Dance, learn, donate to celebrate Falmouth's 300th

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FALMOUTH — The celebration of the town’s tercentennial year continues with several 300th-themed events on tap in the coming weeks.

On Saturday, March 24, the Falmouth Historical Society will host an old-fashioned sock hop at Lunt Auditorium, 7-10 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the historical society.

The event also features “The Story of Falmouth” traveling exhibit, the opportunity to purchase Falmouth300 merchandise and a variety of desserts.

David Farnham, president of the historical society, said the sock hop hearkens back to the late 1950s and early 1960s when a teen club in Falmouth held bi-monthly dances. The historical society collection includes photos, membership rolls and more from the club, which was called the Falmouth Hi-Fi’s.

“We wanted to create an event to mark the tercentennial that connected to our collections,” in some way, Farnham said in a press release. And the Falmouth Hi-Fi’s club is perfect because it affords “a peek into the life of Falmouth teens during the mid-2oth century.”

Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1950s style attire. A teenage DJ will spin the tunes and door prizes will be awarded. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $8 for historical society members and $10 for nonmembers and can be purchased at the door or on the historical society website at www.thefhs.org.

On Tuesday, March 27, another lecture in the “Changing Landscapes, Shifting Tides: The Story of Falmouth” series, also at Lunt Auditorium, will take place. The talk, entitled, “Wabanaki in Casco Bay” by Bates College professor Joseph Hall runs from 6:30-8 p.m and is free and open to the public.

Hall will explore how the Wabanakis continued to cultivate ties to their homeland even as colonists dispossessed them of most of their traditional territory. Wabanakis, whose name translates as “the people of the Dawnland,” are the indigenous peoples of northern New England and eastern Canada.

“Their place names describe a particular set of relationships to Maine,” according to Hall. “Some names suggest how people moved over the land or … the waters of Maine by describing the good portages and the dangerous rapids.”

“Others,” he said, “mark good locations for gathering or growing food. Some of these names are still used today. Others have fallen out of use. All of them describe how Wabanakis made this place their home.”

Then, during the month of April, Centerpoint Martial Arts is taking part in the Donate300 challenge by asking the community to provide donations of food, personal hygiene products, and backpacks for at-risk and underserved kids that are served by The Locker Project.

As part of their giving campaign, Centerpoint is also holding a special event 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 6 called “Kick Hunger OUT!”

“Join us for a workout to kick off (our) month-long effort to support The Locker Project’s mission,” the martial arts center said in a press release. The session is free and open to the public and includes pizza and movies for the kids.

See the Centerpoint Martial Arts Facebook page for more information or to RSVP.

Kate Irish Collins can be reached at 710-2336 or kcollins@theforecaster.net. Follow Kate on Twitter: @KIrishCollins.

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