June 1, 2008

Come join the parade in the charming town of Northeast Harbor, Maine

The charming town of Northeast Harbor, near my home in Seal Harbor, ME, hosts its own Memorial Day Parade every year, which I love.  It starts on Memorial Day morning at 10:30 sharp.  It’s a great opportunity to get reacquainted with both the year-round locals and the summer residents at the beginning of every summer season.  Come take a look at a bit of Americana.


Here are some old friends catching up.

This is the main street of Northeast Harbor - we love to shop here,
sometimes meeting friends for coffee or an ice cream. There are several
very interesting shops where I often find 'local treasures.'


There were two marching bands and local luminaries, veterans, and school children who marched that day.

Francesca waiting for the parade.  She and Shakey were not very well
behaved - they barked at every other dog and were quite voluble.

Antique cars always come out on Memorial Day.  I believe this is an
old Model A Ford in very nice restored condition.The Fords -
Henry and Edsel - were frequent visitors to
Mount Desert Island.  They were also activists in the formation of
Acadia National Park.  It is fitting that so many Ford automobiles are
on the Island - both old and new.  I even have an Edsel.


This driver was very casual and proud and friendly

Elroy, a local schoolboy, captivated the Frenchies.

another band wearing jeans

Sharkey had to be confined in a 'time out' stranglehold - she actually stopped barking when thus controlled.


There were three beautiful steeds bedecked in red, white, and blue - they marched proudly in the parade.

This entire group hula-hooped while marching!

Unfortunately, we did not make it to the barbecue, but it sure smelled delicious throughout the town_o7j0615_2

A very somber note was struck by these marchers who carried panels with the names of those brave soldiers who have died in Iraq.

More than 4000  American soldiers have died battle in Iraq

The fire departments always make a great showing - proudly
displaying the fire equipment that hopefully will not have to be used.

Hook and Ladder 1

This youngster rode proudly with one of the firefighters.

Its so nice to see families like this gathered for the parade

Liesl, my assistant, waving an American flag.

The Pine Bough Book Shop is one of our favorite stops - great books, exquisite antiques, and fascinating memorabilia.


The plywood floor boards of the Model A - the owner said they had
been made from the wooden boxes in which car parts were delivered to
the Ford factories. I wonder if that is really true?


great dash board

the three horses

This is Lisa Hall of sea glass jewelry fame and her lovely daughter.


another view of the main street

There is always an ambulance or two in the parade.

A red, white, and blue swag decorating the back of another Model A.