Boston Brick & Stone - August 2018

THE MASONRY MONTHLY

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FESTIVAL

August's Bucket-List Events

August may be devoid of any major U.S. holidays, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t events worth celebrating during the eighth month of the year. Perhaps owing to its location on the calendar, right at the peak of summer, August plays host to some of America’s most unique festivals and events. No matter where you are on the map, there’s something remarkable going on this month in or near your neck of the woods. Here are a few of the August’s bucket-list events. Maine Lobster Festival August 1-5 Rockland, Maine For much of American history, lobsters were considered the “cockroaches of the sea” and awarded no culinary prestige. Around the turn of the 20th century, however, their reputation as a delicacy began to grow. Diners in Boston and New York helped raise the prestige of Maine lobsters, which are now as prized as truffles from Piedmont and bluefin tuna from Japan. It’s no surprise, then, that Maine lobsters have an entire festival devoted to them. During the first weekend in August, upward of 30,000 seafood fanatics from all over the country head to Rockland, Maine, to dine on the country’s most famous crustaceans. In addition to lobster in every form imaginable — grilled, boiled, served in bisques, and heaped on buns — the Maine Lobster Festival features local art, music, and games for kids. It also crowns a “sea goddess” during its yearly pageant. Oh, and if you want to burn off some calories, there’s a 5K and 10K race during the festival. bigger than the 127 Yard Sale. Billing itself as “the world’s longest yard sale,” it features more than 2,200 vendors from the Midwest to the Deep South, all clustered along 690 miles of Highway 127. It passes through six states and features an uncountable number of treasures just waiting to be discovered. Because of its vast nature, the 127 Yard Sale offers travelers the chance to combine two of America’s most storied pastimes: road trips and bargain hunting. There are plenty of scenic destinations to stop and admire between looking for antiques, collectibles, and everything else you could imagine. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t miss an episode of “Antiques Roadshow,” you might mistake the 127 Yard Sale for paradise. 127 Yard Sale August 2-5 Addison, Michigan, to Gadsden, Alabama Summer is yard-sale season, and they don’t come any

The 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally August 3-12 Sturgis, South Dakota

Even if you only have the most passing interest in motorcycles, odds are you’ve heard of Sturgis. The country’s most famous motorcycle rally attracts more

than a half-million visitors every year, all eager to show off their bikes, rev their engines, and have some fun. Since its inception in 1938, the 10-day rally has become a mecca for motorcycle enthusiasts of all stripes. The centerpiece events of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally are the rides themselves, which include trips around Devils Tower, Bear Butte, and Deadwood. There are also rally races and hill climbs. Hop off your bike to take in the concerts, enjoy some street food, and participate in the tattoo and beard contests. Bike lovers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to Sturgis, so you can bet you’ll see some jaw-droppingly cool rides, from pristine vintage bikes to one-of-a-kind custom creations. With an annual attendance of 300,000, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival has grown to be the country’s largest Renaissance fair. Technology may not be advanced enough to actually transport you back to the 16th century, but you’d never know it from the sights, sounds, and smells of the fairgrounds. Get dressed up in your fanciest lord or lady outfit, enjoy some jousting, and shop for artisanal products made by local craftspeople. Each weekend during the festival, you can also enjoy themed events. This year, for example, August 18 and 19 will host the “Buccaneer Beer Bash,” while September 8 and 9 will feature “Shamrocks and Shenanigans.” Whether you love Shakespeare, mead, or “Game of Thrones,” you’ll find something to interest you at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. The next time somebody tells you, “There’s nothing happening in August,” direct them to one of these or many other festivals and events. You don’t need a federal holiday to have a reason to mark your calendars. Minnesota Renaissance Festival Weekends, August 18-September 30 Shakopee, Minnesota

-Dave Laverdiere

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