Source: www.visitmaine.com

 

New summer festival to celebrate western Maine from air and ground

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Since the completion of the first ski trail on Sugarloaf Mountain in 1951, the town of Carrabassett Valley in western Maine has been a winter destination for downhill and cross-country skiers. This June, locals will debut a three-day event that they hope will become a major summer attraction with a tradition of its own.

The Carrabassett Summer Festival will take place from June 23-25 and feature a variety of activities from skydiving to a juried art show, a skateboarding competition, open pottery studio and live music. Everything will take place in Carrabassett Valley at venues within walking distance of each other along scenic Route 27.

"People will be able to view the artwork and craft demonstrations, then go next door and listen to live bands at Black Fly Field, and continue on to the airport to go sky diving or take a glider ride," said festival board chair Karen Campbell.

The festival will kick off on Friday the 23rd with live entertainment and specials at area restaurants. The town pool will be open for children and teens to cool off. The highlights of Saturday's activities will be an aircraft fly-in at Sugarloaf Regional Airport and local bands at Black Fly Field behind the Carrabassett Inn.

The Jud Strunk-Dick Ayotte Fly-In will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the plane crash that claimed the lives of both local men at Carrabassett Valley's airport. Strunk was a musician, songwriter and storyteller who was a regular performer on the comedy variety show Laugh-In in the late 1960s. His 1973 love song "Daisy a Day" made it into Billboard's top 15 on the pop chart. Strunk was test-flying an antique plane with Ayotte when the accident occurred.

According to local pilot Tom Fahy, the scenery around the airport is some of the most spectacular in the state.

"At 3,000 feet on a clear day you can see east to the Camden Hills and the coast," said Fahy. "Here in the valley, the Bigelow Mountain range and other tree lined mountains are beautiful. Having a birds eye view above the valley is really a special thing."

Tandem skydive trips and rides in a motor glider will be available at the airport on Saturday for a fee. The art show and demonstrations by quilters, stuffed animal makers, jewelers and potters will also happen on Saturday at KC's Kreativity Center. Children's activities will happen at the town park where there is a large playground, basketball court and ball field. Events will wrap up on Sunday with a tournament at Sugarloaf Golf Club.

For more information about activities and events at the Carrabassett Summer Festival contact Karen Campbell at 207-235-3000.

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Historic Blue Hill Houses Open to the Public

BLUE HILL, Maine - Before the town of Blue Hill became a destination for fine dining, art galleries and romantic seaside inns, it was a ship and boatbuilding center and home to wealthy ship captains. This summer, visitors will have the chance to explore some of those captains' homes and the dwellings of other early town leaders during the Blue Hill Historic
House Tour on Thursday, July 20. Eleven houses dating from 1763 to 1913 will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The self-directed tour will tell a story about the early days of a charming coastal village and share the details of the men who built the homes and the families who lived in them. The oldest home on the tour is that of Captain Joseph Wood, one of the two founders of Blue Hill. The Parson Fisher House contains original works of poetry, oil paintings and wood carvings by Jonathan Fisher, the town's first minister. For more information, contact the Blue Hill Historical Society at 207-374-9933 or visit www.autograff.com/housetour.

 

Statewide Project Celebrates 200 Years of Maine Printmaking

AUGUSTA, Maine - The largest collaborative arts project in Maine's history will debut in August when The Maine Print Project launches Celebrating 200 Years of Printmaking in Maine. The series of exhibitions, education programs, and symposia about all aspects of Maine printmaking will take place at sites throughout the state including 11 college and university
campuses, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Portland Museum of Art and Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. This series will run from August, 2006 to February, 2007. Exhibitions will show a variety of print media from Maine artists and nationally known artists with ties to the state. Pop artists Robert Indiana and Alex Katz will be represented along with Winslow Homer, Yvonne Jacquette, Fairfield Porter, Peggy Bacon and Rockwell Kent. Educational programs will include master classes by printmakers, demonstrations of printmaking using antique letterpresses, handmade bookmaking workshops, lectures on the history of Maine printmaking, and
visits to printmakers' studios. For more information call the Portland Museum of Art at 207-775-6148 ext. 3223 or visit www.maineprintproject.org.

 

Apple Saturdays Highlight Fall Weekends at Shaker Village

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine - There are many Maine orchards that offer apple picking each fall, but a trip to the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village gives pickers a 19th century history lesson along with their favorite fall fruit.

Set on 1,800 acres of land overlooking Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester, Shaker Village is the only remaining community of the church of the United Society of Believers founded in England in 1747. Shaker Village was established in 1783 and its 35 acre orchard now welcomes visitors for special Apple Saturday events each fall. This season Apple Saturdays will take place on Sept. 23, 30, and Oct. 7. Before filling up their baskets with apples, visitors get a guided tour of an historical exhibit about the development and management of the orchard from the 1830s to the present day. Each Apple Saturday has a special activity like making candied apples or pressing cider. Reservations are required for tours and orchard walks.


