The Belfast Co-op invites the community to attend its annual Community Appreciation Day Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 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 and onions. This year, the event will again expand beyond the parking lot at 123 High St. to take over High Street between Main and Beaver streets.

The live music lineup features: 10 a.m., the Gawler Family Band; 11:15 a.m., the Belfast Bay Fiddlers; 12:30 p.m., the Tom Luther Quintet; 1:45 p.m., the Leaky Boot Jug Band; and 3 p.m., Octavia. Between music sets, door prizes will be announced.

Vendors providing free samples include Bagel Mainea, Borealis Breads, Half Moon Farm, ME Water Buffalo Co., Maine Root, The Milkhouse, Seacoast Coffee Co., Suecakes, Wicked Joe Coffee and more. There will be a fundraising book sale, gift basket raffles and a 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds donated to local nonprofits. These activities typically raise about $1,200. This year's recipients are The Game Loft, New Hope For Women, P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center and Veggies For All.

Polly Shyka and Prentice Grassi of Village Farm in Freedom will sell MOFGA-certified organic produce again this year. The Game Loft and Waterfall Arts will provide children's activities. P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center and the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County will offer information about their good work providing sanctuary while seeking forever homes for companion animals.

For more information, visit and the Facebook page; or call the Co-op between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily at  338-2532.

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