Society kicking off restoration drive

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SOLON – Four of the original artists who created the fresco paintings in the historic South Solon Meeting House will collaborate on a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the meeting house.

The discussion is free and open to the public.

The moderator will be Susan Larsen, an art historian and critic who lives in Tenants Harbor. At 5 p.m., writer, storyteller and artist Ashley Bryan will present readings from black culture. Bryan is the author and illustrator of numerous children’s books.

Following the readings, a reception will be held for guests and the community. The day’s event is sponsored by the South Solon Historical Society and the Maine Humanities Council.

Built in 1842 in Somerset County near the banks of the Kennebec River, the South Solon Meeting House is kicking off “The Meeting House Restoration Campaign,” which has already raised $180,000 toward the goal of $650,000 to pay for the interior and exterior renovations and a maintenance endowment for the building.

For more information, contact the South Solon Historical Society, care of Andrew Davis, PO Box 894, Skowhegan, ME 04976; or call 643-2555. Tax-deductible contributions can be made out to the Maine Community Foundation for the benefit of the South Solon Meeting House; 245 Main St., Ellsworth, ME 04605.

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