Lamoine to kick off year-long 150th celebration

LAMOINE — See Robin run.

If you’ve visited Lamoine, chances are good you have. The Lamoine resident has been running competitively since the 1970s, before other women were competing. Now 72, she still runs in Lamoine every day.

Next month, the town kicks off a year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary. Among the biggest events planned is Robin’s Run, a four-mile race set for Saturday, Oct. 5.

Lamoine 150 Committee member Gordon Donaldson said the race is named after “Maine’s premier distance runner.”

“This is an honor,” Emery said.

Runners will assemble at the Lamoine Consolidated School for a 9:30 a.m. start, following a course Emery often runs. From the school, runners will head east on Route 184, turn right on Shore Road and make another right onto Route 184 to finish at the school.

“I always wanted to race around there,” Emery said.

Those who enjoy a slower pace can sign up for a 5K walk that begins at 9 a.m. Also offered are a kids’ 5K race starting at 9:45 a.m. and a Small Fry Scuttle, for kids younger than 6, beginning at 10 a.m.

Handmade awards will be given to the top male and female finishers overall and in several age groups. A town barbecue will follow the race, with food served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lamoine Fire Department and a scavenger hunt sponsored by the town parks committee will begin at 12:30.

Although the Lamoine 150 Committee members consider the race to be the kick-off, the sesquicentennial celebration actually begins Saturday, Sept. 21, two weeks before the race.

“The first thing that is happening is the coastal cleanup,” said Cynthia Donaldson, who co-chairs the committee. Anyone wishing to participate is asked to contact Larissa Thomas at [email protected]

The following week, on Sept. 28, a scavenger hunt will take place starting at 9 a.m. at the Lamoine School. Participants will be instructed to look for significant sites in town, all located on public property and visible from the road, and take selfies of themselves there. Afterward, everyone will return to the school to enjoy refreshments and share photos.

“One of the things that we’re trying to do is build community and this is one of the ways we bring people together,” said committee member Carol Duffy. “It’s just for fun. It’s not really a competition.”

Other events, many of which celebrate the history of Lamoine, take place each month throughout the year. One of them, set for Oct. 23 at the Lamoine Grange, will cover the history of the town’s incorporation in 1870.

Lamoine doesn’t have a specific birthdate because a series of events led to its incorporation, starting with the state Senate’s passage of a bill establishing the town on Feb. 4, 1870. The House passed the bill the following day and Governor Joshua Chamberlain signed it on Feb. 11, 1870. It is said that the bill became legal March 1, 1870, committee members said. To celebrate “Signing Day,” members of the community are invited to take photos anywhere in town on Feb. 11, 2020.

The anniversary celebration’s grand finale takes place Aug. 14-16, 2020, featuring yard and bake sales, a Fire Department auction, a parade, town band performances, fireworks and a clambake and lobster picnic. Some 150th anniversary memorabilia such as shirts and mugs will be for sale.

Over the coming year, the committee will keep residents informed about the celebration by sending quarterly postcards. These cards, emblazoned with the Lamoine 150 logo, will list events taking place over the next three months. The first postcard already went out, committee members said.

Additional information on the celebration also will be available on the town website at and on the Lamoine 150 Facebook page.

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]

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