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Agatha Christies "The Mouse Trap" is this week's production at The Barnstormers, a tribute to the amazing talent of the cast, and brilliance of the director Clayton Phillips. A riveting whodunit staple, the plot features a house full of strangers trapped by a storm , a murder , and "Detective Inspector Trotter", energetically played by Tony Edgerton who looks into the matter. Doug Shapiro plays the somewhat creepy Mr. Paravicini with gusto, and Jean Mar Brown gives one of her best career performances as the odious and ever complaining Mrs Boyle whom all the characters have a reason to dislike, and her demise casts suspicion on everyone. Candace Clift and Paul Melendy play naïve and idealistic hosts, reluctantly thrust into the bizarre scenario. Barnstormers' veteran and Robert Bates is calm and sensible Major Metcalf. The flamboyant but tragic Christopher Wren is poignantly played by Ryan Malyar. These great actors perform against a well crafted scene designed by Ryan McGettigan with production stage manager, Laura Karavitis. Be sure to see this memorable performance while there's time! Call 323-8500 for tickets.

The 2014 season finale "Little Shop of Horrors" is next week's Barnstormers Theatre's production, a perennial favorite musical comedy "where 60s horror film meets Motown." Nerdy florist Seymour happens upon an unusual looking plant, which turns out to be carnivorous and rains fame, love , evil forces and havoc upon the hapless Seymour. "Little Shop of Horrors" features Doug Shapiro, Jordan Ahnquist, Rachel Alexa Norman, Cheryl Mullings and is directed by Igor Goldin. For more information on the shows, tickets and dining options, visit www.barnstormerstheatre.org or call 323-8500. I can't wait to see this one.

The Barnstormers annual auction is at 5 p.m. at The Highland House on Sunday, Aug. 24. (Apologies for the incorrect date in last week's column). There will be food, drinks , fabulous auction items including AMC Hut and Lodge stays, a Swiss Vacation; carved duck by Michael Veasey; Red Sox Tickets; Francis Cleveland's one-of-a-kind Barnstormer watch ;decorative items, gift certificates; Barnstormer Posters and more. See the website for complete listing: www.barnstormerstheatre.org Tickets are available at the Box Office (323-8500) or the website. Pick up auction tickets when you buy your theater tickets.

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Enjoy the season's harvest at the Jackson farmers' and artisans' market, open every Saturday through Columbus Day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The market is located next to the Snowflake Inn in Jackson Village. Vendors sell fresh local produce, maple syrup, goat cheese, baked goods, artisan breads, herbs, honey, and farm fresh eggs. We even met some young, homeschooled entrepreneurs who were selling some yummy treats. Juried artisan vendors also sell natural body products, jewelry, wood crafts, textiles, and much more. The market is always a fun place to shop, and meet people from around the corner or around the world. New vendors are still being accepted. For information, call Kathy at 986-5622.

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The Maine Street Arts and Crafts Fair, sponsored by Fryeburg New Church will be held in Bradley Memorial Park on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the event of rain, the fair will be move to the Fryeburg Fair Craft Pavilion. Stop by to check out the homemade crafts and baked goods, as well as live music by Rubato, hot dogs, popcorn, and lemonade. There will also be activities for the kids, so bring the whole family.

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A service will be held for Charles Sullivan at the Untied Church of Christ on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. Charlie has been a summer resident of Lovell for many years and he will be sorely missed. Following the service there will be luncheon at the church.

Sally Davis passed away on Aug. 3. Sally and her husband, Peter, ran Conifer for many years until Peter's bad health forced them to sell. During her time in Lovell, Sally was very active serving on the school board, the Kezar Water Shed Association, the Helen R. Coe Fund and the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library Board and the library's Capital Campaign Fund for the latest addition. She was also a member of the Lovell United Church of Christ. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday August 23, 2014 in Lovell at Cemetery No. 4 at 11 a.m.

