Dear Sun Spots: A Cooking Light Maine Supper Club is forming in the area and looking for members
people who enjoy cooking and exploring new recipes will cook and bring a dish to dine together once a month. Interested people contact Arlene at [email protected] Meetings usually will be the second Saturday of the month but the November meeting will be Nov. 15. – Arlene Norman, Lewiston.

Dear Sun Spots: The column is an unbelievably knowledgeable resource. It’s my favorite part of the whole newspaper and I appreciate it very much.

I am looking for information on catamaran rides in Maine. Not for whale watching, just for the wild ride!

Also, does anyone in the Rumford/Bethel area teach meditation?

I would like to find a group or groups to go caroling with during the Christmas season in the greater Rumford area. – K. in Mexico.

In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots was only able to locate those catamaran whale-watching rides. Perhaps there are readers out there who know of others.

In the meantime, you didn’t specify what type of meditation so hopefully the following contacts will be able to assist you:

Eve Crowe at Paradise Bay Spa, Mexico, (207) 364-4447.

Joyce White, (207) 928-2375; Katey Branch, (207) 743-2423; Diane Dupuis (207) 336-3138; Leah Wolfsong, (207) 336-2423 in the Oxford Hills Region. A group (Shambhala) meditation is held in Poland Spring on Sunday mornings from 9-10:30 a.m. For more information or to arrange meditation instruction, contact Julia Huttel, (207) 998-4809. For more information on Shambhala contact George Simonson of the Shambhala Meditation Center, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, (207) 729-7402, or via its Web site at

Sun Spots would also recommend you check your local health food store’s notice boards, which often have postings on meditation and other such classes or opportunities. They also often carry free publications on meditation and a holistic lifestyle that are worth perusing.

There are also several organizations that offer meditative type retreats among them:

• Two Roads Maine, which is dedicated to supporting the physical and emotional health, and well-being of families, friends and individuals who have experienced a life-threatening illness or loss or who are in a place of major transition in their lives. The focus of the programs is to re-establish our personal relationship with the natural world as a way of investigating both illness and healing. Meditation, silence, solitude, observation and council are used to help achieve this. There are trips into the northern Maine woods or contemplative workshops in Pownal. Contact them through David Hyde at Two Roads Maine, P.O. Box 415, Freeport, ME 04032, (207) 865-4517, or via e-mail at [email protected] or via its Web site at

• Mindfulness Center of Southern Maine, 129 Smutty Lane, Saco, ME 04072, (207) 294-3377, e-mail [email protected] or via its Web site at The center is run by husband and wife team, Rebecca Wing (professional musician, teacher, performer and sound healer) and Terry Fralich (licensed clinical professional counselor, former lawyer, business owner and teacher).

• Back Door to the Moon, 10 Lithgow St., Winslow, (207) 873-6666 also offers several classes in meditation. Contact them also via their Web site at

Dear Sun Spots: The employees of the G.H. Bass Warehouse in Wilton will hold a fund-raising craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will be held at the warehouse at 128 Weld St., Wilton, Maine. We currently have 15 crafters with room for more. All proceeds earned by the warehouse will be donated to Operation Santa Claus. For more information call 207-645-3131 and ask for Mary or Elaine. Thank you for your support. – Mary Richards, Wilton.

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