2016-10-07 / Community

A Window on the Past

Support preservation, history in South Portland
By Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo
South Portland Historical Society

We have a busy month at the South Portland Historical Society and we invite residents to take part in supporting and appreciating our local heritage.

This weekend, on Sunday, Oct. 9, we’ll hold the fifth annual Bug Light 5K Run & Walk, sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, at Bug Light Park. You can register on the day of the event – and you don’t have to run, you can also register to walk in support of the South Portland Historical Society and the South Portland Land Trust. The 5K starts at 9 a.m., plus a kids’ fun run will take place at 8:30 a.m., so please arrive early if you haven’t already registered to allow plenty of time to sign up and get your bib number. Same day registration will be $25 per person and goes directly to support the work of the two local nonprofit groups. These groups help maintain walking/biking trails, work on parks and open spaces, and preserve our local history for future generations. They are both directly working on projects that improve quality of life for all residents.

Our title sponsor, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, has supported the race with its financial contribution, volunteers and goodie bag items for participants. There are additional race sponsors that are providing added benefits at the 5K. Any registered runner or walker can get a free post-race massage from Soma Massage & Wellness, which will be set up near the finish line. We will also be joined by Brentwood Center for Health & Rehabilitation, as well as AT&T, with additional giveaways, and returning sponsors Noyes Hall & Allen Insurance and Bennett Law Firm have again offered their financial support to the race and nonprofits.

Please come on out Sunday and support these two South Portland nonprofits by walking or running in the annual Bug Light 5K. You’ll get some exercise, enjoy the spectacular views of the harbor and spend a pleasant morning with your friends and neighbors in support of South Portland.

Looking ahead, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, local historian and author Ron Romano will lead a walking history tour of one of South Portland's oldest and most prominent cemeteries, the historic Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Meeting House Hill. Romano’s research and recently published book center around the life and work of Bartlett Adams, a stone carver in the Portland area in the early 1800s. The tour is free for current members of the historical society and is $10 for non-members. Meet on the Sawyer Street side of the cemetery at 11 a.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, please join us at the B.good Restaurant at 200 Gorham Road for a fundraiser in support of the historical society. B.good will donate 10 percent of proceeds of all sales made from 6 to 9 p.m. that evening.

Finally, don’t forget to plan a visit to the museum at Bug Light Park soon. The museum will continue to be open daily through the end of October, but will then be open only on Saturdays and Sundays in November and December. The days are numbered for the Ferry Village exhibit; please come and see it before the museum closes down for the season and that exhibit is removed to make room for a new exhibit in 2017.

For more information on any of our events, visit us on Facebook at South Portland Historical Society or call 767-7299.

Kathryn Onos DiPhilippo is executive director of South Portland Historical Society.

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