Fling into Fall activities start up on Friday, Oct. 7, and continue through Saturday, Oct. 8. Keep your eyes out for festive pumpkins and scarecrows on PMM’s crescent, luminaries at night, bonfire, historic walking tour, a parade, Touch-a-Truck and a car show and craft show at the school, culminating with fireworks at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Brochures with more details can be picked up at the Searsport Town Office. Posters are up at the Bangor Savings Bank branch, Tozier’s, and several businesses in town.

Sears Island rally

There will be a rally in support of Sears Island on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Mermaid Plaza at 1 E. Main St. Learn more about Maine’s Department of Transportation’s plans to develop a “wind port” on Sears Island that will function as a hub for the building and launching of floating offshore wind turbines. The plans may threaten the island’s ecological, recreational, and economic value. If you have an interest in this development, come and voice your opinion. Free hot dogs and hamburgers will be available at noon while they last! There will also be live traditional Celtic music with Searsport’s Community Orchestra, the Sea Strings from noon until 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Friends of Sears Island will hold a free informational meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Abbott Room at Belfast Free Library about the status of the wind port proposal. The process will be reviewed with analysis of new information from the Sept. 29 Augusta meeting of the Offshore Wind Port Advisory Group. To learn more about the state’s plans, go to friendsofsearsisland.org/osw-resources/.

Historical Society

The Searsport Historical Society will hold its annual “Show and Tell” program on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in the United Methodist Church vestry on Main Street. Bring an item and share its significance. The meetings are always free and open to the public.

Library news

Carver Library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10, for Indigenous Peoples Day.

Book Club is reading and discussing “The Spider Woman’s Daughter” by Anne Hillerman on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. on the lawn of the library. In case of rain, they will retreat to the Children’s Room. All are welcome to discuss or just listen in.

Family pumpkin decorating will happen on Friday, Oct. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. while supplies last. Decorate a pumpkin to take home. There will be tempera paint sticks and fun design ideas to get you started.  (No carving tools.) A big “thank you” to the Waldo County Reentry Center Garden for providing the pumpkins!

Scouting news

It’s time for the Searsport Boy Scout Popcorn Fundraiser. Watch for them at Fling into Fall at the Public Safety Building on Friday, Oct. 7, during the music; on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the parade and the car show; and at Tozier’s on Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Note that 35% stays with the local troop and 35% goes to the Katahdin Area Council.

To join the scouts, come to the meetings. Kindergarten through fifth grade meet Mondays at 6 p.m. and sixth grade through age 18 meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Searsport Community Building at 42 Prospect St.

A page from the new calendar. Photo by Lin Calista

Calendars are here!

The 2023 Historic Preservation Calendar is fresh off the presses, just in time for Fling into Fall! The calendars highlight special Searsport homes with interesting histories and facts. Still only $10, you can pick one up at the Historical Society Table downtown on Saturday, Oct. 8; at Tozier’s Saturday, Oct. 22; outside the Community Building on Election Day; and anytime at the Town Office and Carver Memorial Library. Revenues from the sale of the calendars goes toward special projects to enhance the history of the town.