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Visit northern Waldo County this summer

Adults and children relax on the shore at Belfast City Park on a beautiful summer afternoon.
Adults and children relax on the shore at Belfast City Park on a beautiful summer afternoon.
Posted June 20, 2012, at 2:15 p.m.
A sailboat approaches a mooring in Belfast on a summer's evening.
A sailboat approaches a mooring in Belfast on a summer's evening.

Spend a summer’s day exploring northern Waldo County, where country roads cross scenic hills and the Atlantic Ocean laps at a quiet shore. From thriving downtown Belfast to rural Unity, the pace of life slows in this Midcoast region, and visitors enjoy opportunities to create their own adventures.

The Brooks Museum, located at 11 Moosehead Trail (Route 7) in Brooks, encompasses the Pilley House, a woodframe house built circa 1818. The Brooks Historical Society has restored the house to its appearance circa 1900; exhibits highlight clothing, furnishings, tools, and other items that Brooks residents would have used during that period.

The museum will be open to the public on:

• June 24, 1-4 p.m.;

• July 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.;

• Aug. 26, 1-4 p.m.;

• Oct. 14, 1-4 p.m.

The Maine Antique Paper & Postcard Show will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 30 at Searsport Town Hall, 1 Union St., Searsport. Exhibitors will display vintage maps, photos, postcards, and trading cards. For more information, call (207) 828-8065.

The VoXX; Voice of Twenty Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., July 7 at the Athenahealth Atrium, 3 Hatley Road, Belfast.

The 17th Annual Arts in the Park will take place July 7-8 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily) at Heritage Park in Belfast. Many artisans and crafters will display their products, and food vendors will provide different fare. Several musical groups will perform:

July 7: 10 a.m.-12 noon, The Rusty Hinges; 12 noon02 p.m., Belfast Bay Fiddlers; 2-4 p.m., Maximum Blue.

July 8: 10 a.m.-12 noon: The 195th Army Band Jazz Combo; 12 noon-4 p.m., the Blue Hill Brass.

For more information about Arts in the Park, email info@artsintheparkbelfast.org or log onto www.artsintheparkbelfast.org.

Lobsterboat races will take place July 14 in Searsport Harbor.

Focusing on such games as badminton and cribbage and croquet, a Summer Folk Game Day will be held from 12 noon-4 p.m., July 14 at the Penobscot Marine Museum, Main Street, Belfast.

The museum will sponsor Penobscot Bay Day on July 21. Activities will include the museum’s annual open house, musical entertainment, special exhibits, and tours.

The Sixth Annual Maine Celtic Celebration will be held July 21-22 at Belfast Commons. Athletic competition — including the popular United States National Cheese Roll Championship — and music and dancing will be among the highlights. For more information, log onto www.mainecelticcelebration.com.

The Belfast Maskers will perform “Brigadoon” July 26-29, 7 p.m., daily at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast and Aug. 2-5, 7 p.m., daily, outside Searsport Town Hall, 1 Union St., Searsport.

The Lobster Buoy Launch and Harbor to Harbor Paddle Weekend will take place July 26-30 at Searsport Shores Ocean Camping, 216 West Main St., Searsport. Participants can “launch” a color-coded lobster buoy from the campground’s waterfront and see how far the buoy will cruise on Penobscot Bay.

The weekend also involves kayakers paddling from Searsport Harbor to Belfast Harbor to enjoy lunch before paddling to Searsport Shores. For more information, call (207) 548-6059 or log onto www.campocean.com.

The Belfast Bound Book Festival will be held July 27-29 in Belfast. For more information, log onto www.belfastboundcookfestival.com.

Join the Insect Safari led by state entomologist Kathy Murray at 10 a.m., July 31. She will head a search for interesting insects living in the Head of Tide Preserve on the Doak Road in Belfast. For more information, call (207) 236-7091 or email info@coastalmountains.org.

The Sixth Annual AMVETS Free Chicken BBQ will take place at 10 a.m., Aug. 11 at Belfast City Park.

Focusing on such games as badminton and cribbage and croquet, a Summer Folk Game Day will be held from 12 noon-4 p.m., Aug. 25 at the Penobscot Marine Museum, Main Street, Belfast.

The Fiber College of Maine will take place Sept. 6-9 at Searsport Shores Ocean Camping, 216 West Main St., Searsport. More than 45 classes will focus on different aspects of fiber arts. The KnitManie-ia Fashion Show will be held at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 6. For more information, call (207) 548-6059 or log onto www.fibercollege.org.

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