BETHEL — More than 300 people attended the 18th annual community picnic and Fourth of July brass band concert, hosted by the the Bethel Historical Society on the grounds of the Dr. Moses Mason House.

Society President and Board of Trustees chair William Andrews extended greetings to all those in attendance and introduced Bethel Town Manager James Doar, who delivered remarks on the meaning of the Fourth of July.

The Color Guard of Mundt-Allen Post 81, American Legion, presented the colors and Mark Manduca of the Portland Brass Quintet led the band in the national anthem, which was followed by a two-hour concert of marches, patriotic medleys and other American music.

Gifts from may people and organizations made the concert and other summer activities possible.

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