Apr 152017

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

By the time some of your read this article the Variety Show fundraiser for 2017 will be in the books.  If by chance you’re reading this online, the Variety Show is on April 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Topsham Grange on Pleasant Street in Topsham.

Looking ahead we have a Yard Sale at State Grange HQ on Saturday, June 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We’re again seeking donations of gently used items for us to resale.  You will need to contact State Grange HQ at 1-800-464-3421 to arrange a time to drop your items off.  We may be able to arrange pick up of some items.  Gently used clothing is acceptable, but please no exercise equipment or old TVs.  A light lunch will also be available.

We’re also renting tables for $20.00 if you would like to sell your stuff that day as well.  Please contact Steven Haycock at 998-2586 or granger04071ataoldotcom  (granger04071ataoldotcom)   by June 21 to rent a table.

Please keep in mind that we know have a supply of the green agricultural pride t-shirts $12.00, & Grange car magnets for $3.00.  If you would like to order on of these items contact me at the information above.

Mar 162017

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

We’ve got about a month to go before the Variety Show at Topsham Grange on Pleasant Street in Topsham.  The date is Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. The admission fee will be $6.00.  There will be a raffle with items donated by local businesses, and during intermission Ruby Bryant is coordinating refreshments featuring slices of pie.  We are starting to get some nice acts signed up, thanks to Merton Ricker who is our recruiter-in-chief.  If you have a talent and you would like to share it, please contact me as soon as possible as Merton will be in Japan.  (Don’t worry he’ll be back in time for the show.)  Also, do you own a local business?  Want some free advertisement, consider donating something to the raffle?  We will mention you in the program for the night, and on the State Grange Facebook page. A portion of the proceeds from the Variety Show will be donated to the Maine State Grange’s scholarship funds; agriculture, educational aid, and Howe’s nurses.

On June 24, 2017, we will be holding a yard sale at State Grange HQ from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We are seeking attic treasures and other gently used items. Also, you can join us, we are renting tables for $20.00. We will be selling lunches and having a cooked food table as well.  More information coming soon!

I’m so happy to say we have gotten a supply of the Agricultural Pride t-shirts in for sale.  These are the green t-shirts we were showing at State Grange! They depict a farmer standing in corn field and the caption says, “Farmers… Outstanding in Their Field.”  These t-shirts don’t promote Grange, so they are suitable for anyone, especially those interested in agriculture.  The cost is $12.00 and we have sizes Medium – 4X.  We can ship these to you if you would like for an additional $5.00.

We also have the Grange car magnets back in stock for $3.00.  These are not only great on your vehicle, but also on mailboxes, metal doors, refrigerators, and similar items.  These make great gifts and are also a super promotional tool.  We can also ship these to you for $1.00.

If you would like to purchase one of the above items or have any questions about the Variety Show or Yard Sale, please contact me at 998-2586 or Granger04071ataoldotcom  (Granger04071ataoldotcom)  .

Feb 152017

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

Do you have a talent??

  • So far, we have around four acts for the Variety Show on April 29, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at Topsham Grange, so we still very much need your help to fill out the program.  We’re looking for singers, dancers, musicians, skits, & comedy acts.  Don’t forget also at the show we will have a raffle for items donated by local businesses, delicious refreshments and more.


  • The work is progressing on the cookbooks, and my goal is to have them available for sale at the Variety Show.  There will be three separate cookbooks, Appetizers & Main Dishes, Desserts, & Pickles and Preserving.  Be sure to plan on picking up the whole set.

Ag Pride T-Shirts:

  • The Agricultural Pride T-Shirts have come in and I’ll have them for sale as soon as I can pick them up in Augusta.

Car Magnets:

  • The Grange car magnets are back and have come in.  I’ll have them for sale as soon as I can pick them up in Augusta.

