Community Auction

The Sixth annual Community Auction is Saturday, July 23. Eleven local non-profit organizations will present a very wide range of special items to entice you and get your bids. The auction is held in the Washington Fire House on Old Union Road next to the Town Office. Tom Johnston, auctioneer extraordinaire, will wield the mallet and keep things moving. Preview time starts at 4 p.m. and the live auction begins promptly at 6 p.m. Each participating group will have a silent auction table in addition to items in the live auction. Silent auction tables are in play the whole evening from 4 p.m. to the end of the live auction, so we can peruse them throughout the evening. In addition, Evening Star Grange will be selling refreshments. The Auction is a full evening of fun, congeniality, and bidding excitement as well as an important fund raiser for our local organizations. Come on down Saturday, July 23.

Photo contest deadline approaching

The photo contest sponsored by Washington Lakes Association will be accepting entries until July 30. Everyone is welcome to submit your best shot of a natural aspect of the Washington Lakes vicinity including individuals or families in outdoor settings, wildlife, and scenery year-round. To be considered, photographs must be submitted in 8”x10“ size, printed on photo paper, and have your entry form attached.

The required entry form and other considerations are available on the Lakes Association website — There are several ways to enter — leave photo and contest entry form at the library, email entry form and .jpeg to Peg Hobbs at, or print photos and mail to Photo contest c/o Peg Hobbs, PO Box 146, Washington, Maine, 04574. Remember the deadline is July 30. The Lakes Association photo judges want your photos!

Strawberry festival basket raffle

Mindy Gould, president of the Ladies’ Guild which sponsors the Strawberry Festival announces the winners of the Strawberry Festival basket raffle who are: Lottery Rake, Joe Pagano; Reading Basket, Kim Menz; Kids Outdoor Basket, Mary Anderson; Strawberry Sign, Gwen Ouellette; Healing Basket, Nancy Koziol; and Kids Indoor Basket, Kim Menz.

First visit from candidate

Clint Collamore made a visit to our parade, Book Sale and Strawberry Festival Day to say hello and get acquainted with our little town. Clint is a candidate this fall for the state Legislature from House District 45 — District 45 is recently re-districted from 91, now held by Jeff Evangelos who is not seeking re-election. House District 45 includes the towns of Washington, Waldoboro, Friendship, Bremen and Louds Island. Clint says he’s not a politician but wants to do all he can to speak for his constituents. When asked by the Courier last week for a comment on the Supreme Court’s Roe vs Wade case, he replied, “Courts and politicians should not be deciding health issues for anyone.” We didn’t talk opinions at all at the parade, but Clint and other candidates will be visiting us in the run up to the November elections. Stay tuned.

Barbecue sellout

Funny thing happened on the way to the Masons Chicken Barbecue public supper last Saturday: It was advertised to start at 5 p.m. and we were there at 5:14 p.m. But, it was sold out already. Some kind of record?

Conductor’s Retreat Concert

It certainly is a privilege and a rare treat to sit on a beautiful Maine summer day in a fantastically handsome hall and listen to beautifully rendered symphonic music played by professional classical musicians. All these superlatives refer to the outstanding orchestral concert presented at Medomak Family Camp last Saturday. The concert was held in the brand new “barn” at Medomak Camp’s Retreat Center on Liberty Road. This structure is a perfect example of the beauty and versatility of post and beam construction and has the benefit of being conceived with an eye — or maybe ear — toward refining the building with music presentations in mind, along with all the many other uses it serves.

The concert was presented by Conductors Retreat at Medomak, founded in 1997 by renown Conductor Kenneth Kiesler whose connection to Washington and Medomak Camp began when he was a 11-year-old camper here. Over time, he reconnected with another former camper, Holly Stone and her husband, George. They got to talking about music conductors’ need for the humanities, as well as the mechanics of conducting and an idea began to take shape. The retreat is now in its 27th year!

The Conductors Retreat at Medomak this year hosted 28 music conductors from the U.S. and seven other countries. The orchestra was comprised of contract musicians and residents. They played Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovski, DeBussy and a stunning new composition “Tethered,” by James Lee III and Kalena Bowell.

Each conductor took on a segment of the orchestra direction by slipping easily, one-by-one, onto and off the podium smoothly as silk. The audience, enthralled during the music, applauded enthusiastically and at concert’s end gave Maestro Kiesler a lengthy standing ovation as he recognized numerous soloists and players. The Conductors Retreat at Medomak happens every year around the same time. The 2023 Concert will be July 15. Park your appointments and make a plan to attend this unique, free, world-class concert.