Mission trip detailed at Village Church

The Ladies’ Mission Group of the Washington Village Church will host a supper Sunday, March 21 at 5 p.m., followed by a time of sharing about the recent mission to the Dominican Republic. At 6 p.m., Pastor Tim Lewis and church member Liz Grinnell will give a report of their recent mission trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic. Pastor Tim worked on a construction team building a school for Haitian children in San Pedro. Liz worked on a medical team that visited the bateyes (housing where sugar workers live). Donations for the church’s ongoing mission work will be welcome but are not required. Everyone is welcome at this free supper and informative talk.

Farmers market this Saturday

This Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Washington Grange Farmers Market will hold its third “winter” market. Regular market members will offer raw Jersey milk, butter, yogurt and cheeses, grass-fed beef, cage free eggs and chicken, maple syrup and honey. Port Clyde fresh catch will be on hand with its winter selection of flash frozen fish fillets as well as fresh and frozen shrimp, crab, and lobster meat. (To place special orders or to arrange pickup of shrimp shares, call Stephanie at 975-2169.) Maine Water Buffalo Company will be there along with Black Locust Cashmere Goat Farm, which offers a multitude of goat products from smoked chevon and spicy chorizo to luxurious cashmere pillows. Scott Herring’s warm wool hats made from recycled materials are just right for these windy days. Artist Cynthia White and jeweler Shelagh Delphyne will be on hand too, along with Bragging About Beads. Brazier Bird Feeders will offer super-tough trap-wire bird feeders in time for the influx of spring birds. Shoppers can round out the day with homemade lunch from the grange and free coffee. There will be some flea market tables for that extra fun little adventure. The market is held at the Evening Star Grange Hall and, short of a tornado, is held rain or shine. Next month regular weekly markets will begin. For more information, call Sharon at 845-2140.

Drum circle for peace

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, at Gibbs Library there will be a drum circle to celebrate the vernal equinox. This year’s vernal (spring) equinox actually happens at 1:32 p.m. EDT. The drum circle is part of the 8,000 Sacred Drums for Peace event that occurs four times a year. No experience is necessary to join the drum circle; just be there.

Public breakfast to precede town meeting

Mt. Olivet Lodge will host a pre-town-meeting public breakfast at the new Masonic Lodge in Washington Village on Saturday, March 27 from 7 to 9 a.m. The menu will include eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, home fries, biscuits and gravy, toast, juice and coffee. The cost is $5 with proceeds going to the Medomak Middle School College Field Trip Program.

Grange presents warrant review

The Evening Star Grange is hosting a warrant review this Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Old Union Road. The purpose of this get together is to go over the articles on the town warrant that will be presented at the Washington Town Meeting Saturday, March 27.

Washington history project off to great start

As part of the wide variety of projects under way for Washington’s bicentennial next year, there will be some delving into the town’s history. Among those sure to be included are three women from “away.” They live in Waldoboro. I got a call from Marion Whitmore suggesting a get together with Evelyn Sidelinger and her daughter Sylvia Harkins. Sidelinger, 97, was a Washington resident all her life until four years ago when she moved to Waldoboro to live with her daughter. Among these women is a lot of Washington history – both in memory and in photos and documents. I related news about the Washington Historical Society and some of the bicentennial plans. They enchanted and educated me with one fact, anecdote, funny story and precious memory after another – to my total delight. History has never been my thing but it’ll be a pleasure to learn more from these wonderful women and others who remember Washington over the years.

We’ll be adding occasional features from Washington’s history through the bicentennial year. If you’d like to participate in documenting the town’s history or would like to help with bicentennial events, contact Wendy Carr of the Historical Society at 845-2526 or Victor Oboyski of the Bicentennial Committee at 845-3045.

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