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Community Support for Haiti Benefit Dinner Grows
Renowned Damariscotta potter Alan Baldwin has contributed 50 of his beautiful art bowls, crafted and fired in the pottery studio of Camp Kieve, to be sold at the fifth annual Haiti Benefit Dinner Feb. 7. The bowls come in a wide variety of styles and colors and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
Renowned Damariscotta potter Alan Baldwin has contributed 50 of his beautiful art bowls, crafted and fired in the pottery studio of Camp Kieve, to be sold at the fifth annual Haiti Benefit Dinner Feb. 7. The bowls come in a wide variety of styles and colors and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

The fifth annual Haiti Benefit Dinner, which will take place Friday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at St Patrick's Church in Damariscotta Mills, is enjoying an unprecedented level of support from the Lincoln County community.

Renowned Damariscotta potter Alan Baldwin has contributed 50 of his beautiful art bowls to be sold at the dinner at a deep discount to dinner ticket holders (one per ticket). The bowls come in a wide variety of styles and colors and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

Baldwin crafted and fired the bowls in the pottery studio of Camp Kieve which also provided the materials. Baldwin said he enjoys "working in the Kieve studio to produce beautiful things for people and is pleased to contribute to the Haiti Dinner, a very worthy cause which is one community helping another community in need."

The Lincoln County Ecumenical Committee for Haiti, which is sponsoring the dinner, has announced that proceeds from the sale of the Baldwin bowls will be dedicated to the establishment of a micro finance pilot project for the neediest women of the town of Gros Morne in northwest Haiti. Micro loans have proven throughout the third world to be an extremely effective way to increase incomes of the poorest families.

Focusing on women also insures that the earnings from activities undertaken with the micro loans will more likely go for the health and welfare of children. Haiti Committee members Dean Curran, of Damariscotta, and Frazier and Susan Meade, of Newcastle, will travel to Gros Morne in late February to launch the new project.

Returning to participate in this year's dinner will be the students of Maine Music Outreach. Each year Maine Music Outreach organizes the travel to Haiti of a small number of local high school students who participate in a summer music camp organized by the music school of the Episcopal Church in Haiti. This year, seven students from Lincoln Academy and three from Erskine academy in South China will participate in the music camp and will be on hand at the dinner to play the American and Haitian national anthems.

Maine Music Outreach is not just about music; when attending the dinner be sure to ask the students about their life-changing experiences in the mountains of central Haiti. For more information call Maine Music Outreach executive director Jaja Martin at 529-2099.

Another group of Lincoln Academy students from the Alpha Sigma Gamma service fraternity will also participate by helping to serve the dinner. Alpha Sigma Gamma is composed of junior and senior male students at Lincoln Academy in good academic standing and who share the organization's goal of service to the community.

Lincoln Academy art students, under the direction of art teacher Nina Sylvia, are also creating large, bold, colorful paper murals inspired by the theme of the dinner, "Hearts and Hand for Haiti" and by the varied styles of Haitian artists. In past years, students and art teachers from Nobleboro Central, Great Salt Bay, Bristol Consolidated and South Bristol elementary schools contributed art to the dinner.

The dinner will feature Haitian food and drink, music, and sales of Haitian art, handicrafts, and coffee. A unique Haitian sequined art flag will be raffled and there will be a short trivia quiz, just for fun.

Tickets for the dinner are $25 for adults and $15 for children and are available at Maine Coast Bookstore, Skidompha Library and committee members. All proceeds from the dinner go directly to the neediest residents of Gros Morne. For further information, call 380-5103.



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