Inside Bridgton


Summer winding down

The Bridgton Highlands Country Club held its last “social” of the season on Friday, Aug. 25, which indicates the summer is winding down and fall is on the way. The event featured local favorites, The Killah Bees, who drew a crowd that packed the house to hear the band’s versions of classic rock and folk/blues tunes. The social hours at the Highlands may be over for a while but they will resume next summer so be sure to catch a concert in 2018.

Senior College

Sign-up for the autumn 2017 session of Senior College in Bridgton is now open. Classes will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. from Sept. 12 through Oct. 20 and are open to Senior College members. Registration forms are due in by Saturday, Sept. 9

Offerings this term cover a wide range of topics from trees in winter, an in-depth look at Alaska, and moving and reassembling an antique house, to the history of violin making, helicopters, home funerals and more.

The Senior College always welcomes new participants and any questions should be directed to the Senior College Registrar at 647-5593. More information and registration forms can be found at

Socrates Cafe rescheduled

The Socrates Café discussion group that is normally held at the Bridgton Community Center on Depot Street (behind Renys) on the first Monday of the month has rescheduled its meeting for Monday, Sept.18. The session will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the topic is “What Makes Art Art?,” moderated by Bob Casimiro. As always, light refreshments will be provided. For more information call 583-6957.

Deep-fried turkey supper

The Sweden Fire Department, which is associated with the Bridgton Fire Department, will host its annual deep-fried turkey supper from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2. The dinner will be held at the Sweden Town Meeting House, Bridgton Road (Route 93) in Sweden, and the menu features turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn on the cob, green beans and apple crisp and ice cream for dessert. I know from personal experience that this is a delicious way to help support your local fire departments and it’s a very good value at $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. Kids 5 and under eat for free.

Book sale and lecture

The Friends of the Bridgton Library will open up the shed behind the library and sell gently-used books on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. All proceeds will go to support the library and its programs. Additional Saturday book sales may also take place later in the year so stay tuned.

The library is also pleased to present the second talk in the Maine Humanities Council’s The World in Your Library Lecture series at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept.5. Scott Erb, professor of political science at UMaine Farmington, will lead a discussion on the Syrian crisis and refugees. This talk is free and the public is welcome to attend. For more information, visit or call 647-2472.

June McLeavey at gallery

New Hampshire artist June McLeavey will be the featured artist at Gallery 302 on Main Street in Bridgton through Sept. 15. McLeavey studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and earned degrees in art education at the University of Vermont. The work in this exhibition is primarily monotypes, eco-prints, collages, and mixed media with vintage ephemera. June is especially drawn to ephemera with a sense of history, such as old letters, book pages and calligraphy, and hopes that “each viewer will find in my work a story that resonates with his or her own.” For more information and opening times go to or call 627-2787.

Opioid epidemic program

Overdose is now the leading cause of death in America for people under 50, surpassing gun homicides and car accidents. More than one Mainer dies each day from opioid overdose and local ambulance paramedics and police report calls to overdose cases have increased. It’s time everyone understands how we got here and what can be done about it.

The Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 225 South High St., will sponsor a program developed by the Lakes Region Substance Abuse Coalition on Friday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. A panel of public health and safety professionals will present information and answer questions, and local agencies will staff a resource fair. This is an opportunity for the community to learn what can and is being done to address the opioid epidemic in the Lakes Region.

Bridgton Hospital staff; Dr. Peter Leighton; Bridgton Police Chief Richard Stillman; Cumberland County Sheriff deputies; state and local legislators; public officials; and clergy from area churches will be in attendance. Substance abuse, mental health, recovery and overdose specialists, along with 211 Maine Helpline, emergency medical service, law enforcement, and Lakes Region Substance Abuse Coalition programs will all be represented at the resource fair. All of these entities need community support for their efforts in combating this national emergency here at home.

This event is open to all, bring family, friends and neighbors. Refreshments will be served. Also bring your questions and leave with answers and resources and learn how you can help.

If you or someone you know has questions, please reach out to the Lakes Region

Substance Abuse Coalition at

LRSAC also invites those interested to join their monthly meeting on the second Thursday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room at the Bridgton Municipal Complex, 3 Chase St. Please note: the Sept. 15 event will serve as the monthly meeting so there will be no meeting Sept. 14.