Center Theatre to hold New Year’s Eve party

Posted Dec. 21, 2008, at 6:45 p.m.

What fun awaits all who participate in the Center Theatre for the Performing Arts Mediterranean New Year’s Eve party.

Executive director Patrick Myers reports that the event will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, at the theater in Dover-Foxcroft.

Admission is $10, and tickets are available, in advance, at Center Theatre. The tickets are also good for a 10 percent discount for dinner at Abel Blood’s Pub and the Nor’Easter Restaurant, Myers wrote.

But what brought a smile to my face as I read about this party is the subject: Myers wrote that “the festivities will start with a screening of the popular film ‘Mamma Mia!’”

I count myself among the fortunate to have seen this production on Broadway and, I can assure you, anyone who loved the music of the ’70s group ABBA will love this film.

“The version of the movie, to be shown, includes a karaoke track along the bottom of the screen to encourage audience members to sing along with the film,” Myers wrote.

Believe me, you can’t help but sing aloud at this show, which is why Myers hopes to have “a whole room full of people belting out the songs.”

After the movie, you can enjoy a Mediterranean party in the theater lobby that will include “food, fun, raffles and a cash bar,” Myers wrote.

Also, during the party, the theater’s “movie screen will switch to showing the New Year’s Eve festivities from Times Square … culminating with the traditional ball-drop at midnight,” Myers wrote.

If you are interested in all or part of this event, you can choose what to attend and get your tickets by calling the theater at 564-8943.

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Congratulations to Rick and Rebecca Vigue, whose business, Rebecca’s, on Main Street in Bangor, was named the winner of the Downtown Decorating Contest by Bangor Center Corp.

The Vigues received $1,000 in advertising of their choice from BCC, according to the release, and members of the public, who voted in the contest, had their names entered into a drawing for 25 gift certificates donated by American Retro, Bagel Central, Best Bib & Tucker, Briar Patch, Charles Inn, Dream Dress for Less, Epic Sports, Giacomo’s Groceria, Henry’s Bridal Boutique, Mad Hatter, Maine Discovery Museum, Metropolitan Soul and Penobscot Theatre.

The gift certificate winners will receive their prizes in the mail and also may check www.downtownbangor.com for results.

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Fran Mullin, executive director of WinterKids, based in Portland, reminds parents that WinterKids’ Passports for youngsters in grades five, six and seven are now available. You can learn all about this winter fun program and order your child’s passport at www.winterkids.org.

Now in its 12th year, the release states, this programs offers children in these three grades “the opportunity to learn and enjoy winter sports, with free and discounted tickets, lessons and rentals at outdoor recreation areas across the state, including downhill ski areas, cross-country ski centers, ice skating arenas, and tubing and sledding parks.”

Family discounts also are offered and the holders of the WinterKids Passports are part of the National Passport program, “which provides discounted tickets at winter sports venues across the U.S. for participating students.”

Paper copies of passport applications should be available “at all Maine schools with fifth, sixth or seventh grades as well as at WinterKids sponsors location,” the release states of Hannaford Supermarkets, TD Banknorth branches and Time Warner Cable offices.

For more information about this wonderful outdoor winter program for children, visit the site or call 871-5700.

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Bob Hamer, executive director of the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, reports that tickets are now available for that organization’s annual Moosehead Lake Togue Ice Fishing Derby, with professional driver Ricky Craven, that is scheduled for Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2009, on Moosehead Lake.

Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for families and “are available at numerous sporting good stores, the Chamber’s Visitor’s Center or online,” he wrote.

The Chamber’s Web site is www.mooseheadlake.org or e-mail the Chamber at info@mooseheadlake.org.

Hamer reports the cash prize for the largest togue will be $1,500 and several door prizes will be awarded to lucky ticket holders with “no fish required.”

Hamer said the derby continues the state “Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife’s program to decrease the number of small togue (lake trout) in Moosehead Lake.”

For information, call the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce at 695-2702.

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

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