Maine Colony Community Day planned for April 1

Event to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Burlington Lane in Sarasota, east of Phillippi Creek

On April 1, the Philippi Crest Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Sarasota, will host Maine Colony Community Day, to which all members of the public are welcome, the club has announced.

“Along with entertainment, food and vendors, the clubhouse, Maine Colony history and this film footage of Maine Colony from the 1930s will be featured” during the event, a news release says.

The Community Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2421 Burlington Lane in Sarasota, a flyer says. Four different musical performances are scheduled, beginning with the Ukulele Duo and ending with the Garbage-Men, the flyer points out.

Additionally, between 1:30 and 2 p.m., two speakers will provide remarks: Lorrie Muldowney, president of the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation; and Erin DiFazio, director of the Sarasota Preservation Program.

The club hosted its first Maine Colony Community Day in the spring of 2022, a news release points out.

A small volunteer group of neighbors in the district has been putting a focus not only on historic preservation but also on community engagement, the release explains.

The Maine Colony Historic District encompasses Ashton Road, Portland Way, Portland Street, Burlington Lane, Lords Avenue, Dallas Place and Grafton Street, as noted on an application that nominated the District to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places; members of the Phillippi Crest Club provided a copy of it to The Sarasota News Leader. The District, which is located on approximately 24 acres east of Phillippi Creek, was developed in the 1920s “as a haven for seasonal tourists from Maine,” the document says.

The Phillippi Crest Community Club Building, “built circa 1923 as the focal point for social activities in the neighborhood, is a gable-roofed, frame vernacular building representative of the typical type of architecture found within the district,” the National Register nomination form adds.

“The District reflects the trend of establishing winter residential communities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by residents of New England and other northern states to escape the harsh winters that made the ordinary business and social activities difficult in their home towns,” the National Register form points out.