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Bangor has had stores that sell baby things, but hasn’t had a store that’s devoted half of it’s floorspace, and half of it’s focus, to baby things — until now. Central Street Farmhouse recently opened at 30-32 Central Street (in typical Bangor directions “the old Alcott Antiques/Sarah’s Books’, you know, down across from the Bagel Shop, I mean, Bagel Central?”) and while the first floor is dedicated to home brewing, the 2nd floor is All About Baby.

When I had my first baby, I used cloth diapers, and I used baby carriers, but my sources were the internet — I would peer at YouTube videos as I figured out how to use a wrap, and I would google and research the best way to wash my cloth diapers. (The internet is where I learned that the sun is a natural bleach — diaper stains disappeared after a day on the line, and I took that knowledge and have used it on all kinds of stained laundry since then!) I ordered my goods online, I learned how to use them online, and when I was done with them, I sold them online. How I would have LOVED to have had someone experienced to show me how to use all this stuff, or had a local source for nursing bras, in MY SIZE (one that is not generally carried in local brick and mortars) where I could try different options on instead of throwing darts at a size chart found online. It would have been awesome.

Which is why I was so excited to meet Betsy Lundy, who along with her husband Zeth, are the proprietors of Central Street Farmhouse. Her second floor carries several brands of cloth diapers and wipes (and these are NOT the cloth diapers your mom or grandma used, these are cute and as easy to use as disposables), baby carriers, from wraps to ring slings, and nursing supplies. If they don’t have the Bravado product in your size or style, they can order it (ask me how I know!) and for pumping moms, they carry the Simple Wishes pumping band, which is the best invention to have happened between my two stints as a nursing and working mom. And if you aren’t into the cloth diapering, babywearing, nursing thing, they have baby legwarmers and onesies that are adorable. Seriously. (I’m planning on writing a post soon about my favorite things for the first 6 months, and several things that are bound for that list anyway are sold at Central Street.)

In addition to the products, Central Street Farmhouse will be offering a free Music and Storytime every other Tuesday, from 10:30-11, starting December 14, and will be hosting free workshops — Cloth Diapering 101 was earlier this week, or this coming Saturday, there will be a Babywearing workshop at 3. (I’ll be at that one, with the newest Bangor Baby!) And if you can’t make a workshop, the staff are all familiar with the products they sell, and they can help you choose just the right product to meet your need. They even have a certified lactation counselor on staff! And if you’re a nursing mom who is still gaining the confidence to nurse anywere and everywhere, they have a great comfy couch on the 2nd floor if you need a spot downtown to feed your baby in a very breastfeeding-friendly space.

I am hoping to profile local businesses that would be of interest to local families, and for the first business, I interviewed Betsy about her newest venture and raising a family in Bangor. Here’s what she had to say:
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The Robinson Ballet will be performing the children’s matinees The Little Tailor and Once Upon a Time at the Bangor Opera House and Ellsworth’s Grand Theater.

The Little Tailor
A story taken from the Grimm fairy tale. One fine morning, the Little Tailor is busily sewing when a young woman passes by selling cream. The luscious smell of the cream spreads to the walls, which are covered in flies. The flies surround The Tailor, who taking a cloth from his table strikes at the pesky flies. Much to his amazement, no fewer than seven lie dead. Thinking himself quite the clever fellow he embroiders himself a belt that reads  “7 WITH ONE BLOW”. Donning his belt he sets off to tell the world of his feat. After traveling for some time, he tires, and lies down to sleep. A group of peasants find The Tailor and read his belt. Thinking he must be some powerful person that go to tell The King. He greets the Tailor and asks him to rid their kingdom of three threats. If he is successful he may have the hand of his daughter, the princess, in marriage. The Tailor takes the challenge and the adventure begins!
Once Upon A Time
A ballet set to the first movement of Keith Emerson’s Piano Concerto #1. Our story takes us to an enchanted wood inhabited by dryads, nymphs, pixies and fairies. They are all gathering for a celebration. Three hikers chance upon the spot and a lively encounter ensues.

