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The first tree was felled to begin the settlement of Union on July 19, 1774. In 1786 Union was incorporated as a town.


On Founders Day Weekend we celebrate that event and honor the dedication of those early families

A special thanks to Lyle and Jan Cramer for "Keeping the Schedule" for Founders Day - quite a feat in this mobile age, with changes happening daily. We also are grateful to the many other UHS members who helped out in so many ways: Breakfast, Parade, Bus Tour, Quilt Show and workshop, Sales Table, Silent Movie, as well as the myriad behind the scenes preparations!


UHS Come Spring Bus Tour


The Union Historical Society's annual Come Spring Heritage Trail Bus Tour is offered during Founders Day Weekend.  Tickets for the bus tour go on sale about a month before Founders Day. The tour departs from the Old Town House, 128 Town House Road, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday of Founders Day Weekend. The tour takes place rain or shine and lasts about two and a half hours.

Come Spring Bus Tour tickets may be purchased by calling ahead. Your reservation will be confirmed when your payment has been received. Since this popular event usually sells out, it is recommended to purchase tickets early. Please call 207-385-4611 and leave a message for Mary Thompson.

Included in the tour are dismount stops at historic sites, most of which four are located on private property and are not open to the public at other times.  The route follows the Georges River Scenic Byway, identifying sites where Union's early settlers built cabins and lived.  The names of the settlers are documented in town records and their lives and stories are recounted by Ben Ames Williams in his 1940 historical novel Come Spring, reprinted by the Historical Society.  After visiting settlers' gravesites in the Common Cemetery on Ayer Hill, the tour will stop at the cellar hole of the cabin where Philip Robbins' large family spent a crowded winter in 1776, and then at the homestead of Robbins' oldest son David.  After circuit over the blueberry barrens of Clarry Hill, tour participants visit the site of the Royal Mess, the bachelor home of Jason Ware, Joel Adams and Matthias Hawes, overlooking the hillside where Adams and his wife Mima Robbins built their home.


Silent Movies at the Old Town House


The UHS is pleased to bring the past to life each year at Union’s Old Town House, as we present classic silent films at 7:00 PM on Founders Day.
 
Doug Protsik, director of the Maine Fiddle Camp and of The Old Grey Goose band, plays the piano accompaniment for the films using his original scores. With a varied background in classical, folk, old-time and dance music, Protsik fell naturally into his role as the “heir” of Danny Patt, who accompanied silent movies at the Old Town House in the 1920s. Doug’s enthusiasm for silent movies has led to work composing and recording original scores for silent film restorations for Turner Classic Movies cable network. A resident of Woolwich, Protsik joined other musicians to form The Old Grey Goose in 1978; their energetic blend of traditional and folk music has become a staple of the Maine music scene.

We are proud to present this old-time entertainment for all ages; families with children are encouraged to attend. We extend a special invitation to present and former military personnel. The Society is grateful for the generous support of one of our members who underwrites this event.

Doors open at the Old Town House at 6:30 PM on Founders Day. There is no charge for admission. A suggested donation of $5.00 is used for maintenance of the fine 1840’s structure.

Join this all town celebration this year! Friday July 14 - Sunday July 16

PLEASE WATCH THE AREA NEWSPAPERS FOR UPDATES AND CALL THE UHS 207-785-5444 FMI

Friday, July 14


Time Event Location Contact Person Organization
1:00-3:30 Crazy Quilt Workshop $25 People's United Methodist Church
Jan Cramer
207-785-2030
3:00 - 6:00 Farmers Market w/music &
children's games
Union Common Elaine Frost


5:30 - 8:00

7:00- 8:30
Pie Social w/music (food for sale)

