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From July 19,1774
to July 19 through 21, 2013

Union's 239th Founders Day Weekend



     The Town of Union will celebrate the 239th anniversary of its founding this year during Founders Day Weekend, July 19th to July 21st. Jim Murphy has agreed to coordinate a parade. He suggests a Pirate theme, recognizing another event during the day - the appeearance of Pirate Dixie Bull! If you know groups that shoud be notified, please pass on to Jim Murphy's email address (jhmurphy@tidewater.net) to appropriate peopled.

CALENDAR AS OF June 28:

Friday, July 19th


Time Event Location Coordinator Organization
2:00 - 6:00 Farmer's Market Union Common J. May Shepard Union Farmer's Market
5:30 - 8:00 Music & Pie Social Union Common John Fromer UACoC
5:30 - 8:00 Come Spring Bus Tour Old Town House Alison Metcalfe Union Historical Society

Saturday, July 20th


Time Event Location Coordinator Organization
7:00 - 8:00 Registration for 5K Run/Walk Union Fair Grounds Sue McClintock Vose Library
7:00 - 9:30 Pancake Breakfast & Home-made Donuts PUMC Gail Varga Peoples United Methodist Church
All Day Golf Union Country Club Aho UCC, Barrett Hill Road (benefits Vose Library)
8:00 - 9:30 5K Run/Walk Union Fair Grounds Sue McClintock Vose Library (benefits Vose Library)
9:00 - 9:30 Joe & his Guitar Bandstand Joe Murphy Town of Union
9:30 - 10:00 Parade Fire House to Common Common Road Jim Murphy Town of Union
9:30 - 11:30 Come Spring Bus Tour Old Town House Alison Metcalfe Union Historical Society
9:30 - 1:00 Vendors and Crafters Union Common Chris Gray Town of Union
10:00 - 10:45 Concert Union Common Joanne Parker Midcoast Community Band
10:00 - 4:00 Museum Open Matthews Museum George Gross Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage
11:00 - 1:00 Chicken BBQ Union Common Beardsley Union Masond
11:00 - Noon Pirate Dixie Bull Union Common Jim Nelson Vose Library
Noon -  1:00 Come Spring Chronicles Robbins House on the Common P. Duffey & V. Harriman Chronicles Players
7:00 - 11:00 Country Dance Union Masonic Hall Abe Knight Union Masons
7:30  - 9:00 Silent Movies Old Town House Suzy Shaub Union Historical Society

Sunday, July 21st

 
Time Event Location Coordinator Organization
All Day Golf Union Country Club Aho UCC, , Barrett Hill Road
9:45  - 10:30  Gospel Music Concert Union Common George Hodgkins People's United Methodist Church
10:30 - 11:45  Community Worship Service Union Common George Hodgkins People's United Methodist Church


We have included some photos from the 2012 Founders Day celebrations for your enjoinment.

Tumblewood


Tumblewood Inc. held its first World Games on the Common in Union. FMI on this Union made game and its creator, see
http://www.tumblewoodgame.com/

Bus Tour The Come Spring Bus Tour held many delights for those interested in the history of Union, as well as those who enjoy the landscape of woods, ponds and farms that remains little changed from the early days after settlement. Several stops are on private property where the owners graciously host the tour participants and share the sites of the founders’ first dwellings. This plaque marks the cellar hole of the cabin where Phillip Robbins and his large family spent their first winter in 1774.

Cabin


The Come Spring Cabin was in the parade on Founders Day and was a backdrop for the “Come Spring Chronicles,” a dramatization of the popular historical novel COME SPRING (1940).



“Welcome Home Vets” was the theme of the Founders Day parade.




Chronicles

The cast for the “Come Spring Chronicles,” a dramatization of the popular historical novel COME SPRING (1940) which was set in Union by author Ben Ames Williams, using actual people, places and events to tell of the early settlement of a typical inland Maine town during the time of the Revolutionary War.

Moxie



Moxie inventor, Augustin Thompson, was from Union; on Founders Day everyone has MOXIE!



Alden Store


Tour Bus participants end their tour at the Ebenezer Alden property. When Alden built his store, the first in Union in 1797, there were just 20 families in town. This barn was a later addition to the property in the mid-1860’s.

Band


The MidCoast Community Band, directed by Joann Parker, played for the crowds on Founders Day in Union.




Moon Bounce


The Selectmen of Union coordinated the events of Founders Day. Here they work to deflate the “Moon Walk” that children had enjoyed during the day.

Mass



A Sunday morning worship service on the Common began with gospel music.