Bangor Band launches its 150th summer season

Posted June 12, 2009, at 5:27 p.m.

Congratulations to members of our city’s historic Bangor Band, who are kicking off their 150th summer season with their first concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, “in the park next to the Bangor Public Library” at 145 Harlow St., reports member Sue McKay.

In the event of rain, the concert will be inside the library.

A special feature of this concert will be the playing of the 125-year-old coronet that was a gift to former Bangor Band leader R.B. Hall “from the City of Bangor, 125 years ago,” McKay reports.

For the next eight weeks, she continued, the band will “perform in public parks near and far.”

“Thursday (June 18) the band travels to Corinna to play at their bandstand. Then we are back performing at the Bangor Bandstand by the recently spiffed-up Paul Bunyan statue!”

The band’s full summer schedule is available at www.bangorband.org “and in each concert’s program,” McKay wrote of the concerts that “start, promptly, at 7 p.m. and run approximately one hour.”

She suggests you bring a favorite lawn chair and join in the fun.

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Guests are welcome to attend any Tuesday Forum meeting, Melissa Huston reports, and the organization’s next meeting is at noon Tuesday, June 16, at the Muddy Rudder Restaurant in Brewer.

This meeting features author, international television journalist, CNN investigative correspondent and part-time Maine resident Jennifer Skiff, who will discuss the writing of her book, “God Stories, Encounters with the Divine.”

Described as “a collection of inspiring, first-person accounts of miraclelike encounters with God,” Skiff wrote the book after a cancer scare.

The lunch fee is $10, and Skiff’s book can be purchased at a discounted rate of $15.

To preview the book, visit www.godstories.com.

For information about Tuesday Forum, visit www.tuesdayforum.com.

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Sandra Crockett reminds Piscataquis Regional YMCA supporters tickets must be purchased before Thursday, June 18, if you want to attend the Piscataquis Regional YMCA Welcome Summer, Make Our Children Stronger, Dinner-Dance and Auction, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Piscataquis Regional YMCA in Dover-Foxcroft.

Admission is $25. Proceeds benefit the Piscataquis Regional YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, which provides more than $120,000 in scholarships for youngsters in the Piscataquis region, according to a release.

Featuring a barbecue, cash bar, music, dancing, a live and silent auction, tickets can be purchased at Piscataquis Regional YMCA or by calling 564-7111.

Auction items include an autographed Stephen King novel, an Alan Bray print and a Roger Merchant framed photo.

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Laurie Cates invites you to attend the first Girls Night Out-Community Fair, 5-10 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Old Town Elks Lodge, 37 Fourth St.

Admission is $2, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, Cates explained.

“This is an opportunity for local vendors to show residents and businesses what they have to offer for goods and services,” Cates wrote, adding “there will be a lot of door prizes, food and a variety of vendors.”

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Librarian Laurie Carpenter invites you to the Orono Public Library’s annual free concert sponsored by Friends of the Orono Public Library and the Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Club.

Julie and the Bug Boys perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in Orono’s Webster Park.

In the event of rain, the concert will be at Keith Anderson Community House.

The band features Julie Monroe, Don Barry and Clay Kirby, who will be joined by Laura Artesani for this concert.

The Friends will sell hot dogs, baked goods and balloons to benefit library programs.

Carpenter added “donations of baked goods will be gladly accepted the day of the concert.”

For information, call the library at 866-5060.

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Jennifer Therrien reports Challenger Learning Center of Bangor will hold its second annual Astronauts Ball, in celebration of the Summer Solstice, Friday, June 19.

Tickets are $75 each; $500 per table; and advance reservations are required.

To be added to the invitation list, call Therrien at 990-2900, ext. 3.

For information, visit clcofme.org.

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Seats are still available for anyone who would like to join the Bangor Garden Club on its trip to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Tuesday, June 23, in Boothbay.

The $45 fee covers travel, a tip for the driver and entrance to the gardens.

Dinner on the return trip, at the Lobster Pound Restaurant in Lincolnville, is on your own.

Proceeds will help fund club’s plantings and scholarships.

To make your reservation, call Charlene Holyoke at 942-0066.

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