September 2010 ~ News & Updates

Our membership has been busy throughout this summer planning and holding fundraising events – proceeds will assist us towards making much needed repairs and inititating our restoration projects. 

Bring all our old items for a professional appraisal at the Union Meeting House in Sunday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A team of experts in different fields of antiques will be on hand to give you an idea of what you have collected or inherited from your family is worth in today’s antique market. For the modest fee of $10 for one item, $18. for two, and $25. for three, anyone can present their antique to the appraisal team. Among those scheduled to attend are Bruce Buxton of Portland, noted Maine auctioneer and appraiser who specializes in art, furniture, decorative arts, textiles and ceramics. Beth Turner of Damariscotta, certified by the Gemologist Institute of America, will handle all jewelry, and Brian Harding of Wells, a book dealer who has broad expertise in the field, will do books and paper items. Marius B. Peladeau of Readfield, a Fellow of The Company of Military Historians, will appraise antique militaria and firearms pre-1873. The appraisers are donating their travel and fees so that all income will go to help in the continued restoration of the Meeting House. It is recommended that persons bring antiques, not collectables and no bottles, coins or stamps. Everything else is fair game so bring something to test the appraisers’ knowledge and be rewarded with an up-to-date valuation of those old items you prize so much. Look to local papers for more details. For information in advance call 685-4537
Dave Mallet Concert a Great Success
The Board of the Meeting House thanks everyone who came to the Dave Mallet concert in August and made it such a success. Mr. Mallet was very appreciative of the enthusiastic crowd and the friendly reception he received. The church looked full and it was a perfect evening. A goodly sum was raised and it has been deposited into the Meeting House’s fund for restoration. Making the night a gala event was the result of a lot of hard work by a dedicated corps of volunteers. Due the greatest appreciation are Board member Flo Drake (the captain of the ship) and her husband, Bill (the first mate). Also helping man the ship were Board members Joan Wiebe, Secretary/Treasurer Donn Harriman and President Marius B. Péladeau. At intermission a table full of sweets and drinks were available for a donation. Assisting in assembling this buffet by obtaining donated items were Advisory Board members Evelyn Potter and Holly Hock Dumaine, as well as The Country Moose. Ann Mitchell, Mildred Péladeau,Mrs. Drake and the Readfield Family Market, all of Readfield, the Old Post Office Café of Mt. Vernon, the Apple Shed Baker of Kents Hill, and Holly Randall of Fayette.

Most important were those who provided funds to help defray Mr. Mallett’s fee so that as much as possible of the tickets receipts would be pure profit. The Meeting Houses wishes to acknowledge especially (in alphabetical order): Savings Bank of Maine in Readfield, Attorney Stephen Hayes of Augusta, Dr. Philip Tedrick of Readfield and the Winthrop Credit Union.

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