By Lin Calista


Searsport Maritime Days

On Sunday, July 18, food vendors will be open from 5 p.m. for a “picnic in the park” at Mosman Park. Also, in the spirit of tall ships, here will be a sailmaking demonstration with Dayle Ward of Traditional Rigging Co. at the Penobscot Marine Museum, sponsored by Carver Memorial Library. Dayle is an experienced sailmaker who is familiar with centuries-old techniques.

From 6 to 8 p.m., the steel drum band “Pan Storm” will be banging out some Caribbean rhythms at Mosman Park. Also, while you are at the park, you can watch a movie about maritime history on the big outdoor screen. At 9 p.m. there will be a fireworks display to cap off the evening.

The Hamilton Marine float spreads bubbles down the parade route July 3 in Searsport. The parade was in honor of Searsport’s 175th anniversary. Fran Gonzalez

Animal shelter drive

From July 19 to 31, as part of Carver Memorial Library’s Tails and Tales theme, the library will be collecting clean towels, blankets, bleach, and canned or dry pet food to be delivered to local shelters. They are collecting for Bucksport Animal Shelter, PAWS of Camden, and the Bangor Humane Society.

Men’s Breakfast

Don’t forget the Men’s Breakfast on the first and third Wednesdays at 8 a.m. at the Searsport Methodist Church. All men are invited for a hearty breakfast of eggs made to order, sausage, bacon, toast, hash browns and coffee. A donation of $10 is asked.  The next one is the 21st, so men, put it on your calendar!

New business

When is a shed not a shed? When it is an antiques shop like Linda’s Antiques and Unique Collectibles, owned and operated by our own selectwoman, Linda Payson. Linda has been in the antiques business literally all her life, as her dad, Chuck Morse, was a local auctioneer and brought her into the auction business as a runner at age 11. Eventually she had her own auction business in Union for a number of years until 2015, when she came back to Searsport.

Sign for Linda Payson’s antiques shop at 311 W. Main St., Searsport. Lin Calista


It’s a pleasant shop containing things like pottery, black amethyst glass, a large selection of salt and peppers, jewelry, quilts, and prints. As it’s been a goal to open her own shop, she’d like to thank those who helped her get it going, especially Don Shaw and her mom.  The shop is located at 311 West Main St., open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Check it out!

Hope you all had a good time at the 175th celebration. The committee did a spectacular job; there was an event for everyone! Can’t wait for the 200th!