Valley Voices: Merry month of May


Before we go into all the happy goings-on up and down the Androscoggin River Valley this month, a word about wind power.

Oh no, there’ll be no strong talk about blighted landscapes and iffy returns. Valley Voices isn’t the place for that. But, dear readers, whatever your opinion on wind power, please remember that a turbine is NOT a headdress and it doesn’t rhyme with urban!

That said, let’s move on to the fun stuff. There’s plenty of it.

Next weekend there’s a park cleanup in Canton and a yard sale at the United Methodist Church in Virginia. Later that day, feast on chicken pie at the Green Church in Mexico or baked beans in Andover. Next day, treat yourself to a midday turkey dinner at the Grange in Rumford Center.

Two upcoming events are of special interest.

On Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m., Dixfield celebrates the 100th anniversary of its public library. Is the building 100 years old? No, Charlotte Collins of the town office told me.


Dixfield’s library began in a couple of rooms at the back of a store; she wasn’t sure which one. Then, in 1939, Verdurina Ludden left enough money to construct a building for the library as a memorial to her parents, hence, Ludden Memorial Library.

Dixfield Historical Society founder (1975) and President Abbott Spaulding will be on hand for the event, and Librarian Peggy Malley will explain the technology that today’s library staff and patrons enjoy.

Richard F. Mullins of Dixfield, author of the newly published novel “Evangeline,” will be there for a book signing. Clarice Hodges greatly enjoyed the romance developed from Longfellow’s poem.

Two night later, Saturday, May 21, “Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington,” a one-woman show about Maine’s revered U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, goes up at Mountain Valley Middle School in Mexico. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 performance.

Impresario Burt deFrees is bringing Sally Jones, former Mexico High teacher, back to perform the popular show. Jones, he explained, is a principal in the Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association.

Buy tickets in advance at Bartash’s on Congress Street for $8 each or $10 at the door.

May in the River Valley: As Naomi Robertson once said to a friend from away, “I’d tell you what there is to do, but I’m too busy.”

Linda Farr Macgregor is a freelance writer; contact her: [email protected]