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The Belfast Rotary Club has chosen “Last Light of Day,” an original oil painting by Belfast artist and gallery owner Joanne Parent, as the visual theme for the Club’s mid-August Bicentennial edition of Belfast Harbor Fest. The stunning image of schooner, sea and sky, in gold, blue, deep brown and a myriad of sunset colors, is of a quiet sea and vessel in Belfast Harbor. The image will appear in Harbor Fest publicity and posters, and on the event’s mugs, t-shirts and tote bags. Parent has donated the original 24” by 30” painting, with a value of $2,800, to the Rotary Club’s “Evening by the Bay” online auction (August 13 to August 15), to benefit the Waldo County Pet Food Pantry.


“Anytime you look at the ocean,” says Parent, “rest assured that the ocean is in fact looking back at you.” Her fine art “beckons you to contemplate the endless possibilities of nature, a true story of wind and paint. Art, like nature, is a subjective medium. Nobody can deny the ethereal experience of a low winter sunset, or the colors that accompany the fragile introduction of storm clouds meeting the sun on canvas.”


Joanne Parent is co-owner of the Parent Gallery at the corner of Maine and High Streets in Belfast. She is the daughter of Linda and Neal Parent, and came to Belfast with her when she was eight years old. She began drawing pencil portraits under the guidance of her artist/photographer father, and learned at an early age about the balance between lightness and darkness. A graduate of Belfast High School and winner of the State of Maine Art Competition as a student there, Joanne attended Maine College of Art after ten years of seafaring worldwide (including Majorca and French Polynesia) as a deckhand, chef, scuba diver and surfer, and holds a captain’s license.


Back in Belfast, she and her father opened the Parent Gallery, which showcases her fine art and Neal’s black and white photographs. She lives with her husband in an off-grid timber frame home on a pond in mid coast Maine, where she works in her studio to create seascapes and landscapes which are shown in a number of distinguished galleries along the east coast. 


For more information about Joanne Parent, go to For information about donating to the “Evening by the Bay” online auction and bidding on “Last Light of Day” and other auction items, go to or contact Sue Beemer at 332-5800 or






Belfast Rotary Club's Harbor Fest Set for August 13-15
Last Light of Day



Harbor Fest, Belfast Rotary Club’s free three-day celebration of the city’s maritime history and traditions on Friday, Aug. 13 through Sunday, Aug. 15, will provide a boatbuilding competition, entertainment, food, a rowing regatta, shipyard tours, a cardboard boat race and more at the Belfast waterfront.


“After a year off in response to public safety regulations, Belfast Harbor Fest is back with its Maine Bicentennial edition,” said long-time event chairperson Duke Marston. “This is the fourteenth celebration,” he added, “and we’ve learned a thing or three. Instead of a big tent, we’ll have smaller pavilions for each of the National Boatbuilding Challenge teams, and there may be a smaller children’s area. But people coming down to the waterfront are guaranteed a good time. There will be a Friday night auction to benefit the Waldo County Pet Food Pantry, our famous Saturday morning blueberry pancake breakfast, the popular 5K “Bug Run,” music, food trucks, the Come Boating! regatta and tours of Front Street Shipyard. And Sunday morning the Cardboard Boat Race, complete with “Best Sinking” prize, will cap off a weekend of fun.”


The art chosen as the graphic theme for this year’s Harbor Fest is “Last Light of Day,” an original work by Belfast artist and gallery owner Joanne Parent. Parent has generously donated the work, with a value of $2,800, to the “Evening by the Bay Online Auction” which will be held August 13 to 15. The internet-hosted auction, which kicks off the weekend waterfront celebration, will benefit the Waldo County Pet Food Pantry.


Marston thanked the dozens of sponsors, exhibitors, vendors and boatbuilding participants, with special mention of major sponsors First National Bank, First National Wealth Management, Front Street Shipyard, City of Belfast, Nordic Aquafarms and the Maine Bicentennial Commission. “An event this large takes a village, and Belfast area people have really come through after a rough year,” he said.


Belfast Rotary Club, founded in 1925, is one of Maine’s largest and most active clubs. Its members meet in person or by Zoom Wednesdays at noon at the Shrine Club in Belfast. The Club raises funds year-round through activities such as the Belfast Harbor Fest, annual charitable golf tournament event, 5K road races and pancake breakfasts. Its nearly $135,000 in yearly gifts include support for seven food pantries, year-end holiday clothing and toys to 150 children and $80,000 in scholarships for local college-bound high school students. For more information on membership or to make a tax-deductible donation in support of the Club’s year-round service programs, go to


  12th Annual BUG RUN 5K RUN/WALK

“A Harbor Fest Tradition”


The Rotary Bug Run 5K Run/Walk is part of the RunBelfast 2021 series of events


Scenic, fairly flat course that includes a few gentle hills, shaded neighborhoods, a stretch along the water front, and the Armistice Foot Bridge across the Passagassawaukeag River; one water stop.  Everyone is welcome to join from those looking to run a personal best to families wanting to share a healthy run/walk.  Top female and male runners receive 20 lbs of live lobsters (“bugs”).

When:  Saturday, August 14, 2021, 8:30 a.m. start

Where:  Parking lot at Union Street and Miller Street, Belfast, Maine

Online Registration at -

Race-day registration and Packet pick-up between 07:30-08:15 a.m.

Fee:  $22 through August 11; $25 race day; $20 for active duty military; performance t-shirts are guaranteed for all runners who register by July 28; after that date, t-shirts are available while supplies last

Awards:  Overall female and male receive 20 lbs of live lobsters (“bugs”); then top M & F in each of 9 age groups (pre-teen thru 80+)

Contact:  Ed Varney, 207-338-3763,

Post event results to be provided here: AGE GROUP OVERALL

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