The wild lupines are blooming on Deer Isle and they are gorgeous! This beautiful purple, pink or white flower grows abundantly in our Down East section of the Maine coast and is the official harbinger of the summer season. Every year photographers and artists visit Deer Isle to capture the natural beauty of these stunning flowers. Our annual lupine festival is set to take place June 20-22, the first weekend of summer.
This year the Lupine Festival coincides with the 75th Anniversary of the Deer Isle-Sedgwick bridge. This critical link to the mainland has served the Deer Isle community since 1939. Over six years of planning and advocacy by Island residents finally resulted in the beautiful suspension bridge that spans the Eggemoggin Reach, a popular waterway for boating that separates Deer Isle from the mainland town of Sedgwick. The bridge is notable for its innovation in creating a durable, long span, high level structure across a navigable water at limited cost. Its construction offered the island community greater economic opportunity and allowed visitors the chance to experience island life and culture. Before the bridge was built, residents and visitors utilized a ferry service to cross the Reach.
On Saturday, June 21st a day long celebration will start at 10:00 AM when the bridge will be closed to traffic to give everyone the opportunity to walk across the bridge. A re-dedication ceremony will follow at 11:00 AM as well as a celebration of the new “Bridge End” park on the Deer Isle side. A 5K run to benefit the park, live music, a lobster bake, boat rides and fun family activities will be enjoyed throughout the day. For more information check this Bangor Daily News article or Penobscot Bay Press article.