MACHIAS, Maine — Extremely generous donations to the Machias 250th Birthday Celebration have enabled the Parade Team to book 10 bands and schedule at least 30 floats and walking groups for the event’s giant parade.
Major donations were received this week from R.H. Foster Energy, Mary Beth Gaddis, Marion Bagley, and Downeast Credit Union. With these and other local business donations, team member Julie Millay has been able to book the Anah Highlanders Bagpipes and Drums Band, Atlantic Clarion Steel Drum Band, Cherryfield Community Band, Machias Town Band, Maine St. Andrews’ Bagpipes and Drums Band, Orange River Jazz Band, UMM Ukelele Club, and school bands from Machias, Washington Academy, East Machias and Mount Desert Island.
Millay reported last Tuesday to the full 250th Committee that the Anah Shriner’s go karts, mini bikes, mini cars, wheelers and lobster boats are also booked, as well as a lineup of floats, many representing individual decades in Machias history. Instead of a single grand parade marshall, a special float will honor the area’s elders and nominations are currently being accepted from each of the five original towns that comprised Machias – Marshfield, Whitneyville, Machias, East Machais, and Machiasport.
Foster’s has also donated the use of their building on Main Street for the 250th headquarters for the month of June. The building will be wrapped in bunting and banners and souvenirs and information will be available on site. It will be run by volunteers.
Morgan Look, leader of the Mustache Contest Team, reported that participation buttons are available at Machias Hardware. Those that wish to register for the contest pay $1 for a button and are automatically signed up for the contest. Posters, created and donated by the Beehive Collective, are being distributed to draw more interest to the event.
The 250th activities begin June 14 and continue all week. The parade is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15, followed by Margaretta Day on the University of Maine Campus. Margaretta Day includes a historical encampment of Revolutionary War re-enactors and Passamaquoddy tribal members, as well as demonstrations of blacksmithing, timber framing, weaving, tapping, music, storytelling, crafters, food and prizes.
The Mustache Contest is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Kay Parker Building and will be part of a cooking contest and a local tasting tent. Local food, wine and snack producers are encouraged to sign up for the tasting tent, which will provide an opportunity for the public to sample local foods.
Anna Cook is hosting an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 17 at 28 Center Street, Machias – the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office – for anyone who needs help creating costumes for the celebration for their floats or businesses. For more information, call Cook at 225-6361.
Other events planned for that week in June include a Paint Machias event and auction, children’s game day at UMM, a birthday party picnic, a night of music, a concert of choirs, fireworks and window painting for children.
Anyone wishing more information on any scheduled event or wishing to host an event of their own during the week may call Chairman Sharon Mack at 263-8859 for more information.