THOMASTON — A thousand days. By some estimates, that’s how long Thomaston’s historic area was affected by road and highway improvements. Travel delays and significant challenges to the downtown merchants were the norm for large portions of 2015 through 2018.
Now, Thomaston takes a day to celebrate its future, in having nearly every storefront occupied and the newfound diversity that comes with that.
Saturday, May 25, from noon to 7 p.m., the “Thomaston’s Back!” Block Party will feature live music, craft tables, sidewalk sales and pop-up art exhibits at Indigo Café and Moondance.
Featured local artists include:
Amy Williams Beers
Gina Luna Josephs
Cynthia Motian McGuirl
All activities will be on and very near historic Main Street.
Street entertainers will be playing throughout the afternoon, followed by local favorites, Playin’ Possum and The Postman Cometh as warm ups to The Young & Sturdee Band playing high energy rock and roll in the lot between Camden National Bank and the police station from 4 to 7 p.m.
The full day of celebrations is being organized by Main Street Matters of Thomaston and members of its Comprehensive Plan Committee.
In the event of rain, most activities, including the music will be at Watts Hall.
Threshers Brewery adds to the festivities with a crawfish fry and live Cajun music by the Eric Green Party at 7 p.m. The Block Saloon will cap off the evening’s music offerings with Entropy Son from 8 to 11 p.m.
During the prolonged period of road and sidewalk improvements, some businesses closed, others moved. Some risk takers opened new establishments even before construction was completed.
Examples of this welcome diversity and optimism are found in Sandra Hoekstra Booksellers, Moondance Art & Gifts, Hybrid Fitness and the Indigo Café, according to a news release.
As construction came to an end, old favorite Chambers Jewelers returned and The Block Saloon opened, said the release. More recently Threshers Brewery opened a tap room in the former Billy’s Tavern location, just behind the Union Block and Hoffmans rounds out the newer Main Street offerings.
“Heroes to many local and regional customers are the stalwarts: Thomaston Grocery, Ross Levett Antiques, the Thomaston Yoga Studio, Creative Images and 150 Main Salons, Camden National Bank and the ever popular Thomaston Café and Athens Mediterranean Pizza,” the release said.
The “Thomaston’s Back! Block Party organizers are encouraging everyone in the Midcoast to rediscover what this vibrant small town has to offer.