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Small Business Saturday in Caribou!

November 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Our Small Business Saturday tradition continues! Come #ShopSmall with us and collect Caribou inspired Christmas ornaments! These unique collectibles were designed by local artists Filomena Irving &  Gordon W. Hammond, Co-Founder of Echoes Magazine!

The City of Caribou, Maine, Plourde Furniture, Sleeper’s of Caribou, Expect More Dollar / Sears Hometown Store, S.W. Collins Company, Brambleberry Market, Freme’s Jewelry, Gifts Galore, Monica’s Scandinavian Imports, The Cubby Thrift Store, Noyes Flower and Plant Shoppe, MicMac Farm, and Wreaths by Natalie are joining forces to offer a unique shopping experience in Caribou!

Stop by the #ShopSmall Welcome Station at the Caribou Parks and Recreation Department, 55 Bennett Drive, at 10am on Saturday, November 30, 2019 and pick-up your “Ornament Checklist.” You can choose the “Gnome for the Holidays” or “Classic Caribou” collections. Each set has seven ornaments! This unique and numbered map will only be available to the first 200 people. Follow your map to the participating stores and pick-up your free Caribou ornaments!

Our #ShopSmall partners will have special in-store offers for you too!

Come #ShopSmall in Caribou and show your support for all of our local retailers!

200 maps available – 100 per collection
One map per person – FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE
Must be 16 or older
No purchase necessary

Meet our artists:

FILOMENA IRVING, Aroostook County Artist 

My name is Filomena Irving (1959, Toronto, Canada). I live on a farm in Washburn, Maine. I am an artist who has taken over a half a century to awaken that latent desire to paint. The dictionary describes “latent” as being a state of existing but not yet developed or manifest, present but not visible or actualized. I have always known that I had it in me, but it wasn’t until my husband encouraged me to attend a painting workshop that I actually turned painting into a career. I have retired from teaching middle school science and now devote myself to my family and my art. 

I work in acrylics and watercolor, my subjects are predominantly landscapes, seascapes and florals. My passion for travel and gardening often translate into my work. My paintings are largely influenced by my imagination, the works of other artists, and the beauty that surrounds me. One could describe my style as impressionistic, eclectic, and varying with my mood and my medium. My art gives voice to my experiences as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and daughter.

For me, art is a language that crosses all boundaries and highlights the beauty, diversity and mystery in nature and life. My paintings establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. A painting can tell stories, evoke emotions, and connect us to our past, present, and future. It is my hope that my paintings speak to the viewer and draws out their personal connection, a link to a memory of a place visited or perhaps inspires them to take a moment and enjoy the beauty that is. I am a work in progress, I have taken what was present but not visible and turned it into actual paintings, and I am now sharing them with you. 

GORDON W. HAMMOND, Co-Founder of Echoes Magazine

1937 – 2016

Gordon W. Hammond, served in the United States Air Force during the early 1960’s. After a career in advertising in New York as art director, and Boston as creative director, Gordon Hammond came to Maine in 1975 to build a farm. In 1981, he established the ad agency, Noah; in 1988, the magazine, Echoes – a joint effort with University of Maine professor, Kathryn Olmstead. Retiring in 2000, he devoted his time to writing and illustrating. He and his wife, Suzanne, lived on their 100 acre farm in Northern Maine. 

He created hundreds of original pen and ink illustrations for Echoes Magazine, including nature scenes, wildlife, people, historical, humorous and cultural works. His art reflects life and times in Aroostook County and has been admired by many for decades.  

Mr. Hammond is remembered by all who knew him as an accomplished novelist and author; for his creativity, his art, his gardens, his love of his land and Northern Maine, and so many other things.



November 30, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm