Culture & Community
As the cultural center for the Oxford Hills,
Norway celebrates creativity in many ways.
Fans of dance explore creative movement at Art Moves Dance Studio and Neveah Dance Studio. Theater lovers delight in the performances of the Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association (OHMPAA) during the warmer months and the Celebration Barn performances at Longley Square in the summer. For those with a passion for the visual arts, there are the Lajos Matolcsy Art Center and the Main Street Gallery, where first Friday openings are a community event. Café Nomad hosts a monthly rotating exhibit for the pleasure of its guests. Fiber and Vine and the Folk Arts studio hold a full selection of fiber and folk art related classes throughout the year in their beautifully renovated space in the Norway Maine Opera House.
The newly expanded Norway Memorial Library is one of the finest around, hosting dozens of community programs each year. The second Sunday of the month the spoken word is celebrated at the Mountain Poets Society meetings. Music is alive in Norway with live performances at 290 Maine Street throughout the year and in Longley Park Square during the summer.
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, quilting, fabric 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.