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Indoor yard sale to benefit Hampden woman

By Joni Averill

Historic Harmony Hall on Kennebec Road in Hampden will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, for an indoor yard sale to benefit the Christina Parrish Medical Fund, reports Hampden Garden Club member Martha Whitehouse.

Whitehouse wrote that her neighbor “is a young woman who was diagnosed, this June, with both pancreatic and liver cancers” and that, “while humbled by this life experience, she has an incredibly positive attitude. Chris said, emphatically, that she is “‘living with pancreatic and liver cancers’ and she plans to beat them.”

Parrish is undergoing monthly treatment at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, Ill.

The benefit sale, sponsored by the garden club, will feature household goods and offerings “from my garden, as well as other goods not currently in use,” Whitehouse wrote.

Donations of clean, salable items (with the exception of clothing or large items) would be most welcome, and you can call Whitehouse, at 862-5953, if you have questions or want to arrange a donation.


If you would like to make a day of it, your next stop should be to visit with Chip Mattson and members of Hampden Historical Society as they celebrate Heritage Day, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Kinsley House, 83 Main Road South, Hampden.

Admission is free for Heritage Day, during which you are invited to “tour the elegantly restored Kinsley House, built in 1794, and Hannibal Hamlin’s Law office,” Mattson wrote.

Hamlin served as vice president during Abraham Lincoln’s first term as president.

Heritage Day also will feature “demonstrations of blacksmithing, rug braiding, butter churning, cider pressing, tatting” and more, Mattson wrote.

Old tools and barn displays, children’s activities such as face painting, and the presence of the Cookie Lady will delight all who attend.

For lunch, you will be able to buy hot dogs and drinks, Mattson said.


Hampden is going to be a busy place this Saturday.

Norma Binan said by e-mail that the Bangor chapter of the American Sewing Guild will open its 16th year with a Community Service Day during its annual meeting, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Hampden Municipal Building.

The event features a potluck lunch, a show-and-share table and a fashion show, Binan said.

Additionally, members of the guild will “make polar fleece hats, socks, mittens and scarves” for the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Binan wrote of what “will be an ongoing service” project for this year.

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For those who have not heard or read about this elsewhere, retired Bangor surgeon Dr. Tom Palmer will sign copies of his book, “Cracked Marbles: Life’s Lessons for a Maine Surgeon,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, outside the cafeteria of St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor.

The event is open to the public. Copies of his book may be purchased, by cash or check, for $17.80.


Bill Robertson of the Franklin Historical Society reports that nationally known potter Kim Walker will conduct a special program on pottery and tile-making at 7 tonight at the society building on Route 200.

Refreshments will be served, there is no admission, and the public is invited to attend.


Evelyn Conrad of the Maine Association of Independent Doulas reports that Maine doulas will hold a screening of “Orgasmic Birth,” an 87-minute documentary film, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor. Doulas are knowledgeable companions who stay with mothers through labor, birth and beyond. Tickets are $6, and all proceeds benefit MAID. For information, call Conrad at 945-9804 or Nancy Graves at 288-1122.

Conrad and Graves have explained that MAID is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing community education about birth options and the benefit of doula-supported childbirth.


Janice Deering of Bangor wants you to know the East Orrington Congregational Church will be host of a chicken pie supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the church.

In this joint effort, the freshly baked chicken pies “will be prepared by the ladies of the Alton Methodist Church,” Deering wrote.

The meal includes mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, peas and cranberry sauce, with cakes made by members of the Women’s Fellowship.

Deering urges attendees to keep their tickets for a chance to take home an applepie door prize.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402;; 990-8288.

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