CAMDEN — The annual meeting of the Hosmer Pond Association will take place Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Camden Snow Bowl Lodge. The potluck is at 6 p.m., with the meeting to follow. Kerry Hardy, author of “Notes on a Lost Flute: A Field Guide to the Wabanaki,” will be the speaker at the annual meeting, at 7:15 p.m. The public is invited to hear Hardy’s presentation.

Hardy, a Lincolnville native, will speak on Governor Francis Bernard’s plans in the 1760s to create and head a separate colony in Maine, with the seat of government at the mouth of the Penobscot River. His plans relied on extending the Boston Road from Thomaston, through Camden, to the strategic fort in Stockton Springs, and from there to his intended capital on Mount Desert Island.

Governor Bernard (1712-1779) was a British colonial administrator who served as governor of the provinces of New Jersey and Massachusetts Bay, and much of his time in office was spent in vain attempts, through naval seizures and land speculation, to advance his political standing and increase his personal estate. Had he succeeded with his plans, Mainers would be living in a very different “Maine” today. The roads and towns of the Midcoast still bear his fingerprints, but the story of how and why he failed is a unique and entertaining chapter in Maine’s history.