Dienesch-Calamari named Crown Princess

Hersom crowned 2014 Maine Sea Goddess

Barstow voted Miss Congeniality
By Beth A. Birmingham | Jul 30, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Abby Hersom gets ready to walk the runway after being named 2014 Maine Sea Goddess July 30.

Rockland — Abby Megan Hersom of Rockland was crowned Maine Sea Goddess July 30 during a coronation ceremony at the 67th Maine Lobster Festival at Harbor Park.

Hersom is the daughter of Michael and Hope Hersom, and a 2014 graduate of Oceanside High School.

Samantha Greer Dienesch-Calamari of Owls Head was named Crown Princess. She is the daughter of George and Karen Dienesch-Calamari, and a 2014 graduate of Oceanside High School.

Click for photos from the Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess coronation.

Click for other 2014 Maine Lobster Festival photos.

Sienna Nicole Barstow of Thomaston was named Miss Congeniality, a title voted on by the other contestants. She is the daughter of Andy and Amy Barstow, and also a 2014 graduate of Oceanside High School.

A total of 15 Sea Princesses competed this year for the title of Maine Sea Goddess. Sophie Marie Cyr served as Crown Bearer.

Opening day of the festival saw a mysterious mix of sun, clouds and fog.

Dan Bookham served as emcee, introducing each of the 15 Sea Princesses. Members of the Rockland Coast Guard and Maine Maritime Academy escorted the contestants during the coronation.

Chuck Kruger, president of the Maine Lobster Festival Association and Sharon Lombardo, Festival Executive Committee member, spoke during the event.

Lombardo noted that the judges had commented what a difficult time they had making their selections.

"You are all winners," said Kruger.

Rockland Mayor Larry Pritchett was on hand as well.

King Neptune and his Royal Court presided over the event. Shayna Cohen of Hope sang several musical numbers, including "The National Anthem," "God Bless America" and "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys, accompanied by Alex Wilder on the keyboard. Mark Lewis of Thomaston played "Taps."

Hersom accepted the crown from 2013 Maine Sea Goddess Melissa Philbrook. She plans to attend Stonehill College and major in health care administration.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Samantha Dienesch-Calamari receives the Crown Princess sash from 2013 Sea Goddess Melissa Philbrook during coronation ceremonies July 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Sienna Barstow heads down the runway after being voted 2014 Miss Congeniality by her panel of Sea Princesses at the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival coronation July 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Crown Bearer Sophie Marie Cyr waves to the audience after being introduced at the coronation ceremony July 30. Also pictured is 2013 Sea Goddess Melissa Philbrook. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
King Neptune oversees the Sea Princesses and their escorts prior to the start of the coronation ceremony July 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Melissa Philbrook, 2013 Maine Sea Goddess, takes it all in during the coronation ceremony while Shayna Cohen sang "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The entire royal entourage poses following the 2014 coronation ceremony July 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Jim Bazin | Jul 31, 2014 08:06

Three first class young women that anyone would be proud to have as daughters. Congratulations to all of you!



Posted by: Angela Johnson | Jul 30, 2014 22:27

Congratulations Abby, Sam and Sienna! The Johnson family is proud of all of you and know you will represent our community well. Have fun at the rest of the a Festival Events.



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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.

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