Bangor theater group to perform original musical

Posted Sept. 14, 2008, at 11:10 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:41 a.m.

Since Bangor Community Theatre has not put on a show for a while, wrote board member Stephanie Erb, “we are trying to get the word out about this one in order to make it a success.”

A success it should be, since the show is an original musical revue, Erb told me.

“It’s local and original, using well-known music from Broadway shows and a lightly tied story line.”

The theater group and Community Health and Counseling Services will present “The Labours of Love” with artistic director and creator Heather Astbury-Libby and music direction by Kevin Bate.

The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School in Bangor; and 7:30 p.m. both Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at The Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and seniors and are available by calling Diane Nelson, 947-0366, ext. 260.

A dress rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at The Grand, is open to the public with admission by donation.

The show takes place in a modern-day New York City nightclub but takes you back to the ’40s.

Show tunes range from “White Christmas” to “Titanic,” and more than 25 performers, from Penobscot and Hancock counties, include Steve Robbins, Darlene Mogul, Tyke Mckay, Chuck Somers, Penny Weinstein and Christie Robinson.


Janet Leighton e-mailed the Stetson Historical Society is holding “regular visitor hours” from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 17, and running through the first of November.

She added “private, daylight tours for individuals or groups” can be arranged by calling 296-2601 or 296-2621.


Ann Carter of Charlotte reports that “rain or shine, the annual Ham Fest” will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Alexander School.

Hosted by the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club, admission is $5.

“The Ham Fest is a good time for folks who are curious about amateur radio activities to come and see what’s going on,” Carter wrote.


Grace United Methodist Church announced the second Walk for Hunger begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the walk at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the church, 193 Union St., Bangor.

The 4-mile walk takes participants to St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Ohio Street and back to the church for a free community lunch.

Proceeds from the walk benefit Hammond Street Ecumenical Food Cupboard, which is supported by nine local churches.

For more information, or if you want to participate in the walk, call 942-8320.


Alexandra Grier e-mailed that employees of The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor “concerned about diabetes and its complications, are organizing a Walk in the Park” to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, International.

The fundraiser begins with registration at 10 a.m. and the walk at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Acadia National Park Visitors’ Center parking lot near the Paradise Hill trailhead.

The walk will cover the park’s Paradise Hill loop.

Grier explained JDRF was founded in 1970 “by parents of children with Type 1 diabetes to promote research leading to a cure.”

Grier added “three different research teams” at The Jackson Laboratory receive JDRF funding.

If you want to join the walk or support JDRF, visit http://www.walk.jdrf.org and register under Portland Walk or team MDI Walk in the Park; call Grier at 288-6404, 717-386-0795 or e-mail alexandra.grier@jax.org; or call Deb O’Donnell at 288-6141.


The public is invited to participate in the second in a series of public programs offered by the Ellsworth Garden Club “to profile National Garden Clubs, Inc., and New England Regional themes focusing on planting native plants,” wrote Mary Blackstone.

The EGC will hold a program on Native Plants and Rain Gardens for the Home Landscape at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at the Hancock County Cooperative Extension on Boggy Brook Road in Ellsworth.

Extension educator Marjorie Peronto will conduct a tour of the facility’s new plantings and present an illustrated talk about using native plants to create rain gardens and landscaping.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Jay Barnes at 667-8878.


Although you are reading my column today, I am actually on vacation this week.

My column returns to this section on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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

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