BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has been working hard to plan the 14th annual Bucksport Bay Festival, set for July 28-31.
Even the 1-mile Bucksport Waterfront Walkway is a destination in itself, especially with the new veterans monument near the corner of Main Street and the Route 1 bridge to Verona.
Nine flags on the Peary’s Landing site announce to passers-by that this is the home of the beautiful new Bucksport Area Veterans Memorial, dedicated on Oct. 23, 2010. The words engraved on the monument are inclusive: TO HONOR ALL THOSE WHO SERVED TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOM. MAY THEY NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
Seals set into the monument honor the branches of service: the Navy, the Army, the Marines, the Air Force, the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marine.
It’s appropriate, then, that organizers of the Bucksport Bay Festival will welcome back the U.S. Navy frigate John L. Hall and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Tackle.
The USS John L. Hall was built at Bath Iron Works and launched on July 24, 1981. Based in Mayport, Fla., it is an Oliver Hazard Perry class guided-missile frigate, 445 feet long, and was the 11th ship in that class built by BIW. Ships in that class carry 17 officers and 198 enlisted personnel.
The John L. Hall and the Tackle are not handicapped-accessible. Adults must show ID on the Hall. Those touring either ship must wear closed-toe shoes, no sandals.
The schedule is:
• 1-4 p.m. Bucksport Historical Society open, train depot.
• 11-11:30 a.m. Welcome USS John L. Hall, Navy frigate.
• 1-4 p.m. Bucksport Historical Society open, train depot.
• 2-5 p.m. Tours on the U.S. Navy frigate John L. Hall; not handicapped-accessible. Must wear closed-toe shoes, no sandals. Adults show ID.
• 4:30 p.m. Registration starts for the karaoke contest at the gazebo; participation limited to approximately 15.
• 5-9 p.m. Free tours of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Tackle at the town dock; not handicapped-accessible. Must wear closed-toe shoes, no sandals.
• 5-9 p.m. Harbor tours on the 72-foot replica steamboat MV Patience from the town dock.
• 6 p.m. Bucksport karaoke contest at the gazebo, open to all ages. Cash prizes: $125, $75, $50. Participation and admission free. Performers must supply their own background music CD. If it rains, event moves to Alamo Theatre.
• 8-9:30 p.m. Live music at the gazebo by local band Exit 4.
• 9 p.m. Free movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” sponsored by Northeast Historic Film, in parking lot behind The Alamo. Bring chair. If it rains, event moves to Alamo Theatre.
• 7 a.m. Register for 5K Family Fun Run, Verso-Seaboard Federal Credit Union area. $9 preregistration at Chamber of Commerce; $10 day of race. Free Fun Run T-shirt to first 125 who register. The Fun Run helps sponsor the Sub 5 Track Club High School-College Scholarship Fund.
• 8 a.m. 5K Family Fun Run race.
• 8 a.m. Blueberry pancake breakfast, near Flag Pole Point, run by boys high school soccer team.
• 8 a.m. Civil War encampment begins, Fort Knox State Historic Site, across the river in Prospect, co-hosted by 20th Maine Company B. Free festival shuttle bus to Fort Knox.
• 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Henry Mattson Memorial Book Sale, Franklin Street United Methodist Church.
• 8:30 a.m. Parade lineup, Verso Mill parking area.
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free tours of U.S. Coast Guard cutter Tackle at the town dock; not handicapped-accessible. Must wear closed-toe shoes, no sandals.
• 9:30 a.m. Parade starts. Route: from Verso down Franklin Street, down Mill Street, back up Main Street to Verso parking lot.
• 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 2011 Healthy Community Expo, demonstrations and programs by Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities at Flag Pole Point.
• 10 a.m. Antique & Classic Car Show opens at Elm Street Congregational Church parking lot. Concessions by Elm Street Congregational Men’s Group.
• 10 a.m. Vendors, artisans, crafters, food booths along the Bucksport Waterfront Walkway.
• 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours on the U.S. Navy frigate John L. Hall; not handicapped-accessible. Must wear closed-toe shoes, no sandals. Adults show ID.
• 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The Kid’s Center, open in parking area behind Chamber of Commerce office. $5 for “The Works.” Small-animal petting area sponsored by 4-H Hoof and Paws Club; Interactive Puppet Show by Dove Song Church of God; two bounce houses; King Lion Maze; Putt-putt Golf; games and activities; shoot basketballs; pitch baseballs, clocked by radar; toss footballs at Army National Guard Sports Area; try your karaoke skills at the Big “K” Entertainment Booth; face painting by The Heart Gallery; child safety and ID program sponsored by Felicity-Masonic Lodge 19.
• 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Bucksport Historical Society open, train depot.
• 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Harbor tours offered on 72-foot replica steamboat MV Patience from the town dock.
• 11 a.m. Hancock County United Bikers of Maine Motorcycle Show, Bangor Savings Bank parking lot, Main Street.
• 11 a.m. Campbell’s ATA Black Belt Academy karate demonstration, Flag Pole Point.
• 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Live music at the gazebo stage. 11 a.m. Dixieland Jazz Band; 12:45 p.m. National Guard Jazz Band; 2:30 p.m. Matt Drinnenberg; 4 p.m. Money Down; 5:45 p.m. The Willy Kelly Band; 7:30-9 p.m. Steel Rail Express.
• 12:30 p.m. Bring your dessert pies to pie tent at Flag Pole Point. Slices for sale after competition. Entry forms at Chamber of Commerce.
• 1 p.m. Bangor Savings-Hannaford pie bake-off at Flag Pole Point. Prizes.
• 1-2 p.m. Dana Moos signing her cookbook, “The Art of Breakfast,” Bookstacks booth.
• 2-3 p.m. Jim Sharp signing his book, “Reckless Abandon,” Bookstacks booth.
• 5:30 p.m. Campbell’s ATA Black Belt Academy karate demonstration, Kid’s Center area.
• 6:30-7:45 p.m. Steel Appeal, steel drum band under the Big Tent at the Kid’s Center.
• 9:15 p.m. Fireworks over the Penobscot River, launched from Verona Island boat landing.
• Tours on the U.S. Navy frigate John L. Hall, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; not handicapped-accessible. Must wear closed-toe shoes, no sandals. Adults show ID.
• 1 p.m. Softball, Navy crew of John L. Hall vs. Bucksport, at Reggie Ginn Field, Spofford Avenue.
• 4 p.m. Basketball, Navy crew of John L. Hall vs. Bucksport, at Miles Lane School.
• Civil War Encampment at Fort Knox until 3 p.m.
• Departure of U.S. Navy frigate John L. Hall.
For more information, visit http://www.bucksportchamber.org.