An­nual event runs June 8-11


The Vil­lage of Dorch­ester is gear­ing up for its an­nual Shiretown Days Fes­ti­val.

Area res­i­dents are in­vited to join in the fam­ily fun this week as the his­toric Vil­lage of Dorch­ester hosts its an­nual Shiretown Days Fes­ti­val.

The theme for this year’s fes­ti­val is Where Good Friends Meet.

Open­ing cer­e­monies slated for Thurs­day evening

The four-day cel­e­bra­tion kicks off Thurs­day, June 8, with the Dorch­ester Pub­lic Li­brary host­ing its an­nual book sale from 1 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. The li­brary’s book sale will con­tinue Fri­day from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; and Satur­day from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., at which time a cake auc­tion will also be held.

Vis­i­tors to the fes­ti­val on Thurs­day evening can en­joy a bar­be­cue out­side the Dorch­ester Vet­er­ans Com­mu­nity Cen­tre (DVCC) begin­ning at 5:30 p.m., be­fore head­ing in­side for the of­fi­cial Shiretown Days Fes­ti­val open­ing cer­e­mony at 6 p.m. In con­junc­tion with the open­ing cer­e­monies, this year’s Dorch­ester ju­nior mayor will be in­tro­duced. For those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing, the Canada 150 scavenger hunt list can also be picked up dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­monies.

Also tak­ing place at the DVCC, this year’s fire­fighter’s auc­tion will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m., with view­ing get­ting un­der­way at 6 p.m.

The ex­cite­ment con­tin­ues Fri­day with a Taste of West­mor­land food sam­pling be­ing held at the DVCC from 6 to 10 p.m. Free en­ter­tain­ment will also be on tap Fri­day evening at the DVCC, with Fran­ti­cally At­lantic tak­ing the stage from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m., fol­lowed by Ray Legere and Cyril Macphee from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m. A fam­ily movie night will be held Fri­day from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dorch­ester Recre­ation Cen­tre.

Pop­u­lar Shiretown Days Pa­rade headlines Satur­day’s events

Those plan­ning to at­tend Satur­day’s wide va­ri­ety of events can start the day off right with a coun­try-style pan­cake/waf­fle break­fast fundraiser at the Ma­sonic Lodge Sus­sex No. 4., with kids un­der 10 eat­ing for free.

A bi­cy­cle safety course will be held at 10 a.m. out­side Dorch­ester Con­sol­i­dated School (DCS), with prizes be­ing awarded, in­clud­ing $100 to­ward a new bike.

The Keil­lor House Mu­seum will open for the sea­son Satur­day morn­ing at 11 a.m., fea­tur­ing guided tours and ad­mis­sion is free.

From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Satur­day, the Dorch­ester Vil­lage Square will play host to a va­ri­ety of ven­dors.

One of the true high­lights of the an­nual fes­ti­val is the Shiretown Days Pa­rade, with this year’s in­stal­ment kick­ing off at 1 p.m. The lineup for this year’s pa­rade gets un­der­way at noon on Wood­lawn Road and judg­ing will fol­low the pa­rade at DCS. A pipes and drums march will also be held from the vil­lage square to the DVCC.

For the mu­si­cally in­clined, there will be plenty of free en­ter­tain­ment on tap through­out the day Satur­day. Abo­rig­i­nal drum­mer and sto­ry­teller Gil­bert Sewell will per­form at the DVCC at 3 p.m., fol­lowed by Stacey Read’s Ju­nior Jills at 3:45 p.m. Eddy Poirier will take the stage from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 6-:45 p.m., fol­lowed by Chris Cum­mings from 7 to 9 p.m.

A “Taste of West­mor­land” sup­per will be held in the down­stairs of the DVCC from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Satur­day evening.

Fin­ish­ing off Satur­day’s wide range of events, the Dorch­ester Fire Depart­ment will host a beer gar­den at the fire hall from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with live en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Dorch­ester Li­ons Club will

have a fundrais­ing bar­be­cue set up out­side the fire hall dur­ing the beer gar­den.

Wide va­ri­ety of chil­dren’s

events on tap Sun­day

Area res­i­dents can lace up their sneak­ers Sun­day morn­ing for the Over the Wall Run, with par­tic­i­pants en­cour­aged to dress up in a pris­oner cos­tume. Reg­is­tra­tion opens at 9:30 a.m. and the event will fea­ture a va­ri­ety of dis­tances for all lev­els of ath­letes. A fivek­ilo­me­tre run (17 and older) gets un­der­way at 10 a.m.; a five-kilo­me­tre walk (17 and older) starts at 10:15 a.m.; a kids’ dash (16 and younger) be­gins at 11 a.m.; and, open to ev­ery­one, a one-kilo­me­tre stroll will roll out at 11:15 a.m. The Over the Wall Run starts at Richard Park and fol­lows a route along Cape Road.

Ven­dors will be set up in on the DCS grounds from noon to 4 p.m.

DCS will also play host to a wide va­ri­ety of chil­dren’s events from noon to 4 p.m.: touch-atruck, Wa­ter Walk­erz, face paint­ing, glow par­ties-big baller and a princess tea. Fran­ti­cally At­lantic

will re­turn for an­other free per­for­mance on Sun­day from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Dustin Hurley will as­tound peo­ple of peo­ple of all ages with his magic show at 3 p.m., with both per­for­mances at DCS. Valdy will re­turn to Dorch­ester

for a con­cert at She­p­ody House Sun­day af­ter­noon at 3 p.m. (visit She­p­ody House’s Face­book page for ticket in­for­ma­tion).

For a full sched­ule of events, visit Dorch­ and click on 2017 Shiretown Fes­ti­val link.

These mem­bers of the Dorch­ester Li­ons Club are all smiles as they take part in the Shiretown Days Pa­rade. This year’s pa­rade will be held this Satur­day at 1 p.m. as part of the vil­lage’s an­nual Shiretown Days Fes­ti­val.

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