May 25, 2018
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Bangor Rotary benefit to celebrate fabulous ’50s

By Joni Averill

Members of the Bangor Rotary Club invite you to “put your glad rags on” for its fourth annual “Music Off Broadway-At the Hop!” featuring two shows at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School on Broadway.

Rotary committee member Alicia Nichols reports tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 for those under 17.

Tickets are available in Bangor at The Grasshopper Shop and BookMarc’s, downtown; Mr. Paperback at the Airport Mall; Patrick’s Hallmark Shop in the Broadway Shopping Center; Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way; and the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce on Main Street.

Produced by Roger George with Kevin Bate as artistic director and John Haskell as music director, the event “benefits four Bangor nonprofits serving youth and seniors,” Nichols wrote of The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross, Maine Discovery Museum, Challenger Learning Center of Maine and The Acadia Hospital.

The fundraiser, which features local vocalists Nancy Dymond, Darlene Mogul, Penny Weinstein, John Grover, Heather Libbey and Ben Layman; musicians Haskell, Jim Haddix, Lee Souweine and Colin Graebert and members of the Thomas School of Dance and Robinson Ballet Company, “will take audiences back to the fabulous ’50s,” Nichols wrote.

Nichols added that “a dance space will also be available for audience members to twist the night away,” and that Bangor Rotary Club members want “everyone to know” that on those dates “all the cats and chicks can get their kicks at the hop!”

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Ellsworth Rotary Club President Jack Frost e-mailed that organization and Hospice of Hancock County are hosting their annual Charity Auction 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Holiday Inn in Ellsworth.

Admission is $10, and tickets are available at the door.

With more than 300 items up for bid, the live auction features 30 items ranging from a six-day South African Photo Safari for two to a baseball signed by Mike Lowell of the Boston Red Sox.

Last year, the benefit raised more than “$25,000 for local charities,” Frost wrote, “and we would love to match this in 2009.”

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Mary Bird of Page Farm and Home Museum invites you to register for “a special demonstration and workshop” about “the ancient and exquisite art of bobbin lace making” 1-4 p.m. Saturday March 14, at the museum on the University of Maine’s Orono campus.

The materials fee is $5, payable at the door, and preregistration is required to ensure sufficient materials are available.

To register, call 581-4100. More information is available at

Gloria Buntrock of the Fiber College in Searsport will lead the program, during which participants “will be able to try their hand at a simple bobbin lace,” Bird wrote.

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure Maine Affiliate executive director Sally Bilancia reminds its supporters the third annual Pink Tie Ball is 5:30-11 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

The 2009 Survivor Honorees are Laurie Hyndman of Port City Life magazine and Eva Matteson of Coast 93.1 FM.

An auction has been added to the event that includes Boston Celtics tickets, a week in Tuscany and an African safari. After the awards and auction, attendees can dance to the live music of Color Bind.

Tickets are $75 or $700 to sponsor a table and can be purchased online at or by calling 262-7117.

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Ann Carter of Charlotte e-mailed that it is “no longer necessary to drive all the way to Bangor to take the testing to become a ham radio operator or to upgrade your license to a higher level,” because the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club will conduct a test session for ham radio at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Methodist Homes Recreation Center in Calais. The monthly meeting follows the exam.

The cost is $14 and having the exact amount would be appreciated.

Anyone who wants to take the exam should call Skip McGarvey at 853-2951.

Information is also available for hams wishing to upgrade in an effort to “encourge many more to join in on this satisfying hobby” Carter wrote, “that is not only interesting and enjoyable, but also in emergencies, a means of communication that’s never cut off, due to loss of power or other difficulties.”

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

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