Benefit supper over the top

It was an uplifting evening all around. The public supper to help alleviate Kim Emerson’s medical bills brought out the best in every possible way. The attendance was great, everybody pitched in from bussing tables to dish washing, people came early to set up and stayed late to clean up and there was food galore which everyone enjoyed. There was a sense of joy and festivity that went all the way to the rafters. Kim and her family — her husband Travis and daughter Kandace — were elated by the turnout and loving support from the community. Kim says, “I want to extend my gratitude for everyone that helped on my benefit dinner on Friday. I appreciate each and every one of you. God Bless!” She adds that the money or gas cards will help cover trips to Boston while she’s waiting for the new kidney. Kim says her live donor, Mike Adams, also has to make several trips for testing and such, so this is a great help. Every single non-profit organization in town furnished something for the evening’s event and many, many individuals helped in various ways as well. Heartfelt thanks to everyone for all the big and little things that made this benefit supper a success.

Holiday Farmers Market

In special event mode, there will be a Holiday Farmers’ Market on Tuesday — yes, Tuesday — Nov. 22, from 4-6 p.m. at Evening Star Grange Hall. The Holiday Farmers’ Market is organized by local producers including Hawthorne and Thistle Farm, Spring Horse Farm, Rebel Road Co-op, Wild Fruitings, Dharma Farm, and others. There will be fresh produce for your table and other treats, all fresh from nearby growers. This market is scheduled to coincide with the pie pick-up time at the Grange.

Amazeen-Jones donates painting

Local artist, Tania Amazeen-Jones, donated an original painting, “Early Morning at the Marsh,” to the fundraising effort for Kim Emerson. The painting will be raffled at the Nov. 22 Farmers’ Market and later at the upcoming Dec. 23 Farmers’ Market. Some raffles were purchased at Friday’s public supper. This painting is 24×30 inches done in acrylics on a linen that will last 500 years the artist tells me. It can be framed or not, as preferred, and is wired for hanging. The scene depicts a fawn and doe taking a drink by a marsh against water and sky background. Be sure to check it out at the Farmers’ Markets and get your raffle tickets. (This painting is lovely — if this were an auction, I’d outbid you.)

Leave the fuss to us

Want a delicious pie ready to eat for your holiday? The Grange to the rescue. The energetic bakers at Evening Star Grange will bake pumpkin pie ($20 each) or apple pie ($22 each) in time for your Thanksgiving table. Pie orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 21. To order, call Bunny at (207)-907-0577. Pies will be ready for you to pick up at the Grange on Tuesday, Nov. 22, between 4:30-6:30 p.m. The proceeds from the pie sale are dedicated to Evening Star Grange’s fund for new roofing. There won’t be “extras,” so please, call in you order right away.

Armistice Day

The day we know as Veterans Day (no apostrophe) is Nov. 11, which passed this year without much fanfare. It was first celebrated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, just one year after the end of World War I. Observances were (and still are) held in several other countries such as Great Britain, France, Australia, Bermuda, Canada and nine others. Originally celebrated on Nov. 11 of every year, it was observed from 1971 to 1978 on the fourth Monday of October in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The public was unhappy with “disrespect” of the commemoration of “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,” and President Gerald Ford presided over it being moved back to Nov. 11. Over sixty countries observed the Centennial of that first Armistice Day, including Germany.

No chili

The public supper scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Masonic Hall has been cancelled. However, Mt. Olivet Lodge will present “Waffles with Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, from 8-10 a.m. More about this next week.