Christmas wreaths were hung along Bethel’s streets this week.
The Local Crafts and Wares Fair, sponsored by the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held Friday, Nov. 26, at the Bethel Inn Conference Center. The fair was mentioned in the “Happenings” section of the Nov. 7-13 issue of the magazine “American Profile,” which is distributed with daily newspapers throughout the northeastern United States.
Other holiday activities in the region include the FEZtival of Trees at the Kora Shrine Temple in Lewiston, which runs through Saturday, Nov. 27. The Christmas tree spectacular includes 58 fully decorated Christmas trees donated by area merchants, organizations, and Shrine units. The trees will be raffled off at the end of the festival.
The 34th Annual Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade also takes place on Saturday, Nov. 27, in South Paris and Norway. The parade includes floats, bands, the Roller Derby Girls, Kora Fun Cars, and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. The theme this year is “A Storybook Christmas.” The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Moore Park in South Paris and continues down Route 26 to the end of Main Street in Norway. Anyone planning to drive on Route 26 on Saturday should be aware of traffic detours along the parade route.
Dec. 4 Holiday Events
There are a wide variety of holiday activities in Bethel on Saturday, Dec. 4. The fourth annual Bethel Area Business and Home Expo takes place at the Telstar High School gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 35 western Maine businesses are participating. Taste of Bethel is at the Telstar Cafeteria from noon to 2 p.m.
The West Parish Congregational Church on Church Street will host a Christmas Fair and Tea from 1 to 4 p.m.
At 4 p.m., participants in the Jingle Bell Run will meet at the Key Bank on Main Street to obtain bells for the walk up Main Street to the Bethel Common where the Rotary-sponsored Christmas tree will be lit at 4:30 p.m. Santa Claus will attend the tree lighting ceremony.
At 5:30 p.m., the Bethel United Methodist Church on Main Street is sponsoring a public supper and lighting of the Christmas tree on the church lawn.
Fifteen people from the Bethel United Methodist Church attended a performance of the Glorification Singers at the Rumford Center Methodist Church on Sunday, Nov. 14. The music group, which is from New York, performs internationally. They have been nominated as the Vocal Group of the Year by both the Christian Country Music Association and Power Source magazine.
On Sunday, Nov. 21, Avery Angevine hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for his family at the Sudbury Inn. Twenty-five family members attended the dinner, which included turkey and all the traditional fixings.
Muriel Butters is visiting her sons and their families in California.
Sent in by Donald G. Bennett:
The Bethel Masonic Lodge has elected new officers for the ensuring year. The following men will be installed as officers of Bethel Lodge 97 on Dec. 9, 2010. Worshipful Master, Brent Angevine; Senior Warden, Adam Tanguay; Junior Warden, David Roberts; Senior Deacon, Todd A. Davis; Secretary, Winn Haskell; Treasurer, Richard Halacy; Junior Deacon, Lloyd Sweetser; Senior Steward, Bill Meyers; Junior Steward, Clayton Bartlett; Tyler, Gene Tanguay; Chaplain, Scott Fraser.
The program on Dec. 9 begins with a semi public supper at 6:15 p.m. followed by a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Masons and their families are welcome and Masonic Widows will also be the guests of the Lodge that evening. The Lodge Hall is located on Chapman Street. Visiting Brethren are most welcome.
Explorations art exhibit at Summit Hotel: Arla Patch’s exhibition at the Summit Hotel for her students' work was certainly very well attended. Kathy and I think that Ms. Patch knows how to get her students inspired to turn out unusually good work. Work exhibited by Emily DeCarolis and Molly Keane caught our attention but there was a lot of finely accomplished art for parents and students to be proud of.
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