SOLON & BEYOND: Embden Historical Society in the news

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, my friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

The Solon Congregational Church will be having a Christmas Concert at 4 p.m., at the Solon Congregational Church on North Main Street, on Saturday, December 14. Entertainment will be Voices of Hope, all male quartet, and the Liberty String Band. Refreshments will be served, and admission is a donation at the door.

Received an e-mail from Carol Dolan about upcoming events of the Embden Historical Society, Inc. The committees for the 2020 year are as follows: Boston Post Cane: Larry Witham, Brainard Tripp and Emily Quint; Cemetery: Johnny Bigelow, Mitchell Quint, Bob Donovan, Patty Cobb, Billy Messer and Bob Berry. Genealogical, Emily Quint and Bob Donovan. Historical/scrapbook Team: Carol Reed and Emily Quint: Nominating: Two members to be appointed in July; two months before annual meeting. Set to rule over us: Carol Dolan; Historical Recordings: Emily Quint; Guest Book: Volunteer Refreshment Coordinator, Carol Dolan. Scholarship: Sara Donovan, Brainard Tripp, Mary Hatch and Jerry Sass. Town House and Grounds: Larry Witham, Bob Donovan, Jim Lightbody, Brainard Tripp, Ken Ingalls and Mitchell Quint. Lawn Care: Ken Ingalls and Recording Secretary and Year – In – Review: Mary Frear.

Meetings for the above is the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at the Embden Town House, unless otherwise stated. No regular meetings are held in December, January, February and March. Program is subject to change. Dues are payable in August for the upcoming year at the rate of $3 per person. Dues may be mailed any time to the Treasurer, Bob Donovan, 547 Dunbar Hill Road, Embden, Maine 04958. If a check, please make payable to Embden Historical Society. Any donations made, unless otherwise ear-marked will be placed in the Scholarship Fund, given annually.

Volunteerism provides for a strong group interested in preserving local history.

Lief and I attended the New Hope Church, in Solon, on South Main Street, on December 7, for the wonderful program put on by the Skowhegan Community Chorus and Voices of Hope Quartet Christmas Concert. There were many other people in attendance who enjoyed the event as well. According to the program, there are 35 members in this choir, and most of them, if not all took part to blend their voices for all of us who attended to enjoy!

There was also a quartet that sang six songs, made up of Kenneth Martin, director, Mark Cayouette, Craig Carl and Valmore Vigue.

A solo was sung by Deborah Perkins.

Refreshments and visiting after the program were enjoyed as well before everyone stepped out into the very cold weather that evening, but it was worth it!.

Lief and I had a wonderful time one day last week when we traveled to Portland and met with his son Dean, his granddaughter, Kristin, and his great-grand-daughter, Dryce, who all live in Georgia. They were staying with relatives in New Hampshire. We met them at the half way spot, after bad weather and sickness had held us apart. We don’t get to see them very often, and we all had a wonderful time!

The visiting cardinals are still with us, and the female is still trying to peck through the window glass to get in to see us. It makes me feel quite inhospitable and sad, but the only thing we can do is continue to put seeds in the little glass bird feeder that is stuck to the window where she lands. ( I appreciated your column on cardinals last week, thanks, Roland)

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled, Peace on Earth: Hear, O God, this holy season, hear my prayer for peace on all the earth; You came on earth to be our Brother- No other reason for Your birth. You came not as a conquering monarch To force allegiance from a slave – You came to win my love and service, As in a dim-lit cave. A little Child will surely lead us Where a conqueror must fail-E’en three rich kings on stately camels, Bowing, murmuring “Child, all hail.” And so my prayer-for peace I whisper To the God who made us all; Little Child, our God, our Brother, On this our earth let blessings fall. (words by Rev. Thomas Foy. )

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


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