Maine Discovery Museum seeks volunteers

By Joni Averill,
Posted Aug. 30, 2009, at 6:46 p.m.

Maine Discovery Museum executive director Andrea Stark is seeking volunteers to help with a little fall housework at the museum, which is located in the old Freese’s building at 74 Main St., Bangor.

Volunteers are needed Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 2-4, and Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 8-11.

“MDM takes advantage of the slowdown, after a busy summer, to close for a short while for cleaning and repairs,” Stark wrote.

She explained that since the museum recently had to reduce staff, she now is asking members of the community to volunteer a few hours “to help out with these annual cleaning and painting chores.”

Those who do will be rewarded with “free passes to the museum,” Stark wrote.

Maine Discovery Museum also needs crafters and sewers for projects that can be done at home, such as “making our fabulous, felted diner food,” she added.

If you can help in any way, call director of volunteer services Laurie Claverie at 262-7200.

As a “heads-up,” Stark reminds readers to mark their calendars for Saturday, Nov. 7, the date for the museum’s annual auction of artist-decorated furniture.

This year’s auction features a pine accent table with a removable tray and is titled “Tray Chic!”

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Terri Sleeper of Healthcare Charities of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems reports Cheryl Long and Cheryl Russell will present “a virtual tour” of the new CancerCare building in Brewer during the United Methodist Women’s Group Community Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at North Brewer-Eddington United Methodist Church, 31 Main Road, Eddington.

For more information, you may call the church at 989-4715.

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From Robert Schmick, director of education for Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum, we learn that a group of people has decided to form “an association of blacksmithing enthusiasts” in association with a blacksmith shop to be built there this fall.

To that end, the first meeting of the Fields Pond Blacksmith Association is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Curran Homestead, 372 Fields Pond Road, Orrington.

All are invited to attend.

Schmick says that “the Maine State Museum, with funds from the State of Maine’s New Century Community Program, has awarded The Curran Homestead a $2,651.44 Historical Facilities Grant to both improve facilities for housing their historical collections and creating educational programming that focuses on blacksmithing.”

And while rain has delayed construction, building materials have been delivered and “we hope to break ground soon.”

For more information about the first meeting of this association, or about Curran Homestead, call Schmick at 843-5550 or e-mail rpschmick1@aol.com.

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The final presentation in the Mary Potterton Memorial Concert series will feature cellists Peter Lewy and David Bakamjian with pianist Bruce Potterton, Ann Carter reports.

Sponsored by SummerKeys, the series closes with the last concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Lubec Congregational Christian Church.

Crow Town Gallery and Lubec Rental Properties will provide the intermission refreshments, and information about the concert boat from Eastport is available by calling 852-4574.

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Diana Arney e-mailed that “any interested women” are invited to attend meetings of the Hancock Women’s Club.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Community Center, Route 1, Hancock.

Speakers will be “representatives from Maine Youth Leadership, a nonprofit organization that runs a yearly, 4-day free seminar for high school sophomores designed to build leadership skills for community volunteer service,” Arney wrote, adding both Ellsworth High School and Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan have participated.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

For more information, call Arney at 422-9993 or HWC president Jackie Nicholson at 422-6852.

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

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