December 13, 2019

Holiday shopping opportunities abound Saturday

Whatever there is about Saturday, Nov. 7, it sure must be special. There must be a good reason it is the date so many organizations choose for such a variety of activities that it makes your head spin trying to keep them straight. However, we will make a sincere attempt, here, to do so.

For Hampden Community Women, Judy Gamble reminds you that organization is sponsoring its 21st annual Harvest Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Weatherbee School Gym on the Main Road in Hampden.

Lunch will be served and raffle tables will entice you to purchase crafts and holiday gifts. Maybe that’s what it is: early holiday shopping!

HCW is a nonprofit women’s group that helps support families and organizations in the community.

It meets the second Wednesday of each month, and its business meeting is followed by a special program or craft event.

The organization presents a yearly Community Service Award to a local woman involved in the community; sponsors a Hampden Academy Dollars for Scholars scholarship; helps provide for needy families during the holiday season; and supports a variety of other community activities.

Proceeds from the Harvest Craft Fair go to the Dollars for Scholars scholarship.

Anyone intereted in learning more about HWC, or becoming a member, is welcome to call Gamble at 862-4539.

Brian Higgins and members of the Brewer Historical Society invite you to attend its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Brewer Historical Society, 199 Wilson St., Brewer.

Following the regular business meeting, members and guests are invited to enjoy a social time and refreshments prior to the dedication of the Peter Foy III Memorial Carriage House.

If you want more information on this program, call Higgins at 989-7568.

We spoke with Nada Call, secretary of the Woodland Education Boosters, who told us more than 80 tables have been reserved for the WEB annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale which is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Woodland High School.

Proceeds from the fair are used for scholarships for summer academic programs.

Since its founding 1988, WEB has provided more than $15,250 in scholarships for 98 area students.

Thanks to that support, Woodland students have attended conservation camp, Summer Sea Session at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, an athletic training camp at the University of New England in Biddeford, Youth Leadership Camps, Presidential Classroom events in Washington, D.C., and received help with exchange student expenses.

WEB is making a significant contribution to the quality of life of its students, and is to be commended for its efforts.

You are urged to support that work by attending the fair — this year’s luncheon menu is chicken soup or spaghetti — but you can also volunteer to work the fair or make a donation for the raffle by calling Call or Dorothy Johnson at 427-3201.

At the East Orrington Congregational Church Candlelight Christmas All Church Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church on the Fowler Road, you’ll find all you need for a full day.

This fair features candy, crafts and baked goods; a luncheon with lobster rolls, fish chowder and sandwiches; and then a roast beef dinner to be served at 5:30 p.m.

Admission to the dinner is $8.50 per person, and you must make advance reservations for this event by calling 825-3404.

The Sunshine Club of Anah Temple Shrine is sponsoring its annual Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Shrine building, 586 Main St., Bangor.

Norine Holt, Connie Glazier, Cynthia Fielding and Maggie Hill are the co-chairwomen for the event which is the club’s major fund-raiser.

Fair proceeds help provide transportation to the Shriners Hospital for Children and the Shrine Burns Hospital. Understanding the need for young children to be accompanied by a parent during such a difficult time, the club also provides transportation and housing for a parent when needed.

Admission is free; the kitchen will be open all day for lunch, drinks and dessert; Glazier, a quilter, has donated a queen-size Jewel Box quilt to be raffled; and all the Sunshine Club members promise you won’t be disappointed if you do your holdiay shopping in their festive and friendly atmosphere.

Sylvia Curran Smith and the Volunteer Cemetery Angels report that its auction and supper last month “was a great success,” raising more than $3,500 for improvements at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Bangor, and they thank you for your support.

The Angels are still busy, however, and invite you to join their Fall Cleanup by meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery office on Ohio Street.

You are asked to bring rakes and, if you have questions, to call 947-9960.

Half the proceeds from the Redeemer Lutheran Church’s annual Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 540 Essex St., in Bangor, will benefit local charities which, in the past, have included Spruce Run and Manna Soup Kitchen.

This fair has all handmade items ranging from Chrismas ornaments, candy and baked goods to polar fleece clothing and hand-painted wooden items. You can also purchase food mixes, plants, and enjoy a cafe with breakfast servings from 9-11 a.m. and luncheon servings from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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

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