On Sunday, June 24 at 2 p.m., the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid will host the rescheduled Memorial Day performance of Ellsworth-based Maine St. Andrew’s Pipes and Drums at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site in New Harbor (Bristol). Visitors will enjoy traditional tunes of the British Isles, with musicians clad in the official Maine State Tartan plaid performing on the parade grounds of Fort William Henry. The concert, which is in its 12th year, is free to the public. There is no charge for the program, though donations are appreciated.
Maine St. Andrews Pipes and Drums has performed as a group since 1996, traveli
ng throughout Maine, the United States, and Canada, participating in concerts, parades, and Highland games, and providing educational presentations to school groups. The group, which is made up of members who range in age from 15-70, brings together an interesting mix of beginner and veteran musicians, some who have an ancestral connection to the instrument’s Scottish beginnings and others who are drawn to the instrument’s haunting sounds.
While on site, visitors are encouraged to experience English frontier settlement life in the New World during the 17th and 18th centuries by visiting a reconstructed fort with a permanent exhibit, archaeological ruins, a cemetery, an artifact museum, and a recreation of a 17th-century thatched roof cottage. Colonial Pemaquid Historic State Site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day.