“Three Weeks & Thirty-One Flats” by Rosey Gerry will be presented Saturday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Lincolnville Boat Club (the old fire station), 209 Main St. in Lincolnville Center.

In November 1921, Robert Hardy decided to take his family to Lakeland, Fla., for the winter using the most common transportation of the day — his Model T Ford. What transpired on that trip became part of local legend, with the definition of local confined to one small neighborhood: Lincolnville’s Youngtown Road. A small boy growing up on that heard the story and grew up to entertain anyone who will listen to it, falling into the lingo, nuance of voice and body language of those long-gone men and women of his childhood neighborhood.

Gerry has turned the story of Hardy’s travails on the road into an old-time radio play, complete with sound effects and the dramatic emphasis of an organ playing in the background. A cast of local characters, along with narrator Gerry, a young organist from Appleton, a sound effects woman and a projectionist for the slideshow, will present the story of this legendary trip to Florida in a Tin Lizzie.

Hardy’s family in 1921 consisted of his wife, Gladys, and 9-year-old son, Newman; a little girl, Roberta, was born some years later. For several people in the cast, Newman Hardy was a familiar character from their own childhoods. A bright little boy in 1921, he experienced an illness as a young teen that left him with some disabilities; he never drove or married or even moved from the house of his birth, living out his life there until his death in 1993 at 81.

The middle-aged men who have agreed to take part in the play are all story-tellers, each recalling the somewhat odd fellow who used to walk the long road along Megunticook to Camden for his groceries; could swim underwater seemingly forever; and even would chop holes in the ice for a winter swim. That the Newman they remembered was once a little boy with all the promise and excitement of a trip to Florida seems to give Gerry’s radio play new meaning.

Tickets are $10, $5 for children and free for those younger than 4 and older than 90. All proceeds will benefit the Lincolnville Historical Society’s MOVE IT! fund.

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