The village of Casco is less than an hour from the Maine coast or the White Mountains. Quiet sanctuaries, a heron rookery, Point Sebago Resort, Sebago Lake State Park swimming area, senior meals, horseback rides, three historic museums, an active recreation program for all ages and two playgrounds are all part of Casco.
Special events include a holiday celebration, Maine Maple Sunday, Casco Days, Lakes Brew Fest, Public Safety Days, the Reindeer Auction and the Annual Casco Public Library Coffee.
About 3,500 year-round residents call this 32 square-mile town home. Many of them are involved in planning the special events, plus 4-H, Scouts, Sunshine Club, Vendredi Club, Crooked River Snowmobile Club, Lake Region ATV Club, Raymond-Casco Historical Society and other clubs and organizations. Kindergartners-third graders attend Songo Locks School in next-door Naples. They return to Casco for grades 4-5, then return to Naples for middle, high and vocational schools. Alternative education programs also exist. Sawmills, construction, summer camps, tourism and many small businesses including crafts, gifts, antiques, machine shops, resorts, a winery, art gallery and a variety of other retail and service businesses fuel the economy.
Playgrounds: Libby Road, Casco Public Library, Crooked River Elementary School* Beaches: Pleasant Lake, Sebago Lake State Park (fee), Crescent Lake (residents only)
Boat Launch: Pleasant Lake
FMI: www.cascomaine.org; town office: 207.627.4515
*Not available during school hours.
Casco Fire Department’s Casco Days – Advertised as “always the last Saturday in July,” Casco Days actually begins when the midway opens at 6:00 p.m. The first Casco Days celebration was held in 1937 and was sponsored by the Casco High School Alumni Association. Today the Casco Fire Department sponsors the events. Several weeks prior to Casco Days, they piece together the red wooden frame work of the midway games. Food is cooked and served in the barn at the back of Casco Days Park. Volunteers from a number of local organizations work as the “carnies.” Special events include fireworks, a road race, children’s parade, and Grand parade, which bring family, friends and campers together for a homemade, hometown event.