For more information call Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village at 207-926-4597 or visit www.shaker.lib.me.us.

 

 


 Maine lodging spotlight

Sebasco Harbor Resort, Sebasco Estates, Maine

 

Discover a place in beautiful mid coast Maine where special moments abound and families reconnect. There's plenty to satisfy the entire family including golf, tennis, kayaking, boat charters, sailing, biking, evening entertainment, children's programs, spa services, and much more - all located on 575 breathtaking oceanfront acres. walk through the heirloom gardens, visit the vintage candlepin bowling alley, enjoy a sundae from the ice cream shoppe or simply take in spectacular sunsets over the bay. Experience fine bistro dining at The Pilot House, casual fare at The Ledges and the signature Maine lobster bakes by the sea. Distinctive accommodations include the main lodge, cottages, or unique lighthouse. Your visit will create many memories to last a lifetime. Make yourself at home in this Maine retreat. Main lodge rooms have a king or two double beds, all with TV, telephone, and high-speed Internet access. The lodge room with two double beds also has a private balcony.

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June 2006 - July 2006 Calendar of Events

05/31/2006-  The Cassandra Project
06/04/2006  Acorn Productions will present this exciting new festival of
women performers with a dynamic series of new works by local artists.
Location: Portland Performing Arts Center. Contact: Mike Levine, Acorn
Productions. Telephone: 207-766-3386. Mailto:admin@acorn-productions.org.
www.acorn-productions.org.

06/03/2006  Family Fishing Festival
This family festival will feature casting workshops along with a fishing
derby to help teach the 'catch and release' ethic important to preserving
Maine's fishing resources. There will be a hand-tied fly demonstration,
exhibitors, outdoor barbecue, and more. Fees: Free. Location: Androscoggin
River. Times: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Contact: Bethel Area Chamber of
Commerce. Telephone: 800-442-5826. Mailto:info@bethelmaine.com.
www.bethelmaine.com.

06/03/2006-  Mount Hope Cemetery Tours
10/27/2006  Ryan King will lead guided walking tours of the second-oldest
garden cemetery in the United States on the first Friday of each month,
rain or shine. The cemetery features period architecture, historical
memorials, and graceful monuments. Fees: Adults $5; $4 seniors; $8; members
and children under 18 free. Times: 6:00 p.m.; 5:00 p.m. Location: Mount
Hope Cemetery, Superintendent's Building, 1048 State Street, Bangor.
Contact: Sara Martin, Bangor Museum & Center for History. Telephone: 207-
942-1900. Mailto:sara@bangormuseum.org. www.bangormuseum.org.

06/04/2006  Old Port Festival
The kick-off to the festival season in Maine, this family festival is sure
to be fun for all. A parade featuring Portland's own Shoestring Theater
Puppet Company, music, entertainment, cuisine from around the world, and
children's activities. Times: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Old Port
District, Downtown Portland. Contact: Alison Ayan, Portland's Downtown
District. Telephone: 207-772-6828. Mailto:info@portlandmaine.com.
www.portlandmaine.com.

06/08/2006-  Margaretta Days Festival
06/11/2006  This celebration of the 1st Naval Battle of the American
Revolution between the Unity and the Margaretta features period crafts,
games for the children, reenactment, pageant, colonial dinner, historic
tours of homes and more. Location: Downtown Machias and surrounding towns.
Contact: Machias Chamber of Commerce. Telephone: 207-255-4402.
Mailto:info@machiaschamber.org. www.machiaschamber.org.

06/09/2006-  Maine Canoe Symposium
06/11/2006  Join us at a classic Maine woodland camp for a weekend of
learning and celebrating the breadth of canoe sport in a family friendly
environment. Enjoy lessons, demonstrations, slide presentations, and on-
the-water fun. All ages and levels are welcome. Fees: Adults $80; Children
age 12 and under $40, plus meals & camping fee. Location: 35 Winona Rd,
Winona Camps, Bridgton. Contact: David Butler, Maine Canoe Symposium.
Telephone: 207-892-3121. Mailto:mcs@canoemaine.com.
www.mainecanoesymposium.org.

06/10/2006  Old York Historical Society Opening Day
The museum opens for the 2006 season with hearth-cooking demonstrations and
meet the new Elizabeth Perkins Fellows while they give tours of the
buildings. Fees: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Ages 5-16 $5; under 4 free. Free
for members and guests. Times: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: 207 York
Street, York. Contact: Old York Historical Society. Telephone: 207-363-
4974. Mailto:oyhs@oldyork.org. www.oldyork.org.

06/10/2006  Wildlife Cartoons and Buttons
Meet Maine Artist/Cartoonist/Author Tom Merriam for personalized wildlife
cartoons and buttons; photographs with Kennebego Bear or Moxie Moose; and
look at a variety of his wonderful children's books and wildlife artwork.
Location: The Maine Wildlife Park, 56 Game Farm Rd, Gray. Times: 11:00 a.m.
- 2:00 p.m. Fees: $5 Ages 13 - 60; $3 ages 4 - 12; $4 age 61+; children
under 3 free. Contact: Curtis Johnson. Telephone: 207-287-3303.
Mailto:mainewildlifepark@maine.rr.com. www.mainewildlifepark.com.

