Guilford–Valley Grange’s tentative schedule of meetings and activities has been released following a roundtable discussion during which members discussed opportunities and needs in our communities. While planning a full year in advance is always a challenge, Master Jim Annis notes, “this gives us focus and allows us to manage our personal calendars without missing too many Grange activities.” Program Director Walter Boomsma offered the following preview of coming attractions.
We’re currently gearing up for Dictionary Days during which every third-grader in SAD 4, 68, and 41 are given their own personal dictionary. Piscataquis Community Elementary School will visit the Grange Hall on October 16th and SeDoMoCha will visit on November 5th. A team of Valley Grangers visits SAD 41 on November 2nd, making stops at Marion C. Cook, Milo, and Brownville Elementary Schools.
A bookworm assembly is scheduled for October 10th to kick off our Bookworm Program. Grange Bookworms will be visiting Piscataquis Community Elementary School twice weekly to read with second and third graders. The more you read, the more you know!
Valley Grange also supports the JD Foundation’s annual Keeping Our Communities Warm Project held at 107 Main Street in Abbot from 8 AM until 4 PM. The project provides low and no cost winter clothing to folks who need a little help keeping warm. The event is run much like a “yard sale” but the prices can be as little as a smile. Donations are appreciated. This year’s project is scheduled for October 13th from 8:00 AM until 4 PM. For more information contact Cheryl Morin at 207-876-2295 or visit www.thejdfoundation.org.
On November 16th we will feature Allagash Tails and Tales, a multimedia presentation narrated by local author and former Waterway Supervisor Tim Caverly. The show includes music, scenic and historic photographs as well as stories detailing Tim’s personal experiences while living in the woods. This is an opportunity to experience the Allagash in a whole new way and become familiar with Tim’s work with schools. Join us for a potluck supper and book signing at 6 PM before the meeting at 7 PM.
While it’s probably too early to start counting how many days remain until Christmas, it’s not too early to mark your calendar for another one of Valley Grange’s successful collaborations with Penquis. On December 1st, our organizations will join hands to sponsor a BBQ and Bluegrass Event to benefit the Piscataquis Santa Fund. We’re turning this into a family friendly event that will feature great food and great music. Save the date!
These are just a few highlights… you can always download a copy of the 2012-2013 Schedule right from our website. Remember that dates and details can change–particularly when meetings are planned well in advance. Check back when making your plans!
(Events will be posted to the Maine State Grange website as dates approach.)