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Birdsacre in Ellsworth to celebrate its 50th

By Joni Averill

Birdsacre, the 40-acre woodland sanctuary, museum and home of the late ornithologist Cordelia Stanwood, will hold its 50th anniversary celebration 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1-2, at 289 High St., Ellsworth.

Bonnie Hersey reports that the free event will include an exhibit of local artists, the continual showing of Birdsacre historical films, and information about Stanwood, its owl program, and a variety of presentations and activities of interest to folks of all ages.

Music, crafts, food, book signings are all part of the festivities.

Mary Blackstone also e-mailed that Ellsworth Garden Club will offer tours of its new native plantings for hummingbirds and butterflies at the McGinley Pond site, handouts and guidance for individuals interested in doing similar plantings in their own backyards and related activities for children.

If you’ve not visited Birdsacre, this is the perfect weekend to do so.


Kim Goff reports that Blue Hill Memorial Hospital will hold its second annual Fun Run and Health Fair beginning with registration for the 1-mile walk and 5-K run at 7 a.m. in the hospital’s main parking lot.

The walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the race at 9 a.m.

The walk is free. The suggested donations for the 5-K run are $15 each or $25 for a family or team.

Proceeds benefit the hospital’s rehabilitation services department with offices in Blue Hill, Stonington and Bucksport.

For information, or to register, call 374-3411 or visit


Alma Otto says Orono United Methodist Church will hold a yard sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in the Merrill Bank parking lot, 69 Main St., Orono.


Nina Gormley reports that the 14th annual Golfing for the Birds scramble will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start Saturday Aug. 1, at The Causeway Club in Southwest Harbor.

The entry fee is $75 or $300 for a foursome. Proceeds benefit the Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving.

To learn whether openings are still available, call Larry Hudgens at The Causeway Club, 244-3780.


Cathy Goslin reminds readers that this week’s Maine Forest and Logging Museum Summer Saturday program is “Leonard’s Mills’ Lombard Log Hauler: Its Development and History,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the museum off Route 178 in Bradley.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children.


The Sullivan-Sorrento Historical Society will offer a tour of historic homes 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in Sullivan and Sorrento.

Tickets are $15 and will be available “from noon on” at the historical society in Sullivan, president Jeanne Edwards wrote.

Additionally, the historical society will open a new exhibit the same day titled “The General Store from the late 18th Century to early 20th Century,” and refreshments will be available.


Lamoine Community Arts will hold a progressive dinner and readers’ theater at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, “at four beautiful shorefront homes” in Lamoine, Mary Henry wrote.

Tickets are $25 and seating is limited, so call her at 667-7182, or Amy Duym at 667-7219, to see whether space is still available.

Proceeds benefit Lamoine Community Arts and the Lamoine Sculpture Symposium.


Winterport Town Manager Phil Pitula invites you to the fourth annual Winterport Music Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Abbott Park.

The co-headliners are The Waybacks and The James Montgomery Blues Band with The Kayla Wass Band, Martin Earley & Friends, Gilpin Railroad Incident, Steve Cohen and Ambassadors to the Festival 2009, Anna Mae Mitchell & Rising Tide.

Admission is $5, free for children under 12.

Food and beverages will be available, and more information may be viewed at

Partial proceeds benefit the Winterport Music Festival Scholarship.


Joanna Tarrazi invites Newport alumni to an alumni open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Newport Cultural Center, 154 Main St.

Alan Fernald, who recently donated a Smith American pump organ (circa 1895) to the cultural center, will play at 1 p.m.

Tours will be available. You may obtain more information by calling 368-2193 or by e-mailing


As part of the International Festival and the Calais Bicentennial, Friends of the Calais Free Library used-book store report it will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both Saturday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 8.

During that week, it will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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

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