06/11/2006  Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars & Antique Aeroplane Show
Come and see 250 hot rods, street rods and custom cars plus muscle cars
from the 60s and 70s. Fees: Adults $8; children 12 and under $6; $22
family. Times: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Owls Head Transportation
Museum, Rt. 73, Owls Head. Contact: Park Morrison, Owls Head Transportation
Museum. Telephone: 207-594-4418. Mailto:info@ohtm.org. www.owlshead.org.

06/13/2006-  Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Summer Series
08/29/2006  This classical concert series is presented by Portland's
Municipal Organist Ray Cornils.
It is a celebration of music with guest organists coming from around the
world. Location: Merrill Auditorium, Portland. Telephone: 207-883-9525.
Fees: $10 suggested donation. Times: 7:30 p.m.
Mailto:bprinti1@maine.rr.com. www.foko.org.

06/15/2006-  Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival
06/18/2006  Some of the greatest bluegrass music at one of the largest
family events in New England. Don't just hear about it - experience it!
Check the Web site for more information. Fees: $50 (before June lst)
weekend pass which covers 4 days of music and camping; $55 after June lst.
Daily passes available. Times: Thu 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Fri Noon - 10:00
p.m.; Sat 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Location:
Silver Spur Riding Club, Rte 104, Exit 120 off I-95, Sidney. Contact:
Blistered Fingers. Telephone: 207-873-6539.
Mailto:blist-f@blisteredfingers.com. http://www.blisteredfingers.com.

06/16/2006-  5th Annual Lupine Festival
06/18/2006  Along with live music there will be art, sculpture and quilt
contests, a giant yard sale, private garden tours by bus and the "Lupine
Loop" driving map to help you locate fields in bloom. Fees: Most events
free. Times: Fri 5:00 p.m. - midnight; Sat 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Sun
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: Deer Isle-Stonington. Contact: Christina
Shipps, Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce. Telephone: 207-367-2420.
Mailto:info@innontheharbor.com. www.deerisle.com.

06/16/2006-  Sunday River to the Sea Bicycle Trek Across Maine
06/18/2006  A three day bicycling event where nearly 1700 riders trek 180
miles (average 60 miles per day) across scenic Maine. Start at the
mountains of Sunday River Ski Resort and finish on the scenic coast of
Maine. Location: Sunday River Ski Resort, Newry. Contact: Bob Verrill,
American Lung Association of Maine. Telephone: 207-622-6394. Toll Free:
800-499-5964. Mailto:bverrill@mainelung.org. www.mainelung.org.

06/16/2006-  The Whatever Family Festival - 29th Annual
07/04/2006  Free family fun! Don't miss this 14-day fun-packed festival with
celebrations in Gardiner, Augusta, and surrounding towns. Events will
include music, sports tournaments, races, dancing, fireworks, parades and
much, much more. Fees: Most events free. Location: Greater Augusta.
Contact: Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce. Telephone: 207-623-4559.
Mailto:info@augustamaine.com. www.augustamaine.com.

06/17/2006  Summer Solstice Night
A celebration of summer and a kick-off to the summer season. Main Street
will be closed off from traffic for the evening and there will be live
music, entertainment, street dancing, food and special events. Times: 4:00
p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Location: Main Street, Rockland. Contact: Rockland-
Thomaston Area Chamber of Commerce. Telephone: 207-596-0376.
Mailto:info@therealmaine.com. www.therealmaine.com.

06/17/2006-  Celebrate Gardiner Arts Festival
06/18/2006  This festival will feature the juried work of 50 artists along
with children's games, food vendors, a kids fishing tournament, pirate ship
rides on the Kennebec and fireworks light up the night. Contact: Jennifer
Barnes-Polley, Main Street Gardiner. Location: Main St, Gardiner.
Telephone: 207-582-3100. Mailto:info@gardinermainst.org.
www.gardinermainst.org.

06/18/2006-  Legacy of the Arts Festival
06/25/2006  The annual Legacy of the Arts celebration features the best in
music, art, theater, dance and history in Bar Harbor. There will be
concerts, workshops, meet the artists sessions, and much more! Times: All
day. Location: Downtown Bar Harbor. Contact: Bar Harbor Chamber of
Commerce. Telephone: 207-288-5103. Mailto:visitors@barharborinfo.com.
www.barharbormaine.com.

06/22/2006-  Annual Greek Heritage Festival
06/24/2006  This spectacular three-day Greek Festival is a wonderful family
event that each year draws more than 10,000 visitors from around the
greater Portland area. Along with exquisite Greek cuisine, there will be
live music and traditional dancing. Times: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 133 Pleasant Street,
Portland. Contact: Greg Tselikis. Telephone: 207-774-0281.
Mailto:gtselikis@aol.com. www.holytrinityportland.org.

