Brooksville Maine – Social Capital

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David’s Folley Barn Dance – Summer 2016. This dance attracted over 400 people and featured local food and beverage carts.

Driving through Brooksville in the summer, you will notice handmade signs popping up along the road, advertising events like the “David’s Folley Barn dance”, or the “Tinder Hearth Open Mic”. Largely put together by townsfolk, the social capital of Brooksville is homespun and inclusive. The annual Brooksville Days festival is the longest running and most attended social event, offering a 5k Walk, a fireman’s brunch, a dunk tank and a miniscule, but humble Parade. Other catalysts of Brooksville’s social capital are the Brooksville Methodist Church, where concerts and holiday ceremonies are held, Buck’s Harbor Market, where locals buy their groceries and sit on the front porch, and Tinder Hearth Bakery, where weekly pizza nights and open mics are held.

A flyer for the Brooksville Days celebration

A flyer for the Brooksville Days celebration.

A newcomer to Brooksville’s social realm is David’s Folley Farm, an abandoned dairy farm turned wedding venue/concert hall/organic farm and community partner. According to The Blue Hill Peninsula, David’s Folley partnered with the Brooksville Public Library to host the most notable Brooksville Days festival to date – the Biennial celebration, this past summer (Blue Hill Peninsula, 2016). Bringing over 400 people to a hay barn in Brooksville, David’s Folley held another event this summer – its second annual barn dance. From playing in a band at this event, I can attest to the power of Brooksville’s social capital. Although small in numbers, the social capital of this town is stronger and more vibrant than some small cities. As author Lionel Beaulieu notes, social capital consists of “bonding and bridging activities that occur within the local community” (Beaulieu, 2014).  Because of Brooksville’s tiny size, the bonding and bridging activities that are held are tenfold more likely to be attended, effectively energizing this community’s social network.

Driving through Brooksville in the summer, you will notice handmade signs popping up along the road, advertising events like the “David’s Folley Barn dance”, or the “Tinder Hearth Open Mic”. Largely put together by townsfolk, the social capital of Brooksville is homespun and inclusive. The annual Brooksville Days festival is the longest running and most attended social event, offering a 5k Walk, a fireman’s brunch, a dunk tank and a miniscule, but humble Parade. Other catalysts of Brooksville’s social capital are the Brooksville Methodist Church, where concerts and holiday ceremonies are held, Buck’s Harbor Market, where locals buy their groceries and sit on the front porch, and Tinder Hearth Bakery, where weekly pizza nights and open mics are held.

 

Works Cited:

Beaulieu, L. J. (2014). Promoting Community Vitality and Sustainability. West Layfayette.

Blue Hill Peninsula. (2016). Brooksville celebrates it’s Bicentennial with classic Maine summer fun! Retrieved from The Blue HIll Peninsula: http://www.bluehillpeninsula.org/2016/07/brooksville-celebrates-its-bicentennial-with-classic-maine-summer-fun/