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September Grange events

    Thursday, Sept. 5 Piscataquis Pomona Grange meets at the Valley Grange Hall, 172 Guilford Center Road in Guilford, starting with a potluck supper at 6 p.m. and meeting/program at 7 p.m. All area Granges are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Bill Bemis at 924-3537.

    Thursday, Sept. 5, Garland Grange hosts the annual pie baking contest. The categories for this year are fruit, crème, nut, and meat — with a separate kids’ category. Judging begins at 6 p.m. — please have your pie there by 5:30. Please put your name on the bottom of the  plate if you want it returned. The Garland Grange is located on Oliver Hill Road. For more information call 924-6954.
    Friday, Sept. 6 the Garland Grange will host a teen dance with music by DJ starting at 7:30 p.m.  For more call 924-6954.
    Saturday, Sept. 7 Valley Grange hosts the UMaine Extension Piscataquis County annual supper and meeting. The supper from 5-7 p.m. is prepared by Penquis volunteers and all proceeds will benefit Piscataquis Santa. Extension exhibits and demonstrations will include a working bee hive and opportunity for the kids to make bee hummers, information on gardening, farming and nutrition. The annual meeting starting at 7 p.m. will feature highlights of local programming and a feature presentation by Dr. Lois Stack, UMaine Extension ornamental horticulture specialist, “Native Plants in the Home Landscape.” All exhibits, demonstrations, and program are free. More information is at
    Sept. 7 Garland Grange puts on the long-established baked bean supper from 5-7 p.m. The meal includes baked beans, hot dogs, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, vegetables, bread and desserts. For more information call 924-6954.Garland Grange hosts the Family Contra Dance from 7:30 to 9:30. Caller is John McIntyre with music by some reel people.
    Sunday, Sept. 8 brings another Grange and Garland Days custom-Grange breakfast. The meal is  at the Grange Hall from 7-10 a.m. The menu includes eggs made to order, bacon, sausage, hash browns, toast, pastries, juice and coffee. For more information call 924-6954.
    Saturday, Sept. 14 will be a public pot roast supper at the Wayside Grange from 5 to 6:30 pm., also serving potatoes, vegetables, rolls and salad with pumpkin gingerbread trifle and apple crisp for dessert. Live dinner music by Wally Warren of Ripley with a sing-along after the dishes are cleared.  The Wayside Grange is located at 851 North Dexter Road. Contact Barb Bekier at 924-5711 or for more information.
    Friday, Sept. 20 Valley Grange meets for the annual planning program. Members and friends join together for a potluck supper at 6 p.m. with the program at 7 p.m. For more information contact Walter Boomsma at 343-1842 or visit
    Saturday, Sept. 21 Rudyard Kipling’s story “The Elephant’s Child” will be performed by local children with live music at 6:30 pm at the Wayside Theatre/Grange. Also known as “How the elephant got its trunk,” this age-less tale from the Just So Stories (1902) tells of the insatiable curiosity of a young elephant and his encounter with a crocodile. For more information contact Michelle Dyer-Fagan 717-4971 or
    Sunday, Sept. 22 the Dexter Community Band will play on at 2 p.m. at the Wayside Grange.
    Saturday, Sept. 28 the quartet Niteboat will play everything from folk to jazz at the Wayside Theatre/Grange. Get ready for an eclectic selection and plan on dancing in the aisles. Together, the members of Niteboat meld their influences to create texture, mood and a sound that is uniquely their own.  Home baked goodies and refreshments sold at intermission as well as pie auctions, a door prize and a 50/50.  For more on the Wayside Theatre/Grange concerts contact Chester Bekier 924-5711, Joe Kennedy 277-3733 or For  more on Niteboat call Audrey Noether at 244-0366 or

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