06/22/2006-  La Kermesse Franco-Americaine Festival
06/25/2006  The twenty-fourth anniversary of the La Kermesse featuring the
celebration of all customs and traditions with continuous entertainment,
fireworks, parade, block party, food and more. Fees: Advance weekend button
sale $12; $15 weekend. Times: Check Web site for specific times. Location:
St. Louis Field, West Street, Biddeford. Contact: Priscille Gagnon,
President, La Kermesse Festival. Telephone: 207-468-3921.
Mailto:kermesse@maine.rr.com. www.lakermessefestival.com.

06/23/2006-  Maine Antique Tractor Club Festival
06/25/2006  The largest gathering of antique tractors in the state. Many
antique machinery exhibits, tractor games, pulls, farm equipment auction
and Maine crafts. Fees: $4 adults, ages 11 -17 $2; 10 & under free. Times:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Farmington Fairgrounds, High St,
Farmington. Contact: Dick Larrivee. Telephone: 207-892-4946.
Mailto:Rlarr437@aol.com. www.maineantiquetractorclub.com.

06/24/2006  Strawberry Festival
This annual event includes a juried craft show with entertainment, food,
and strawberry shortcake attracting more than 25,000 visitors. Times: 9:00
a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location: South Berwick. Contact: Strawberry Festival
Committee. Telephone: 207-384-3208.
Mailto:info@southberwickstrawberryfestival.com.
www.southberwickstrawberryfestival.com.

06/24/2006-  Crafts at the Playhouse
06/25/2006  A juried craft show on the grounds of the historic Ogunquit
Playhouse. Times: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Ogunquit Playhouse, US
Route 1. Contact: Pamela Sawyer, Ogunquit Playhouse. Telephone: 207-646-
2402. Mailto:tophandle@verizon.net. www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.

06/24/2006-  Art by the Sea - The 56th Annual Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Art Show
06/25/2006  Artists will display and sell their original works on the
Village Green, Main and Mt. Desert Streets, and downtown Bar Harbor. Times:
6/24 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 6/25 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Main &
Mt. Desert Streets, Bar Harbor. Contact: Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Telephone: 207-288-5103. Mailto:visitors@barharborinfo.com.
www.barharbormaine.com.

06/24/2006-  Bowdoin International Music Festival
08/05/2006  The Bowdoin Summer Music Festival presents internationally-
renowned artists in concert on Wednesday and Friday nights, in air-
conditioned Crooker Theater. Fees: $30. Times: 8:00 p.m. Location: Crooker
Theater, Brunswick High School, Maquoit Rd, Brunswick. Contact: Peter
Simmons. Telephone: 207-373-1400. Mailto:info@bowdoinfestival.org.
www.summermusic.org.

06/24/2006  Flye Point Music & Arts Festival
A day of incredible music amid the breathtaking beauty of the Maine coast
featuring performers such as Odetta, Noel Paul Stookey, David Mallett, the
Mammals, and more. Local artists will be selling and displaying their
original artwork. Fees: Adults $45, children 12 and under $15; parking $5.
No tickets sold at the gate. Times: 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Location: The
Lookout Inn, Flye Point Road, Brooklin. Contact: Jeff Salzmann. Telephone:
207-359-2127. Mailto:jeff03@hypernet.com. www.fpmusicfest.com.

06/24/2006-  Paddlesports Festival
06/25/2006  L.L.Bean's 25th annual summer paddling event featuring
demonstrations, seminars and activities for the whole family. Lessons and
tours at the nearby L.L.Bean Paddling Center. Due to limited space,
preregistration is strongly recommended. Fees: $25. Times: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00
p.m. Location: L.L.Bean Flagship Store & L.L.Bean Paddling Center,
Freeport. Contact: L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools. Telephone: 800-559-
0747. Mailto:outdoor.discovery@llbean.com. www.llbean.com/ods.

06/25/2006  Wells Chamber of Commerce Antique Show
The Wells Antiques Show will be held on the historic and spectacular
grounds of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm. Seventy-five exhibitors will
be displaying and selling antiques of the 18th, 19th and early 20th
centuries. Fees: $5 adults. Times: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location:
Laudholm Farm, Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells. Contact: Wells Chamber of Commerce.
Telephone: 207-646-2451. Mailto:wellschamber@wellschamber.org.
www.wellschamber.org.

06/27/2006-  44th Annual Windjammer Days Festival
06/28/2006  Full rigged windjammers sail into the harbor. Two fun-filled
days of harbor side concerts, fireworks, an antique boat parade, a street
parade, games and activities for the children, and plenty of food.
Location: Waterfront, Boothbay Harbor. Contact: Boothbay Harbor Region
Chamber of Commerce. Telephone: 207-633-2353.
Mailto:seamaine@boothbayharbor.com. www.boothbayharbor.com.

