GREENE – The spring-summer program offerings, good for the entire family, are announced as follows at the Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial:

March 10 and 11: “Jordan/Israel,” Sandy Mortimer. A continuing journey through the Holy Lands travels to Jordan. No tour of the Holy Lands is complete without taking in the country’s array of biblical and world-class sites.

April 7 and 8: “Sailing Down to Rio on the Queen Mary 2,” Doug Jones. To commemorate the launch in 2004, the Queen Mary 2 was sent on a voyage to Rio de Janeiro. Relive that experience as Doug Jones, producer of travel films in America, takes the audience along with his new film.

April 21 and 22: “In Search of Shangri-la,” Buddy Hatton. Uncover a land of dreams at the foot of the snow-capped Tibetan Plateau, packed with unspoiled spectacular scenery and people who live a simple but unusually colorful life. Opened to outsiders only recently, many experienced travelers dared not even dream of its existence merely five years ago.

May 5 and 6: Turkey Hollow. Maine’s Turkey Hollow brings its mix of folk, country and bluegrass music to the Sawyer Memorial for the third time. Their performances are dedicated to the memory of their band-mate, Tom Rowe, who died last year.

May 19 and 20: Swingtime Band. Organized in 2000, the band plays easy-listening swing tunes from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and has appeared throughout Central Maine. Band members are Elaine Bender, keyboards; Earland Welch, clarinet; Bob Holmes, bass guitar; Tom Macomber, saxophone; and Phil Perkins, drummer.

June 16 and 17: “The Highlands of Scotland,” Tom Sterling. It is a fresh look at an old and revered land. Travel down the back roads, across the moors, up the glens and through the mountains of the country.

July 7 and 8: Betty Johnson.

July 21 and 22: The Shaw Brothers in concert. Rick and Ron Shaw return for another program of music and song. During their successful career, they have appeared with such stars as Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Joan Rivers and Bill Cosby.

The free programs are presented at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Fridays at the center, 371 Sawyer Road.

The building was erected in 1936 by John Marshall Sawyer as a memorial to his mother, Araxine Wilkins Sawyer. The Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Foundation is a nonprofit private foundation with a primary purpose to provide family entertainment.

Those wishing more information can visit the Web site at http://ourworld.cs.com/sawyerfoundation or call 946-5311.


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