Inside Bridgton: July 14 – Portland Press Herald

Annual book sale benefits library programs

The Friends of the Bridgton Public Library will be holding their giant summer book sale in the parking lot behind the library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday July 16 (rain date Sunday July 17). This popular annual event offers a wide range of little-used books of all genres – fiction and non-fiction, science, art, cooking, self-help, children’s books, and more. There is surely something for everyone! Proceeds go to library programs. For more information, call 647-2472 or visit

Next music on Main

Musician Matt Fournier will open the next Music on Main at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, on the vacant lot next to Bridgton Books on Main Street. Contributed / Leanne Heidrick

Bridgton’s free concert series, Music on Main, continues with a third concert on Saturday July 23 at the vacant lot next to Bridgton Books on Main Street. Rocker Matt Fournier opens the event at 6 p.m., then Maine singer/songwriter Pete Kilpatrick takes the stage with his band. Kilpatrick was named Maine’s Best Act four times at the Portland Best Music Awards and has performed alongside Dave Matthews Band and Barenaked Ladies. Local vendors will be on hand to sell food and drinks. The event takes place rain or shine; no coolers or pets are allowed.

Art in the park is back

After a two-year hiatus due to a pandemic, the hugely popular Art in the Park returns to Shorey Park on Saturday July 16 (rain date Sunday July 17). The event, sponsored by Gallery 302 and the Bridgton Art Guild, has been a summer highlight in Bridgton for many years. The 2022 show features nearly 40 artists and artisans as well as booths from local non-profit organizations. Come make a day of it – stop by the library book sale, then walk down the street to meet the artists and browse paintings, pottery, prints, jewelry, fiber arts and more while listening to live music and enjoying delicious food.

Loon Echo Sunset Concert

Bruce Marshall will play a sunset concert at Loon Echo Land Trust’s Hacker’s Hill Preserve in Casco at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20. A donation of $10 per adult is suggested and the proceeds will support LELT. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and watch the sun slip past the horizon while listening to relaxing melodies.

Loon Echo will hold its 35th annual meeting with dinner at the Narramissic Farm in South Bridgton from 4-7 p.m. on August 3.

For more information and to register for either event, visit, call 647-4352, or email [email protected]

Perri Black can be reached at [email protected]

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