06/29/2006-  Acadian Festival
07/02/2006  The Acadian Festival has grown to become the State of Maine's
largest cultural festival celebrating the unique Acadian culture and
heritage with a number of events that serve as a reminder of the past and
celebration of the present. Location: Madawaska. Contact: Dennis Michaud,
Madawaska Chamber of Commerce. Telephone: 207-728-7000.
Mailto:valleyvisit@pwless.net. www.townofmadawaska.com.

07/01/2006  Kingfield Pops
A fun and festive event featuring familiar and patriotic music for the
whole family along with family activities and selection of vendors,
including area food vendors. In keeping with the 4th of July celebration,
the evening will close with a fabulous fireworks display. Location: Kennedy
Farm, Route 142, Kingfield. Times: 5:00 p.m. Fees: Adults $20; ($25 at the
gate); children under 18 free accompanied by adult. Contact: Bangor
Symphony Orchestra. Telephone: 207-942-5555.
Mailto:symphony@bangorsymphony.com. www.bangorsymphony.com.

07/01/2006-  Rockland HarborFest
07/02/2006  This 4th annual event features jazz entertainment, food vendors,
arts & crafts, activities for children, and more. Bring your lawn chairs
and blankets and sit on the lawns of Harbor Park and enjoy the day. Fees:
$5 adults; kids 12 and under free. Times: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Location:
Buoy Park, Rockland. Contact: Rockland-Thomaston Area Chamber of Commerce.
Telephone: 207-596-0376. Mailto:info@therealmaine.com.
www.therealmaine.com.

07/01/2006  17th Annual Bethel Art Fair
Artists & artisans displaying and selling. Youth art exhibit & children's
activities, great food and entertainment all day. Times: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00
p.m. Location: Town Common, Broad St, Bethel. Contact: Bethel Area Chamber
of Commerce. Telephone: 207-824-2282. Mailto:info@bethelmaine.com.
www.bethelmaine.com.

07/01/2006-  The Fabulous '50s, Sensational '60s & Antique Aeroplane Show
07/02/2006  See 400+ big, beautiful cars from the Golden Age of Autos
featuring not only a classic car rally, but includes engine room
demonstrations. Re-live a golden era at one of our best-loved events. Fees:
$8 general admission, $22 families, $6 children under 12, children under 5
free. Times: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Owls Head Transportation
Museum, Rte 73, Owls Head. Contact: Park Morrison, Owls Head Transportation
Museum. Telephone: 207-594-4418. Mailto:info@ohtm.org. www.owlshead.org.

07/01/2006-  Eastport's 4th of July (Old Home Week) Celebration
07/04/2006  Come and celebrate the beauty of this land in this historic port
city on the Atlantic Ocean. Four days full of celebration and revelry,
music, largest 4th of July parade in Maine, food, crafts, contests,
fireworks, and more. Location: Eastport. Contact: Roland Mitchell,
Chairman, Fourth of July Committee. Telephone: 207-853-2930.
Mailto:info@eastport4th.com. www.eastport4th.com.

07/02/2006-  Bar Harbor Music Festival
07/30/2006  The 40th anniversary season of the Bar Harbor Music Festival
where concertgoers can take in everything from a string orchestra to jazz.
Check Web site for the list of artists. Fees: Free. Times: 8:15 p.m.
Location: Various locations in Bar Harbor - check Web site. Contact: Bar
Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Telephone: 207-288-5744.
Mailto:info@barharbormusicalfestival.org. www.barharbormusicfestival.org.

07/03/2006-  Parade and 18th Annual Sandcastle Contest
07/04/2006  Come celebrate the 4th of July and enjoy a parade and band
concert with line and square dancing. Sandcastle contest on the beach. Fun
for the entire family. Location: Ocean Park, First St, Old Orchard Beach.
Contact: Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce. Telephone: 207-934-9068.
Mailto:info@oldorchardbeachmaine.com. www.oldorchardbeachmaine.com.

07/03/2006  Independence Day Celebration
An Independence Day celebration that will include a children's day parade,
cook-outs, silent auction and fireworks. Times: 10:00 a.m. - dusk.
Location: Lakeside Park, Rangeley. Contact: Rangeley Chamber of Commerce.
Telephone: 207-864-5364. Mailto:info@rangeleymaine.com.
www.rangeleymaine.com.

07/04/2006  Independence Day Celebration
Events include a blueberry pancake breakfast, Independence Day parade,
seafood festival, town band concert, and fireworks over Frenchman's Bay.
Fees: Vary with location, most free. Times: All day. Location: Main St, Bar
Harbor. Contact: Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Telephone: 207-288-5103.
Mailto:visitors@barharborinfo.com. www.barharbormaine.com.

07/04/2006  Seafood Festival
Enjoy lobster, mussels, corn, strawberry shortcake and more! Times: Begins
at 11:00 a.m. Location: Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. Contact:
MDI Rotary Club. Telephone: 207-288-5103.
Mailto:visitors@barharborinfo.com. www.barharbormaine.com.

