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Enjoy barbershop quartets, crafts in Abbot

By Joni Averill

Folks who love barbershop quartets — and barbershops — won’t want to miss the second annual Barber Shop Quartet, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Vanishing American Barbershop in downtown Abbot.

Beth White reports the free event also will include crafters, who for a $10 fee will display their work “right next door to the barbershop, in the parking lot,” and that anyone who wants to participate, as a crafter or as a quartet, may call her at 876-2663 or call Rick Crocker at 876-1140.

Returning to perform will be Essex Street Junction Men’s Quartet and Out on a Whim Women’s Quartet “to croon the favorites that pleased the crowds last year,” White wrote.

When I spoke with her this week, she said any other quartets who want to participate are most welcome, and that includes amateur quartets.

White said she is especially interested in having quartets sign up for next year, realizing “that most of them need a year to plan before they can participate.”

“We’d really like to turn this into a bigger event,” she added.

“Diggah the Clown” will be out and about to entertain the children, and lots of food, including a chicken barbecue, will be available.

So, if you sing or craft (or just want to enjoy the two) give either Libby or Crocker a call and make plans to take a late August trip to the Vanishing American Barbershop in Abbot.

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Librarian Lyn Smith invites you to the Friends of the Pittsfield Public Library combined yard sale and used book sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Aug. 13-14, at the old Sebasticook Valley Credit Union facility on Sebasticook Street, across from Fendler Park in Pittsfield.

If you want to contribute any items to the sale, drop them off between noon and 4 p.m. today at the sale site.

Proceeds will help support library programs.

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Here’s a reminder from Woodlawn Museum board president Sandra Blake-Leonard that the 2009 Ellsworth Antiques Show is coming right up.

Show hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14-15, at Woodlawn on Route 172 in Ellsworth.

Admission is $10 for the show, $15 for the show and a tour of Woodlawn.

A luncheon cafe will be available daily, and a 3 p.m. afternoon tea and lecture on Friday will feature Woodlawn executive director Joshua Campbell Torrance discussing “Woodlawn Through the Eyes of Emily Bush: Noted Photographer and Lecturer of the 1930s.” Tickets are $25 and include admission to the show.

For information, call 667-8671 or visit www.woodlawnmuseum.org.

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Searsport Historical Society will hold an antiques appraisal fair noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, featuring Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ mobile appraisal coach, at the Carlin-Crary-Coleman House on Sears Island Road in Searsport.

Fair chairwoman Dorothy Alling reports that “instant, on-site appraisals” will be offered by Kaja Veilleux and John Bottero of Thomaston Place for a suggested donation of $10 per item or $25 for three items.

All proceeds benefit the Searsport Historical Society Barn Raising Fund.

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Old Town Dairy Queen announced it will hold its annual silent auction to benefit Children’s Miracle Network of Eastern Maine Healthcare 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at 613 Stillwater Ave. in Old Town.

According to the announcement, more than $1,000 has been raised in previous years and the staff is “hoping to beat that this year.”

Items up for bid range from kayaks and jewelry to gift certificates.

Proceeds from Blizzard sales that day also benefit Children’s Miracle Network.

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Jan Cox wrote that the last concert of the summer for the Brewer Hometown Band will be held “rain or shine” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Brewer Auditorium.

The concert is free but donations will be accepted.

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Jackie Emerson reports that the next Stewart Free Library Summer Concert will feature the Gelina Family at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at the bandstand in Corinna.

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Call The Grand theater box office today at 667-9500 to learn whether tickets are still available for the In Grand Style Fashion Show at noon Friday, Aug. 14, at the Holiday Inn in Ellsworth.

Tickets are $25 for this event, which will help fund the renovation of the theater’s 75-year-old marquee.

The popular fundraiser features television personality Steve McKay as master of ceremonies, the runway music of Karen Dickes, raffle items and an auction.

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

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