140th Windjammer Party in June and Thomaston Fourth of July festivities

Posted June 14, 2011, at 3:52 p.m.

From windjammer parties to old-fashioned Independence Day celebrations, here are two events on land and by sea in the midcoast region.

America’s two oldest active sailing vessels will celebrate 140 years of sailing with a series of events June 17-18, featuring a schooner match-race, a reception with past owners, captains and crew at Rockland waterfront hot spot The Pearl and public tours-day sails.

The main event is the 1871 Schooner Showdown. The schooners Lewis R. French and the Stephen Taber, both built in 1871, will go head to head in a race from Camden Harbor to the Rockland Breakwater lighthouse. After the race will be a cocktail reception at The Pearl. The ships will be dockside for public tours, and on June 18, both will offer day sails.

The Friday, June 17, schedule: At noon, the windjammers start race from Camden Harbor (lunch-refreshments  served aboard); from 3 to 4 p.m., the boats cross the finish line at the Rockland Breakwater;   from 5 to 6 p.m., there will be a reception and boat tours at The Pearl restaurant in Rockland. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 18, there will be day sails on both boats at $35 per person, benefiting the Maine Maritime Museum. An open house will take place after the day sails from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information about this event, visit www.windjammerbirthdays.com. To RSVP to the race, reception or day sail, email them at info@windjammerbirthdays.com

The second event is the Thomaston 4th of July Parade & Celebration, in which the committee is seeking volunteers. They will need about 40 people to help with the many activities and tasks. Committee members invite people to join in helping the community make this event happen and carry on the spirit of sharing. Volunteers may sign up to assist in many ways — from decorating the business block, parade staging and monitoring, parade banner carriers, flag sellers, committee booth and ticket sales, staffing children’s games, face painting, donation collectors at fireworks gates, cleanup detail-grounds maintenance, to booth breakdown.

They are encouraging commitments for shifts of two hours, more if desired. Call Julie Russo, committee chairwoman, at 354-8763, or email julie@brookstrapmill.com, or visit the website at www.thomastonmaine4thofjuly.com. Russo says that volunteering for such community events is an opportunity to meet new people, participate in making an enjoyable experience for the community, work as a team, and simply have good fun enjoying the company of others.

Shari Closter is interim executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 596-0376, email shari@therealmaine.com or visit http://www.TheRealMaine.com.

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