Food and music plentiful at Lincolnville General opening

By Louis Bettcher | Oct 30, 2017
Photo by: Louis Bettcher A crowd gathers to sample food and listen to music in front of the Lincolnville Center General Store Oct. 27.

Lincolnville — Droves of people attended the grand opening of the Lincolnville Center General Store Oct. 27. A section of road in front of the store on Route 52 was closed temporarily during the store's long-awaited grand reopening, which featured live musical acts and foods from a variety of local vendors.

Two of the store's bakers, Martin McHugh-Mullane and Jason Mathiason, were kept busy turning out homemade pizzas from the establishment's new wood-fired brick oven, and tastings of wine carried at the store were also offered. Outside, Rollie's Bar and Grill of Belfast provided a serve-yourself buffet line of hamburgers and hot dogs, and Sewall Organic Orchard of Lincolnville served organic cider.

Kathy Langelier of Herbal Revolution Farm and Apothecary in Union offered samples of some of her elixirs and tonics, and visitors to the Lincolnville Center General Store also tried a variety of cow's milk cheeses from Winter Hill Farm in Freeport.

The band Route 17 Ramblers performed on the general store's porch in the afternoon and were joined on the drums by the store's owner, Jon Fishman. The event continued into the evening with a musical performance by the Mallet Brothers.

The store has been closed for about nine years. It was purchased in 2011 by the Fishmans, who at the time were traveling back and forth between a home in Vermont and Lincolnville. Several years ago, the Fishmans chose Lincolnville as their permanent home. In 2016, they began a major renovation of the general store building, which dates back to the 1870s.

The Route 17 Ramblers are joined by Jon Fishman, right, on drums, on the porch of the Lincolnville General Store Oct. 27. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
The Route 17 Ramblers and Jon Fishman, drums, play on the porch of the Lincolnville General Store Oct. 27. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
Martin McHugh-Mullane and Jason Mathiason serve up gourmet pizzas at the Lincolnville General Store Oct. 27. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
Steve Burger of Winter Hill Farm, left, and Katheryn Langelier of Herbal Revolution, center, provide samples of their products Oct. 27. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
A colorful display of produce inside the Lincolnville General Store Oct. 27. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
Visitors to the grand opening help themselves to burgers and hot dogs. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
From left, Bob Sewall, Mia Mantello and Latrice Hight serve samples of organic apple cider Oct. 27. (Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
(Photo by: Louis Bettcher)
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Posted by: Mary A McKeever |

Making history! Kudos!!!

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Louis Bettcher has joined Courier Publications as a staff reporter for the Camden Herald.

Having grown up in the area and attended Camden-Rockport High School, Louis earned a BA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston.

After working in Miami, FL as a reporter for an online Art & Entertainment publication, he has returned to Maine to cover news in his hometown. In addition to writing,

Louis' past-times include photography, painting and sailing.

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