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Church invites festival-goers to enjoy hymns

By Joni Averill

People who have a favorite church song, especially visitors to the area enjoying the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront, are invited by First Congregational Church of Brewer minister of music Bob Cottrell to attend its service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at the church located at 35 Church St., beside Brewer City Hall.

Cottrell said that, “in keeping with the musical spirit” of the festival, “the morning worship service … will be built around hymn singing.”

“And not just any old hymns, if you please,” he continued, “but those that members of the congregation have identified as their personal favorites.”

The special hymns include “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “It is Well with My Soul” and “In the Garden.”

After the service, Cottrell wrote, “refreshments will be served, and there’ll be time to walk across the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge for the final afternoon of this year’s Folk Festival.”


Tom Walsh reports singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi, a judge for the television program “American Idol,” has donated two tickets and a backstage pass to the show’s 2010 finale in Los Angeles as part of a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., preceding a community potluck dinner Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor.

Proceeds benefit the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium “to cover the $8,000 cost of commissioning a sculpture for outdoor installation in Prospect Harbor, where DioGuardi has a seaside home,” Walsh wrote.

A slideshow follows the 6:30 p.m. dinner and, according to the symposium’s Web site, guests will have the opportunity to “meet with the artists and share food and conversation with them.”

For information, call Walsh at 963-2711.


Jeri Cole e-mailed Flash in the Pans of Blue Hill will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in the field overlooking Fort Point Lighthouse at the tip of Cape Jellison at Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs.

Hosted by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, you can bring a picnic or purchase refreshments offered by the Stockton Springs Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.


On behalf of The Rotary Club of Bangor, Bev Uhlenhake reminds readers this organization meets at noon every Tuesday at Wellman Commons on the grounds of the former Bangor Theological Seminary campus between Hammond and Union streets in Bangor.

The next meeting is noon Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Wellman Commons.

“Nonmembers, who would like to attend a meeting, or who would like to consider membership in the Rotary,” Uhlenhake wrote, “can do so by contacting Jan Currier, membership chair, at 942-8261, ext. 224, or at usafreejan@aol.com, or by contacting one of Bangor Rotary’s 100-plus members.”


Jan Crofoot e-mailed the Blue Hill Historical Society Speaker Series continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at The Carriage House behind the Holt House in Blue Hill, and this one sounds like it could be interesting.

“We have invited area people, who make their living in Blue Hill Bay, to talk about their livelihood,” Crofoot wrote, adding that the hosts “hope to have audience participation.”


Ann Carter reminds those who appreciate shopping at the Calais Free Library Used Bookstore that it will continue to be open through October.

The Used Bookstore hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 31.

Carter notes the effort to increase the library’s collection will continue and if anyone would like to have their used books picked up, you can call the library at 454-2758.

“All proceeds from the sale of the books and other materials, such as records and video-DVDs, go to help the library with special projects and materials that can’t be covered by the regular budget,” Carter said.


Julie Bigge wrote Millinocket Historical Society is planning a special holiday yard-bake sale “featuring a large array of holiday items and fresh baked goods” 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Millinocket, and your help would be appreciated.

These fundraisers are part of the MHS “capital fundraising campaign … to pay for and renovate” the future home of the society at 80 Central St., Millinocket, Bigge explained.

“If anyone is interested in donating a baked item to help with this fundraiser,” she wrote, “please call 731-5046 and leave a message. You will also be able to find us at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org.”

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

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