Summer fun

at the ‘fest

Windham Summerfest will be held on Saturday, June 20, at the Windham High School grounds. It’s packed with family fun and exciting activities all day, ending with spectacular fireworks at dusk.

The day begins with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Windham Lions Club at the middle school cafeteria at 7 a.m., followed by the grand parade at 10 a.m. on Route 202. The activities continue at the high school grounds with food and games booths, displays and demonstrations, and entertainment all day.

Music on

the hill

“Music On the Hill Concert Series” announces its 12th season, with the following performances scheduled at the historic Windham Hill UCC Church, 140 Windham Center Road:

July 10, 11 and 12 will bring “A Night of Broadway” performers back for their ninth and final season at this concert series. Director, producer and accompanist Dan Strange presents vocalists Kelly Caufield, Bryan McLeod, Jennifer McLeod and Matthew Small in what have always been extremely popular and well-attended concerts.

On July 18, the Royal River Philharmonic Jazz Band, a six-piece New Orleans-style Dixieland musical group, will perform. Consisting of cornet, clarinet, trombone, tuba, banjo and piano, this lively group has perfected a wide repertoire comprising blues, ballads, comedy tunes, marches, two-steps, religious songs and novelty numbers.

For the final concert on July 25, a southern Maine a cappella group, Side Car Heroes, will offer a melange of music from rock to doo-wop, Motown and funk.

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. except the July 12 performance, which will start at 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $8 for people age 65 and up and children age 12 and under. A series ticket is $30. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at Little Sebago Gallery & Frame, 889 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, 892-8086, by cash or check only. For reservations, call 892-0136.

Adult stories

The Little Meetinghouse, on Route 302 in the heart of North Windham, has an evening of stories for adults lined up as part of its 2009 storytelling series, “An Evening of Story.” The Friday, Aug. 7, event is from 8-9p.m. Donations to the steeple fund of $3 per child, $5 per adult or $10 per family are appreciated.

Entertainers on Aug. 7 will be Talltaleogolist Willie Findit, aka Vernon Cox, and storyteller Susan Dries. Vernon Cox grew up in Bar Harbor and currently lives in Westbrook. He is a lifelong member of the Girl Scouts and has honed his storytelling skills around their campfires. Susan Dries has been telling stories of wonder, magic, suspense and humor for more than 25 years From Northeast Harbor south to Sag Harbor, N.Y.

Back home

Clarence and Liz Wisecup just returned from visiting their son Michael and his wife, Emily, in Coronado, Calif. Michael and Emily have lived in India the past two years. He is in the Navy and will be deployed to the Middle East next month. Clarence and Liz also drove to Casa Grande, Ariz., to visit his brother and sister-in-law. It was 100 degrees in Arizona, they report.

Thank you

The Windham Land Trust would like to thank all the folks that showed up for the chicken cook-out June 6 at Friends church. They will be doing it again in September, so watch for the notice. They would also like to thank the volunteers that made food for them, helped set up, serves and cleaned up after the dinner, and to the folks who donated or bought supplies. Last but not least, Hoggy’s Market is thanked for always supplying chicken halves – they are always great!

Breyer horse

models displayed

A wonderful display of Breyer horse models from the collection of Crystal Thomes will be at the Windham Public Library through August 7. The 12 beautiful models depict 10 horse

breeds, including mustang, appaloosa, Nokota and American saddlebred.

Crystal began collecting Breyer models about six years ago. She had wanted to get a real horse for her birthday, but since she couldn’t, her aunt sent her a few of the models that she owned, and Crystal’s collection has grown since then. Crystal explained that the Breyer model company started in Chicago, with their first model in 1950. The model was made to adorn a mantelpiece clock, but people began asking the company for models with only the horse. One look at this collection explains the models’ popularity. Call the library at 892-1908 for more information or for directions. The Windham Public Library is located at 217 Windham Center Road, and is open 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Genealogy searches

Looking for your ancestors in the Windham and Lakes Region area? Stop in at Windham Historical Society on Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the summer. The society has a full range of genealogy books as well as vital statistics from local towns. Visiit the society’s new Web site,, to find out more about the society’s activities.

Book sale

Friends of Feral Felines is holding its annual used book and DVD sale on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Williston West Church, 32 Thomas St., in Portland. Sales help to support FofFF’s efforts to care for feral, abandoned and stray cats in southern Maine. For more information, call 797-3014 or visit

Marriage intentions

Marriage intentions on fie in the Town Clerks Office: David G. Infinger and Emilie B. Nicholas, Windham; Douglas E. Hall and Heather A. Young, Windham; Thomas A. Maxfield and Beth A. Swasey, Windham, and Benjamin J. Roy and Elizabeth L. Brushwen, Windham.

Thought of the Week:

Life always brings us new possibilities.

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