February 26, 2020

3 humorists stand up for Bangor High benefit

All who attend “Maine Humor Night” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School on Broadway are in for a triple treat.

Three kind and generous men are volunteering their talents to raise money for BHS Project Graduation 2003, a program that provides a drug- and alcohol-free evening of celebration for graduating seniors.

I’m not sure you’re ready for them, but they’re ready for you and, I promise, it will be a sidesplitting event.

Local and well-loved Bangor humorists-storytellers Joe Bennett and Clyde Folsom will be joined by one Norbert Twichell, who has many tales to tell.

Bennett, the father of four, previously assisted with Project Graduation. But two years ago, when one of his children was graduating from BHS, he decided to take on a leadership role by organizing the first Maine Humor Night.

With another child graduating this year, Bennett stepped up to the plate again and called upon old friend Folsom, once more, who then rang up his buddy Twichell, who agreed to join the local men on stage.

Twichell, as some readers may know, is the stage name for 1961 University of Maine graduate, former Maine Alumni Association chairman and retired Rhode Island businessman Peter Gammons, who now lives in Vienna, near Belgrade Lakes.

Gammons, the subject of a 1994 Bangor Daily News story, is “a natural” when it comes to Yankee humor.

At the time he said he grew up listening to his father and grandfather swap Maine stories and tall tales while drinking coffee around the kitchen table.

Following meetings during his tenure as chairman of the MAA, he often entertained fellow board members with traditional tales of the Maine woods.

One day, a board member asked Gammons to perform at a senior alumni banquet – so in 1988 Gammons became “Norbert Twichell.”

Although Gammons was born in Rhode Island, his Maine roots are deep and his Maine ties are strong, especially now that he actually resides in the town where once, I suppose, even Norbert would have called him “a summer complaint.”

Bennett believes the evening will lift your spirits, and I agree.

“Considering the winter we just went through,” he said, “we thought this would be kind of a nice way to welcome spring, shake a little of the winter dust off, and have some laughs.”

The admission, just $5 for adults and $2 for students, will be worth every penny!

Tammy Adams informs us that the Tri-Town PTG, serving Searsport, Frankfort and Stockton Springs, is hosting a Dollar for Scholars Walk, rain or shine, at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Frankfort Little League Field.

Funds raised will be used to help provide scholarships for graduating seniors from those communities.

Adams reports this is the group’s “first walk, and we hope to make it an annual event.” She said it was possible because of sponsorship by The Healthy Living Project.

It is designed to be convenient for all, which means the hosts have decided that a one-time registration fee will be charged rather than having participants go door-to-door seeking pledges.

The registration fee is $10 per person, or a maximum of $30 per family.

Individuals or families who register by Friday, March 28, receive a free T-shirt, as do the first 50 registrants.

You can choose your own route, walking either the Little League Field, or Loggin Road to Hamm Road and back for a 7-mile loop, or walking as far as you want.

If you cannot attend but want to make a donation, you are welcome to do so as well, and business sponsorships are being offered for $25 and $50 each.

All checks should be made payable to Tri-Town PTG and mailed to Adams at 71 Adams Road, Frankfort 04438.

If you have questions about this new fund-raiser, call Adams at 525-3233, Twyler Webster, 525-4557, Roxanne Smith, 567-3106, Mike Garcelon, 548-2311 or Erin Ireland, 548-2317.

Anita McGarry and members of the Heart of Maine Chorus of Sweet Adelines International present their “Swing into Spring” Concert, which features the High Stepper and other surprises, at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the handicap-accessible Brewer Auditorium on Wilson Street.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for children under the age of 8.

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

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