About the League

The Georgetown Working League is an organization dedicated to the support of community services in the island town of Georgetown, Maine. The group meets year round in preparation for the Working League Fair and Luncheon. The fair is one of the state's oldest, briefest (lasting only four hours), and most popular community events. The first fair, in 1913, raised just over one hundred dollars for upkeep of the local Baptist church. By 1939, when fair revenues amounted to $245.71, members voted gifts to the community cancer relief and Christmas funds and later, during the World War II, to the Red Cross. Today the Fair proceeds support the local fire and ambulance services, the library, community center and several scholarships. We are a non-profit organization.

 

In 1977, a group of League members led by Priscilla Rose (some of them lifelong Georgetown residents, some of them retirees who had spent childhood summers in Georgetown, and some of them strictly from "away") created a quilt to be raffled at the fair and so began the tradition of the Georgetown Quilt. Quilters meet every Monday in the Community Center or in one another's homes throughout the year. Lively discussions of designs begin in September followed by shopping excursions in search of fabrics. Hours of work, good humor, and friendly conversation delight quilters, some of whom have been quilting all their lives, and some who have learned the skill on the Georgetown quilt. They produce a queen size treasure by early May, when League members begin selling chances, with the raffle taking place at the Fair in August.

 

The last charter member of our organization died in 1996, shortly before The Georgetown Historical Society published her memoirs. She recalled Working League dues of one cent per month (they are now a staggering $2.00 a year!), and 35 cent lobster dinners at 1920's fairs. She also remembered that men had once been members of the League. The League now designates husbands who help us on fair day "The Working League Auxiliary."