Dear Sun Spots: Next Thursday, Aug. 24, our community will have the honor of hosting a folk dance ensemble of 30 very talented Chinese-American youth from Boston who will be conducting workshops at the Lewiston Library in the afternoon and presenting a public performance at 7 p.m. at the Franco-American Heritage Center. The proprietors of Wei Lei Restaurant in Auburn have generously offered to deliver a buffet meal of authentic Chinese food to the center to feed this group a quick supper, but, as a gesture of “down-home” Lewiston hospitality, we would also like to include a traditional Franco-American dish. So here is our question: Are there a few local folks who would be willing to make a tourtiere (meat pie) or two for this occasion? We would be very grateful for the contribution, and proud to be able to share a bit of our own local culture with these special guests. If you can assist us with this request, please call me at the library, 784-0135, ext. 200. Thank you. – Cindy Larock, cultural coordinator, Lewiston Public Library.

Dear Sun Spots: I work at Norlands and was wondering if anyone had any old-fashioned clothes they were willing to sell reasonably or donate to me. I am sewing-challenged and need to provide my own costume for that era. I would also be interested in someone who wanted to make a few dresses like that, and I would be willing to pay. You can call me at 645-3066. If I am not home, please leave a message and I will return your call. – Ruthann LeBlanc, No Town.

In addition to responses from readers, contact one of Sun Spots’ favorite resources Orphan Annie’s at 96 Court St., Auburn, 782-0638. Sun Spots has spotted some nice vintage millinery and more in the shop windows and is sure you’ll find some of what you’re seeking there. In the meantime, you might also check out some garage sales as well as Second Hand Rose Consignment Shop, 53 Maine St., Brunswick, 729-9761; The Outskirts Vintage Clothing in Farmington, 778-9200.

You might also check out the following Web sites:;; or for a more in-depth listing check out And if you find a seamstress, perhaps he/she might be interested in, which offers vintage patterns for sale.

Dear Sun Spots: To the readers seeking recipes with clams, perhaps they might enjoy Gerry’s Clam Bake: The following is served with salad and cut into squares:

Ingredients: 1 pound fresh, minced clams, or two cans chopped clams, 4 eggs, 1 cup milk (evaporated), 1 package unsalted saltines, 1 chopped onion, salt and pepper. Method: Beat eggs in a large bowl. Add milk and onion. Crush crackers into pieces (Do not roll). Add clams in, salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Pour mixture into a buttered 9-by-12 Pyrex dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until firm, but not crusty. Serves six.

Dear Sun Spots: To No Name, No Town, who was looking for the Colorado quarter: Key Bank at 55 Lisbon St. told me the Key Bank branch in the Auburn Plaza had them last week. So, when I left I crossed the street and went to the Androscoggin Bank, on the corner of Main and Lisbon streets. They had them. Of course, that was last week, but your reader can check by calling or going to the bank. Good luck. – No Name, No Town.

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