Originally published in Compass, June 12, 2014
Lupine Festival returns
by Tevlin Schuetz
The Lupine Festival is back this year for its 12th running. Events begin on Thursday evening, June 19, and continue through Sunday, June 22.
The festival was not scheduled last year due to reduced participation in 2012, but this year promises a wide range of activities and is augmented by its overlap with the 75th Anniversary Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge Celebration on Saturday.
Lupine Festival events kick off with a walk around Dunham’s Point on Thursday at 6 p.m. and resume on Friday with guided walks, a farmers market, scenic flight opportunities, an Island-wide treasure hunt and an Artists Crawl that evening.
Saturday begins with a pancake breakfast at Deer Isle Congregational Church and boasts the same opportunities for nature walks and flights over the Island. Bridge Celebration highlights include a rededication of the bridge, a walking parade and 5K run across the bridge, activities with the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society and a lobster lunch. A dance at the Opera House begins at 8 p.m. and will feature Lake Larsson and the Soul Benders.
Slated for Sunday are a Special Lighthouse Breakfast, a Lupine and Lighthouses Cruise, a handwork show, plus continued Island touring activities. Wrapping up the weekend’s festivities is the Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship Concert Sunday at 7 p.m.
“Lupine Loop” businesses will be open Friday and Saturday with a few keeping their doors open on Sunday.
Lupine Festival programs and other promotional items will be available at the Island Welcome Center. Call 348-6976 for further information and weather updates, or visit deerisle.com.