ELLSWORTH — The schedule for the annual Autumn Gold celebration offers something for just about everyone.
On Thursday, Sept. 24, there will be a Senior Expo at the Moore Community Center on State Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
That evening, from 5-7, the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours event at The First on High Street for Chamber members and their guests. Winners of the decorating contest will be announced that evening.
On Friday, Sept. 25, the day kicks off with the Autumn Gold golf tournament at the Lucerne Golf Course. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and tee time is at 9.
To register in advance, call 843-6282.
There will be a pie sale in front of Ruth Foster’s Store at 95 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit scholarships and loans for women’s education.
Pre-orders are welcome. For more information, call Nell Beer, 667-6076, or Ann Dederer, 422-4799.
From 3-7 p.m., Maine Home and Design is hosting an architectural design forum titled “Woodlawn 2.0, Redesigned for 21st-century Living” at Woodlawn.
Mortons Moo’s mascot, Milky Mae, will be at the ice cream shop from 4-7 p.m. Also on a food note, St. Andrew Lutheran church will be putting on a traditional public church supper from 5:30-7 p.m.
Throughout the day, there will be special events going on downtown. Many businesses are offering sales.
From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Union River Book & Toy is offering 20 percent off everything storewide.
Other businesses will be offering special “Happy Hour” sales from 5-8 p.m. There will be special events in the Acadia Realty parking lot during that time, and the Patti Cakes food truck will be downtown from 4-7 p.m.
The Grand will be hosting the Manhattan Shorts Film Festival starting at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, the day kicks off with two breakfast choices. The Trenton Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a firehouse breakfast at its station from 6-10 a.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for kids.
From 7-10 a.m., the Rotary Club of Ellsworth is holding a pancake breakfast at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School to benefit its wheelchairs in Belize project. The cost is $10 per person.
The 32nd annual car show kicks off at Home Depot on Myrick Street at 8 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. Admission is free, and in addition to classic cars and trucks, visitors will get a chance to see the Shriners NASCAR unit and meet former NASCAR Busch North Series champion Andy Santerre, a Cherryfield native.
Registration for the car show runs from 8-10 a.m. After an awards show at the end of the event, the classic cars will take place in the annual “City Cruise,” with a grand parade in the city’s downtown.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., family games, crafters, food vendors, cooking contests, rides and more will be offered at the Mill Mall.
Also running all day is a celebration at Maine Coast Mall at the opposite end of town, where there will be a bounce house, climbing wall, batting cages, ice cream, an eating contest and more.
Also running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is a craft fair and bake sale at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church near the corner of Main and High streets.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., scenic boat rides along the Union River will be offered for free at the city’s waterfront. Donations will be accepted.
The annual Chowderfest takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. under the tent at the Waterfront. Celebrity judges Caitlin Burchill of WABI-TV, cookbook author and mapmaker Jane Crosen and Top Drawer Award winner Doug King of Associated Builders will help select the best chowders from among the nine entries.
For $5, visitors will also be able to taste the chowders and select their favorites.
From 1-4 p.m., caricatures will be offered at Mortons Moo. To reserve, call 266-9671.
From 1-5 p.m., there will once again be special events and activities taking place in the Acadia Realty parking lot downtown.
At 2 p.m., a rubber ducky race sponsored by the Ellsworth Noontime Rotary Club will take place at the Waterfront. Tickets can be purchased there.
The drawing for the Jumbo Jackpot — which this year features five different prizes each worth $500 — will take place at 3 p.m. with a live broadcast on the Wave 93.7 FM. Ticketholders do not need to be present to win.
A second, separate car show kicks off at 3 p.m. at Advanced Auto on Downeast Highway. The Psychotik Illusions Car Show “Under the Lights” will run until 9 p.m. Registration goes until 7 p.m., and awards will be presented at 9.
At 4 p.m., Paul Sullivan will perform at The Grand. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $10 for children 12 and under.
From 5:30-8 p.m. there will be a jazz concert featuring Crosswinds with Kevin Campbell at J&B Atlantic’s Gallery 142 on Main Street. There will be a cash bar and appetizers, and reservations are recommended.
On Sunday, there will be celebration and official grand opening of Knowlton Park on State Street. The ribbon cutting is set to take place at 1:30 p.m.