2016-04-15 / Community

Lithuanian group debuts May 1

May 1 will mark history as the day Maine Lithuanians officially join the Lithuanian American Community, a noprofit organization, which has about 60 local chapters in 27 states and the District of Columbia.

The grand opening of Maine Lithuanian Community Chapter called “Atlantas” (Atlantic) is calling all Lithuanians and all individuals of Lithuanian descent, as well as their non-Lithuanian spouses to join the chapter and the celebration at the Franciscan Monastery Guest House in Kennebunk on May 1 at 1 p.m. The Franciscan Monastery has been chosen for its ties to Lithuania in the state of Maine (founded by Lithuanian Franciscans in 1947). For more information about Maine Lithuanians and it’s grand opening, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/883022788403512/ or inquire via email lbatlantas@gmail.com.

The grand opening program will include honorary guests: General Consul of Lithuania in New York Julius Pranevicius, chairman of the Lithuanian American Community Sigita Simkuviene, Lithuanian American Community Boston District chairman Dr. Regina Balcaitiene, Boston Lithuanian Saturday School Principal Gaila Narkeviciene. A short concert will follow, performed by a Lithuanian born singer living in Maine Gintare Jautakaite, who recorded and coproduced her own music with other artists and producers such as Gaeton Schurrer (Madonna), Adam Wakeman (Annie Lennox, Travis), Andrew Claxton (Dead Can Dance), Neil MacLallan (Prodigy) and many others.

The overall mission of the chapter will be to foster preserving the Lithuanian cultural identity and unify Lithuanians in Maine: organize educational, cultural, religious, community, social and sports activities; cooperate with Lithuanian institutions; promote Lithuanian culture in the U.S. and provide information to Americans about Lithuania.

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