Originally published in Castine Patriot, April 25, 2013
For their service…
Castine Grange honors the men behind the music
“Behind every good man there’s a woman,” said Grange Master Carolyn Blodgett, handing bouquets to Anne Parker (left) and Jill Bean, flanked by Lin Parker, (left) and Skip Bean, who were honored with Community Service Awards on April 20.
by Anne Berleant
Officers of the Castine Grange awarded its community service award to Skip Bean and Lin Parker, both of Penobscot, on Saturday, April 20, in a ceremony that featured live music from both.
“It’s a special meeting because we’re going to honor two special people,” said Grange Master Carolyn Blodgett.
Bean and Parker initiated and are the driving force behind the Penobscot Coffee House Music Buffet at the Methodist Church.
“We make our living by what we get but make our life by what we give,” intoned the grange chaplain in an opening prayer.
The coffee house is held the third Friday of each month, when Bean and Parker welcome performers and audience members of all ages. Its donation basket has collected over $5,000 toward the Penobscot heating fund and Tree of Life food pantry in Blue Hill over the 40 coffee houses held over the past three-plus years.
“We are well supported by the girls on the hill,” said Parker. “Carolyn [Blodgett] has been a regular contributor.”
Blodgett is among “the girls on the hill,” who live on Southern Bay Road and regularly attend the coffee house, supplying refreshments and applause.
Coffeehouse regulars Mike and Susie Fay performed on guitar and violin before and after the ceremony.
Other regulars include students from the Reach School in Bucksport; teacher Richard Crampton attended the ceremony to show his appreciation.
“I think the best teachers are those who teach by example,” Crampton said. “Skip, Lin, Anne and Jill do so…They have been very kind to my students.”
Bean and Parker were awarded commemorative plaques “for outstanding service to this community and mankind,” read Blodgett. Their wives, Jill Bean and Anne Parker, were handed floral bouquets.
“Behind every good man there is a woman,” said Blodgett.
At one time, the Castine Grange was the largest grange in Maine, said Blodgett. “We’re trying to build it up again.”
It recently gained two new members—Mike and Susie Fay.
“It’s great to be part of this community,” said Mike Fay.