May 29, 2024

Ronald McDonald House to mark 25th year

The public is invited to attend the Business Community Open House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Ronald McDonald House of Bangor, 654 State St.

However, it would be helpful, even for organizers’ last-minute planning purposes, if you would be kind enough to call 942-9003 if you do want to attend today’s event.

Ronald McDonald House of Bangor executive director Patricia Beckwith and everyone associated with this essential Bangor institution hopes you will join them in celebrating “25 years of caring.”

Word from Page Farm and Home Museum is that its annual wreath-making workshops continue from 6 to 8 p.m. today and Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the museum on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

Taught by local craftswoman Claire Ackroyd, the charge is $15 and registration is requested by calling 581-4100.

The museum also is selling wreaths for $15 with $6 benefiting the museum.

You can order the wreaths by calling the above number and pick them up between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the museum.

Mary Turner invites you to “give two gifts in one” this holiday season by visiting the third annual Open Studio, 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, through Friday, Dec. 5, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, at Essentially Felt Studio, 865 Pushaw Road in Glenburn.

Featuring the work of local artists Ginny and John Hackney, Spyra Designs, Sandy Spiller, Pamela Hitchcock and Janice Jones, Turner thanks “all of the artists for donating their proceeds to Bangor’s professional theater company, Penobscot Theatre.”

For more information, call 942-0365 or e-mail

You are invited to enjoy “a candlelight, a cappella presentation,” Carols in the Round, featuring the Mount View High School Chamber Singers, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono.

Trudy Tremblay wrote the concert, featuring young singers who “have toured from Scotland to El Salvador, and from Ground Zero to the White House,” will help you “usher in Advent and Christmas.”

Tremblay added that “contributions received at their concerts support both their travels and the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.”

In this, their 18th season, she continued, “the Singers will appear in 26 locations from Salem, Mass., to Stillwater” and, while there is no admission fee, “contributions are appreciated.”

Jill Reeves invites the public to a free Walks and Talks Program at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the MDI YMCA, 21 Park St., Bar Harbor.

Ned Johnston “will share his experiences in Ethiopia and show his film, ‘Just One of the Girls,'” about “the women of the Hamar Tribe in Ethiopia.”

After this presentation, Reeves added, “everyone is welcome to use the facility.”

Also, Reeves wrote, Bar Harbor residents bringing proof of residency that can be “a utility bill, for example,” can use the YMCA’s swimming pool from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sundays for free or, if you want, use its indoor track.

For more information about MDI YMCA offerings, call 288-3511, ext. 104, e-mail or visit

The Curran Homestead invites you to “meet and greet” its new volunteer director of education programs, Bob Schmick, and his family, when you “Help Us Take A Step Back in Time” by attending a fundraising dinner with seatings at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at Oriental Jade restaurant at the Bangor Mall.

Admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under, and tickets must be purchased by Thursday, Dec. 4, by calling 745-4426.

The tickets, in your name, will be held at the door for this event that also offers two door prize drawings for each seating.

I was saddened to learn of the death of Carolyn Colburn Eaton of Brooksville, who died the week before Thanksgiving.

As a member of my husband’s Bangor High School Class of 1955, I know that, to those with whom Carolyn shared her life, she was a loving, caring and considerate woman.

Despite living much of her life with rheumatoid arthritis, she was exceptionally gifted with her hands and generously shared her creativity and work with those she loved, from family and friends to members of her community.

To her husband, Dwight Eaton, her family, close friends, and all who loved her, my sincerest sympathy.

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

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