FRENCHBORO — For nearly 60 years, hundreds of people have ventured, often every August, to the town of Frenchboro on Long Island for the far-flung community’s Annual Lobster Dinner. After a hiatus due to COVID-19, the much-anticipated tradition will resume Saturday, Aug. 6.
Off-island visitors can catch a special ferry departing at 9 a.m. from the Mount Desert fishing village of Bass Harbor and returning at 3 p.m. to the mainland. Frenchboro is 7 miles offshore from Mount Desert Island.
The island community comes together to host the popular event, volunteering to contribute and cook hundreds of pounds of lobster, bake scores of pies, donate items for the raffle and art auction and serve the hundreds of guests who attend this festival. The lobster dinner costs $25 and $35 for a twin lobster dinner. Over the years, the day-long event has expanded to include live music, the “All the Road We Have Race” and other activities, creating a true festival atmosphere.
The Frenchboro Museum, Gallery and Gift Shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music will be provided by Maine singer-songwriter and finger-picking guitarist Jim Gallant. The silent auction and raffle also will be held. And of course, Frenchboro offers miles of beautiful hiking trails and coastal scenery.
Proceeds will benefit the Frenchboro Congregational Church and its outreach programs to the island community. Proceeds also benefit island groups including the Historical Society, Library and Solid Waste Committee.