ARUNDEL – The Arundel Historical Society’s annual Heritage Day promises local craft demonstrations, live music, family friendly games, and a “Reminisce Tent,” showcasing antiques from the town’s past, including its involvement in the 3rd Maine Infantry regiment in the Civil War.

This event is not just for the history enthusiast or an older generation, Jake Hawkins, president of the Arundel Historical Society, said over the phone. “We’re looking forward to a really good time,” he said, “with lots more crafters, music groups, food, and kids games. This is a great family event.”

Arundel’s annual Heritage Day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16 at the North Chapel Common. Courtesy photo

Heritage Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at the North Chapel Common with free parking and free admission. Highlights will include old steam engines from the Industrial Revolution, seafood sold from a vintage truck by the Lobster Company, spinning demonstrations held by the Guild of Spinners & Weavers and the Evergreen Quilters group, and pony rides and games for kids.

In its mission statement, the Arundel Historical Society resolves to “foster a connection between Arundel’s community members and Arundel’s history and to renew and reinforce Arundel’s sense of community.”

Hawkins echoed this when he said about the upcoming Heritage Day that “Arundel is such a bedroom community, stuck between Biddeford and Kennebunk. This is a way of connecting everybody, that’s why we hold it every year.”

Heritage Day has been held in Arundel since 2012. The historical society has been able to offer free admission every year since then, Hawkins said, thanks to “generous contributions” from a number of sponsors, including donated drinking water.

When asked if he had any concerns about the event, Hawkins said, “not really.” After thinking about it for a moment, he added “we’re always worried about weather this time of year.”

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