A night to remember

14 years ago

By Barbara Scott
Staff Writer

Maine’s celebrated humorist Tim Sample left a full house at the Caribou Performing Arts Center, with “A Night to Remember,” as he once again took center stage on Nov. 12. This year Sample’s performance, sponsored, in part, by the Cary Medical Center, was held to raise funds for the Cary Alzheimer’s Program.

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Tim Sample, Maine’s favorite storyteller provided an evening full of laughter during the Nov. 11 performance, “A Night to Remember,” at the Caribou Performing Arts Center. The event helped raise funds for Cary Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s Program.

Opening the evening with the song, “State O’ Maine” Sample set the pace for the evening which covered everything from ‘picking taters’ to the city-wide yard sale which brought about the comment, “nothing has left Caribou for decades — it just keeps going from one person’s basement to another’s.”

The well-known humorist also referenced “real old country music’”— you know titles like “Misery Loves Country.” “Did you know that if you play all those old country albums backwards — you get your wife, your house and your car back?”

Throughout his show, the laid-back, talented humorist created visions and voices of people, places and situations, with which everyone in the audience could easily connect. In the end, Sample, who was the first performer to be onstage at CPAC when it opened in 1988 stated, “Aroostook County people are the best, they will give you the shirt off their back.”

According to Bill Flagg, Cary Medical Center director of community relations and development, “A Night to Remember” raised an estimated $3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Program.