Congratulations to the winners of the 29th Dave Mason Tennis Tournament. This tournament gains in popularity each year and the play is extraordinary, Winners were: Men's Singles Jack Weiler over Skip Lieblein, Men's Doubles had Don Schneider and Mark Green winning over Mark Shafer and Matt Connelly, Women's Doubles Carrie Closuit and Stephanie Harris won over Anna Romer and Chris Rothman, in Mixed Doubles Jose Azel and Anna Romer won over Matt Connelly and Maureen Duggan. In the juniors: Grace Carolina won over Gregory Loftus. The matches were well attended especially by the man whom the tournament is named after Dave Mason.

The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library's Arts and Artisans Fair was very well attended indicated by the line of cars parked on Route 5. The book sale was really well attended with the books flying off the tables. The food made by the volunteers was consumed leaving few sandwiches and deserts. This event is one of the biggest fund raisers for the Library which allows them to have many individual programs through the year. It takes a lot of planning for the fair to be well organized. The artisans enjoy coming to Lovell because the organizers make sure they are well taken care of while they're working. Every little detail, down to the parking, is carefully planned for the connivance of the folks coming to the fair. To those who work so hard to keep the fair high on the list of fairs in Maine, congratulations for another job well done. From the organizers to the loyal volunteers the people who use the library thank you for all you do to keep the library strong.

Another successful event Saturday was the Volunteer Fire Department chicken barbecue. The fire station was filled and the tables outside were filled. The chicken was great and the corn on the cob was so good. Saw many of the workers from the Fair sitting and relaxing after a busy day. Thanks to the fire men that did the cooking. As a whole I'd say that Lovell had a great day.

On Thursday, Aug. 21, the Greater Lovell Land Trust walk will take you to the Wilson Wing Moose Pond Preserve. This walk will focus on the mushrooms that grow in the forest and the fungus' importance to the ecosystem. Easy walking but don't forget water and bug spray.

Don't forget the VFW Post No. 6763 Ladies Auxiliary will be holding a benefit breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the VFW Hall in Lovell. There will be the usual favorite breakfast dishes served including beverage. The VFW serves in the community and help veterans where needed and this benefit will help defray the costs. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m .and for adults it's $8 and for children under 10 $4.

The next presentation of the Brick Church will be Birds on a Wire on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. This trio has been playing together since 2008 when Jenny and Greg Huang-Dale move to Fryeburg and Jeanie Loubier arrived in Waterford from Oklahoma.

All play instruments, fiddle, banjo, guitar and piano. A long time resident Al Sterns gave Jenny a Civil War violin to add to her collection. Their music will certainly have your feet moving to the beat and give the urge to get up and dance. Tickets are $10 for adults and children under 12 $5. Refreshments will be served. For more information call (207) 925-1500.

I would like to thank Captain Fred Mitchell and crew mate Ruth Mitchell for a lovely afternoon last Friday. The Captain took the church Deacons out on his new ship to Sheep Island for a wonderful view of the lake. After our meeting Ruth led us on a tour of the island. Proudly all the ladies were able to climb up and down without mishap. The island was like a time capsule with so much history.

How many took the ALS Challenge? I did it. What is surprising that many who did the challenge, having a bucket of ice and water dumped over your head, made a contribution. Compared to last year. the money raised is so much higher.

If your looking for an end of summer treat the Lovell Rec has tickets to the Sea Dogs game on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. Fun for the kids because there will be fire works after the game. Tickets are 5$ and you can contact Meg Dyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (207) 925-1440.

 

Looking for a fun and enriching way to spend a Saturday? Beth Nagle Griffin is having an open house and handmade pottery and fine silver jewelry sale on Saturday, Aug. 30, from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the Wee House located just south of The Inn at Crystal Lake on Route 153. Beth has been fast at work, creating new functional pottery designs and some popular special requests. Her precious metal clay jewelry is ever-evolving, and she has created new looks in earring and pendants, as well as formed wire pieces. Many of Beth's pottery pieces and jewelry designs are one-of-a-kind, so come early for the best selection. Remember, this year's sale will take place in the Wee House, Beth and Mark's home. No more hiking up that stairway to the studio.

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