‘New’ band to play at Grange’s Homemade Jam

Posted March 03, 2009, at 8:11 p.m.

Once again, a very special group of performers who, Center Theatre for the Performing Arts executive director Patrick Myers explained to me, have been “taking on a number of different personas this year,” is ready to entertain you when the East Sangerville Grange holds its annual Homemade Jam Concert.

That concert, which quite often is sold out, is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Grange hall, and features a group calling itself the Muddy Diapers Blues Band.

Advance tickets are $10, tickets at the door are $12. Tickets are available at Mr. Paperback in Dover-Foxcroft and Hudson Avenue Florists in Guilford.

According to the release, the “wide-ranging repertoire” of this group, which bears “a remarkably strong resemblance” to the Doughty Hill Band, will begin “with the foundations of the blues and go right up to the modern day.”

At the coffeehouse, you will enjoy a variety of desserts and, of course, lots of coffee.

For information or to make reservations, call Alan Bray at 564-2722.

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“Fit for Life,” a team from Kids Peace, lost the most pounds during Week 8 of the Hancock County Lose and Win program, reported Iris Simon, with “Shakin ’n Losen” from Downeast Horizons finishing second and the “InnCredible Women and Kevin” finishing third.

Simon added, “The two members of ‘Fit for Life’ that were present to receive the Victory Stick” announced they had reached their goal for the 10-week program.

The topic for the meetings at 6 p.m. Thursday March 5, at the Mount Desert Island Hospital conference room in Bar Harbor, the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital cafeteria in Ellsworth and the Island Community Center in Stonington will be sleep and the effect it has on weight loss.

For information about this program to improve the health of Hancock County residents, visit www.mainehospital.org and click on the Lose and Win logo, or call 667-2474.

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Veterans Memorial Park committee member Gladys Knowles of Hermon e-mailed that some additions have been made to that organization’s benefit supper, which is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Masonic Hall on Route 2 in Hermon.

Proceeds benefit the proposed Veterans Memorial Park to be built in that community.

“We will be having a 50/50 raffle and some other raffles on items that have been donated by some of the businesses here in town,” Knowles wrote.

Admission to the beef and chicken stew benefit is by donation, and if you can’t attend but want to support this project, you can mail donations to the Veterans Memorial Park, in care of Knowles, 659 York Road, Hermon 04401.

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Reservations must be made by Sunday, March 8, for anyone who would like to attend an event hosted by the Dover-Foxcroft American Legion.

That event is “Celebrating the Birth of the American Legion,” reports Ed Conroy of a special chicken dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the American Legion, 112 Park St., Dover-Foxcroft.

Conroy also wrote that “a super flag cake by Occasional Cakes will cap off the meal,” and he has extended a “special invitation to area families, spouses, etc., of soldiers who are on active duty” to attend this celebration.

A regular business meeting at 7 p.m. follows the dinner.

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Bob Schmick, volunteer director of education programs for the Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum in Orrington, has announced Curran Homestead is accepting reservations from members of the public for sittings for handmade silhouette portraits between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at 372 Fields Pond Road, Orrington.

Jean Comerford of Portraits in Silhouette of Hardwick, Mass., is “among a handful of artists, nationwide, who continue this folk art tradition popular in the U.S. and Europe from the late 18th until the mid-19th century,” Schmick explained.

The work of “this mother-daughter business features portraits of famous New Englanders in Yankee magazine, each month,” he added.

The cost is $29 per portrait, $10 for copies; on-site framing is available for an additional fee.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Curran Homestead’s restoration and living history museum.

To make an appointment or for more information, call Schmick at 843-5550 or e-mail rpschmick1@aol.com.

Also, board president John Mugnai announced that April 4 is Curran Homestead’s annual Maple Festival and Irish Celebration Day, featuring an Easter egg hunt, live Irish music and a maple sap-to-syrup-making demonstration.

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

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