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Bangor New Year’s Eve event seeks volunteers

By Joni Averill

Bangor Center Corp. has issued a request for volunteers to assist with Downtown Countdown 2010 which will be from noon to midnight New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, in Bangor.

“In order to offer expanded entertainment options for this free, community event,” wrote Shirar Patterson of the center, “volunteers are needed more than ever.”

Volunteers will be asked to staff one of the 15 venue sites for 2½ to four hours only between 6:30 p.m. and midnight.

Tasks you will be asked to perform include “greeting attendees, sharing information about the overall event, giving directions, performance announcements, crowd management and safety as well as entertainer support,” Patterson wrote.

For more information or to volunteer, visit www.downtownbangor.com, e-mail Patterson at downtown@bangormaine.gov or call 992-4234.


For the third time, Penobscot Theatre Company producing artistic director Scott RC Levy has announced, Penobscot Theatre will present David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries.”

The play is “appropriate for mature audiences,” Levy wrote of the production based on Sedaris’ work that “follows the true experiences Mr. Sedaris had while being an elf at Macy’s one holiday season.”

“The Santaland Diaries” will be presented at 7 p.m. both Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Wednesday, Dec. 16; at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19; at 7 p.m. both Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22; at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26; and 7 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Bangor Opera House on Main Street.

Tickets range in price from $15 to $35 and are available by calling the box office at 942-3333 or visiting penobscottheatre.org.


Deanna Partridge of Hammond Street Senior Center reports that licensed jewelers Mark and Jamie Dube of The Diamond and Gold Mine Outlet in Bangor “will examine, test and price the weight of your gold, silver and platinum items,” for free, beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the center, 2 Hammond St., Bangor.

At this second gold and silver buying party, dubbed “Golden Nest Egg II,” Partridge said, “if you decide to sell” the jewelry you brought for appraisal, “you’ll receive payment right on the spot.”

The jewelers will also appraise and buy “diamonds, precious stones or unique settings” and, Partridge added, if you decide not to sell, that’s OK: “They’ll give your items a free ultrasonic cleaning.”

For more information, call the center at 262-5532, visit www.hammondstreet.org or stop by the facility, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, in downtown Bangor.


Visions Gallery of Houlton reports that Mrs. Santa Claus will visit Visions 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, “to assist the gentlemen of Greater Houlton with shopping for their special someone again this year.”

Funds raised by Visions Gallery support local art programs in Aroostook County.

For more information about this event or the gallery, call Barbara Sutton, 532-9119.


Norma Spurling e-mailed this is the time of year “when people often think about the meaning of giving and receiving.”

In keeping with that seasonal tradition, Spurling continued, members of “Bar Harbor Congregational Church are preparing to offer their annual gift of the Living Nativity to the community.”

This program is 6-7:20 p.m. both Wednesday, Dec. 16, and Thursday, Dec. 17, “on the front steps on the church” at 29 Mount Desert Street.

Spurling believes “this is a fine opportunity to take the time to ponder the true spirit of Christmas.”


Julia Conway reports that Schoodic Arts for All will hold its annual Christmas potluck and carol sing at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor, and volunteers are needed to prepare for this event.

“If you would like to help set up or decorate,” Conway wrote, call her at 963-2569.

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

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