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AMISH OPEN HOUSE, Session 2
with Cynthia Mason
History says that the Amish began arriving in Maine in the mid-1990s, buying reasonably-priced farmlands to practice their faith and raise their families. Maine's first Amish community was in Smyrna. From there, communities have been established throughout the state. Now in the Sacopee area, there is a growing Amish Community on the Porter Plain off of South Hiram Road. You have probably already noticed the bicycles and horse-drawn wagons in our area. Their First Fruits Produce Market near the Durgintown Road and South Hiram Road intersection will be opening again in April. Another community-friendly business is opening soon: the Rise-n-Shine Greenhouses. Available for sale will be hanging baskets, such as geraniums, petunias, pansies, and mixed flowers plus vegetable starts and bedding plants. Other ventures in the community include multiple sawmills providing rough-cut lumber, a furniture shop, an insulation business, a harness shop, and an egg farm. The public is welcome to the community to witness the various farming, home, and trades sites other than tour day as well, but we have two dates available. Let’s learn more about this unique and peaceful community. No fees or donations are expected. The Meeting place is located inside the Amish Community of Porter Plains at the Rise-n-Shine Greenhouses. Just follow the SVACE tour signs. No cameras, phones, or other electronic devices are allowed. Please pre-register as space is limited.
BLAZO-LEAVITT HOMESTEAD (1812 & 1817) TOUR
with Peter Cyr
BLAZO-LEAVITT HOMESTEAD (1812 & 1817) TOUR
William Blazo built the Blazo-Leavitt Homestead in North Parsonsfield. The ell--with one large chimney--was built in 1812. The main section of the house--with four more chimneys--was added in 1817. It is a two-story Portsmouth Federal-style home with elaborate doorways, ornate interior woodwork, a Palladian window over the front door, and a large central hall. It was in the same family until 1974. Then, from 1977 until 2008, the homestead went through four different owners. From 2008 until late 2013, the structure was vacant. The present owner has worked hard to restore the homestead. The Rufus-Porter type murals and graining by artist Sandy Howe are outstanding. The Blazo-Leavitt Homestead was featured in the October 2019 issue of Early American Life; a copy of which is at the Brown Memorial Library. The homestead is located on Route 160 South in North Parsonsfield, diagonally across the street from the Parsonsfield Seminary. Please note: There is no charge for this tour. The $5 registration fee will be donated to the Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society. If you would like to contribute other funds to the historical society, you may also do so at the time of the tour. Pre-registration is required due to spacing and safety issues. Extra sessions will be available as needed.
DEATH CAFE, June Meeting
with Cait Bushnell, Facilitator
A Death Cafe is a safe place where you, your family, and your friends can share stories, question reality, and hear new voices as we ponder the mystery of death and dying. Death Cafes are not grief sessions or bereavement groups, but rather interesting and inviting gatherings held around the world to increase awareness of the importance of making the most of this life as we ponder what we know of death. Everyone is welcome at this open, relaxed, spontaneous discussion. Please join us.
VALLEY LODGE (CIRCA 1792) TOUR
with Peter Cyr
The Brown Family or their caretakers owned Valley Lodge for 181 years until 1973. Brothers David and Ephraim Brown came to Flintstown (now Baldwin) with their father, Captain David Brown, from Concord, Massachusetts in 1783. Captain David Brown helped lay out the plot plan and worked on the roads in Flintstown. He never lived in Maine, but his son Ephraim built Valley Lodge. Ephraim's brother David built Saddle Back Farm (now gone) right above Valley Lodge. Ephraim had 7 children who all lived to be adults. Thus, in the early 1800s, he added to the original cape by building a Federal Colonial over the front half of the cape. However, none of the early features of the cape were disturbed. It is possible to see the evolution of architectural styles from the mantels. From pre-revolutionary to the late Victorian periods, 95% of the original features are still present. Valley Lodge was featured in the April 2011 issue of Early American Life; a copy is at the Brown Memorial Library. Valley Lodge is located at 67 E. Saddleback Road, West Baldwin. Take Brown Road, which goes up behind Limington Lumber on RT 113. Take the first right, which is E. Saddleback. Valley Lodge is the first house. Please note: There is no charge for this tour. The $5 registration fee will be donated to the Baldwin Historical Society. If you would like to contribute other funds to the historical society, you may also do so at the time of the tour. Pre-registration is required due to spacing and safety issues. Extra sessions will be available as needed.
DE-STRESS WITH HYPNOSIS -LIVE ONLINE
with Hugh Sadlier
Stress can be incapacitating and crippling, contributing to many diseases in our minds and bodies. Hypnosis can help you release your habitual reaction to stress, replacing it with a positive, relaxed response. Learn to enter the hypnotic state whenever you desire, using it to reinforce a satisfying way of handling your stress. Have a mat and pillow available for extra comfort. Pre-registration is required to receive pre-class readings and online link.
Hugh Sadlier, practicing hypnotherapy for 32 years, has worked with over 3000 people on more than 300 separate issues, including weight management & eating disorders.
JOHN CALVIN STEVENS COTTAGE TOUR AKA THE ISLAND HOUSE (CIRCA 1924)
with Linda Griffin
The John Calvin Cottage was initially built for the local mill owner’s family. The quaint structure is picturesquely situated on a 1.8-acre island in the Ossipee River, just above a waterfall. Mature landscaping complements the simplicity of the architecture, certainly a John Calvin Stevens design. Cathedral ceilings and lovely stained glass windows, along with period doors and woodwork, all capture the essence of the time. An antique cook stove in the kitchen and a period fireplace in the living room further add to the cottage’s charm. Definitely a historic jewel! Please note: There is no charge for this tour. The $5 registration fee will be donated to the Porter-Parsonsfield Historical Society. If you would like to contribute other funds to the historical society, you may also do so at the time of the tour. Parking is available at the cottage or the Parsonsfield Post Office. Pre-registration is required due to spacing and safety issues.
Sat. June 10, 12-1, 1 Meeting
Rain Date Sun. June 11
Note: Rain date is for heavy rain
with Andree Benoist
Celebrate the beautiful colors of spring with watercolor! Join gifted artist Andree Benoist for this introduction course, learn the basics, and create a spring watercolor. Materials fee of $20 is payable to the instructor in class. Please pre-register as a minimum of 4 people is required to run the course.
About Andree: Andree finds inspiration for her work along the Jersey Shore and in the Foothills of the White Mountains of Maine. Her paintings reflect her feelings about her experiences and observations and strive to show what it was like at a particular moment. Her work can be seen at Full Circle Artisan's Gallery and purchased there or by appointment at her studio in Cornish.
with Laurel MacDuffie
Do you like pottery? Want to see how it’s done? Tour the compound? Have a tea party? Play around on the wheel? There are so many things we could do during a studio visit at Cedar Mountain Potters. Come by and meet Laurel MacDuffie, a full time studio potter and sculptor, ask lots of questions, and have some fun.