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Your Complete Summer Guide Memorial Day to Labor Day


Explore Maine events, fabulous destinations, picturesque lighthouses,

and more!

2011 This Is Maine



This Is Maine 2011

contents june events | 12 Start your summer off right with this June to-do list.

lighthouses | 16 Find out what lighthouses in the area are accessible to the public and which are best viewed from afar.

july events | 30 There’s more to July than just fireworks.

museums | 42 Our corner of Maine is filled with museums that appeal to any interest, whether it’s history, art, or sea cucumbers.

august events | 48 Take in one of Maine’s super summer festivals before the season ends.

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around our towns bangor | 5

Trenton | 20

greenville | 38

Free outdoor concerts and movies, plus a plethora of shopping and activities, make Bangor a destination.

This town is snuggled in between Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Home of majestic Moosehead Lake and all the fun that goes with it.

Brewer | 8

Bar harbor | 21

Head to Brewer to help celebrate their bicentennial this summer.

From the Village Green to the harbor, this seaside town is the place to be.

This seaside town is bustling with activites and festivals all summer long.

katahdin Region | 10

Blue Hill | 26

From hiking and hunting to canoeing and fishing, the Katahdin region is an outdoor-lover’s paradise.

Head to the peninsula for tons of summer fun.

Ellsworth | 17 With a historic downtown area and bustling shopping plazas, Ellsworth has something for everyone.

Deer Isle/ Stonington | 28 These summer island communities make for a great day trip or weekend getaway.

Belfast | 39

Midcoast | 45 If you are looking for quintessential Maine filled with lighthouses, lobsters, and local art—head for Camden and Rockland.

eastport | 54 Take a trip Down East and explore the easternmost part of the country.

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ANGOR offers a something for everyone with modern

entertainments and attractions at an easy New England pace. Bangor was incorporated as a city in 1791 and is named for an Irish hymn. During the 19th century, Maine’s vast forests, offering supplies of lumber and naval stores, brought unprecedented wealth to the region. By the 1850s, Bangor was considered the lumber capital of the world, and was one of the busiest ports on the East Coast. By the 20th century, the shipbuilding industry had been transformed by the advent of the age of steam and steel, and Bangor’s sawmills and shipyards gave way to today’s dominant forest industry—pulp and paper. Today, Bangor remains the commercial and social center of northern, central, and eastern Maine. It has become the region’s largest center of retail and service businesses and a center for government, education, and employment. Downtown Bangor is the regional arts and cultural center with the University of Maine Museum of Art, the Bangor


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Museum and Center for History, the Maine Discovery Museum, the Penobscot Theatre, and the Bangor Public Library, all within walking distance. The Cole Land Transportation Museum is also located within city limits. Galleries and art studios are located throughout downtown as are unique shops, numerous parks, and a variety of restaurants and eateries. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the outdoors when you’re in Bangor. The Bangor Parks and Recreation Department provides 30 parks and specialized facilities throughout the community. Our 650-acre City Forest has over five miles of walking, biking, and cross-country trails. Stroll along the Kenduskeag Stream or the Penobscot River. Play a round at the 27-hole municipal golf course—recognized as one of the finest public courses in the state— or enjoy a picnic lunch at historic Cascade Park with its waterfall and fountain. Live performances abound, from classical concerts by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the country’s oldest continuing community orchestra, to the Penobscot Theatre Company’s stage performances, to musical performances on the waterfront. Bangor is home to the American Folk Festival—a three-day festival that celebrates traditional (and not so traditional) music, dance, and crafts featuring over 20 performers on five stages. The festival is held the weekend before the Labor Day Weekend on the waterfront adjacent to downtown. With a high quality education system, affordable living, variety of healthcare providers, public transportation, low crime rates, and employment opportunities, Bangor is a great, family-friendly place to live. Those same factors attract businesses and professionals also give a boost to its economic growth.

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left his home in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1770 and found a place to operate his sawmill at the headwaters of Segeunkedunk stream, he had a vision of a settlement. With a stout heart and agile mind, he joined with others in the area and made his vision come true. Despite a delay by the Revolutionary War and a British occupation, a settlement was started in 1788. Orrington was its name and descendants of the original charter still exist. It was on February 22nd in the year

1812, when the community of Brewer separated from Orrington and became its own town. Two hundred years later, we celebrate the bicentennial of that community, home to many who would rather live here than anywhere else. What a 200 years it has been! Brewer has been one of the great cities of northeastern Maine, built on the industries of ship building, brick making, ice harvesting and paper making. It has produced major historical figures including Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, John Holyoke, “America’s sculptor” Charles

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Head to Brewer’s riverfront to relax and enjoy some spectacular summer festivities.

Eugene Tefft, Manly Hardy who, along with his daughter Fannie, were among the great naturalists of Maine, Samuel Barbour who brought steam to the river, and generations of men and women who were the “keepers of the light” and visionaries of the future. Every citizen of Brewer can be proud of this “community of caring” with its superb school system, effective government, active businesses, and most importantly … its people. With a unique culture built around working men and women who understand the importance of their families, friends and spirituality, Brewer is a wonderful place to be. Please join us in honoring Brewer with the events of this year’s Bicentennial Celebration.

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Top: The view from a hike up Mt. Katahdin. Above: Moose are abundant in the Katahdin region.

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in Baxter State Park to the thrill of whitewater rafting, the Katahdin region is a playground for the adventurous soul. Enjoy the fresh air, the magnificent views, and friendly faces. Visit the many specialty shops, art galleries, recreational facilities, museums, and local festivals. Plan on sticking around a bit? There are many comfortable hotels, motels, cabins, and campgrounds to make your vacation getaway complete. Canoeing, kayaking, and hiking are popular in the Katahdin Region. There are many lakes and rivers where you can paddle, fish, and watch for wildlife. The West Branch of the Penobscot River attracts paddlers from all over, with exciting whitewater rapids. Visit Gulf Hagas, the Grand Canyon of the East, home to beautiful waterfalls, chutes, pools, and a vertical slate wall 40 feet high. Mount Katahdin, the centerpiece of the Katahdin area, beckons hikers from all over the country. As the northernmost mountain on the Appalachian Trail, Mt. Katahdin is the start and end of

many people’s adventures. A trip to Baxter State Park can vary from a leisurely drive on the road system, to a picnic by a beautiful stream, to an all day hike up one of the many trails to the peak of Mt. Katahdin. With over 200 miles of some of the wildest and most rugged hiking trails in New England, Baxter State Park has something for the novice as well as the adventurer. Set sail on a Moose Cruise or drive the many miles of backwoods gravel roads where moose, deer, eagles, fox, bear, and other wildlife can be seen. For birdwatchers, common species of birds include the bald eagle, great blue heron, hawks, piliated woodpeckers, partridge, ducks, loons, and owls. Fishing opportunities are world class. There are landlocked salmon on the West Branch of the Penobscot, smallmouth bass in the lower river, and trophy brook trout in many ponds and in the fabled Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Use your imagination, ask questions, and make up your own itinerary.

