Friday concert, Saturday dance

Music for Searsmont’s 200th

Jul 30, 2014
Photo by: Neal Parent Photographer Neal Parent captured the debut of the Searsmont Street Band in 1979. From left are Dave Lewis, Phil Divinsky, Jeff Densmore and Ando Anderson.

Searsmont — Searsmont’s Bicentennial Week festivities continue Friday, Aug. 8, with a free evening of music featuring local groups Depot Town and Rose & the Wayfaring Strangers, live on stage at the Ames Elementary School, 165 New England Road. The performance begins at 7 p.m. with the Depot Town acoustic trio and ends with Rosey Gerry’s musical combo.

Depot Town features Cami Jewett on keyboards and fiddle, Doug Maple on guitar and Jon Feldman on sax and guitar. They came together four years ago as members of the Oxford Horse Thieves, then formed Midcoast dance band Sea Train and now play smooth, vocally-driven tunes that appeal to audiences of all ages.

Rose & the Wayfaring Strangers consists of Lincolnville’s Kim Moran on mandolin and flute, Doug Teel from Rockville on guitar, Ron Haven of Appleton on bass, Linda Stevenson from Warren on fiddle, Lincolnville’s Scott Harrison playing guitar and Rosey Gerry, also from Lincolnville, playing banjo, guitar and autoharp; Moran, Teel, Stevenson, Harrison and Gerry share the vocal duties. The group is well known throughout the Midcoast and encourages audiences to sing along and tap their toes “whether you have rhythm or not,” said Gerry.

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Light refreshments will be available, and families are especially invited. For more information, call Gerry at 975-5432.

The Bicentennial Music Night is the last event before Bicentennial Day — Saturday, Aug. 9. Saturday activities will start at 8:30 a.m., run throughout the day in and near the Searsmont Community Center and end with hot dogs, a pig roast and a lobster feed starting at 5 p.m. The Belfast Bay Fiddlers will start playing at 6 p.m., while dinners are being served; and will give way to the reunited Searsmont Street Band at 7 p.m.

The Searsmont Street Band came into existence more than 30 years ago when a couple of musically inclined friends asked a few others to join them for a fundraising event that included a dance on the bustling streets of Searsmont. Out of that ad hoc ensemble grew a band that cut quite a swath in the 1980s and included, at one or the other, many of the major musical players of Waldo County. The band will take a break around 9 p.m. for the big fireworks display before the free barn dance continues into the night.

For more Bicentennial Day information, call the Searsmont Town Office at 342-5411 or visit searsmont.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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