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Check It Out!

Bring a lunch.     Bring a friend.

An antidote to cabin fever in the colder, snowier months of January and February and the mud season months of March and April is our Friends of Ricker program, Check It Out! These brown bag lunchtime gatherings will feature once-a month programs from 12 noon to 1pm on the third Wednesday of the month, January through April. (Snow date will be, automatically, on the following Wednesday, if the program must be cancelled due to weather.) Our list of programs is eclectic, with the idea that we can keep our minds active and be introduced to some new things to think about. In January, local sculptor, Gloria Limoges, will tell us about her art of “found object creations”. She is a self-proclaimed “junk collector” who includes various types of materials in her art. We will have a conversation with Hibo Omar in February. She is a Somali immigrant who lives and works in Lewiston/Auburn and has agreed to talk with us about some of the experiences of the Somali people living in our area. The program for March will be musical and will be provided by the music department from Poland Regional High School. Charles Plummer will entertain us with his impersonation of Joshua Chamberlain in April. This program will be our way to participate in recognition of the 150th anniversary of that war. So mark down these dates: * January 18, February 15, March 21, and April 18, And plan to Check It Out! in the Community Room of the library, 12 noon – 1pm.  A prescription to ward off winter “blahs”. *If you would like to be on our email list and receive a reminder notice just before each program, you may leave your name and email address at the library (998-4390).

Acadia, Maine’s National Park

Our January Person to Person program will be presented by Poland resident, Ulla Hansen. Her illustrated lecture, Acadia, Maine’s National Park, will feature paintings and photographs of the picturesque bridges, the carriage road system conceived of by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and spectacular vistas of mountains and ocean seen (or scene) in the park. Ms Hansen, artist and horsewoman, has been visiting Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park regularly since 1983 to ride and to paint. Her “show and tell” program should be very interesting. As always, the evening will begin with a potluck supper and conversation hour. Please bring a casserole, salad or dessert to share. If you wish, you may bring, also, your own plate, cup and eating utensils – though we do have plenty of paper plates and cups and plastic forks and knives to go around. We want everyone to have an enjoyable meal together, with as little “fuss” as possible.

A note about November’s Person to Person

For Your Information

We learned late last night that Kate Braestrup will not be able to join us for tonight's Person to Person program. She is chaplain for the Maine Warden Service and is heavily involved with this week's accident in Rumford. We will still hold the potluck supper and hope that you will still plan to join us for food and fellowship. We have a couple of suggestions for alternate programs and will let the group decide how we will use the second hour of the evening.

Sunday, November 13 5:30- 7:30 Ricker Library

Best-selling author Kate Braestrup to present at November’s Person to Person

The Friends of Ricker are pleased that Kate Braestrup, Chaplain with the Maine Warden Service, will be the guest speaker for their upcoming November Person to Person. Braestrup is the author of the New York Times best seller, Here If You Need Me, a memoir that tells of the path that led her to become a minister working with the Maine Forest Service. "Poignant," "funny," "brave," "tender hearted" are words used by reviewers of her books and essays. Other titles include Marriage and Other Acts of Charity and Beginner's Grace. Braestrup has agreed to autograph any of her books after the program. Person to Person will be held on Sunday, November 13th in the Community Room of the library. The potluck supper and conversation hour begins at 5:30pm. Guests are asked to bring a casserole, salad or dessert for the table. The program begins at 6:30. Everyone is invited. Please come and bring a friend to share in this evening of food, fun, and fellowship.

The Shakers of Poland, Maine

Lenny Brooks, Director of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum and Library, will be our guest speaker at the October Person to Person. Mr. Brooks' address will focus on two early Shaker "families" - the Poland Hill and the Square Hill families. Shakers have been our neighbors since the 1700s and it should be interesting to learn more about their history. It is a fitting topic for a presentation to a group that goes by the name of Person to Person and promotes neighbor to neighbor conversation and fellowship, wouldn't you agree? Anyway, we hope you can join us.

October 9, 5:30 - 7:30 Ricker Library Community Room Please bring casserole. salad, or dessert to share

April Person to Person Potluck

Each person/ couple/ family is asked to bring a casserole, and a salad or dessert to share. This month's program will be "Music Highlights" by Greg Boardman and his music students.
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