July 22, 2019
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Orrington Old Home Week filled with 10 days of special events

Community Author: Sue Pate
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ORRINGTON— The Town of Orrington will celebrate its annual Old Home Week Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 21 with over 30 special events all around town.

Old Home Week’s mission is to celebrate Orrington’s rich past, vibrant present and bright future with residents, friends and neighbors. It will showcase the best of Orrington’s colorful history, distinct villages, beautiful natural resources, excellent schools, numerous businesses, thriving churches and organizations and, of course, the friendly people.

This year, Old Home Week events will kick-off with the Wicked Muddy Mainer at Thornton Family Campground on Saturday, July 13 and ends with the now-famous Endless Yard Sale on July 19-21. Every day in between will be filled with events for all ages.

Wicked Muddy Mainer contestants can test their endurance in a brand new, very muddy, 20- obstacle, obstacle course race. Participants can create teams or go at it alone in 120 acres of sweat, mud and tears, where you never know what’s waiting for you in the next challenge. The only thing here to be sure of, is that you won’t come out clean! Registration is closed, but spectators are welcome to watch this incredible endurance event.

The Orrington Conservation Commission has organized a geocaching contest, with prizes, all week to introduce everyone to all the beautiful public areas available for recreating and relaxing: picnic at the Penobscot Riverfront park; hike the Richardson Tract atop King’s Mountain; relax at Clark Falls; launch your kayak at the Sedgeunkedunk Fishway and paddle to Fields Pond; launch a boat on Brewer Lake and tour, fish, swim or ski.

The Fields Pond Audubon Center will offer five exciting nature programs for kids and adults. The “One Health” Approach to Common Loon Conservation will take place 7 p.m. Friday, July 12. Join Mark Pokras, professor emeritus at Tufts University Center for Conservation Medicine, and Brooke Hafford MacDonald, PhD student and research assistant at the University of Maine for a discussion of current and future research on loons as “sentinel species” and the implications for environmental conservation. Maine Audubon members free, nonmembers $8. Space is limited, register online at maineaudubon.org or call 207-989-2591.

Calling all bug catchers! Join in on the fun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 for the Insect Bio Blitz! Participants will collect data and add to the record of species of insects found at Fields Pond. You may be the one to discover a new insect species! Instruction will be provided and we will have entomological experts on hand.

Kids will want to sign up for the Explorers (7-9 yrs.) Day Camp that runs July 15-19. Each day highlights a different theme that campers will explore through a variety of activities, including hikes, creative arts, recreation, and nature study. For more information or to register go to maineaudubon.org.

The Moonlight Canoe Paddle on Fields Pond is an annual treat. Spend the evening in the glow of moonlight along with fellow paddlers on Fields Pond 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 for a guided naturalist paddle. Meet at the Fields Pond Boat Landing with your own water craft (canoe, kayak), or reserve a seat on one of our canoes (there is an extra $5 reservation fee). Members $8, nonmembers $10. Space is limited, register online at maineaudubon.org or call 207-989-2591.

Celebrate Summer at Fields Pond from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Family friendly activities include events on the Pond, along the Fields Pond waterfront and in the Nature Center. Some activities include: Salmon
Celebration, Turtles of Maine -Live!, Water quality monitoring on the pond, lakeshore cleanup. All programs are free. Please call ahead or check the website for a detailed schedule.

The Orrington Public Library will be bustling with activities all week. They will hold its popular Used Book Sale during regular hours: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Thursday. See all the beautiful and creative entries in the Old Home Week Photography Contest and Exhibit. Order a calendar featuring the 13 contest winners for gifts or for yourself.

The new Book/Craft/Vendor/Food Festival will be held 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 outside the Center Drive School. Crafters will offer jewelry, wood crafts, household items, gifts, baked goods and more. Vendors and organizations will offer a variety goods and services. One can even adopt a puppy from the Pixel Fund. Maine authors, Kathy Eliscu, Debbie Callahan, Judy Kaber, Sarah Carlson, Nancy Remsen, Sue Baumgardner and Kelly Brooks-Bay will be signing their books.

