You may have heard, Senator King came by yesterday, met with several people, checked in at some businesses, and re-connected with his old friend, and our new mayor, Samantha Paradis. ... See MoreSee Less
This is me in the governor's office with the Mayor of Belfast--twenty years ago! Samantha Paradis is now a nurse at Waldo County General Hospital and was just elected Mayor after knocking on 2500 doors. But when this picture was taken, she was a second grader in St. Agatha in the St. John valley, a cousin of my old friends Judy and Ross Paradis. Maine really is a big small town (with very long streets) and it's connections like this which reach across generations that make it so special. Can't remember what we were looking at, but it sure seems interesting. The amazing thing is that while Samantha has grown up, I haven't aged a bit. Yeah, right.
Wow, the town Christmas tree went up in Post Office Square today, and she's sure to inspire the holiday spirit! We can't wait to flip the switch at the Belfast Tree Lighting December 2nd.
Thank you to Alan Holmes and Holmes Florist and Greenhouse for donating this beautiful tree from their blueberry field in Belmont, to Dan Miller and Belmont Boatworks for manning the crane, to the City of Belfast Highway Department for moving the base, to the City of Belfast Recreation Department and Our Town Belfast volunteers for stringing lights, and to many others.
The Annual Tree Lighting is truly a community effort and affair! The town will gather at 4:30pm, December 2nd, for cookies, cocoa, caroling, and a visit from Santa before the tree is lit at 5pm. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to celebrate holiday magic in Belfast! #belfastmaine #jinglebelfast ... See MoreSee Less
Check out these incredible deals from over 40 downtown businesses and plan your morning December 2nd accordingly. Shop local, save big, and find something special for everyone on your list! #jinglebelfast #belfastmaine ... See MoreSee Less
Our Town Belfast is proud to have had three central figures in our organization honored at the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce’s Awards dinner last weekend.
Former executive director, Breanna Pinkham Bebb, was recognized with the Belfast Chamber Appreciation Award as “someone who works behind the scenes, capturing so much of what makes Belfast special and unique.” Bre has been the driving force behind Our Town Belfast for the last 5 years, establishing and expanding important programs, such as, the Annual Auction & Gala, Bridge Dinner, and Street Party; building strong relationships with downtown businesses; and spreading the word about Our Town Belfast to the greater community. Under Bre’s leadership, our fledgling organization has matured and flourished.
Former Mayor, current City Councilor, and founding Our Town Belfast volunteer, Mike Hurley, was recognized for having made "an outstanding positive impact in Waldo County during (his) lifetime, either by a single event or on a continuous basis."
Board member and City Councilor, Mary Mortier, was recognized as Community Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding service as an unpaid volunteer in Waldo County. In addition, to her work with Our Town Belfast, Mary contributes her time and energy to the Belfast Rotary.
Our Town Belfast would like to extend a huge “thank you” to these three individuals for their tireless efforts to better our community and serve its’ citizenry.
Come out to the United Farmers Market of Maine in downtown Belfast for fun, food, dancing, and merriment well into the evening. Meet up with visiting friends and family and shake off the holiday blues and the extra helpings with one of Maine’s hottest local music acts. Ghost of Paul Revere LIVE ($15 in advance, $20 at the door) on Wednesday, December 27th. Show begins at 8pm, doors open at 7:30pm. Our Town Belfast Holiday Dance Parties and Concerts feature snacks and a cash bar, so you can eat, drink, dance, and be merry! ... See MoreSee Less
We hope you're ready for this year's 2nd Annual Turkey Rave: Our Town Belfast Dance Party!
DJs Erik Klausmeyer and Dan Greeley promise to "turnip the gnarly beets" at the United Farmers Market of Maine. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 22nd, and come out to #shakeyourtailfeather and support downtown!
RSVP and invite your friends!
Our 20+ volunteers put the "elf" in Belfast yesterday and made quick work of hand-tying 140 over-sized holiday bows at the Belfast Boathouse. These beautiful red velvet bows will decorate wreaths on the lamp posts downtown in just a few short weeks.
You can get in on bringing the magic to Belfast this holiday season by sponsoring a wreath downtown. Follow the link below to learn more.
#stickyourneckout and sponsor a wreath this holiday season. The folks at Our Town Belfast spruce up ol' Broke Neck Santa's view every year by hanging 60+ real evergreen wreaths on the lamp posts downtown. They even had a bunch of merry volunteers making bows for the wreaths down to the boathouse today. That's the spirit! #jinglebelfast #spiritofgiving #brokenecksanta. CLICK THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO HELP DECK YOUR DOWNTOWN FOR CHRISTMASTIME: ourtownbelfast.org/sponsor-a-wreath-this-holiday-season-in-belfast/
Thank you to our newest Armistice Bridge Partner Alder & Vine! Tucked into the corner on Beaver St., Alder and Vine specializes in artisangoods, oddities, and the occult. A little bit of Diagon Alley right here in #belfastmaine! ... See MoreSee Less
ourtownbelfast.org/jinglebelfast is your go-to guide for celebrating the holidays in Belfast. You'll find Belfast's full Holiday Events Calendar, information on sales and shopping events downtown, Santa Mail, and more!
