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New Renaissance Singers to aid children’s choir

By Joni Averill

New Renaissance Singers president Darrell Kent reports its Yuletide Celebration concert will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at First Congregational Church of Brewer.

Admission is free, but a donation of $6 would be appreciated since a portion of the proceeds benefits Bangor Area Children’s Choir.

Singers will perform “On Christmas Night” with the church’s bell choir. Guest instrumentalists will be violinist Anatole Weick and flutist Susan Heath.

Bangor Symphony Orchestra donated a holiday gift basket including two BSO tickets for an intermission raffle, and attendees can enjoy refreshments and meet the singers after the performance.


The Orono Project Graduation 2010 Committee will act as host for the Orono Community Breakfast 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Orono Senior Center on Birch Street.

Lurene Ekwurtzel said the $3 admission for students, senior citizens and college students with identification is in keeping with the Meals for Me price, which should be helpful, and the group rate for up to five people is $12.

Admission for adults is $4, free for preschoolers.

The kiddies will enjoy Daffydd the Story Teller from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the Orono High School Project Graduation 2010.


One of the longest-running Christmas Fairs in eastern Maine is held by the women of First Congregational Church of Ellsworth.

Joyce Johnson reports that very popular event will be held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 Church St.


Marilyn Smith e-mailed that St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Christmas Fair, Le Petit Noel, will be held 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 5, in the parish hall, 11 White St., Rockland.

Proceeds benefit its community mission projects and the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry.

Adults bringing a nonperishable item for the pantry receive a raffle ticket for an evergreen wreath and children a ticket for a drawing for an age-appropriate item.


Here’s a reminder from the University of Maine that the Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration, which is free and open to the public, will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Collins Center for the Arts on the Orono campus.

The event, featuring a welcome with Penobscot Chief Kirk Francis and offering numerous opportunities from book signings to traditional foods, is sponsored by the UMaine Hudson Museum.

Raffle tickets for the Hudson Museum Friends Maine Indian Basket Raffle are $5. The winning ticket for the basket by National Heritage Fellow Award winner Clara Keezer will be drawn at 4 p.m.


President Mary Dorchester invites you to the Willing Workers’ Christmas Craft Fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Kenduskeag Union Church “across the green bridge from Route 15.”

The fair offers the “best corn chowder in the State of Maine” along with “food, fancy work and crafts,” she said.


The Island Falls Historical Society annual Christmas Open House and 3rd Annual Cookie Sale is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Tingley House, 16 Nina Sawyer Lane, reports Rebecca Drew and Revena Smith.

Cookies are available for a donation of $5 a pound, and handmade gifts can be purchased at the Emerson Store.


Kathleen Caldwell invites you to the Peace through Interamerican Community Action, or PICA, Holiday Sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Peace and Justice Center, 170 Park St., Bangor.

It will feature goods made by residents of Bangor’s sister city, Carasque, El Salvador, and Caldwell reminds readers you will be supporting fair trade while holiday shopping.


Sharir Patterson of Bangor Center Corp. reminds you Bangor Rotary’s Festival of Lights Parade is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in downtown Bangor followed by the lighting of the holiday tree, which is donated each year by Sprague’s Nursery, in West Market Square.

You are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to help fill Lane Construction’s float with a ton of food. Donation sites will be along the parade route.


David Haskins and Kris Whitney invite you to the Bangor Art Society’s seventh annual Holiday Art Auction at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Masonic Center (formerly Wellman Commons) at 294 Union St., Bangor with music by Charlie Haiss.

After the silent auction at 6 p.m., auctioneer Sue McKay and host Jean Deighan will conduct the live auction at 8 p.m.

Among the works offered will be those of Denny Winters, Warren Spaulding, Francis Hamabe and William Shevis.

For more information visit

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

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