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potluck dinner, hiking, and music. 319-7355 •

Children are invited to participate in periodappropriate activities to learn what life was like in the 1790s before electricity. They can also enjoy a hayride in a horse-drawn wagon. Registration is required. 9 am–1 pm. $3. 974-6278 •

June 2 12th Annual Spring Garden Tour WatersEdge, Northeast Harbor

May 30–June 17 I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE Penobscot Theatre, Bangor

This beloved musical comedy is a melodic joyride through the phases of love. This witty revue about love and relationships exposes everything you’ve secretly thought about romance but were afraid to admit. $22. 942-3333 • May 31–June 2 Acadia Birding Festival Bar Harbor

The featured speakers at this year’s festival include Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson. The entire weekend’s events can be found online. 288-8128 • June 1–3 National Trails Day Weekend Celebration Monson

A weekend of fun and work to celebrate the Appalachian Trail sponsored by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. Free camping, A12

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Enjoy the beautiful perennial plantings and spectacular blooms in one of the premier gardens in Northeast Harbor. All proceeds benefit the Abbe Museum. 9:30 am–3:30 pm. $15 suggested donation. 288-3519 • June 2 Zac Brown Band Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

After an eventful year on the charts, Grammyaward winning Zac Brown is hitting the road, and making a stop in Bangor. Gates open at 5 pm. $32.75–$82.75. 800-745-3000 • June 2 National Trails Day Acadia National Park Headquarters Bar Harbor

Celebrate Acadia National Park’s historic trails and carriage roads. Following an open house with Acadia’s trail crew, you will be able to choose to go on a guided hike or join a volunteer work project in the park. 8 am. 288-3340 • June 2 SUMMER ENCORE FROM LIVE AT THE MET: Das Rheingold

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The Grand, Ellsworth

Conceived by Wagner as a prologue to the Ring cycle, Das Rheingold sets forth the dramatic issues that play out in the three subsequent operas. Gold from the depths of the Rhine River is stolen by the dwarf Alberich, who uses it to forge a ring that will give him unlimited power. The theft sets in motion a course of events that will eventually alter the order of the universe. 1 pm. $22 adult; $14 student. 667-9500 • June 2 National Trails Day Celebration Trenton Community Trail

Volunteer on the Trenton Community Trail and create a 1.8-mile pedestrian footpath for everyone to enjoy. Hot dogs, chips, and a beverage will be provided. 1 pm. 288-3340 • June 2 Suzanne Sings! Songs About Life, Love, and Other Good Stuff Burnt Cove Church Community Center, Stonington

To celebrate the opening of the church as a performing space, singer, actor, and MPBN broadcaster, Suzanne Nance will perform. Recognized for her crystalline soprano voice and ability to sparkle on the stage, she is admired for her versatility, from the concert hall to the operatic arena. 7 pm.

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Events June 3 Benefit Day Sail Aboard the Tall Ship Isaac H. Evans Rockland Harbor

June 7 Ellsworth Chamber’s Business After Hours Atlantic Oceanside, Bar Harbor

This annual day sail will benefit the Rockland District Nursing Association. Lunch is included. 10 am–2:30 pm. $50. 594-7956 •

This event is being held in conjunction with the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Open to members and their guests. Please RSVP. 5 pm. 667-5584 •

June 3 SUMMER ENCORE FROM LIVE AT THE MET: GÖtterdÄmmerung THE Strand, Rockland

June 7 SUMMER ENCORE FROM LIVE AT THE MET: Siegfried The Grand, Ellsworth

The Ring cycle concludes with a cataclysmic climax of betrayal and loss as focus shifts from the realm of the gods to the power and ambition of human beings. It is left to Brünnhilde, in the legendary Immolation Scene that brings the cycle to a close, to restore balance to the world. 12 pm. $23. 594-0070 •

Part three of the Ring follows the journey of Siegfried, son of Siegmund and Sieglinde, from naive fearless boy to supreme hero. 1 pm. $22 adult; $14 student. 667-9500 •


Explore a piece of Maine history with Bar Harbor’s innkeepers. Tour historic properties and sample some new tea flavors from the Bar Harbor Tea Company. All proceeds benefit the Bar Harbor Food Pantry. 12–4 pm. $15 adults; $10 children. 288-2882 • June 3 Full Moon Sail on the Schooner Olad Camden Harbor

Watch the sun go down behind the mountains of Camden Hills State Park, then turn seaward and watch the moonrise over the islands of Penobscot Bay. Feel free to BYOB. 6:30– 8:30 pm. $37. 236-2323 • June 3 Moosemania music concert greenville high school

The Moosehead Community Chorus and the Swamp Donkeys celebrate Moosemania through music. 2 pm. 695-3959 June 5 SUMMER ENCORE FROM LIVE AT THE MET: Die WalkÜrie The Grand, Ellsworth

The second opera in the Ring cycle, this extraordinarily powerful work of theater focuses on some of the Ring’s most interesting characters at decisive moments of their lives. 1 pm. $22 adult; $14 student. 667-9500 •

June 8–10 Special Olympics State Summer Games University of Maine, Orono

Head out to Orono and support some very worthy athletes as they compete in their favorite Olympic events. June 9 MDI YMCA Spring 10K and 1-mile Fun Run Bar Harbor

Hit the pavement for this annual fundraising event for the MDI YMCA. Enter the 10K or the 1-mile fun run for children under 12. 288-3511 • June 9 Contradance Finn Hall, Monson

Join caller John McIntire for an evening of contradance. All ages are welcome, and homemade desserts will be provided. Never tried contradance? No worries—dances will also be taught. 7:30 pm. $8. 997-3639 June 9 Anniversary Party at The Brick House Searsport

The Brick House is celebrating its second anniversary with live music, giveaways, and more. 12 pm. 548-6550 • June 9 SUMMER ENCORE FROM LIVE AT THE MET: GÖtterdÄmmerung The Grand, Ellsworth

The Ring cycle concludes with a cataclysmic climax of betrayal and loss as focus shifts



from the realm of the gods to the power and ambition of human beings. It is left to Brünnhilde, in the legendary Immolation Scene that brings the cycle to a close, to restore balance to the world. 1 pm. $22 adult; $14 student. 667-9500 • June 9 Antique Power Show Skowhegan Fairgrounds

Help celebrate 39 years of old iron. Here you will find antique engines, a flea market, raffles, and a silent auction. June 9 PRESQUE ISLE CITYWIDE YARD SALE PRESQUE ISLE

Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce registers groups and individuals participating in a day of yard sales that cover Presque Isle and beyond. 8 am–4 pm. Rain date: June 16. 764-6561 • June 9 8th Annual Margaretta Days Festival University of Maine, Machias

