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The Otisfield Company will hold the Strawberry Festival, Exhibition on July 10

Steve Philbrook’s painting of Scribners Mill is one of his many works for sale during the Strawberry Festival July 10 in Otisfield. Photo submitted

The Otisfield Historical Society plans to celebrate its 41st anniversary from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. Its first program of the year will be an annual Strawberry Festival, featuring hand-picked strawberries, homemade whipped cream and cookies. The cost of the shortcake is $5. It will be served outside the Bell Hill Meetinghouse at the top of Bell Hill Road in Otisfield.

A landmark of Otisfield, since 1839 the church has functioned as both a community center and a church. The building is now owned by the Bell Hill Meetinghouse Association, a group dedicated to historic preservation. Designed by local architect Nathan Nutting Jr., it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to a company press release.

Plus, all are welcome to explore inside the church, where Maine artist Steven Philbrook will be exhibiting some of his watercolors. Philbrook’s passion for wildlife and fly fishing is demonstrated in many of his fishing scenes and landscapes. He framed all of his paintings in old barn boards and other weathered wood.

To learn more about Philbrook and his painting, visit stevephilbrook.com.

For more information about the event, call Maureen Mooney-Howard at 207-409-7153.