Super Saturday in the Star City to feature TAMC Fall Health Fair, Harvest Bazaar, and Centennial Ball

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11 October 2012

AROOSTOOK COUNTY- A full day and evening of activity in Presque Isle on October 13 will match the name event organizers have given it. Super Saturday in the Star City will bring together The Aroostook Medical Center’s (TAMC) annual fall health fair, a number of local history presentations, community open houses, a grand opening, city trolley tours, a harvest bazaar, and a centennial ball to raise funds for local children’s healthcare.

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The events are coordinated by staff and volunteers at The Aroostook Medical Center as part of the non-profit healthcare organization’s ongoing celebration of 100 years of service to the region. Several area businesses and organizations have joined in the effort to host Super Saturday events, which are open to the public and, with the exception of the ball, free of charge.

Activities get underway on Oct. 13 at 8 a.m. with TAMC’s Fall Health Fair: A Tribute to History, Harvest, and Health. For the first time ever, the event will be held at TAMC’s North Street Healthcare facility in downtown Presque Isle. In addition to the new location and fitting theme in this significant milestone year, the fall health fair has been expanded to include fellow North Street neighbors and a more festive feel.

“We’re really looking at throwing a block party on North Street,” said Jason Parent, TAMC director of advancement. “We have several partners working with us to make this an exciting day that will have something for everyone. It is shaping up to be our largest health fair ever.”

Like past TAMC health fairs, the fall 2012 edition will offer free flu shots and dozens of interactive booths featuring health services and products offered locally. Nursing students from Northern Maine Community College will also participate by presenting several educational health topics they have studied and prepared displays and activities to demonstrate to the public.

The flu shots and more than 40 booth spaces will be set up in the currently unutilized space formerly occupied by Smythe’s IGA adjacent to what is now TAMC North Street Healthcare. Attendees will access the space through the same external doors used for the walk-in clinic. This year’s health fair is sponsored in part by Graves Family Supermarkets.

The entire North Street facility will come alive as well. The official grand opening of LiveWell United, which specializes in Zumba and massage therapy, will take place during the health fair and into the afternoon with free demonstrations and an open house of the new facility. County Physical Therapy will also host an open house with various demonstrations and offers on special classes offered at its Presque Isle site.

Also joining in on the action will be TAMC’s nephrology services and County Dialysis, who will offer free fall refreshments in the area on the side walk in front of the area between their respective entrances at the North Street facility. Pat’s Pizza will be open that morning and through the remainder of the day offering special deals to Super Saturday attendees.

The honor of giving away the TAMC commemorative five pound, specially designed bags filled with potatoes will be reserved for the staff at TAMC patient accounts, which is also located at the North Street complex. The artist who designed the artwork on the front of the bag, Robb Johnston of Presque Isle, will join with the team at patient accounts to autograph each bag as it is given away. Bags of potatoes will be given at no charge to the first 700 attendees who present an official program showing they have visited different areas of the North Street facility.

Four different presentations on local history and culture will also be offered free to the public on Super Saturday. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. the sessions will be held in the Aroostook Pediatrics and Family Practice and Internal Medicine waiting rooms at North Street Healthcare.

Included will be historical discussions on the lives of two leaders who are closely linked with TAMC. A presentation on the “Life and Times of A.R. Gould,” for whom TAMC’s main facility is named, will be led by Kim Smith of the Presque Isle Historical Society beginning at 9:15 a.m. The family of Phinneas Ellis, the first administrator of then Presque Isle General Hospital, will speak on his incredible life story and have copies of a book published on his life available for sale at their presentation beginning at 11 a.m.

Tim Caverly, a former park ranger, manager, and supervisor and author of the Allagash Tails Collection, will give a talk on his work and discoveries as he brought the series of books together. Also presenting will be Richard Rand, of Presque Isle, who will lead a discussion, which will include a demonstration of potato harvesting the old fashioned way for folks of all ages to enjoy.

History buffs and others will also have the opportunity to take special charter tours on the Presque Isle Historical Society’s Molly the Trolley on Super Saturday. Departing from the area in front of County Dialysis at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m., the free tours will take passengers on a narrative drive-by of local sites significant to the history of health care in the Star City.

Beginning at 11 a.m., Super Saturday attendees will enjoy the “Sweets in Moderation Bake Sake and Harvest Bazaar” in the parking lot at North Street. The first time event, coordinated by Social Envy Image and Event Consulting, as a fundraiser for the Aroostook County Branch of the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross, will showcase a number of vendors, and over a dozen area bakers, offering delicious confections. In addition fun activities for kids and live music is planned to run through 3 p.m.

Booth spaces at the Sweets in Moderation Bake Sale and Harvest Bazaar are free of charge. Vendors may select to donate either all or a portion of the day’s proceeds to support the efforts of the Red Cross. Anyone interested in reserving a space or hosting a special activity for the event should contact Social Envy Image and Event Consulting at 551-0763, via e-mail at socialenvy.consulting@gmail.com, and also on Facebook at facebook.com/socialenvy.

The evening activities will move from North Street to the Crow’s Nest Event Center on Maysville Street in Presque Isle beginning at 6 p.m. The TAMC Centennial Ball, an elegant evening to mark 100 years of excellent health care service to the region and to raise funds for children’s health care at TAMC, will feature a social and cocktail hour sponsored by WAGM-TV, a five course meal, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the popular Jump City Jazz Band.

The central Maine-based Jump City Jazz Band, sponsored for the coming evening by Town Square Media of Presque Isle, has built quite a following in Aroostook County. Their popular mix of jazz, rock, pop and other genres of music has delighted local crowds at an Adult Prom event in Fort Kent in spring 2011, and at last October’s Harvest Ball in Presque Isle. Attendees of both events have already purchased tickets for the TAMC Centennial Ball so they can again enjoy the band’s music.

Tickets for the Centennial Ball are $100 per couple or $50 per person. Proceeds will support the purchase of Dash Monitors for use in TAMC’s nursery. When newborns require 24-hour care, dash monitors provide care givers the reliability and constant monitoring of vital signs which aid in the delivery of care. These monitors capture vital patient measurements such as heart rate, respiratory, blood pressure and temperature which enhance the care of our tiniest patients.

For more information or a complete schedule of events for Super Saturday in the Star City, or to purchase tickets to the TAMC Centennial Ball, visit www.tamc.org or call 768-4858.