Take a step back in time to the days of the American Revolution in downeast Maine. Enjoy period food, music, and storytelling. There will also be a craft fair where you can purchase and view contemporary arts and crafts. 10 am–3 pm. 255-3433 www.washingtoncountymaine.commargaretta June 11 SUMMER ENCORE FROM LIVE AT THE MET: Donizetti’s Anna Bolena The Grand, Ellsworth

Anna Netrebko portrays the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. She sings one of opera’s greatest mad scenes in a production that also stars Elīna Garanča as her rival Jane Seymour, and Ildar Abdrazakov as Henry VIII. Marco Armiliato conducts. 6 pm. $17 adult; $8 youth. 667-9500 • June 12, 19, 26 Bangor Band Concert Bangor

Enjoy free concerts by one of the oldest community bands in the country. Locations vary. June 14 & 15 Summer Encore from NT Live: Frankenstein The Grand, Ellsworth 2012 This Is Maine




Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. 2 pm and 6 pm. $10–$17. 667-9500 • June 15–17 Lupine Festival Deer Isle

This annual celebration of island springtime features garden tours, open studios, a quilt show, craft fair, kids’ activities, and more. Sponsored by the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce. 348-6124 • June 15–17 ANNUAL TREK ACROSS MAINE NEWRY TO BELFAST

Cyclists from Maine and beyond will depart Sunday River and pedal 180 miles to Belfast. Celebrate the end of their journey in Belfast on Sunday, or register and participate yourself! June 16 Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship Concert Stonington Opera House

Wonderous performances by past and present Bud Carter Memorial Music Scholarship student winners. All proceeds from the concert benefit the Bud Carter Music Scholarship Fund, supporting music lessons, camps, and instruments for Island students. 7 pm. $10 suggested donation. June 16 Best of the Boston Comedy Festival: Jim McCue The Grand, Ellsworth

Jim McCue has been featured on Comedy Central, Comcast Comedy Spotlight, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and “Roughing It” on NESN in his native New England. Jim also founded and currently runs The Boston Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Competition, and Cheers Comedy Club. 7:30 pm. $22. 667-9500 • June 16 & 17 Hot Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars, and Antique Aeroplane Show Owls Head Transportation Museum

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Music America’s passion for cool cars. Activities for the whole family. 9:30 am–5 pm. $12 adults; free for children under 18. 594-4418 • June 17 Legacy of the Arts Festival Bar Harbor

This annual event celebrates Bar Harbor’s rich history of art, music, Native American culture, and more. Activities include live music, art exhibits, workshops, and historic tours. 288-5103 • June 17 PS, I Love Music: Musical Expeditions with Paul Sullivan & Friends Stonington Opera House

Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Sullivan, who has played with the Paul Winter Consort and many others, taps his network of fascinating new musicians and composers to give us an evening of music and conversation like we’ve never heard before. Featuring Thomas Wolf, the founder of Bay Chamber Concerts, the magical Rob Kapilow, and John Bapst student Stephanie Colavito. 7 pm. June 18 Summer Solstice Walk Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport

Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites you to come celebrate the longest day of the year. We’ll have a sunset picnic at Beech Nut, the historic hut on top of the Beech Hill preserve. Bring a picnic dinner, blanket, flashlight and bug repellent. 6:30–8 pm. 236-7091 • June 21 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Rockin’ Ron Pickering Square, Bangor

Grab your lawn chairs and head to downtown Bangor to hear Rockin’ Ron play the oldies, doo-wop, and rockabilly. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. June 21 Ellsworth Chamber’s Business After Hours Greenway Equipment Sales, Ellsworth

This event is being hosted by Greenway Equipment Sales and WLBZ. Open to members and their guests. Please RSVP. 5 pm. 667-5584 •

June 21 moe. & Gov’t mule Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

Two bands team up for one night of great music. $31.75–$51.75 800-745-3000 • June 21 Davis Center Open House and Gallery Exhibition MDI Bio Lab, Salisbury Cove

Visit the new Davis Center at the MDI Bio Lab and take a tour of the facility while viewing science demonstrations, as well as an exhibition of science-inspired art by local artists. 5–7 pm. 288-3147 • June 22 Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

The Beach Boys are touring together for the first time in more than two decades. This is an event you won’t want to miss. Gates open at 6 pm. $47.75–$91.95. 800-745-3000 • June 22 & 23 Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge Midcoast

An opportunity to visit many midcoast lighthouses and climb their towers—from Pemaquid Lighthouse in Bristol to Dice Head Light in Castine, with a stop in Rockland at the Maine Lighthouse Museum. Fun, scenic, and educational for the whole family. Sponsored by the Friends of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. 542-7574 • June 22 & 23 Relay for life of midcoast Maine Camden Hills Regional High School

Get a team together and help raise money for a worthy cause. Event starts at 6 pm on Fri. and ends at 8 am on Sat. 373-3723 • June 22–24 Maine Swedish Colony Midsommar Celebration New Sweden, Stockholm, Woodland, and Caribou

This annual event takes place in four Aroostook County towns over an entire weekend. Dance around the Maypole, try Swedish food, and learn about Swedish culture. June 23 Aroostook State Park Birding Festival

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Held in Maine’s first state park, this festival offers live bird displays, bird walks, demonstrations for bird banding, and more. 5 am–1 pm. Adults $2; children 5–11 $1; children younger than 5 and seniors over 65 are free. 768-8341 June 23 Music Among Friends Rockport Opera House

This special concert will mark Thomas Wolf’s retirement after a half century as Artistic Director of Bay Chamber Concerts, and it is a must-hear. Wolf himself will perform in the gala program, featuring works by Handel, Arensky, and Schumann. It will be followed by a champagne reception. 8–10:30 pm. $50. 236-2823 • June 23 Pen Bay Challenge Owls Head

This family-friendly event features activities for children at the Owls Head Community Center and a 40k cycle, 10k run, and 5k walk. Registration at 7 am; races at 8 am. Proceeds will benefit Pen Bay’s Zing! Program. $35; free for children under 12. June 23 The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival Dover-Foxcroft

Come celebrate the quintessential Maine treat. Dozens of bakers will be on hand offering samples of their whoopie pies. Once you’ve found your favorite, you can buy some to take home—how sweet is that? 10 am–4 pm. $5; free for children 12 and under. June 23 acadia FCU golf Scramble long lake country club saint david

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This annual event is a great scramble for all ages with many prizes up for grabs. 895-6957

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Kick off the summer with an evening of great food, wine, and music. Four-time Grammywinning Boyz II Men will headline an evening celebrating the music and styles of Motown. 5:30–10 pm. $75. 763-4478 • June 28 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Mellow Endeavor Pickering Square, Bangor

Come out and enjoy the rock sounds of Mellow Endeavor. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6.

day. This is the real deal, and will provide some explosive excitement for all who visit. 10 am–4 pm. 469-6553 • June 30 An Evening With Shawn Colvin The Strand, Rockland

The beauty and intimacy of Shawn Colvin’s performances showcase her inimitable voice and matchless guitar stylings, and her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. 8 pm. $45. 594-0070 • June 30 4th annual bike n’ boat greenville

This 8th annual event features cover bands as well as local talent. $15 per night; $25 for a weekend pass.

