Hermon to kick off 2014 bicentennial celebration early with church service, dance

Posted Dec. 26, 2013, at 7:13 p.m.
A parade entry from Hermon's Summer Sizzler held in August of this year.
Courtesy of Hermon Recreation Department
A parade entry from Hermon's Summer Sizzler held in August of this year.
Children play in a bounce house during Hermon's Summer Sizzler event in August of this year.
Courtesy of Hermon Recreation Department
Children play in a bounce house during Hermon's Summer Sizzler event in August of this year.

HERMON, Maine — This small Penobscot County town will get an early start on its bicentennial celebration with a church service commemorating its 200th anniversary on Sunday, to be quickly followed by a New Year’s Eve dance.

The church service at Hermon Baptist Church on Route 2 begins at 10 a.m., according to Scott Perkins, the town’s public works and recreation director as well as chairman of the town’s bicentennial committee. He said the event will include a look back at the town’s history and is open to all who want to attend, even if they are not members of the congregation.

Next up will be a New Year’s Eve dance at Morgan Hill Event Center, also on Route 2, Perkins said. That event starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday and runs through 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Tickets for the dance, which will feature music by Rockin’ Ron and the New Society Band, can be purchased individually, per couple or by tables of eight, according to an announcement on the town’s website.

Also on tap in 2014 are a car show, a horse show and an expanded edition of Summer Sizzler, the town’s signature event.

Perkins said Thursday that voters have authorized a total budget of $30,000 over the last two years to put toward the bicentennial celebration. While local officials are taking the lead in organizing the observance, he and members of the planning committee hope that some of the town’s civic and service organizations will add to the celebration with events of their own.

Summer Sizzler currently is set for Saturday, Aug. 9, but could expand to Sunday if enough local organizations sign on, Perkins said. Among the festivities will be activities for children, families and adults, a larger-than-usual parade, performances by at least three bands and a fireworks show, Perkins said.

One of the acts the town is working to bring to Summer Sizzler is The Peacheaters, a New Hampshire-based Allman Brothers tribute band, Perkins said.

“It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be bigger and better,” Perkins said. “We have a lot of ideas that we’re building upon right now. We’re connecting with the community. We have a lot of new and young families and we hope to see them get involved and learn about their hometown.”

For more information or to offer an event, call the town’s recreation department at 848-4075.

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