A priceless presentation

Artist Connie Bellet gestures toward her painting “Holding On” as she relates the story that inspired the work which took nearly a year to complete.

Sunday afternoon was the “Legends and Legacies” reception for Gibbs Library’s art exhibit. The presentation is a thoroughly captivating verbal and artistic insight into the cultural heritage of North America from a First Nations point of view. Some of the stories have passed down through hundreds of generations of Native American tribes. The core of the exhibit is four large paintings by Connie Bellet of Palermo. She painted them from listening to songs and stories written by her husband Phil White Hawk to be used in a multimedia and concert production they created years ago. That show, “Inspirada Americana” was presented at colleges, service clubs, civic organizations, conventions and reservations for nearly 25 years. At Sunday’s artist’s reception, the four paintings served as illustrations for Bellet and White Hawk to recite the stories. The paintings are full of beauty and meaning and are incredibly detailed. The library’s display cabinet features some jewelry and scrimshaws of Connie’s and smaller paintings are on other walls.

Following Phil’s and Connie’s narrations, guests were treated to drumming and songs from the Great Thunder Chicken Drum, a group that first came together at Gibbs Library 15 years ago. It was impossible not to tap along with rhythm and everybody had a smile on their face. “Legends and Legacies” is on display through February and everyone is invited to come by during regular library hours. Pssst. The Great Thunder Chicken Drum will be back at Gibbs in March — watch for time and date. The library team offered yummy refreshments and hot mulled cider. Thanks to everyone who made this all happen.

Blueberry Fields public breakfasts

Deb and Cyd Zeigler tell us that their breakfasts for the public have become more and more popular this fall, and they will be serving them year round from now on. Breakfast is on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Blueberry Fields B&B is at 673 Razorville Road (Route 105 in West Washington). The menu is a la carte ranging from $8 to $12. Breakfast Reservations are recommended though not required. The phone is (207) 446-2407

Valentine’s dinner

Due to having breakfasts every weekend, BFB&B is not attempting public dinners. However, by popular demand, they are having a Valentine’s Day dinner this year. It is *By Reservation Only* on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, 5-7 p.m. Bookings are already coming in; so, if you would like to treat your special person to a romantic evening, call Deb at 207-446-2407 to book your reservation ASAP.

Apropos the B&B location

Blueberry Fields is nearly at the junction of Razorville Road and West Washington Road and Route 105. The short little 1.57 mile stretch from that intersection at the end of Razorville Road south to Route 17 (Augusta Road and Washington Road) is State Route 206. Route 206 has the distinction of being the shortest primary state highway in the whole state of Maine. Route 206 ends at Route 17 and continues south as Valley Road.

Pub night

Blueberry Fields Pub night is Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
There will be no pub night in February. They have had Rosie on guitar most Thursdays.

Postage increase

Current First-Class Mail Forever® stamps, which have cost 60 cents for one ounce, will change to 63 cents on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023.