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Wiscasset Marks Town and County’s 250th Holiday Weekend

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WISCASSET – Wiscasset celebrates the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Pownalborough and Lincoln County with a series of special events this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4. Saturday’s celebration begins with a Country Buffet Breakfast at Sarah’s Cafe, served from 7:30 to 9:30. A portion of the proceeds from the buffet will be donated to the Wiscasset Female Charitable Society.

Afternoon events on the waterfront begin at 2:00 with a free concert by the Narrow Gauge String Band. Fiddler Karl Marean leads the group, with mandolinist David Pope, banjo player Bob Webb, guitarist Tom Block, and bassist Art Mayers. NGSB is a comfortable “old time” band, perfect for riverside toe tapping.

The Piranha Brothers will perform at 4:00. Local musicians — guitarist Mike Salonan, bassist Dwight Harrington, and drummer David Sprague — play an exciting mix of rock and blues. At 4:00, the Sheepscot River Race begins. This is a 6-mile canoe and kayak race from the Wiscasset waterfront to the Sherman Lake Rest Area. The race is being organized by Seaspray Kayaking. Pre-registration is required, beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, at $12 per person, $5 for kids under 17. For information, contact Scott Shea, 207-751-3450, or info@seaspraykayaking.com. Stroll along the waterfront and enjoy all these activities.

The “250 Years of History” Parade will kick off at 10:30. It will include a group from Colonial Pemaquid, the Bristol Militia, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Color Guard, a vehicle from the WW&F Railroad, Wiscasset Female Charitable Society, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and many more. Parade entries will be judged in six categories: float, school-class float, bike and rider, animal, walking group, and conveyance. Judges will be John O’Connell, Lincoln County Administrator, Pam Dunning, Director of the Wiscasset Public Library and Wiscasset Selectman, and Vickie Hersom, Vice-President of the Wiscasset Savings Bank of Maine. (Entries are still being accepted. Call the Town Office, 882-8200.)

Parade floats, bikes, animals, and vehicles will line up at 9:30 on Churchill Street (behind the Town Office), with walking groups gathering at Castle Tucker for the 10:30 start.

Immediately following the Parade, at about 11:30, there will be a Flag Ceremony with the Bradford-Sortwell-Wright American Legion Post #54, and local Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.

The celebration continues Sunday afternoon at the Middle School, from noon to 3:00, with activities including games, face-painting, and a marine touch tank by the Wiscasset Shellfish Committee and Kennebec Estuary Project. Vendors of tasty food, ice cream, and drinks will be open throughout the early afternoon. Castle Tucker will also be open for tours from 11 am to 3 pm, with the last tour beginning at 2. Admission is free for Wiscasset residents.

Later Sunday afternoon, the celebration moves back to the waterfront with a chicken barbecue starting at 3:00, presented by Wiscasset Yacht Club, located at the end of Water Street on Wiscasset Harbor. This event is open to the public and for $9 per person, WYC will provide a generous portion of BBQ chicken, homemade cole slaw, rolls, homemade blueberry cake, and beverage. Serving will begin at 3 pm and will continue until all meals have been sold. Take-out is available.

The Lincoln County Animal Shelter will have a booth. At 4:30, the local band “Go Ask Alice” (with Dale Baker on bass, Alice Andersen with vocals, Tom Cavanaugh on drums, and John Saunders playing guitar) will present a free concert, offering a wide variety of songs from Katie Perry and Taylor Swift to Cheap Trick and ZZ Top.

At 7 pm, a dance – also free – will take place on the municipal pier with DJ Geoff McCarron. Geoff, who lives in Woolwich, has enjoyed spinning dance tunes for the Wiscasset area for several years. You’ll hear everything from the ‘50s to current hits, including country. Finally, Sunday’s celebration culminates with fireworks beginning at dusk. The fireworks will be set off from Sherman Park, and excellent places to view the fireworks include the waterfront, Castle Tucker, and the Middle School. (Hoping for lots of people and no mosquitoes, but come prepared!)

On Sunday, tickets at the WW&F Railroad Museum, on Cross Street in Alna, will be half-price for residents of Lincoln County. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special events in the area continue into the week following the holiday. On Tuesday, July 6, Walker Brothers’ Circus will present two shows in Dresden, at 5:30 and 7 pm. The shows will take place on Route 27 in the fields next to “Here’s the Scoop.”

On Wednesday, July 7, Jo Cameron, active in Friends of Fort Edgecomb and the Edgecomb Historical Society, will speak about the history of Fort Edgecomb at the Wiscasset Public Library at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Castle Tucker will be open on its regular summer schedule, Wednesday, July 7 through Sunday, July 11.

Celebrations of Pownalborough and Lincoln County’s 250th anniversary will continue throughout the summer. To learn more, visit www.LincolnCounty250.org, or contact LincolnCounty250@gmail.com. For information specifically about Wiscasset events, visit the Wiscasset town Web site, www.wiscasset.org, or contact the Town Office at 882-8200.

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