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Fling into Fall is this coming weekend! Come celebrate fall with us in Searsport Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 and 9. Events include everything from carved pumpkins, scarecrows, food vendors and a car show to crafts, kids’ activities, music and of course, the parade at 11 a.m., culminated by fireworks on Sunday night at 6:30.

There’s an OctoberFEAST pickup supper at the Congregational Church, Friday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., (reservations recommended, call Jayne at 407-694-8733, only 120 available), and a turkey takeout supper at the Searsport Methodist Church. Both suppers are asking a $10 donation per person. For a full listing of events, pick up a brochure at Bangor Savings or the Searsport Town Office, visit the Fling into Fall Facebook page, or look for the full-page ad in the Oct. 7 issue of The Republican Journal.

Book Club

Carver Library Book Club meets Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m., as it does every second Tuesday of the month at the Community Building at 42 Prospect St. This month’s read is “High Tide and Noon” by Elisabeth Oglivie. Come discuss or just listen; everyone is welcome! November’s book title is “Mr. Churchill’s Secretary” by Susan Elia Macneal (sounds juicy!) if you want to get a head start.

PMM news

On Thursday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. on Zoom, Penobscot Marine Museum presents “Hemp and American Maritime History” with historian Peter Friesen. Hemp has played a vital role in our history and a part of daily life until the mid-20th century. The program will explore the history of cannabis as an agricultural and industrial product as well as clarifying the different types of cannabis such as marijuana. This program is free with a suggested donation of $5. For more information on this program, visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

On Friday, Oct. 15, beginning at 5 p.m., Penobscot Marine Museum will end its season with Twilight Tours where participants will meet the spirits of those lost at sea. This is an outdoor evening event with volunteer actors walking around the 3-acre campus posing as ghosts and telling their stories. They will be telling you about their experiences with yellow fever, Confederates, a waterspout, and other scary stories of the sea. The cost is $20 per family (up to 10 people). To purchase tickets, visit Tiny.one/TwilightTour. Preregistration is required; drop-ins cannot be accommodated.

2022 Historic Preservation Calendars are here!

For the third year, Searsport Historic Preservation Commission will be selling its popular calendars containing interesting facts and photos about buildings and places around town. This year’s cover features a painting of the 2011 town meeting by artist Nancy Barnes, which hangs in the Town Office. See if you can pick out some of the locals who were attending that year in the audience!

Sales of the calendars help to finance various historical projects such as the fountain restoration and next year, a sign and map at Mosman Park designating where the many shipbuilding yards of Searsport were located. Historic Preservation will be selling the $10 calendars at a booth at Fling into Fall as well as the Town Office and several local businesses. You might spot the “Calendar Car” around town again this fall!

See you at the Fling!

Here is a brief schedule of “Fling” events:

Friday, Oct. 8

From 3:30 to 5 p.m. will be an Octoberfest takeout supper at the Congregational Church. At 4 p.m. will be house decoration judging around town. At sunset will be luminaries around downtown. From 5 to 8 p.m. will be a live band and a bonfire at the Public Safety Building.

Saturday, Oct. 9

At 10 a.m. there is costume and bike decorating at Mermaid Plaza; then the Car and Craft show will be open at the Searsport High School on Mortland Road until 2 p.m. At 11 a.m. the annual parade steps off from Norris Street up Main Street; at noon local vendors will be serving lunch; at 12:30 p.m. the Chili and Chowder and Best Pie competition happens, also at the Public Safety Building; at 1 p.m. there is a history tour with Charlene Knox Ferris starting at the Congregational Church; a Touch-A-Truck event will be held on Church Street behind the high school from 1 to 3 p.m.; find Celtic music at Mermaid Plaza; at 4 p.m. you can take part in a takeout turkey supper at the Methodist Church; and at 6:30 p.m. fireworks will light up the sky.