Midcoast Community Band is planning two consecutive Wednesday evening programs to raise funds to repair its flatbed trailer. The public is invited to attend each event with their picnic supper and lawn chair in tow, and dining music provided by the band. Soft drinks, chips and desserts will be on sale. Music will include marches, Broadway and pop tunes and even some sing-along numbers. A hat will be passed for donations.

The first concert will be held in Tenants Harbor Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Odd Fellows Hall, corner of Watts Avenue and Elementary School Road; the band will be atop its flatbed. In case of inclement weather, the event will be inside the hall. The second concert will be Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the American Legion Hall, Star Street behind Thomaston’s downtown business block. Again, if the weather is bad, the program will be inside the legion building.

Two years ago, the band — with a great deal of help from local businesses and a very successful public supper at the legion hall in Thomaston— was able to replace its old flatbed trailer with a much newer one. As happens with mechanical equipment, age took its toll and some work had to be done this spring on the brakes to make it safe for carrying its cargo of band members in parades. So now the band is turning to its public again for help.

Over its 26-year history, Midcoast Community Band has been involved in many local community events, a familiar sight riding in parades wearing their red-and-white-striped vests underneath the truck’s striped awning. Recently, the band participated in the Fourth of July parade in Thomaston, the Friendship Days parade and the Washington Bicentennial parade (its first time ever playing in Washington). For 25 years, Jo Anne Parker of St. George has been the director, leading the band in summer functions, special benefit concerts and its annual Christmas concerts.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.