We’re crowd funding in Skowhegan again!! Remember the Kickstarter campaign that helped us launch the Somerset Grist Mill? Well, this time we’re using a platform called Indiegogo to fix up the former Grange Building downtown, and we’re offering some great rewards if you can help us out. Our goal: to raise $40,000 in 40 days.
Plans for the Grange include housing another grain-based business, a malthouse, on the first floor, and opening the upstairs dance hall back up to dancers, theater groups, and performers. Blue Ox Malt, a start up business led by a young entrepreneur, Joel Alex of Farmington, plans to use the downstairs for Maine’s first micro-malthouse serving malted Maine-grown grains to eager brewers, confectioners, and cooks.
With your support, master carpenter Steve Dionne will lead the effort to restore the original 118 year old windows, paint the exterior, and repair the roof this summer.
The beauty of crowd-funding is that it allows friends, family, and community members to play a part in shaping the future of our rural downtowns and agricultural centers. Together we can stop the decay, catalyze good ideas, and implement solutions that take us to more prosperous places.