The Belfast Maskers are gearing up for a very busy July. The troupe continues its 25th anniversary season with USO Tribute Shows in Belfast and Searsport Wednesday, July 4.  The annual shows feature patriotic songs from the Civil War era to present day such as “Keep the Homefires Burning,” a popular World War I British song; and the World War II favorite, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

The USO Tribute shows are free and open to the public. They will be presented at noon on the corner of Main and High streets in Belfast; and beginning 6:30 p.m. at Searsport’s Mosman Park, before the fireworks. These productions are open-air, weather permitting. For more information, call 338-9668 or visit

On Friday, July 20, the Maskers will perform music from “Brigadoon” and “Finian’s Rainbow,” as well as other Celtic favorites, during the Maine Celtic Celebration’s gala opening dinner at the Boathouse in Belfast. Tickets are available at Out of the Woods, 48 Main St. For more information, visit

The summer production of “Brigadoon” by Lerner and Loewe will be performed in outdoor venues (weather permitting) in Belfast and Searsport in July and August. This Broadway classic song-and-dance spectacle will runs July 26 through 29 at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast; and Aug. 2 through 5 outside Searsport’s Union Hall; all shows start 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 338-9668 or at the venue an hour before performances. In Belfast, advance ticket are available at Out of the Woods, 48 Main St; in Searsport, advance tickets are at Gallery 37, 37 Main St. For more information, call 338-9668.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or