LIVERMORE FALLS — Finding a parking space was a challenge and vehicles making their way through the downtown Friday night, May 31 were greeted with pedestrians wanting to cross from one section of town to another.

Sunny skies (almost unheard of this spring) drew hordes to History Night, organized this year by the Jay/Livermore/Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce. The annual event features entertainment, food, vendors and a Cruise-In for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. It was held a week later this year.

Classic automobiles, entertainment and food drew dozens to Livermore Falls Friday, May 31 for History Night. Livermore Falls Advertiser photo by Pam Harnden

“It’s been packed, super busy. Moving History Night from Memorial Day Weekend was a good move,” Chamber Administrative Director Christine Fournier said.

Daniel Lemieux said, “It’s such a beautiful day.”

In the Lamb Block parking lot, Matt and the Barnburners entertained those who were also looking over the many classic cars and trucks.

Henry Hines of Fayette watches as Matt Pelletier of Matt and the Barnburners plays the harmonica during History Night in Livermore Falls Friday, May 31. Livermore Falls Advertiser photo by Pam Harnden

Bill Longley of Jay was there with his grandson, Brayden Danforth.

“We come every year,” Longley said.

 

One year old Henry Hines of Fayette crawled across the pavement but looked back frequently to make sure his family was still nearby. He was enthralled when Matt Bilodeau lowered himself to Henry’s level while playing the harmonica.

In the gazebo, a rock band, The Only Hope, performed while people sat in camp chairs or on blankets to enjoy the music. Band members were Robert Fowler, Drew Delaney and Chris Floyd who was filling in for Isaac Pinard.

Some people ate food supplied by local non-profit organizations. Children tossed Frisbees or danced around.

From left Robert Fowler on drums, Chris Floyd on guitar and Drew Delaney on bass guitar made up the band The Only Hope that performed in the Livermore Falls Gazebo during History Night. Livermore Falls Advertiser photo by Pam Harnden

Members of the Spruce Mountain Area Robotics Team brought two of their robots. The Frisbee launcher was popular with the younger crowd.

Near Fitness Stylz, RCAM had games for children to play.

In a vacant store across the street, Roberta Simoneau of Fayette and Diane Pelletier of Jay, formerly of Livermore Falls, were looking through the bound edition of the Livermore Falls Advertiser newspapers from 1976. Bound editions from other years were also on display.

Roberta Simoneau of Fayette at left and Diane Pelletier of Jay look through the bound edition of Livermore Falls Advertiser newspapers from 1976. Reviewing the news from years ago was a popular activity during History Night in Livermore Falls Friday, May 31. Livermore Falls Advertiser photo by Pam Harnden

“These books are really interesting!” Pelletier said.

The Maine Pulp and Paper Heritage Museum was also open. An outdoor yard sale was another draw there.