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Thank you to all who came out in the rain, sleet and snow for our Think About Gardiner event on March 12th. We enjoyed seeing some new faces and hearing your great ideas and feedback.

If you missed the event, and would like to share your ideas on how to grow and support a thriving downtown, fill out our survey with your thoughts. 
Take the survey by March 27th to be entered in a prize drawing! 

Get it in Gardiner - All Year Long!

Gerard's Pizza - Serving The Community Since 1964!

"We've been making pizza (and friends!) since 1964. If you're just a little hungry, or you have to feed the whole army, give us a call, or stop in."
This is the first thing you see if you look up Gerard's Pizza on Facebook- they have been serving up delicious pizza and more for 58 years right in downtown Gardiner. If you've spent any time downtown you've likely noticed the big storefront windows of this popular eatery at 233 Water Street filled with seasonal decorations and happy customers enjoying a meal and probably a few laughs with friends from the community. Gerard's is a well known gathering spot for families after sports games and school events and people working in Gardiner to grab some lunch or a pizza to take home for the family. 

Not only is the food good but the owners and staff are always friendly and attentive to meeting their customers needs. Claude and Stacy Caron have been at the helm since 2017 but that isn't their only connection to Gerard's.  Claude's father Real Caron and Real's brother Gerard Caron were the original owners that started the business in 1964! Claude ran the restaurant from 1983-2005 when Jeff McCormick took over as owner. Sadly Jeff passed away in 2017. That was when Claude and Stacy decided to buy back the family business and keep its presence in the community. Enduring during the pandemic has been a challenge for many local businesses but Gerard's has been able to stand strong thanks to the support from their customers and community as a popular downtown pizza joint! 

Stop by Gerard's for a delicious pizza, sub, cheeseburger and much more Monday - Saturday from 11am - 8pm or call ahead at 207-582-6178.
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Learn more about The Gardiner's Gardeners

Gardiner's Gardeners, part of Gardiner Main Street's Streetscape Team, is looking for new volunteers to help with making our downtown and public parks all they can be! If you enjoy planting, tending, watering, (weeding - ouch...) then we have a job for you.

Please join us at the gazebo on Gardiner Common at 10am on Tuesday, April 5 to plan our summer projects! ALL welcome, green thumbs not a requirement, just your enthusiasm to brighten our old river town! For more info contact Melissa at Gardiner Main Street: or 207-582-3100.

Interested in helping out, but can't make the meeting? Get in touch with us or leave your info on our website at


New Show At Monkitree Gallery: Rejuvenation

Monkitree invites you to “Rejuvenation” a show of works by eight local artists. In Maine, thoughts of Spring revive us even if it doesn’t yet feel like Spring. With Rejuvenation, artists are sharing, through their art, what reinvigorates them.  

While nature is a common theme - early blooms, fresh green landscapes, wildlife- sometimes the strength of others is rejuvenating. This show features the work of eight artists working in a variety of medium - photography, mixed media collage, fiber pulp painting, metal work. Artists include-Karen Jordan Allen, Kathryn Beausang, Robin Brooks, Christine J. Higgins, Payden Maddocks-Wilbur, Matthew Sapirstein, Heidi Spadter and Melissa Walden. 

While the show begins with snow on the ground, hopefully, it will wrap up while nature reawakens. The show is now on view at Monkitree-263 Water Street in Gardiner during regular shop hours. March/April hours- Tues-Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-4 or by appointment.  

Johnson Hall Silent Auction & Online Murder Mystery

This March Johnson Hall is excited to announce the online Murder Mystery, Murder at the Matrix, and Online Auction. Starting on March 15th they will be presenting the first of a four-part video series and bidding for the silent auction will open. Each week the next segment of the video will be released, and on April 15th the conclusion of the hilarious who done it will culminate with the final bidding day for the silent auction. For more info and to view the fist video visit:

From March 15 to April 15 you can bid on fantastic items such as art work, hotel stays, sporting events, restaurant gift certificates, electronics, tools and so much more.  Bid high and bid often to support Johnson Hall and all of the great programs they provide. View Online Auction: HERE 

The Ballroom Thieves at Johnson Hall

March 18th, 7:30pm - 9:15pm
The Ballroom Thieves have become a quiet phenomenon. Following two EPs, the group released their full-length debut A Wolf in the Doorway in 2015. Between marathons of touring, 2016’s Deadeye would spawn a string of fan favorites. They claimed real estate on prime Spotify playlists (e.g. “Your Favorite Coffeehouse,” “Relax & Unwind,” “Morning Acoustic”) with “Bees” cracking 10 million streams on the platform. Along the way, they sold out shows and delivered standout performances at festivals such as Boston Calling and Newport Folk Festival, while landing features at NPR, Baeble Music, Boston Globe, Paste, Earmilk, and many others.
For more information and ticket sales visit

Maine Event Comedy

Johnson Hall, Saturday, March 19th, 7:30pm
Maine Event Comedy presents one of New England's top comics, Mark Scalia, at Johnson Hall Theater. The show will also feature Krystal Dyer and JJ Jones. The show is for ages 21-plus and will contain adult language and content. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 207-582-7144.

