The Union Chamber of Commerce's annual Now Famous Pie Social will kick off Union Founders Day weekend Friday, July 14, starting at 6 p.m. on the Union Common.

Guests are invited to come early and bring a blanket or lawn chair. There will be freshly grilled hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs for sale — and save room for a slice or two of pie, all homemade and in a wide assortment.

Music, sponsored by the Common Market, will be provided by the Torpedos, playing popular music from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Torpedoes feature Midcoast musicians Chris Hight, Frank Bidell, Sherwood Olin and John Keyser. They play covers of the Beatles, Eagles and the Who, as well as Elvis Presley and Merle Haggard. The Torpedoes like to see people dancing, so they do their best to keep the tunes coming, one after another.

The chamber will be raffling free a cooler and $25 gift certificate to the Common Market to help fill the cooler, as well as a bucket of sand toys for the free children's raffle. New this year, due to a generous donation from Union Agway, three handcrafted cedar benches will be raffled off with the purchase of raffle tickets of $1 each or six for $5.

Chamber members and anyone else interested in baking a pie to donate to the sale are welcome to do so. Bakers should bring their pies by 5:30 p.m.; or drop them off during the day at the Common Market.

Proceeds from the food sales and cedar bench raffles support the Union Chamber's Scholarship Fund, available to elementary, junior high or high school students in need of assistance to pursue education or projects that relate to business or leadership. Nontraditional students within the service area are also eligible to apply. For more information, visit

“Come Spring Chronicles”

Also on Friday night, the Come Spring players will present the annual “Come Spring Chronicles,” a dramatization of the popular historical novel “Come Spring” (1940), which was set in Union by author Ben Ames Williams using actual people, places and events to tell of the early settlement of a typical inland Maine town during the time of the Revolutionary War. The presentation is set for 7 p.m. at the Come Spring Farm, 187 Come Spring Lane.

Old-time movies

And the Union Historical Society will bring the past to life, as it does every year, by screening classic silent films at the Old Town House, 128 Town House Road/Route 235. This year’s screening, piano-accompanied as usual by Doug Protsik, will take place Saturday, July 15, at 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.). There is no admission charge, but a small donation is appreciated.

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