The Bangor Opera House:  Saturday, April 4 at 3PM. Tickets are 5.00 for children and adults. To purchase tickets contact Penobscot Theatre at (207) 942-3333 or online.

The Grand in Ellsworth: Saturday, April 11 at 3PM Tickets are 5.00 for children and adults. To purchase tickets contact The Grand at (207) 667-9500 or online.

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United Cerebral Palsy is once again holding Pumpkins in the Park, on Saturday, October 25, from 3:30-7 pm at the Bangor Civic Center.

6th annual community Halloween Party Featuring hundreds of jack-o-lanterns, bounce houses, face painting, hayrides, clowns, balloon-tying, and trick-or-treating.

Admission is $2, and kids under 3 are free!

For more information, visit UCP’s website.

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The First Annual Touch-a-Truck Day will be held Sunday, September 21, 2008. The event will be held at the Bass Park Infield, from 11-3. Admission is $5 per person, children under 2 are free. Funds raised benefit the March of Dimes.

Vehicles to explore will include fire trucks, an ambulance, construction equipment, police vehicles, the LifeFlight helicopter, and much more. Refreshments and raffles will also be available.

Bass Park is home to the Bangor Raceway, and located next to the Bangor Auditorium.

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Welcome to summer! The city pools are open!

From the BDN:
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Parks and Recreation Department is preparing to open the city’s two municipal pools for the summer season. Both pools will be open seven days a week.

The Beth Pancoe Municipal Aquatic Center in Hayford Park will be open for general swim from 1 to 5 p.m. beginning Saturday, June 21. The pool features two water slides, a “zero entry” wade-in area with a variety of water features as well as a lap-swim area.

In addition to afternoon general swim, the Pancoe Aquatic Center is open for adult lap swim from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as family swim time from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lessons are offered mornings Monday through Thursday.

Day use of the Pancoe Aquatic Center is $1 for Bangor resident children, $2 for Bangor resident adults, $2 for nonresident children, and $4 for nonresidents. Season passes are also available for children, adults and families and may be purchased at the parks and recreation office at 647 Main St.

The Dakin Municipal Pool on Pine Street near Broadway Park will open for general swim at 1 p.m. Monday, June 23. Dakin Pool is located at the end of Pine Street just off Stillwater Avenue. Dakin Pool is open from 1 to 5 p.m. every day. There is no charge to swim at Dakin Pool.

Hours for both facilities may vary in the event of bad weather.

For information on municipal pool programming, call Bangor Parks and Recreation at 992-4490 or stop by the office at 647 Main St.

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Join us for very hands-on early science activities. Plants, animals, rocks, water, air, metal, everything in Nature is full of amazing discoveries. These special workshops are designed just right for the pre-school age child. We’ll use magnifiers, tweezers and even microscopes; practice sorting , comparing and classifying. A $1 materials fee will collected for each child, recommended for ages 3 and up.

Tuesdays, 11:00 am.

FMI: Maine Discovery Museum, 262-7200

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The Maine Discovery Museum offers an art class for children ages 2-5, Wednesdays, at 10:30 am. There is usually a materials fee of $1, and the theme changes every week.

FMI: Maine Discovery Museum 

262-7200

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“From flubber in flasks to blubber in bottles, join MDM staff for an inventing and mixing, slimy, bouncy, and smelly workshop. All ages welcome, $1 materials fee per child.”

Friday, November 23

11:00 & 1:00-3:00

FMI:

Maine Discovery Museum

262-7200

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UCP’s 5th annual Pumpkins in the Park will be held Saturday October 27th at the Bangor Auditorium from 3:30pm-7:00pm (with a special “viewing” from 12pm-3pm for those who just want to walk through and see the patches). This annual Halloween Party draws hundreds of people to a warm, safe Halloween environment for children featuring Jack-O-Lanterns, hayrides, bounce houses, face painting and trick-or-treating. Admission to the event is $2.00. For more information please call 941-2952.

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The Kids Shoppe is located at 1002 Olive Street, in Veazie. They are a resale shop with tons of clothes and toys for kids of all ages. Currently, they are running a television ad that if you mention you saw their ad on WABI, you get 20% off.

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