The big-top circus will be coming to the Fryeburg Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 10. The Zerbini Family Circus will offer two spectacular performances at 4 and 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the circus entrance or at zerbinifamilycircus.com. The cost is $15 for adults at the entrance and each paid adult ticket can bring two kids free with a coupon. The coupon is good for ages 4 to 12, and kids 3 and under come for free. Additional children are $10 each. Online tickets are $12 for adults until noon on the day of the show.

An upcoming author visit to be held at the Fryeburg Public Library will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 4 p.m. Darin C. Brown grew up in upstate New York, the youngest of seven children. Brown saved lives as an ER doctor in New Hampshire and Maine for nearly 20 years. With a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Cornell, along with a Ph.D in biophysics from the University of Illinois, he is uniquely qualified to create Hunter Miller, the protagonist in “The Master of Perceptions Series.”

Hunter has a secret. He can read and manipulate the auras that surround everyone. Having used his talent to dethrone the reigning school bully, 13-year-old Hunter finds himself thrust into a new quest after hearing screams in the aura of a teacher. Unable to resist this powerful siren song, he investigates-despite warnings from his family and friends. It nearly costs him everything.

The Friends of the Fryeburg Library will host a watermelon party on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. There will be a watermelon pinwheel craft and snacks for all.

The end-of-the-summer reading party is almost here and will be held at the library on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m. There will be games, prizes for all the kids who participated in the program and plenty of treats. All ages are welcome. Special congratulations go out to our librarian Jennifer Spofford for winning second place in The Sun’s Best of the Mount Washington Valley Readers Choice Awards.

Fryeburg native Rev. George F. Dole wondered if the race at the Iffley Road track would be canceled. High winds threatened to cancel out a moment that has become a part of history.

On May 6, 1954, George took the pole position at 6 p.m. in Oxford, England, and exactly three minutes and 59.4 seconds later, Roger Bannister accomplished his goal of becoming the first person to break the four-minute mile. A mere 26 seconds later George came in fifth that day. Running has been an important part of George’s life virtually from wire-to-wire.

Each August since 2014, his friends at the Fryeburg New Church Assembly celebrate his passion and achievements by hosting a 3-mile race in his honor on Fryeburg’s Rail Trail.

To join the race, just sign up online at dole3miler.com/about-our-race. Proceeds of the race will help to support the camp, the Fryeburg New Church and the Mountain Division Rail Trail.

The Maine Street Arts and Crafts Festival scheduled to take place on Saturday, Aug. 24, still has crafter and vendor spaces available. This annual craft fair is always a wonderful community event and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bradley Memorial Park in Fryeburg Village. Sponsored by the Fryeburg New Church, you’ll want to check out the crafts, music, and food. Contact Leone Dyer on the Maine Street Festival Facebook page if you are interested in participating.

Another upcoming annual event to look forward to is the 2019 Fryeburg Fire Department Car Show held on the Aug. 24 as well. The car show begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Money raised will be donated to Jen’s Friends, supporting those who are fighting cancer. Save the date.

“Every now and then,

when the world sits just right,

a gentle breath of heaven

fills my soul with delight...”

— Hazelmarie “Mattie” Elliott, A Breath of Heaven

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

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