Dear Sun Spots: I am procuring props for Community Little Theatre’s summer production of “Annie.” While I have been very lucky and have almost everything I need, there are two very important items I cannot locate. We are in need of a Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist dummy and period glasses for FDR, which are the type that just clip on to the nose. If anyone has any information with regards to these items, please call Vicki Roy at (207) 777-4797 and leave a message. The items are needed from now – as soon as possible – to the 18th of August. Thank you for the help and the column. – V.D.R., Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: Calvary Christian Academy in Turner will hold an indoor yard sale Aug. 1 and 2. If any column readers have any items they’d like to donate to the sale, they can be dropped off at 20 North Main St. in Turner or by calling (207) 225-3665. You can also send an e-mail to [email protected] for pickup. – Mary Crane, Turner.

To Susan Moras, Livermore Falls: Please contact Sun Spots regarding your request. Sun Spots was unable to reach you by phone.

Dear Sun Spots: Can you help me find framed pictures painted by Robert Wood? I used to buy them at dealers in Brunswick. – R.E.D., Auburn.

Pending any responses from readers, Sun Spots has been unable to find anything on this artist’s dealers. However, you may want to try contacting for information on his paintings. You may also be interested in noting that according to, Robert W. Wood was born on the south coast of England, not far from the white cliffs of Dover. His father, W. J. Wood, was a famous painter who recognized his son’s unusual talent and sent him to art school at the age of 12. He attended art school for several years and won four first awards and three second awards, one each year, a record.

Wood came to the United States as a youth and traveled around this country, and Canada and Mexico studying the people and the landscape. For over 60 years, Robert Wood caught the pulse of inner America. He was America’s most popular landscape artist. From his travels across the continent, he has presented Americans with a record of an unspoiled American landscape. In a very real sense, his paintings became an invaluable document of American’s fast vanishing wilderness and seashores, depicted as only Robert Wood could. Reproductions of his works also found their was into every town, village and city. At one point, Wood was considered the most published artist in the world. His popularity has known no equal in American art in the field of landscape painting. After living and painting in Texas for several years, he went to Carmel, Calif., and began painting marine scenes. A short time later he moved to Laguna Beach where he became an outstanding figure in the Laguna Beach art colony and the art world in Southern California. He later lived in Bishop, Calif., and in La Jolla. He died just short of his 90th birthday.

Dear Sun Spots: On July 5 in the afternoon, there was a half-hour program on television advertising videos of old Red Skelton shows. Then there was another half hour of Dean Martin shows. I thought I had copied the correct telephone number to order these videos but found the number I had was incorrect. Did anyone get the right number? I would really like to order these videos. I can be reached in the afternoon at (207) 657-4606. – Betty Brewer, Gray.

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