Event finishes series to preserve Thorndike’s memories, share a meal with neighbors

Storytelling, food celebration planned for the Farwell Project in Thorndike

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THORNDIKE—A year ago, the historic O.J. Farwell & Sons general store and mill in Thorndike were being renovated into a museum with the aim of hosting storytelling events. This summer, they’ve been doing just that — with one more planned for this week.

“We made a decision almost a year ago to focus on renovating the central building — the mill — with the money we’d earned from fundraising efforts,” said Diana Prizio, executive director of Timelines Community, Inc., the nonprofit tasked with the buildings’ restoration. “In that time, we’ve been able to add insulation, plumbing and a heat source. We’re about three-quarters of the way there.”

The organization has already thrown a series of of storytelling events, concluding with one final storytelling and food event on June 22 around the theme of local heroes and lost legacies. The event will be held in the back barn, which can accommodate nearly 55 people.

“So far, each of the suppers we’ve thrown have had a really great atmosphere,” said Prizio.

The reason for storytelling as the focus of the events is to preserve local memories of the area.

“We really want to get some stories out of folks around here and be able to record them,” said Prizio. “Part of our mission statement is to offer the museum as a source for storytelling. We got this grant from the Maine Community Foundation to hire a professional who will videotape the whole thing. Whatever local history or personal memories come out of it will be recorded and turned into four-minute segments that we hope will be broadcast on local radio, TV stations and movie theaters.”

Prizio said that unlike Pecha Kucha or MOTH style stories, none of the storytellers are pre-approved, and that the stage will be open to all.

“We’d like to keep the stories short,” she said. “We won’t give you the hook, but will be mindful of the time.”

Prizio said most of the older population who come to these events were kids when the building was still the O.J. Farwell & Sons general store.

“When we hear about the way the general store looked back then, the most vivid memory people have is the candy counter.”

A farm-to-table Italian-style supper will be provided by volunteers.

“There will be three different kinds of lasagna, local Italian beef braciole, organic chicken sausages, salads, dairy-free and vegetarian options,” said Prizio.

The suggested donation is $25 and the dinner starts at 6 p.m. To learn more about the event contact: thorndikemillmaine@gmail.com

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Kay Stephens can be reached at news@penbaypilot.com

Event Date: 
Fri, 06/22/2018 - 6:00pm