November 24 – Knox County VillageSoup

Turkey bingo a hit

One of the best aspects of Waldoboro is how businesses and local organizations help each other and help the community. The attendance at the Fire Department’s annual Turkey Bingo filled the Charles C. Lilly American Legion completely and guests reported a wonderful evening at the event.

Selling Dow furniture for Waldoboro Food Pantry

Now that we are fully entering the season of giving, there are many ways to support local businesses and do something good in the community. Dow Furniture’s week-long Black Friday sale also includes a $20 donation to the Waldoboro Food Pantry for every mattress sold. The pantry served 145 families as of November 15, including five new families, and a total of 339 people in those households.

Small Business Saturday: Delano’s and Morse’s

While some local businesses have Black Friday sales, the 26th is Small Business Saturday and a chance to really support these businesses that give back so much throughout the year. While most know that Moody’s Gifts is a charming little shop with some great Maine-themed items, people from out of town may not know that they can shop for more than just groceries at Delano’s Seafood Market and Morse’s Sauerkraut.

Delano’s has consumable gifts like beer, wine, and various candies. They also have durable goods like jewelry, glassware, North Country Wind Bells, bags and they still have shirts, sweatshirts and hats to help fund the Lobsterman’s Association Legal Defense Fund. Midcoast Marine Supply Waldoboro also has some items to support lobster fishermen and of course clothing and gear for those spending time on the water.

For a wide range of European sweets, chocolates, cookies and crackers head to Morse’s Sauerkraut on Washington Rd. They even have a separate booth for hard-to-find Christmas treats and a few different advent calendars. In terms of food, they offer their famous herb, cold cuts galore and party platters of various sizes and ingredients, perfect for holiday gatherings.

Also remember that local restaurants and shops offer gift cards, so buying these is a way to support them on Small Business Saturday.

Give Tuesday with the Free Wardrobe and Waldoboro Pantry

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is called “Giving Tuesday,” which encourages people to donate to charitable organizations. A couple of good places to go in Waldoboro are the Free Clothing Closet and the Waldoboro Food Pantry.

While both are happy to accept cash donations via their donation buttons on Facebook or on the pantry’s website, the closet has several items it could really use. In addition to asking residents to leave donations of quality clothing in the donation bins at 124 Friendship Road, there is also a need for new underwear for children and adults. Most organizations cannot accept used boxers, briefs or knickers, but the need for these items is great and new donations are greatly appreciated. They also accept pairs of new, mint condition, or handknit socks.

The Clothing Closet gets a lot of requests for personal care items, so they also accept new, unopened shampoos, conditioners, body washes, deodorants, toothpaste and mouthwash. A great way to help throughout the year is to take advantage of the special offers on these items and donate the additional sealed items to help out neighbors in need.

For items that support the operation of the closet, they will need OxiClean Stain Remover for Clothing, Laundry Detergent, Static Guard, and Febreze Fabric Refresher. New volunteers are always welcome, and anyone who has donated homeware can bring it to the Good Things Thrift and Craft Shop at 14 Washington Road. Donations are very welcome, but it also helps the volunteers immensely when clothing, personal care and laundry items go to the closet and other items to Good Things.

bits and pieces

Local clams have a new way to sell their harvest as Moody’s Seafood has opened a grocery store on Route One next to the subway and across from Irving. They are open daily at low tide and then for 5-6 hours. Call 207-295-6775 for more information.

While the Waldoboro Transfer Station is closed on Thanksgiving, it is open as usual on Fridays and Saturdays.

On Saturday 4th December the Waldoborough Historical Society will be holding a Christmas Open House from 12pm to 3pm. This free event includes a display of vintage Christmas cards and other holiday artifacts. Visitors can add an ornament to the community tree and have it included as part of the exhibit in the future. There will be refreshments and perhaps a visit from Santa himself.

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