Thank you so very much!
To the Editor:
The Rumford Performing Arts Committee held their third annual Festival of Trees celebration on Dec. 10 and it was a huge success.
We want to thank RAAPA for their beautiful voices and performance. Why they are not on PBS as part of their “Great Performances” is amazing. Fawn Maness has a voice that is as smooth and soft as a Charmin tissue and blessed us with it. Kurt Cihak was courageous choosing to
sing a cappella and pulled it off in great fashion. Melanie Jordan, young in years, seasoned in singing wowed us with her voice. Last but not least was Lori Grassette. Her performance with “The Spoons” had people hopping in their seats and was definitely a suitable last act.
The winner this year, for the second year in a row, was the Rumford Area Quilters. Second place went to newcomer RAAPA and third place went to the Lithuanian Heritage.
Sponsors of trees this year were RAAPA, Oxford Federal Credit Union, Rumford Area Quilters, the Rumford Public Library, Ink Plaza, Hope Association, Lady Slipper Studios, Time for us Massage, Lithuanian Heritage and Franklin Savings Bank. Thank you all!
There were other people and organizations that helped us as well. They were the Rumford Eagle’s club, WVAC, Terry Palmer, Rumford Falls Times, Lewiston Sun Journal, Coke a Cola, Craig Zurhorst, Ginny Mawhinney and her crew, Debbie Laurinaitis and Beth Bellegarde. I will apologize now if I forgot anyone.
A surprise for us was a donation of stuffed animals from Lady Slipper Studios and new toys from the Hope Association which enabled us to be able to give a toy to every child at our show and there were plenty. I also want to thank Linda French and my wife, Carrie for making homemade cookies for the show. We gave away in excess of 200 cookies to our audience along with hot chocolate.
Because of a confidentiality agreement with certain people, I cannot divulge their true names but I do want to thank Panda Bear, Frosty the Snowman, Mrs. Claus, the Elf and Santa Claus.
I want to thank my committee for help making this the success it was. Volunteering is thankless work for much of the time but I believe tonight was not one of those times. Thank you Dick, Jolene, Nancy, Mitzi, Kim, Carrie, Linda, Bill, Carolynne and Mark.
I do want to mention that one of our members passed away this year but he still was, and will always be with us, Burt deFrees.
Lastly, I want to thank our audience. Without their participation nothing else would have mattered. We had over 200 people at our show and they loved every minute of it. They also donated over $200 to the Performing Art Committee.
Next year, we will be trying to make it even bigger and better. Thank you and Merry Christmas to one and all from the Rumford Performing Arts Committee.
Jim Rinaldo, chairman