March 22, 2018
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E. Orrington church to hold international tea

By Joni Averill

Members of the East Orrington Congregational Church invite you to an international tea at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the church, 38 Johnson Mill Road.

After the success of its Russian teas, Charlotte Ladd said, this year “the tea will feature our Russian singers, but we are adding Spanish and Irish flavors to introduce international elements” to the fundraiser.

“We are serving some food representing the countries, and some American desserts.

“It is an elegant and lovely event.”

Admission is $10.

Reservations are requested by Tuesday, Dec. 1, and can be made by calling 825-3877.

Proceeds benefit the church’s fuel fund assistance program.


Pastor Tracy Cook invites the public to the Hangin’ of the Greens at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at Corinth Church of Hope.

With new curtains purchased this year, Pastor Cook wrote, “we will be hanging them also. This will be followed by a pot luck lunch to celebrate the beginning of our Christmas season.”

For more information about this church, which dates to 1834, call 285-7807.


Top Hat Dance II Team, which performs for local organizations and schools, is hosting a One-Stop Shoppe, featuring a variety of vendors, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at its studio in DeBeck Park off Route 1A in Holden.

For more information, call the studio at 989-3900.


Penobscot Theatre president Sheila Pechinski invites the public “to expand the theater experience” by spending A Weekend in New York, March 19-21, to benefit the theater.

For those who register by Dec. 1, the cost is $875 per person, double occupancy, or $200 more, per person, for single occupancy.

After Dec. 1 the double-occupancy cost is $925.

For complete details about travel, accommodations, shows, meals and other activities, call the box office at 942-3333, e-mail or visit


Executive director Joshua Torrance reports A Victorian Christmas at Woodlawn begins with a holiday open house 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Woodlawn, 172 Surry Road, Ellsworth.

Admission is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers, and reservations are recommended.

Local business owners have decorated the museum along with members of Ellsworth Garden Club and Surry Garden Club.

For reservations, call 667-8671 or visit for more information.


Shirar Patterson of Bangor Center Corporation has announced that Santa’s Workshop, featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 28 through Dec. 19, at 52 Main St., Bangor.

The visit with the North Pole couple features a free photo opportunity, and you can find an updated calendar of all Bangor’s festive holiday events at

For more information about downtown holiday events, you can also call Patterson at 992-4234.


Patricia Henner reports Page Farm and Home Museum is hosting its annual wreath-making workshops. Space is limited, so early registration is suggested.

The workshops are 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28; 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2; and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Museum at the University of Maine in Orono.

The $15 charge covers materials to make a 24-inch wreath and light refreshments.

If you want more than pine cones, berries and colored ribbon for your wreath, you should bring your own ornaments.

To register, call 581-4100.

For more information, visit

Henner added that beginning Nov. 28, the museum will be selling wreaths for $15 with $6 of the sale benefiting museum programs.

To order wreaths, call the number above.


As you read this, my husband and I are on vacation, enjoying the holiday with our Minnesota family.

My column returns to this section Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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

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