The annual Union Founders Day weekend offers live music and old-time movies, in addition to a 5K road race, a parade and a variety of community events; visit for the complete schedule or see the article linked below.

Juke Rockets play for Pie

The weekend begins with Union Area Chamber of Commerce’s Pie Social Friday, July 19 beginning 5:30 p.m. on the Union Common. This year’s event features high octane blues by the Juke Rockets, twice named Maine’s top blues band. For the second year running, the local Juke Rockets Blues Band will represent the state of Maine in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge, next winter in Memphis. The Jukes got the nod after winning the Maine Blues Society’s Road to Memphis competition this spring; they competed in the 2013 IBC in January.

Chamber members will sell hamburgers and hot dogs, but the main event is mouthwatering, homemade pies, sold by the pie or the slice to benefit the chamber’s Scholarship Fund. Attendees should bring lawn seating and their appetites.

More music, drama, dancing

On Saturday, July 20, Joe Murphy will play pre-parade music at the bandstand from 9 to 9:30 a.m. After the parade, Midcoast Community Band will perform on the Common from 10 to 10:45 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by a presentation by historian Jim Nelson as Dixey Bull, in full piratical regalia. At noon, a dramatic reading of "Come Spring Chronicles" will be presented at the Robbins House, headquarters of the historical society. Local residents play the parts of the early settlers in this medley of excerpts collated by Peter Duffey from Ben Ames Williams' 1940 novel "Come Spring." From 7 to 11 p.m., True Country Band featuring Andrew Cunningham and Dwayne Dickerson will play a country dance at the Masonic Hall on Sennebec Road; admission to the 21-and-older event is $10.

Celebrations will close Sunday, July 21, with a 9:45 a.m. gospel music concert on the Common, sponsored by People's United Methodist Church, followed by open-air worship, led by Rev. George L. Hodgkins Jr. from the grandstand at 10 a.m.

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