June 19, 2019

Ceramic Show to feature displays, benefit UCP

People with an interest in ceramics will have the opportunity not only to satisfy their curiosity, needs and interests this weekend, but be able to help a local nonprofit organization at the same time.

The Pine Tree Ceramic Association is hosting the Ceramic Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Sunday, at the Elks Club on the Odlin Road in Bangor.

All proceeds from the admission fee benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Maine. Admission is $2 for adults, and $1 for seniors and children age 15 and under.

The event is open to the public and, since the money raised is for charity, club members are hoping for a good turnout.

Member Donna Stanley of Lincoln told us there will be ceramic distributors, as well as people featuring different paints, and bisque, which are pieces of fired clay to be painted.

Also on view and for purchase will be items in the booths of ceramic suppliers and mold companies, and displays by shop owners who are members of the PTCA.

“Every hour, on the hour, we will have a drawing for door prizes,” Stanley added.

Stanley described PTCA as “an association of ladies who really put their heart and soul into this.” The members include women in the Greater Bangor area as well as those residing in towns and cities from Fairfield to Houlton.

“We meet the first Saturday of every month,” Stanley said.

“Sometimes we meet at one of the local restaurants, or we might travel to a studio and discuss the business.”

Also, this weekend, you will be able to view pieces that local crafters have entered in various competitions this year.

Anyone with an interest in ceramics who would like to know more about the workings of this club is welcome to write and request information from its president, Patty Pratt, H.C. Box 62, Box 803, Mawahoc 04451.

People who arrive early for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Benefit Masquerade Ball Saturday at the Ellsworth Elks Lodge, B.P.O.E. 2743 in Ellsworth, can take advantage of free swing dance lessons with Chuck McKay and members of the Back Door Dance Studio.

The lessons will be offered from 8 to 9 p.m., just before the start of the ball.

The Downeast Swing Band will provide the live music while DJ Rob Eaton’s Street Party will keep rock ‘n’ roll and country dance fans happy.

Organizers promise plenty of room to swing as much as you like, thanks to the use of an additional dance floor donated for the benefit by Jeff’s Catering of Brewer.

Tickets are $20 each and available at the MDI YMCA in Bar Harbor, Harbor House in Southwest Harbor, and in Ellsworth at The Grasshopper Shop or the Elks Lounge.

Information about this fund-raiser, or about the BBBS of Hancock County — which was founded in 1998 to provide mentoring services to boys and girls in need of support from a caring adult — can be obtained by calling the organization at 667-5304 or (800) 492-5550.

Attention, former members of The Penobscot Paddle and Chowder Society.

Betty Jean “B.J.” Maybury of Brewer wants you to join in the celebration of its 30th anniversary by participating in the Fall Pot Luck Supper at 6 p.m. Friday at Rangeley Hall on the Eastern Maine Technical College campus in Bangor.

Former and present members of PPCS are invited to join the festivities and renew old friendships. The guest speaker is Mike Krepner of Native Trails Inc.

Maybury wrote that the club has members “throughout the state of Maine, some from New Hampshire, New Jersey and Nova Scotia.” We’re sure any of those “from away” would be heartily greeted were they to attend.

The nonprofit organization is composed of people “whose common interests are canoeing, kayaking and other related outdoor activities,” Maybury continued.

Through its membership, “the PPCS tries to promote communication among paddlers, paddling instruction, river safety, and conservation.”

An affiliate member of the American Canoe Association, American Whitewater Affiliate and the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the club provides an annual schedule of day and weekend paddling trips as well as hiking and cross-country ski trips.

Perhaps best of all, is that PPCS annual dues — for an individual or family membership — are just $15.

Anyone with questions on the Fall Pot Luck Supper can all Jim Peary, 722-3477. If you have questions on the supper, or about the Penobscot Paddle and Chowder Society, call B.J. Maybury at 989-3878.

On behalf of the Telephone Pioneers, Pat Elliott of Orrington and all her fellow Pioneers invite you to attend their annual Pioneer Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bell Atlantic Garage, 645 Odlin Road in Bangor.

All proceeds benefit Pioneer Charities which, Elliott informs us, include Maine Special Olympics, Pine Tree Camp for Handicapped Children and Adults, the Salvation Army, Camp Sunrise, local shelters, Christmas assistance for families and service to the elderly.

We were happy to hear from Pat Leavitt of Newburgh that a recent fund-raiser for Dystonia Awareness Week, hosted by the Maine Dystonia Support Group, was a success.

Leavitt wrote that more than $980 was raised, and that $800 of the money “will be sent to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation for medical research,” with the remainder benefiting the local organization.

Dystonia is a neurological disorder which causes involuntary spasms and can cause twisting of the neck, vocal cords, hands, eyelids or limbs.

Information about the MDSG can be obtained by calling Leavitt at 234-7225.

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

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