STANDISH – Organizers are set to celebrate the three distinct villages within Standish in the fourth annual Standish Summer Spectacular happening Thursday through Saturday of next week.
“A few years back, the town started working on the notion of our three major villages in town – Standish Corner, Sebago Lake Village and Steep Falls Village – we want to celebrate that notion,” said Linda Brooks, Standish parks and recreation director and a member of the Spectacular organizing committee.
Brook said some communities try to meld each of the smaller parts of town into one homogenized unit, but Standish wants to celebrate the character of the three unique villages instead.
“They all have their own history but they each start with an S, so that’s where the three Ss in Standish Summer Spectacular came from,” she said.
This year’s theme is “History in the Making,” which is meant to highlight the Standish Historical Society “since they do work in all three villages,” Brooks said. “The event is always designed to put a spotlight on some of our community organizations here that are working to do different things, and clearly the historical society does some great work in our community.”
Brooks is one of five members on the committee, which includes Diana Mains Allen, Jeanine Dalton, Denise Thibault and Bill Tracy. Many volunteers are involved as well including many from the historical society.
The kickoff event, known as the Launch of the SSS, takes place at Standish Boat Launch on Sebago Lake Thursday evening. It includes A Taste of Maine, which profiles local and statewide restaurants that provide samples for attendees. Ticket costs are based on the number of samples desired.
“It’s right on the lake and it’s beautiful. We have a barbershop quartet providing entertainment, so it should be great,” Brooks said.
The weather hasn’t cooperated some years so this year each event has a clearly designated rain location ensuring the show will go on, Brooks said.
New this year is a photo scavenger hunt, which is being held before the three-day event. Brooks said the historical society has specified several clues regarding historical sites around Standish and those able to correctly photograph each spot can be in the drawing to win the $100 grand prize. Check the town’s website at www.townofstandish.org for more information on the hunt.
“It’s not as simple as you may think so it may take some research on people’s part, but the society’s headquarters at the Old Red Church will be open at certain times and they can pop in there to gather some more information,” Brooks said.
On Saturday, the parade will start at 10 a.m., and Brooks said it’s become a real highlight of the three-day event.
“The parade just continues to grow every year. The parade has really blossomed. People really look forward to that,” she said.
Thursday, June 27
6:30-9 p.m.: Launch of the SSS. A Taste of Maine food-tasting event with musical accompaniment by the Exchange Street Barbershop Quartet takes place at the Standish Boat Launch.
Rain location: Edna Libby School
Friday, June 28
6-10 p.m.: Beach Boogie at Kiwanis Beach on Watchic Lake. Music by Chandler’s Band, Flamin’ Raymin’ and Sizzlin’ Suzzan’ followed by fireworks.
Rain location: George E. Jack School
Saturday, June 29
7:30-9:30 a.m.: Pancake breakfast at Standish Congregational Church, Oak Hill Road, $5/adults, $3/children.
8 a.m.-noon: Community Marketplace at George E. Jack School courtyard. Artisans, florists, plant/bake/yard sales, local business displays and more.
Rain location: George E. Jack School
10 a.m.: Spectacular Parade. Rain or shine. Starts at Blake Road, proceeds up Route 25, ending at Standish Congregational Church.
2 p.m.: Johnny the K performs for children at Steep Falls Village Gazebo.
Rain location: Steep Falls Fire Barn