WAYSIDE GRANGE

Joe and Nellie Kennedy

Ken and Jane Brooks
Ken and Jane Brooks along with Joe and Nellie Kennedy, formerly of Evergreen, bring acoustic Americana music to the Wayside Theatre/Grange’s season premiere on Saturday, April 26th at 7 PM.
Brooks and Kennedy combine two couples from different bands, performing some of their favorite songs together. Their years of friendship and a shared interest in vintage folk, bluegrass, gospel and classic country results in a sweet harmony of instruments and vocals.
Tickets for the Brooks and Kennedy show are $10. Baked goodies and refreshments are sold at intermission and there are pie auctions, a door prize and a 50/50. The theatre is located at 851 North Dexter Rd on Route 23 in Dexter. For more information on the Wayside Theatre/Grange concerts, contact Chester Bekier at 924-5711, Joe Kennedy at 277-3733 or WaysideGrange@yahoo.com.
SEBASTICOOK VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
There will be a Business After Hours event at the Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, Masiello Group on Thursday, April 24th from 5:30 to 7 PM. The real estate office is located at 105 Main Street in Pittsfield.
Business After Hours are a fun way to network with other business owners and community members. Chamber members as well as the public are invited to attend.
Registrations for vendors are coming in and booth space is limited, so if you would like to be a vendor at the upcoming Chamber Trade Show on Saturday, May 3rd you are encouraged to get the registration in soon.
Both Chamber members and non-members are invited to showcase their business and services for area residents and other businesses. This is a way to promote your business, introduce a new product line, promote a special sales event or even advertise for new employees.
The general public will be invited to save the date for a fun, productive and interesting day getting to know local businesses and artisans. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children younger than age 12, or everyone is free with the donation of a non-perishable food or useful product for donation to local Food Cupboards. This year will have lots of demonstrations, attractions, and vendors, with Jonathan Parker of the TV hit “Northwoods Law” coming to sign autographs and answer questions.
Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, June 26th at the J. W. Parks Golf Course in Pittsfield.
Businesses are invited to participate with sponsorship or with a team. With your help, this fundraiser will allow the Chamber to continue to offer its services to businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals that reside in the Sebasticook Valley region.
Attention Non-Profits participants for the Sparkle 2014 are now being sought.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 8th at the St. Martin’s Hall in Palmyra. Sparkle is the largest charitable fundraiser in the area and a collaborative effort for the Chamber. Up to 12 non-profit organizations will benefit from the proceeds. Great food will be catered again this year by Jeff’s Catering. There will be entertainment, a live auction and a silent auction. The event is always a big hit and fun for all. Over the past 8 years more than $110,000 has been raised and distributed to the participating organizations, with each receiving between $1,100 to $1,700 for their efforts.
The Chamber is looking for non-profit organizations to apply as participants in the annual fundraising event. Applications must be received by Saturday, May 31st.
For more information on any of these events, please call the Chamber at 368-4698 or info@ourchamber.org Forms available online at www.ourchamber.org
GFWC NEWPORT WOMAN’S CLUB
GFWC Newport Woman’s Club met April 10th in the boardroom of the Sebasticook Valley Health on Leighton Street in Pittsfield. Sherry Tardy, Director of Business Development for SVH, introduced Dr. James Fullwood podiatry specialist, who spoke on foot care.
A Bicentennial coverlet that features historic sites of Newport is being created to sell to the public during Newport's 2014 celebration.
Members voted to once again participate in the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce "Sparkle" for 2014.
The club sponsored art contest for Nokomis students was judged at the Newport Cultural Center on April 3rd. Awards went to Joanna Howell, 1st place, Krysta Sherman 2nd and Christin Murphy 3rd. Joanna Howell then won a 2nd place ribbon at the District #3 art contest at Jeff's Catering on April 5th and will now be entered into GFWC Maine's contest on Thursday, May 8th.
Officers for 2014-2016 presented by the nominating committee are: President-Gerry Richardson, Vice-President-Debbie Ferrill, Secretary-Mary Kate Cole, and Treasurer-Jane Briggs. The Wednesday, May 7th meeting will be held at the China Way Restaurant in Newport at 12 PM. For further club information, call 368-5836.
AUTHOR TO SPEAK ON GARDENING
Reeser Manley will present “Gardening with Insects, the Little Things that Run the World” on Saturday, April 26th at 11 AM at the Newport Cultural Center. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation. This event is free and open to the public. The Sebasticook Garden Club in conjunction with Newport Cultural Center offers this program.
Reeser Manley Author and Bangor Daily News Columnist has a BS in Biology, a MS in Botany, and a PH.D. in Horticultural Science along with 40 years of gardening experience. In addition to writing about gardens, he’s a garden photographer and many photographs appear in his blog.
The Newport Cultural Center is located on Main Street in Newport.