August Book Walk for outdoor family fun

You can read a book while you hike the Palermo Preserve trails at 1401 Turner Ridge Road in Palermo. The featured story is “Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit” by Chris Van Dusen. As families walk along the wooded path, they will find laminated pages of the book attached to trees. The Book Walk is a great way for kids to experience the joy of reading while getting outside to explore the natural world.

Follow up your hike at the Palermo Community Library with fun activities located in the children’s section. Activities include a robot worksheet and a craft project for children to make a robot by taping coloring paper cubes together. There will also be a STEM/STEAM question to answer for a prize.

This event is sponsored by the Palermo Community Library with the cooperation of the Midcoast Conservancy. The library is located at 2789 Route 3. For more information, call 993-6088, email or visit

Palermo Days

Palermo Days began Saturday, Aug. 6, with a community yard sale, and Sunday, Aug. 7 with a parade led by Grand Marshal Polly Tobey, an “Antiques Road Show” with appraisals by the Palermo Historical Society, a baby show, a pie baking contest and auction, a meet & greet with Spiderman and Princess Elsa, and bluegrass with The Violletes.

The fun continues at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with a dog parade and police dog demo (costumes encouraged, but optional) at the Palermo Christian Church.

On Thursday, Aug. 11, there will be music by Don Salvatore at 11:30 a.m. and by Green Onions at 12:15 p.m., plus an open mic at 1 p.m.

A Grange Public Supper and Awards Ceremony will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Mr. Drew and His Animals, Too” will be at the church parking lot at 6 p.m.

On Friday, Aug. 12, Maine 20th Voluntary Infantry Co. B encampment arrives at Worthing House for a weekend stay. There will also be an art show and homemade ice cream, plus a vegetable decorating contest at the Grange from 4 to 6 p.m. and a street dance from 8 to 11 p.m. on Branch Mill Road between the monument and the post office (admission by donation to benefit Boy Scout Troop 222).

On Saturday, Aug. 13, the fun includes a bouncehouse, craft vendors, a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., a local author booth with authors John Bunker, Gary Dyer and Jeanette Scates, and raffle baskets — not to mention food!

On Sunday, Maine 20th Voluntary Infantry Co. B decamps, the vegetable decorating contest reveals winners, and the Where in Palermo? contest takes place.