April 08, 2020

Festival of Lights Parade planning under way

Believe it or not, Sally Baughman, president of the Rotary Club of Bangor, wants you to “think snow!”

That’s because she really wants you to consider making plans to be a part of the Rotary Club’s Festival of Lights Parade, which is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in downtown Bangor to “kick off the 2006 winter season.”

This year’s theme is “Embrace the Magic,” Baughman wrote, adding that planners want “to get the information out to potential parade walkers and area groups” to contact her to reserve space for their group, and to request an application.

Volunteers are also needed to help organize the parade, she wrote, “so anyone interested can also contact me to offer support.”

Individuals or representatives of groups or organizations planning to participate in this annual event, and helpful volunteers who enjoy this pre-holiday activity, should call Baughman as soon as possible at 973-6168.

On behalf of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution of Machias, and the Robbinston Historical Society, Valdine Atwood invites you to join them in honoring the memory of Revolutionary War soldier William Morrison at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Ridge Cemetery in Robbinston.

The ceremony includes the unveiling of a U.S. government veteran’s grave marker and a memorial service honoring Morrison.

A reception follows at the Robbinston Historical Society building on Route 1 in Robbinston.

Atwood wrote that “all descendants, friends and interested persons are invited to attend.”

To reach Ridge Cemetery, turn off Route 1 at Mill Cove in Robbinston onto Ridge Road, and drive about 11/2 miles to the cemetery, “which is in a field on the left, just beyond the Steammill Road on the right,” Atwood wrote.

The rain date for the ceremony is Sunday, Oct. 15.

Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Paul Sullivan will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor.

Sullivan will play some of his own compositions as well as jazz classics as part of the Arlan A. Baillie Performance Series.

The concert is open to the public, and there is no admission fee.

The program will include a live video of the performance, projected onto a screen at the front of the church.

This is Sullivan’s second appearance at All Souls, having played there in 2001.

Alexis Jones invites you to attend a Vegetarian Cooking School hosted by the Greater Bangor Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The class is 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at 42 Orion Way, Route 2, in Hermon, and the cost is a $5 donation.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and more information can be obtained by calling 941-1146.

The 21st Maryann Hartman Awards, sponsored by the Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program, is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Buchanan Alumni House at the University of Maine in Orono.

Although the event is free, registration is necessary for seating and refreshment planning.

Information can be obtained by writing Angela Hart, Room 101, 5728 Fernald Hall, Orono 04469-5728; calling her at 581-1228; or e-mailing angela.hart@umit.Maine.edu.

This year’s honorees are Mary Cathcart, for her political advocacy for women in the Maine Legislature and beyond; Lee Sharkey, for her poetry and her ability to connect her community with the issues women face in the Middle East and Central America; and Sarah Hudson, for creating and improving emergency medical care systems ashore and on the high seas.

Recipients of this year’s Young Women’s Society Justice Award are Greenville High School senior Amelia Butman and Hampden Academy senior Hazel Stark.

Here’s a reminder that the fifth annual March of Dimes Dinner Auction is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Elks Club on Odlin Road in Bangor.

Among the featured auction items are autographed books donated by National Basketball Hall of Fame coach John Wooden.

Tickets can be obtained by calling Gene Staffiere at the Northern Maine March of Dimes office, 989-3376, or e-mailing gstaffiere@marchofdimes.com.

To clarify the information I provided in my column last Friday, Oct. 6, regarding the Maine State Society seeking a candidate to represent it in the 60th Cherry Blossom Festival April 1-7 in Washington, D.C., the society is seeking a young woman to be its princess in the festival.

One Princess becomes Festival Queen and attends Japan’s Cherry Blossom Festival two weeks later.

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

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