A very special story time will take place at the Fryeburg Public Library today at 3 p.m. with Ginnie Noftle, a local writer of children’s poetry and stories. There will be a craft time following the story that the children are sure to enjoy.

The Fryeburg Historical Society will hold its last supper of the season on Friday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Held at the East Conway Community Hall, the meal will include ham, homemade baked beans, casseroles, salads, rolls, desserts, and beverages. This all-you-can-eat supper is sure to please.

Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts will the 38th Asbury Short Film Concert on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Asbury “concerts” combine classic, world-renowned films with new festival honorees, providing a rare opportunity to see internationally honored selections on a real cinema screen rather than YouTube or smart phones. General admission for adults is $10 and $5 for students.

Local author June O’Donal will present a talk on her latest book, “After the Battle,” book No. 5 in her “Fryeburg Chronicles” series, on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. at the Fryeburg Public Library. The late Sen. Benjamin Miller of Fryeburg, Maine, predicted the nation would fight a civil war over the divisive issue of slavery. Could he have predicted what would become of two grandsons, a great-grandson and a dear family friend? When these four young men enlisted to fight to preserve the union, they did not envision the horrors of war.

The Battle of Gettysburg changed the lives of these soldiers forever. One lost a leg, another, his freedom. One lost his life and another, his soul. The adversity encountered after the battle by these soldiers, their families in Fryeburg and the citizens of Gettysburg tests their fortitude and faith. Gettysburg is over. Now the real battle has begun.

Novelist O’Donal developed her love and knowledge of history while homeschooling her two children. Now a retired museum educator, she spent five years teaching hands-on history to hundreds of visitors from preschool to adult. As the founding co-director of the Currier Doll Museum and active board member of the Fryeburg Historical Society, she designs and implements educational programs for the public. She is currently researching and planning Book VI.

Met Opera Live in HD will be presenting “Madama Butterfly” on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. Hui He stars as Cio-Cio-San, the devoted geisha who gives everything for the American naval officer Pinkerton, sung by Andrea Care. Elizabeth DeShong is her devoted companion Suzuki, and Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot adds a new role to his Met repertory as Sharpless. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts Anthony Minghella’s beautiful, atmospheric production. Adult tickets are $26, seniors $23 and students $18.

Local opera enthusiast Joe De Vito will be continuing his Opera Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. in the performing arts center’s Seminar Room (free admission).

The Fryeburg/Lovell VFW Post No. 6783 will hold a Veterans Day service that will commence at 11:11 a.m. at the East Conway Memorial at the Junction of Route 113 and River Road before moving on to Bradley Memorial Park in Fryeburg. After the Fryeburg ceremony, members will travel to Lovell for a 12:30 p.m. ceremony. All are invited afterwards to the VFW Hall on Smarts Hill Road for lunch hosted by the VFW Post No. 6783 Ladies Auxiliary and the North Fryeburg Community Chapel.

This year the Town of Chatham Veterans Day ceremony will take place at the Chatham Community Center instead of at the Rotary. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11, and will begin promptly at 11 a.m. (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). Participants will include members of the Chatham VFW and American Legion, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Chatham VFW, the Chatham Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and boys and girls from local Scout organizations. Please arrive early. Allow time for parking and seating. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 16, you’ll want to visit the Holiday Bazaar at the East Conway Community Hall, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local artisans will be selling their handcrafted items, there will be a raffle, grab bags for children, and a light lunch (soup and sandwiches) will be available. This event benefits the Chatham Historical Society and is a great place to start your holiday shopping.

It’s time again for Fryeburg Public Library’s recipe roundup. Bring your favorite recipes to the library on Saturday, Nov. 16, between 9:30 a.m. to noon. There will be a team of “organizers” on hand to help you corral your recipes with an organized system before this year’s holidays commence. You’ll be given a raffle ticket to win one of three styles of recipe organizers. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Nora at (610) 587-8695.

The 2019 Jazz Residency Concert with Jeff Coffin takes place on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. The Jazz Residency Initiative will be presenting the sixth annual Fryeburg Academy JRI Capstone Concert, featuring Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin.

Coffin is a globally recognized saxophonist, composer, educator, and is a member of the legendary and iconic American rock group Dave Matthews Band. You may also know him from his 14 years and three Grammy Awards, with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Coffin fronts his own groups, the Mu’tet, In Orbit, and the Viridian Trio, when not touring with Dave Matthews Band and has released more than 15 solo CDs on his own label, Ear Up Records. Coffin is also a Yamaha and D’Addario performing artist and clinician and teaches at Vanderbilt University.

The Nov. 20 concert will include special appearances by Fryeburg Academy’s award-winning music ensembles, as a well as a pro set featuring Jeff Coffin performing with Les Harris, Jr. (drums), John Hunter (bass) and Tom Snow (piano).

Tickets are priced at $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students and $50 for benefactors.

Benefactor tickets grant access to a meet-and-greet reception with Coffin before the show, along with a CD for every two tickets purchased.

“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our National promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much that we can live free.” — Dan Lipinski

Robin Johnson can be contacted at ravenstone54@hotmail.com.

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