BiblioFête Friday! It’s here!

BiblioFête, casually translated means Library Celebration. And it certainly is a gala party/fundraiser for Gibbs Library. There will be music by Phil Clement and Lincoln Blake, local jazz afficionados, fabulous finger foods, a raffle ticket on the door prize, a silent auction, and always good company. There will also be introduction of the 2022 Literary Cocktail especially created for this event by Keith and Constance Bodine. All of the above is included with your $25 ticket. The celebration is Friday, Sept. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. at Sweetgrass Winery on 347 Carroll Road, just over the line in Union. BiblioFête is one of Gibbs Library’s major events each year and you are invited to enjoy a beautiful party venue and meet other friends and supporters. Tickets are $25 and are available at the library, at Sweetgrass, and online at .

WHA Heritage Day

Washington Historical Society’s Heritage Day was perfect for visitors and friends to peruse the Razorville Hall Museum and view Kevin Johnson’s show and narration of historic photographs. Beautiful weather and interested enthusiastic visitors enjoyed all, including slices of pie. The 2023 Washington calendar was available, too. It’s delightful, featuring stores around the town in days past. It’ll be available around town for $10 and it’s the best ten bucks spent any day.

New Art Show at Gibbs

Gibbs Library has a new art show featuring Orono printmaker, Kris Sader. The exhibit “Birds, Petals and Stories—selected works from the art closet” will be on display through October. Of her work, Sader says, “As I explore environs, I find that seemingly different places/sites share patterns, characteristics and human psychology. These are the dynamics I try to express in my art. I hope my work reflects our connection to the biological, physical and psychological.”

Kris Sader grew up in Arizona and has lived in Maine since 1987. She holds a BA in Performing Arts/Dance, MS in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and a BFA in Studio Art. Kris is a printmaker and environmental site-specific installation artist. She uses health and environment friendly printmaking methods, which she helped research at the University of Maine, and teaches non-toxic techniques as a lecturer and workshop leader. Sader is recipient of a “Good Idea Grant” from the Maine Arts Commission (MAC). While Kris Sader’s work is on exhibit, the Gibbs Display Cabinet will feature printmaking tools. There will be a reception for the artist next month, on October 12.

W.F.D. Benefit Supper

On Saturday, Sept. 24, Washington Fire Department Auxiliary will cook up a delicious supper of turkey, vegetables, beans, casseroles, and desserts. This is always great food and good company. The supper will run 4:30-6 p.m. at the Fire Station. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. If you’d like to contribute a dish to the cause, please drop it off (already cooked) at the fire station at 4:30-ish.

I didn’t know that

You learn something every day. Case in point: Do not laminate your Social Security card. The Social Security Administration (SSA) says that lamination can interfere with security features – thus the card’s validity can’t be guaranteed. SSA says that stating the number is usually all you need, but if you need to un-laminate for some reason contact the SSA, or order a new card.

By the way, I casually searched online for other references to documents that should not be laminated and found none.

Helping ease sad times

It seems in my personal life and in that of several acquaintances the last several months have been especially hard due to illness and death among family and friends. When there is an unexpected death, life goes topsy-turvy for a while. And at this crucial time, when families are already reeling, we are too often faced with “final expenses” which can cost thousands of dollars. There are alternatives to this expense but they require some forethought. I’ve mentioned this approach before but feel it’s worth repeating and, I hope, getting shared.

An organization I have turned to for solid information and resources is the Funeral Consumers’ Alliance of Maine (FCAM). FCAM promotes “simplicity, dignity and economy in funeral arrangements through advance planning.” They provide printed materials on a variety of body disposition methods, information on how to do low-cost funerals, a list of cooperating funeral homes, updates on legislation that affects funeral consumers and more. The key value of FCAM for me has been providing me with sensible, accurate, legal information so that when I’m faced with the tsunami of decisions (and emotions) at an end of life event, I’m confident, or at least not floored. This, of course, applies to many situations where planning ahead pays off.

Learn more about FCAM at: which has links to other helpful sites, as well.