Ten dedicated local citizens braved the bitter cold last Thursday evening to show up at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter to initiate a community program for the Wayside Grange for the upcoming season beginning in April.
The revitalization of the Wayside Grange, formerly known as the North Dexter Grange began last month when Grange Master Dave Pearson called a meeting to discuss the status of the grange and plan future activities.
A preliminary schedule of concerts has now been planned with 6 definite bands booked so far, a Talent Night, a Comedy Show, and a children’s play. In addition there will be regular monthly Grange Suppers beginning on April 13th.
The Abbott Hill Ramblers will kick off the season concerts beginning on April 27th followed by Ken and Jane Brooks on May 25th.
At each event will be a fund-raising 50/50 raffle, and a pie auction to help support the grange. Joyce Whalen volunteered to bake the pies for the auction.
Wally Warren volunteered to be on the Stage Committee along with Michelle Dyer-Fagan, Ram Das Singh, and Dawn Huntt. Joe Kennedy is working with Dave Pearson scheduling bands for monthly concerts. Ram Das called for a Feb. 9th 2PM meeting to work on the Comedy Night skits. Frank Spizuoco presented a preliminary budget for the season to cover expenses. Dave Pearson will contact Dave Greenham about showing his Theater of Ideas traveling performance, “Maine At Work,” after a grange supper.
Grange officers elected include Grange Master Dave Pearson, Secretary Barbara Bekier, and Treasurer Frank Spizuoco.
The next meeting is Thursday February 7 at 6PM at the library. All are invited.