North Haven celebrates Community Days

By Seth Macy | Aug 16, 2017
Courtesy of: Seth Macy The Casino Yacht Club sailing class float cruises the parade route Aug. 12.

North Haven — The morning of Aug. 12 started with rain, but the clouds began to thin just in time for floats to line up for the annual North Haven Community Days parade. The parade kicked off the day's celebrations, which included a blindfolded rowboat race, codfish relay, and capped off with a street dance into the night.

The North Haven Lion's Club sets up along the parade route, selling food for hungry parade-goers. Cooper's Landing, currently the oldest of North Haven's restaurants, stays open late to accommodate thirsty revellers during the street dance.

While not originally part of Community Days, the street dance was started after the retirement of Lung Fest, an annual local music festival held at  Mullen's Head Park on the island's eastern side. The spirit of community, dancing, celebration and music lives on.

In addition to Community Days, the weekend also sees North Haven's annual Art Association Art Show, with proceeds from the sales going to support the North Haven Public Library.

A young North Haven summer resident tosses candy to onlookers during Community Days Aug. 12. (Courtesy of: Seth Macy)
Employees of local eatery and market Calderwood Hall march down Main Street for Community Days. (Courtesy of: Seth Macy)
Racers compete in the annual codfish relay race Aug. 12 on North Haven. (Courtesy of: Seth Macy)
Racers must run from one end of main street to the other, where they hand off their fish and full oil skins and boots to teammates, who repeat the process in the other direction. (Courtesy of: Seth Macy)
DJ Kat Nip (Kat Manock of North Haven) gets the crowd going during her closing set at the North Haven Community Days street dance Aug. 12. (Courtesy of: Seth Macy)
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