Summer is now upon us, and that means a number of wonderful community events and celebrations will take place over the next few months for enjoyment by locals and visitors alike. One exciting downtown Rockland event is the annual Summer Solstice Street Fair 5-9 p.m. Saturday, June 18, on Rockland’s Main Street. The celebration will be hosted by Rockland Main Street Inc. and its promotions committee. Elise Bell, chairwoman of the committee, said, “Last year’s summer solstice was so successful, we are going to build on that success.“
Again this year downtown restaurants, food specialty shops and retail shops will participate with food, solstice sidewalk sales, entertainment and fun activities. Heidi Vanorse, owner of the Loyal Biscuit, will head up the “Rock Dogs ” Pooch Parade starting at 5 p.m. at Camden National Bank. Sign up ahead of time at Loyal Biscuit, where the parade concludes and the pooch contest will be held.
Asymmetrick Arts will feature music and a video installation just south of Limerock Street.
The Juneteenth Celebration will take place on Winter Street, connecting to all the Summer Solstice activities. Jonathan Frost, organizer of the Juneteenth Celebration, said, “This is a great time to celebrate the end of the Civil War and slavery.” Many Maine African-American writers works will be read and gospel music will be part of the event.
Frank Isganitis, a member of the promotions committee, and organizer of The Whoopie Pie Eating Contest, is happy to have Maine’s “Official Treat” as part of the Summer Solstice Celebration. Look for Rocky the Lobster and street entertainment with DJump, Zumba and Sun Yoga. Atlantic Challenge/The Apprentice Shop will have Pirate Tattoos, along with Rockland Fire Department ladder truck and the USCG Rescue Boat.
If music is your passion, Paul Benjamin of the North Atlantic Blues Festival will bring back to Main Street some summer solstice favorite bands, including Bay Winds North and Breakers Jazz performing toe-tapping favorites.
Watch for more information on Facebook: “like” the Rockland Main Street organization and go to its website at http://www.rocklandmainstreet.com/. The event will be produced by Rockland Main Street Inc., whose goal is to preserve and protect Rockland’s unique sense of place.
Shari Closter is the interim executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 596-0376, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.TheRealMaine.com.