Corinth bicentennial includes trolley rides, gospel music

Trolley cars in Corinth were open in the summer to catch the cool breeze, but storm windows kept riders from the elements during cold weather.
COURTESY OF CORINTH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Trolley cars in Corinth were open in the summer to catch the cool breeze, but storm windows kept riders from the elements during cold weather.
Posted July 11, 2011, at 11:07 p.m.
Trolley cars in Corinth were open in the summer to catch the cool breeze, but storm windows kept riders from the elements during cold weather.
COURTESY OF CORINTH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Trolley cars in Corinth were open in the summer to catch the cool breeze, but storm windows kept riders from the elements during cold weather.

CORINTH — The town best-known for the Robyville Bridge is celebrating its bicentennial this summer.

In fact, the Robyville Bridge, the only completely shingled covered bridge in Maine, is a big part of the bicentennial logo, which was designed by 15-year-old Allison Chambers, the daughter of Stephen and Carolyn Chambers.

Planning for the bicentennial celebration has been going on for 3½ years, according to Sharon Buswell, president of the Corinth Historical Society and a member of the Bicentennial Celebration Committee.

While about 20 people were involved in the nuts-and-bolts planning, Buswell said that committees, schools, churches and clubs throughout the community will be contributing to the celebration.

The celebration is divided into two parts. Several events were held on June 21 to tie into the original date of incorporation 200 years ago, including a barbecue dinner, presentation of the Bicentennial Baby quilt to the first baby born in 2011 and reading of the Mary Wingate Centennial poem from the 1911 celebration.

Next up is four days of events this weekend, July 14-17 (see schedule below).

Tied into the bicentennial is a booklet with history of Corinth, which the historical society put together for the occasion. From it, readers can learn fun facts such as that Abner Tibbetts and Daniel Budge were the first white settlers in the area in the 1790s. The pair had been planning to homestead in Ohio, but during a hunting trip decided to settle instead in what would become Corinth, calling their location New Ohio. It was incorporated as Corinth on June 21, 1811, and was named after a coastal city in Greece. Farming, from dairy to strawberries, has long been a staple of the community.

The booklet will serve as a foundation of a more in-depth book on Corinth’s history, with no clear-cut timetable set, Buswell said.

“We need to get through the bicentennial first,” she said with a laugh. “We’re still doing research, and seeking donations of pictures, diaries and family history. After the bicentennial, we’ll sit down and take a look at where we’re at. Hopefully, it will be done in the next couple of years.”

Schedule for Corinth Bicentennial celebration

Thursday, July 14:

• Celebration Warm-up: Old-time gospel group, music, singing and fellowship, 7 p.m., Corinth Town Office.

Friday, July 15 (All events at the Central High School-Central Middle School grounds):

• Car show, 5-7 p.m.

• Ice cream social, put on by the Safe Place Food Pantry, starting at 5 p.m.

• Food vendors, starting at 5 p.m.

• Largest inflatable amusements in Maine, 5-8 p.m.

• Swing-dance demonstration, 6-7 p.m.

• Bruce Nye, the “Elvis Guy,” 7-8:15 p.m.

• Outdoor family movie “Cars,” 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 16 (All events at the Central High School-Central Middle School grounds):

• Trolley rides, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Corinth Historical Society Museum open, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Craft fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Food vendors, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

• Largest inflatable amusements in Maine, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

• Kids games and activities, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

• Entertainment on stage, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

• Pony rides and train rides, noon-2 p.m.

Sunday, July 17, Community Day (all events at Town Park):

• Community worship, 9-10 a.m.

• Family picnic, 11 a.m.-noon

• Family games and activities: Pony rides, pig scramble, three-legged race, sack race, egg toss, pie-eating contest, pedal tractors, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Corinth town teams baseball and baseball exhibition games, noon-4 p.m.

• Home goods and arts and crafts display and judging, noon-4 p.m.

• Antique farm equipment display, noon-4 p.m.

• Lecture “Maine in the Civil War,” by Steve Bunker of the 1st Maine Calvary Reenacting Organization, 2-3 p.m.

• Closing ceremony, 4 p.m.

• Horse show, noon-4 p.m., East Ridge Stables.

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