Yard Sale:

  • The fundraising committee will be having a yard sale at State Grange HQ on June 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We are again asking people to donate some attic treasures for us to sell.  We will also be renting tables for individuals or Granges that would like to join us.  Lunch will also be available.  Save the date and more information will be available soon.
Jan 132017

By Steven Haycock, Chairman

Do you have a pen ready?  Here are two dates you need add to your calendar:

  • April 29th, 6:00 p.m. – Variety Show at Topsham Grange
  • June 24th 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Yard Sale at State Grange HQ

We are still searching for acts for the variety show, so if you have some talent and would like to share please contact me.  We will also be having raffles and selling pie for refreshments.

For the yard sale, we are asking members to donate gently used items for us to sell.  Please contact State Grange HQ or me to set up times to drop your items off.  We may also be able to arrange to pick up some items.  We are going to be renting tables out as well. Each table will be $15.00 and approximately feet long.  You can sell whatever items you wish on your table, but please remember that this will be advertised as a yard sale, so yard sale items/pricing is what the customers will be expecting.  Please contact me to rent a table.

We have received a new shipment of the Grange car magnets, and I will have them with me to sell as I travel to Grange meetings.  I should also have some of the Agricultural Pride green t-shirts available as well.


Dec 202016

By Steve Haycock, Fundraising Committee Chairman

Happy New Year to you and your families.  The fundraising committee has many events planned for 2017.  Last September we had a successful Variety Show held at Topsham Grange which raised around $400.00.  We had so much fun and such a positive response from those that attended that we’ve decided to it again.

This year’s variety show will be again held at Topsham Grange on April 29, 2017 (the fifth Saturday) at 6:00 p.m.  Admission price for the show will be $6.00.  Like last year there will be an intermission with slices of pie for sale.  We are again in search of people to perform, we’re looking for singers, musicians, dancers, comedians and anything in between.  Performers do not need to be Grange members.  All acts do need to be family friendly and we’ve decided not to have any creature acts this year.

We will be soliciting business to donate items to raffle off that evening.  If any member has a business or knows a business owner and would like to donate an item, it would be greatly appreciated.  I want to take a moment to thank all the Pomona and individuals who donated items for us to raffle at last year’s show.

This event will only be a success if we work together to find acts, solicit businesses, donate pies, and most importantly promote and attend the show.

For more information or to volunteer to help please contact me at 998-2586 or granger04071ataoldotcom  (granger04071ataoldotcom)  .  You can also check the Maine State Grange Facebook page for updates as well.

Webmaster’s note: A poster for the event is available for download and printing in the fundraising section of the Program Books and Information Page

Dec 152016


By Norma Meserve, Fundraising Committee Member

As 2016 is coming to a close and we look toward the new year, the fundraising committee is moving forward with several projects.

One of our big fundraisers for 2016 was the State Grange sponsored variety show. This was so much fun that we have decided to do it again in 2017. So mark your calendars! The variety show will be held on Saturday, April 29th (the 5th Saturday) at 6:00 pm at Topsham Grange. We are once again looking for acts for this event. So if you have a hidden talent or know someone who does please let us know. You do not have to be a grange member to perform or attend. We are looking for singers, dancers, musical numbers, comedy acts etc. (no creatures please). The performances need to be family friendly. More details on this will be forthcoming.

Dec 032016

Thanks to David Gowen for photos of a Christmas tree decorated and displayed by Cumberland Pomona Grange 15 at the Festival of Trees at Westbrook-Warren Church. It is one of over forty trees. Festival runs from December 3 to 10. For more information visit www.westbrookfestivaloftrees.com. The Festival of Trees fundraising concept has caught on like wildfire… it’s a great way to raise funds and for participants to “show off their stuff!”

Nov 132016

By Larry Bailey, Master

Friday, November 11, 2016 was the delivery day of $800 worth of food and supplies to the Pope Memorial Humane Society (Knox County). The funds to purchase the items came from our last bean supper which was well attended and the guests were very generous. The bean supper was so well attended that we actually ran out of food well before the scheduled end of the dinner. Our standard bean supper program is that all Veterans eat free. Thanks to all of our Grange members who helped and to the community which never fails to help when help is needed.

