.

Engineer | $35: Entry; 1 beer; 1 plate of Palace Diner fried chicken, baked beans & biscuit; PLUS an epic commemorative pint glass with an original drawing by Maine artist Stephen Burt!


BUY IN PERSON: Visit Engine at 128 Main Street, Biddeford or call (207) 370-9130. Cash/checks and debit/credit cards accepted.

IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND…please consider donating the equivalent of a ticket price or other donation to Engine. You can do that HERE.

A portion of your ticket price is tax deductible.
Engine is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Ides of March are upon us! And we’re throwing a bash on Saturday, March 11 that’d make Julius Caesar proud. But before we get to the decadent details, let’s establish why this party is happening:

Like the city of Biddeford itself, ENGINE—the nonprofit arts organization on Main Street—ever-evolving. Today, the organization runs an art gallery, the Maine FabLab, and arts education workshops. It houses studios for artists, writers, musicians, and a full photographic darkroom. It hosts music shows, community lectures, and a new documentary film series. And (!) it’s undertaking a massive restoration of the historic Marble Block building. All proceeds from this Ides of March bash will go straight to supporting ENGINE’s projects and programs.

So, come out to Banded Horn on Saturday, March 11 to celebrate and support ENGINE. We’re aiming for Roman extravagance and entertainment!

The party will include Banded Horns brews (of course!) as well as: Palace Diner fried chicken, Custom Deluxe baked beans, and Biscuits & Co., biscuits.

There will be togas and garlands and a photo booth. And, to celebrate ENGINE’s “maker” spirit, partygoers will have the chance to craft all sorts of Roman goods out of cardboard, including those most Roman of items: shields and swords. For our entertainment, partygoers will have the chance to play gladiators in epic (low-contact) battles for grand prizes and, of course, bragging rights.


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