Mid-June weekend of festivities to benefit Farwell Project

Jun 06, 2017
Friday's Farm Supper takes place in the Lumber Barn of the former Farwell’s Mill.

Among the old boxcars, shuttered mills and open fields in and around Thorndike Village, the annual Waldo County Open Space Festival takes place the weekend of June 16-18. The event is a fundraising effort for The Farwell Project, restoration of the historic Farwell’s mill and general store in Thorndike. This is a project of Timelines Community Inc., a Maine not-for-profit organization.

A Farm Supper is planned for Friday, 7 p.m., hosted by Chef Frank Giglio, serving local delicacies in savory Italian style. The benefit supper will take place in the Lumber Barn of the former Farwell’s Mill and have live music by Jessica Small and Ezra Rugg. Suggested donation is $60, byob, details and menu online.

Saturday, June 17, is Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA’s Unity fairgrounds, free to all, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., teaching skills from knot-tying to fermenting veggies.

Then, an evening concert in Thorndike: Come over to the tracks at 6 p.m. to hear The Rugged and The Cups, last boxcar in line. Food will be available for sale; bring a lawn chair or just dance all night. Tickets in advance online, or at the door, $8 and $10.

Sunday, June 18 , rain or shine, opens with a flea market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Route 139, closed to traffic at that time.

Noon until dark, $4 admission to festival for food, music, nature exhibits. This year features Abenaki poetry from Penobscot grandmother Carol Dana; insect, reptile and bat exhibits; kids’ activities; Swampy Cree stories; photo exhibits, historic slide show of Waldo County; a Junk-Percussion Garden; horseshoes; bocce; music from Sugarbush, The Acetones, Thorn & Shout, #453, Can, and Abba Rabba Shabba. Bonfire to follow.

Bring a lawn chair, blanket, a picnic, or feast on organic chicken sausages with homemade rolls and condiments alongside an extensive salad bar to please every palate.

To reserve/purchase tickets in advance, visit thorndikemill.org; for more information, waldocountyopenspace.org. Menu available there.

Volunteers are welcome to get involved at any stage; email gardenvariety25@gmail.com or thorndikemillmaine@gmail.com.

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