Concert in Bucksport to benefit Mizpah trip

Posted June 21, 2009, at 6:36 p.m.

Bucksport Performing Arts Center will be the site of an Evening of Music to benefit Mizpah in Grand Isle.

Suzanne Castonguay e-mailed that the concert, featuring Tom “Jazzou” Jones as master of ceremonies and playing ragtime, the Bucksport High School Jazz Band, soloist Rose Upton and the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Choir, will be 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 26, at Bucksport Middle School.

Tickets at the door are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students.

They can be purchased, in advance, for $10 and $8, respectively, at BookStacks or Bittersweet Gift Shop, both on Main Street in Bucksport, or call Castonguay, 469-0629; Tina York, 469-2329, or Jacqui Hart, 567-3154.

Proceeds from the concert benefit a bus trip for cancer patients and survivors, Aug. 12-14, to Mizpah in Grand Isle.

Mizpah, according to a previous Bangor Daily News article, “is a 109-acre retreat nestled among the agricultural hills of Grand Isle” in the St. John Valley near the Canadian border.

Mizpah, a Hebrew word meaning “a place to help one another,” was created in 1991 by cancer survivor Dick Corbin and “is dedicated for cancer victims and other individuals stricken with grief.”

“It is a place of solitude, peace and tranquility where you may connect with yourself or a loved one,” according to its Web site.

“Approximately 5,000 guests visit Mizpah yearly,” May through October, the site states of the nonprofit organization that charges no fees for anyone to visit.

Individuals who would like to contribute directly to Mizpah may write Mizpah Inc., P.O. Box 216, Grand Isle 04746, visit www.mizpah.us or e-mail dickcorbin@mizpah.us.

For information about the concert, call any of the above numbers.

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Theresa Soucy of Frank’s Bake Shop, Bill Miller of Miller Drug and Cheryl Grant of Bagley & Grant invite you to a Chapin Park Neighborhood Block Party planning meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, in the second-level conference room of Phillips-Strickland House, 21 Boyd St. in Bangor.

If you cannot attend the planning meeting but can help out with a $50 business sponsorship, make a check payable to Bagley & Grant and mail it by Monday, July 6, to Cheryl Grant, 18 Forest Ave., Bangor 04401.

If you want more information, call Soucy at 947-4594, Miller at 947-8369 or Grant at 942-3728.

The party, sponsored by State Street area businesses, is Tuesday, July 28.

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Patrick Myers invites entrants for the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27, in Dover-Foxcroft.

Business owners, home bakers and organizations can have a booth for a $10 fee by calling The Center Theatre at 564-8943 or visit www.CenterTheatre.org.

With The Center Theatre, the Shiretown Homecoming Committee and Piscataquis Regional YMCA as hosts, Myers said visitors “can sample up to 20 different whoopie pies and cast your vote for ‘The People’s Whoopie Pie’” for just a $5 donation.

Lunch items and a barbecue will be offered by The Shiretown Committee “and the YMCA is setting up kids’ games and events for children of all ages,” Myers wrote of this event and that it “all started because I love whoopie pies!”

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Jane Whitney and Friends of Friend Memorial Library in Brooklin are preparing for “a major fundraiser for our little library” Whitney wrote of that event scheduled for July.

To make this fundraiser a success, they need your help with “donations of books in very good condition.”

Books can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays or from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, at the library.

They request that your donations not include encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books or textbooks.

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

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