Along the Maine coast, Memorial Day is when we can finally plant our tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini. After the full moon tide, locals insist that the soil has warmed up and the danger of frost is gone. So we get that Victory Garden up and running. It's summer.
It’s the weekend when screen porches fill up with cushioned wicker couches and chairs. Hanging baskets cascading with pink petunias or purple scaevola grace back decks. The raised herb bed shows promise, filled with newly-planted lemon thyme, cilantro, Italian parsley and rosemary.
But the sweetest part of Memorial Day Weekend in the Kennebunks is our town parade. Always at 9:30 AM on Monday morning, we watch marching bands, pint-sized baton twirlers, venerable veterans in snug uniforms, a brigade of red fire trucks, and always President and Mrs. George Herbert Walker Bush sitting right in the heart of it all.
This year the residents will miss our First Lady of Kennebunkport, who always appeared wearing red, white and blue, and who never failed to offer a wonderful smile and friendly wave to the townsfolk.
Several years ago Mr. Wonderful penned a fun song called “Memorial Day in Kennebunkport.” Some of you have heard it before, but that’s okay. Think how often you hear “Silver Bells” at Christmas. And never tire of it!
So here it is again. Just click on the site below, enjoy the music and sights of Kennebunkport, and have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
If for some reason the “click” doesn’t take you directly to the video song, copy and paste into your browser.