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Mars Hill, Blaine to celebrate 10th Winterfest

By Joni Averill

Winterfest Committee member Tomi Henderson wants readers to know area residents and visitors will celebrate the 10th annual Mars Hill and Blaine Winterfest Friday, March 12, through Sunday, March 14.

Many local clubs and committees are involved in the event, Henderson said, as a way “to raise funds for their own groups.”

The event began “as a way to give people something to look forward to doing in late winter,” she added.

Festivities begin with a baked ham supper at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Central Aroostook High School in Mars Hill, and conclude with the Big Rock Invitational Youth Race at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 14, at Mars Hill Mountain, followed by a hot dog roast at noon “at Harvard Townsend’s camp,” Henderson wrote.

Admission for that event is by donation.

In between, attendees will enjoy everything from a cribbage tournament to sales, bingo and basketball featuring the state championship teams of 1994 and 1996 versus the 2005-2006 state champs at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13, followed by the girls alumnae game.

While most events are at CAHS, Saturday’s “Kardboard Klassic is a favorite event at Big Rock Ski Area,” Henderson wrote, adding “there is also something special about watching a torch parade wind its way down the ski slope” on Saturday evening.


Barbara Waters reports St. Martin’s Thrift Store will hold a Spring Fling Saturday Sale “to accommodate the current customer base and those individuals whose work schedules prohibit their shopping … during regular business hours.”

This special sale is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at St. Martin’s Thrift Store, 112 Maine Ave., Millinocket.

“The entire store is being restocked in preparation for the sale,” Waters wrote.

This Saturday sale “is only the third time in the recent history of the nonprofit, nondenominational store,” that it has “scheduled a Saturday opening,” Waters added.

Store proceeds support the nondenominational St. Martin’s Food Pantry and Emergency Fuel Fund, which assists those in need in the Katahdin region, she added.

The store also has opened a second floor offering gowns, accessories, new gift items, men’s wear and more, Waters wrote.

“The concept behind the expansion and the special Saturday sale is to increase revenues so that more funds can be directed to the other pressing needs of the disadvantaged and the poor,” she said.

Regular business hours for St. Martin’s Thrift Store are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays.


Vickie Adams and members of Elm Street Congregational Church invite you to a public supper featuring casseroles, baked beans, salads, rolls and homemade pies from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Brown Hall, 31 Elm St., Bucksport.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children 5-10, free for children under 5.

A 50-50 drawing will be featured, and proceeds will benefit the church’s building fund.


Pastor Steve Smith invites you to hear Debra Dow, “gifted singer and guitarist,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Orono United Methodist Church, Oak Street.

Dow “will be sharing selections from her newly released CD ‘Foundations’ during a Deb Dow and Friends concert,” Smith wrote.

Refreshments will follow the concert, and proceeds will benefit the work of Crossroads Ministry in Old Town.


Brian Folster e-mailed that “one day a year, everyone is Irish,” and he invites you to a Real Irish Boiled Dinner “prepared by local leprechauns themselves,” from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Old Town United Methodist Church, 744 Stillwater Ave.

Admission for this event, which includes entertainment and games “the whole time,” Folster wrote, is $6 for adults, $3 for children, $15 for a family of four or more.


Congregation Beth Israel will welcome professor Laura Lindenfeld at its next coffeehouse at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Congregation Beth Israel, 144 York St., Bangor.

Lindenfeld will address “The Portrayal of Jewish Life in Film.”

The event offers attendees an evening of fun and education, and includes coffee and light refreshments.

For more information, call 945-3433.


The exhibit, “David Estey—Abstration” continues thorough Wednesday, March 17, at the Robert E. White Art Gallery on the ground floor of Peabody Hall at Husson University, One College Circle in Bangor.

The gallery is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

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