Taking it to the streets
Belfast — Our Town Belfast, the city’s Main Street organization, is hard at work getting ready for the sixth annual Belfast Street Party Monday, Aug. 4.
Locals and visitors in the know look forward to this wild and wonderful Monday in August when the downtown High Street is closed off from the traffic light to MacLeod Furniture and filled to bursting with carnival feats of skill, strength, and daring; activities for people of all ages with an emphasis on children and families; clowns and face painting; tasty food from local vendors; street performers of all kinds; and a main stage with nonstop music and dancing from 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Street Party organizers at Our Town Belfast promise an event bigger and better than ever with many new activities for 2014. The main stage will be moved to accommodate more room for dancing, and the evening’s entertainment will finish with a performance by Courtney Porter’s dance squad, kicking off the grand finale of the best dance tunes from the past 40 years, courtesy of DJ Matt Bixby. Kicking off the evening will be Belfast-based blues and rock and roll powerhouse Captain Obvious from 5 to 7 p.m. Fan-favorites Don Nickerson & Country Mist will return this year with their classic rock and country tunes, providing a living-breathing jukebox of hits from 7 to 9 p.m.
Thanks to funding through its Healthy Maine Streets program, Our Town Belfast is upping the wellness factor at this year’s party. While there will be no shortage of fried dough and cotton candy, families also will enjoy healthier options, as well from vendors including Juice Cellar, and fun physical activity such as Zumba and hula hooping. There even will be some family-friendly activities highlighting local foods and farms, thanks to the Belfast Farmer’s Market and Maine Farmland Trust.
Another welcome addition to this year’s Street Party will be a beer and wine tent run by Rollie’s Bar and Grill. Those 21 and older who wish to enjoy an adult beverage or two will be able to do so in a one-night-only beer garden next to MacLeod Furniture.
“The Street Party planning committee is very pleased and proud to put on an event each year that appeals to a wide array of Waldo County families and visitors as well,” said Our Town Belfast Executive Director Breanna Pinkham Bebb. “We’ve got it all, from Spunky the Clown to the Bucking Bronco, bounce houses and bungee jumping, popsicles to beer, from rock ‘n’ roll to disco fever. It truly is fun for all types — and free admission to boot!”
For more information on the Belfast Street Party, contact Our Town Belfast at firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-9100. The planning committee is still accepting applications for vendors, as well as activities and street entertainment; and sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are still available. This year’s Street Party is put on with the generous support of sponsors including the City of Belfast, Bangor Savings Bank, Camden National Bank, Dutch Chevrolet, the Belfast Co-op and Coyote Moon.
In the event of rain, the Street Party will be held on the next sunny day. Admission is free, with any donations and sales of tickets for rides going to support next year’s event. Visitors are invited to bring a lawn chair and visit with old friends or just hang around and make new ones.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.