The farm is located in the foothills of the mountains and provides magnificent views of Mount Abraham, Sugarloaf and the Bigelow range.

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra is the nation’s oldest continually performing community orchestra comprised of 65 members, most of whom live within the state. The ensemble was founded in 1896.

“We are encouraging families to plan to picnic at the Kennedy Farm and spend the evening celebrating the arrival of summer,” said Bobby Brown, chairman of the POPS organizing committee. “We will have a lively family festival-like atmosphere where guests can spend an evening under the setting sun and enjoy the camaraderie with terrific music and food served by local civic organizations.”

Grounds will open at 5 p.m. with a performance by the The Western Mountain Trash Can Band, a steel drum ensemble comprised of local community members. The Edith Jones Project, an all-female big band from southern Maine, will take the stage early in the evening to set the mood for the main event.

The symphony, conducted by Xiao-Liu Li, will begin playing at 7:30 p.m. The ensemble will perform selections from “Phantom of the Opera,” “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America” and give an armed forces salute.

The day’s events will also include the antics of No Frowns Clown, an instrument petting zoo, home-cooked food and desserts available on site, and a fireworks display at the conclusion of the concert.

Kingfield POPS is a project of the Mount Abram Economic Development Association, an organization charged with developing new avenues for economic growth in the region.

In recent years, many manufacturing jobs have been lost, but at the same time, tourism to the region is on the rise.

One of the POPS’ goals is to bring visitors to the area who may not realize the recreational opportunities available here outside of the winter months. “The mission is to use the POPS to serve as a window to the region in the summertime,” Brown said. “The mountain corridor from Kingfield to the Canadian border offers something for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. The mountains provide an incredible backdrop for everything from hiking to golf with grandeur that can’t be equaled.”

On the day of the POPS, Kingfield shops, galleries and boutiques will be open.

Advance tickets for the June 26 performance are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 to 17; children under 12 admitted free. Tickets may be purchased through the Bangor Symphony Orchestra at www.bangorsymphony.com or by calling 1-800-639-3221.

Tickets may also be purchased at UnitedKingfield Bank branches in the region.

Concertgoers are urged to bring a picnic supper and enjoy an evening in and around Kingfield. Low-back lawn chairs, blankets, flashlights and insect repellant are recommended.


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