Friday, June 14, 2019

Rockland To Be Invaded by Outerspace Band During Solstice Celebration Tomorrow, June 15th

Rockland, Maine - Rockland Main Street, Inc., will produce the Summer Solstice Celebration tomorrow, Saturday, June 15th, 2019 in two phases: a fun, family event complete with food vendors, games and activities, and dancing, along with live outdoor musical entertainment on Main Street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4-7 PM.  FOR THE 2ND PHASE - The Summer Solstice After Hours Dock Party, from 6:00-10:30 PM. This 21+ Adults-Only-With- I.D. event will have live music featuring The Outerspace Band, and DJ Dan Miller, dancing, and a “cash only” bar at Journey’s End Marina at the end of Tillson Avenue, overlooking Rockland Harbor and the breakwater light. All events are FREE to the public.

According to scientific evidence, the summer solstice occurs when the tilt of a planet's semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the star (sun) that it orbits.

This is the explanation for the fact that Downtown Rockland will be throwing two big parties on
Saturday, June 15.

The traditional Summer Solstice Street Party on Main Street, complete with live music, food, fun and family games from 4-7 PM, will precede the Summer Solstice 4th Annual After Hours Dock Party at Journey’s End Marina at the end of Tillson Avenue, featuring a cash-only bar, live music, adult games, dancing, and food for sale from 6-10:30 PM. The street party is family-friendly, while the dock party is strictly adults, 21 and over, with ID. Both events are free to the public – there is no cover charge.

The decades-long tradition for residents from all over the Midcoast region will bring hundreds of families – thousands of people - to a Main Street that will be closed to vehicular traffic. During that time, the street will be filled with pedestrians enjoying live bands, plenty of food, and fun for all ages.

New this year will be the inclusion of the Rockland Sculpture Race, scheduled to begin at 5:00 PM. The race route will be Tillson Avenue, to Park Drive, to Winter Street.

One of the traditional attractions during the street party is the “Wayne Steeves Memorial Whoopie Pie-Eating Contest”, sponsored by Rockland Café, where registration begins at 4:00 and the contest begins at 6:00.

In addition to live bands and plenty of food options, festivities will include games and prizes for children, dancing, and a spontaneous flash mob dance where everyone is encouraged to participate.

Free face painting, temporary tattoos, giant bubbles, art classes, activities of all types, and a street chalk-art exhibition are also scheduled.

While this is a free, family event, donations to help support this and other events are appreciated.

In addition to the outdoor activities for the duration of this event, many of the downtown shops will be open, and all of the restaurants are expected to be open for dinner.

During this rain-or-shine event, organizers have said that smoking on Main Street will be prohibited, and dogs must be kept on a leash. According to Gordon Page, executive director of Rockland Main Street, Inc., Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from the corner of Park Street all the way to Summer Street, but the entire harbor will be accessible to vehicles via Park Drive and the Harbor Park entrance next to Mildred Merrill Park on South Main Street.

Park Drive will be open to provide complete vehicular access to Buoy Park, Lermond’s Cove, Journey’s End Marina on Tillson Avenue, the Landings Restaurant and Marina on Commercial Street.  There will be no vehicular access to Main Street via the side streets between Park and Summer.  Parking will be available behind the Thorndike block, accessible from lower Tillson, via Park Drive, in the Winter Street parking lot, also accessible via lower Tillson Avenue.  Public bathrooms are located on Tillson Avenue.

Signs stating NO PARKING AFTER 3:00 PM will be posted on Main Street earlier in the day.

The Annual Summer Solstice Celebration is produced by Rockland Main Street, Inc. Major sponsors are Journey’s End Marina; The Grasshopper Shop; LCI Fiber Optic Networks; and Bud Light-Valley Beverage.

In addition to the Summer Solstice Celebration and other events, Rockland Main Street, Inc., also produces the “Festival of Lights Parade and Lobster Trap Christmas Tree”; Rockland Main Street, Inc. Rockland Main Street, Inc., is committed to the historic preservation of, and economic and community development in the downtown district.

FMI, contact the executive director at or at 207.593.6093.

WHO:               Rockland Main Street, Inc.

WHAT:              Summer Solstice Celebration & Street Fair and After Hours Dock Party

WHEN:             Saturday June 15 – STREET PARTY 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM ~ DOCK PARTY 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM

WHERE:           Main Street, Downtown Rockland, and Journey’s End Marina, Tillson Avenue, Rockland

DETAILS:         *STREET PARTY - Open-Air Festival featuring Live Music, Food, Family Fun & Games – Free & Family Oriented

DETAILS:         **DOCK PARTY - Indoor/Outdoor Party featuring Live Music with The Outerspace Band, supported by D.J. Dan Miller, Dancing, Adult Games, and Food will be available for sale – Adults Only – Cash-Only Bar - No Cover Charge

SPONSORS:     Major Sponsors include Journey’s End Marina, The Grasshopper Shop, LCI Fiber Optic Networks, and Bud Light/Valley Distributors. Additional sponsors include First National Bank, DuPont Nutrition & Health, KDK Printing, Philbrook & Associates, Hampton Inn, Gartley & Dorsky, Maritime Energy, Island Institute, and JobsInME. Also, Brooks Trap Mill, Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, Allen Insurance & Financial, Southend Grocery, Maine Lobster Festival, Farnsworth Art Museum, Arts In Rockland. Media sponsors are The Free Press, The Courier Gazette, and Village Soup.

NOTE:              *Main Street will be accessible only to pedestrians. Vehicles will have access to the harbor, all waterfront restaurants, Harbor Park, Buoy Park, all marinas, lower Tillson Avenue, via Park Drive and the public landing entrance at Mildred Merrill Park. Smoking on Main Street during this event is prohibited. Dogs must be kept on a short leash. Parking is available on Tillson Avenue near Journey’s End Marina, and in all the municipal lots. Parking on Main Street is prohibited from 3:00 – 8:00 PM.

NOTE:              **The Dock Party at the end of Tillson Avenue is strictly Adults Only, I.D. Required, 21 and over. Under no circumstances will children of any age be allowed entry to the dock party.

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