Camden Snowbowl is one of very few skiing mountains on the Eastern seaboard with a view of the water. In the spring, summer and fall seasons, the Snowbowl, part of Camden’s Parks & Recreation Department is open for mountain biking, hiking, swimming, tennis and ball field use. On Saturday, August 25th, the Snowbowl will make its chairlift open to the public. 10am – 5pm, $5 per person, located at 20 Barnestown Rd in Camden.
This is one of my favorite events, as you can tell from our past years’ coverage. Camden Windjammer Festival is an all ages event celebrating the maritime history and traditions and honoring the current status of maritime industry in Maine. The schooners and windjammers which used to carry cargo up and down the coast are now primarily engaged in carrying passengers, either on daytrips or overnight trips. On Labor Day weekend, the old wooden vessels come together in Camden Harbor and are open to the public. Crew Talent Show takes place in the evening on Friday, on the lawn in Harbor Park. Crew and passenger from each boat compete with performances which, in the past, have included reciting poetry, singing, playing musical instruments, fire throwing and much more. There are many activities for children and adults to delight in – boat building contest, lobster crate race, cooking contest and much more. Check out the website for a full schedule of events and come out on Labor Day Weekend!
As the Maine Lobster Festival wraps up, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show sets up in its place in Rockland’s Harbor Park. The 10th annual show takes place August 10-12, 2012 and will feature the work of local craftspeople, including boats in and out of water, furniture makers, tool makers, jewelers, architects, designers and many many others. There will be live music, activities for children and innovative contests such as “Best Boatyard Dog”, and, new, this year – the Stand-up Paddleboat Jousting Competition. It’s a three day event, so check the schedule for particulars of start times and where to buy tickets.
Here’s a video from the 2011 Boat Yard Dog Trials:
Belfast Summer Nights are in full swing. Every Thursday in the summer, starting at 5:30, the streets of downtown Belfast reverberate with music, dancing and the chatter of crowds. There’s a different band each week, and best of all, it’s free! Bring a chair, or a picnic, or simply come to watch and enjoy!
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The long-running festival keeps evolving and improving and is really not to be missed. Of course, there is lobster everything – food, t-shirts, ice-cream, but there are also many other fun events throughout the long weekend – August 1-5, 2012.
One of our favorites is the lobster crate race. Sign up in advance! Participants take turns running on half submegred, strung together lobster crates, until they fall into the water. The winner is one who can run the most crates, and is usually under 18, although, adults, do not be discouraged and sign up! If nothing else, you can say you tried.
There’s a seafood cooking contest, arts and crafts tents, children’s activities, a parade with a coronation of the queen, a 5K and many other events. Check out the full schedule here.
Hometown folks – please note the free admission day, which has traditionally been on Wednesday, has been moved to Sunday this year.
Maine blueberry season is in full swing and the much loved berries are everywhere. Stop by any store, or better yet, farm stand or farmer’s market (Camden – Sat 9-12, Wed 3:30-6, Belfast Friday 9-1) to pick up a quart. Or you can pick your own if you’re up to it, at several area farms. An easy hike through Beech Hill preserve offers unbeatable views of Penobscot Bay, its islands, lighthouses and sailboats.
This coming weekend is going to be a busy one, as generally the last two weeks of July and the first three weeks of August are in Midcoast Maine. Summer Harbor Arts & Crafts Juried Show is setting up camp, as usual, in Camden’s Harbor park on Saturday and Sunday. Atlantic Street will be closed to traffic starting midday on Friday. Tons of vendors show off Maine’s best artisans. From Harbor Park, peek into the Camden Public Library for a gorgeous view of the harbor from the air-conditioned Reading Room (original brick building) on the 3rd floor. The library is hosting a summer book sale, ourdoors, under tents, as part of its fundraising efforts.
Friendship sloops from New England and beyond will gather for the annual meet of the Friendship Sloop Society in Rockland. These little wooden boats used to be the standard for lobstermen, but today the majority are used for pleasure and are privately owned. Some do offer cruises, in Belfast, Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor.
And as I mentioned my previous post, the Maine Celtic Festival is on this weekend as well, in Belfast. Chase the wheel of cheese down the hill in US National Cheese Championships on Sunday, 7/22.
Windjammers have long been a part of Maine, Midcoast in particular. Over the centuries, schooners carried goods to trade up and down the coast. These days, two to three dozen traditionally rigged sailboats – sloops, schooners – carry passengers in towns between Portland and Eastport.
This Friday, the windjammers will be on parade in front of the Rockland Breakwater, July 13th, between 2 and 4pm. It’s the perfect opportunity to photograph and enjoy these beautiful vessels.
Grab your camera and binoculars and get ready for the Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge of 2012. For two days only, June 23 and 24, 2012, the following lighthouses will be open for visitors:
Marshall Point and
If you’re not a lighthouse buff, allow me to mention that this is not an every day occurrence. Rockland, which is home to the Breakwater light and its neighbor Owl’s Head light, is also home to the Lighthouse Museum, the Sail, Power and Steam Museum as well as a US Coast Guard American Lighthouse Foundation Interpretive Center, with the Penobscot Marine Museum about 45 minutes north in Searsport. Make it an action packed day – visit all the lighthouses and be entered to win a luxurious prize.
“The Maine Island Trail is a 375-mile chain of over 190 coastal islands and sites along the coast of Maine. One third of trail sites are public, and two thirds are owned by private organizations and individuals who trust Maine Island Trails Association to care for their lands and teach members to Leave No Trace.
The Maine Island Trail Association is a membership organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the wild islands of coastal Maine. Through twenty years of community-building, stewardship, and education, the organization has developed a model of sustainable recreation and created America’s first recreational water trail.
We believe that Maine’s thousands of coastal islands are a national treasure and have built a community of educated island lovers and volunteer caretakers who agree. Our members include paddlers, sailors, motorboaters, and land-lubbers alike. They enjoy welcome access to many private island properties. And they form a powerful force of people actively committed to the care and protection of the wild islands of Maine.”
From the MITA website: Andy Stewart circumnavigates the Fox Islands in his 15? Chester Yawl.