The town of Union will celebrate the 236th anniversary of its founding this year during Founders Day Weekend, July 16 to July 18.

Friday, July 16

• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Pie Social and Music on the Common. Hot dogs, burgers, veggie burgers, pie and soda, with music by the Juke Rockets, all on the Common. Bring a blanket or chair. Hosted by the Union Area Chamber of Commerce. Benefits the chamber’s scholarship fund.

• 6 to 8 p.m.: Canoe Trip on Seven Tree Pond. Guided canoe trip on Seven Tree Pond with Lyle Cramer who provides the canoes (or bring one) and will lead the trip and point out the interesting landmarks and historic features along the way. It’s a two-hour trip, leaving from and returning to Ayer Park. Reservations are advised (call Cramer at 233-2979), but walk-ups are welcome as space allows. No charge.

Saturday, July 17

• 7 to 9 a.m. Pancake breakfast, fresh-made as guests arrive, at the People’s United Methodist Church, just off the Common. Hosted by the Youth Group.

• 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Golf at the Union Country Club, open to the public. No tee time necessary; $10 for nine holes, or $15 all day. Benefits the Vose Library. For more information call Hank Aho at 845-2347 or visit Also July 18.

• 9 to 11 a.m.: Canoe Trip on Seven Tree Pond with Lyle Cramer.

• 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Vendors and crafters on the Common. Lots of tables and booths, mostly local but many come from a distance. Special turnout by local businesses on the Common.

• 9:30 a.m.: Bike Decorating Contest at the fire station. Prizes in four age categories, from toddler through age 12. Special prize for most creative entry. Children and bikes will be in the parade afterward. Pre-registration at the town office is encouraged (to help with head count), but last-minute entries are welcome.

• 9:30 a.m.: Come Spring Bus Tour. Narrated bus tour of historic landmarks and sites in Union, featuring those described in Ben Ames Williams’ historical novel of Union in the early days. Cost is $10 per person. Reservations are strongly advised (call 785-5444 and leave message). The bus leaves from and returns to the Old Town House. Organized by the Union Historical Society.

• 10 a.m.: Community parade from the fire station to the Common with Downeast Brass Band, floats, antique vehicles, farm vehicles, local businesses, Union Fire Department, Union Ambulance Service, Union Public Works, veterans, scouts, and many others. Special this year: float contest! Call Greg Grotton at 785-2651.

• 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Music and other entertainment on the Common. Judging of the floats as they arrive at the Common, Downeast Brass Band at the bandstand after the parade, followed at 2 p.m. by the bluegrass band Members of the Press Gang, plus demonstrations and other events, a bouncy house for children, and more.

• 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Hayrides on the Common. Tractor-drawn hayrides around the Common with Jeff McCormick’s hay wagon pulled by Chris Packard’s tractor.

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Chicken Barbecue on the Common with side dishes, organized by the Union Masonic Lodge and served on the Common, rain or shine. (Tent in case of rain.) For dessert, check out the slices of homemade pie at the People’s United Methodist Church table.

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Yellow School Museum Room open at the Thompson Center. Yearbooks and many other memorabilia from the distant past, plus schoolroom settings and more.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Open House at Matthews Museum with elements of everyday life from early days in Union.

• 2 to 3:30 p.m.: Members of the Press Gang band on the Common.

• 4:30 to 6 p.m.: Spaghetti Supper at the Union Town Office, organized by Union Fire Department and Union Ambulance Service.

• 6 to 8 p.m.: Canoe Trip on Seven Tree Pond.

• 7 p.m.: Silent Movie at the Old Town House, “The Cameraman” (1928) starring Buster Keaton, with Doug Protsik at the piano. Tickets are $5 at the door.

• 7 to 11 p.m.: Country Dance at the Masonic Hall. Traditional country dancing to the music of the band Sidekick. BYOB. Tickets are $10 per person at the door.

• 8 p.m. to midnight: Dance to the music of Rave On at the Thompson Community Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person at the door.

Sunday, July 18

• 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Golf at the Union Country Club.

• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Outdoor Worship Service on the Common, conducted by the Rev. George Hodgkins, pastor of the People’s United Methodist Church. Services in the church in case of rain.

Key contacts for more information:

Program and schedule: John Gibbons, 542-9098.

Events on the Common, vendors, crafters: Jim Justice, 542-4844.

Parade, float contest: Greg Grotton, 785-2651

Bike decorating contest: Joyce Grotton, 785-2651.

Come Spring Bus Tour and Union Historical Society: 785-5444.

Canoe Trip on Seven Tree Pond: Lyle Cramer, 233-2979.

Golf at the Union Country Club: Hank Aho, 845-2347.