All are welcome at the second annual Alna Day, being held Saturday June 8th at locations throughout the town of Alna from 10 AM to 4 PM. Alna Day celebrates all things Alna: its residents, businesses, organizations, history, and future. Event programs will be available at all participating locations, including Sheepscot station at 97 Cross Road in Alna.
Many Alna Day activities can be accessed by the historic narrow gauge steam trains on the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway. Train service between select activities will be provided by the Railway with trains leaving Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) frequently from 10:30AM through 3PM for Alna Center and Top of Mountain stations. Train tickets are free for town residents, while the railway’s regular ticket pricing applies for others.
At Sheepscot station there will be lots happening! In Sheepscot’s freight station, the documentary “Currents, Courses, and Streams, Alna, Maine: Histories of a Backwater Town” will be shown throughout the day. Outside, the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency will have their mobile command center on display, and representatives from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit will be on site. The Alna Snowmobile Club will be set up to serve food at Sheepscot throughout the event.
A farmers and artisans market, located in the Railway’s shop building at Sheepscot will feature locally produced foods and items available for purchase. There will also be informative tables on a wide variety of local topics and services. Live music will be provided at the market by local band ‘Well Seasoned”.
Additionally, visitors can try out the ever-popular handcars in the Sheepscot railroad yard. On the train, Banjo Picker Mark Horn will be entertaining riders as the train makes its way northward to Alna Center and Top of Mountain stations.
At Alna Center station, the Midcoast Conservancy will have fat tire bikes available for anyone to try out along the old Averill Road. Signs and walking directions will be provided to visit the 1789 Alna Meetinghouse, the Alna Town Cemetery and ca. 1796 Center School, the second oldest schoolhouse in Maine. Hiking trails will be open at Top of Mountain for those who wish to explore, with a nature scavenger hunt available for kids.
In addition to the activities along the Railway, other locations throughout Alna will also be participating in Alna Day. The Alna General Store, at the intersection of Route 218 and Dock Road, will officially open their new taps so folks can enjoy a draught pour or bottle of some great local beers and ciders and great food in a family-friendly environment. Wizard of Odds Antiques, located in the old Jewett General Store at 45 Head Tide Road, will have an open house throughout the day. Across the Sheepscot River, at the end of Head Tide Church Road, the historic Head Tide Church will also be open for tours.
We hope you can join Saturday’s celebration!