Last Week of FREE Movie Thursdays at Johnson Hall

Johnson Hall is excited to announce that they will be offering a free ten-week movie series in their downstairs theater, beginning on January 20. Movies will run every Thursday at 6:30pm. They will also play five matinees beginning at 12pm every other Thursday. Enjoy some new release movies and also some great classics! For more movie details visit

March Movies:
March 24, 2:00pm - The Great Gatsby (2013)
March 24, 6:30pm - Keystone, Voices for the Little Fish

Alewife Review at Johnson Hall 

Thursday March 24th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join Upstream for this entertaining evening of music, improv, art and film, all in celebration of the return of the alewife to Gardiner and the beautiful Cobbossee watershed. Improv artist, Dennis Price will be the lively host, with unique music by Alfred Lund & friends. You will have an opportunity to enjoy the new release of Keystone: Voices of the Little Fish video that tells the story of the return of the native alewife to its historic waters in Cobbossee. Art and games will give everyone the chance to learn more about the beautiful Cobbossee watershed and the creatures that call it home! This is a free event. For admission Johnson Hall requires proof of vaccination or recent negative covid test.
Rotary Easter Basket Raffle
Johnson Hall, March 25 12-7pm

The Gardiner Rotary Club is hosting its first ever "Easter" Basket raffle. Located on the lower level at Johnson Hall. They will raffle off a variety of themed baskets, think Festival of Trees but in baskets! Raffle tickets will be available for $20 for an arms length.

Day of Caring: April 23, 2022
Celebrate Earth Day & Clean Up Your Community

Join Upstream, Gardiner Main Street, Gardiner Boys and Girls Club, Gardiner Rotary, Friends of Cobbossee Watershed, Kennebec Valley Trout Unlimited, Kennebec Land Trust and many other civic groups in celebration of Earth Day and Day of Caring by picking up trash in our beautiful watershed! To celebrate your hard work EJP is hosting a free BBQ at the Boys & Girls Club from 11-12. Register your group in advance and we will connect you to an area ready for clean up. Or just show up at the Boys & Girls Club and be ready to help out. For more details visit

Gardiner FCU Scholarships:
$4,500 in Free  Money!

Are you headed to college in the fall of 2022? Whether you're starting your freshman year or continuing your education, you should apply for one of Gardiner Federal Credit Union's six scholarships. More details and online application available on their website. Deadline is 4/29/22.


The Blind Pig Tavern
266 Water Street
Trivia & Tacos: Tuesdays 7-9pm
Karaoke: Wednesdays 6-9pm
Bateau Brewing
149 Water Street
Trivia Night: Wednesdays 6-8pm
Dungeons & Dragons: Thursdays
Niche Inc
307 Water Street
Magic The Gathering: Fridays 2-7pm
Free Play 1st Sundays at Bateau Did you know that Bateau Brewery has an arcade room filled with vintage pinball, foosball and video games? Fun for all ages - and the first Sunday of every month they turn off the coin collectors for all of the machines so everyone can play for free from 12-5 pm!

Looking For More Things To Do?
New Events Added Weekly On Our Website:

We're adding new event listings to our website all the time! 
Search by date, type of event, location and more. We're making it easy to find what's going on in Gardiner. Are you hosting a community event? You can easily post your event listing right on our website, we'll review your event and publish it to the site. Share your event here.

Johnson Hall Moving Help Needed!

Johnson Hall is getting ready for construction to being in April and could use some extra help to get everything moved out before it starts! This is a great way to get involved in the community and help out a great organization that does so much for Gardiner! Contact Pam at 207-582-7144 or to sign up.

Support Local With A Gift For Any Occasion!

Not sure what to give someone? Don't have time to shop? Support our local businesses with the flexible downtown gift card program - The Gift of Gardiner!  This Gardiner Main Street gift check program may be used at over 30 participating Gardiner businesses.

Gift of Gardiner certificates are available from the Camden National Bank Gardiner branch at 190 Water Street in the amount of $20 all year round.

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