Thousands of Shriners will converge on Bangor Sept. 13-15 as the Northeast Shrine Association brings the 2012 Field Days to the Queen City.
The Northeast Shrine Association encompasses 15 Shrine Temples in the six New England States and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec. As the busiest event on the association’s annual calendar, the Fall Field Days gives American and Canadian Shriners the opportunity to get together and celebrate the Shrine.
Bangor last hosted the Fall Field Days 15 years ago, and this year the Anah Shrine and Potentate Anthony “Tony” Bowers are pulling out all the stops to let people find out about the Shrine and meet Shriners.
Several events will be open to the public during the NSA Field Days. These events are:
• A Clown-A-Rama hosted by the Anah Shrine Clown Unit will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14 at the Bangor Mall Center Court. Admission is free. The Clown-A-Rama will feature a Single and Multiple Balloon Competition, a Makeup and Costume Competition, and a Skit Competition.
• The Shrine Marketplace will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 14 and from 9 a.m.-12 noon, Sept. 15 at the Bangor Elks Lodge, 108 Odlin Road, Bangor. Admission is free.
• The Anah Highlanders Pipes & Drums will host the 2012 NESA Anah Highlanders Ceilidh at 7 p.m., Sept. 14 at Peakes Auditorium, Bangor High School, 885 Broadway, Bangor. Admission is $15 per adult and $5 per child under age 12.
Among the scheduled performers are the Anah Highlanders, Emily Smaha & Maine Scottish Dancers, the Searson Band, and Tom Seymour playing the Uilleann pipes. For more information, check out the Anah Highlanders on Faceobook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Shrine motor units will compete from 6 a.m.-12 noon, Sept. 15 at Freedom Industrial Park, Route 2, Hermon. Admission is free.
• The Anah Highlanders will sponsor a competition and concert at 12 noon, Sept. 15 at Pickering Square in downtown Bangor.
• The Northeast Shrine Association Field Days’ parade will start on Exchange Street, go to State Street, then turn left on Main Street and then right on Buck Street before ending at Bass Park. The parade units will step off at 2 p.m. on Exchange Street.
Units and the potentates from these Shrine Temples will participate in the parade:
• Aleppo (Massachusetts) — Ill. Sir Peter A. Simmons;
• Anah (Maine) — Ill. Sir Anthony “Tony “ Bowers;
• Bektash (New Hampshire) — Ill. Sir Robert St. Jacques;
• Cairo (Vermont) — Ill. Sir Stephen Page;
• Karnak (Quebec) — Ill. Sir Henry Brisson;
• Kora (Maine) — Ill. Sir Barry Gates;
• Luxor (New Brunswick) — Ill. Sir Scott Magee;
• Mazol (Newfoundland) — Ill. Sir Roger D. Tinkham;
• Melha (Massachusetts) — Ill. Sir Russell D. Mitchell;
• Mt. Sinai (Vermont) — Ill. Sir Shawn E. Kincaid;
• Rhode Island (Rhode Island) — Ill. Sir David E. Nelson;
• Philae (Nova Scotia) — Ill. Sir William H. Scrymgeour;
• Pyramid (Connecticut) — Ill. Sir Robert DeCarlo;
• Sphinx (Connecticut) — Ill. Sir Jean Maheau;
• Tunis (Ontario) — Ill. Sir Dennis Saikaley.