It’s starting to feel like summer is on its way – the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market has reopened on Depot Street, the community band has begun practicing, high school proms are in full swing – and the black flies are attacking.
Country Club facelift
Another sign of impending summer is the 2017 season opening of the Bridgton Highlands Country Club, and this year represents a real fresh start. It’s been a long off-season with many changes. The old clubhouse was torn down and an entirely new building was constructed to provide a lot more space. There’s a new pro shop and the snack bar has been updated and expanded beyond recognition (for those who remember it from last year). Most impressive is the spacious screened-in porch that covers two sides of the building with a great view of the course and distant hills. A new menu for the snack bar is also in the works.
On the course, superintendent George Thomas has been busy completing extra work on the third hole as well as additional drainage and tree work. You can view some of the changes at bridgtonhighlands.com or, better yet, stop by and have a look for yourself. The course and clubhouse are open to the public. To entice more people to visit they are currently offering a special rate of $35 for 18 holes with cart, Monday to Thursday all day and Friday to Sunday after noon, if you bring a non-perishable food donation for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. For more information call 647-3491 or visit www.bridgtonhighlands.com
Pondicherry Park app
There is now an app that allows you to take a virtual tour of Bridgton’s 66-acre Pondicherry Park preserve available as a free download from the App Store or Google play. The mobile tours can be downloaded by a search for “Bridgton Historical” at the App Store and Google play.
The Bridgton Historical Society received a grant from the Maine Humanities Council to work with Robert Sanford, author of “Reading Rural Landscapes: A Field Guide to New England’s Past,” to develop the content of the Pondicherry Park virtual hike. Over the winter they worked with OnCell, a company that has produced similar products for museums, national parks and other cultural sites, to produce the app, and the Historical Society will continue to expand its mobile offerings to include Narramissic, its historic farmstead in South Bridgton, and other historic sites in town.
“We are very excited about this initiative,” said Historical Society Executive Director Ned Allen. “We’re living in a digital age, and we know that we can’t rely solely on traditional museum exhibits and tours if we want to reach a broad audience and continue to fulfill our mission to encourage the understanding and appreciation of local history. We are also planning to have our collections catalog online this year, as well as some of our other resources.”
For further information contact the Bridgton Historical Society at 647-3699, or visit www.bridgtonhistory.org or the society’s Facebook page.
Water quality meeting
The Woods Pond Water Quality Association will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, May 28, at 11 a.m. at the Woods Pond Town Beach on Route 117. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. Summer programs, the budget and bylaws will be on the agenda. Mary Jewett from the Lakes Environmental Association will also discuss courtesy boat inspections. More meetings are planned in July and over Labor Day weekend.
Free public supper
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will host a free public supper on Wednesday, May 31, at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. The church is located at 42 Sweden Road (Route 93). For more information, call 647-8549.
Donate gift of life
Before the summer gets too busy, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up their sleeves to help ensure a sufficient supply of blood is available to those who need it. The Red Cross will be hold a blood drive at St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street, on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors of all blood types are needed now to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and people receiving cancer treatment.
As a thank you, those who come out to donate between May 26 and May 30 will receive a Red Cross-branded visor while supplies last. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767. Donors can then visit redcrossblood.org/cedarfair to enter to win one of three grand prize packages for four to Knott’s Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio.
The ever-popular Ladies’ Weekend Out is looking for local artists to create a new logo that is fun, colorful and depicts diversity.
The goal is to find an image that will appeal to all shoppers. This will be an advertisement for Bridgton’s local businesses that offer sales, giveaways, raffles, food, refreshments and a good time for female shoppers during Ladies’ Weekend Out in November.
The winner will receive $250 and have their artwork featured on all promotional materials: more than 5,000 over-sized postcards, 35 large posters, LWO Facebook page and numerous newspapers and publications. The prize-winning image will become the face of Bridgton’s annual town-wide event in mid-November.
Rules to submit artwork can be found on the Ladies’ Weekend Out Facebook page (see “Ladies’ Day Out Bridgton.”) The rules can also be emailed to you. All submissions must be received by July 15, 2017.
Ladies’ Weekend Out headquarters are at Firefly Boutique, 103 Main St. Entries may be emailed to Jessica Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop in at Firefly Boutique.
An app that allows you to take a virtual tour of Pondicherry Park preserve is now available as a free download.