Bike along Route 15 from the Moosehead Marine Museum in Greenville to the Kineo boat launch in Rockwood. Hop on the steamship Katahdin for an enjoyable ride back to Greenville. Proceeds benefit Charles A. Dean Memorial Hosptial. There will be live music and kids’ activities. $25. 973-5786

June 29-July 8 Blithe Spirit Camden Opera House

June 30–July 1 The Maine Home & Design Show Camden Hills Regional High School

Noël Coward’s 1941 comedy Blithe Spirit centers on novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth, who are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium manages to conjure up the ghost of Charles’s neurotic first wife, Elvira, at a seance. 7:30 pm. 236-0173 •

This trade show features more than 140 custom home, lighting, landscaping, design, and craftsman businesses from across the state. 236-4404 •

June 30 6th Maine Battery Cannon Firings Fort Knox, Prospect

This annual event features unique demonstrations, draft team farming techniques, and antique tractors. There will be food as well as live music from local bluegrass musicians.

June June 29 & 30 Rock the Valley Music Festival Madawaska

A full-scale Civil War era cannon firing demonstration will take place throughout the

June 30 & July 1 Maple Meadow Farms Farm Festival Mapleton

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June 24–30 Bar Harbor Brass Week Bar Harbor

This annual event features a select group of college and high school brass musicians who spend a week with some of the finest brass musicians and educators in the country, preparing for performances at various venues in Bar Harbor. From high school chamber concerts to faculty recitals, music lovers won’t want to miss these brassy concerts. 2012 This Is Maine


lighthouses Near you Cranberry Islands Present lighthouse built: 1855 Discontinued: 1955 Relighted and automated: 1957 Accessibility: Grounds are open to the public; lighthouse is not.

Bear Island Light Northeast Harbor Present lighthouse built: 1889 Discontinued: 1981 Relighted and automated: 1989 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Burnt Coat Harbor Light Swan’s Island Present lighthouse built: 1872 Automated: 1975 Accessibility: The grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse is not.

Dice Head Light Castine Present lighthouse built: 1829 Discontinued: 1935 Relighted: 2008 Accessibility: Limited parking. Grounds are open during the day; lighthouse is not open to the public.

Eagle Island Light Deer Isle Present lighthouse built: 1839 Automated: 1959 Accessibility: Not open to the public. Best viewed by boat.

Egg Rock Light Winter Harbor Present lighthouse built: 1875 Automated: 1976 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Great Duck Island Light Frenchboro Present lighthouse built: 1890 Automated: 1986 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Indian Island Light

Goose Rocks Light

Tenants Harbor Light

Lubec Channel Light

Rockport Present lighthouse built: 1875 Discontinued: 1934 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

North Haven Present lighthouse built: 1890 Automated: 1963 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Saint George Present lighthouse built: 1857 Discontinued: 1933 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Lubec Present lighthouse built: 1890 Automated: 1939 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Mount Desert Rock Light

Heron Neck Light

Two Bush Islands Light

Vinalhaven Present lighthouse built: 1854 Automated: 1982 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Spruce Head Present lighthouse built: 1897 Automated: 1964 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Machias Seal Island Light

Indian Island Light

Whitehead Light

Rockport Present lighthouse built: 1875 Discontinued: 1934 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Saint George Present lighthouse built: 1852 Automated: 1982 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Isle au Haut Light

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Frenchboro Present lighthouse built: 1847 Automated: 1977 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Prospect Harbor Light Prospect Harbor Present lighthouse built: 1891 Automated: 1951 Accessibility: Not open to the public.

Pumpkin Island Light Little Deer Isle Present lighthouse built: 1854 Discontinued: 1933 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Isle au Haut Present lighthouse built: 1907 Automated: 1934 Accessibility: Grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse is not.

Winter Harbor Light

Marshall Point Light

Winter Harbor Present lighthouse built: 1857 Discontinued: 1933 Accessibility: Not open to the public. Best viewed by boat.

Knox County Brown’s Head Light Vinalhaven Present lighthouse built: 1857 Automated: 1987 Accessibility: The lighthouse is the residence of the Vinalhaven town manager. Grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse is not.

Curtis Island Light Camden Present lighthouse built: 1896 Automated: 1972 Accessibility: The island is a public park accessible only by boat. Lighthouse is not open to the public.

Saint George Present lighthouse built: 1857 Automated: 1971 Accessibility: Parking lot. The grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse is not. The Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum in the keeper’s house is operated by the St. George Historical Society (372-6450).

Matinicus Rock Light Matinicus Island Present lighthouse built: 1857 North light discontinued: 1924 South light automated: 1983 Accessibility: Very limited, as the island is maintained by a bird sanctuary.

Owls Head Light Owls Head Present lighthouse built: 1825 Automated: 1989 Accessibility: Parking lot. The grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse and keeper’s house are not. Owls Head Light State Park (941-4014).

Saddleback Ledge Light Vinalhaven Present lighthouse built: 1839 Automated: 1954 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Fort Point Light Stockton Springs Present lighthouse built: 1857 Automated: 1988 Accessibility: Parking lot. Lighthouse is within Fort Point State Historic Site. Lighthouse and Fort Pownall are not open to the public.

Grindle Point Light Islesboro Present lighthouse built: 1874 Discontinued: 1934 Relighted: 1987 Accessibility: The grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse is not. The Sailor’s Memorial Museum in the keeper’s house is open during the season (734-2253).

Washington County Libby Island Light Machiasport Present lighthouse built: 1823 Automated: 1974 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Little River Light Cutler Present lighthouse built: 1876 Discontinued: 1975 Relighted: 2001 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Cutler Present lighthouse built: 1832 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Moose Peak Light Jonesport Present lighthouse built: 1851 Automated: 1972 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Narraguagus Light Milbridge Present lighthouse built: 1853 Discontinued: 1934 Accessibility: Not open to the public, best viewed by boat.

Nash Island Light Addison Present lighthouse built: 1874 Discontinued: 1981 Accessibility: Not open to the public, best viewed by boat.

Petit Manan Light Near Milbridge Present lighthouse built: 1855 Automated: 1972 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

West Quoddy Head Light Lubec Present lighthouse built: 1857 Automated: 1988 Accessibility: Parking in West Quoddy State Park. Visitor’s center and museum located in the keeper’s house, maintained by the West Quoddy Light Keepers Association (733-2180). Lighthouse is not open to the public.

Whitlocks Mill Light Calais Present lighthouse built: 1910 Automated: 1969 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed from the St. Croix River Rest Area on Route 1 in Calais.


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llsworth is a city of surprises.

