Another fun-filled Old Home Week is planned in the City of Eastport from Tuesday, July 1, through Saturday, July 5, to mark Independence Day. "The Eastport 4th of July Committee is pleased to bring some new and interesting entertainment to Eastport for the 2014 celebration," says committee Chairman Barbara Hicks. "The Norman Magic Experience is our main headline stage show, featuring Norman Ng, who has gained national recognition in the magic and performing arts community. He involves the audience in ways that no other performer does and gets them to react in ways they never thought they could. This fresh and dynamic show is one that you won't want to miss on July 3 at 5 p.m. at Shead High School.
"Also new to Eastport this year is Ray Murphy, chainsaw artist," she adds. "Ray will be creating unique and finely detailed works of art, using only a chainsaw, throughout the day on July 4 at Library Park. At the end of the day, raffle tickets will be available for each of the sculptures created. All proceeds benefit the Eastport 4th of July Committee.
"The kids will not want to miss Dana's Ventriloquist and Magic Show on July 2 at 2 p.m. at Overlook Park. It features magic, juggling, paper cutting and three ventriloquist puppets including a 6 foot tall bird named 'Pee Wee Rainbow.' Dana will be performing strolling magic on the streets both before and after the show."
"The Modern Bluegrass and Country band New Relm, featuring lead singer Elise Sproul, will be performing at Overlook Park on July 2 at 6 p.m., just before the seventh annual big wheel race," points out Hicks. "Prior to joining New Relm, Elise Sproul and Harold Olmstead received several awards from the Down East Country Music Association, including 2009 and 2010 Country Duo of the Year, 2009 Bluegrass Duo and 2009 Horizon Award."
A listing of events follows.
Tuesday, July 1
Canada Day events on Deer Island include the annual Motorcycle Show 'n Shine, barbecue, cake walk and white elephant table, which all begin at 12 noon, and a fireworks display at dusk.
Eastport events include the Canada Day Sailboat Race beginning at 1 p.m.; a fiber arts workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Eastport Arts Center for ages 10 and up; and the Country Rib Barbecue at the Cobscook Bay Resource Center at 111 Water Street from 5 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 2
Among the events on Welcome Home Day are G-force laser tag for all ages, caricatures, face painting and henna tatoos at Library Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the children's cupcake decorating contest at Overlook Park at 10 a.m.; crabmeat and assorted sandwich luncheon at the Eastport Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; watermelon eating contest at Overlook Park at 11 a.m.; Little Mr. and Miss 4th of July contest at Overlook Park at 1 p.m..; Dana's Ventriloquist and Magic Show at Overlook Park, 2 p.m.; pet show at Overlook Park at 4 p.m.; talent show in Shead High School at 5 p.m.; performance by New Relm at Overlook Park at 6 p.m.; and the big wheel races from Cummings; Garage to Overlook Park at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 3
Armed Services Day will include the arrival of the U.S.S. Anzio, a guided missile cruiser; the Dale C. Lincoln Kids One-Mile Fun Run from the Boat School to the Dead River office at 9 a.m.; Quoddy Maritime Museum auction, downtown from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; Tiny Tots Fair in Library Park at 9:30 a.m.; community portrait at the Sutherland Amphitheater at 11:30 a.m.; Miss 4th of July Contest at Overlook Park at 12 noon; public reception for officers and crew of the U.S.S. Anzio in the Eastport Youth Center at 12:30 p.m.; strawberry shortcake sale at Peavey Memorial Library at 1 p.m.; gospel music by Glory Bound in Library Park at 2 p.m.; Class of 1954 reunion at William Kendall's home in Perry, beginning at 2 p.m; firemen's muster on Water Street at 2 p.m.; codfish relay race, downtown at 3:30 p.m.; Moose Island Follies at the Eastport Arts Center at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Class of 2004 reunion at the Liberty Cafe from 4 to 6 p.m.; The Norman Magic Experience at Shead High School at 5 p.m.; Class of 1979 reunion at the home of Walter and Colleen Cummings at 5 p.m.; Class of 1994 reunion at the Liberty Cafe from 6 to 8 p.m.; live music by O'McCrelli at Overlook Park from 7 to 9 p.m.; and the Torchlight Parade at dusk.
Friday, July 4
The 238th Independence Day celebration will begin with a flag-raising at the breakwater at sunrise; live music by Incas Wasi can be heard all day at the Winifred B. French Memorial Park; blueberry pancake breakfast at the airport from 7 to 11 a.m.; Calithumpian Parade forms at the post office at 8:30 a.m.; chainsaw artist Ray Murphy in Library Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; land sports, downtown at 9 a.m. with penny scramble to follow; water sports at the breakwater at 10 a.m.; Buddy Allen Car, Truck and Bike Show at Bank Square at 10 a.m.; blueberry pie eating contest at Overlook Park at 11 a.m.; fish chowder luncheon at the Christ Church Institute at 11 a.m.; Doll Carriage, Wagon, Bike and Trike Parade, leaves from the post office at 12 noon; Elvis Presley in concert, featuring Mike Bravener, at Overlook Park at 12:15 p.m.; Eastport author Sarah Graves' book-signing, outside S.L. Wadsworth store from 1 to 2 p.m.; parade bands in concert at Library Park at 1 p.m.; Grand Independence Day Parade starts at 2 p.m.; Barbara's School of Dance performance at Overlook Park from 6:30 p.m. to dusk; and fireworks at dusk.
Saturday, July 5
Registration for the Charles E. Davis seven-mile race will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Shead High School. That race begins at Perry corner at 9 a.m. and ends in Bank Square, while the four-mile walk race begins at Carlow Island near the Eastport sign.
Other events include: frisbee contest for young and old in Library Park at 12:30 p.m.; limbo competition in Library Park at 1 p.m.; bike races on Deep Cove Road at 3 p.m.; the Class of 1999 reunion will be held at Quoddy Bay Lobster from 4 to 6 p.m.; the Class of 1974 reunion will begin at 5 p.m. at the Eastport Chowder House; and the Class of 1984 reunion will start at 6:30 p.m. at Quoddy Bay Lobster. A basketball game between Ozzie's All Stars and a team from the U.S.S. Anzio; and a concert featuring soprano Mary Mackenzie and a chamber group will begin at 7 p.m. at the Eastport Arts Center.
A free shuttle bus will pick up passengers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ongoing events each day include "Washington County Through Eastern's Eye," historic photos from the Penobscot Maritime Museum taken in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, which will be shown in the Eastport Art Center's Washington Street Gallery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The exhibition "Pairings: Permanent Collection in Context" will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art. The July artist-in-residence Megan Singleton will be working at StudioWorks, 48 Water Street.
The craft fair and vendors will open every day at 10 a.m.