2017-02-15 / Arts & Entertainment

An afternoon of music, food and underwear

The Narrow Gauge String Band The Narrow Gauge String Band PHILLIPS — The public is invited to an afternoon of music with potluck to follow, all in the pursuit of clean underwear.

Yes, the Phillips Area Community Center welcomes musicians Mike Worthley and Gary and Lois Hall, better known as the Narrow Gauge String Band, to a community gathering Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. The price of admission is either a donation of money (whatever you’d like), or a package of new underpants or socks. The undergarments will be donated to the United Methodist Economic Ministry in Salem.

“We often get calls from the schools or from families with children and teens looking for new socks and underwear,” according to Economic Ministry administrative assistant Tammie Gould. “There’s always a need.” She says they can use any size from small to extra-large, and will take any style or color, although, “Boys like boxers and girls like hipsters.”

The idea for the fundraiser came from a recent article in The Original Irregular about the Western Maine Underwearness Project started by Susan and David Catino (Feb. 1, 2017, Page 9).

The afternoon will start with music: Mike, Gary and Lois enjoy playing for folks, sort of in the style of sitting around in your living room listening to some good songs and chatting with your family and friends. Around 4 or 4:30 p.m., the musicians will break to share a potluck supper with those gathered.

“So bring a dish to share, and your underwear, and join us for a winter afternoon at the PACC at 21 Depot Street in Phillips,” PACC spokesperson Pam Matthews urged. For more information, call Matthews at 639-2630.

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