Finding one catchphrase to sum it all up isn’t easy. A coastal city with a rich history. A quiet little city. The crossroads of Downeast Maine. A bustling hub of county government. An emerging cultural hub. A fun place to shop. A great place to visit. A great place to live. Family-run businesses operated by third and fourth generations are not uncommon. You can still walk down the street or into a store and be greeted by friends and neighbors. The heart and cultural hub of the city remains in the historic downtown. You can easily spend a day leisurely checking out all the shops and relaxing over a bite to eat at any one of the eateries. Entertainment from movies to live music can be found

at a number of venues. Several parks with inviting green spaces offer inviting spots to sit back and enjoy life. The Waterfront Park is a popular picnic spot for tourists and locals, and

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The gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean from the shores of Bar Harbor are some of the best in the state.

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everyone in this seaside town. You can rent bicycles to pedal through Acadia along the carriage trails that were designed by John D. Rockefeller. You can tour the Abbe Museum to learn about Native American history and culture, or check out the Bar Harbor Whale Museum or the Mount Desert Oceanarium and Lobster Hatchery to learn about the creatures common to the Gulf of Maine. You can jump in a sea kayak or book a cruise on the historic schooner Margaret Todd to explore the harbor and outlying islands. The streets of downtown are lined with boutiques and gift shops to suit anyone’s fancy. Summer is the best time of year to visit Bar Harbor—there is always something going on. Catch a free concert by the Bar Harbor Town Band on the Village Green or the annual Lobster Boat Races in the harbor. Plan your trip around one of the many summer festivals that feature music, fine arts, crafts, and lobsters. Whether you like to pitch a tent or prefer to be pampered, there are a variety 2012 This Is Maine


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harbor from the east or from the south. The hiker—in contrast—is awarded with a stunning view from the top of the mountain. Blue Hill understands its role as the economic center of the Blue Hill Peninsula, though without box stores. While Merrill Hinckley still gives you that feeling of the small town grocery store we so sadly miss in many rural areas, Tradewinds offers all Hannaford carries and more. Together with the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital they are by far the biggest employers in the area. For young families, the Blue Hill area is a preferred location because of the excellent schools they find here. The public consolidated school teaches grades 1 through 8, while The Peninsula Montessori School in Sedgwick teaches children 3 to 6 years of age. The Waldorfinspired Bay School offers an alternative for students in grades 1 through 8, who continue their studies at either George Stevens Academy—a semiprivate high school with opportunities for foreign students to enroll—or the privately funded Blue Hill Harbor School. Living in Blue Hill doesn’t mean you have to miss all the great cultural treats larger cities offer. It is a place where lovers of chamber music find a rich

program, even in winter. At the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, founded by the Austrian violinist in 1902, 50 students gather each summer to perfect the understanding and the handling of their instruments and the interpretation of the music they play, tuition free. From January to April, the Blue Hill Concert Association invites renowned ensembles to perform at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. The Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) has its headquarters here. Throughout the year, they offer a lecture series with high caliber speakers from places like the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of Maine in Orono, and from overseas. The Blue Hill Heritage Trust is deeply engaged in educating the people around the Peninsula—visitors and “year rounders” alike—about how to preserve the pristine landscape that makes this Peninsula so unique. And because it is so inspiring, the Blue Hill Peninsula is attracting a wealth of very talented artists. One can say without exaggeration that this area has the highest density of artists along the East Coast. They include potters, sculptors, painters, wood carvers, photographers, furniture and cabinet makers, weavers, and quilters. You don’t have to drive very far to find what you are interested in. Join us for what the Blue Hill Peninsula is famous for: we know how to celebrate! Whether it is the Brooklin Fourth of July Parade, our 250th anniversary of the landing of Roundy and Wood on August 4 and 5, our traditional Blue Hill Fair on the Labor Day weekend, or the Annual Foliage Food & Wine Festival around Columbus Day weekend, they are a lot of fun and they bring people from many walks of life together.

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eer Isle is an enchanting place, retaining the flavor of New England life in the 1950s: rural, neighborly, safe. Visitors are welcome to enjoy our offthe-beaten path lifestyle focused on the fisheries. Stonington is the largest lobster landing port in the state of Maine. Ancillary fisheries include scalloping, clamming, shrimping, and eeling. Ten thousand years ago, Deer Isle was covered in glacial ice a mile deep. Native Americans first lived on Deer Isle and the European settlement began in the mid-18th century. The Deer IsleSedgwick Bridge was completed in 1939, allowing visitors to more easily access the island. Today the area is a cluster

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of small communities with a year-round population of 2,400. Lobstering is the mainstay of the economy, although the diversity of the island’s businesses surprises everyone— granite is still quarried here, internationally renowned Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has brought artists and artisans to our island, and the Stonington Opera House, celebrating its 100th anniversary, has achieved national recognition as a yearround performing arts center. The Island is a paradise for photographers, birders, kayakers, sailors, painters, naturalists, and anyone who loves the outdoors. We are fortunate to have 12 very diverse nature conservancies, many donated by generous residents. The mixture of spruce covered islands, quiet coves, granite outcroppings, fields of wildflowers, lobster boats, windjammers, glistening waters, and pristine winter snow makes a visit to Deer Isle, at any time of year, an enchanting experience. The Island has several annual events including Wings, Waves and Woods; Birding by Art, by Sea and by Land (May 18-20); Lupine Festival: Lupine by Land, by Sea, and by Air ( June 15-17); Fourth of July parade in Deer Isle and fireworks in Stonington; Stonington Lobster Boat

Races ( July 15); Fishermen’s Day on Stonington Pier ( July 22); Lighthouse Weekend, in conjunction with the US Lighthouse Society (September 14-16). Stonington is also home to one of the largest farmers’ markets in the state. Vendors set up every Friday,10 a.m. to noon, May through October, with a diverse selection of food, arts, and crafts. New this year is the Local Foods Festival (September 28-30), highlighting sea and land harvest and locally made products produced on the island. Deer Isle is also a “HeartSafe” community. The volunteers of Deer Isle’s Memorial Ambulance Corps have partnered with the Maine Cardiovascular Health Program and the Maine Emergency Medical Services office to bring 15 automated external defibrillators to the Island. They are distributed to businesses island-wide. The Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors many of the activities on the island, also sponsors a BuyLocal*HireLocal campaign, designed to help strengthen and maintain Island businesses and craftsmen, sustain local economic self-reliance, and community self-determination.

