Bowerbank Days to offer boat parade, prizes

Posted Aug. 05, 2009, at 5:26 p.m.

The handwritten note reads, “Once every five years, a celebration occurs that is a real treat for those who make the right choice to visit the beautiful, pristine town of Bowerbank, pop. 130-plus.

“But don’t be deceived; residents wipe the sleepy seeds from their eyes and we balloon into a vibrant community of 10-12 times its winter population in July and August.

“In fact, we fully expect 2,500 people to be on hand” for Bowerbank Days 2009, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8, “on the north side of Sebec Lake.”

Those are the words, I believe, of Kenneth Clark, or someone in his family, because that’s the name on the return address of the envelope I received.

Friday’s events begin with square dancing 7-9 p.m. in the Town Hall, and listening to oldies in the fire station from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be a silent auction, and food and beverages and items from aprons to T-shirts will be on sale.

Activities begin with a $5 registration for the 5K road race at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the fire station, include the 9:30 a.m. parade, and continue with a concert, historical displays, kids games and a lumberjack competition at 1 p.m.

Festivities end with the boat parade at 5 p.m., and you are reminded that free parking and a shuttle are available throughout the weekend.

Many more activities and events are included, but above all, organizers of Bowerbank Days just hope you’ll join them for a wonderful summer weekend.

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Linda Elliott e-mailed that people involved with the proposed Jacob Brewer Home in Hancock are “in the early stages of awareness and fundraising” to “build and maintain an age-appropriate, shared living space that fosters independence, education and overcoming physical limitations to maximize quality of life for young adults with physical disabilities.”

In a later column we will have more details about this organization, but right now you need to know that two individuals “hoping to live in this future home,” Jake Van Meter and Eric Reeves, are competing to see who can sell the most tickets for a quilt, with the winning ticket being drawn at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Court-land Rehabilitation & Living Center, 42 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth.

For more information about purchasing tickets, call Elliott at 460-9097 or e-mail jacbbrewerhome@hotmail.com.

Tax-free donations can be sent to The Jacob Brewer Home, P.O. Box 1133, Ellsworth 04605.

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Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to enjoy the comedic antics of “Birdie Googins,” Scarborough actress Karmo Sanders, who you might know best as “the Marden’s Lady.”

Birdie Googins takes center stage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Grange Hall, 54 Main St., Bucksport.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door, and admission is $5 for children.

For tickets or information, call the Chamber at 469-6818, e-mail director@bucksportbaychamber.com, or stop by BookStacks or The Bittersweet Gift Shop on Main Street in Bucksport.

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Pat Quint wrote that Hodgdon Methodist Church is holding a yard and food sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the church to benefit the Houlton Animal Shelter.

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Eileen Fahey e-mailed that the Seal Harbor Library is holding its annual summer fair and book sale 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 8, on the Village Green.

Along with used books to purchase, there will be baked goods, flowers and fresh vegetables, a silent auction, face painting for children, raffles and local crafters.

Fahey invites you to “come join in the fun.”

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Emma Remick offers a “heads up” about the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth annual summer sale, its blueberry bazaar, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the church on the corner of State and Church streets.

The event features “hand-crafted items, baked goods, attic treasures and much more,” Remick wrote of the fundraiser, which is the church’s 133rd annual sale, according to records.

Remick encourages you to have blueberry pancakes at the Ellsworth Rotary Club from 7 to 11 a.m. before coming to the church’s event.

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Librarian Becky Ames invites children to the annual Teddy Bear Picnic 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Simpson Memorial Library in Carmel Village.

The event is for children 3-6 and their siblings, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Call 848-7145 to register.

Storyteller Jan Zimmerman will share Asian dances and stories, and lunch will be provided.

Children should bring a blanket and a favorite teddy bear or doll.

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

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