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Here’s what is happening in Searsport in the next week or so. There have been so many things canceled because of COVID concerns, please check before you make plans. This is what I know is still happening:

CANCELED is the Searsport Historical Society meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the United Methodist Church.

Monarch butterflies for kids

To celebrate the great migration of the monarch butterflies, Carver Library and Friends of Sears Island have paired up on a monarch-themed StoryWalk® for families to enjoy along the Homestead Trail on Sears Island. As they walk along the path, they will find laminated pages from the book “Monarch! Come Play with Me” by Ba Rea, a story about a girl and a caterpillar who talk about the metamorphosis of a monarch from a caterpillar to a butterfly and the incredible migration that follows. The walk ends at the milkweed field that is a habitat for monarch butterflies.

The StoryWalk will be available from Friday, Sept. 10, to Tuesday, Oct. 5, and directions to the start of the story can be found by the kiosk just beyond the island gate. From start to finish, the story will cover approximately a half-mile of the trail. Sears Island is located off of Route 1 on Sears Island Road, just east of downtown Searsport.

Friends of Sears Island will be offering free “Magnificent Monarchs” grab-and-go activity kits this month for children 5 through 12. The kits include materials to make a monarch life cycle mobile, a migration game, and a monarch butterfly figurine as well as educational handouts.  To obtain your kit, email outreach@friendsofsearsisland.org and after confirmation, they can be picked up at Carver Memorial Library in Searsport. Kits are first-come, first-served and available Sept. 13 through 30.

Twilight Tour volunteers needed

Penobscot Marine Museum is looking for actors to participate in Twilight Tours on Oct. 15. Bring a character to life and portray a spirit that was lost at sea, survived yellow fever, was part of a ghost ship or endured a waterspout. Just email Jeana at jganskop@pmm-maine.org.

Artist exhibition

Six artists will be displaying their work on Friday, Sept. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ridge Works Studio at 37 Sandy Ridge Road, Searsport. Original works by Marjorie Arnett, JoAnne Houlsen, Janake Howard, Deborah Jellison, Lauren Jellison and John LeBlanc will be included.

Main Street America

Maine Historic Commercial District Revolving Fund provides 0% interest loans for façade improvements. Application are currently available to business and building owners of commercial or mixed-use buildings in all current Main Street or Maine Downtown Affiliate Districts. The deadline to submit an application is Sept. 30. For more information, contact Lindsey Wallace at the National Main Street Center at lwallace@savingplaces.org.