Flag Day ceremony at park

The Stephen W. Manchester Post 62 of the American Legion is organizing a Flag Day ceremony at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Riverbank Park.

Bob Barton, spokesman for the post, said the ceremony would be at the Veterans Circle in the park. The public is encouraged to attend.

Labor movement play at Acorn

Harlan Baker will appear in “Jimmy Higgins: A Life in the Labor Movement,” at the Acorn Studio in the Dana Warp Mill, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The play, which was written and performed by Baker, is the story of a rank-and-file union activist during the first part of the 20th century.

Set on the eve of the 1960 elections, Higgins recounts his days as a newspaper boy in Sandusky, Ohio, his meeting with Eugene V. Debs, his experiences in the 1924 LaFollette presidential campaign and his experiences covering union organizing drives during the 1930s.

The play premiered earlier this year at the St. Lawrence Arts and Community Center in Portland.

Baker is an adjunct professor with the theater department at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, and a member of both the American Federation of Teachers and the Actors Equity Association.

The suggested donation, which will benefit Acorn Productions, is $10. For more information, see www.harlanbaker.com.

Summer concert series set

The schedule of free summer concerts at Riverbank Park includes music of all genres. The concerts, held Wednesday evenings beginning July 9, from 6-8 p.m., include:

July 9: Westbrook City Band – Westbrook’s own city band starts off the season entertaining with a big band sound to a number of medleys and marching songs.

July 16: Cool Water – Winners of the Maine Country Music Association’s Awards in 2005 for Vocal Group of the Year and Traditional Country Band of the Year Gene, the band sings old- time country and western songs with three-part harmonies and minimal instrumentation.

July 23: Bob Charest Band – Voted Best Maine Band in the 2007 Maine Sunday Telegram Readers Poll, this nine-piece groups plays something for everyone, including swing, oldies, R&B, Motown, classic rock and more.

July 30: Caroline Currie – She has received multiple awards for her soulful, Celtic-influenced, original music. Described as “haunting,” her “luminous voice” carries listeners to a place of reflection and emotional intensity.

Aug. 6: Flashback – Together since 2001, this six-member local band plays a mix of Top-40 country, oldies and classic rock.

Aug. 13: Easy Money Band – With members whose professional music experience exceeds a century, the band has a repertoire that includes country, 50s-60s-70s, blues, funk/disco and ballads.

Aug. 20: Wavelengh – With a strong female vocal lead, this five-piece ensemble offers a wide variety of musical styles with a great diversity of vocal and instrumental strength.

Aug. 27: Tony Boffa – This band has set an unequaled standard of excellence in the club and function industry for more 30 years. The musicians entertain crowds of all ages.

WHS 50th Aug. 9

Westbrook High School Class of 1958 is planning its 50th reunion for Aug. 9, at the Embassy Suites in Portland. Anyone with information on the following missing classmates can contact Tom Vance 767-1911 or Donna Conley 854-2464:

Gloria Ramsdell Goss, Kenneth Whitney, Jill Kubat Linscott, Patrick Foley, Joyce Chick Love, Edward Wentworth, Stephen Elwell.

Westbrook Notes

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