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Sunday, 19 June 2011
Thomaston 4th of July Chicken Barbecue Volunteer Bill Hahn to Retire as Pit Master
Topic: Community
Bill Hahn (photo by Catinka Knoth

Bill Hahn reminisces about his experiences volunteering for the Thomaston 4th of July, in his office at The Country Inn, Camden (photo by Catinka Knoth)

Bill Hahn, 4th of July Volunteer Chicken Barbecue Pit Master of 25 Years, to Retire Tongs & Mitt

Thomaston - Volunteer Bill Hahn has seen to it for 25 years that the Chicken Barbecue at the 4th of July Celebration be ready to serve 350-400 dinners as soon as the parade ends at Noon. This year will be his last. The 4th of July Committee will give him a special send-off honoring his services in providing the traditional meal. The committee also seeks a replacement to take over and continue the operation, which has been an important fundraiser for the festivities.

Hahn first got involved with volunteering for the 4th of July in Thomaston when it was organized by the 'Breakfast Club', with community members such as Lucy Mayo and Sally Hill. "Back then you had to go through a rites of passage working first at making the popcorn, then perhaps doing the cotton candy." said Hahn in a recent interview.

He tells that the Firemen's Association used to put on the chicken barbecue as a fundraiser for its organization. A private vendor then took over the concession for a few years. When the committee found itself with no vendor to run the concession one year, Hahn decided he could take it over as a fundraiser for the event. He had just moved back to Thomaston, from Portland, for his development construction company. In Portland he had been working for the phone company, and occasionally helped a co-worker put on chicken barbecues at corporate affairs. Hahn knew what was needed to put on a large scale barbecue.

For the first few years his friend helped him put on the barbecue for Thomaston's festivities. Hahn continued to borrow his friend's pits, traveling the two Portland round trips. These were the only pits available to Hahn that were large enough for the purpose. According to Hahn, it requires a large set-up to cook the quantity of chickens that can be ready and served during that one hour after the parade when hungry diners crush onto the festivity grounds.

Several years later, local businessman Bob Liberty had a large set of pits specially made to use for a big yearly charity bike ride event he was involved with. Hahn borrowed those pits for years, until he finally inherited them. Every year he and his regular crew of 6-8 volunteers haul them out and set them up along with a dining tent, tables and chairs. Hahn says they use the same tables that fellow townsman Albert Harjula built for the festivities around 30 years ago. The tables need replacing.

He jokes that he wants "to see it keep smudging out the craft tent when the pits get smoking. It has been at the same location along the fence behind the craft tent and Masonic Hall so long that the grass no longer grows there. This 4th of July dining tradition needs someone to make sure that keeps happening!" Hahn would help train a new group willing to take it over. He feels it is important that young people get involved with volunteering with the festivities. He says that all the main activities of the festivities need to have more than one person ready to do a job.

Hahn says that at $9.00 a dinner, which includes 1 1/4 pound of chicken (half a chicken barbecued with Hahn's special secret sauce), coleslaw, roll with butter, and name brand soda, the meal is a good deal. He will pass along the secret sauce to the committed volunteer team that steps forward to take over the tradition.

Hahn is now in the hospitality business and works from his office at The Country Inn in Camden. He has also been serving as a Thomaston selectman for several years. He loves most to be out skiing and to play the piano. He plays two music gigs a week. "You can find me on Thursday evenings playing at Billy's Tavern, Thomaston, with fellow musicians Reny Stackpole, Susan Davenport, and Mike McFarland," he said.

For more information about the chicken barbecue one may contact committee chair Julie Russo: julie@brookstrapmill.com or visit the website at www.thomastonmaine4thofjuly.com


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 9:47 AM EDT
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Sunday, 1 February 2009
"Let's Draw February's Celebrations!" - Children's Drawing Workshops at Rockland Library
Topic: Community

Press Release: 

"Let's Draw February's Celebrations!" - Children's Drawing Workshops at Rockland Public Library

Rockland, Maine -  Children will draw images from February's celebrations and traditions at Rockland Public Library's ongoing drawing workshops led by artist Catinka Knoth. Participants draw along with Knoth as she demonstrates how to draw  subjects from Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day,  and Mardi Gras. 2009 Chinese New Year, celebrated for 15 days, is the Year of the Ox. Subjects may include papercut ox designs, Chinese dragon, and Lion Dancers. Valentine's Day cards often have  hearts, birds, cupids, lace, ribbons, and roses. Mardi Gras motifs include masks, King cakes, doubloons, jazz instruments, jester, tricorn hat, and beads.  Knoth suggests that participants may bring in related books and pictures as a possible inclusion for the demonstrations..

Sponsored by the Wellin Family Foundation,  the workshops, for age 6 and up, are free and open to the public, with all materials provided. Ongoing workshops meet every Tuesday, 4-5 pm, Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., and are hosted by Friends of Rockland Library.  FMI - Jean Young, children's librarian, 594-0310.

Tuesdays; 4-5 pm; 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24; "Let's Draw February's Celebrations!" 
  happy new year ox art
Download free Chinese New Year 2009 - Year of the Ox, card by Catinka Knoth, 53 kb pdf file. Print out and fold in quarters to make a frenchfold card.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 11:44 PM EST
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Sunday, 28 December 2008
"Let's Draw Winter Animals and Scenes!" is January Theme for Children's Drawing Workshops
Topic: Community

 Press Release:

Rockland, Maine -  Children will draw winter animals and scenes this January, at Rockland Public Library's ongoing drawing workshops led by artist Catinka Knoth. Participants draw along with Knoth as she demonstrates how to draw a variety of subjects. Winter motifs may include polar bears, penguins, snowy owls, arctic hares and foxes, houses in a snowy landscape, frozen lakes with skaters, and ice fishing. Sponsored by the Wellin Family Foundation, the workshops, for age 6 and up, are free and open to the public, with all materials provided. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Ongoing workshops meet every Tuesday, 4-5 pm, Community Room, Rockland Public Library, and are hosted by Friends of Rockland Library.  FMI - Jean Young, children's librarian, 207-594-0310.


Tuesdays; 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27;  4-5 p.m.  "Let's Draw Winter Animals and Scenes!"

polar bears with fish drawing

Polar Bears with Fish Coloring Page, by Catinka Knoth, from a demonstration at last year's workshops

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 8:07 PM EST
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Tuesday, 4 April 2006
Thomaston Fourth of July Committee Announces New Float Categories and 2006 Theme
Topic: Community

I sent out this press release the other day, since I'm involved with this committee (I organize the craft tent):

THOMASTON (April 4): The Thomaston Fourth of July Committee is busy planning the 2006 celebration. This year's parade theme is "Stars and Stripes Forever". Several new categories of float categories will inspire group participation.

There will be awards in the categories of family, merchant, neighborhood, and business/organization floats. The committee wants people to use this opportunity to express their creativity, display group spirit, entertain others, and celebrate the holiday.

The committee encourages people to start planning now for this exuberant tradition. Committee chair, Doug Erickson, says, "Show your community spirit, your patriotic spirit! Get involved and make a float this year." Contact Erickson at 596-7478 for parade guidelines and applications, or visit online at www.thomaston4thofjuly.com

I think this may also be viewed at the Village Soup for a couple weeks.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 9 April 2006 3:01 PM EDT
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