Music and more at Belfast Co-op
Belfast — Belfast Co-op invites the community to attend its ninth annual Community Appreciation Day (previously known as Customer Appreciation Day) Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be free live local music throughout the day; local vendors with free samples; a cook-out with burgers and dogs, including vegetarian options; and Co-op Hot Italian sausage subs with peppers & onions.
This year, the event is expanding beyond the downtown parking lot at 123 High St. to take over High Street between Main and Beaver streets. Performing live music will be: 10:30 a.m., The Gawler Family; noon, Belfast Bay Fiddlers; 1:15 p.m., Leaky Boot Jug Band; 2:30 p.m., The Juke Rockets blues band; 3:45 p.m., OdLaW; and 5 p.m., The Hips. Between music sets, door prizes will be announced.
Among the local and regional vendors providing free samples are Bixby Bars, Cheryl Wixson's Kitchen, Heiwa Tofu, Julie Ann's Outrageous! Foods, Let Them Eat Cake, Energy Gem, Tea Maineia, Chow Maine, Cowboy's Salsa, "Hootin" Gluten Free Bakery, Borealis Breads, Bagel Mainea, GrandyOats, Wicked Joe, Maine Root and VitaminSea.
There will be a fundraising book sale, gift basket raffles and a 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds donated to local nonprofits; last year, these activities raised $1,200. This year's recipients are Avian Haven, The Game Loft, Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, New Hope for Women and P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center.
Polly Shyka and Prentice Grassi of Village Farm in Freedom will be selling MOFGA-certified organic produce again this year. Jamie Huntsberger will be providing free "structural integration" sessions on a massage table, and Sarah O'Blenes of Waldo County General Hospital will be sharing information about their Journey to Health and 5210 Let's Go! programs.
P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center and the Humane Society of Knox County will be present, bringing along a few companion animals seeking forever homes. And the American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be set up on High Street for a blood drive between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. For further details, visit belfast.coop or the Co-op’s Facebook page; or call 338-2532 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.