Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fall Potluck and Annual Meeting This Wednesday

Don't forget - WMSC's Annual Meeting and Fall Potluck is this Wednesday, September 3, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel.  Registration for fall classes is from 5:00 - 5:30.

Bring a main dish, dessert or salad to share. (Marvin suggests you might bring garden produce, your favorite casserole, baked beans, fresh homemade breads and rolls, or one of your delicious desserts.)  WMSC will provide the beverages.

The annual meeting of the WMSC membership promises to be brief.  We'll thank those board members whose term has expired and will welcome new ones.

Clean up is at 7:00. If you can, please stay a few minutes extra to help. With many hands it'll go fast!

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September Events

Wednesday, September 3 
WMSC Annual Meeting, Potluck and Fall Registration
Registration for fall courses at 5:00. Annual meeting and potluck supper from 5:30 - 7:00.  Bring appetizers/salad, main dish or dessert to share. WMSC will provide beverages.
Wednesday, September 3; 5:00-7:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel

Saturday, September 13 
Hike to Mt. Zircon 
Explore the Mt. Zircon trail with the Mahoosuc Land Trust.  This is a moderately difficult hike, beginning gradually on a gravel road ending with a steeper trail to the summit. Long views of the Rumford area, the Mahoosucs and the Presidentials are the reward. Geocachers take note: there are three history-related caches on this hike. Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared with rain gear, sun and bug protection, water and snacks. FMI: or 824-3806.
Saturday, September 13; 10:00 am; Mt. Zircon trailhead, South Rumford Road, Rumford

Saturday, September 20
2014 Harvestfest & "Chowdah Cookoff"
This family festival features Maine baked potatoes, mouth watering chowders, chainsaw carving, local music, FREE horse-drawn wagon rides, fly-tying and casting, lecture and book-signing on the Appalachian Trail, apple picking, arts & crafts - and more!  FMI:
Saturday, September 20; 9:00 am-4:00 pm; Bethel Common, Bethel

Wednesday, September 24
Community Supper
Free community suppers the last Wednesday of the month at Bethel Alliance Church.
Wednesday, September 24; 4:30-6:00 pm; Alliance Church, Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

Friday, September 26 - Sunday, September 28
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
Sponsored by the Maine Outdoor Coalition, the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events led by outdoor-oriented organizations and companies to celebrate the how, where, and what of being active outside in Maine. Our goal is to connect our friends and neighbors with the natural world, to promote fun, physical activity, & good health. To find events nearby:
Friday, September 26 - Sunday, September 28; various locations across Maine

Saturday, September 27
Mahoosuc Land Trust Photo/Art/Writing Showing
Photos, stories and artwork celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Mahoosuc Land Trust will be on display at the MLT office. FMI: or 824-3806.
Saturday, September 27; 11:00 am-5:00 pm; Mahoosuc Land Trust Office (across from Norway Savings Bank)

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Celebrate Oktoberfest!

by Nancy Davis
One of our most popular member events has been the wine tastings at the Mill Hill Inn, instructed by WMSC friend David Nivus of the Good Food Store. These events will continue, but this fall we will offer a switch and engage David in a discussion of popular craft beers in Maine. Combined with a lobster dinner at the Mill Hill Inn, this event will serve as a last summer hoorah and also celebrate Oktoberfest, a popular German tradition which began over 200 years ago as a wedding festival for Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese and today runs from mid September to the first weekend in October.

Our beer master, David, feels that “It’s an exciting time to be on the Maine Beer bandwagon, or at least appreciate the quality, variety of styles, localness and economic impact this industry offers.” He explains that “Maine boasts an important place in the craft beer movement,” with the first micro-brewery east of the Mississippi (D. L. Geary’s brewery of Portland in 1986) and currently ranking fifth in the number of craft breweries per capita (37). Our Mill Hill Inn host, Woody Hughes, says that "I was never a beer drinker until I bought the inn, where I discovered the remarkable scope and taste of American craft beers. We carry 30 at a time, but change them seasonally or when an attitude adjustment is needed."

So maybe you think you’re not a beer drinker? You may find these are “not your Daddy’s beers!” Find out when you join us on October 2! Note that you may register for just the beer tasting or combine it with dinner. The beer tasting fee is $16 per person; checks should be payable to WMSC. The dinner fee is separate, and checks should be payable to the Mill Hill Inn. This fee includes tax and tip: $38 for lobster, $25 per person for chicken or vegetarian. Both checks are due at registration 

Thursday, October 2, 5:30 pm, Mill Hill Inn 

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Senior College Players Rehearsals Start September 8

By Rosabelle Tifft
Veteran players and newcomers alike are invited to join the fun as the Senior College Players course resumes this fall. Anyone with an interest in theater is invited to join. There will be three plays in this fall’s production, and you may accept a role as an actor, stage crew member or director. All that’s required is a desire to become involved and enjoy working with others to produce a fun and memorable night of local theater.

