Last Saturday night was our beanhole dinner at the Fairview, followed by music by the lake. We served close to 100 beanhole bean enthusiasts yeast rolls, brown bread, cole slaw, blueberry cake, ham, and of course, beans and hot dogs. A Smithfield bargain at $8.00. At 6 p.m. sharp the Snow Pond Pantastics delighted all with their steel drum band music. Nothing more fun than that sound by the water. After a set of “steel” the “regulars” plus or minus, kicked it into gear and played under the lights until about 9:30, extending our 6:00-9:00 Jam Session, as the crowd demanded. Special performances by two young ladies, the first visiting with her grandparents and just nine years old and the latter, a friend and sometimes performer at our Jam, a 12-year-old singer. She sang “Happy Birthday” to our Grange Lecturer, Kevin James… just 39, again this year. At the end of the night, the Fairview Grange had benefitted by about $800.00 which keeps your local Grange open, able to stay relevant in your community, and able to maintain and improve the facility. We appreciate the support of all who attended and especially want to thank those who shopped, cooked, planned, cleaned, prepared, served, baked, lugged tables, built the stage, cut the grass, washed dishes, hauled the trash or in any other way worked to put on the event. It doesn’t happen by itself, so thanks to those Grange members! Also, we should add that it was especially nice to see some of our long time Grange members who have “been there, and done that” support the Fairview by attending. David, Marilyn, Elery, Olive (and young Mr. Bobby Corson) and any others I may have missed. I was busy in the kitchen! Big thanks, Rick “Master” Fairview Grange.
Highland Lake Grange celebrated the 150th Birthday of National Grange with an open house August 13, 2017. Over 25 neighbors joined current and former Grangers to enjoy an afternoon of food, door prizes, birthday cake, tours of the Grange and a local trivia game “Duck Pond Jeopardy” with host “Monty Grange Hall.” Pennies were collected for House in the Woods and several guests left with membership applications….two applications were turned in!
We had 35 people participate in all or part of the campout weekend. The weather had its good and bad times but mostly comfortable for outside activities.
Friday morning 23 went to play mini golf, having lots of cheers, jeers, and laughter. Rick got the low score of 49. He did have some help to get it and his hole in one was questionable. He did receive something very special for his “one-holer.” Holly outscored everyone with 72 “duds.” Isabel, Judy, Jim, Bill, and Rick each got a hole in one to receive a special award. King size assist award went to Greg for him helping with Rick’s shot. Bill got a “do goodie award” for proving the score. Several of our competitors received “whopper” awards for scoring a 7 on one hole–William, Tracey, Greg, Bill, Holly, Berta, Mike, and Susie.
Potluck was shared Friday evening.
Junior judging and Chinese auction items were taken care of on Saturday morning. Some of the auction winners needing a box for all their treasures.
Ten ambitious folks pitched horseshoes, the rest of the group doing a lot of encouraging and heckling. Helen and Greg took the first place honors. Jim and Tina second and Mike and Dennis finished third. Each received a mini horseshoe pit for awards. (Mini chocolate cakes)
Bocce ball rounded out the afternoon with 18 rolling/throwing balls and even using a tape measure for top spots to be decided. Katelyn and Rick won the challenge but again Rick had additional help with Terry as his first partner. Berta and Greg came in 2nd and Norma & Jim taking third. (Awards were Lindt chocolates of the appropriate color.)
An ice cream social with all the fixings topped off the activities with “awards” being given out. We joked that some actually “earned” them and some not so much.
It was another successful and fun time. We have set a date for next year at the same place July 20, 21, and 22, the third weekend. Join us! Maybe you’ll get an “award.”
Here is a tentative schedule for the Family Campout weekend events coming up at Silver Springs Camping and Lodging (Route 1 in Saco).
Friday, July 14
10:00 a.m. Mini golf at Martell’s Ice Cream and Mini Golf. One mile north of campground on Route 1. Everyone pays their own way.
5:00 p.m. Potlusuppererr at Richard & Sherry’s cabin. Bring something to share, your drinks and a chair. We will provide plates, etc. A grill will be available.
Saturday, July 15
9:00 a.m. Junior items need to be in rec hall, Junior judging will be at 10.
9:30 a.m. Bring in items for chinese auction in rec hall.
