Wayside Grange sets event schedule

    DEXTER — The Wayside Grange recently finalized the 2013 theatre show schedule. Eight bands have been booked to play from April to October. Two Talent Nights and a children’s play will also be featured to round out the schedule. Beginning the season on April 27 will be the Abbott Hill Ramblers, a local youth music group from the Dexter school district.

    Ken and Jane Brooks will be here on May 25 to play classic Country,, and Zevulon performs on June 22. String Field Theory, a local acoustic group, is here on July 27. The Sandy River Ramblers will be featured on Aug. 24. Amy Gallatin will be in town on Aug. 31. Nite Boat featuring light Jazz will perform on Sept. 28. Rounding out the season playing American Roots style music will be Evergreen on Oct. 26.
    Each band is asked to contribute a CD of their music for a door prize. We will be selling their CDS during the show. Other features of the evening will be a 50/50 raffle, a home made pie auction and refreshments at intermission.
    A report on the Talent Night show was given by Tim Breen and Michelle Dyer-Fagan. Work is progressing on casting parts and creating skits. They are looking for anyone in the area to sign up to perform. All are welcome.
    The children’s play is scheduled for Sept. 21 and the theme will be either Peter Rabbit or Mother Goose rhymes.
    Building maintenance and minor repairs were discussed and Chester Bekier, Joe Kennedy and Dave Pearson will inspect the building for any repairs needed. 
    Barbara Bekier is working on the menu for the first Grange supper to be on April 13. Pork loin, vegetables and salad are on the menu. The supper committee is looking for musicians to provide background music during the meal. Another idea discussed is to have a short presentation or entertainment after the meal free of charge.
    It was decided to keep both the Grange and the theatre organizations intact as separate organizations, continue using the Wayside Theatre name and including the Grange emblem with it.
    Grace Lommel presented a press release schedule to get out to the public the show and supper dates well ahead of the scheduled event. There will be extensive press releases going out to all Central Maine newspapers, the Daily ME blog and the local and state Granges.
    The next meeting will be on April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Grange.

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