The public is cordially invited to Over the Rainbow, a concert of inspirational songs and stories of the 1930 and ’40s, Sunday, Aug. 21 at 4 p.m. at the United Christian Church, 18 Searsmont Road/Route 173 in Lincolnville Center.

Historian Diane O’Brien will share stories of townspeople who greatly influenced the young people of Lincolnville during the Depression era. Along with teachers and youth leaders, one of the people being recognized is Nellie Wager, the first female minister at the center church.

Organist Dorothy Koski will accompany the sing-along, which will include “Over the Rainbow” as well as other popular and church songs from the era. Koski is the principal organist at the John Street United Methodist Church in Camden and a long-time Lincolnville resident. The sing-along will be led by church music director Mary Schulien.

There is no admission fee for the concert, but any donations received will benefit the church’s Good Neighbor Fund that provides financial assistance to anyone in the community with basic needs such as food and fuel. Funds are distributed by the Lincolnville Town Office.

The UCC was built in 1821 and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It has its original boxed pews, rippled glass windows, and lower and upper balconies. The church is handicapped accessible with ample handicapped parking available. For more information, call the Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet at 763-4526.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to