Knox Museum will host a benefit chicken and ribs barbeque, with music by Steelin’ Thunder steel drum band, Sunday, Aug. 28, from 3 to 6 p.m. on the big stage in front of Montpelier, the big white house at the Route 131 turn to St. George.

Advanced ticket prices are $15, $12 for Knox Museum members, available at or in the gift shop at Montpelier during regular business hours. Tickets will be $18 and $15 on-site the day of the event. Admission includes food — drinks will be available by donation — and children younger than 12 are admitted free. All proceeds will benefit this past Memorial Day weekend’s exhibition of The Moving Wall.

Steelin' Thunder, the Rockland-based community steel drum band under the direction of Mike Miller, will perform rousing selections with a Caribbean flair ideal for dancing or just lazy summer afternoon listening. Formed in 2001, Steelin' Thunder has 17 members representing eight different towns from Waldoboro to Belfast.

Chicken and ribs will be prepared by another local legend, Melody Wolfertz, chef and owner of Rockland’s Main Street bistro, In Good Company. Both Steelin’ Thunder and Chef Wolfertz are graciously donating their services to benefit Knox Museum’s five-day exhibition of the Vietnam Veterans’ The Moving Wall three months ago. That event drew 13,000 people to Knox Museum and cost $100,000 to produce.

Since Vietnam Veterans of America’s contract prohibited charging admission, collecting donations from visitors or selling anything in conjunction with the exhibition, Knox Museum had to rely on sponsorships and individual donations in order to make it possible. To date, about $25,000 of in-kind donations and $70,000 in cash donations have been received. The Steelin’ Thunder concert and chicken and ribs barbecue will be the last Moving Wall benefit to pay the last of the expenses for the big community event.

Concertgoers are encouraged to carpool and to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on the front lawn. Some seating, as well as games such as croquet and badminton, will be provided.  Thomaston Selectman Peter Lammert’s donated grill will be fired up with food ready to be served sometime after 3 p.m., and the band will start playing at 4 p.m. The event will go on rain or shine, so bring umbrellas and sun screen as needed … and come early for the best seats and to enjoy pre-barbeque beverages.

For more information, call Knox Museum at 354-8062 or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or