Happy Birthday times 95
Thomaston — Family, friends and baked bean fans turned out Dec. 29, to fete Phil Crabtree, who would turn 95 the following day.
The birthday party was organized by John Vigue, owner of Thomaston Grocery, where Crabtree works close to a full-time schedule; and Sean Beaudry who, with his wife Tracey, own the next door Highlands Coffee House, which hosted the event.
Crabtree, who grew up in South Hope, was joined at the party by his daughter, Shirley Hayward of Northport, and three of his siblings (one of whom is 99). Also on hand were friends, co-workers and people who know Crabtree from his job at the grocery store, where he makes baked beans in addition to his other duties.
Lively jazz music was provided by the trio of Spike Hyssong, Lincoln Blake and Lorna Prescott, who were joined by saxophonist Bryan Jones. Jones performed his “Beanmaster Blues” in honor of Crabtree.
Vigue emceed a short round of Phil Trivia, which included questions about Crabtree’s childhood, World War II service and the local businesses he founded. Vigue’s daughter, and the Beaudrys' two girls, sang “Happy Birthday” and, as “the board of directors,” approved another five-year “contract” at Thomaston Grocery. Crabtree took the mic to say “thank you” to all in attendance and that while he would accept the contract, he might take things a little easier.
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