2015-04-24 / Community

A Window on the Past

Engraved bricks leave lasting memories
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

Historical Society offers engraved bricks in museum walkway and patio for fundraiser. (Courtesy photo) Historical Society offers engraved bricks in museum walkway and patio for fundraiser. (Courtesy photo) The engraved brick program at South Portland Historical Society’s museum at Bug Light Park helps raise important funding for preservation activities and museum operations. Brick orders can be made at any time of year, but you’ll need to order by Monday, May 11 if you would like to make sure to have your brick installed this summer.

An engraved brick would make a unique gift for any friend or loved one, or even yourself, but with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day just around the corner, a brick would be a memorable gift for Mom or Dad and would also help out a worthy cause. The engraved brick walkway and patio were initially installed in 2010 and they have been an attractive and meaningful addition to the museum grounds. A walk along the path reveals many names of current generous families who have supported the museum effort, as well as the names of many wonderful people who have come before us and who have been honored with a memorial brick. There are also several local churches, businesses and groups, such as South Portland High School graduating classes, which have had bricks engraved and placed in the walkway and patio. It truly is a walk down memory lane.

A standard-sized 4x8 brick is $150 and includes three lines of engraving with 18 characters per line, including spaces. A larger 8x8 paver is also available with six lines of engraving for $250. To purchase a brick, you can mail or drop off a check to the South Portland Historical Society at 55 Bug Light Park, South Portland, ME 04106, or to use a credit card, either call 767-7299 or go online to www.sphistory.org and use the “donate now” button. A brick engraving form is available at the museum or may be downloaded from the website.

Museum opens for 2015 season

The historical society’s Cushing’s Point Museum will open for the season on Friday, May 1. This year’s neighborhood exhibit will cover the Meeting House Hill area and is being sponsored by Drillen Hardware, Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance, O’Hare Associates CTRS and Town & Country Federal Credit Union. There is no charge for admission, thanks to our individual and business members and sponsors. The museum will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 1 through the end of October.

Bug Light Kite Festival

The annual Bug Light Kite Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at Bug Light Park. To reach the park, take Broadway east to the ocean, turn left onto Breakwater Drive then turn right onto Madison Street that leads into the park. For more information, visit the South Portland Historical Society page on Facebook or call 767-7299.

Kathryn DiPhilippo is director of South Portland Historical Society.

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