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Church fundraiser to feature ‘Marden’s Lady’ comedy show

Karmo Sanders | BDN
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Birdie Googins, also known as the Marden’s Lady, will perform Friday, Sept. 28, at a fundraiser for Grace United Methodist Church in Bangor.
By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Birdie Googins, also known as “the Marden’s Lady,” will use her ability to make people laugh to help raise funds for Grace United Methodist Church in Bangor.

Birdie, whose real name is Karmo Sanders, will perform during the church’s annual live and silent auction 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Spectacular Event Center on Odlin Road in Bangor.

Sanders, who was born in Norway, Maine, and lives in Scarborough, has a knack for knowing how to parody everyday Mainers, delivering her material in such an authentic and playful way that it allows her audience to laugh at themselves.

“Being accidently Maine’s only supermodel, I’ll be telling what that’s like,” Googins said of the material she expects to bring to the event. “It’s Maine humor from a woman’s point of view. It touches on politics, true stories. You can’t make this stuff up. Everyone talks to me and I get to travel all over the state so the material is just flying at me. Birdie is your mother, your aunt, your sister or somebody in your family.

“I had to lose my Maine accent to be an actress, but Birdie doesn’t have to lose hers. Birdie is funnier than I am. One of my favorite parts of Birdie is doing fundraisers,” she said.

Birdie, according to her creator, is running for Queen, and is a fountain of information. She welcomes questions about what she can do for people as Queen. She invites those who attend the auction to bring lots of questions — Birdie will have answers.

Sanders also is a playwright. In July, her play “Gold Rush Girls,” a musical, was staged in Anchorage, Alaska. The play is an adaptation of the book “The Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Klondike Gold Rush,” written by her friend Lael Morgan and published in 1998. Sanders’ husband, Jerry, composed the music for the play, which opened July 27 and closed Sept. 2. Every show was sold out, she said. She is seeking venues to bring the musical to Maine stages.

Auctions items up for bid include gift certificates to Oriental Jade, Governor’s, Anglers, Natural Living Center, Miller Drug, University of Maine football, the Collins Center at UMaine, antique pewter candle holders, jewelry, stained glass art pieces, paintings, pictures, gift baskets of many themes, folk art bird Houses, a blanket from Bed Bath and Beyond, a porcelain lighthouse, gift certificates to Rocky Knoll golf course, home-baked pies and cupcakes and antique china sets of service for 10.

Event tickets are $20, including appetizers, beverages, silent auction, live auction and Birdie’s comedy show. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets may be obtained at Grace church, Patrick’s Hallmark in Bangor or at the door the night of the event.

For information or to donate an item for the auction, email graceumc193@yahoo.com.

For information about Birdie, visit birdiegoogins.com or goldrushmusical.com.

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