Ten days of fund-raising activities will begin Saturday as Mattapoisett Friends Meeting continues its search for funds to restore the 1827 meeting house on Route 6.
So far, $80,000 has been raised of the $245,000 estimated cost of repairs. Work on Phase 1 is expected to start in late August or September.
On Saturday, August 2, a yard sale/crafts fair will be held at the meeting house, 103 Marion Road (Rte. 6). Potential vendors should call 508-748-0098 to see if space is still available.
On Sunday, August 3, a donation-only family meat pie supper will be held at 5:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Please call 508-758-3579 to see if reservations can still be made. A silent auction from 3:00 – 6:30 pm will be held at the same place. You do not have to attend supper to bid.
Saturday, August 9 is Donation Day at the meeting house from 8:00 am – 12:00 noon. Summer and area residents will have the opportunity to visit the meeting house and ancient cemetery. Bring items for the meeting’s planned October sale (no electronics or electricals), or donate loose change, paper money, good checks, returnable bottles and cans, collectibles for possible sale on eBay, stamp and coin collections, old photographs, autographs, gift certificates, canned goods and other food for the St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry at St. Anthony Church. Please don’t think any gift is too small.
On Sunday, August 10, area residents, young and old, are invited to experience an abbreviated traditional Quaker worship hour at 9:30 am followed at 10:00 am by a talk on the history of Quakers in New England and Old Rochester in particular. At 7:00 pm, two visiting Quakers from Cuba will speak on the growing Quaker movement in that country and answer questions. The public is invited. There is no charge.