Diane Bailey (Treasurer), Larry Bailey and three very important FOG's (Friends of the Grange), Karan Cushman and her children Ella and Mason. They were very helpful in shopping and hauling the donated items into the shelter.  One FOG not pictured is Rob Sloat.  Rob is the husband of our Secretary, Gillian and has always provided assistance whenever we need it.

Diane Bailey (Treasurer), Larry Bailey and three very important FOG’s (Friends of the Grange), Karan Cushman and her children Ella and Mason. They were very helpful in shopping and hauling the donated items into the shelter. One FOG not pictured is Rob Sloat. Rob is the husband of our Secretary, Gillian and has always provided assistance whenever we need it.

Nov 092016

By Steven Haycock, Fundraising Chairman

The Fundraising Committee would like to thank everyone who stopped by and bought candy, notepads, order t-shirts, and bought raffle tickets.  Together we raised approximately $400!  Please find the winners of the raffle below:

  • Mini Slow Cooker – Jim Meserve
  • Soup Sampler Kit – Christine Hebert
  • Plush Monkey – Terry Wilson
  • Cooler w/ Radio – Kendra Atwood
  • New England Grange Building Puzzle – Susan Noah
  • Fall Wreath – Brenda Dyer
  • Grilling Utensils – Christine Hebert
  • Christmas Wreath – Brenda Dyer
  • Coloring Book Set – Lois Zezima
  • Beanie Baby Set – Tom Cooper
  • iPod Shuffle & USB Fan – Linda Corliss
  • Halloween Candy – Byron Boyington
  • Halloween Basket – Tom Cooper
  • Sleigh w/ Bear in Blue Sweater – Gloria Ross
  • Boot Centerpiece – Christine Hebert
  • Sleigh w/ Bear in Green Sweater – Agnes Nelson

Thank you once again for your support.

Oct 152016

fundraisingBy Steven Haycock, Chairman

There was a lot of laughing and clapping happening at Topsham Grange on Saturday, September 24.  This is when the successful Variety Show Fundraiser was held.  We had a great variety of acts including:

  • Piano Selections by Mitch Thomas
  • “How Great Thou Art” sung by Phil Steadman
  • Holy Bones / The Fair Slide Trombone Quartet
  • “Mopsicord” by Sherry Harriman
  • Story by Ruby Bryant
  • Guitar Selections by Jeff Huard
  • Jokes by The DeVitos
  • Musical Selections by Merton Ricker and RoJean Taulk
  • Lip Sync by Rick Grotton
  • The Grange Singers conducted by Vicki Huff
  • Leaping Lizards by Josh Richards

Between these acts, there were numerous skits that were performed with the assistance of some of the audience members.  (Who didn’t know they were going to be in the show until they got there.) One of the acts that got the most reaction, before he even went on was Josh Richards and Leaping Lizards.  Josh runs a company that goes around and educates people about snakes, lizards etc.  He called me one day and asked if he could be in the show.  He brought several of live examples with him in totes and spoke about each one.  More than one audience member was surprised when they realized they were sitting across the row from a line of totes that had snakes and other creatures in it.  Many thanks go to Mitch Thomas for being the anchor of our show, Mitch is a member of Danville Jct. Grange and is involved with the theater etc. in the Lewiston-Auburn area.  Mitch can play a piano like no one I’ve seen before and is a sure crowd pleaser.  For refreshments, we sold slices of pie and it was a big hit.  Many thanks to Ruby Bryant for coordinating this.  As a side note, she makes a pumpkin mousse pie to die for!  Before the show and during refreshments we did a 50/50 raffle and held a silent auction for gift cards donated by Pomona Granges.  Thanks also go to Maynard and Gladys Chapman who created a basket of lottery tickets and chocolate and donating a gift card for the silent auction.  This evening wouldn’t have been a success with our Merton Ricker, he worked hard at soliciting acts to perform in the show, I can’t thank him enough.  The show raised more than $500, and we’re already starting to plan for next year’s performance, with a target date of April 29, 2017!