2015-05-08 / Community

A Window on the Past

Season underway at historical society
By Kathryn DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

The Bug Light Kite Festial is scheduled for May 16 in South Portland. (Courtesy photo) The Bug Light Kite Festial is scheduled for May 16 in South Portland. (Courtesy photo) South Portland Historical Society’s museum at Bug Light Park is now open for the season. The museum is open daily. Feel free to stop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to enjoy a variety of exhibits that cover both American and South Portland history. You are welcome to tour the museum on your own or follow one of the volunteer museum guides on an interesting and educational tour. There is no charge for admission.

May is a busy month for the historical society. In addition to offering the museum daily, here are two events coming up the next week:

Otto Pizza fundraiser: On Tuesday, May 12, from 5 to 9 p.m., Otto Pizza will donate a percentage of all proceeds made at the 159 Cottage Road, South Portland location, to the South Portland Historical Society. This includes all sales that are made between 5 and 9 p.m., including take out, delivery or dine in.

Bug Light Kite Festival: The kite festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at Bug Light Park. This is a fun, free family festival that is hosted by the historical society and we are anticipating record attendance this year; we want to see happy and smiling faces. Here are some tips to help you enjoy this year’s festival:

 Plan to walk, if you are able – there is not enough parking within Bug Light Park to accommodate everyone. Please be considerate of our friends and neighbors who have handicap-accessibility needs and allow them to park in the spaces close to the activities. Please plan to either walk/bike to the park, or park at Southern Maine Community College or Allagash International, both of whom have generously agreed to offer overflow parking, and walk from there to the park. If you arrive with the expectation of walking, you won’t have to deal with traffic or parking issues and can enjoy the day to its fullest. Enjoy the outdoors and walk down the Greenbelt with your neighbors.

 Please use restroom facilities before you arrive. We are very grateful to the city of South Portland for providing restroom facilities in the park this year, but with this many people, there will be lines.

 Plan to bring a little money. Yes, the festival is free, but be aware that there are expenses involved with holding a large festival. To make sure that the festival continues, please consider buying lunch at the barbecue and/or purchasing a kite at the museum. Don’t forget the Rotary Club, which will open Bug Light for tours. They will have a donation bucket to help fund maintenance of the lighthouse.

 Consider becoming a member of the South Portland Historical Society (or renew your membership). The historical society offers many programs, events and services to the public with little or no charge, but what we do is largely made possible by current and former residents of South Portland who appreciate what we do. Memberships start at $15 ($10 for seniors) and $25 for families. Drop by the museum to sign up or renew your membership, or give us a call at 767-7299 with your credit card.

Kathryn DiPhilippo is director at South Portland Historical Society.

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