Paris resident designs wooden egg for fundraiser

Marion Steward

Paris Hill Egg

PARIS — Did you ever wonder where those beautiful wooden Easter eggs come from, the ones the White House uses for the nation’s annual Easter Egg Roll? Well, you might be surprised to learn they are made and painted to perfection at the Well’s Woodworking and Finishing Mill in nearby Buckfield, Maine.

How convenient was that when Linda Richardson, resident of Paris Hill, wanted something special as a fundraiser for the historic village where she grew up? Her ancestors were one of the founding families of the circa 1793 village, so she has intense pride in all things Paris Hill.

The care and restoration of the historical buildings on Paris Hill is a never-ending work in progress. So the community continually explores ideas to raise money in order to fund projects and match grant program incentives.

Having spent two years in Covid lockdown, Linda had plenty of time to research a new and unique fundraising idea – A fresh idea to spur interest in helping raise money to sustain the ongoing historical preservation of her beloved village.

Having purchased a White House Easter egg online and discovering they are made and decorated in neighboring Buckfield, she knew she had her fundraising idea. Local village, local manufacturing company… it was a perfect match. So she reached out to Well’s Manufacturing and with their help, the limited edition “Paris Hill Egg” was hatched.

This year the first “Paris Hill Egg” showcases an image of the beautiful First Baptist Church that sits atop the Hill and is the heart of the community. Future eggs will feature other historical buildings and homes on the Hill… a true collector’s series.

All funds raised from the sale of the eggs will go to preservation projects currently underway in the village… and there are many as you can well imagine. First and foremost among these are the extensive repairs to the steeple of the First Baptist Church.

For a donation of $10 to the “The Friends of First Baptist Church of Paris, Maine” you will be presented with this year’s “Paris Hill Egg,” the first of the collectible series.

For more information, please visit the Friends Facebook page at: Friends of the First Baptist Church of Paris, Maine.

Linda hopes to help fund many preservation projects on Paris Hill and the surrounding area in the future, “ One Egg at a Time”.

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