Monson Summer Festival
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Pick up a schedule at the Monson Town Office or local area businesses!
Loads for kids to do this year at Monson’s SummerFest. The big draw will be the Anything Floats Race. We are expecting seven different innovative entrants who are eagerly designing and fabricating their boats as you read this. Boats must be constructed of materials not originally intended for a boat and propulsion has to be by non-mechanical means only. Wood, plastic, cardboard, duct tape, rope, string, paint, wax, cloth and glue are all approved materials. The race registration is at 2pm, behind the post office.
The Lake Hebron 'Slate Man Triathlon’ kicks off the day’s events at 8am outside Monson’s Gym. Teams consisting of 3 people, aged 16 and above cost $30 to enter; individuals cost $10. Pre-register your team at the Monson Town Office! The free kids games such as the 3-legged race, begin at 9-11am at the ball field behind the gym. The balloon figures and face-painting will take place by the bouncy tent near the band stand.
There will be a craft fair on Monson's Main Street which begins at 9am (call 997 3268 for more details) and Douglas Coffin, a Master Carver will be offering stone carving demonstrations outside the AC Gilbert building all day. Learn how to carve letters in slate! Eastern Maine Wood-turners will also be doing turning demos from 1-4pm at the event tent at Lakeshore House.
Have you discovered the thirteen stunning 30 x 40 inch black and white images featuring Monson and its immigrant community at the Atrium in the Monson Arts Center? The photographs were taken by Frank Sherburne from 1890-1910 and Leon Wilkins from 1910 on. The 3000 glass plate negatives from which these selected images were printed, are owned by the Monson Historical Society. Their Museum will be open from 9 to 3pm and features Monson Narrow Gauge Railroad items; military and Monson Academy memorabilia; slate quarry items and a gift shop.
Also at Monson’s Arts Center the Monson Historical Society will host the award-winning novelist Paul Doiron, author of ‘The Precipice’ who will give a talk at 11am. At 12pm there will be pottery demonstrations at the Monson Pottery Workshop. Adjacent to the Pottery Workshop is the new improved location for Monson’s Public Library. The Library will hold a bake and book sale from 9 – 3pm as well as an Artisan’s raffle.
This year there will be live music at the Lakeshore House and a DJ all day at Spring Creek BBQ plus traditional Finn dances accompanied by a live band at the Finn Hall from 7.30pm. The Finnish Farmers Club of Monson was established in 1935 for dancing and socializing. Having saved the best for last 9.00pm sees the ‘Exploding Lights’ fireworks at the ball field behind the gym.
You will not want to miss Monson’s Summer Festival 2018. We look forward to seeing you there!