Folks in Sandy Point are doing what they can to keep their community together.
The village within Stockton Springs needs help saving what they say is the heart of it
“Sandy Point, at one time, was a very busy point because US 1 used to go right through the village. And, the Boston boat used to stop here every week to pick up supplies and drop off tourists,” said Sara Bradford, who’s been a member of the club for over 40 years.
Tourists would then come to the what’s now the Sandy Point Community Club. The building dates back to the 1840’s.
It turned onto the club in the 1930’s.
The club needs repairs to make it handicapped accessible.
They’ve already made some changes, but need the funds to continue.
“We’ve been trying to bring it back up to an active, vibrant community center, not only for this town, but for Bucksport and the area around it,” said Veronica Garvey Magnan.
They’re holding a benefit concert featuring the Juke Rockets Blues Band.
All the proceeds will go toward the place they say just can’t close.
“We’ve lost out post office. We’re lost a couple of stores that we used to have in town, and this is the last place where Sandy Pointers can just congregate together,” said Bradford.
“It would take the breath out of the area, because if you notice, in this neighborhood, we have the little church, we have the old school house, we used to have a tiny library down at the end of the hill, and, this is a tiny community. You take away one piece of it, you remove a part of the heart and the soul,” said Magnan.
The Juke Rockets blues band will be playing at the Bucksport Performing Arts Center.
Everyone is invited to attend.
The show starts at 7 and doors open at 6 pm.
Tickets are $15. They’re $10 for seniors and folks under nineteen.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, BookStacks in Bucksport, and Maine Street Market in Stockton Springs.