Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 11, 2013
The Island’s parade, pier and fireworks graced with clear (but hot!) weather
by Jessica Brophy
Warm and muggy weather—devoid of fog—marked this year’s Island Fourth of July Celebration. Strong sun beat down on runners in this year’s Stonington Six. See results, page 7.
Executive Director Kelly Kolysher of the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the celebration, said that overall, the Fourth was a success.
“I hope it all goes this well again next year,” said Kolysher.
The parade was short on a few perennial favorites, according to emcee Suzy Shepard. But everyone embraced the theme of “Maine: The Way Life Should Be.”
First place in the floats was awarded to the Island Nursing Home for their “Surf & Turf” float highlighting the Maine traditions of fishing and farming. Second place went to the Eaton family, who had a lighthouse and beach scene. Third place went to the float featuring Larry Snowden, “The Way a Picnic Should Be.”
There was a bit of confusion over the “walking” groups this year. Penobscot East Resource Center took first place, though they technically weren’t walking. Second place went to the Colson family for “Making a Memory.” Third place went to Opera House Arts, for their entry featuring performers from Millay Sisters, a Cabaret.
Judges for the parade were Shanowa Schmidt, Aleesha Cooper and Ashlyn Kolysher. As usual, Shepard served as the event’s emcee. The town band was lead by Tom Gotwals.
“The fish pier was packed,” said Kolysher, who said the food vendors were pleased with the turnout for the evening events. “When the weather is good and the fireworks can go off on the Fourth of July, everybody wins.”