Lorrie Hoeh, co-class facilitator with Ross Timberlake, will have a Senior College Players’ table set up at the WMSC Annual Meeting on September 3 at the West Parish Congregational Church, from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. She will be available to take your course registration and answer any questions. Current and new WMSC members interested in learning more about the Players are encouraged to see Lorrie to discuss the program.

If you are interested in joining the troupe but unable to attend the Annual Meeting, you may mail your registration form or take it to the Adult Ed Office at Telstar. This form and complete information is enclosed in the WMSC Fall Course Bulletin, which you should have received in your mailbox.

Weekly rehearsals will take place on Mondays from September 8 to November 10, l:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Congregational Church. Dress rehearsals take place the following week on November 18 and 19 at the Gould Academy McLaughlin Hall Trustees Auditorium. Performances are scheduled for Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22, at 7 pm, also in the Trustees Auditorium.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

WMSC Course Bulletin Fall 2014

WMSC's Fall Course Bulletin should be arriving in your mailbox soon, if it hasn't already. Registration begins on Wednesday, August 27.  Due to space limitations some course descriptions in the printed bulletin have been abbreviated.  More detailed descriptions can be found on the blog:  Courses Fall 2014

You may not know that there is a link to the current course bulletin at the top of every blog page, and links to other information as well.  Just click on the tabs for the latest information.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

August Events

Friday - Sunday, August 1-3
Andover Olde Home Days
Parade, antique car displays, exhibits, art and flower shows, crafts, firemen's muster, horse show, food, music and more.  FMI and for detailed schedule: 392-4311 or
Friday, Aug. 1, 3:00 - 8:00 pm; all day Saturday & Sunday Aug. 2 & 3; Andover

Sunday, August 3 
Jewel Clark & Donnie Katlin 
This wonderful duo offers something for everyone - country, folk, blues, rock-n-roll, spiced with originals here and there. Free concert, rain or shine. FMI: Mahoosuc Arts or 824-3575 
Sunday, August 3; 4:00 pm; Bethel Common, Bethel

Thursday, August 7 
Picnic, Blueberries and Poetry
WMSC's signature summer event will once again meet at Walter and Beth Brough’s home in Greenwood. Bring containers for berries, your own sandwiches and a salad or dessert to share. Poetry to share is optional.  Rain date is August 9.  RSVP to Beth (875-2216 or
Thursday, August 7; 1:00 - 4 :00 pm; 583 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood

Saturday, August 9
Rumford Whitecap Gourmet Hike 
Meet at the trail head on the East Andover Road, Rumford.   Bring a dish to share, plate, utensils, and something to drink. The hike is approximately 4+ miles and is moderately strenuous - don’t forget water, bug/sun protection, and a snack. Sponsored by the Mahoosuc Land Trust. RSVP: Jolan at 207-824-3806.
Saturday, August 9; 9:30 am; East Andover Road, Rumford

Sunday, August 10
Conni St. Pierre
Whether she’s playing melodic flute lines, haunting keyboard resonances, or time-traveling with the Celtic harp, Conni St.Pierre creates a calm and graceful musical landscape. Free concert, rain or shine. FMI: Mahoosuc Arts or 824-3575 
Sunday, August 10; 4:00 pm; Bethel Common, Bethel

Monday, August 11
Mahoosuc Community Band 20th Anniversary Concert
This summer the Mahoosuc Community Band celebrates 20 years.  Included in this program of traditional and popular music is a new composition, "The Wallace March," written by Tom Davis for the occasion.  Admission free, donations gratefully accepted.  FMI: Brian Dunham (665-2967)
Monday, August 11; 7:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel 

Sunday, August 17
Just Us Two
Hailing from the hills of Western Maine, Jo Plummer and Bob Gauthier lead you on a journey down memory lane, no matter your age. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing along! Free concert, rain or shine. FMI: Mahoosuc Arts or 824-3575 
Sunday, August 17; 4:00 pm; Bethel Common, Bethel

Sunday, August 24
Abbie Goldberg & Amalia Siegel
Abbie and Amalia can often be found tucked into a shady spot with a guitar and mandolin, working out the harmonies that define their duo. They lead the renaissance of bluegrass in western Maine, bringing classics that are decades old to the audience of today. Free concert, rain or shine. FMI: Mahoosuc Arts or 824-3575
Sunday, August 24; 4:00 pm; Bethel Common, Bethel

Wednesday, August 27
Community Supper
Free community suppers the last Wednesday of the month at Bethel Alliance Church.
Wednesday, August 27; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

Sunday, August 31
Paul & Ellen
Paul Dube (guitar) and Ellen Lindsey (bass fiddle) have been singing and playing together for over 50 years.  With old favorites and some originals mixed in, this duo plays something to please everyone. Free concert, rain or shine. FMI: Mahoosuc Arts or 824-3575 
Sunday, August 31; 4:00 pm; Bethel Common, Bethel

