Submitted by the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society
The Buxton-Hollis Historical Society is having two programs that might interest grange members. On Tuesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m., Chris Hadsel from Curtains Without Borders will present her program “Suspended Worlds: Historic Theatre Scenery in Maine,”about historic painted theatre curtains. We will have the curtain from the Hollis I.O.O.F. hall on display. We also have a “Grange curtain” in Buxton; it is displayed at the Saco River Theatre (formerly Saco River Grange Hall). thank one can’t be removed, but I am sure that we could get permission to do so some time if your members are interested in seeing it.
The second program I thought might interest you will be on Saturday, November 8,beginning at 5:00p.m. with a light supper.Our speaker will be John Bunker, Jr., Maine’s own heritage apple historian. His program will be The History of Apples in York County: Searching for the Harmon and Narragansett Apples, Last Seen in York County!
John moved to Palermo, Maine in the 1970s and promptly fell in love with apples. He capitalized on this interest by becoming the coordinator of Fedco Trees, a division of Fedco (a Maine cooperative seed company). He has since become a champion of finding and preserving heirloom varieties of apples. John is the author of Not Far From the Tree: A Brief History of the Apples & Orchards of Palermo, Maine 1804-2004, an excellent resource in which he uses the town of Palermo and anecdotes from its residents as a lens to tell the history of apples in Maine. Many of the varieties he has encountered are described and illustrated in the book. Renew your acquaintance with your old apple trees and bring samples to show John; he d love to see them. If you have a story to match, all the better! John would like to visit farms and apple trees in the area earlier in the day of the program searching for unidentified apple trees. He would also love to have you bring apples to the meeting for him to identify! Please let us know if you would like to have him visit your trees and/or orchards leave a message at BHHS: 929-1684. The evening is also be our Annual Meeting and will include a short business meeting.
We ask for donations for these events in order to support our “new” history center, which we are restoring, and to build and display exhibit areas for both permanent and temporary collections, as well as for general operating costs. Suggested donations are $10;$8 for seniors.
Both events will be held at the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society History Center, 100 Main Street (Route 4A), Buxton, Maine 04093.