BETHEL – The 25th annual summer heritage festival of the Bethel Historical Society will feature events ranging from a lecture on anti-Shakerism to a kids’ parade, and a flower show to a Saturday night bean supper.

The festival, called the annual Sudbury Canada Days, will be Friday, Aug. 13, to Sunday, Aug. 15. Sudbury Canada was Bethel’s name from the time of the granting of the township in 1768 until its incorporation in 1796. The early name honored the original grantees from Sudbury, Mass., who’d fought unsuccessfully to conquer Canada in 1690.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts rewarded these men with land in the “District of Maine,” naming it in honor of their Massachusetts town and the campaign in which they had served. Bethel was never part of Canada.

Sudbury Canada Days, the summer heritage festival of the Bethel Historical Society, honors the town’s rich heritage dating from the 18th century. For more information about the society, call 824-2908 or (800) 824-2910; go to www. bethelhistorical.org; or send e-mail to [email protected] Mailing address: P.O. Box 12, Bethel, ME 04217-0012.

The schedule for the Sudbury Canada Days follows. Unless otherwise stated, events will be on the Broad Street grounds of the Regional History Center and the Hastings Homestead.

• Friday, Aug. 13: Hall Memorial Lecture, Elizabeth De Wolfe of the University of New England will speak about “Fighting Pious Frauds and Base Deceptions: Anti-Shakerism in New England.” Dr. Moses Mason House Exhibit Hall, 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, Aug. 14:

10 a.m. Horseshoe pitching tournament

1 to 4 p.m. Children’s parade, theme: “Molly Ockett and Local Folk”

Craft demonstrations and exhibits, flower show, historical videos, art show, old-time children’s games, and farming/logging exhibit

2 p.m. Croquet and badminton tournaments, ice cream eating contest

4 p.m. Drawing for door prize

5 p.m. Log drivers’ bean supper (tickets available all afternoon)

7 p.m. Gary Fuller, “Civil War Lore”

• Sunday, Aug. 15:

1 to 4 p.m. Flower show, historical videos, farming/logging exhibit

1 to 4 p.m. Open house at the lower Sunday River Schoolhouse (1895), Sunday River Road, Newry

7 p.m. Old-time hymn sing, Middle Intervale Meetinghouse, Intervale Road, Bethel

All events are free, except the bean supper.


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