When it comes to quirky energy, Augusta has it in spades! A capital city with a schizophrenic personality, this little town by the Kennebec sits in one of the most beautiful valleys in all of Maine. Filled with gossipy neighbors, charming merchants, down and out vagabonds and smartly dressed bureaucrats, there’s no other place in the state that can quite match it. A small town with big city issues, and hearts bigger than the sturgeons that splash along its waterfront; it’s a place both simultaneously confident and insecure. Self-aware enough to know its limitations, but clueless enough to fully realize its potential, it remains the last place in Maine that has yet to be claimed by hipster and tourist, alike. This book is your guide to everything that makes Augusta so …Augusta. From a calendar of local holidays to a profile on area neighborhoods to really weird history, as well as personal stories from local movers and shakers, this is your glimpse into one of the most intriguing places around. So welcome to Augusta, the best little city in New England. Seriously.
Michael Hall is the Executive Director for the Augusta Downtown Alliance, a member of the Main Street Maine program. A native of Florida, Michael moved up to Augusta in the winter of 2016 to realize his goal of working in a historic, urban setting. With a Bachelors in History from Centre College, a Masters in Communications from Rutgers University and a Masters in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh, Michael feels fortunate to live and work in an environment where he gets to utilize all three of his degrees.
A big fan of Maine, and an even bigger fan of Augusta, Michael takes full advantage of everything both places have to offer including the mountains, coast, rivers and lakes. In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading Stephen King novels, getting out on the water, working with his Board of Directors and volunteers and socializing over a beer.
The Kennebec Historical Society’s April Presentation is free to the public (donations gladly accepted) and will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the Viles Arboretum located at 153 Hospital Street in Augusta.