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2016 Information

The Educational Bureau of Ocean Park is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and improvement of the community through activities providing for spiritual, mental and physical needs. Founded in 1885 and incorporated in 1888, the Bureau provides the Vacation Bible School, craft classes, the Theatre Dance Camps and Ecology Adventure Camp for children. The Bureau owns the Curtis Guest House and the Blake Cottage. Call President Beth Keene at 207-934-7010 for more information.

June 27: 10:00 Annual Meeting ..................Curtis Guest House
August 22: 10:00 Adjourned Meeting .........Curtis Guest House

New England Baptist Council (N.E.B.C). Continuing a program started in 1915 and founded in 1968, the N.E.B.C. is under the auspices of The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM). N.E.B.C. maintains and operates the facilities of the combined areas bounded by Randall Avenue and Goosefare Brook, and West Grand Avenue and the Boston & Maine Railroad line. Programs emphasizing older youth, families and specialized ministries to senior citizens and disabled adults are offered at the Oceanwood camping facility and The Pines retirement center.

Ocean Park Bates Club. In recognition of our common debt to our founders, the Free Will Baptists and Oren Cheney, the Ocean Park Bates Club meets in Porter Hall every year - over one hundred now without a break. We gather - alumni, current students, parents and friends - for a light meal, fellowship and updates from college representatives. The Annual Meeting will be held on July 26 from 5-6 pm at Porter Hall. For more information, call Sally Poland at 207-937-8011.

Ocean Park Conservation Society. The Conservation Society is a non-profit corporation founded in 1971 to foster, preserve, conserve and promote the natural physical beauty and setting of Ocean Park and its surroundings and to provide education in the ideals and goals of conservation. On July 15, 10:00-11:30 in Jordan Hall, John Bird from the Conservation Society and Meagan Sims from Maine Healthy Beaches will present an update on the pollution surrounding the Goosefare.

Ocean Park Religious Society. Founded in 1889, the original purpose of the organization was to see "that a regular Sabbath service" was held in Ocean Park year-round. Currently, the organization will sponsor Sunday community worship services at 10:30am in Porter Hall on June 5, June 12, and June 19. Call Karen Bruns at 282-8945 for information.

Saco Bay Artists is an organization allied with the OPA that meets at The Pines Community Center. Dedicated to the promotion of art in and around Ocean Park, the group meets every Monday 10am to 4pm year round for an open painting session. You do not have to be a member to participate in these sessions. The second Monday of each month there is a business and program meeting in either the morning or evening. Guests are welcome. Saco Bay Artists will hold three Art Shows and Sales on the Library lawn this summer: July 4, August 6 and September 3. Please contact Kathy Angel Lee at 937-2125 for more information.

Toilers-By-The-Sea. For the 115th year, this "earnest little band of women" will hold its Annual Worship Service on Sunday, May 29 starting at 10:30am in Porter Hall. The Toilers were organized in 1902 as a winter auxiliary for the Free Baptist Women's Missionary Society. The group continues to meet in October and May, on the second Tuesday, to focus on mission projects locally and internationally. Contact Ruth Gladu at 934-3640 for information.

75th Writers' Conference at Ocean Park. The Conference began in 1941 to provide, "an informal meeting place of inspiration and instruction for all persons interested in the writing arts, whether prose or poetry, whether or not they themselves are writers." This statement, written by The Conference's co-founder, Del Jakeman, Sr., continues to set the tone of The Conference today. Come to the Writers' Conference and find recognition, enthusiastic response, and kind encouragement to be the very best writer you can be. This year the conference is August 10-14 and will take place in Porter Hall. For a registration form contact Jim Brosnan, P.O. Box 172, Assonet, MA, 02702, telephone 401-598-1424; or email jbrosnan@jwu.edu. Visit the Writers Conference page for more information.


Summer Season 2016