10:00 a.m. Horseshoes at pits. Draw for partners. Sign up with Sherry anytime. Bring chairs.
1:00 p.m. Drawing for auction items in rec hall and Jr awards.
1:30 p.m. Bocce Ball. Draw for teams. Sign up with Sherry any time.
7:00 p.m. Ice cream social at Jim & Judy’s campsite. Bring chairs.
We have a great weekend. Hope to see you there.
On a personal note. Thank you folks for all my get well wishes. It was very kind of you. Sherry
Valley Grange recently demonstrated their support of Veterans with a donation of collected items and cash for the Garry Owen House in Searsmont, Maine. We also learned about some of the work being done on behalf of our Veterans from Alex “Bear” Allmayer-Beck, LCSW and Program Director for the Garry Owen House. Alex later wrote, “I particularly enjoy events like this because they restore my faith in what America is really about. As a person who immigrated to the United States to leave the atheistic dictatorship of Tito in Yugoslavia, a day never goes by that I don’t thank God that I am a citizen of the U.S.A.”
Joining Alex was Bruce “Joker” Marshall, an active member of the Maine Chapter 3 of the Patriot Riders. Bruce shared several success stories demonstrating how the Riders have help Veterans in many different ways.
In “other business” Grange Members voted to support the “4 Friends for Smiles Campaign” –a Dexter-based program run by four third grade girls (“K-Kids” who, with the help of their Moms are making and delivering baskets to kids who are in the hospital on the EMMC pediatric floor. The girls created the project so they could “pass along some niceness” and the folks at Valley Grange are happy to help! Since they received their dictionaries from Valley Grange last year maybe the looked up the word “niceness,” but defining words with actions such as theirs truly gives the word meaning!
By Steven Haycock, Fundraising Chairman
We’re only a few days away for the Maine State Grange’s Variety Show at Topsham Grange on Saturday 4/29/17 at 6 pm. Admission is $6.00 and $2.00 from each ticket sold will be donated to the scholarship funds of the Maine State Grange. A portion of the profits from this evening will also be donated to the scholarship funds. The hall is located 47 Pleasant St, which is just off Route 201 (Main St.) in Topsham.
We have a great lineup of acts including music, comedy, vocals and more! During intermission, we will be selling slices of delicious pie and beverages.
We will also be holding a Pick Your Prize Raffle with tickets costing 2 for $1.00 or 12 for $5.00. Items for this raffle have been generously donated by local businesses. Prizes include:
- $25.00 Gift Certificates to Day’s Jewelers x 3
- $20.00 Gift Card to Hannaford
- $50.00 Gift Card to Walmart
- Free Front Alignment from Tire Warehouse
- 2 Packages of Gourmet Jelly Belly Jelly Beans from Main Street Sweets
- 4 Free Medium Subs from Firehouse Subs
- Assorted Wall Décor from Tractor Supply
- Pink Baby Camo Set from Tractor Supply
- Wallet and Head Lamp Set from Tractor Supply
- Artisan Olive Oil and Vinegar Gift Sets from Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegar x 3
- And More
Plus a great door prize as well!
Also available for sale will be the Agricultural Pride t-shirts for $12.00 and Grange car magnets for $3.00.
This is sure to be a great fun, family friendly evening for one and all. So load up the car and come to Topsham and support the Maine State Grange!
On Sunday afternoon, April 23, 2017, thirty-six people attended the Degree Day at Danville Junction Grange, sponsored by Androscoggin Pomona.
Special guests were MSG Master Rick Grotton, MSG Overseer Sherry Harriman, and members of the MSG Executive Committee James Meserve and Victoria Huff.
The four degrees were conducted by the following officers: Master Wayne Sherman, Overseer Greg Johnson, Lecturer Glenys Ryder, Steward Norma Meserve, Assistant Steward Steven Verrill, Lady Assistant Steward Roberta Meserve, Chaplain Kenneth Footer, Treasurer Wes Ryder, Secretary Linda Sherman, Gate Keeper William Hatch, Pomona Kathy Lorrain, Ceres Cynthia Maxwell, Flora Ruby Bryant, and Pianist Louise Roberts.
Taking part in the Harvest March were Gladys and Maynard Chapman, Tracey and Bill Small, and Judy and Jim Meserve.
A light luncheon was served between the second and third degrees.