Midcoast Maine July Events – Salad Days at Watershed Pottery and the Volunteer Fire Department Auction

Of course, the annual Independence Day parade in Georgetown is the highpoint of summer (see photos of the 2010 parade here.)  But there are other events on the social calendar. Last weekend was the annual Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department Auction. The auction provides a opportunity to pick up things you didn’t know you needed or wanted (and which you can donate to the auction next year…) But there is always an amazing array of “good stuff,” including paintings by local artists, antique furniture, boats of various sizes and means of locomotion, etc. Here are a couple of shots that give a flavor of the event:

The auctioneers are always entertaining

 

And the audience is always attentive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Midcoast summer event is the annual “Salad Days,” a fundraiser for the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in Newcastle — just across the bridge from Wiscasset. Watershed is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving ceramic artists a place to hone their art, work in association with other potters and — for one talented individual each year — a year of full financial and artistic support at the center. In exchange, this artist creates several hundred individual salad plates which form the basis of the Salad Days event. For a $30 donation, attendees receive a plate of their choice, upon which they can then heap salads prepared by local restaurants, caterers, and the center staff. There is music (a talented bluegrass band played this year), an invitational show and sale of ceramics by artists associated with the center, and tours of the facility.  A couple of pictures, taken by iphone and a bit fuzzy:

Come early for the best selection of the plates  (if you come too late, they may be sold out).

This year’s selection of plates

 

 

 

 

 

 

And you get to use the plate right away!

The selection of salads