LIVERMORE FALLS – It’s that time of year to tout the historic heritage and culture of the area.

The Livermore Falls Downtown Betterment Group will sponsor History Night from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the downtown. There will be historic displays, antique cars, military vehicles, road races, food and live music.

The event will acknowledge and honor those who have served or are serving in the military, organizer Kathleen Szostek said in a press release. They are invited to come in uniform.

Veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the Iraq and  Afghanistan wars will greet visitors in the Lamb Block on Depot Street. It is adjacent to Chuck Wagon Restaurant and the new Androscoggin Valley Medical Arts Center. The medical center will be hosting an open house from 5 to 6 p.m.

Highlighted throughout the medical arts center are historic reproduction art prints from old postcards of the region that have been preserved by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. A sampling of images featured includes: Smart’s Drugstore in Livermore Falls; Riverside House in Livermore Falls; Dreamland Theater in Livermore Falls; Granite Quarry in North Jay; Chisholm Mill in Chisholm; and the School House in North Jay.

The Knowlton Block on Main Street will host the Livermore/Livermore Falls Historical Society and its exhibit of items from the Civil War and World War II.

The 1K Kids Paper Caper will take place at 3 p.m. at Maine’s Paper & Heritage Museum on Church Street. There is a 5K Paper Chase that begins at 3:30 p.m. for teens and adults that starts at the museum. In addition there will be a cake walk with paper cakes on poles for seniors to carry.

Registration fee is $5 for children, $10 for teens and adults and the time is 2:30 p.m. at the museum. There will be bright green T-shirts offered to the first 100 registrants.

There will be a 6 p.m. dedication ceremony for the new emergency responder monument at the Geneva Hodgkins Memorial Park.

The Town Office will be be transformed into Dreamland Theater, a former landmark in the town, with news clips from World War II to run and cartoons for children.

An array of country, bluegrass and folk music will be performed at the Livermore Falls Gazebo along the Androscoggin River by Barry Wood and Friends. Matt and the Barnburners will perform at Lamb Block.

“As in the past years, the variety of antique and classic automobiles are a central attraction. Look for them parked along Main and Depot streets,” Szostek said.

In addition, antique tractors, courtesy of the Antique Tractor Club, will be displayed near the gazebo. Military items and vehicles from Camp Keyes in Augusta will be exhibited at in the Lamb Block area.

For more information check www.historynight.org or call 897-6158.

NOTE: The story has been modified since its original publishing to reflect the correct ending of the history night email address. It was incorrectly reported by the Sun Journal.

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