A Facebook Weekend – Connecting on the Common
Before getting to Mollyockett Day, a number of interesting news items popped up.
In my neighborhood, the former Gary and Sandra Savage home was moved off its foundation to make way for the new Sport Thoma retail store. Right now it is resting on two I beams about two hundred yards from its original site. Movers are Clayton Copp & Sons, Building Movers of Cumberland, ME. Nothing was removed from the house for the move; it will stay in its parking lot location until the foundation at its new location is ready within property owned by Ron and Cynthia Savage on Deer View Road.
Peter and Nancy Kailey held a large ski and snowboard equipment tent sale Friday through Sunday on the lot in Mayville next to the location of its coming new store. When I checked in late afternoon Sunday, a number of shoppers were busy looking. Nancy said Peter had been very busy Saturday and Sunday morning – car plates from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont. Friday morning a car with Florida plates was parked there.
Friday, Dave Bean and Eric Breton were at work on the skateboard park. When I stopped there, Dave was handling the jackhammer. Object of the work is to remedy some of the sections in the park that experience has shown needed changes to make them more user-friendly. Both Dave and Eric are members of the Gould Academy faculty/coaching staff.
And just in time for the weekend, Crossroads Diner had a new roof over its outdoor eating deck – on the side facing Rite Aid. On Sunday, it looked to be a very popular breakfast spot with all the deck (now a porch) tables occupied.
Over the years Mollyockett Day has become a time when people plan their visit to Bethel on the assumption that they will run into old friends on the Common. Well, you can also run into new commitments. Besides seeing some old friends, I acquired two history issues to look up for friends and a commitment to visit the Woodstock Historical Society Museum. So the Facebook part of Mollyockett Day works well.
This year’s program could be divided into Broadway and Off Broadway. On Broadway there was the parade, the Common and setups near the Common along Broad Street. Two of the audience participation events On Broadway were hoola-hoops and in the early evening, Native American drumming and dancing. By the time of drumming and dancing, the crowd had dwindled to about a hundred people or less. One of the drummers who led the dancing did an excellent job, attracting the young and not so young.
Like last year, I videoed the parade, some activities on the Common, drumming and dancing, the lobster bake, and Sunday’s tube and treasure race. Find them on YouTube as Molly Ockett Day 2013.
Since we are now in the Facebook and instant evaluation era, how did you rate the weekend experience – from one to five stars? The only business float I recall from watching the parade was the Funky Red Barn with trailer and band. Give them five stars. The group of dancing elephants, giraffe, lion and another unidentified creature give them a five stars plus.
Being a good Steward of Nature is a bit difficult to portray as a float – which maybe is the reason there were no other business floats. Some have commented that there were no horses, no Boy or Cub Scouts, and my comment is there are far too many fire engines.
Off Broadway: New this year was a Lobster Bake at the new Bethel Bait, Tackle and More on Mechanic Street. When I visited, lobster chef and co-owner, Jeremy Fredette, was busy on the job. Several parties were at the picnic tables and a couple was being served with oysters on the half shell. Seven rustic picnic tables under a tent made up the dining room and another tent covers the lobster, oyster, counter activities.
Another popular Off Broadway activity was the 3rd Tube and Treasure Race at Bethel Outdoor Adventure. This was a Sunday afternoon event and over 40 participants showed up for the race. Jeff Parsons’ safety briefing at the start of Sunday’s tube race to Davis Park landing is one to remember: “You do not want to go down this (left) side (of the river) channel. If you do you’ll find it will get awfully rough over Rumford Falls and the next thing you know they will be speaking Portuguese and you have crossed the Atlantic.”
For pictures that tell much, much more of the other news and Molly Day story – see the Bethel Journals online at www.thebetheljournals.info