To commemorate L.L.Bean’s 100-year anniversary, we threw a four-day Hometown Celebration last week for all our customers, friends, neighbors, employees and family. We played games, danced, raced, kayaked, shopped, listened to live entertainment and enjoyed tasty food – including lobster rolls and whoopie pies. Here’s a play-by-play of some of our favorite moments from the Hometown Celebration.
The week kicked off with our Annual Fourth of July 10K Road Race and Family Fun Run on Independence Day.
The 10K was followed by Freeport’s Fourth of July Parade, where the Bootmobile was joined by a Bean Boot Troupe!
The rest of the day was filled with arts and crafts and free concerts at our Discovery Park Stage.
Topping off the evening was country music star Jo Dee Messina, who held her set in our Hunting & Fishing Store when foul weather moved in.
Thursday the 5th began with a meet-and-greet with two of our favorite Bostonians) – former Red Sox player Rico Petrocelli and the Red Sox mascot, Wally the Green Monster.
We cooled down with a tasty treat – compliments of our friends at Gifford’s Ice Cream – scoops of Muddy Bean Boots, the flavor inspired by our iconic footwear.
The afternoon was a whirlwind of outdoor activities, including free Outdoor Discovery Schools kayaking and standup paddleboarding courses, a kids’ bike rodeo and a Boy Scouts camping demo.
We headed into the weekend with world champion snowboarder Seth Westcott, who joined us at Adventure Park on Friday for a day of outdoor activities with the folks from Healthy Hometowns.
We also spent the day with some of our most notable Maine authors, such as Donn Fender, Lynn Plourde, and illustrator Ben Bishop, and enjoyed an evening of free music at the Discovery Park Stage.
The final day of the celebration was full of crafts, food and fun. We enjoyed the food booths along Main Street and browsed the works of local artisans.
Then it was fun and games for all at Beanland, and that fun continued with wagon rides.
Dan Zanes, popular musician with children, took the stage on Saturday afternoon. He was followed by Maine musicians: Kenya Hall Band, Lyle Divinsky, Jerks of Grass, Anna and the Diggs, and the Pete Kilpatrick Band for an afternoon of live local tunes.
We headed into the final night of the celebration with a concert by Chris Isaak. And last but certainly not least were the best fireworks in Maine!
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