By Susan Mustapich | Jul 29, 2017
FRIENDSHIP — The community turned out July 29 on a picture perfect summer day for the 34th annual Friendship Day parade, baked goods and craft sale, kids play area, lobster roll lunch and more.
Early birds ran the 24th annual 5K “Long Haul” race or joined the “Short Haul” Family Fun Run and Walk, bought homemade baked goods, shopped for crafts made by dozens of local artisans under the Big Tent at the Hahn Center and in the fire station, enjoyed the 15th annual Friendship Pancake Breakfast at the Advent Christian Church and were treated to a pet show.
By 10 a.m, crowds lined the Cushing Road to watch the parade, and outside of the parade route, cars were parked along the road further than the eye could see in both directions. Families turned out in the spirit of the parade’s “Dog days of Friendship” theme, wearing Dalmatian-inspired outfits, with lots of toddlers in tow in all kinds of buggies. The parade Grand Marshals were Walter Foster and Beatrice “Bea” Simmons.
The 34th Friendship Day benefits the Ambulance Service for Friendship residents. The lobster roll lunch raised funds for the Friendship Fire Department and the chicken barbecue dinner raised funds for the Medomak Valley High School girls varsity softball team spring training trip to Disney World
Foster originally summered in Friendship at his family’s home as a child. In 1967 he moved back with his wife Carolyn and raised a son and daughter. He worked as a biologist for Maine Dept. of Marine Resources, and over the years joined and led community organizations, including the Friendship Village Society as president, and the Roadside Cemetery as president for 46 years. Her served as president of the Friendship Museum during the Bicentennial, and was part-time code officer and plumbing inspector. He served on the town office building committee, and was chair of the Planning Board for over 40 years, working on Friendship’s comprehensive plan in 1987 and 1995.