75th Anniversary Celebrations and Bridge Walk, Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge, Saturday, June 21

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 21 is the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge! It is also the first day of summer, and weather reports look great for a day out by and over the water.

The event will also mark the grand opening of Deer Isle’s new municipal park, Bridge End Park.

The bridge was dedicated on June 19, 1939. More than 7,000 people turned out that day for the ribbon cutting by Governor Barrows.

Here’s what you need to know to participate:

BRIDGE CLOSED from 10-11 A.M. for a FREE Bridge Walk and also a Fun Run (pre-registrations needed for Fun Run only, must register by 10 p.m. Friday night at : https://disbridgefunrun.eventbrite.com). ALL THOSE WALKING THE BRIDGE should park in designated parking on the SEDGWICK side and must start across the bridge no later than 10:30 a.m.! A shuttle bus will be provided to bring people from Bridge End Park back to parking in Sedgwick beginning when the bridge reopens at 11 a.m.

This is a BRIDGE WALK ONLY. NO WHEELS OR BANNERS, PLEASE.

Yes, you can walk from the Deer Isle side if you want to walk across and back! Please stay to the right if you are coming up from Deer Isle and watch out for the runners!

PARKING ONLY handicap and vendor parking will be allowed in Bridge End Park. Please give yourself time to walk to the events at the Park! All other parking will be:

on the Deer Isle side: around the Chamber of Commerce information booth and Blastow’s Cove Rd toward Little Deer Isle. The Deer Isle Fire Department will be closing the road to the bridge off at the Info Booth from 10-11 a.m. Parking on Rt. 15 toward the Causeway on the NORTH SIDE ONLY.

on the Sedgwick side: in a designated lot near the bridge; along the west side of Rt. 15; and along Herrick Road.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE PARK, 10 AM – 2 PM:

  • Bridge Re-dedication and Park Grand Opening Speaking Program, 11-11:30. Includes music by the Deer Isle-Stonington High School Band. Master of Ceremonies: Hancock County Commissioner Percy “Joe” Brown.
  • Food and Information Booths
  1. Lobster Bake by the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce
  2. Mia’s Springrolls
  3. Nostrano BBQ Ribs and More
  4. Peas in a Pod: Ready by 21
  5. Skip Eaton Paving & Construction Pig Roast
  6. Tempest in a Teapot
  7. Bridge End Citizens Initiative
  8. Deer Isle-Stonington and Sedgwick Historical Societies
  9. Island Community Center
  10. Island Heritage Trust
  11. Island Nursing Home
  12. Opera House Arts

FACILITIES

There will be one handicap accessible port-a-pottie, plus a pit toilet and three additional port-a-potties AT THE PARK ONLY.

Seating for the Speaking Program is not provided: please bring blankets and lawn chairs!

There will be several picnic tables at the park.

There will be garbage cans at the park but, in general, please pack it in and pack it out!

Thank you and Enjoy the Day!

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