07/04/2006  Thomaston Fourth of July Parade & Celebration
Large, traditional small town 4th with a big parade, pancake breakfast,
entertainment, scenic train rides, baking contests, chicken barbecue,
music, crafts, children's activities and fireworks. Location: Thomaston.
Contact: Doug Erickson, Rockland-Thomaston Area Chamber of Commerce.
Telephone: 207-596-7478. Mailto:info@therealmaine.com.
http://www.thomaston4thofjuly.com.

07/06/2006-  27th Annual Ossipee Valley Fair
07/09/2006  A true country fair with lots of livestock events and exhibits
as well as novelty events such as egg toss, pie eating, watermelon seed
spitting, etc. Also, a grand parade, a fireman's muster, tractor pulls and
more! Location: South Hiram Road, Hiram, Maine. Contact: Ossipee Valley
Agricultural Society. Telephone: 207-625-4440 - during fair only.
Mailto:info@ossipeevalleyfair.com. www.ossipeevalleyfair.com.

07/06/2006-  Caribou Fest
07/09/2006   An agri-cultural celebration featuring planned activities,
international food booths, a fine art fair, music in the park and more.
Location: Downtown Caribou. Contact: Caribou Chamber of Commerce.
Telephone: 207-498-6156. Mailto:info@cariboumaine.net.
www.cariboumaine.net.

07/07/2006-  18th Annual Maine Bike Rally
07/09/2006  You'll find rides just your size! 60 miles of great mountain
bike trails. Family ride, time trial race, stargazing night ride and more!
Many events for non-cycling family members, friends, and resting cyclists.
Fees: Call for fees. Times: TBA. Location: Harrison Middle School,
Yarmouth. Contact: Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Telephone: 207-623-4511.
Mailto:info@bikemaine.org. www.bikemaine.org.

07/07/2006-  59th Annual Maine Potato Blossom Festival
07/16/2006  This famous event includes mashed potato wrestling, potato
picking contest, Culture Day, pageants, industry dinner, parade, live
music, craft fair, fireworks, and much more. Location: Fort Fairfield.
Contact: Shawn Murchinson, Maine Potato Blossom Festival Committee.
Telephone: 207-472-3802. Mailto:fortcc@mfx.net. www.potatoblossom.org.

07/07/2006-  Moxie Festival
07/09/2006  In honor of the world famous soft drink, Moxie, a beverage of
distinctive taste. Music, entertainment, food, fireworks, bed race and
carnival games. Location: Downtown Lisbon Falls. Contact: Androscoggin
County Chamber of Commerce. Telephone: 207-783-2249.
Mailto:lisbonmoxielady@aol.com. www.moxiefestival.com.

07/08/2006-  45th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Festival
07/09/2006  Dealers will be displaying and selling cut gem stones, jewelry,
and fine mineral specimens from around the area. Also guided field trips to
local mines and quarries. Location: Crescent Park School, Crescent Street,
Bethel. Times: Sat 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Oxford County Gem & Mineral Association. Telephone: 207-824-2844.
Mailto:info@bethelmaine.com www.bethelmaine.com

07/08/2006  Native American Festival & Maine Basketmakers Market
Wabanaki basketmakers and other artists will demonstrate and sell their
work at the festival, the largest annual event for the Maine Indian
Basketmakers Alliance. Activities include storytelling, music and dancing.
Fees: Free. Parking is limited - participants are encouraged to use free
island shuttle. Times: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location: College of the
Atlantic, 105 Eden St, Bar Harbor. Contact: Abbe Museum. Telephone: 207-
288-3519. Mailto:info@abbemuseum.org. www.abbemuseum.org.

07/13/2006  Strawberry Festival
Crafts, strawberries, and pie sales. Times: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Oquossoc Park, Rangeley. Contact: Rangeley Guides & Sportsmen's
Association. Telephone: 207-864-2392. Mailto:info@rangeleymaine.com.
www.rangeleymaine.com.

07/14/2006-  Annual Flamingo Festival & Quietside Parade
07/17/2006  There will be a pancake breakfast, spirited Flamingo parade,
Tremont Trot road race, a golf scramble and more. Location: Southwest
Harbor. Contact: Southwest Harbor - Tremont Chamber of Commerce. Telephone:
207-244-3713. Mailto:info@harborhousemdi.org. www.harborhousemdi.org.

07/14/2006  3rd Annual Maine Windjammer Parade
Geared for both spectators on shore and windjammer guests, the event will
provide close-up views of the entire fleet as it sails within a stone's
throw of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. The windjammers will anchor
and there will be tours of the lighthouse. Location: Rockland Harbor.
Contact: Maine Windjammer Association. Telephone: 800-807-WIND.
www.sailmainecoast.com

07/14/2006-  Maine International Film Festival
07/23/2006  This 9th annual event will feature over 80 films from more than
a dozen countries, representing the best of American and independent and
international cinema. The Maine Student Film & Video Festival will be held
in conjunction with this event. Fees: $8; $10 special events; $150 full
festival pass; 10-pass $75. Location: Railroad Square Cinema, 17 Railroad
Sq, Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St, Waterville. Contact: Shannon
Haines, Maine International Film Festival. Telephone: 207-861-8138.
Mailto:info@miff.org. www.miff.org.

