Sunday, August 23, 2015

Concert at the Porter Old Meeting House

   Local singer/musician Katherine Rhoda will give a concert at the annual Porter Old Meeting House open house on Sunday 6 September 2015 from 1 - 3pm.

   The concert is free and informal.  Come and sit in the lovely old box stall pews of this fantastic early 19th century building.  It is a building that is meant to have the melodious tones of this gifted artist filling its space.  She plays a variety of rare musical instruments like the Marxophone, dolceola, violin-guitar and others and is always a delight to listen to.

   Come see the progress that is being made on window restoration.  Donations will be gratefully accepted to continue the work.  This building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is a treasure worthy of our efforts to assure it will last for generations to come.

   If you haven't had an opportunity to purchase your raffle tickets for the lovely quilt you will be able to do that as well.

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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  To all those who volunteered their time on Saturday in setting up, manning and packing up our yard sale...well done!  The fire department set up a big canopy and the Boy Scouts were a huge help in setting up the tables as well as lugging boxes out. Thanks to all who baked for the bake sale too.  It is an important part of the event.  We had perfect weather for the sale and we had our best sale...EVER!  It couldn't have happened without all your efforts.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Annual Yard and Bake Sale at History House....

 Saturday
22 August 2015
9 - 1:00 pm
at History House
Main Street 
Kezar Falls
   There is still time to drop off your gently used items for the annual yard sale to the porch at History House.  You can also bring baked goods to the front yard of History House at 9 am on Saturday. 

   We are also in need of help setting up the sale, between 7 am and 9 am, and taking it down at 1 pm.  No items to donate?  No time to bake?  We also accept gently used bills of any denomination.  Let's try to make this year the best sale yet!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Open House at Parsonsfield’s Old Town House Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 1 to 3pm

Middle Road Village was once considered the heart of Parsonsfield.  It was here that the early meetings were held, where the first church was built and the first Town House and Town offices were located.  Once there was a store, a post office, library,  church, a cemetery with some of Parsonsfield’s earliest settlers and much more at this one corner where Middle Road and Merrill Hill Road intersect. 

This once a year event will open the 1832 Town House to the public, so everyone can see this unique structure now on the National Register of Historic Places. Town Houses/Meeting Houses are unique to New England and this one is even more unique due to its construction and it’s sloping floor that allows for better audience viewing.

As the building sat idle except for occasional use in 2001 a group undertook to preserve the building.  The ROOT group (Restore Our Old Town house), led by the intrepid Barbara Korn and co-chair Diane Morrill, made some great improvements that will add years to the life of the building.  They also established a wonderful garden adjacent to the building.
 
Come visit this unique building, find out more about the neighborhood, and learn about 19th century gardens on Saturday, August 15 from 1 to 3.  Refreshments will be served, a self-guided cemetery walk will be available (wear sturdy shoes), exhibits & displays will highlight some of the past buildings and inhabitants of Middle Road Village. The garden talk will begin around 2 o’clock.

If you have stories, photos, memorabilia to share, please bring them along. We’d love to  have more information.  

Mark your calendars:

Saturday, August 15, 2015
1 pm - 3 pm

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Go Back to School - 1852!

    The School Bell is Ringing!

On Saturday 1 August 2015 at 10:30-11:15 am the old Blazo School across from the Parsonsfield Seminary will again be open for business!   As part of Parsem Day,  educators from the Norlands Living History Museum will be recreating a school day, 1852 style!

Come see how Readin', 'Ritin' and 'Rithmatic were taught in the mid-nineteenth century.  Try your hand at writing with a quill pen and stand tall when asked to read aloud by the school marm!

Donations will be required to help off-set the costs of the presentation.You can also see a display of photographs of Parsonsfield Schools.
 
Portland Press Herald & Evening Express – Sept 8, 1946
Blazo School, Parsonsfield, ME – established 1792
Emily Louise Chapman age 8, Wilfred Allen Martin age 7, Jane Lewis age 10
 

"There is something inspiring in the thought and sight of the small armies of children returning to school during this second postwar year, beset as they are with teacher shortages.  But the annual event of school opening, and the presence of youth in numbers on the city streets and country lanes can be but heartening to those who sense the importance of these early school years.  At the Blazo School in North Parsonsfield, established in 1792 and one of the oldest of Maine’s few remaining one room schoolhouses, Emily Louise Chapman, 8, Wilfred Allen Martin, 7, and Jane Lewis, 10 pause momentarily before the day’s session when that school opened last Tuesday.   The photograph taken by Staff Photographer, Gardener M. Roberts."