PORT CLYDE— In 2005, a tradition of celebrating the end of the season while remembering all of the threads that bind the tapestry of community together was initiated in Port Clyde. The first event was a tribute to remember and honor Gary Thorbjohnson, lost at sea. Through the years, Port Clyde, a fishing community in heart and soul, has used the end-of-the-season gathering to come together to remember the commercial fishermen and lobstermen lost at sea and to build a fisherman’s memorial at Marshall Point.
The 5th Rock the Dock will take on special meaning this year as the community honors the memory of 9-year-old Dylan Gold, of Cohasset, MA, who was fatally injured in a motor vehicle crash on the Monhegan Dock this past August. In addition to Dylan, his mother Allison, brother Wyatt, and Port Clyde’s Joss Coggeshall were critically injured by the runaway vehicle. Ambulances and fire rescue units from St. George, South Thomaston EMS, Thomaston EMS, and Rockland Fire, as well as two LifeFlight helicopters responded to the scene and transported patients to PenBay and Maine Medical Center.
Recognizing the impact on the Port Clyde community and seeking to find some good from the tragedy in rebuilding the tapestry , the Gold family has requested those attending the event to show their support of healing the community and honoring Dylan (who had a previous flight by LifeFlight from Monhegan) by making a donation to the Dylan Gold fund at LifeFlight of Maine (www.lifeflightmaine.org) and the St. George Volunteer Ambulance and Firefighter’s Association (www.sgvffaa.com).
The Rock the Dock for Dylan commences Saturday, October 19th at 2pm and includes food on the wharf, remembrances at 3:30pm and the annual blessing of the fleet at 4pm, followed by music into the evening in support of LifeFlight and St. George EMS. For more information and how to help, contact the Monhegan Boat Line at 207-372-8848.