LAMOINE — In the late winter of 1817, Eunice Lakeman Hoar, her husband, Luther, and their nine children set out in snow and walked 20 miles from the hamlet of Avon to what today is called Rangeley Lake in western Maine.
The tale of the family’s journey, which entailed climbing as much as 1,000 feet in the wilderness, will come alive at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Lamoine-Bayside Grange.
Hosted by Lamoine Community Arts, performance artist Jude Lamb will bring alive her great-great-great-great grandparents’ treacherous trek to stake a new claim and put down roots on the shores of Rangeley Lake. The storyteller’s one-hour performance is a fundraiser for Lamoine Community Arts’ ongoing Grange renovation project.
A Lamoine resident and regional storyteller, Lamb also does portrayals of Unitarian Society of Ellsworth founder Ann Jarvis Greely, western Maine artist and teacher Chansonetta Stanley Emmons (1858-1937) and Aunt Hattie, a fictional character, who tells a true story set in Saco, Maine.
In her performance as Eunice Lakeman Hoar, Lamb wears a period costume and speaks in that regional accent. Her portrayal is based on an old family story and years of research and study in genealogy, history and early 19th century life in New England. Her underlying mission is to bring alive family stories and inspire others to pass down similar tales in creative forms.
Admission is by donation. Come and enjoy Lamb’s storytelling, refreshments and camaraderie. Feel free to ask questions.
The Lamoine-Bayside Grange is located on Route 184 at Lamoine Corner.
For more info, call 667-4441 and visit www.judelamb.com.