Dear Sun Spots: The Abused Women’s Advocacy Project has had a great response from our community this year. However, we are still in need of donations or those interested in adopting a family. We help thousands of people every year in our community. We are not a large organization but we do help a large number of people. You can make donations of any kind that will help a family enjoy the Christmas season. We will accept new toys, clothing, etc. Please help us not turn people away who come to us for help. Please contact: Terry Green at 795-6736 or Barbara Robinson at 795-6744. Thank you. – Terry Green, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: We are seeking to volunteer our services to organizations on Christmas Day. We would be happy to prepare, serve or deliver meals or assist in any other way that is needed. We can be reached at (207) 777-3806. – No Name, Auburn.


Dear Sun Spots: Do you know of any beach outlets around the area that rent for summer outings for family parties? I have a family reunion on New Year’s Day and this is our 10th one. We are looking into having it in the summer instead so that more people can travel during summer vacations. Could you please help? – No Name, Lewiston.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots would recommend contacting Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, which would be wonderful for any young children attending your family reunion. There are tables for picnicking and lots to keep the children (and adults) occupied. However, it does not have beach access. For more information, contact them on Route 26, in Gray (207) 657-4977, to see if they can accommodate you and your family. They are closed until April 15, but you may leave a message on their voice mail or wait until they reopen next year.

Dear Sun Spots: In your answer dated Dec. 1 to an inquiry about stone or rustic chapels for weddings, Thorncrag was given as a resource.

On behalf of the Stanton Bird Club Board of Directors and the members of the Thorncrag Sanctuary Stewardship Committee, I would like to share with you our policy concerning weddings and other similar events.

Because Thorncrag is managed as a wildlife refuge, not a park, and because all of the maintenance and stewardship is done by volunteers, we prohibit weddings, parties and receptions. – Susan Hayward, Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary, Lewiston.

Answer:
Sun Spots would like to thank this reader for her information. And the mother seeking a wedding site in the Dec. 1 column might be interested in checking out the All Soul’s Chapel through the Poland Spring Preservation Society. The All Soul’s Chapel is utilized for weddings, which can be booked through the Poland Spring Preservation Society. The Poland Spring Museum and Spring House are open free to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and closed Mondays. The Poland Spring Museum is at 115 Preservation Way, Poland Spring, Maine. Its staff can be contacted at (207) 998-7143, and information is online at www.polandspring.com/activities/pres_park.asp.

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