CASTINE — The Castine Town Band will present a concert of 19th and 20th century maritime music 6 p.m. Friday, July 19, on the Castine Town Common. In case of rain, the concert will be held at Emerson Hall, Court Street. The concert is sponsored by the Castine Historical Society and the music selection is in honor of the Historical Society’s 2019/20120 exhibit “Risky Business:Square-Rigged Ships and Salted Fish.”
The band, under the leadership of conductor Silas Yates, will play a rousing selection of maritime music including movie themes from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Mermaid”. The event will also include 19th century sea chanties. Sea chanties were songs sung to accompany various types of work on board large sailing vessels.
At 5 p.m. the Castine Historical Society will be open for people who wish to see the current exhibit. “Risky Business” is a look at Castine’s ship building and international trade during the 19th century. The exhibit features paintings, photographs, maps, documents and objects from Castine families who made their living in the maritime trade. The exhibit is free of charge.
The Castine Town Band is a non-profit organization founded in 1997. They are part of a long history of band music in Castine dating back to the Revolution. The Town Band is always looking for new members. To learn more call conductor Silas Yates at 207-326-0663.
The Castine Historical Society, the concert’s sponsor, serves as a window into Castine’s extraordinary past. The Historical Society preserves local history and hosts permanent and seasonal exhibitions in its Abbot School gallery located at 17 School St. It also hosts lectures, walking tours of the town, house and garden tours, and historic reenactments. The Grindle House offices and research library, located at 13 School St., are open year-round and researchers are welcome by appointment.
The Historical Society is open 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 2.
Fall hours are Sept. 6 – Oct. 14, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit castinehistoricalsociety.org, call 207-326-4118, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.