PRESQUE ISLE – As Christmas approaches, folks are buying 2009 Sesquicentennial calendars for themselves, as well as loved ones, to help keep track of special occasions throughout the upcoming year. Each calendar contains reproductions of prints created by several local artists, depicting various scenes from Presque Isle’s past, from storefront images, to farm life and historical landmarks.
To make the one-of-a-kind collector items even more unique, some of the artists will be on hand to personally sign calendars at a reception on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library, located at the intersection of Second and State streets.
“We know John Holub and Lisa Desjardins plan to attend, as well as Mark Matson,” said Kim Smith, who serves as chairperson for the Sesquicentennial Committee and treasurer for the Presque Isle Historical Society.
Smith said calendars will also be available for sale at the event, which is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. at the library.
“The calendars were a collaborated effort between the folks at Northeast Publishing and the Historical Society. Proceeds from the sale of the calendars will benefit restoration efforts at the old fire house on Church St.,” said Smith.
The event, according to Smith, will give those interested an opportunity to meet some of the artists, discuss their artwork, as well as a chance to purchase a calendar.
“They make great gifts that will be useful all year, not to mention a keepsake to cherish long after 2009 has come to an end,” said Smith. “We look forward to a good turnout on Saturday.”