Maine author, Patti Grover is coming 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 to discuss her book, “Living Outside the Box, Solving the Jigsaw Puzzle That is Your Life”. Guests will be making a vision board with Patti as well.

Continuing with the Library’s Summer Reading Program theme, “Universe of Stories,” the library will be offering a kids’ craft class, Making Galaxy Slime 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17. Register by calling 207-825-4938.

The Center Drive School PTG is sponsoring a Back-To-School Supply Drive all week long at the library. Drop off much needed school supplies for both students and teachers in the specially marked bins during regular library hours.

The Orrington Historical Society Grange Hall, 446 Dow Road, welcomes everyone “home” with a variety of special events. Orrington’s senior residents are invited to the Elder’s Tea on 3-5 p.m. Monday, July 15. This is a great opportunity for the community’s elders to gather, reminisce, enjoy each other’s company and tour the displays of Orrington’s history. Iced tea, finger sandwiches and dessert bites will be served. Orrington’s Citizen of the Year will be
announced at 4:30 p.m. Seniors who would like a ride to the Elder’s Tea may call Heather Bowden of the Old Home Week Committee at 207-482-9040.

The “Vintage Postcards of Orrington” presentation by the Orrington Historical Society will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 at the OHS Grange Hall. It is free and open to the public and will offer a fascinating glimpse into Orrington’s past. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Judith Frost at 207-478-7159.

The East Orrington Congregational Church will cook up a delicious baked bean and casserole supper 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. Meals are $8 adults and $4 for children under 12. After dinner, take in the “Vintage Postcards of Orrington” presentation at the OHS Grange Hall.

Snag some artifacts and bargains at the Orrington Historical Society Indoor Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 19-21. Rummage through all their incredible community donations. All proceeds help support the renovation of the OHS Grange Hall.

The 19th Century Curran Village at 372 Fields Pond Road will be home base for many events during the week, including a Summer S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) History Camp for ages 8-13 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. July 15-18. The camp includes a woodworking project, baking and pickling in our old farmhouse kitchen, making a flute and learning a ditty, building an electric lamp, electronic telegraph signaler, catapult, foot treadle sewing machine sewing, pewter casting, photography and possibly a crystal radio set. Campers will ride in a Ford Model T. Campers will be introduced to letterpress printing, landscape painting and fiber arts. See a complete description at curranhomestead.org.

The Curran Village will have a Baked Bean BBQ with Bluegrass music 12-2 p.m. Saturday, July 20 Also included will be a blacksmithing roundup, hayrides and demonstrations. The Giant Yard Sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 18-Saturday, July 20, under a big tent. The sale will include household items, books, DVDs, VHS, clothes, toys, and many antiques.

The entire Orrington community gets involved in sponsoring and hosting many events. The Sedgeunkedunk Stream will again be flush with fowl during Old Home Week as the SedgeunkeDUCK Regatta splashes down 11 a.m. Sunday, July 14 at 11:30 a.m. This rubber duck race is a fundraiser for the Orrington Historical Society and is sponsored by Bob’s Kozy Korner store. Individuals, families and businesses can take part in the SedgeunkeDUCK Regatta by sponsoring a rubber duck or a flock of rubber ducks for just $10 per duck or 3 for $25. Stop by Bob’s Kozy Korner store during regular business hours to choose and register your duck(s) or arrive at the event at 10:30 a.m. to adopt your rubber ducky. Each duck is numbered. No skills are needed to train the ducks, as each rubber avian is on its own and has an equal opportunity to finish first. The top three finishers will receive one-of-a-kind trophies and cash prizes: 1st place $75, 2nd place $50, and 3rd place $25.

The bright yellow rubber ducks will all be released at the same time into the Sedgeunkedunk Stream at the Fishway Picnic Area. Spectators can watch and cheer on their favorite quacker as the ducks make their way downstream to the Johnson Mill bridge finish line. The Penobscot River Community Coalition sponsors this event. Bob’s Kozy Korner will have the grill fired up for those who want to have a picnic lunch of burgers and hot dogs. And the Girl Scout Troop 136 will be having its fabulous Bake Sale for all the hungry duck racers.

