• A golf tournament and music festival to honor the memory of the late Sammy Chapman will take place Aug. 31 at the Bethel Inn & Country Club.

    Chapman, a Bethel musician, logger and avid golfer died in a woodchipper accident last year.

    His son, Brady, said last week the “Sammy Chapman Golf Classic and Music Festival” is planned to be an annual event.

    Proceeds will benefit the “First Tee of Maine” organization, which teaches youngsters leadership and life skills through golf, according to its website.

    Brady said many of his dad’s old friends – from both the music and golf world – are expected to take part.

    For anyone wishing to play golf in the 18-hole scramble, the registration fee is $45 for Bethel Inn members and $75 for nonmembers. Players may register by calling the Pro Shop at 824-6276.

    The tournament starts at 8 a.m.

    Among the musicians expected for the festival are Denny Breau, Brad Hooper and his Ball Brothers Band, Black Cat Road, Midnight Rewind, Tag Allen, Paul Farrar and Andy Cummings.

    The first four hours of music, beginning at 2 p.m., will take place outside on the inn’s lawn. The next three hours, featuring Black Cat Road and an All-Star blues jam, will be inside at the Mill Brook Tavern, Brady said.

    There is no charge for the musical portion of the day’s events.

    On Saturday evening, Aug. 30, at 6:30 p.m. on the 15th hole of the golf course there will be a plaque dedication in memory of Sammy Chapman, Brady said.

    The plaque will be placed on the golf course on the stump of a tree that was cut by Sammy early last year after it had been struck by lightning, Brady said.