You know the old saying about the early bird getting the worm?
Well, this early bird is getting the headline!
It was Wednesday, Sept. 20, when John Kidder took pen in hand to write me about the annual Hunter’s Breakfast sponsored by the officers and brothers of Ralph J. Pollard Masonic Lodge #217 A.F & A.M.
This year’s event just happens to be the 50th annual, Kidder wrote five weeks and three days before the breakfast, which is from 3 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the lodge, 730 River Road in Orrington.
The cost of $5 per person, or two children under 12 for $5, provides a delicious breakfast of eggs prepared as you like them. The menu also includes ham, hash browns, baked beans, doughnuts, coffee, orange juice and milk.
“No one goes away hungry!” he wrote, and underlined it, too!
Kidder went on to explain what a wonderfully fun community event this particular breakfast has turned out to be every year for half a century.
“The senior hunters arrive early, and later in the morning families and friends gather to share the meal and conversation, which becomes an ‘unofficial’ Orrington and surrounding towns town meeting,” he said.
“We look forward to, once gain, welcoming people to this great family event.”
Kidder wrote that proceeds from this longtime activity “help with the upkeep and maintenance of our lodge” and help members fund their “charitable activities.”
Tickets are available at the door the day of the breakfast, or can be purchased in advance by calling lodge treasurer, Charlie Haskell, at 825-3552.
Members of the Bangor Art Society Art Auction Committee are inviting artists to donate original artworks to be auctioned during the Society’s Fourth Holiday Art Auction.
The event is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Union Street Brick Church, located on the corner of Union and Main streets in Bangor.
Proceeds from the sale of the donated works will benefit the programs of the art society, with a percentage of the sale going to the artists.
Interested artists can call JoAnne Houlsen, 947-0937 or 659-0063, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Kris Whitney, 942-3868, or e-mail email@example.com.
Shelter Director Paula Mitchell hopes people will come out and support the Humane Society Waterville Area when it hosts its craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the American Legion Hall, 21 College Ave. in Waterville.
Mitchell wrote that the fair will feature 60 Maine crafters, and all proceeds will benefit the shelter animals.
Janice Woychik has announced that Jazzercise is hosting a Jazzerthon to benefit the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign for the American Cancer Society.
The two-hour event is from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 175 Downeast Highway, Route 1, in Ellsworth.
Woychik explained that “four instructors, one of whom is a cancer survivor, will teach, nonstop, in a circuit format.
“Participants can come, singly, or as a tag team, and come any time through the morning.”
There is no charge to participate, but you are requested to make donations payable to the America Cancer Society.
Besides having “fun for a good cause,” Woychik wrote, some people will win prizes and giveaways will be offered.
For more information, call Woychik at 288-2236.
Betty Reeve has donated a lap-size quilt for a Quilt Raffle to benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
The quilt was pieced by Reeve and quilted by Sandy’s Hideaway Quilts.
The drawing is Sunday, Oct. 29, at Hope Lutheran Church, 1520 Union St. in Bangor.
Raffle tickets are five for $5, 17 for $15 and 25 for $20, and can be obtained by calling Reeve at 356-0425.
Reeve explained that multiple myeloma is a blood cancer; specifically, a cancer of the plasma cell.
“While blood cancers are rare, multiple myeloma is the second most common,” she continued. “There is no cure for multiple myeloma currently. However, it is treatable.”
Reeve was diagnosed with the disease in April 2005, and is now in remission.
She wrote that she prays “every day, for a long remission, to see my young children grow to adulthood.”
You can also obtain more information about the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation by calling Reeve at the number above.
Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.