This weekend THE GLOW SHOW returns to Belfast! The Glow Show is Waterfall Arts most popular All Ages Art Happening (AAAH). The event will transform two stories of the building with glow-in-the-dark, light-up, sparkling installations and interactive art pieces. This is a fun and family-friendly event! ... See MoreSee Less
$10 (cash only) at the door. Doors open 7:30pm. A cash bar will be made available by Rollie's Bar & Grill. Best of all, proceeds from this Dance Party Fundraiser support Our Town Belfast's mission to promote economic health and human happiness in Belfast. Don't miss Belfast’s ultimate Thanksgiving pre-game!
RSVP, and share with your friends! #jinglebelfast #shakeyourtailfeather #waddleyourwattle
November 11th is Belfast’s annual Veterans Day Parade that starts at 11 a.m. from Belfast Area High School goes down Waldo Ave and turns down Main Street to the Waterfront for a ceremony.
Thank you to the Belfast Randall Collins VFW, the Belfast, Me American Legion Post #43, the Randall Collins Post 3108 Ladies Auxiliary, the Belfast Area High School Band and the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for honoring our veterans on this day. ... See MoreSee Less
November 11th is Belfast’s annual Veterans Day Parade that starts at 11 a.m. from Belfast Area High School goes down Waldo Ave and turns down Main Street to the Waterfront for a ceremony. Thank you to the Belfast Randall Collins VFW, the Belfast, Me American Legion Post #43, the Randall Collins Post...
"Political newcomer Samantha Paradis on Nov. 7 upset longtime Mayor Walter Ash in a two-way race for the mayor's seat. The energetic challenger defeated the five-term mayor by a citywide vote of 1,264 to 959."
We welcome newcomer, Samantha Paradis, to her post as mayor of Belfast, and would like to give a special thanks to Walter Ash for his many contributions and years of service! ... See MoreSee Less
Political newcomer Samantha Paradis on Nov. 7 upset longtime Mayor Walter Ash in a two-way race for the mayor's seat. The energetic challenger defeated the five-term mayor by a citywide vote of 1,264 to 959.
The mystery behind the heart signs revealed. #belfastmaine
"Maybe all that simplifying has left him more time for quixotic projects such as the heart signs, which started in Waldo County and have spiraled outwards. They can now be spotted in locales in Maine including Washington County, Mount Desert Island and Portland, as well as further afield in places including Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. Last weekend, he took part in a vigil held at the First Church in Belfast, where people stood outside with 20 or so heart signs.
“It was great,” he said. “People drove by and waved and gave a thumbs up. It was a positive response.”" ... See MoreSee Less
The signs are simple: just a big red heart against a white background. The message they are promoting is simple, too.. Maine news, sports, politics, election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.
We'll be making big holiday bows to decorate downtown wreaths next Monday, November 13th at the Belfast Boathouse.
Anyone is welcome to drop in from 10am to 1pm, learn how to complete this fun holiday craft, and help make bows to decorate downtown this winter! We'll provide all the necessary tools and instructions. And, we'll be bringing extra ribbon from previous years for those who would like to make a bow to decorate their wreath at home!
The City of Belfast will be holding an Election on November 7, 2017 for the State of Maine Ballot, our Municipal Ballot, and an RSU #71 Ballot. Locations are the Belfast Boathouse and the United Methodist Church. ... See MoreSee Less
Every November, Our Town Belfast sees to the hanging of 60+ locally-made real evergreen wreaths on the old fashioned lamp posts downtown. We purchase velvety red ribbon and coordinate volunteers to hand-tie more than 100 bows to decorate the wreaths. Having a festive and traditional holiday feel in our historic downtown makes shopping, dining, and attending community events all the merrier in Belfast.
Waldo County General Hospital has stepped forward to be our major holiday decorating sponsor in 2017! But, there's still a need for individuals and businesses to help us spread the holiday cheer around Belfast by sponsoring an individual wreath downtown. Each sponsored wreath will be displayed with a "gift tag" printed with your name, business, or dedication.
Waldo County Woodshed has found a dump truck to purchase for $11,000. They have $6000 already, so another $5,000 needs to be raised in order to purchase the truck.
"It will enable us to move wood from site to site according to need without having to borrow a local truck. Big Yella will help out our neighbors across Waldo County. Won't you help with a donation big or small?"
Get your winter retail therapy fix the first Saturday in February. Businesses throughout downtown Belfast will be offering great deals! TREAT YOURSELF: to clothing, housewares, toys, books, food and more.
RSVP to get updates on sales and promotions as the event draws closer! ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to our partner, ReVision Energy, for converting to 100% employee-ownership!
"Converting to 100% ESOP means that every employee can financially benefit from the success of the business as we continue our mission to transition New England from a fossil fuel-based economy to a sustainable, renewable energy based economy." ... See MoreSee Less