Earlier this year, Williams Pond Lodge Bed & Breakfast of Bucksport introduced its Red Bench Project, which co-owner David Weeda describes as “a fun, creative way to support [the Bucksport-based] Cancer Support Center of Maine and increase our seating capability here at the Bed & Breakfast.”
Williams Pond Lodge Bed & Breakfast celebrated the first day of summer with a summer solstice gathering in June, which also served as a benefit for the cancer center and was, in fact, the third seasonal celebration to benefit that nonprofit.
All three have been very successful, Weeda said.
The mission of Cancer Support Center of Maine, located on Main Street, is to assist Maine women and men and their loved ones who are confronting cancer and help empower communities through outreach and educational programs about cancer risk reduction.
For information about the center, call 469-6363.
To participate in the Red Bench Project, Weeda said individuals can purchase a $100 gift certificate for a one-night stay at the bed and breakfast.
That gift certificate is then donated to cancer center for use at its discretion as perhaps a silent auction item, a prize in a raffle, or to provide a wonderful night’s lodging for folks who are visiting the area or provide care for a loved one dealing with cancer.
And the donor of the $100 gift certificate receives a coupon good for a 15 percent discount for a visit to Williams Pond Lodge.
Now, about those Red Benches.
For each $100 gift certificate sold, Weeda explained, Williams Pond B&B will purchase a cedar bench from Ellsworth Building Supplies, paint the bench red and place it on the shorefront of the property to be sat upon by good folks from all over the world.
“When our guests enjoy sitting on these beautiful red benches, we will happily engage them in a conversation regarding their opportunity to support Cancer Support Center of Maine!”
Weeda reported that Ellsworth Building Supplies got this project off the ground by providing the first three benches, which were unveiled at the summer solstice gathering.
Subsequently, he added, three guests at the lodge each contributed a $100 gift for those benches to become part of the Red Bench Project.
The goal is to have at least six red benches scattered around the property in time for the fall equinox gathering, which is 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the lodge.
Earlier this month, Weeda reported five benches had been lined up at this point and that he was feeling hopeful that the sixth will have been purchased, painted and placed beside the pond before the fall event.
“The benches look splendid sitting on the shore here at Williams Pond Lodge,” Weeda stated, “and many guests, from all over the world, have been enjoying them, photographing them and hearing the story of their appearance and learning of the work of Cancer Support Center of Maine.”
For information about the fall equinox gathering, for which space is limited and reservations and donations are requested, call the lodge at 460-6064 or Cancer Support Center of Maine at 469-6363.
For information about the Red Bench Project and how you can participate, call 460-6064, write William Pond Lodge, P.O. Box 461, Bucksport 04416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.