The Basket Lady
In the Good Humor Town, there’s a buzz swirling around in the spring air that the very first Paul Bunyan Lumberjack festival will welcome the townspeople and visitors near and far as early as eight a.m., when the good folks at the Legion Post 24 will serve up a stack of hot cakes for those hankering for a hungry man breakfast on May 4, but the fun is just beginning.
Let’s show our support to the dedicated volunteers for all of their hard work in bringing this inaugural event to Rumford. Come one! Come all! Say hello to spring by spending your day at a free festival filled with surprises, entertainment, good food, and community togetherness.
Another way to welcome spring is by going to an established Hope-filled free festival that takes place one week before the Paul Bunyan festival, and that’s at the New Balance Student Recreation Center, in Orono on April 27th.
The 19th annual HOPE festival will feature juggler Zachary Fields, music by Timbered Lake, “Do One Thing” presentations, and a “Wall of Hope” in addition to its organizational fair that hosts over 60 vendors, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their contact number is 942-9343. www.peacectr.org.
What could be better right now than soothing our souls at a festival of our choosing- celebrating hope, kindness, and joy? After all, a festival is a fiesta, a gala, a carnival, and a celebration.
A short story… A week before Easter, Leah Palmer approached the basket lady and wanted to know if she could donate a new child’s basket along with a jar of jelly beans that she’d won as prizes because she’d guessed within two the number of jelly beans in a jar at the Rumford Hannaford’s.
Basket Lady wasted no time in letting her know that she could find the Easter basket and jelly beans a new home. Leah was only too happy to give the Easter basket and jelly beans to the basket lady who carried them in a white kitchen bag for about a mile until the Mexico Circle K lured her in for a hot cup of Columbian coffee.
A young lady with a lovely smile on her face worked fastidiously behind the counter as I stepped up to pay for my cup of coffee with a handful of coins, I asked her if she had a small child that would like to have a Easter basket. She gave me ‘the look,’ the one that says without words, ya think? She shook her head yes. I reached in to the white bag and pulled out a lovely basket filled with cool toys and several kinds of chocolates, bunnies and eggs. I handed the basket to her and mentioned that it was a gift from Leah Palmer.
The young lady was speechless; her smile though, was priceless. The jelly beans, that’s another short story. Leah Palmer, thank you for making a difference by showing someone a kindness.
Basket Lady thanks the good folks in the River Valley for all of your support and donations to the Basket Lady projects.
Kindness not only counts but it adds up! We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile every day and live in the present.