PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Fund-raising efforts continue for the restoration of the firehouse on Church Street, under the supervision of the Presque Isle Historical Society.
A barbecue and classic car ride-in event held September 2, combined with a cookout held during the Balloon Fest, netted just over $700 for the organization. Some lucky participants even got the opportunity to take a ride with Craig Green in his classic 1917 Model T Ford, experiencing a bit of history while taking in the local countryside.
“We had a good turnout and got to show off our new door, windows, roof and restored masonry,” said Kim Smith, treasurer of the Presque Isle Historical Society.
Carol Bell, president of the organization, was pleased with Saturday’s event.
“We had some hamburger and hotdogs left over from the Balloon Fest barbecue. We decided this would be a good opportunity to raise more funds for our project, while giving the public a chance to see what we’ve done so far,” said Bell.
Richard and Kelly Zuras, along with their children, Holden, 4, and Everett, 7, took time to check out the fire station and the various vehicles on display.
“He (Richard) came home telling us we had to get ready. He wanted to take the boys to see the cars,” said Kelly Zuras. “The boys love the vehicles.”
Smith said all-in-all, the day was a good one for the society.
“Since the food was left over from the Balloon Fest barbecue, we are counting the totals as one. Thanks to the community’s continued support, we’ve raised just over $700 in two weeks,” said Smith.
Smith also had the name of the lucky winner of the balloon-themed quilt raffled this summer.
“The winner was drawn on September 5 at the monthly membership meeting. Greg Roderick, of Presque Isle, was the lucky ticket holder for the balloon-themed hand-made quilt the Society raffled. The Society would like to thank all those who bought tickets and helped raise funds for our restoration project,” said Smith.