Union Historical Society presents talk about Maine’s heritage apples Aug. 4

UNION — The Palermo farmer, author, artist, historian, educator and mentor was awarded the Maine Commissioner of Agriculture’s Distinguished Service Award in 2019 for his outstanding contribution to preserving Maine’s historic apple heritage.

Bunker started Fedco Trees in 1984 and worked with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners to establish Maine’s Heritage Orchard in Unity with more than 500 apple and pear varieties. He initiated the Heritage Orchard at the Blaine House in Augusta with varieties from all 16 counties. Known as Maine’s “apple whisperer,” Bunker wrote and illustrated “Apples and the Art of Detection.”

The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Old Town House on Town House Road in Union.

Apprenticeshop to host annual Red Jacket Regatta Aug. 14

ROCKLAND — The Red Jacket youth sailing Regatta will take place Saturday, Aug. 14. Races start around 11 a.m.; this event is sponsored by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors.

The Regatta celebrates the “Red Jacket,” built in Rockland and launched in 1853 at the current location of The Apprenticeshop. On its maiden voyage, The Red Jacket sailed from New York to Liverpool in 13 days; a record that stood for over 100 years.

Sailboat races will run off the Apprenticeshop dock, 655 Main St., and will be visible from shore. At the conclusion, there will be an award ceremony and an informal barbecue for the sailors and community.

The upcoming regatta is open to youth with sailing experience aged 8 to 17. Pre-registration is required; a limited number of boats are available to competitors. To register, or for additional information, email Pat DiLalla at prdilalla@gmail.com.