07/15/2006-  2006 Bates Dance Festival Performance Series
08/12/2006  The Bates Dance Festival celebrates the diversity and creativity
of contemporary dance with performances featuring hip-hop, postmodern,
jazz, world dance and improvisation by acclaimed U.S. companies and
emerging choreographers from around the world. Fees: $5-$18. Times:
Vary/evenings. Location: Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College. Contact: Bates
Dance Festival. Telephone: 207-786-6381. Mailto:dancefest@bates.edu.
www.batesdancefestival.org.

07/15/2006-  The North Atlantic Blues Festival
07/16/2006  Celebrating the windjammer industry and the area's maritime
heritage, this event features a schooner parade, maritime displays and
demonstrations, great musical entertainment, blues bands on Main Street,
water events, food, fireworks and more. Fees: $25 adult, in advance - one
day, $30 one day - at gate, $5 children (6-12), children 5 & under free.
Location: Harbor Park, Rockland. Contact: Paul Benjamin, Director, North
Atlantic Blues Festival. Telephone: 207-596-6055.
Mailto:bluesman@midcoast.com. www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com.

07/15/2006  Old Hallowell Day
This mid-summer celebration salutes Hallowell's historic past. Road races,
a craft market, food fair, mile-long parade, continuous music, and a heart-
stopping fireworks display mark the event. Location: Downtown Hallowell.
Contact: Bob McIntire, Hallowell Board of Trade. Telephone: 207-629-9180.
Mailto:info@hallowell.org. www.hallowell.org.
                                                                            
    
07/15/2006-  30th Annual Juried Arts & Crafts Show
07/16/2006  Approximately 120 artists and craftspeople display and sell
their work in scenic Harbor Park, Camden Amphitheater, and along Atlantic
Avenue. Times: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Public Landing, Camden.
Contact: Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber. Telephone: 207-236-4404.
Mailto:chamber@camdenme.org. www.camdenharborarts.com.

07/15/2006  Annual Mollyockett Day Festival
A fun all day festival including the 5-mile classic road race, parade on
Main Street, 12th Annual Duck Race, arts & crafts, frog jumping contest,
bed race, fiddler's contest, lots of food, great entertainment and more.
Fireworks at dusk. Location: Town Common and Sunday River, Bethel. Contact:
Vicki Rackliffe. Telephone: 207-824-3575. Mailto:racklifv@gouldacademy.org
www.bethelmaine.com.

07/15/2006  Maine Music Society's Annual Garden Tour
The 12th Annual Garden Tour will visit some of the finest private gardens
of Lewiston, Auburn and the surrounding area. This is always a pleasant day
of window-shopping for landscaping ideas and gardening techniques. Maps
provided with tickets. Fees: $10 in advance, $12 on the day of the tour.
Times: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location: Lewiston/Auburn. Contact: Maine
Music Society. Telephone: 207-782-1403. Mailto:info@musicsociety.org.
www.mainemusicsociety.org.

07/20/2006-  Friendship Sloop Days
07/22/2006  Annual homecoming and regatta with sloop races, demonstrations,
and visits to historic Friendship Sloops. Sponsored by the Friendship Sloop
Society. Friendship Day in Friendship follows this event on July 29th with
a parade, kids activities & more. Location: Harbor Park, Rockland. Contact:
Shari Closter, Rockland-Thomaston Area Chamber of Commerce. Telephone: 207-
596-0376. Mailto:info@therealmaine.com. www.fss.org.

07/21/2006-  The County Bluegrass Festival
07/23/2006  This 3rd annual festival will include Blistered Fingers White
Mountain Bluegrass and more. A food court with a diverse menu of foods and
beverages. Fees: Weekend price - $35 (prior to June 1st), $40 at the gate,
children 12 & under - free with adult. Times: Fri 6:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.;
Sat 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Location: Heritage
Park, Murphy Rd, Ft. Fairfield. Contact: Charles Cormier, Chamber of
Commerce. Telephone: 207-472-3802. Mailto:fortcc@mfx.net.
www.countybluegrass.com.

07/21/2006-  Yarmouth Clam Festival - 41st Annual
07/23/2006  A 3-day event including a parade, free performances, a juried
craft show, an art show, sports contests, a carnival and a variety of free
family-oriented activities. As always, clams are the feature menu item in
the locally run food court. Times: Fri 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Sat 7:00
a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Sun 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Main St, Yarmouth.
Contact: Judi Clancy, Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce. Telephone: 207-846-
3984. Mailto:info@clamfestival.com. www.clamfestival.com.

07/22/2006  Lobster Ride
The Lobster Ride is a great bike ride along Maine's beautiful coast to
benefit the Bicycle Coalition of Maine in this 16-100 mile tour. Fees: Call
for fee information. Times: 8:00 a.m. Location: Rockland High School.
Contact: Jeff Miller, Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Telephone: 207-623-4511.
Mailto:info@BikeMaine.org. www.BikeMaine.org.

