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Weekend pageant to depict settling of Caribou

By Joni Averill

More than 30 people will perform and many others will be in charge of the technical work for the production “‘HI’ to Caribou” when the curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Caribou Performing Arts Center.

Admission is $5 and includes a birthday cake.

The pageant, written by Dr. Phillip Turner and directed by the Rev. Lynne Josselyn, is part of Caribou’s Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Turner said the first word in the pageant’s title, “HI,” refers to the fact that “when the townships were laid out, six by six, they were laid out as H, I, K,” etc., “with no name except the letter,” and that two townships, H and I, eventually joined to form what we now know as Caribou.

Turner added the production will include everything from photographs to actors depicting the first visitors and first settlers in the area.


One more delightful event in Caribou’s 150th Anniversary Celebration is the Crown of Maine Quilters Chapter of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild show, “Quilts, Old and New,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Gray Memorial United Methodist Church on the corner of Prospect and Sweden streets in Caribou.

Chairperson Diana Rauch wrote more than 100 new, used and antique quilts will be featured in this show and that “the quilters will also have quilts, table runners, quilted bags and other items for sale.”

Additionally, she said, “by special arrangement, the Caribou Sesquicentennial Quilt, ‘Women’s Firsts,’ will be on display.”

There is no admission, but any donations “would be greatly appreciated.”

If you have questions or need more information, call Rauch at 492-0421 or e-mail drauch@Maine.rr.com.


For the next three days, now through Saturday, Aug. 29, Old Town Curves owner Gail Orndorf is offering a free membership to any woman wanting to join if she brings in a donation of school supplies, Orndorf e-mailed.

This week, she said, Old Town Curves is serving “as a collection site for backpacks or other school supplies for children” in the Old Town-Orono area “who might not get them with tight parental budgets this summer.”

For information, call Orndorf at 827-7200, or stop by “during daytime hours,” she wrote.

“We love walk-ins!”


Renee Smith e-mailed that Sunbury Village invites the public to attend its Island Luau at 2 p.m. today at 922 Ohio St., Bangor.

“Come and enjoy the entertainment of the Durango Mango Band,” Smith wrote, adding “there will be refreshments and door prizes.”

For more information, call 942-0802.


President Calvin Innes wrote, “Passadumkeag Historical Society has many expenses involved with the upkeep of its museum, as well as its upcoming activities,” and that you can help fund its budget.

The historical society is holding a bean-hole bean supper 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Passadumkeag Community Building, 34 Pleasant St.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger for beans, salads, hot dogs and pie.

You also have a chance to win a door prize, and a raffle will be offered.

“Your support will be appreciated,” Innes wrote, adding, “new members are welcome.”

Annual dues are $3.

For information about this organization, call Innes, 732-4983, or secretary Roberta Parker, 732-3294.


Maine Public Broadcasting Network host and soprano Suzanne Nance and pianist Patricia Stowell will appear in a concert of vocal and piano music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Blue Hill Congregational Church.

Admission is $15 and free for students.

The program includes Italian and Spanish music, Dvorak Gypsy Songs and works by Wolf and Stenhammar.

For more information, call 374-2891.


Here’s a last-minute reminder from association president Doug Dunbar that the John Bapst Alumni Gathering is 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the Sea Dog Restaurant in Bangor.

“It’s always held as the folk festival begins,” Dunbar wrote of the reunion during the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront, “and is a great way to reconnect with friends.”

All Bapst alumni and families, current and former school faculty and staff, are invited.

One special attendee will be Patricia Platt, JBHS ’60, who is Ms. Maine Senior America, he wrote, and who is “in the process of getting ready to compete in the Ms. Senior America Pageant this October in Atlantic City.”

More information about her is available at http://patriciaplatt.blogspot.com/.

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