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A number of new, old seasonal events returning to Waldo County

By Kendra Caruso | May 13, 2021
Source: File photo Kenna Stone cuts wood during the National Boatbuilding Competition at Belfast's Harbor Fest in 2019.

After nearly all spring and summer events were canceled or moved to virtual platforms last year because of the pandemic, many Waldo County events are returning this year and some new events are also coming to the area.

Harbor Fest, planned by the Belfast Rotary Club, is returning to the Belfast waterfront in August, but with coronavirus protocols in place. Event organizer Duke Marston said he thinks people are looking for safe outdoor events this summer and he wants the Harbor Fest to be that event for people.

The Common Ground Country Fair and Celtic Festival are among other events coming back to the area in an outdoor, in-person fashion. The Republican Journal has compiled a list of events that have been publicly announced so far.

Belfast Maskers’ outdoor performances slated for May and June

Belfast Maskers will hold outdoor performances on Court Street between Miller and Spring streets from May 20 to 23 between 4 and 10 p.m. The company will be performing Shakespeare's "As You Like It." It will also be performing outdoor one-act-plays June 17-26 at the same location.

It will limit its audience size to accommodate social distancing guidelines and attendees will be asked to adhere to coronavirus precautions like wearing face masks. Tickets are available at belfastmaskers.com.

Village Canoe to host outdoor performance event

For the first time Village Canoe will use Steamboat Landing Park from 6 to 9 p.m. May 28 for a public performance and concert. It will limit attendance to no more than 100 people and coronavirus precautions will be taken. For tickets, contact Chris Battaglia through villagecanoe.org.

Waldo County Vendor Fair comes to Frankfort boat landing

The vendor fair, scheduled for the second and fourth Saturdays of May through September from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be at the Frankfort boat landing off Route 1A. It includes 25 vendors selling goods like crafts, farm and livestock, farmer's market items, and will showcase a few small local businesses from the area.

Arts in the Park comes back to Steamboat Landing Park

Arts in the Park will hold its June 26-27 event at Steamboat Landing Park, but this year there will only be 60 vendors to accommodate social distancing mandates., In years past there were 124 vendors. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDC recommendations for face coverings and social distancing will be in place.

Our Town Belfast to host outdoor movies in July, August

Our Town Belfast will be showing movies on four dates in July and August this summer for the first time at Steamboat Landing Park. The movies will be shown on an inflatable movie screen using a projector from Waterfall Arts. The event will follow Maine CDC guidelines.

Executive Director Zach Schmesser hopes the film nights will become an annual event. "The Princess Bride" will be shown July 7 at 8:30 p.m., "Babe" will be shown July 21 at 8:30 p.m., "Toy Story" will be shown Aug. 4 at 8 p.m., and "The Wizard of Oz" will be shown Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. Rain dates are the weekends after the scheduled dates.

Harbor Fest lightly scaled down, will still offer boat competition

Belfast Rotary Club is bringing back Harbor Fest this summer in a slightly scaled-down fashion to accommodate Maine CDC event guidelines. The Aug. 13-16 event in Steamboat Landing Park will feature fewer vendors and the boat competition will be more spacious.

The Friday night charity event will be available in virtual and live formats inside the Boathouse, and will benefit Rotary charities. The 5-kilometer Bug Run is scheduled for Saturday morning, but it is still unknown if there will be a pancake breakfast. There will be no kids' bounce house or face painting this year. The cardboard boat races might be modified and masks are likely to be required to participate in the event.

Chamber to host annual Golf Tournament

Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chamber Golf Tournament will take place at Northport Golf Club Sept. 10. There will be a full field of 18 teams and several returning contests and activities similar to tournaments before the pandemic.

Maine Celtic Celebration slated for September

The Maine Celtic Celebration will return to Belfast Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Steamboat Landing Park. It will be a smaller, one-day event. Returning activities include music and dance, the dog show and dog parade, a smaller version of the Highland Games, and lectures and workshops taking place in the Boathouse.

Common Ground Fair returns to an in-person event

The Common Ground fair will return to an in-person event this year Sept. 24-26 in Unity with some coronavirus modifications. Participants will be required to wear masks during the event, the layout will change to accommodate social distancing and some previous activities will not take place this year.

Event coordinators are still planning the event, so more details are expected to be released. Sponsor Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners will update its website, mofga.org, as more details emerge.

Zuber Yacoe, left, edges out the competition in the Cardboard Boat race at 2019's Belfast Harbor Fest. (Source: File photo)
Two knights fight it out on Belfast Common during 2018's Celtic Celebration. (Source: File photo)
A little girl drops food for a goat at the 2019 Common Ground Fair. (Source: File photo)
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