UNION, Maine — On a cool autumn night later this week, dozens of women will file into an old building in a small town in coastal Maine. There they will gather around tables and tell stories, talk about family histories and make their own memories beautiful and concrete.
From 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, until 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, the women will participate in a scrapbooking sleepover, called the Scrapbooking Spooktacular. So far, more than 20 women have signed up to get artsy and craftsy in their pajamas and eat dinner, desserts and snacks at the Thompson Community Center.
Union’s monthly crop, or scrapbooking group, leader Tera Corson of Union said some of the members heard of overnight parties in other places and wanted to start one in Knox County.
“I think it is something that helps build memories and I think it is a real social activity. I think it gives women a chance to get out and have some time, but also to be doing something that will build memories for their families forever. It’s a real positive thing, we’re a great group of people who like to have fun and just talk and socialize,” Corson said. “It’s addicting.”
Corson works on scrapbooks for her 13-year-old daughter, one a year, to help her build fond memories.
Another scrapbooker in the crop, Tracy Clark of Appleton, said she makes a book each year for a family member’s Christmas present. She picks one of her 10 nieces and nephews, based on who had the most eventful year, and builds a book for them.
Clark moved to Appleton in 2007, leaving her family roots in Louisiana. She said being part of the crop has helped her make friends. Sometimes she goes to a scrapbook session and gets so caught up in the conversation she doesn’t get much scrapbooking done, she admitted.
“For me it has been an opportunity to get out and meet new people,” she said. “To do it overnight gives you unlimited time to scrapbook. If you don’t like to scrapbook, just come and talk. You don’t have to stay all night.”
The event is a fundraiser for the Thompson Community Center. The center runs on donations and volunteers. All proceeds from this sleepover will help the center buy new tables.
Clark said the community center that the fundraiser benefits is an important community staple.
“Union is small, Appleton is small. It gives people someplace to go,” Clark said. “It gives people somewhere to go that is local, they don’t have to go out of town. For us to do something we usually have to go to Rockland or Augusta; there’s just not a lot to do locally.”
The event costs $20. That includes dinner, desserts, snacks, breakfast and table space. People must bring their own scrapbook supplies. Some tools will be available. Participants may bring pajamas, pillows and blankets.
For more information on the Scrapbooking Spooktacular or the regular crop, call Tera Corson at 542-5511.