Fundraiser planned for Saturday benefits Great Pond church



The old Free Baptist Church of Great Pond is in need of “significant repairs.” FRIENDS OF THE FREE BAPTIST CHURCH OF GREAT POND

The old Free Baptist Church of Great Pond is in need of “significant repairs.”
FRIENDS OF THE FREE BAPTIST CHURCH OF GREAT POND

GREAT POND — An evening of music and spaghetti will be held this Saturday at the Airline School in Aurora, with proceeds going toward repair work on the historic hall — the former Free Baptist Church of Great Pond.

The duet Rico and Babs (Allen and Terry Archer, formerly of the group Solid Gold) will provide musical entertainment from 5 to 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6. The cost is $5 per person.

A pie sale also will be held Saturday evening at the school.

The old wooden church structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012 for its significance in historic events during Great Pond’s most prosperous period and for its architectural significance.

The building has undergone considerable repair work over the past five years. Funding for that work came from the Maine Community Foundation, the Belvedere Fund and the Davis Family Foundation.

Work continues, but time and weather are taking a toll. High winds took down the steeple two years ago. Repairs to the front entrance and steeple tower are required to prevent additional damage.

Saturday’s event is sponsored by the Friends of the Free Baptist Church of Great Pond, a non-profit, non-sectarian 501(c)3 historic preservation organization.

Donations for repairs can be sent to the Friends treasurer, Margaret Dougherty, at 349 Jarvis Gore Drive, Eddington 04428.