History, Community and Culture in the Hills

Culture & Community

As the cultural center for the Oxford Hills, Norway celebrates creativity in many ways.

A dance performance at the annual Norway Arts Festival. Fans of dance explore creative movement at Art Moves Dance Studio. Theater lovers delight in the performances of the Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association (OHMPAA). For those with a passion for the visual arts, there are the Lajos Matolcsy Art Center, Frost Farm Gallery, The Main Street Gallery, Gallery 448 and the The Commons (managed by the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy, where first Friday openings are a community event. Fiber & Vine offers a wine tasting that adds another cultural aspect to the First Friday events.

The newly expanded Norway Memorial Library is one of the finest around, hosting dozens of community programs each year. The spoken word is celebrated at the monthly meetings of the Mountain Poets Society, and at “Poets on the Porch,” a popular event at the annual Norway Arts Festival. And music is alive in Norway with Open Mic and live performance nights at Tucker's Pub, plus, live music in the Town Square on First Fridays during the warmer months.

On our Main Street, the sense of community that Norway enjoys is bolstered by the presence of the hospital and medical services, churches, banks, a school, a library and post office. These essential services are within easy walking distance of each other. A growing commercial district serves shoppers in search of groceries, hardware, appliances and other household necessities.

Beyond common needs, Norway offers a variety of services catering to creative endeavors; such as, arts and crafts, dance, massage, yoga and movement. Gifts, books, antiques and hunting supplies are also available. Many non-profits have offices on Main Street in support of the area's culture and conservation. Norway’s downtown is a place not only for its many offerings, but also for its ability to support a community in its common and personal needs.