A blast of blue

Posted Aug. 12, 2009, at 7 p.m.

For one weekend each summer, Machias becomes possessed by blueberry spirits.

Whether it means every shape, size and style of blueberry pie (or jam, or cobbler, or buckle — you get the picture), a blueberry-inspired theatrical performance, or a blueberry-fueled dance party, it’s apparent the tiny fruit holds powerful sway over the Washington County town.

The Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, set for Aug. 14-16, features food, theater, music, lectures, children’s events and one wild-and-crazy community dance over the course of the three days.

The Blueberry Musical, an annual performance written by local musicians, is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 13, 14 and 15, at the Centre Street Congregational Church. At 11 a.m. Saturday, also at the church, a blueberry pie-eating contest is scheduled, and food, crafts, art and more will be set up in booths throughout downtown Machias all weekend.

Finally, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, the Machias Grange Hall will host the Blackfly Ball, an annual hootenanny of epic proportions. The dance, sponsored by the Beehive Collective, features performances by the Orange River Jazz Band, the University of Maine at Machias Ukulele Club, and Providence, R.I.’s, own What Cheer! Brigade, a 19-piece punk-rock marching band, which last year tore the roof off the place and spread out into the streets with their incendiary performance.

The dance is appropriate for all ages, and attending in costume is encouraged. Admission is by donation.

For more information, visit www.machiasblueberry.com.

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