The village of Bayside is marking its centennial this year, and there is a full schedule of events posted at Included are a number of Wednesday evening events at the Bayside Community Hall, many of which are free and all of which are open to the public.

The events all begin at 7 p.m. at Bayside Community Hall, 813 Shore Road. Next in the series is Maine historian Earle C. Shettleworth Jr., who will take a look at how the establishment of Route 1 more than a century ago set the stage for the advent of the automobile era — and tourism — along Maine’s coast in a presentation titled Roadside Maine, a Route One Journey, 1900-1906.

On July 8, David Raitt and the Maine Line will perform rock, blues, jazz and funk. Raitt, son of Broadway legend John Raitt, has one of the best blues bands around and the dance floor will be ready for all comers. Free will offering, suggested at $13 for adults, $3 for children.

On July 15: summer resident Heidi von Bergen, who has studied piano at Bennington College and with various New York City teachers, will present a piano recital. She will play works by Liszt, Grieg, Debussy and Satie.

On July 22, there will be a screening of one- and two-reel films from the beginnings of Charlie Chaplin’s career, when he was refining his character of The Little Tramp. From a century ago, these short movies are still hilarious.

Aug. 5 will offer “Wednesday Night Live, a Gambol Through One Hundred Summers at Bayside.” Bayside’s own talented residents will talk and sing their way through a century of Bayside stories and songs. Performers include a barbershop quartet, a clarinetist, a storyteller and more.

On Aug. 12, Maine-based performance artist Michael Menes will entertain with juggling, physical comedy and special effects. Menes has toured the world with his unique brand of variety arts and humor. Free will offering is suggested at $7 for adults, $3 for children.

On Aug. 19, “People and Place, Three Photographic Perspectives” will showcase photos of Bayside as seen through the camera lenses of Joanne Coughlin, Steve Nelson and Tim Samway.

The series concludes Aug. 26 with a screening of “The Marx Brothers at The Circus” featuring Groucho, Harpo and Chico crossing comedy swords yet again with Margaret Dumont. This lighthearted romp is just as funny now as when it was released.

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