07/22/2006  Trucks, Tractors, Commercial Vehicles, & Antique Aeroplane Show
07/23/2006  The biggest and most colorful event where you'll see antique
pick-up trucks, delivery, logging, farm and emergency vehicles, and more
along with engine demonstrations and free Model T-rides. Location: Owls
Head Transportation Museum, Rt. 73, Owls Head. Times: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Contact: Park Morrison. Telephone: 207-594-4418. Fees: $8 adults; $6
children under 12; under 5 free; family $22. Mailto:info@ohm.org.
www.owlshead.org.

07/23/2006  Old Time Fiddler's Festival
All levels of competition for old-time fiddlers. Special entertainment.
Times: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location: Rangeley Inn Green, Rangeley.
Contact: Michael Schrader, Rangeley Friends of the Arts. Telephone: 207-
864-3907. Mailto:info@rangeleymaine.com. www.rangeleymaine.com.

07/23/2006  Open Farm Day
From pasture walks to berry picking, wagon rides to chocolate milk! Farms
throughout the state will be open to visitors to celebrate. Go to the Web
site for a complete listing of participating farms, activities and
locations. Location: Farms throughout Maine. Contact: Jane Aiudi, Maine
Dept. of Agriculture. Telephone: 207-287-3702.
Mailto:getrealmaine@maine.gov. www.getrealmaine.com.

07/27/2006-  Maine Quilts 2006 Show
07/30/2006  The largest quilt show in Maine! Featuring special exhibits,
workshops, lectures, demonstrations, quilt appraisals, door prizes,
merchants mall and over 400 displayed and judged quilts. Fees: $6. Times:
Thu 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Fri & Sat 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m.
- 4:00 p.m. Location: Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta.
Contact: Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Inc. Telephone: 207-577-0648.
Mailto:mainequilts@yahoo.com. www.mainequilts.org.

07/28/2006-  Bucksport Bay Area Festival
07/29/2006  Fun filled family celebration including boats, bands, food,
antique cars, crafts, and more. The 20th Maine reenacts civil war soldier
life at historic Fort Knox along with fireworks Saturday evening. Location:
Waterfront and downtown Bucksport. Contact: Lisa Whitney. Telephone: 207-
469-6818. Fees: Free (fees for food & drink). Times: Fri 4:00 p.m. - 9:00
p.m.; Sat 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Mailto:director@bucksportbaychamber.com.
www.bucksportbaychamber.com.

07/28/2006-  Bangor State Fair
08/06/2006  An old-fashioned fair with spectacular entertainment and
livestock exhibits. Fees: $6 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children under 12.
Location: 100 Dutton Street, Bangor. Contact: Sally Bilancia. Telephone:
207-947-5555. Mailto:info@bangorstatefair.com.
http://www.bangorstatefair.com.

07/28/2006-  Rangeley Logging Museum Festival Days & Parade
07/29/2006  Miss Woodchip contest, Burying of the Bean-Hole Beans, Logger's
Hall of Fame, parade and much more! Times: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location:
Main Street, Rangeley. Contact: Rodney Richard, Rangeley Lakes Region
Chamber of Commerce. Telephone: 207-864-5364. Toll Free: 800-685-2537.
Mailto:info@rangeleymaine.com. www.rangeleymaine.com.

07/28/2006-  Eliot Antique Tractor & Engine Show
07/30/2006  Celebrating their 10 year anniversary, this 2-day show includes
live music, food, crafts, contests and festivities with Tractor Parades,
Tractor Pulls, and much more. Fees: $3. Location: Raitt Farm, Route 103,
Eliot. Contact: Lisa Raitt. Telephone: 207-748-3303.

07/29/2006  4th Annual Greater Portland Festival of Nations
This festival promotes the understanding and appreciation for all ethnic
nations in the state of Maine. It will feature nearly 60 booths showcasing
authentic ethnic food, crafts, and performances with a projected audience
of 20,000 people. Fees: Free. Times: 2:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Location:
Deering Oak Park, Deering & Park Avenues, Portland. Contact: Shalom
Odokara, Women In Need, Inc. Telephone: 207-761-9464.
Mailto:womini@aol.com. www.wini.us.

07/29/2006-  Wings & Wheels Spectacular
07/30/2006  A spectacular event featuring a Classic Car & Aerobatic Airshow.
A vintage auto rally that includes the Obsolete Auto League's judging meet.
Engine exhibits by the Maine Antique Power Association and The Wheelmen.
Fees: $8 adults, $6 children 6-11, free to museum members & children under
5, $22 family admission. Times: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Owls Head
Transportation Museum, Route #73, Owls Head. Contact: Park Morrison, Owls
Head Transportation Museum. Telephone: 207-594-4418. Mailto:info@ohtm.org.
www.owlshead.org.

 

 


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