Blues, birthday, big families: ‘Alive on the (Wiscasset) Common’

Two concerts left this summer
Fri, 08/02/2019 - 8:45am

Visiting from Hallendale, Florida, Rory Leao has been to sailing camp in Southport and horseback riding in Boothbay. The week of Aug. 5, the 10-year-old planned to write at a workshop at Edgecomb’s Merry Barn that was once in her family. But Thursday night, Aug. 1 was for Wiscasset.

The mild early evening found Leao, grandparents Ruth Davison and Dick Lally; Davison’s son, Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce Board Vice President Chip Davison, and wife Diane; Chip’s sister Heather Webster and son Russell, all taking in the blues on Wiscasset’s hill of green: Ames True Value sponsored the latest installment of “Alive on the Common.” Liz Lannon performed with a band on stage next to Route 1. 

Attendees watched from the hillside in lawn chairs or on towels or the grass. In a lawnchair, Ruth Davison was enjoying a box of fried haddock and French fries from Sea Basket. Davison summers in Southport and winters in Florida. She came to the concert series last year, too. “I like it, just the music, seeing people listening and dancing. It’s comforting,” she said, smiling.

Son Chip said his father Howie Davison had square dances and rock hops at Merry Barn when it was his. Now Chip records all the “Alive on the Common” concerts for WACC’s Facebook page. He said this year’s have had a mix of attendance, from a high turnout for the Salty Dogs on July 4 to one with a storm nearby. It started sprinkling and people started leaving, the owner of Davison Construction recalled.

“But this is a beautiful night.” About 10 minutes into the show, people continued to arrive.

“Alive on the Common” regulars, Alna’s Blagdon and Averill families, were celebrating Josh and Audrey Blagdon’s son Myrick’s birthday. Wearing a blue paper party hat with cupcakes on it, Myrick, 2 that day, studied a noisemaker.

Aug. 8, Tim Dunham Realty sponsors Dyer Neck Gang; and, wrapping up the season Aug. 15, Davison Construction and Frank Jr. & Sons Trucking sponsor Junction 218. The concerts start at 6 p.m.