Woodlawn Concert, Jewelry Auction to Benefit New Emergency Center



ELLSWORTH — Music and jewelry are entertaining, that’s for sure. But the purpose of Sunday’s POPS concert and jewelry auction at the Woodlawn Museum goes far beyond an afternoon of fun for Ellsworth residents and summer tourists.

All proceeds from the concert and auction will benefit The F. Eugene Dixon Jr. Emergency Center at the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital (MCMH). The project broke ground last October and has a target completion date of March 2010.

The event is also being presented by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in conjunction with The Bar Harbor Music Festival. The concert on Aug. 2 will start at 4 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25 to $100, with $75 and $100 ticket holders getting complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as access to a post-concert reception with the three musicians. The $25 ticket holders with lawn seating will be able to sit under the tent in case it rains.

Mezzo-soprano Fenlon Lamb, baritone Ryan Taylor and pianist Joseph Li will perform a two-hour program called “Tunes & Trinkets: Summertime Sparklers at Woodlawn.” During the intermission, the final bids for the jewelry auction will take place. Bidding starts at 3 p.m. and purchases can be made at the concert’s conclusion.

“I think that it’s really important to bring arts into the community,” said Lamb, who has performed with Taylor at the Bar Harbor Music Festival. “The hospital is doing outreach [with this event]. It sounded like a perfect match.”

The historic museum is on Route 172, southwest of downtown Ellsworth. The 180-acre estate with woodland and open fields was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. The museum offers audio tours of the early 19th century building.

“The setting is unusually nice,” Bar Harbor Bank & Trust President and CEO Joseph Murphy said. “We have a nice venue and a great cause to benefit from it.”

The inaugural POPS concert and auction is a change from a weekend golf tournament that the bank and MCMH sponsored during the past two decades. Murphy said the reasoning for the change was because it was tough to staff volunteers on weekends and that both organizations agreed to do something different this year.

The money raised from Sunday’s event will support MCMH’s $10-million campaign: “When Life is in the Balance.” Of that amount, $5 million is a capital campaign, while the other half is bonds. The capital campaign has raised $2.1 million, with $2.9 million to go by March, according to MCMH spokesman Jane Sanderson.

With the current emergency center experiencing frequent crowding, a two-story center named in honor of the late F. Eugene Dixon Jr. is being constructed. Dixon, who died in August 2006, previously served as chairman of the MCMH Board of Trustees.

The new emergency center designed by SMRT will be more than three times the size of the present one. It will include 13 private examination and treatment rooms, two new trauma treatment rooms, a heliport and a large reception and waiting area to take care of more than 18,000 patients each year.

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