Benefit for Thanksgiving Dinner

Wicked Good Fun at Watts Hall

Nov 08, 2017
Big Ben and Stanley

Thomaston — Harborside Harmony, plus Big Ben and Stanley, will entertain Sunday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. at Watts Hall, 174 Main St./Route 1. The family-friendly Wicked Good Fun double bill is a free event, with donations accepted to benefit Thomaston's Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Big Ben and Stanley present Maine humor with clever banter and wordplay. Ben Perry is a well-known native of Rockland, and Stanley is his sidekick — a puppet that bears a striking resemblance to its owner. Perry is a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer who saw the world while serving, then returned home to work in supervisory positions at Fisher Engineering, Camden National Bank and Rockland Ford, among others. He has been a Boy Scout commissioner and licensed Maine Guide.

With a reputation as a practical joker, Perry also is a designer of award-winning parade floats with titles such as “My Eye Pad,” “The International House of Cake Pans” and “Maine's First Cell Phone,” which featured an incarcerated telephone. Perry has been married 48 years to Mary Perry, who taught in junior high and middle public schools for 36 years.

Harborside Harmony is a local women's barbershop chorus directed by Kate Howell. The chorus of about 12 sings in traditional four-part a cappella harmony. With a repertoire that spans 100 years of song, including “Over the Rainbow,” “What a Wonderful World,” “San Francisco Bay Blues” and “I Believe,” the chorus also is proud to perform “Harborside Harmony,” written by former director Mary Chamberlain.

Always well received at the Maine Lobster Festival and at the Union Fair, Harborside Harmony is happy to bring their voices to church fundraisers and assisted living and long term care residences.

All donations from the evening of Wicked Good Fun, including proceeds from refreshments, will go to TRAK — Thomaston Random Acts of Kindness — that organizes the annual Thanksgiving Dinner. All ages are welcome to this free event.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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