Summer Schedule Announced!

Valley Grange doesn’t take the summer off… and this year we’re busier than ever! You can download a copy of our 2011 Summer Programwith details regarding…

Our Wicked Huge Yard and Bake Sale on June 18… a Potluck Picnic on July 7th… Bean Supper and Hootenanny on July 22… and an informational booth at the Piscataquis River Festival on July 20th…

Annual Piscataquis Pomona Picnic Fun and Fund Raiser

Ending with the traditional marshmallow roast

It’s the… seventh? annual fun and fundraiser at the home of Walter and Janice Boomsma…

The official start time (eating!) is 6 PM, but you can arrive any time after  5 PM to  sit and commune with nature, throw some horseshows, feed mosquitoes… .  If you can find the Abbot Post Office, you can find the Boomsma’s house… just head down River Road across from the Abbot PO… it’s the second house on the right, 17 River Road.  Bring lawn games and lawn/folding chairs! It’s a Potluck Picnic… the grill will be going and Walter and Janice will provide hot dogs and hamburgers and should have plenty of condiments… you might bring a casserole, salad, dessert to share. We usually have plenty of food, so don’t think bringing something is a requirement!

The auction probably won’t put Christies out of business, although we always have some classics… it’s really sort of an opportunity to get rid of junk, have some fun, and raise a little money for worthy causes. Remember, you do not have to be a Grange Member to attend this… and it’s a great opportunity for some good old-fashioned fun with some good old-fashioned folk. Well-behaved children are welcome and might be enlisted as auction helpers. Poorly behaved children will be auctioned off as slaves.  Any questions about the event can be directed to Janice or Walter either by email or at 876-4131. Bring a friend — if you don’t have one come and make one!

Note that this will be an opportunity to contribute to the Smart Starts for Students Collection Box or Can… bring some school supplies (pens, pencils, erasers, gluesticks, etc.) to help our kids!

Blueberry Workshop

Thanks to Judy Wilbur Craig for sharing this news…

Growing Local Food Workshop: Highbush Blueberries

June 30, Thursday 6-8:30pm

Abbott Memorial Llibrary Meeting Room, Dexter

Presenter: Ray M. from the A.E.M. Berry Farm and Garden Center in Palmyra. Ray has over 30 years of experience growing berries and will share his successes, disappointments, and of course the basics: location, transplanting, recommended varieties, etc. (Actually, he grows many other berries, some I’ve never heard of, but we’re concentrating on blueberries this workshop.)

Sponsored by the Abbott Memorial Library and Dexter Dover Area Towns in Transition. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Contact the Library 924-7292 or DDATT via email at