Everyone is invited to WERU's 30th Birthday Open House Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the radio station on Route 1, between Bucksport and Ellsworth; and on the air at 89.9 FM Blue Hill/99.9 FM Bangor.

On May 1, 1988, WERU Community Radio began broadcasting from the top of Blue Hill Mountain, originating in studios in Noel Paul Stookey’s large chicken-coop building known as "The Henhouse." In 1997, the station moved to its current location in East Orland.

The WERU radio signal covers all of Waldo and Hancock counties, as well as portions of Knox, Piscataquis, Kennebec, Penobscot and Washington counties; as well as all of Maine and beyond via live streaming. On-demand online recordings of recent shows and an audio archive of news, public affairs and other spoken-word programs also are available at weru.org.

The free open house includes pizza and potluck salads, station tours, WERU apparel and totes for sale and a used music sale. There will be live performances by singer/songwriter Bowen Swersey; Bruce Cassaday and the Jazz Collective; and bluegrass and Americana with the Waldo County-based The Pinwheel Brothers. The whole party will be broadcast live.

Upcoming WERU events this 30th anniversary year include a Homegrown Reggae concert and dance July 28 at the Blue Goose in Northport; and an “Americans Who Tell the Truth” speaking event with labor leader Baldemar Velasquez (Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO) Sept. 20 at Belfast’s Crosby Center.

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