Happy Birthday Abington! Town turns 310 with full slate of Founder’s Day Weekend activities

Founder’s Day weekend (yes, with fireworks!) is almost upon us and the Abington Celebrates committee has been working hard to ensure this weekend’s events are a success. Adding to the celebration, Abington will turn 310 years old on Friday, June 10.  

Here is a quick look at Founder’s Day Weekend events:


On Friday night, June 10th, the United Church of Christ will once again host its popular “Kick-off Cookout” from 5 – 7 p.m. Following the cookout will be an evening concert in the High School Auditorium from 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. hosted by the Abington Town Choir. There will also be a ceremonial cutting of Abington’s 310th birthday cake for all to enjoy.


Old-timey band “Shades of Gray” will again perform at Island Grove Saturday night.

Get ready for a very full day on Saturday, June 11.  The Civil War Encampment will be back at Island Grove with all sorts of amazing demonstrations, activities and music from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (battle and medical demonstrations at 1:00 p.m.). There will also be the Annual Children’s Fishing Derby from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Central Street across from the Abington Police Station. Guided History Tours of Island Grove will happen at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and a Historical Exhibit at the Dyer Memorial Library is open from 1-3 p.m. The annual Founder’s Day 5k Road Race starts at 6 p.m., with the Free Kid’s Fun Run beginning at 5:30 p.m.

To complete the day, head on over to Memorial Field for the Founder’s Day Family Fun event starting at 5 p.m., which will feature lots of food, activities, and music by classic rock band “Rewind”.  The Candlelit Encampment Tour will be held at the Grove from 7 – 9 p.m. with period-era and folk music from “Shades of Gray”.  Music provided at Island Grove and Memorial Field is sponsored by the Abington Summer Concerts.  

Civil War reenactors will again camp out and skirmish in Island Grove on Saturday

At 9:30 p.m. the highly anticipated fireworks show by Central Maine Pyrotechnics promises a spectacular display that will light up and shake the night sky above Abington.


But wait there’s more!  On Sunday, June 12, the Civil War Encampment continues at Island Grove, which includes an Outdoor Worship Service by the United Church of Christ from 10 – 11 a.m. A Classic Car Show sponsored by Troop 41 will be held in the Lowe’s parking lot from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and wrapping up the weekend will be a Music Recital at the United Church of Christ at 3 p.m.

If any group, organization or church is interested in being “community partner” at the Founder’s Day Family Fun event at Memorial Field on Saturday, June 11th, email abingtoncelebrates@gmail.com to learn more.

In honor of the town’s birthday, 10th District Brewing in Abington will be featuring a “310 Lager” which will be available in the coming weeks. Additionally, the committee is offering Abington Celebrates Commemorative “310” T-shirts for a $20 donation. The “310” T-shirts are currently available at the Town Clerk’s Office and will be available throughout Founder’s Day weekend. 

Abington Celebrates would like to thank all of our community partners, donors and sponsors for jumping in to make Founder’s Day Weekend a success. In addition, special thank you to the Abington Police, Fire, Public Works and Health departments who make Abington Celebrates weekends possible.
Folks are encouraged to follow Abington Celebrates on Facebook for event updates or email abingtoncelebrates@gmail.com for information.

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