All invited to picnic for UM women’s basketball

Posted May 27, 2010, at 7:05 p.m.

You don’t have to be on any special list to receive an invitation to the ninth annual Friends of Maine Women’s Basketball Black Bear Lobster Picnic, which is noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at Union River Lobster Pot Restaurant in Ellsworth.

Friends member Connie Kelsey called me to make sure the word gets out that anyone who is interested in attending is more than welcome, and you can receive more information or make your reservations by calling the UMaine women’s basketball office at 581-1107.

The cost is $50 per person for this event, during which you will be able to meet and hear UMaine women’s coach Cindy Blodgett and her assistants talk about their NCAA Division I program and meet and visit with some of the players.

Since the picnic, co-hosted by Friends board member Brian and Jane Bromley, does fall on Father’s Day, organizers offer this as a gift suggestion, since all dads will be honored and receive a special gift along with the gift bag that every attendee receives.

If you or someone in your party does not like lobster or cannot eat seafood, there is an alternate picnic menu.

In their letter to “family, friends and fans,” organizers report that “with tuition increases, travel and recruiting costs climbing, we can all help the team in this very visible and enjoyable way.”

And remember, construction or not, there is more than one way to get to Ellsworth.

If you are unfamiliar with the back roads, grab a map, try out a new route and see something different along the way!

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In a later column I’ll go into more detail about this coming event and the individual and history behind it, but for now, I want you to know if you want to save $10 on your registration fee, you should register by June 1 for the “Third Ever” Larry Reynolds Charity Golf Tournament.

That event, to benefit Camp Rainbow for children with cancer, is Friday, June 18, at Hermon Meadow Golf Course.

If paid by Tuesday, June 1, the registration fee is $65.

After that date, the registration fee is $75 per golfer.

For registration information, call Reynolds at 945-3339 and leave a message, if necessary, or you can e-mail larryareynolds@yahoo.com.

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Marianne Lynch reports that members of the “local legal community” and their children have joined forces to present a musical fundraiser “to help with the purchase of larger string instruments for the Bangor middle schools.”

An Evening of Music with local student-family duos is 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 4, at Next Generation Theater on Center Street

Admission is $5 for individuals, $10 for families.

Lynch said school music conductor William Bell “has the students to play, but the cost of these larger instruments is often cost-prohibitive, and recent budget cuts make the purchase of such instruments a difficult prospect for the school department.”

Playing traditional fiddle music will be Max and Jeff Silverstein, known as Maximum Blue.

Fred and Ray Costlows, calling themselves simply The Costlows, will entertain with “rhythm and bluesey vocals,” Lynch wrote, adding that “I have heard both duos. They are fabulous.”

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Would you like to be in a variety show, no matter what your age?

If you would, all you have to do is call Myke Spencer by Friday, June 4, at 942-6002, to register for the Winterberry Heights Assisted Living & Memory Care Community Variety Show, which will be at 7 p.m. Friday, June 11, at Winterberry Heights, 932 Ohio St., Bangor.

The program that night is open to the public and admission is free.

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Three months from today we’ll be right in the middle of the 2010 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront (which is Aug. 27-28) and, with more than 100,000 visitors expected, the organizers want your help.

Debbi Melnikas reports the AFF needs nearly 900 volunteers to register for more than 20 jobs, for which training is provided.

A volunteer shift is 3½ hours; you receive a special volunteer T-shirt; you are invited to a private Saturday night party with performers and staff; and you have the satisfaction of knowing you made this eastern Maine experience special for those you assisted.

For more information, about training dates and opportunities, call Melnikas at 992-2630 or visit www.americanfolkfestival.com.

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

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