What;s Up Downtown?

Downtown Calais has been jumping this summer. Not only is the weekly Music on the Green series up and running, so is the Tuesday morning Farmers’ Market where you can get fresh veggies and locally made crafts.

The return of Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (PBSO) was fabulous. They played to a full house again on June 15. Thanks so much to Anne Nixon for organizing this great event. We’re looking forward to seeing them again in the fall. 

Our very first “Get Mugged in Downtown Calais” was a lot of fun. Six restaurants participated and new customers were introduced to their menus as they showed up to redeem their coupon for a “Get Mugged” special which was to go into their special mug.  Many thanks to Meredith Bernardini Snowman for coordinating this event and thank you to Just South of the Border, Jo’s Diner and Pizzeria, Ceasar’s Pub and Grill, Townhouse Restaurant, Border Town Subz, and Karen’s Diner and Pub for offering delicious food to the loads of folks who came downtown to “Get Mugged”. This event will be back by popular demand, probably in the fall. 

“Junk in the Trunk” is back downtown for every last Saturday of the month through September. That’s July 26, Aug. 30 and Sept. 27. It is held in the parking lots between F. A. Peabody and The Bank of Maine. For more information and RSVP, call 454-0573. Joan Perry will be there to welcome you.

Keep on the lookout for cleverly decorated chairs for this year’s Chair Affair Auction which will be held Sunday during the International Festival. They are all over town. Plan on being at Triangle Park on Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. for this popular fundraising event for Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC). 

Our beautiful hanging flowers took a beating during the weekend storm, but they already look like they are reviving. These flowers and the maintenance of them are paid for by funds raised by CDRC along with some help from the City of Calais’ Dawson Fund. Many thanks to Anne Nixon for organizing this asset for Downtown Calais. 

CDRC will be out on South Street for a Road Toll fundraiser on Saturday, July 26. We will love to say hello as you pass through that day. And we will appreciate every single donation. 

Marilyn Monroe has moved into Monroe Street. She’s hanging out on the building where Mercier’s is located on Main Street. She was painted by Dawn Loper’s Calais High School art students. Come downtown and say hello to Marilyn. Don’t forget Monroe on Monroe. Just off Main Street. 

A big thank you goes out to Randy McCormick’s Calais High School technology and engineering class for building the arbor that now graces the fountain in the park on Main Street. It looks great!

And congratulations to Skeet Seelye, director of Public Works, for being awarded this year’s Golden Broom Award for helping make downtown a cleaner and better place. 

CDRC is a 501C3 not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible. Our address is: CDRC, c/o The Bank of Maine, 344 Main St., Calais, ME 04619. If you like what we’re doing, help us out. No donation is too small. No donation is too big. Thank you in advance.

Keep in touch with happenings in downtown Calais. Like us (Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition) on Facebook. 

See you downtown!