MDI Seafood Festival environmentally friendly

Posted July 01, 2009, at 6:37 p.m.

The 39th Mount Desert Island Rotary Fourth of July Seafood Festival will enable guests to take part “in an environmentally friendly event,” reports Sharon Broom.

Festival activities will begin with a blueberry pancake breakfast from 6 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4, at the Bar Harbor Athletic Field on the corner of Main and Park streets across from the YMCA.

After the parade from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rotarians “will serve a lunch of lobsters, mussels, lobster rolls, crab rolls, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, watermelon and cookies,” Broom wrote.

Proceeds from this Rotary fundraiser will be for “its community and international service projects, as well as for contributions to other nonprofits,” she said.

During the day, Broom said, other area organizations will be offering everything from desserts to family-fun activities.

As to the “environmentally friendly” aspect, Broom said the Rotary will provide “spudware knives, forks and spoons composed of vegetable starch that is made from corn and potatoes” as well as “biodegradable plates, cups, bowls, napkins and coffee stirrers” to help “reduce the amount of solid waste generated by serving 1,000 seafood dinners and 1,600 pancake breakfasts.”

The food waste, some paper goods and the spudware will be composted, and the bottles, cans, cardboard and plastic will be recycled.

The festival’s major sponsor is Machias Savings Bank.

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As part of Fourth of July festivities, Lee Swift and members of the Bar Harbor Garden Club will host their “ever-popular” pie sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at the town’s athletic field.

“You will find a delicious variety of homemade pies as well as ice cream at this sell-out event,” Swift wrote of what club members consider “the perfect dessert after a lobster meal or at any time over the 4th.”

First organized by Janet Merryweather in 1990, this year’s fundraiser is chaired by Spencer Ervin.

Proceeds help support numerous club projects, ranging from its Junior Enrichment Program for local schools to a college scholarship and summer conservation camp scholarships.

For more information about the activities of the Bar Harbor Garden Club, write BHGC, P.O. Box 652, Bar Harbor 04609.

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North Light Gallery owner and founder Marsha Donahue invites you to join her in celebrating the fifth anniversary of her business as part of your Fourth of July activities in the Katahdin region.

North Light Gallery will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at 256 Penobscot Ave. in Millinocket.

With the community’s parade beginning at 10 a.m. that day and passing “right by the Gallery,” Donahue hopes you will “stop in for some refreshments … and browse our new exhibition of rare and interesting works from the artists who work in the interior of Maine.”

For more information, visit www.artnorthlight.com.

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Jean Miller e-mailed that the Castine Town Band opens its 12th summer season with a musical gala at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 4, on the Town Green on Court Street.

Funded in part by the town of Castine, the concert is free, but you should “bring chairs or a blanket, a picnic and children,” Miller wrote.

The program will feature “lots of old favorites” and will include the Castine Brass Quintet and the Tarrantine Fife and Drums.

For your summer planning purposes, Miller said the band performs from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 17, Aug. 14 and Aug. 28.

The band will also play at 6 p.m. Friday, July 31, on the grounds of Wilson Museum on Perkins Street “overlooking the harbor,” Miller said.

In the event of rain, concerts will be held at the Trinitarian Parish Church on Main Street.

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Jen Baker reports the LaGrange Fire Department will host its first LaGrange Idol Talent Show at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 10, at the Marion C. Cook School in LaGrange.

The show will include two age divisions, one for those 15 and under and the other for those 16 and older with first, second and third place trophies awarded in each division.

“There is no charge to enter, and any talent is welcome,” Baker wrote.

Admission at the door is by donation, and the fundraiser includes a silent auction.

Anyone who wants to enter the talent show or who would like more information about this event may call Baker at 943-2402 or e-mail jrbaker@surfmk.com.

All proceeds benefit he LaGrange Fire Department and the LaGrange Veterans Association.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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