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Goldfinch Creamery - Not just desserts!

Downtown Gardiner is home to one of the sweetest ice cream & hot chocolate shops around - Goldfinch Creamery. But that's not all – they have expanded their offerings to provide so much more! Goldfinch has a delicious lunch/dinner menu with soup and sandwiches to enjoy in their cozy cafe space or take along to work or home. Soup choices differ daily and you can pair a cup or a bowl of soup with a half or whole sandwich, a sweet treat, and a drink for their value-priced "lunchbox special."  

Goldfinch's pastry case is brimming with homemade goodies being added throughout the day. From brownies to cupcakes, eclairs to madeleines you'll be sure to find something to please your sweet tooth! And that don't forget the ice cream and hot chocolate choices they are known for!! You can enjoy a homemade dipped cone with your ice cream or a delicious and festive sundae with fun toppings of your choice, or a specialty hot chocolate drink. 

Another really fun and unique option they offer is Tea Parties – you can reserve your very own fancy tea party right in the cafe and invite your friends to join you. Perfect for birthday celebrations, bridal parties, anniversaries or just a fun afternoon! 

Treat mom with a sweet box from Goldfinch on Mother’s Day May 8th. Each box contains an eclair, baklava, 6 macarons, chocolate dipped madeleine, sugared madeleine, 3 oreo flowers, a cupcake with filling, candied pecans, tea and honey, and a few chocolates - all for $35 with gluten free and vegan options available!

Goldfinch just celebrated their 6 month anniversary and it has been so exciting to watch them grow and expand their business. If you're looking for a cozy meal or a sweet treat like grandma used to make, stop in to Goldfinch Creamery at 318 Water Street next time you're downtown and see what delicious items are ready for you to enjoy!

Open Monday - Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 12pm to 8pm. To learn more, call the shop at 207-203-0007, email or visit their facebook page.
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Cleaning Out The Garden? Donate to Plant Sale  

Keep your extra plants to donate for June 18 Library Sale
Community members are organizing a plant sale to benefit the Gardiner Public Library Association on June 18. Plant donations are needed to make the event a success. Donations of healthy, pest-free, cuttings, seedlings, divided perennials, and labeled plants for the plant sale are appreciated. Herbs and vegetable plants would be great as well!

Plan ahead by sowing extra seed in pots (April is time to sow seeds in the house). No invasive plants, please (not sure what's invasive? - more info here). Native plants preferred. Hosta and perennials are welcome. Please, no English ivy. Bring gardening books that you are ready to let go of for a book exchange. Plants will sell for $1, $3, and $5. Proceeds will go to the Gardiner Library Association which maintains the library and its gardens.

Email John Woytowicz ( or Kathy Brown ( if you plan to bring plants and how many - or if you would like to help volunteer for the sale. Plant drop off is at the library on June 17th in the afternoon or early on June 18. 


Mother's Day Craft Show and Children's Bazaar

Gardiner Area High School, April 30  9am - 2pm

There will be a Mother's Day Craft Show and Children's Bazaar at the Gardiner Area High School to benefit the Gardiner Drama Boosters. Includes local crafts, spring plants, bake sale, raffles, and a separate area where children can shop for a special person in their life and make a simple craft to gift. 

Maine Pottery Tour

Saturday, April 30, 10am - 5pm & Sunday, May 1, 11am - 4pm

Every year on the first weekend in May, pottery and ceramics studios in Maine open their doors to the public. It's a fun day and a chance to meet the artists, peek in the kilns, watch demonstrations, and shop for pottery and other handmade goods. 2022 will be their tenth year, and they will have dozens of participating studios.
This year you can visit downtown Gardiner's Margaret Melanson Pottery and see a collection of her lovely, handmade wares. Her studio is located at 287 Water Street. There are also several other potters to visit in the area. For a complete listing of participants and locations you can visit

Gardiner Cruise In Nights are back May 5th

Gardiner Waterfront Park Every Thursday from 5-7pm
Another sign that summer isn't far away! The popular Cruise Night Car Show starts back up for the season on Thursday, May 5th from 5 - 7 pm at the Gardiner Waterfront. DJ'd music and the Baptist Church food truck will be there with some delicious offerings.Free to get in. All Antique, Muscle, special Interest, Cars Truck and Bikes welcome. Get a close look at these amazing pieces of transportation and meet their owners. For weather cancellations and other updates, visit them on Facebook.

Drug Take Back Day

Gardiner Police Station, April 30th, 10am - 2pm
Spring is here - time to clean out unused prescriptions from your home! You can bring unused and expired prescription  drugs to multiple locations in the area on Saturday, April 30th from 10am to 2pm. The Gardiner drop off will be at the Gardiner Police Department at 6 Church Street. For more information you can contact the Gardiner PD at 207-582-3211.

District-Wide Student Art Show

Gardiner Area High School, May 11th, 3-6pm
The Community is invited to the MSAD #11 Art Extravaganza!  K-12 Art Show and  art activities for everyone to participate in as well as MSAD#11 Alumni to show what they are doing in the art world since graduating. Everyone is welcome!

Migration Exploration - Guided Bird & Nature Walks

Harrison Ave Nature Trail, May 7th, 14th & 21st at 7am & 10am

The Harrison Avenue Nature Trail is always open to enjoy, but on these special Saturdays in May the Augusta Bird Club, Maine Master Naturalists and Upstream will be offering guided bird walks at 7am and nature walks at 10am. Join Upstream for an Alewife and Osprey walk on May 7th, 14th or 21st. An astounding 56 species of birds (19 different warblers!) and thousands of alewives were seen in previous years on and is a Kennebec birding hotspot and the go to place to observe river herring on Cobbossee Stream. 

Park at the New Mills Dam parking lot on Rte 126/Cobbossee Avenue in Gardiner for this one mile hike. Bring your binoculars and your phone to connect to the QR code signposts along the trail to learn about the history and wildlife on the stream. For more details call 207-582-0213, email or visit the event on Facebook. 

Double Entendre Show at Bateau Brewing

May 19, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Summer is right around the corner and Bateau Brewing is a perfect place to get ready! Delicious brews, a food truck, a car show on the river front and live music by Double E sounds like a great way to enjoy a Thursday night! For more information call 207-203-0015

City-Wide Spring Clean Up: May 2 - 26

The City of Gardiner Public Works will collect large, bulky and other waste items for a Spring Clean Up beginning next week. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased at City Hall. For questions call 582-4408  Last Day for Zone 4 ticket sales is April 29 at noon. More info HERE


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
First Sunday of month: Free play arcade games
Niche Inc
307 Water Street
Magic The Gathering: Fridays 2-7pm
Gardiner Public Library
149 Water Street
Maine Career Center: Resume & Job Search Help every Wednesday, 10am - 2pm

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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.

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

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