MARIAVILLE — More than a few locals found love on the dance floor of the Mariaville Grange.
Old flames and new can take a whirl back in time Aug. 20 when the tradition of Grange dances is revived as part of Mariaville’s 175th birthday celebration.
The “old-time dance” will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Grange.
Dancers of all ages and skill levels are welcome.
There will be called contra dances, waltzes, two-steps and foxtrots, said Beth Lambert, a member of the committee planning the town’s birthday festivities.
The birthday bash will span two days, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20.
The lineup includes a craft show, spaghetti and bean suppers, chicken barbecue, music, historical displays, a garden display and vegetable contest, a Mariaville “Jeopardy” game, parade and bonfire.
Mariaville’s oldest resident, 94-year-old Velma Pollard, will be honored during the parade.
The town’s oldest couple, Harriet and Bill Ryan, also will be recognized.
Pollard, who actually lives in neighboring Otis these days, still considers Mariaville home.
She moved there at age 3 and attended a one-room schoolhouse in town before heading off to Ellsworth High School.
Schedule of Events
Friday, Aug. 19
5:30 p.m. Spaghetti supper at the Mariaville Grange
7 p.m. Coffee house at the Grange featuring local musicians and a “Jeopardy” game on Mariaville trivia
Saturday, Aug. 20
10 a.m. Parade
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Craft fair and quilt display at the grange. Historical displays at the Town Hall.
12 p.m. Chicken barbecue under the tent next to the grange
5:30 p.m. Bean supper at the Grange
6:30 p.m. Old-time dance at the Grange