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Dinner theater returns to Elm Street church

By Joni Averill

Elm Street Congregational Church of Bucksport administrative assistant Vickie Adams wrote “it’s back,” as she reports the church again will be host to a dinner theater presentation.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. both Friday, Aug. 7, and Sunday, Aug. 9, at the church, 31 Elm St.

The cost is $15 for the dinner which features chicken piccata and blueberry shortcake.

The show is “Dead Giveaway,” a mystery by Pat Cook that “will keep the audience on its toes until the very end,” Adams wrote.

However, “reservations are an absolute must and can be made by calling the church,” at 469-3333, Wednesdays or Thursdays, or calling the director, 469-7378, anytime.

The play features Effie Littlefield, Irene Atwood, Sarah Gervais, Barbara Fenlason, Dianne Gray, Amber Harvey and W.E. Knickerbocker Jr.

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While your attention is focused on Elm Street Congregational Church, Don Blodgett wants you to know the 24th annual Mostly for Fun Trombone Concert is 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the church.

Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for students.

Proceeds from the concert benefit a fund to maintain the church’s historic 1863 E&G.G. Hook Organ.

“Several different organists have been playing the Hook organ on and off since 1956,” Blodgett said.

With trombonists from Maine, New England, Canada and the Washington, D.C., area, director Blodgett reports this event is “New England’s longest-running trombone festival.”

“Trombonists are encouraged to participate” in the festival, he added. The practice session is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church.

For more information, call Blodgett at 469-6529 or the church office at the number listed.

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Patten Lumbermen’s Museum curator Rhonda Brophy invites you to two coming events.

The first is an Evening at the Museum Open House, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the museum, 61 Shin Pond Road.

Don Campbell will discuss his collection of photographs and information about the history of the town of Patten and Bud Blumenstock will discuss the logging industry from the past to the present.

Finally, from 6-7 p.m., Lloyd Archer of Mapleton “will entertain you with his North Woods stories and poems,” Brophy wrote.

You are next invited to the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum 44th annual bean-hole bean dinner, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the museum.

With music by The Red Gang, this event also features a craft fair, demonstrations, raffles and children’s activities.

Advance ticket purchase for the meal is available. For more information, call 528-2650.

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This week’s Belfast Garden Club Open Garden Tour is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, in the delightful community of Bayside, at the waterfront gardens of Suellen Fleming, 38 Broadway, in Northport.

Nan Cobbey reports that the gardens “date back to the 1960s,” when Fleming’s mother “first established them on the 1¾-acre lot.”

The tour donation is $3 payable at the garden. More information is available at Belfast-area businesses, www.belfastgardenclub.org or by calling BCG president Diane Allmayer-Beck, 338-3105 or Martha Block, 948-2815.

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Calais Bookshop announces it will welcome mystery writer Sarah Graves of Eastport for a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Calais Bookshop, 405 Main St.

Graves will discuss her latest book, “A Face at the Window,” which is described as part of her Home Repair homicide mystery series, and will be signing this book and others.

For more information, call the shop at 454-1110.

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All bikers are invited to join the second annual Charity Motorcycle Ride to benefit Children’s Miracle Network of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems beginning with registration at 9 a.m. and the ride starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Dysart’s Truck Stop on Route 9 in Hermon.

The ride will take you to Cherryfield for lunch and back to Hermon. The minimum donation is $10.

For a registration form or a pledge sheet, visit www.miraclesinmaine.org.

Proceeds benefit children who need services at hospitals in Bangor, Blue Hill, Greenville, Pittsfield, Presque Isle and Waterville.

For more information, call Bill Goodman or Karen Goodman, 564-3073, Jeff Perkins, 447-0343 or Randy Knowles, 852-5525.

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Nada Lepper e-mailed that the next Brooksville to Alaska fundraiser for Brooksville Elementary School pupils’ 2011 Iditarod trip is a benefit supper, 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Brooksville Community Center.

Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children under 10, $20 for families.

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

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