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July 1 6th Maine Battery Cannon Firings Fort Knox, Prospect

A full-scale Civil War era cannon firing demonstration will take place throughout the day. This is the real deal, and will provide some explosive excitement for all who visit. 10 am–4 pm. 469-6553 • July 1 Bob Marley Shead High School, Eastport

Catch Maine funnyman Bob Marley, as he performs live as part of Eastport’s 4th of July celebration. 4 pm. $10. July 1 bar harbor music festival opening day tea concert balance rock inn, Bar harbor

races, kids’ activities, a talent show, live music and entertainment, blueberry pie eating contest, fireworks, and more.

relationship when an eccentric medium manages to conjure up the ghost of Charles’s neurotic first wife, Elvira, at a seance. 7:30 pm. 236-0173 •

July 1–5 Festival of Independence Sails Aboard the Schooner Surprise Camden Harbor

July 3 Full Moon Sail on the Schooner Olad Camden Harbor

Celebrate aboard Camden’s oldest daysailing windjammer, which is listed on the National Historic Register. 11 am, 12:30 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm daily. 236-4687 •

Watch the sun go down behind the mountains of Camden Hills State Park, then turn seaward and watch the moonrise over the islands of Penobscot Bay. Feel free to BYOB. 6:30–8:30 pm. $37. 236-2323 •

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Carrie Kahl, soprano and Cara Chowning, pianist, team up to open the 2012 season. 4 pm.

Midcoast organizations team up to offer four days of fun in the midcoast over the Fourth of July holiday period. Concerts, family events, parades, and fireworks ( July 4), with fun and afforable options for everyone. 236-4404 •

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July 1–8 Blithe Spirit Camden Opera House

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Brass Venture opens the 2012 season with a bang. 8:15 pm. July 3, 4, 10, 17, 24, 31 Bangor Band Concert Bangor

Enjoy free concerts by one of the oldest community bands in the country. Locations vary. 7 pm.

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July 3 2012 Blue Hill Pops George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill

This 22nd annual event features celebrated jazz harpist, Lissa Rey, along with Flash! In the Pans, The New Trad Trio, Bagaduce Pops Singers, and the Mount Desert Island High School Show Choir. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $10. 374-5454 â&#x20AC;˘ July 4 Thomaston Fourth of July Parade & Celebration Thomaston

Start the day off with a pancake breakfast and move on to watch the parade, horseshoe tournament, BBQ, baking contest, music, crafts, and fireworks. 354-8763 â&#x20AC;˘ July 4 4th of July Celebration Camden Harbor

Enjoy this free concert as part of Camdenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Festival of Independence. Dance the night away to classic funk and soul, 80s favorites, and everything in between. 8:30 pm. 348-6124 â&#x20AC;˘

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26th Harbor to Harbor Paddle 27th Searsport With her talented husband Orion Weis, Anna Polonsky performs some of the greatest fourhand piano masterpieces as well as works for two pianos. 8 pm. 236-2823 • July 5 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Half Moon Jug Band Pickering Square, Bangor

Come out and enjoy country and bluegrass music played by the Half Moon Jug Band. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. July 5–8 East Millinocket Summerfest Opal Myrick Park

Don’t miss all the food, fun, live music, and other activities in East Millinocket. 746-9982 • July 6 bar harbor music festival: featuring christopher johnson bar harbor congregational church

Pianist Christopher Johnson performs an all Chopin program. 8:15 pm.


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July 6 Mount Hope Cemetery Tour Bangor

Many of Maine’s statesmen, military, and civic leaders are entombed in style at Mount Hope Cemetery, which is also the final resting place of some of the infamous characters whose colorful legends still survive. 5 pm. $7 nonmembers. Free for members and children under 12. July 6 Great Schooner Race Camden Public Landing

Two dozen tall ships gather for an exciting allday race. This is North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships. 236-2323 • July 6 Rascal Flatts Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

Headliner Rascal Flatts brings along special guests Little Big Town, Eli Young, and Eden’s Edge on their stop in Bangor. Gates open at 5:30 pm. $37.50–$131.50. 800-745-3000 • July 7 Annual Celebration at the West Quoddy Head Visitors Center Lubec

Come celebrate at the easternmost point in the U.S. with tours of the tower, live music, food, raffles, activities, and more. 10 am–5 pm. 733-2180 • July 7 Yellow Brick Road Fort Knox, Prospect

An Elton John tribute band, Yellow Brick Road, will rock the fort. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic. A great evening of entertainment for all ages. 6:30 pm. $10 adults; $5 for children ages 12 and under. 469-6553 • July 7 Easton Field Days Easton

Start the day off by watching the Easton Field Days Parade from 10 am to 11 am. Fun activities for the whole family. July 7 Native American Festival and Maine Indian Basketmakers Market College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor

This festival is considered Maine’s largest annual gathering of Native American artists. Meet the artists while learning about and purchasing Wabanaki baskets, carvings, beadwork, dolls,

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Events and other handmade items. The daylong event includes Native music, dance, storytelling, craft demonstrations, and food. 10 am–4 pm. 288-3519 • July 7 & 8 Arts in the park heritage park, belfast

String Quartet. 8 pm. 236-2823 •

July 11 20th annual new composers concert: whales and other voices bar harbor congregational church

July 12 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Rog & Ray Pickering Square, Bangor

This concert features a multitude of musicians and is sure to please. 8:15 pm.

July 7 & 8 ‘50s & ‘60s Car Meet & Antique Aeroplane Show Owls Head Transportation Museum

Don’t miss this fun annual event, sponsored by Maine Lobster Boat Races. 348-2375 •

July 8 STYX, REO Speedwagon & Ted Nugent Bangor Waterfront Pavilion


members and children under 12.

This summer arts festival has taken place on Belfast’s waterfront for 16 years. Check out the selection of more than 80 artists ranging from paintings to photos, fiber and pottery, metalwork and jewelery. 10 am–4 pm.

Come see more than 400 autos from the industry’s most stylish decades. Relive the years of big fins, big engines, and fuzzy dice. 9:30 am–5 pm. $12 adults; free for children under 18. 594-4418 •


July 11 Stonington Lobster Boat Races Stonington

July 12 Vienna–City of Music Rockport Opera House

Be part of old Vienna, where Mozart and Schubert produced two of the most popular works of chamber music, both of which are offered at this concert. It will feature long-time favorite artists (Campbell and Johnson) together with the debut of the award-winning Afiara

Come out and enjoy tropical rock played by Rog & Ray. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. July 13 Vienna–City of Dreams Farnsworth Wyeth Center Rockport

Come to one or both of these one-hour concerts separated by a dinner hour in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s beautiful Wyeth Center Gallery. At the first of the concerts, you will hear a unique transcription of a famous Schubert sonata, and the second will include a rarely heard duo by Beethoven. 6 and 8:15 pm. 236-2823 • July 13 Maine Windjammer Parade Rockland Harbor

Don’t miss the Midwest Rock n’ Roll Express Tour as it rolls through Bangor. Gates open at 5 pm. $37.50–$71.50. 800-745-3000 • July 8 Pops Concert bluenose inn, bar harbor

This concert features Jamie Van Eyck, mezzosoprano, Chad Sloan, baritone, and Joseph Li, pianist. Pre-concert buffet dinner at 6 pm; performance at 8:15.

