Belfast Harbor Fest

Events are going on all weekend along the waterfront at the annual Belfast Harbor Fest.

Freedom Field Day

Freedom Field Day takes place in Freedom Saturday, Aug. 20. The annual parade lines up behind the post office at 9:30 a.m. with the parade stepping off at 10 a.m. Political candidates are expected to be marching in the parade along with colorful floats and other participants. A boat parade follows at 11 a.m., a chicken barbecue at noon, and local crafters and vendors along with raffles, games, and a 50/50 drawing. This event is organized by the Freedom Recreational and Boosters group. FMI, visit the “Fun Times in Freedom” Facebook page.

Repair Café

Take your broken stuff to this month’s Repair Café at the Waldo County YMCA, 157 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast, on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. To help organizers manage crowding and get appropriate tools together, fill out the form at BelfastCommunityWorks.org. Bring fibers that need fixing, small electrical appliances that need repair, and replacement parts if you have them. A sewing machine will be available for items that need mending.

Farwell Project fundraiser

A benefit barn sale will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, in Thorndike featuring antiques and oddities donated by the community, beginning at 11 a.m. A round-trip train ride to Unity will leave Farwell’s at 2 p.m.; $25 includes train fare, ice cream and snacks. A raffle of a 14-foot Day Sailer will conclude at 4 p.m.; tickets are $5 and sales are limited to 150 tickets.

The Farwell Project is a nonprofit restoration of four historic buildings in Thorndike Village. FMI: thorndikemill.org and thorndikemillmaine@gmail.com.

Pie and Art Festival

The Stockton Springs Community Library’s annual Pie and Art Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, featuring pies and works by a number of Maine artists. The winner of a raffle for a Sweet Cheeks Bakery gift certificate will be announced that afternoon; it’s not too late to buy tickets at the library!

Flea Market

On Saturday, Aug. 20, the Lincolnville Center Indoor Flea Market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Community Building, 18 Searsmont Road (Route 173). Vendors will offer a variety of merchandise, including antiques, crafts, art books, farm products, and a selection of homemade sweet and savory baked goods such as breakfast casseroles and quiche, cookies, muffins, sweet breads as well as baked beans and American chop suey,  all packed for takeout.  FMI: 785-3521.

Remembering Ukraine

Searsport First Congregational Church presents “Remembering Ukraine,” a special service to acknowledge the present struggles of the war in Ukraine, on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. The service will include prayers and special music to commemorate and support the strength of the Ukrainian people.

Dionne Haase and Carolyn Maunz will offer a piano/organ duet of the Ukrainian National Anthem; other music will include a Ukrainian lullaby on the organ, and an orthodox chant by Pastor Ed Gabrielsen. A wreath in the Ukraine colors of yellow and blue will adorn the altar, made by Jim Rose. All are welcome.

On Friday, Aug. 26, the FCC Missions program will offer a Southern Fried Gospel Dinner, with part of the proceeds going to Ukraine relief.

Habitat fundraiser

Enjoy a lobster dinner, music on the Belfast shore, and raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County at the annual Habitat Lobster Gala on Sunday, Aug. 21, from noon to 3 p.m. at Steamboat Landing (next to the Belfast Boathouse), rain or shine under tents.

Get a lobster, clam or a steak dinner, with chips, corn on the cob, coleslaw and a homemade dessert for $30, or a hamburger, hot dog or veggie burger plate with chips, coleslaw and a homemade dessert for $18.

Listen to the music of Annie & the Rainmakers, a rocking blues band, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

For tickets, call Habitat, 338-2344, visit Mailloux and Marden Law office, or purchase at the door. Advance reservations are always appreciated for planning purposes.

Virtual discussion: Clean Water Act meets industrial fish farming

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m., attorneys David Losee and Charlie Bering, who represents Upstream Watch, will lead a virtual meeting about the Clean Water Act, now marking its 50th anniversary. This public session, hosted by the Maine Sierra Club, will unpack both the intent of the CWA and the specifics of why net pens and “open” recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) don’t meet anti-degradation standards. Register at https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7013q000002JW7fAAG&mapLinkHref=.

UU Church invites participation

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast holds services on Sundays at 10 a.m. at 37 Miller St. and via Zoom. The church plans to offer multi-platform worship (Zoom and in-person simultaneously) from now on. FMI: uubelfast.com or email Cayla at office.uubelfast@gmail.com. There is a coffee hour after services. Children are welcome in the sanctuary, and activities for children in the downstairs classrooms will resume in September. The building is ADA accessible, and all are welcome.

A tagged monarch butterfly. Courtesy of Ashley Megquier

Monarch butterfly tagging workshop

Friends of Sears Island will host a monarch butterfly tagging workshop for adults with Serena Cole on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. Cole will teach program attendees about monarch life cycles, habitat and migration patterns, and will lead a hike to the milkweed field on Sears Island, a certified Monarch Waystation. At the field, participants will have the opportunity to look for butterflies and, if found, carefully net and assist with tagging them as part of the Monarch Watch program, which tracks the annual butterfly migration.

To sign up, email Cole at satnam23410@yahoo.com. Registration is complete upon receiving a confirmation email. FMI: facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland; monarchwatch.org.

Sandy Point Community Club annual meeting

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 6:30 p.m., the Sandy Point Community Club will hold its annual meeting at Sandy Point Congregational Church. In the wake of depleted membership and public participation in events, survival of the Community Club and its meeting house will be under discussion. All who are interested in the club, or in becoming members, are urged to join. FMI: 207-323-7900.

Common Ground Country Fair

Order your Common Ground Country Fair tickets for the fair (in-person this year!) Sept. 23, 24 and 25. Take advantage of advance ticket pricing and skip the ticket lines at the fair gates. FMI: mofga.org/explore-the-fair/.

Belfast Duplicate Bridge

Belfast Duplicate Bridge now meets in two locations and invites new players to join both. Sessions are held Wednesdays at noon at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Belfast; call 207-338-2197 to let them know you are coming and whether you need a partner.

The group also meets Fridays at noon at the First Church in Belfast. Call 207-548-2407 to let them know you are coming and whether you will need a partner.

 

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