75th Anniversary Bridge Walk Set for June 21st

bridge opening

On Saturday, June 21, 2014, the island community and those on the Blue Hill Peninsula side of the bridge will gather at the new Bridge End Park, at the foot of the bridge on Deer Isle, to celebrate the bridge’s 75th anniversary.
The schedule for the day includes, thanks to the Maine Department of Transportation, the closure of the Bridge from 10 to 11 a.m. for a Bridge Walk, allowing people to experience the Bridge and its views on foot.
Saturday, June 21, 2014 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge
(all events at the new Bridge End Park)
10 a.m. Bridge Walk
11 a.m. Re-dedication Ceremony, and Official Opening of the new Bridge End Park
11:30 Lobster/Clam Bake Sponsored by the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce
11:30 – 2:00 p.m. Live music, food, boat rides, family activities and information booths
A loose coalition of island and peninsula residents, including municipal officers from Deer Isle and Stonington, representatives from nonprofit groups including the Bridge End Citizens Initiative, the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, Island Heritage Trust, and Opera House Arts (OHA), and local business people and individuals has gathered to plan the celebration.
The next and final community planning meeting will be held Thursday, May 29, at 4 p.m. at the Stonington Opera House. All are welcome to attend and participate. If you are unable to attend but would like to participate as a food vendor, with an activity, or as a musician or walker please contact Linda Nelson at lnelson@operahousearts.org.
Further details regarding parking, shuttles, etc. will be made available in early June.
The June 21 Community Celebration at the Bridge is one of three Bridge 75th Anniversary events planned for the next four months. The first is May 30 at 9:50 a.m. at the Reach Performing Arts Center, when Deer Isle-Stonington K-8 students will demonstrate the performances, artwork, and videos they have created about the Bridge as part of Opera House Arts The Bridge Project’s year-long visiting artists at the school. The final celebration will be the world premiere of OHA’s new “popera,” The Last Ferryman, August 14-24, with music and lyrics by Paul Sullivan and book by Linda Britt, all based on historical research and oral histories from island residents about the bridge.
For additional information about any portion of OHA’s The Bridge Project, including the community meetings, the new musical, or the educational project, please contact Opera House Arts at info@operahousearts.org, or 207-367-2788.

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