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JULY 9 English Beat The Grand, Ellsworth

This two-tone ska band was formed in 1978 in England. Their songs fuse ska, reggae, new wave, pop, punk rock, and soul. 7:30 pm. $29. 667-9500 • July 10 & 25 Devil’s Half Acre Tour Bangor

This area along Bangor’s waterfront came to be known as the Devil’s Half Acre due to the vice and violence in the Queen City’s past. On this short walking tour, explore the wicked side of downtown Bangor. Tour includes adult content. 7 pm. $7 nonmembers; free for

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The entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships. Many local tall ships offer rides in the parade for the public for a fee. Visit the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. 2–4 pm. 800-807-WIND •

July 14 SPCA Fur Ball Bar Harbor Club

departure. $20. 762-1151 •

This 6th annual event benefits the SPCA of Hancock County. There will be a silent auction with cocktails, followed by a live auction, seated dinner, live music, and dancing. $150. 667-2199 •

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July 14 Open Schooner Tours Rockland Harbor

Southwest Harbor takes on a pinkish hue this time each summer for the Flamingo Festival. Catch the parade, children’s festival, pancake breakfast, and the Flamingo 4-mile race from the center of town. All proceeds benefit the Harbor House. 244-3713 •

The Rockland windjammers host open schooner tours at North End Shipyard and Windjammer Wharf. Enjoy dockside tours of the American Eagle, Heritage, Isaac H. Evans, Nathaniel Bowditch, and Stephen Taber. 2–4 pm. 800-807-WIND •

July 14 Scottish Tattoo Fort Knox, Prospect

July 14 Museum Crawl Tour on Molly the Trolley Presque Isle

This popular annual event is back, featuring Scottish bagpipers, marching bands, and a patriotic salute to America. 6:30 pm. $10 adults; $5 for children ages 12 and under. 469-6553 •

This tour will visit the Caribou Historical Society as well as the Railroad Depot, Old School, Friend’s Church, and the Block House in Fort Fairfield. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Reservations required. 8 am

Enter your work into this contest, or just stop by to admire the carving, art, and photography of others. Sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Carvers and Artists Association. Sat. 9 am– 5 pm; Sun. 10 am–4 pm. 789-5363 July 14 & 15 Ragged mountain Fat Tire Festival Camden Snow Bowl

This weekend event celebrates mountain biking with activities for all ages. July 14 & 15 North Atlantic Blues Festival Harbor Park, Rockland

This annual festival features more than 15 blues artists from the U.S. and abroad. $25 per day. 593-1189

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July 18 Music and Movies Strand Theatre, Rockland

Step back in time to the 1790s as our colonial village comes alive. Colonial era spinning, woodworking, trapping, blacksmithing, and many more traditional activities are demonstrated. Come try some bean-hole beans, take an old-fashioned horse drawn wagon ride, and participate in hands-on activities. 10 am–4 pm. $8 adult; $4 children. 974-6278 •

Buy your popcorn and enjoy three famous silent movies with live performances of the original film scores played live by the incomparable Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. 8 pm. 236-2823 •

July 14–22 Maine Potato Blossom Festival Fort Fairfield

The Bard’s shortest and most farcical comedy with all of the proper ingredients: slapstick, puns, and wordplay. Hilarious storytelling and wonderful humanity prevail in the Bard’s comic masterpiece. 6 pm. $10–$17. • 667-9500

If you’ve never seen a potato field in bloom, you don’t know what you’re missing. This nine-day festival features farmer olympics, road races, arts and crafts, fireworks, mashed potato wrestling, live entertainment, and more. 472-3800 • July 15 Family Fun Day Sieur de Monts Acadia National Park

Join Friends of Acadia and park rangers for special field day activities that include pony rides, archery, fly fishing, arts and crafts, and more. 2 pm. 288-3340 •

July 18 Summer Encore from NT Live: Comedy of Errors The Grand, Ellsworth

July 19 Annual House & Garden Tour Camden & Rockport

This 65th annual tour sponsored by the Camden Garden Club features sites in Camden and Rockport. 9:30 am–4 pm. $25 in advance; $30 on the day of the tour. 236-8690 • July 19 Ellsworth Chamber’s Business After Hours Frenchman’s Bay Conservancy

July 15 bar harbor music festival: blair mcmillen bar harbor congregational church

Join the business community under a tent for this fun event. Open to members and their guests. Please RSVP. 5 pm. 667-5584 •

Blair McMillian performs on the piano. 8:15 pm.

July 19 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Everett Dumas Pickering Square, Bangor

July 17 Fishermen’s Day Stoningon

This 21st annual event is fun for the whole family. Enjoy crafts, wacky boat races, food, and the slippery cod contest on Stonington’s Fish Pier. Sponsored by the Island Fishermen’s Wives Association. 367-2443 • July 17–21 Central Maine Egg Festival Pittsfield

This festival is based in Manson Park and features a parade, scholarship pageant, community breakfasts and BBQs, street dance, the “Egglympics,” craft fair, fireworks, and more. Want to see the world’s largest frying pan? It will be at the Egg Festival. 680-0646 •

Come out and enjoy Everett Dumas’ performance of acoustic rock and pop. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. July 19 An Evening of Mendelssohn Rockport Opera House

Mendelssohn’s two string quintets serve as bookends to a remarkable compositional life by one of classical music’s true geniuses. What a remarkable opportunity to hear both on the same program played by some of today’s most important chamber musicians. 8 pm. 236-2823 • July 19–21 Friendship Sloop Days Harbor Park, Rockland

The Friendship Sloop Society’s annual home-

coming and regatta features sloop races, demonstrations, and visits to historic Friendship Sloops. 596-0376 • July 19–27 Lincoln Homecoming Festival Lincoln

This four-day event boasts craft and food vendors, street dances, concerts, parades, fireworks, and more. Fun for the entire family. 794-3372 • July 19–21 Maine State H.O.G. Rally Greenville

Head to the shore of majestic Moosehead Lake for a variety of events. 695-2702 • July 20 Summer Encore from Live from the MET: Les Contes d’ Hoffmann The Grand, Ellsworth

A magical journey in which the title character works out different manifestations of his psyche. Starring Joseph Calleja and Anna Netrebko. Conducted by James Levine, Directed by Bartlett Sher. 6 pm. $17 adult; $8 youth. 667-9500 • July 20 bar harbor music festival: ardelia trio bar harbor congregational church

These three talented women are sure to delight. 8:15 pm. July 20–22 Maine Celtic Festival Belfast

The Annual Maine Celtic Festival celebrates the rich Celtic heritage of the Maine coast through music, food, games and education. Events include a whiskey tasting, parade, 5K road race, bagpipes, food, dance, crafts, and the U.S. National Cheese Rolling Championships. 338-2692 • July 21 11th Annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll Oceanside High School, Rockland

Cycle past lighthouses and the rockbound coast, then enjoy a lobster roll lunch (tuna and veggie options available). Fully supported ride includes four distance options: 16, 30, 50, or 100 miles. $65 for members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine; $85 for nonmembers. 623-4511 •

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July 21 CityWide Historic Tour on Molly the Trolley Presque Isle

furniture, Americana, and accessories. Sat. 10 am–5 pm; Sun. 11 am–4 pm. $6. 800-641-6908 •

