Medway to celebrate its 135th year

Posted Aug. 09, 2010, at 8:30 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:29 a.m.

MEDWAY, Maine — It might be the town’s birthday, but organizers of the Medway Centennial +35 celebrations that begin next week also will bring a touch of the Old West to the 10-day party, they said Friday.

The 10-building, miniaturized Western village will include an old cabin, general store, Long Branch Saloon replica, barbershop, candy store and blacksmith; plus horses, cows, goats, chickens, and people selling goods and offering services, said Phil Perkins, chairman of the town’s Board of Selectmen.

“It will look like an old town. Everything from penny candy to root beer at the saloon will be available,” Perkins said Friday. “My wife is a hairdresser, so she will be doing a barbershop that will offer old-style haircuts.

“I know that there will be people dressing every day in different costumes because most of the costumes are in boxes at my house,” he added.

Unusual for its 10-day, every-day-is-something-new approach, the event will celebrate the town’s 135-year history with a two-volume booklet, many historical displays, several breakfasts and dinners, kayak and canoe races, a parade, comedy and musical acts, arts and crafts vendors, and what organizers hope will be the longest parade the Katahdin region has seen in years, said George McLaughlin, general chairman of the Medway Centennial +35 event.

It will start on Friday, Aug. 13, and end Sunday, Aug. 22, running 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Several events will be around town, but most will occur at the town recreation area off Route 11. Most will be free and open to the public.

“The entertainment at night would be the highlight for me. We have 10 different acts, one for each night. The quality of the entertainment, of the people coming in, is excellent,” McLaughlin said.

“We are hoping the parade will be at least 1½ hours long. We are still looking for more people to participate,” said McLaughlin, who asked that anyone interested call him at 447-0570 or Dawn York at 746-3171.

Usually freestanding events, such as the town’s Wooden Canoe Festival, have been folded into the town’s birthday celebration. Organizers have made it a point to include events for all ages in the party, but especially things for kids, Perkins said.

Something worthwhile for children is planned for every day, McLaughlin said.

Many unscheduled events also will occur, Perkins said.

“I would gather that we will have four to five hours every day where people can just do anything. People will be showing up with things that aren’t scheduled,” he said.

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Medway celebration

What: Medway Centennial +35

When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, through Sunday, Aug. 22

Where: Town recreation area off Route 11, and other places

Why: To celebrate the town’s history

How: Full schedule of events at medwaymaine.org

Source: medwaymaine.org

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