Chesterville meeting house fundraiser draws a crowd

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Ruth Hill and Silas Rogers at the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House concert on June 14.
Ruth Hill and Silas Rogers at the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House concert on June 14.

CHESTERVILLE – Last week’s concert to raise funds for the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House was a success, generating proceeds sufficient to cover the building’s insurance premium and operating expenses for this year.

Ruth Hill, local acoustic musician and song-writer and the Rogers Brothers string duo performed “pro bono” to help raise needed operating funds. The combination drew a large and enthusiastic audience to the historic meeting house on Saturday, June 14.

“We are thrilled with the response, and we think the crowd, many of whom were Chesterville residents, appreciated the great acoustics, lighting, and comfortable space of the meeting house,” said Carolyn Drugge, meeting house board president. “We think it shows great promise for the future uses of the building.”

Chesterville Center Union Meeting House, Inc. is a non-profit group hoping to generate interest in the meeting house as a community resource for cultural and diverse events of interest to local residents. The group recently received a Davis Family Foundation grant to build an out-house and wheelchair ramp for better public access.

The next event scheduled at the meeting house is an afternoon of “Revisiting, Reflecting and Remembering 1944” with 90+ year-old Marin Whittier of Farmington Falls. Her diary and photographs will be presented as a narrated slide show, with Mrs. Whittier on hand to take questions.

This presentation will be on Sunday, July 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Meeting House on the corner of the Zion’s Hill and Borough Roads. Jointly sponsored by the Meeting House board and the Chesterville Heritage Society, the talk will be free and open to the public. Donations appreciated but not required.

For more information about the July 13 event, call Cindy Whittier 778-3078. For information about joining the Meeting House board, call Carolyn Drugge at 778-3767.

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