More than 1,000 attend Searsmont bicentennial day celebration
Searsmont, a town with 1,400 residents, entertained more than 1,000 people at its Aug. 9 Bicentennial Day celebration. The day’s activities, celebrating 200 years of history since the town was founded in 1814, took place under sunny skies. The day began with a walk along historic Muzzy Ridge and a tour of the Oak Grove Cemetery led by First Selectman Bruce Brierley, it featured lobster and pig roast dinners for more than 600 people, and ended with music, dancing and fireworks under the light of a full moon.
Other highlights of the day included the local Masonic Quantabacook Lodge’s hot dog stand and free child protection program, a bounce house and balloon animal makers, the Belfast Bay Fiddlers, and a barn dance featuring the Searsmont Street Band.
According to Searsmont Bicentennial Committee chairperson Carol Robbins, the Searsmont United Methodist Church served 350 “bugs” at its lobster feed, and the pig roast hosted nearly 300 diners in the Searsmont Community Center’s meeting room and under a large white tent on the grounds of the Community Center.
The Belfast Bay Fiddlers played after dinner, and the Searsmont Street Band entertained hundreds of listeners and dancers as the sun went down. The day ended with a fireworks display visible throughout Searsmont village.
“The nearly fifty Bicentennial Committee members and volunteers should be very proud to have made this celebration such as success,” said Carol Robbins. “Most of us won’t be around for Searsmont’s three hundred year events, but the organizers of that festival will have some real history to work with.”
Searsmont Bicentennial year t-shirts, baseball caps, mugs, calendars and books are still on sale at the Town Office, library, and Fraternity Village Store.