Everyone associated with the Bangor Area Children’s Treble Choir and Youth Chorale is approaching its spring performance, “Friends, Favorites, Facing Forward and Fond Farewells,” with bittersweet anticipation since this event marks the final appearance of artistic director Michele Bremmer Hall, who is leaving the area.

The concert, which also will introduce new artistic director Steve Weston and include the Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church Jubilation Ringers hand bell choir, is at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at Columbia Street Baptist Church, 63 Columbia St., Bangor.

The concert is free and open to the public, and donations to help support the choir will be accepted.

Liz Grandmaison e-mailed that the concert “should be very entertaining and emotional,” and reports that she is “stocking up” on facial tissues.

“These are poignant and exciting times” for BACC, Grandmaison wrote.

“We are deeply grateful” for Bremmer Hall’s “enduring dedication to, and passion for BACC, throughout its 17-year-history.

“We encourage choir alumni to join us for Michele’s final concert as we celebrate her tenure with BACC and look forward to the future under Steve Weston’s directorship.”


Brewer Middle School coordinator Rich Kimball called to let readers know that Maine singer-songwriter David Mallett will appear in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at BMS, 5 Somerset St.

Kimball believes this is Mallett’s “eighth appearance at BMS,” adding that “we tend to do this every spring and always look at it as a real sign of spring when his concert arrives.”

Tickets are $20 and are available at BMS, Brewer High School and The Grasshopper Shop in Bangor.

All tickets are general admission, and proceeds benefit Brewer Youth Theatre programs.


Tom Testa reports Downeast Scenic Railroad volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Washington Junction “for the first work day of the 2009 season.”

For more information about the mission of the Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust, or how to volunteer, visit www.downeastscenicrail.org.


The Challenger Leaning Center of Maine team of Hampden Academy senior Dale Thomas, Bangor High School freshman Hannah Chaisson and Bangor Christian School eighth-grader Ken Van Dine will conduct their qualifying launch for the sixth annual Team American Rocketry Challenge beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 5, at CLC, 30 Venture Way in Bangor.

Their challenge is to build and fly a model rocket reaching 750 feet, remaining aloft for 45 seconds, and returning to the ground with one unbroken, raw egg.


Dr. Everett Parker reminds you the 13th annual Shirley Community Church Maple Syrup Brunch is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at the Shirley Town Hall, “and everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.”

Admission is by donation. Parker said the event is the major fundraiser of the year for “the Church on the Hill.”

This year’s funds will help finish “the new water well hookup and Fellowship Hall renovations to include a new kitchen, and completing the bathroom,” along with providing resources for upkeep and activities at the church.

A variety of pancakes, with maple syrup “direct from Charlie Baker’s Sugar Shack,” is featured and, after the meal, you are invited to visit that site where “Charlie and Debi Lynn Baker will be on hand to demonstrate maple syrup being produced, weather permitting,” Parker wrote.

One more reminder is that because of the lunch, the Palm Sunday service begins an hour earlier, at 9 a.m. at the church.


The Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra reports two violin soloists, Jacob Pollien and Taylor Clark, will be featured during the BSYO Spring Concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at Ellsworth High School.

Opening with “The William Tell Overture” and closing with John Philip Sousa’s “The Thunderer,” the young musicians from central and eastern Maine are looking forward to entertaining you at this free concert at which your donations will be accepted.


Hermon Fire Auxiliary members are collecting “clean, salable items” for their fourth annual yard sale planned for May, Ann Byers told me.

While doing your spring cleaning, if you find items you can donate, you are asked to call her at 848-5067, Mary DiBona, 848-5106, or Vicki Gonyea, 848-5615, “for pickup or to make arrangements for you to deliver to us,” Byers said.

Byers requests that you “do not drop off items at the fire station as we do not have a place to store them there.”

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