EAST MILLINOCKET – To hear Kelly Willigar tell it, the town’s population of about 1,500 will double when the centennial celebrations start.
“It’s going to be huge,” Willigar said Monday. “Everybody that I talk to, everybody and their families will be going to this. You’re talking about children and grandchildren and brothers and sisters all coming home for this celebration.”
Volunteer organizers such as Willigar will meet at 3:15 p.m. today at town hall to discuss how volunteers can best help the multiday event, which runs July 11-15. Anyone interested in volunteering is invited to attend or to telephone Willigar at 746-9982.
More than 40 scheduled events will make the centennial the largest celebration in the town’s history, said Mark Scally, chairman of the Board of Selectmen.
The events include dances, children’s games, several breakfasts, lunches and suppers, trolley rides, concerts, yard sales, talent shows, tours of town historic sites, parades, and special church services.
One of the ways East Millinocket will celebrate its history is to line Main Street with flags, town Administrative Assistant Shirley Tapley said.
“We want to have at least 100 flags flying during the celebration,” Tapley said Monday.
The Galen Cole Foundation recently donated 24 to that effort, Tapley said. She hopes that residents will buy enough flags to cover Main Street, the Veterans Memorial Park and other areas where centennial celebrations will occur.
Residents may order flags at town hall for $35 each, which covers the cost of the flag and pole.