Bastille Day in Castine July 14

CASTINE — All are welcome to come and enjoy the town of Castine’s fourth annual Bastille Day Celebration on Saturday, July 14.

Visitors will learn the art of French-Acadian cooking during a noontime chef’s demonstration.

An international lecture series will be taking place at Emerson Hall on Court Street, including Canadian filmmaker Roger Cantin and producer Alain Dagenais speaking on their Baron d’ St-Castin documentary and why he is not a historical figure in Canada.

In the afternoon at the Wilson Museum, visitors can attend “Painting with the French Masters,” then enjoy hand-cranked ice cream/toppings and a serenade by world-class fiddler Gus La Casse.

The signature event is the Picnic en Blanc, where 400 white-clad festival goers will be seated at long white tables, under the elms on Court Street, while listening to French folk music and watching a magician and stilt walker.

The day will conclude with a concert featuring the Bangor Symphony Brass Quartet on ther historic Town Common.

For more information on the day’s events or to make a reservation for the Picnic en Blanc, call Town Hall at 326-4502 or go to

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