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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fall Fling

One of the best things about fall  – besides the colors – is that many small towns hold fall celebrations. These local events are great places to meet folks who live in the town.

Searsport, Maine, hosted its 12th annual  Fling into Fall celebration on Oct 8-9 with two days of events and activities: a decorated scarecrow competition, downtown parade, antique car show, and concert. There was also a public breakfast and dinners hosted by two of the town’s churches.

Grenville and I didn’t get to all the events, but can tell you that the dinners and breakfast were great – turkey dinner at the local Methodist church, breakfast at the Masonic Hall, and a spaghetti dinner at the Congregational church.

The decorated scarecrow had some interesting entries.

scarecrow collage1

scarecrow collage2Saturday’s parade down Main Street was a brief 10 minutes.

parade collage2 What’s a parade without fire engines?

fire engine collage and some antique cars . . .

old car collage

A bonus on Saturday was the all-day free admission to the Penobscot Marine Museum. The museum  was founded in 1936 and is Maine's oldest maritime museum. It includes 13 historic buildings, including ship captains' homes, an early town hall, and two boat houses.

The views below show some of the rooms in one of the sea captain homes and some of the boat house contents.

museum collage1

museum collage2museum boats collage Grenville and I didn’t get to all the events, but we can tell you that the dinners and breakfast were great. We enjoyed a turkey dinner at the Methodist church, breakfast at the Masonic Hall, and a spaghetti dinner at the Congregational church.

7 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

Fascinating images. Did you happen to notice if that hexagon bed cover in the Captain's home was crocheted? It all looks great: the parade, old vehicles.... Great images. Thanks for sharing.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Lois, We think that the bed cover was a quilt. And everyone was great fun, but not so much the weather which was chilly and windy with temps only in the 50s.

Montanagirl said...

Love those pumpkin people and the antique cars. Thanks for sharing!

Elaine said...

Looks like a fun festival! While we were in PA we ran into some kind of fall festival every Saturday it seemed. We don't have a fall festival here, so that was really a bonus. The museum looks interesting--another item to add to my list of places to go in Maine!

Anvilcloud said...

Your collages are interesting.

possum said...

Hmmm, scarecrow decorating contest... I am back thinking we need to do an OctoberFest here. I do think it would be much more fun than a Spring Fling... OR could we do BOTH? WHY NOT!?
Kids in costumes... tractors pulling scarecrows on flat beds... I bet we could get a good 5 minute parade here! Whaddya think?
PS, it was 78 here yesterday. Beautiful!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Mona, the scarecrows and pumpkins were certainly imaginative and quite a bit of fun to see.

Elaine, PA is very big on fall festivals too. We're stopping in Lancaster, PA on the way home to see family and might catch something going on there.

Thanks AC, it's a lot of fun putting a group of photos together and takes up a lot less space, but sometimes a single larger photo is needed to really make something stand out. Hope you like the mix.

OK Possum so do you want to organize the Octoberfest? Of course, it means you won't be able to move to Maine because you will be too busy on the ES. It was only in the 60s in Maine, so you have the better weather there.

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