Midcoast Lens: Belfast Ukulele Picnic

By Dagney C. Ernest | Jun 10, 2014
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest The inaugural Belfast Ukulele Picnic June 7 was a bring-your-own-uke affair.

Belfast — The inaugural Belfast Ukulele Picnic ran from before noon to just after dark June 7, with daytime strumming on Steamboat Landing and an evening concert in the Boathouse.

Renowned Maine singer/songwriter David Mallett, left, takes his cue from Michael Burd, bassist in Mallett band and, at the Belfast Ukulele Picnic, leader of the Farmington-based Merry Plinksters. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
The inaugural Belfast Ukulele Picnic June 7 offers Hawaiian music, dancing and shaved ice. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Many attendees are prepared to strum with both an instrument and copy of “The Daily Ukulele” songbook in tow. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
The daytime portion of the inaugural Belfast Ukulele Picnic June 7 concludes with a mass playing and singing of Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya” led by, from left, Vic “Fingers” Tredwell, Gene Nichols of the Machias Ukulele Club and Frets Halligan. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Thirsty uke players and fans find refreshment in a temporary pub-in-the-sun. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
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Dagney C. Ernest
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Dagney has been providing Courier coverage of the local arts scene since 1985 and has helmed the multi-paper A&E section since it debuted in 2003. She has been a local performing artist, community and professional, for more than 30 years and spent a decade writing, producing and announcing on-air for several Midcoast radio stations. When not in the NewsNest, Dagney likes to be in motion.

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