The mission of Main Street Bucksport is to promote a vibrant downtown Bucksport by supporting existing businesses, attracting new businesses, and supporting cultural arts events that bring people downtown. We are a network community of the Maine Downtown Center and affiliated with the Main Street National Program.
Main Street Bucksport (MSB) formed in the fall of 2014 shortly after the announcement of the closure of the Verso paper mill. We are a group of all volunteer Board members comprised of local business owners and citizens who are committed to the revitalization of downtown. In today’s changing economy, many people can choose to live wherever they want; the decision isn’t necessarily tied to a physical work location. Instead, both working people and retirees are drawn to creative communities that are friendly and welcoming and have unique, locally owned businesses and events that cannot be found elsewhere. Bucksport has already made great strides in meeting these goals and we believe that the Main Street program can help move the community even further by using nationally proven methods to revitalize and improve the downtown area.
In 2018, MSB will host and/or partner with other organizations to make the following events happen in downtown Bucksport:
Bridge the Gap Race – April
Now in its 6th year, Bridge the Gap draws approximately 500 runners to the area each spring. Beginning in 2017, Main Street Bucksport will be the local organizer of the race and Gary Allen (founder of Mount Desert Island Marathon) will be the race director. The race will finish in downtown Bucksport.
Bucksport Arts Festival – August
Main Street Bucksport is partnering with Lyndsey Marston and Laurie Brooks (founders of the Arts Fest) to provide fiscal sponsorship and help promote the festival.
International Maritime Film Festival – September
Main Street Bucksport is partnering with WoodenBoat Publications to the bring the 2nd annual International Maritime Film Festival to Bucksport. The festival will be held at the Alamo Theatre. Last year’s inaugeral festival brought in $11,000 in revenue and brought 100 people to downtown Bucksport over festival weekend. Restaurants and local shops saw a significant increase in business.
Christmas Activities Downtown – December
Main Street Bucksport has helped to coordinate downtown holiday events since our inception in 2014. This year, MSB took the lead in helping to coordiante several events including those sposnored by the Town and indiviudal business owners. BookStacks reported record sales on Small Business Saturday in 2017.
Daphne Eyerer, President
Robin McCarthy, Vice President
John Paul LaLonde, Treasurer
Rich Rotella (ex officio)
Brook Ewing Minner, Executive Director
Main Street Bucksport’s by-laws can be viewed here.