For additional events a little farther from home be sure to check out WMSC's Summer News 2014

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Mahoosuc Land Trust 25th Anniversary Photo/Art/Writing Celebration

The Mahoosuc Land Trust is looking for those special photographs, original art works or written works that express the natural beauty of the Mahoosuc Region. Please share your work with the Mahoosuc Land Trust Community to celebrate our 25th Anniversary! We will be displaying all entries and having a Grand Showing on Saturday, September 27th from 11am – 5 pm at the Land Trust Office as part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

There will be prizes for photographs, original art, and written works in three age categories (12 and under, 13-18 and 19+). There is a $10 donation entry fee for the oldest age group.

Entry details: Photos should be matted, at a minimum, and may be framed. Original art should be exhibit-ready. Stories should be one typed page (max) and attached to a stiff backing. Entries should be dropped off at the Mahoosuc Land Trust Office by Wednesday, September 17th. Mail entries are also accepted. Any or all submissions may be eligible for inclusion in the 25th Mahoosuc Land Trust Anniversary Book. Information and pre-orders for the book will follow. Entrants are welcomed to sell their submissions at the show. More details on 

The Mahoosuc Land Trust is an accredited community land trust encouraging public interest in conservation in central Oxford County, Maine, and eastern Coos County, NH, supporting a balance between growth and conservation and emphasizing sustainable and traditional land uses. For more information visit or call 207-824-3806. 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We Have a Date for Picnic, Blueberries and Poetry!

Walter and Beth Brough have once again offered their home (583 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood) and blueberry fields for this popular summer event. This year it will be on Thursday, August 7, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, with a rain date of Saturday, August 9. Bring containers for berries, your own sandwiches and a salad or dessert to share. Poetry to share is optional. RSVP to Beth (875-2216 or

Last summer the berries at Walter and Beth's were plentiful indeed!    photo R. Tifft

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Explore Maine with Duane - Maine's Champion Trees

(Members of a senior college may take a course at other senior college as long as there is room in the class. The following article from Augusta Senior College appears in the July MSCN Newsletter.)

Maine's Project Canopy exists to locate, measure, verify and maintain current records of the Champion Trees in Maine.  This list is a compilation of the largest specimen of each tree species in Maine. Over 150 Maine Champions have been found over the past four decades, some of which are National Champions, but several have not been measured in over 10 years.  

Duane Prugh, of UMA Senior College, will be leading a group of students to find 40+ of these Champions, measure, photograph, and score them.  Some of these trees have a trunk diameter of 6-8 feet, a canopy spread of 150-175 feet, and a height of over 100 feet.

Jan Santerre, coordinator of Project Canopy and Maine's Big Tree Program, a partnership of the Maine Forest Service in cooperation with the Viles Arboretum, will be a professional consultant for this course.  The course will start in mid-August, 2014 and continue until mid-October. Only those champion trees between Scarborough, Belfast, Augusta, and Lewiston will be viewed. The class size limit is 30 students, but could be increased to 60 if a second 30 student section is needed.  FMI 207 621-3551 or e-mail

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

WMSC Visits Bates Art Museum

by Wendy Hutchins

What a lovely way to spend a rainy summer day! Under the direction of Kathleen DeVore, several members of WMSC, along with a few guests, ventured to the Bates College Museum of Art. While there, the docent guided us through the two current exhibits: Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts, and Encountering Maine. Both collections were inspirational, to say the very least.
The Convergence show offers the viewer many different media which include sculpture, wood cuts, silk screen prints, multi-media collages and more, all depicting the African influence on our music, films and visual art. 

Encountering Maine, while containing a similar variety of art forms, features works by Maine artists or artists with a relationship to Maine, or works that includes part of Maine as a subject. For most of us, the highlight of the exhibit was the stunning, original watercolor of Andrew Wyeth, “Master Bedroom,” which is on long-term loan to the museum through the generosity of Wyeth’s granddaughter, who is a graduate of Bates.

After a wonderful few hours of steeping in the arts, the group put the finishing touch to a grand day by having a fabulous lunch at Davinci’s in the old Bates Mill complex! How appropriate!

Both exhibits will be running throughout the summer, so if you find yourself in Lewiston be sure to check them out. (Bates Museum of Art 207-786-6158)

Anthony, our docent, explains Faith Ringgold's Jazz Stories: Mama Can Sing, Papa Can Blow #4, 2004   photo Denise Hurd

SoniĆ© Joi Ruffin-Thompson, Strange Fruit, 2010   photo Denise Hurd

Close-up of Strange Fruit   photo Denise Hurd

Andrew Wyeth, Master Bedroom, 1965   photo Google Images

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