December 06, 2019
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Athens to celebrate its bicentennial June 11-13

Athens Historical Society president Guy Anton invites you to Athens Old Home Days as that Somerset County community celebrates its bicentennial Friday, June 11, through Sunday, June 13.

“We’ve been working and setting aside money for 10 years,” said bicentennial spokeswoman Mary Ann Anton, who also is the mother of the AHS president.

“It’s going to be a great lot of fun,” she added.

Events begin with a quilt show at 4 p.m. Friday, at the Athens Grange Hall, followed by a contradance at 7 p.m. in the Athens Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall.

Saturday’s events begin at 9 a.m. at the fairgrounds and include everything from a Civil War encampment to demonstrations of all kinds by people in period costumes.

A chicken barbecue is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the 7 p.m. beard contest will be followed by a fashion show.

It is going to be a wonderful time for everyone, with ongoing music and “maybe even candy raining from the sky,” Mary Ann Anton said.

Admission is free and food will be available for sale throughout the weekend.

Sunday is “a little more laid back,” Anton said, and everyone can enjoy free strawberry shortcake.

“We want people to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy lots of old-fashioned games for the kids.”

The celebration will end with the music of bell ringers.

With more events and activities than I can list here, I know everyone will have a terrific time, and I congratulate all who have worked so hard to make this a meaningful weekend.

Congratulations are extended to President John Bragg and everyone associated with N.H. Bragg, who are celebrating that company’s 150th anniversary with a public open house from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at 92 Perry Road in Bangor.

The event features Matt Kenseth’s No. 17 and Kurt Busch’s No. 97 NASCAR race cars, displays and demonstrations of more than 80 manufacturers, food and $5,000 in door prizes.

There is a contest to cut a car in half using only a hacksaw, and the person making the closest guess of how long it takes – without going over the time – will win a tool bag worth more than $500.

The company was founded in 1854 by Norris Hubbard Bragg and is now run by the fifth and sixth generation of the Bragg family.

Bucksport Area Cultural Arts Society proudly presents national funnyman and television personality Tim Sample, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Bucksport Auditorium, 100 Miles Lane.

Tickets are limited to 504 and are available only at BookStacks on Main Street in Bucksport or by calling the store, 469-8992.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and children under 12.

Proceeds will help BACAS further enhance auditorium surroundings.

BACAS secretary Lisa Whitney reports that the show’s opening sample at 7:30 p.m. is “a local improv troupe, Caught in the Act.”

The Levi Stewart Community Theatre will present three performances of the children’s musical, “The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner” by David Wood.

The shows are 7 p.m. both Friday, June 11, and Saturday, June 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13, in the auditorium of the Stewart Free Library Building in Corinna.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children age 10 and under and $20 per family.

Nokomis Regional High School of Newport English teacher Kent Higgins, who has twice taken students to the New England Drama Festival, is directing the local actors.

Proceeds will help with improvements to the historic Stewart Library Building, where cultural and sports events have been conducted for more than 100 years.

The LSCT recently purchased a sound system and added sound-absorbing panels to the auditorium walls. The cloth in the panels is part of a donation of material from Interface Fabrics of Guilford.

For more information about the theater or the building, call LSCT president Ken Dow, 278-5873.

The fifth annual Golf Invitational to benefit Good Will-Hinckley Homes & Schools for Boys & Girls is Friday, June 18, at Belgrade Lakes Golf Club in Belgrade.

Sponsored by Boothby & Bartlett Insurance of Waterville and Fairfield, organizers hope to raise $20,000 at this event.

The 18-hole scramble includes lunch and prizes along with gifts, raffle items and door prizes.

For details to play or sponsor a hole, call Michelle Dugal, 238-4283, or e-mail mdugal@gwh.org.

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


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