Searsport News

By Dick Desmarais | Oct 01, 2018

SEARSPORT

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Editor’s Note: Radio Searsport author Dick Desmarais is having some technical issues with distributing his emailed newsletter. The Journal will make every effort to include information about Searsport happenings in the meantime.

On Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m., A Yankee Expeditioner’s Thoughts on the Penobscot Expedition. Penobscot Marine Museum hosts David Middleton as his alter ego, William Foxcourt, a participant in that expedition.

The Penobscot Expedition, during the Revolutionary War, was the worst naval disaster in American history until Pearl Harbor. David Middleton, a costumed interpreter, will discuss the failures of the assault on Magabigaduce (Castine) and the consequences to the Midcoast and Penobscot regions of Maine.

Through multiple careers, Middleton has been an ardent student of historic re-enactments and living history demonstrations for more than 30 years. Middleton is a member of Col. Bailey’s 2nd Massachusetts Regiment and founding member of Colonial Maine Living History Association.

He has dedicated himself to in-depth study of the 1779 Penobscot Expedition in anticipation of the expeditions 240th anniversary. The presentation will take place at the museum’s Visitor’s Center, 2 Church St. The cost is $5 for museum members and Searsport and Stockton Springs residents; $8 general admission. For more information, call 548-2529.

Fling into Fall model pumpkin boat competition at Penobscot Marine Museum, Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will craft a model boat out of any member of the gourd family. $5 entry fee.

Museum staff will judge entries using a point system based on size , composition, creative use of pumpkin, overall look, ability to float and speed. Models must be composed primarily of a member of the gourd family, must float, be able to move from A to B without human contact, and be less than 12 inches in all directions. Entries must arrive at the museum prior to judging at 1 p.m.

The winner will received 50 percent of proceeds and the other 50 percent will support museum programming. Registration required by Wednesday, Oct. 3. FMI or to register, call 548-2529 or email jganskop@pmm-maine.org.

Fling into Fall weekend starts Friday. I do not have a listing of all of the events but copies are available at the Town Office and some of the businesses. The parade starts Saturday at 11 a.m. from Norris Street. Many events are taking place. Registration for the scarecrow/pumpkin contest starts Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Town Historian Charlene Knox Farris will be the guest speaker a the Searsport Historical Society, which meets in the Congregational Church’s Curtis Hall at 7 p.m.

Farris’ program will be Searsport’s Mosman Park. On the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of World War I, she will explain how a citizens’ initiative turned this beautiful ocean space into a memorial park honoring the citizens of Searsport who died fighting in that “war to end all wars.”

The Mosman Park Committee will hold its annual meeting Thursday, Oct. 4, starting at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. The public is invited.

Save the date! Searsport Senior Drop-in at the Public Safety Building will take place Thursday, Oct. 18. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy games, conversation and lunch until 2 p.m. Bring a friend. FMI, call 548-6530.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, there will be a pulled pork supper at 5 p.m. at Curtis Hall on Church Street.

I have been having trouble with my computer and have not been able to send out a Radio Searsport in a few weeks. I have contacted a person who did some work on the problem and was told I have a huge amount of email addresses that should be reduced. I have been adding new ones for 15-plus years while deleting very, very few. I may be sending out an email asking you to just respond to let me know you are still an active person. If I do not hear from you, I will delete your address but you can add it back if and when you want to.

Please feel free to pass this on to interested people.

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