The Farmington Grange began a fundraising event in June for building repairs and restoration with a yard, food and plant sale, which was such a success that the members plan to do more throughout the summer.

The members have been getting estimates for painting, masonry, and other repairs that will amount to nearly $40,000. The Grange was able to make ends meet during the pandemic by getting new renters, and was able to keep the Grange open through the winter.

Now that the state is opening back up, meetings have resumed and business is increasing. A new food truck, The Ugly Dumpling, uses the Grange kitchen as prep kitchen. Western Maine Driving Academy has been using the hall for classes, as well as piano lessons, cloggers and Cub Scouts.

Grange members will be applying for grants to help pay for needed repairs. They hoped local organizations and individuals are interested in helping raise funds to restore the historic Grange building. Building campaign donations can be mailed to Gerald Libby, treasurer, 381 Mosher Hill Road, Farmington, ME 04938.

The building offers a ballroom with a stage and commercial kitchen with dining room for rent. For more information, potential renters can call Bonnie Clark at 207-778-6637 or Marion Scharoun at 207-778-2932.