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Friendship Day draws huge crowds for parade, crafts, games, food and fun

By Susan Mustapich | Jul 29, 2017
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Rachel Bowman, center, follows her daughter, Anna, in the Cruella De Vil buggy, surrounded by families and children dressed for the July 29 Friendship Day parade's theme, "Dog days of Friendship."

Friendship — The community turned out July 29 on a picture-perfect summer day for the 34th annual Friendship Day parade, baked goods and craft sale, kids' play area, lobster roll lunch and more.

Early birds ran the 24th annual 5K "Long Haul" race or joined the "Short Haul" Family Fun Run and Walk, bought homemade baked goods, shopped for crafts made by dozens of local artisans under the Big Tent at the Hahn Center and in the fire station, enjoyed the 15th annual Friendship Pancake Breakfast at the Advent Christian Church and were treated to a pet show.

By 10 a.m, crowds lined Cushing Road to watch the parade, and outside of the parade route, cars were parked along the road further than the eye could see in both directions. Families turned out in the spirit of the parade's "Dog days of Friendship" theme, wearing Dalmatian-inspired outfits, with lots of toddlers in tow in all kinds of buggies. The parade Grand Marshals were Walter Foster and Beatrice "Bea" Simmons.

The 34th Friendship Day benefitted the Ambulance Service for Friendship residents. The lobster roll lunch raised funds for the Friendship Fire Department, and the chicken barbecue dinner raised funds for the Medomak Valley High School girls' varsity softball team spring training trip to Disney World.

Foster originally summered in Friendship at his family's home as a child. In 1967 he and his wife, Carolyn, moved back and raised a son and a daughter. He worked as a biologist for the Maine Department of Marine Resources, and over the years joined and led community organizations, including the Friendship Village Society as president, and the Roadside Cemetery as president for 46 years. He served as president of the Friendship Museum during the Bicentennial, and was part-time code officer and plumbing inspector. He served on the Town Office building committee, and was chair of the Planning Board for over 40 years, working on Friendship's comprehensive plans in 1987 and 1995.

Simmons married Ted Simmons in 1958, moving to Friendship, where they raised a son and a daughter. She worked at the Friendship Museum for seven years, and worked as town clerk and then tax collector for a total of 18 years. Her office was in the hallway of her house, where her desk was the old table top of her sewing machine. While she posted hours on her door, she never turned anyone away, sometimes working from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. She would go out to someone's car if they could not make it into the house, and would call people to remind them before their vehicle registration ran out. While she had her home office, she kept the money in her kitchen freezer for safekeeping. In her final years as town clerk, her office was moved into the Hahn Community Center.

There was no shortage of good food, with the Friendship Fire Department's lobster roll and burger lunch, Victory Ice Cream, the Mike Mayo Stand with blooming onions and more, Wallace's Market open all day for lunch and dinner takeout, chicken barbecue, dinner and snacks at The Scoop, and Jameson Point Lobster Co. serving lobster rolls, cooked lobster and takeout from noon until 9 p.m.

Friendship Day afternoon and evening events included an auction at the Hahn Center with auctioneer Bill Michaud, chicken barbecue dinner, and 9 p.m. fireworks over Friendship Harbor.

Avery Simmons rides his Baja Warrior 200 in the Friendship Day parade, with a sign reading, "I thought you said HOG days of summer, not DOG days." (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Dalmatian costumes of all sizes were sported July 29 for the Friendship Day parade theme, "Dog days of Friendship." (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Carted along the Friendship Day parade in a "bug-gy," these two are cuter than puppies. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Walter Foster, in back, and Beatrice "Bea" Simmons, waving in passenger seat, were Grand Marshals in the Friendship Day parade, July 29. (Courtesy of: Lynn Case)
The Wiscasset Speedway crew brought candy to the Friendship Day parade July 29. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Reigning 2016 Maine Wild Blueberry Queen Kimberly Reed graces the Friendship Day parade with her smile. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
The Friendship Memorial Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to anyone who has been a student in Friendship, for education and vocational training. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Friendship Fire Department Chief Kevin Benner, right, and his helpers, daughter Cassidy Benner, center, and friend Abigail Barter, fill lunch orders for lobster rolls, burgers, hot dogs, fries and more. Lunch was a fundraiser for the fire department. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
People kept the line for lobster rolls and burgers out front of the Friendship Fire Department going for about two hours. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Members of the Friendship Fire Department, including Jon Dixon, center, turn out fries, onion rings, burgers and hot dogs for a couple of hours, all the while raising funds for the department. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
From left, Waldoboro firefighter Calvin Morin, and Kyle Santheson and Mike Poli of Waldoboro EMS turn out for the Friendship Day Parade, food and fun. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Khloe Ehle tries out one of the many kids' games at Friendship Day July 29, that raised funds for Medomak Valley High School's girls' varsity softball team spring training trip to Disney World. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Face-painting by Fletcher's Face Art isproudly displayed by Isabelle Aden at Friendship Day July 29. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
While there was no sign of a promised watermelon-eating contest, The Great Stephan captivated an audience with his magic tricks. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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