The start of the Mount Desert Marathon this past Sunday in Bar Harbor was impressive as hundreds of runners stood in the misty rain, early in the morning ready to take on the challenging miles that stood between them and the finish line. I arrived the night before to stay at the Hearthside Inn. My plan had been to run the marathon but I opted out due to not feeling 100-percent. So, rather than run, I spent the evening before and the day of the marathon appreciating and rooting for the runners and the organizers who made the event possible.
Gary Allen began the marathon 10 years ago and it’s grown every year. People often talk about the economic impact that events like this bring to a community. I witnessed this first hand.
BANGOR – Country music fans were plentiful Sunday as the Country Throwdown Tour made a stop at The Bangor Waterfront Pavilion. The lineup of acts ranged from sweet traditional acoustic to heavy Southern rock and a lot of twang in between.
Fans were welcomed by Maggie Rose, a cute little blonde with a big old voice who sang from a young woman’s perspective of fighting back and standing up. Her band jumpstarted the afternoon and was followed by Florida Georgia Line, a seemingly drinking game-inspired group. Eric Paslay, who has several published songs to his credit, delivered a deep talent for lyrics harkening back to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. He is a young man to watch if he can find some traction in a music market saturated with backwoods worship. Sunny Sweeney, always a fan favorite with her rhinestone bedazzled guitar, performed her own brand of trailer park songs. This is her second time in Bangor, last appearing with Lady Antebellum in September 2011.
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