Barn tours

BETHEL – As one of the activities highlighting the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, “Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon” at the Bethel Historical Society’s Dr. Moses Mason House, the society will sponsor a tour of area barns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

More than a dozen barns are expected to be open to the public, and some will feature old-time activities such as cider pressing, spinning and woodworking. Tickets costing $10 each for the tour will be available all day at the society’s museum shop in the O’Neil Robinson House.

Coffee and homemade doughnuts plus finger sandwiches will be available during the day at Alder River Grange, 1895 Intervale Road, East Bethel.

At 5 p.m. the Grange will hold a public supper. There will also be food and activities on the Bethel Common as part of the Harvestfest Celebration. This will be followed at 7 p.m. by a barn dance ($5 a person) featuring the Richard Felt Orchestra at the Prodigal Inn Barn in the Mayville section of town.

Anyone wishing more information should call the society at 824-2908 or 1-800-834-2910.

Speaker set

BOLSTERS MILLS – The Oxford County Education Association-Retired will meet at the Bolsters Mills Methodist Church on Friday, Sept. 16. The social period will start at 10:30 a.m., the business meeting at 11.

The afternoon program will be an account by Kathy Burke Weeks of her recent months in Afghanistan. The scholarship fund-raiser will be a cookie walk. New retirees – teachers and support personnel – are welcome. Call 583-2524 to reserve a lunch if not on a phone tree.

Society speaker

NORWAY- Stanley Howe, Bethel Historical Society director, will be the guest speaker for the Norway Historical Society meetings on Wednesdays, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19, at the Society House, 471 Main St.

Howe holds an MA in American history from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and a PhD in Canadian history from the University of Maine in Orono. His book on the history of the Maine State Grange was published in 1994.

Howe will discuss “What Do You Know About the Grange?” on Sept. 21 and on “William Bingham II: Philanthropist” on Oct. 19. Bingham came to Bethel in 1911 and spent the rest of his life as a Maine resident, giving away his fortune to all kinds of worthy causes.

For more information, call 743-2305.

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