Dear Sun Spots: Mark your calendars!

The High Street Congregational Church will hold its fifth annual Fabric and Craft Supply Fair on Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This fair is for the supplies, not the finished products.

Crafters can rent their own tables for $10 to sell the supplies they bought but never used. Or, they can donate their supplies to the church to be sold at the church’s table. Either way, the bargain hunters win.

Fabric donations can be brought to the church between March 22 and April 9. We appreciate all donations, however it is difficult to sort and organize when we receive supplies two days before the event.

Last year, we rented 15 tables and that was a comfortable amount for the space and tables available.

Please call Judy McKinney at (207) 753-0367 for more information. Please be sure to leave a name and phone number on the machine. – Judy McKinney, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: When will Lou-Rod Candy reopen?

They are on Sabattus Street in Lewiston.

Every holiday we visit the store to buy nuts, especially cashews, and their famous Needham chocolate coconut candy bars. This past December, much to our surprise, the doors were locked. Will they reopen? – A Needham Fanatic, Lewiston.

Answer:
Sun Spots tried the phone number, and unfortunately it’s out of service and no change of number has been provided to callers. It looks like the store must have closed, but perhaps other readers familiar with this store would be happy to share information with you.

In the meantime, perhaps you and your family will enjoy the following recipe found in the Sun Journal archives:

Best Needhams from “Cooking Downeast” by Marjorie Standish. Ingredients: ¾ cup mashed potatoes (not seasoned), ½ teaspoon salt, two 1-pound packages confectioners’ sugar, 1 stick margarine, ½ pound flaked coconut, 2 teaspoons vanilla. Method: Pare and cook potatoes to make ¾ cup mashed potatoes (not seasoned). Add salt. Using a double boiler, place margarine in it and melt over boiling water. Add mashed potatoes, confectioners’ sugar, flaked coconut and vanilla. Mix well and turn into a buttered jelly roll pan. Spread evenly. Place in a cool place to harden. When hard, cut into small squares and dip in the following chocolate mixture.

Chocolate dip ingredients: 1 12-ounce package chocolate bits, 4 squares unsweetened chocolate, ½ a cake of paraffin (2½ by 2½ – the same paraffin that is used on top of jam and jelly). Method: Use a double boiler again. Place paraffin in top over boiling water to melt. Then add the two kinds of chocolate. Allow chocolate to melt. Stir well to mix ingredients. A toothpick or cake tester may be used to dip the Needham squares. Hold each square above chocolate mixture after dipping so the squares drain well. Place on waxed paper to harden. Recipes will make 66 good-sized Needhams. Recipe halves easily.

Dear Sun Spots: I am looking for a keyboard teacher so that I can learn big-band and ’50s music. Please call me at (207) 225-2440 any time. – No Name, Turner.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, Sun Spots would recommend you contact Carroll’s School & Music Center in Lewiston, (207) 782-2545 to discuss your needs.

Dear Sun Spots: I am an eighth-grade student at Washington Manor Middle School in San Leandro, Calif. I am currently doing a school project that entails planning a vacation to your fine state. I would greatly appreciate any information or memorabilia that your generous readers could send me. I am interested in family activities, interesting historical sights and unique artifacts that make your state special. Thank you for your time and consideration. Please mail your information to Judy Ye, c/o John McLens, 1170 Fargo Ave., San Leandro, CA 94579. Please also mail similar information to Jennifer Elwart c/o Schulte also at our school. Thank you. – Judy Ye, San Leandro, Calif.

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