All things blueberry at Lincolnville's Blueberry Wingding

Blueberry pancake breakfast 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
By Susan Mustapich | Aug 10, 2017
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Lee Cronin, left, organizer of Lincolnville Improvement Association's Aug. 12 Blueberry Wing Ding, with Richard McLaughlin, who took a quick break for a photo Aug. 2 while preparing for a busy day at his Lobster Shack.

LINCOLNVILLE — The 15th annual Blueberry Wingding at Lincolnville Beach to benefit the Lincolnville Improvement Association Scholarship Fund is set for Saturday, Aug. 12.

The blueberry pancake breakfast, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., takes place at McLaughlin's Lobster Shack on the beach. Organizer Lee Cronin appreciates how owner Rick McLaughlin allows the LIA to "take over the entire restaurant" for the event.

"He has been wonderful, and is there to assist us if we start burning pancakes, or if we run out of things," she said. "He loves doing it, and at the end of each sale, I always say to him, 'well Rick, what do you think about next year?' And he says, 'Absolutely!' There's no hesitation at all. That's a nice feeling."

Cronin said the community not only turns out for the breakfast, but that "a lot of people in the community step up to help us, busing and waiting tables," she said. "We rely heavily on our community and they have been terrific."

This year, the raffle offers gift certificates from Lincolnville's restaurants and inns, including a $100 gift certificate for the Lobster Pound, $50 gift certificates to Chez Michel, Whale's Tooth Pub and Youngtown Inn, $25 gift certificates to the Copper Pine Cafe, and a one night stay and breakfast at the Inn at Ocean's Edge and Bayleaf Cottages and Bistro.

The event is also known for the jams and blueberry-baked goods, including pies, cakes and muffins, as well as fresh blueberries sold there. Each LIA member makes several blueberry products for the sale, Cronin said. The LIA provides the berries, and the members donate the remainder of the ingredients.

Blueberry Hannah, a Lincolnville business owned by Hannah Burke, provides all of the blueberries for the Wing Ding. She offers the LIA a good price, Cronin said, and "the berries are spotless, no cleaning involved, and are packed in boxes with lids so that they can be stacked."

Banners and signs to advertise the event go up the Sunday before the event on Route 1 at Lincolnville Beach. Flyers go up in local stores in the area as well. This year, a new two-sided banner was donated by Craig Reuter of Lincolnville and Clifton, N.J.

The proceeds from the Blueberry Wingding pay for scholarships for high school seniors living in Lincolnville. In 2016, the LIA was "really proud that we gave out three $1,200 scholarships," Cronin said. The competition was close and the organization decided to give three scholarships, she said. In most years, the LIA gives out two $1,500 scholarships.

A new event, Brush, Floss and Rinse, a 5K fun run, sponsored by Lincolnville Family Dentistry, will take place at 8 a.m. The race starts at McLaughlin's Lobster Shack. Runners can register online by going to the Lincolnville Family Dentistry Facebook page, or to https://my.racewire.com/event/4882. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the cost is $25. Proceed going to the LIA scholarship fund.

The LIA was organized more than 100 years ago and currently has about 40 members. The organization purchases, plants and maintains flowers at Lincolnville Beach, designed and paid for the welcome sign, and sponsors the Christmas Party, tree lighting and bonfire at the beach.

Tickets for the pancake breakfast are sold in advance for $8 for adults and $4 for children, and at the door are $9 for adults and $5 for children.

Courier Publications reporter Susan Mustapich can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at smustapich@villagesoup.com.

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