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Saturday a triple-header at Curran Homestead

By Joni Averill

The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum has a busy day planned for its 14th annual Maple Festival, Easter Egg Hunt and Irish celebration 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at The Curran Homestead, 372 Fields Pond Road, Orrington.

President John Mugnai reports admission for nonmembers is $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and, for Curran members, $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

Admission includes refreshments and participation in all events.

Jerry Hughes will provide Irish folk music; Dan Hughes will have his Scottish highland cows; Karla Brown will have her newborn lambs and goats; and Curran board member Bob Croce will demonstrate how maple syrup is made.

Ruth Monsell of Damariscotta will offer silhouette portraits between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for $29 and $10 for copies.

Framing is $15 additional, and a portion of the proceeds benefits Curran Homestead’s restoration and living history museum.

For more information about this event, scheduling a silhouette sitting or Curran Homestead programs, call Robert Schmick at 843-5550 or e-mail rpschmick1@aol.com.


It’s a sure thing all youngsters in our readership area are ready for this weekend’s Bangor Y Spring Fair.

Marie Stewart reminds readers the fair is 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 26; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at the Bangor Auditorium.

Admission is $5 for patrons 13 and older, $3 for ages 1-12 and free for babies under 1.

Wristband days are 4-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, when wristband purchasers can ride all they want for $12.


Bingo players may help support Orono High School Class of 2010 Project Graduation by attending a Surprise Basket Bingo from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at American Legion Post 84 on Park Avenue, Orono.

Doors open for the event at 11 a.m., and your $15 admission includes up to 18 playing cards.

Gerri Johnson-Harvey reminds readers you must be at least 16 to play.

Baskets donated by local business owners and community members offer a wide variety of items and price ranges, and raffles, including a 50-50, as well as food and drinks, will be available for purchase.

For tickets or more information, call Johnson-Harvey at 745-0388.


Mary Blackstone invites the public to the first in a series of programs to help you “start easing into the gardening season,” she wrote.

The program is an apple pruning workshop at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Johnson’s Apple Orchard, 298 Branch Pond Road, Ellsworth.

The workshop is free, and the snow date is Saturday, April 3.

Brett Johnson “will demonstrate the tools and procedures necessary for maintaining healthy and productive apple trees,” Blackstone wrote of the program that will be followed by a hands-on opportunity to practice pruning techniques.

For more information, call Blackstone at 667-8878, e-mail ellsworthgardenclub@gmail.com or call Sue Sweeney at 460-3504.


Brenda Sprague of Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor reports that a Women’s Health Center Frock Swap and Sing-Along is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at Reel Pizza Cinerama in Bar Harbor.

The cost to participate is $10.

A supervised children’s movie, for a suggested donation of $2 per child, is 11:30 a.m., and a Sing-A-Long to “Mary Poppins” is 1:30 p.m. for a suggested donation of $6 per person.

Proceeds benefit WHC education programs.

“The Talk,” hosted by the WHC Advisory Committee and featuring human sexuality educator and consultant Al Vernacchio, Jr., is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in McCormick Lecture Hall at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.

The topic covers talking to kids of any age about healthy sexuality.

For information, call 288-8100.


There weren’t many grand occasions or regular events I can recall, since moving to this area more than four decades ago, at which Athena Aloupis of Bangor, who died earlier this month, was not present, and that was a pleasure for all of us.

From her years ensuring the comfort of her patrons at Peter’s Restaurant, which she owned with her late husband, Mrs. Aloupis carried with her that same warmth, kindness, consideration and thoughtfulness wherever she went.

When you met her and stopped for a chat, she made you glad you did, and that is truly a gift.

To her family and countless friends, my sincere condolences on her passing.

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

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