The first Waldo County calendar dedicated to the open spaces that make our county a welcoming and healthy place to live will be on the stands by mid-August. It will feature the work of local artists and has an informational format including local campgrounds, state parks, farmers markets, tides, moons, sunrises, local trivia, historical and natural facts plus sponsorship by local businesses.

The calendar is a fundraiser for the three-day Waldo County Open Space Festival, which will take place next June in Unity, Thorndike and on various farms around the county. The fest is an effort to draw people’s awareness to the treasure we have in local farm and woodland, and how easy it is for those assets to disappear.

The first day of the festival — Friday, June 13 — will offer arranged tours of farms with hands-on workshops and activities, followed by several farm dinners, grown, planned and served by local chefs and farmers. These events will all require pre-registration.

The second day — Saturday, June 14 — will be is Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA, a hands-on event to learn rural skills. The day will be free, require no pre-registration and will be a brown-bag lunch affair.

The final day — Sunday, June 15, Father’s Day — will be the Waldo County Open Space Festival in Thorndike village, featuring all-day live local music, blues to bebop; food by favorite local chefs and purveyors; a barter fair; railcycles; trains; puppets; dramatic events; bonfires; dancing in the streets; and general village merriment. The day also will introduce The Soul Bus, with portable stage and versatile musical components.

The $14 calendar will be available at many local venues, and information about the Festival will be ongoing at Waldo County Open Space on Facebook. Inquiries can be directed to waldocountyopenspace@gmail.com. Immediate requests for vending space, to give a farm tour or provide sponsorship should be directed to gardenvariety25@gmail.com or 568-3523.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.