Come Spring Farm Celebration
Union Common

Come Spring Farm
J. Paparello

Vicki Harriman
UACoC/Scholarship fund

Come Spring Players and Peter Duffy





Saturday, July 15


Time Event Location Contact Person Organization
7:00 - 9:30 Pancake Breakfast People's United Methodist Church Dan Day, Jeff Nims PUMC
9:00 - 3:30 Quilt Show People's United Methodist Church Becky Brooks (contact: rpb14@yahoo.com)
9:30-12:00 Come Spring Bus Tour Old Town House Mary Thompson 207-385-4611 UHS - RESERVATIONS NEEDED
9:30-2:00 Matthews Museum/Moxie Table Union Common George and Judy Gross Matthews Museum
10:00-2:00
UHS Information & Sales Table
Vendors and Crafters
Union Common

10:00-2:00 Snack foods, Face Painting, Children's Play House, Dunk tank Union Common Tara Wellman/Jay Feyler PTO - Union Elementary School
10:00 -10:30
Parade - with Midcoast Community Band & Midcoast Brass Quintet

Union Fire Station to the Common

Ezra Casas

Camden National Bank

10:00 - 4:00 Matthews Museum Open Union Fairgrounds Irene Hawes Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage
10:30 - 1:00

11:00-11:45
Union Rescue First Aid Demo

Midcoast Community Band Concert


Union Common







Joanne Parker





Friends of Founders Day
11:30 - 1:00 Chicken Barbecue Union Common
Dan Beardsley Union Masons
11:45-12:30 Midcoast Brass Quintet Concert Union Common Peter Stuart Friends of Founders Day





7:00 - 9:00 Silent Movie Classic - no entrance fee Old Town House Jack Green (Doug Protsik-Piano) Union Historical Society
7:00  - 11:00 Country Dance Union Masonic Hall, Sennebec Rd.
Union Masons


Sunday, July 16

 
Time Event Location Coordinator Organization
9:45  - 10:15
10:30 - 11:35
Gospel Music Concert
Community Worship Service
Union Common - if raining, these events will be at the church
People's United Methodist Church











Bring a chair for events on the Common. Watch for Press Coverage for Additions and Changes

PLEASE VISIT AND SUPPORT UNION AREA BUSINESSES - FMI SEE UNION AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR FULL LISTING AND MAP

We are sorry that during Founders Day Weekend, our phone will be answered on a very limited basis. Please use the numbers listed with activities to make reservations.


Here are some photos from past Founders Day celebrations:

Tumblewood


Tumblewood Inc. held its first World Games on the Common in Union. FMI on this Union made game and its creator, see
http://www.tumblewoodgame.com/

Bus Tour The Come Spring Bus Tour held many delights for those interested in the history of Union, as well as those who enjoy the landscape of woods, ponds and farms that remains little changed from the early days after settlement. Several stops are on private property where the owners graciously host the tour participants and share the sites of the founders’ first dwellings. This plaque marks the cellar hole of the cabin where Phillip Robbins and his large family spent their first winter in 1774.
Cabin


The Come Spring Cabin was in the parade on Founders Day and was a backdrop for the “Come Spring Chronicles,” a dramatization of the popular historical novel COME SPRING (1940).



“Welcome Home Vets” was the theme of the Founders Day parade.




Chronicles

The cast for the “Come Spring Chronicles,” a dramatization of the popular historical novel COME SPRING (1940) which was set in Union by author Ben Ames Williams, using actual people, places and events to tell of the early settlement of a typical inland Maine town during the time of the Revolutionary War.
Moxie



Moxie inventor, Augustin Thompson, was from Union; on Founders Day everyone has MOXIE!



Alden Store


Tour Bus participants end their tour at the Ebenezer Alden property. When Alden built his store, the first in Union in 1797, there were just 20 families in town. This barn was a later addition to the property in the mid-1860’s.
Band


The MidCoast Community Band, directed by Joann Parker, played for the crowds on Founders Day in Union.




Moon Bounce


The Selectmen of Union coordinated the events of Founders Day. Here they work to deflate the “Moon Walk” that children had enjoyed during the day.
Mass



A Sunday morning worship service on the Common began with gospel music.