In Town

Main Street, Bethel’s Cho Sun restaurant received a four star rating from Maine Sunday Telegram’s Nancy Heiser. The delicious dish Ms. Heiser chose was tender duck breast slices served with a lightly sweet mango sauce with carrots, bell peppers and gently flavored wasabi mashed, sprinkled sesame seeds. Fine plug for Main Street dining

At 18 High Street, Janet Willie is gearing up for her 9th Annual Shy, Novice & Closeted Art Show featuring work from a wide variety of artists. Last year the show’s exhibits came from 45 local and extremely talented artists. The S, N&C exhibit allows a large number of local artists to see what their friends and neighbors are doing. This year’s show will be on July 6 along with the Mahoosuc Art Council art show on the Common.

NABOS Moves In

Over the last week, NABOS’s large inventory of gift merchandise has been arriving at the former Pete Chapin gas station. With this new space NABOS has set up four garden beds for a variety of herbs and leafy vegetables.  NABOS will be near newly opened Bethel Bait Tackle & More –both being just a short walk from the also new Maine Mineral and Gem Museum.

New Business in the Village

Bethel Bait Tackle and More owned and operated by Sarah Lane and Jeremy Fredette is up and running on Mechanic Street.

This new business will also be a game tagging station.  Bethel Bait Tackle and More has an impressive list of goods for sale starting with: live bait, worms, and crawlers. They have Maine live lobsters, oysters and clams. They are set to coordinate guided hunting and fishing trips and sell maps, ammo, and  fishing gear along with general information services. In the store they have rustic art, furniture, crafts by local artists, custom woodwork and wood burning.

Hours are 7am to 6pm and they are open Wednesday through Monday; closed Tuesdays. Telephone is 207-824 HUNT (4868).

More Bethel Inn at 100

Celebrate the July 4th weekend. The Inn and Mahoosuc Arts Council have a bang-up program ready to roll. In addition to fireworks and live music, there will be a street dance and two art shows plus vintage car parade and show, a gala fashion spectacle representing each decade of the Inn’s history. Fashion show will be from 6-8pm at the Bethel Inn Conference Center. Admission will be $15 with proceeds going to the Mahoosuc Arts Council. The Inn opened to the public on July 12, 1913.

Gould Academy Commencement Weekend

Friday evening Jim McLaughlin and Tom Zicarelli worked with 41 student band members and chorus to present five star musical entertainment.  The musician Kathy and I voted as most fun to watch and listen to was the drummer.

Matthew Ruby starred with a great solo of “My Funny Valentine”. But not to be outdone, in a very subtle way, were the strings - five young musicians who at times sounded like a What makes these concerts so entertaining is their variety – never a dull moment, solos, rhythm, chorus, the full band and lots of motion.

Gould’s 177th Commencement

Guest speaker Linda Greenlaw was my idea of the perfect commencement speaker - brief, humorous, instructive, yet with unusual career accomplishments as a writer and swordfish boat captain.  There are two kinds of education she said; there’s the formal kind and the incidental kind – both important and continuous. Incidental education comes from daily experiences. She also noted that the worst advice she ever received came from her mother; but, on the other hand, as a youngster her best advice also came from her mother.

This year’s Valedictorian, Yutong Li, whose family lives in Shanghai, will go on to attend college at Carnegie Mellon University; she emphasized that every one of us is a unique individual.

James Rambone, a Vermonter and honor student, addressed students and families in which he listed 13 points for Gould students to observe. Point 4 had to do with rules, what to follow, what to bend and what to by-pass. This one drew the most audience response.

The History Club

Early Days at the New Bethel Inn

Soon after the Inn opened owners Bingham and Upson began adding other properties to the inn’s domain – one was a rustic camp on Songo Pond. In November 1914, Upson sold one-half of his Songo property to Bingham.

A 1915 Inn brochure included two interesting sketches: one of the Songo log cottage and the other a log cabin labeled “Fuller’s Shack”. William Fuller lived at the Bethel Inn for a while before buying the house on Broad Street later owned by William Bingham.

A circa 1915 photo of the log camp taken from a boat on the lake shows two horses standing in the parking area. In 1939 the Songo property was called Rest Haven Camp, Songo Pond.

Over the years various inn managers have fitted the camp into weekly guest activities in various ways which included scheduled cookout parties and in some instances “catered” events for groups asking for family reunions, etc. Today, a rack of canoes is available for guest use along with a swimming/ sunning float.

Correction: Last week I had a number of errors in my news; with the Citizen’s help most of them were caught and corrected. One that slipped through indicated that Ernest Perkins wrote a history of Mason Street’s homes in 1893; Ernest wrote the piece in 1983.



Bethel Bait Tackle & More

NABOS Moves In

Gould Commencement Concert

Shy, Novice and Closeted Art from the 2012 Exhibition

Commencement at Gould June 8, 2013


Bethel Inn History— The Songo Pond Cottage


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Bethel, Maine 04217