High flying, fast and furious vehicles take to the air and the tracks during the Remote Control Expo 12-5 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at the Perry Airfield and Racetrack, Harrison Avenue. Guests are invited to watch demonstrations, ask questions and get all the latest information about this fascinating, new technology. Various RC airplanes will also be soaring overhead. The new racetrack will offer fast-paced demonstrations of remote control trucks and rock crawlers. The experts of King’s Mountain RC will be on hand to teach, inform and engage. Kids and adults will be able to try their skills on the track with ground RCs. The event is free, so bring the whole family and discover the exciting world of remote control fun. For more information, visit King’s Mountain RC in Brewer or call Bryan Hinson at 207-356-1600.

Come and visit the site of the proposed new Orrington Public Safety Building, at the corner of Tupper Drive and Center Drive on 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday, July 15, Referendum day, for some good food and updated info. Public safety officials will be on hand to show you around the lot and answer your questions. They will also be serving up grilled hot dogs, chips, drinks and cookies. Guests will be able to see the plans and renderings of the proposed new building, check out a few fire department vehicles and pick up a life-saving smoke detector if you need one. There will also be kid friendly items, too. If it rains, the event will be moved to the fire station on Johnson Mill Road.

Bring the kids or bring the whole family to Orrington Center Church 1-3 p.m. Thursday, July 18 for its annual Children’s Day and Ice Cream Social. Kids of all ages will enjoy the crafts, games, popcorn, and of course, ice cream. There is no charge.

Guests are welcome to the annual PERC Open House 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 29 Industrial Way.  There will be educational displays, games for kids, a special “touch-a-truck” display featuring heavy equipment, trucks, and police, fire, and rescue vehicles. There also will be a yard sale with all proceeds matched by PERC and donated to local charities. Plus, take a tour of the facility where you can see The Terminator. You must be 18 or older and be wearing close-toed shoes to go on the tour. Stop by the open house and learn more PERC and how the workers do it.

Boy Scout Troop 44 in Orrington has multiple scouts working on fundraising for their Eagle projects this summer, all of which are here in Orrington. As part of their fundraising, they will be holding a Multi-Scout Yard Sale 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at Center Drive School.  They will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The week will end with the infamous Endless Yard Sale Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21. Thousands of treasure seekers have made Orrington the best place in the State of Maine to find the best bargains. This year, there are over 100 yard sales covering over 70 miles of roads. Pick up the treasure maps on the days of the sale at Bob’s Kozy Korner, R.H Foster’s, PizzaLand, Dunkin’ Donuts, Twinsfeather, Lav’s Auto, Town Hall and the Public Library. Maps will also be available online July 18 at orringtonoldhomeweek.com and at facebook.com/ OrringtonOldHomeWeek. Then look for the bright yellow signs all around town. The Endless Yard Sale is sponsored by PERC and USA Energy.

First United Methodist Church of Orrington is cooking up a Chicken BBQ 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20. This is the perfect place to stop and re-energize during the Endless Yard Sale. Come on in, sit for a spell and enjoy BBQ chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, rolls and dessert. Cost is $9 adults, $4 for children under 12.

Old Home Week is generously supported by these community-minded sponsors: Bangor Savings Bank, Bob’s Kozy Korner Store, Casella, Covidien, Crescent Lumber, Dick Campbell LLC, D.R. Disc Golf, King’s Mountain RC, Maine Concrete Repair, Penobscot River Community Coalition, PERC, People’s United Bank, Town of Orrington and USA Energy.

Visit orringtonoldhomeweek.com for the complete schedule and more information. Follow the fun on facebook/OrringtonOldHomeWeek.

Orrington Old Home Week Committee:

Dick Campbell, 207-745-7748, dickcampbellllc@gmail.com

Keith Bowden, 207-299-5727, kebo01@msn.com

Sue Pate, 207-825-4143, suepate@roadrunner.com

Charlie Green, 207-825-3109, mainegywolfe@aol.com

Heather Bowden, 207-482-9040, kebo01@msn.com

Marsha Wilson, mwilson8790@yahoo.com

Mike Curtis, 207-944-8686, curtismik@gmail.com