Maine by Mainers 2nd anniversary

BANGOR — Maine by Mainers, a collaborative of Maine artisans, will celebrate two years of business 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the gallery at 96 Harlow St.

The public is invited to say thank you to the artists and artisans who have been with the shop since the beginning and to welcome new artisans to downtown Bangor. The event will offer refreshments and the opportunity to win hourly door prizes and a grand prize.

Maine by Mainers began as a cottage industry providing an opportunity for Maine artists and artisans to market their work, often at art and craft shows. It now has a gallery and provides a year-round venue where more than 30 Maine artists and artisans can market their products.

The gallery offers a variety of media including metals, fibers, wood, painting, photography, glass

and more.

Ukulele Orchestra

ORONO — Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain members will sing, whistle and play ukuleles they bought with loose change at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.

The eight-member ukulele orchestra, which formed for fun in 1985, is on its 30 Plucking Years World Tour. In June 2015, it will have clocked 16 million minutes of ukulele action. The performances of the six men and two women are described as “funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome and foot-stomping…”

The orchestra members, who think all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the ukulele, dress in formal attire and sit in chamber group format. Selections may include Tchaikovsky, Nirvana, Otis Redding and westerns.

For tickets are $35, $33 and $28 and available at or by calling 581-1755 or 800-622-TIXX.

‘The Complete History of America (Abridged)’

WINTERPORT — Winterport Open Stage announced that its 2015 spring production will be the comedy “The Complete History of America (Abridged)” by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor.

Starring on stage together for the first time will be Paul Allen, Jenny Hart and Daniel Perkins. Brianne Beck will serve as director of the show.

The comedy leaves no chapter unturned as the three actors condense more than 500 years of American history into a collection of scenes filled with slapstick humor and zany antics.

The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25; Thursday, April 30; Friday and Saturday, May 1-2; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, and May 3, at Wagner Middle School. General admission is $8, $6 students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door only.