Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 10, 2014
Castine shows off its red, white and blue for Independence Day
July 4 celebrants test their strength in the tug of war on the Castine, Maine town common, part of the village’s 2014 Independence Day festivities.
by Anne Berleant
Locals and summer folk joined forces to celebrate July 4 in the grand Castine style, beginning with the children’s costume parade down Court Street and ending with a performance by the town band at Emerson Hall.
Red, white and blue were the colors for most paraders. The great-granddaughter of Philip and Margaret Booth, Evelin Ponsor celebrated her first birthday in a row boat on wheels, and a Revolutionary-themed float reached up to the Court Street sky.
“That’s the first float we’ve had in a long time,” commented Brad Tenney before lifting his megaphone to call the sack races, tugs of war and pie eating contest that followed the parade on the town common.
Happy Independence Day Castine! Castine, Maine flashed its red, white and blue to celebrate Independence Day 2014 with a parade followed by games and food on the town commons and fire truck rides around town. A performance by the Castine Town Band followed, held at Emerson Hall because of threatening skies. Photos by Anne Berleant and Rosemary Wyman.
The pie contest drew the largest crowd, with 2013 champion Christian Arnzten guaranteed a seat at the table; others waited anxiously for Tenney to draw their name from the contestants’ box. The pies, of course, were blueberry, and the contestants were all children but for one. Arnzten proved he was a true champion, winning for the third straight year. “Put that on your college resume,” cheered one onlooker.
While the rain held off for the final fire truck ride, the town band moved its performance to Emerson Hall. Fireworks and live music at the docks was postponed until Friday, July 11, beginning with Willie Kelley and Sons at 7 p.m.