Join the Presque Isle Historical Society for a three-hour narrated tour of historic sites around Presque Isle. Reservations are required. 9 am. $5. 762-6300 •

July 21 & 22 Tribes of the Dawn Land Cultural & Heritage Days Passamaquoddy Tribal Lands Princeton

July 21 Pirate Festival Fort Knox, Prospect

Traditional handcrafted baskets, flutes, dreamcatchers, jewelry, wood carvings, dolls, and more will be featured at this weekend event. There will also be traditional native dancing, drumming, and food. 9 am–5 pm. 796-2261 •

Join the professional Pirates of the Dark Rose for a day of swashbuckling sword fights, duels, cannon fire, and a pirate ship attack. The festival features a treasure hunt, pirate parade, and contests for the best dressed and most authenticsounding pirate. 10 am–4 pm. Regular fort admission plus a $3 fee for the event. 469-6553 • July 21 Ghosts of Fort Knox Guided Tour Fort Knox, Prospect

Join the East Coast Ghost Hunters on a guided tour of Fort Knox in search of ghosts and paranormal phenomena. Tours are hourly and capacity is limited. Advanced registration and pre-payment is required. 7–10 pm. $10. 469-6553 • July 21 Penobscot Bay Day Penobscot Marine Museum Searsport

This open house features tours, demonstrations, live music, special exhibits, and snacks. 10 am–5 pm. 548-2529 • July 21 & 22 Blue Hill Fine Arts Crafts Show Blue Hill Consolidated School

This invitational showcase features the work of 45 of Maine’s best craftspeople, many of whom have won national awards. 10 am–5 pm. $5. 374-3242 • July 21 & 22 Summer HarborArts Show HARBOR PARK, CAMDEN

One hundred artists and artisans display, discuss, and sell their work in a festive open marketplace. 9 am–5 pm. 236-4404 • July 21 & 22 32nd Camden-Rockport Antiques Show & Sale Camden Hills Regional High School

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July 21 & 22 The Curran Homestead, Living History Farm & Museum Orrington

Don’t miss this annual summer festival in conjunction with Maine Open Farm Day. July 22 bar harbor music festival: jazz night jackson laboratory commons bar harbor

Join the Wolverine Jazz Band for a night of musical delight. 8:15 pm. July 22 Antique and Craft Festival Edgewood Farm, Deer Isle

Explore antique dealers, fine handmade crafts, live music, wine, food, and fun. 10 am–4 pm. $5. 367-5936 • July 22–August 31 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium University of Maine, Orono

This biennial cultural event brings eight internationally recognized sculptors to UMaine to create stone artwork for permanent display at locations in Orono, Old Town, and Bangor. Sculptors will work during the weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm in the Steam Plant Parking Lot off College Avenue. The site is open to members of the public who want to watch the sculptors at work. 667-5268 • July 25 Emeline Michel: The Reigning Queen of Haitian Song Strand Theatre, Rockland

A captivating performer, versatile vocalist and one of the premier Haitian songwriters of her generation, Emeline Michel will make it

impossible for you to sit still as she sings and dances and invites the audience to be part of the show. 8 pm. 236-2823 • July 25 Cordis: Workshop & Performance The Grand, Ellsworth

For over a decade the quartet Cordis has been redefining contemporary chamber music by fusing an original combination of custom-made and traditional ethnic instruments to create their signature sound. The workshop starts at 4 pm; performance at 7:30. $20 general admission; $15 workshop only; $20 workshop and performance. 667-9500 • July 25 40th annual acadia national park outdoor concert blackwoods campground amphitheatre, bar harbor

Don’t miss this fun annual event featuring the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra. 8 pm. Rain date: July 26. July 25 Thomas Hill Standpipe Tour Bangor

Climb to the top of the standpipe for a great view of Bangor. 5–9 pm. 947-4516 • July 26 The Great Beethoven Sonatas Rockport Opera House

Like three tasty desserts, here are three of Beethoven’s most enduring sonatas served at the same meal. We welcome Elissa Lee Koljonen in her Bay Chamber Concerts debut along with Max Levinson. 8 pm. 236-2823 • July 26 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: RetroRockerz Pickering Square, Bangor

Come out and enjoy crowd favorites, the RetroRockerz. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. July 26 & 27 The Kneading Conference Skowhegan Fairgrounds

Learn how to build a brick oven, start a bakery from scratch, bake wood-fired Italian flatbread, and much more at this delicious conference.

July 26 & 27 Lobster Buoy Launch & Harbor to Harbor Paddle Weekend Searsport

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Bring your kayak and paddle from Searsport Harbor to Belfast Harbor, enjoy lunch at the Weathervane, and paddle back. There will be live music, games, and festivities throughout the weekend. Proceeds to benefit local charities. July 26–29 County Bluegrass Festival Fort Fairfield

Four days of fabulous musical performances in the County from New England, Canada, Tennessee, and more. July 27 Happy Together Tour Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

This show features some of the best music of the 1960s from The Turtles, Flo and Eddie, The Monkees’ lead singer Micky Dolenz, The Grass Roots, and more. Gates open at 5 pm. $21.75–$61.75. 800-745-3000 • July 27 8th annual bob noonan memorial concert bar harbor congregational church

The Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra, featuring conductor Francis Fortier, performs for this popular annual event. 8:15 pm. JULY 27 & 28 PISCATAQUIS RIVER FESTIVAL GUILFORD

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The annual festival is a great, community-wide summer event for Guilford, as well as the surrounding communities. 876-2202 • July 27 & 28 Bucksport Bay Festival Bucksport

The 15th Annual Bucksport Bay Festival will feature a parade, fireworks, a 5K fun run, live music, pie contest, kids’ activities, classic car show, and over 70 vendors along the waterfront. 469-6818 • July 27–29 Belfast Bound Book Festival belfast

If you love the written word, you aren’t going to want to miss this annual festival. Join

authors, illustrators and publishers for readings, discussion, and forums all about the book.

July 28 & 29 Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival Grand Lake Stream

July 27–August 4 Northern Maine Fair Northern Maine Fairgrounds Presque Isle

This folk art festival is one of the best in the state. Here you will see folk artists, craftsmen, canoe and boatbuilders, quilters, and enjoy food and live music. 10 am–5 pm. 796-8199

This large, family fair includes rides, exhibits, horse pulling, harness racing, and lots more. 769-2258 July 27–August 5 Bangor State Fair Bass Park, Bangor

At the Bangor State Fair you can enjoy rides, midway games, outdoor concerts, a demolition derby, great food, a petting zoo, and more. 947-5555 • July 28 Penobscot Marine Museum Gala & Auction Point Lookout Resort & Conference Center, Northport

This biennial soiree features fine dining, live music, great people, and exciting auction bidding. This year’s event honors Maine Maritime Academy. 548-2529 July 28 Maine Artisan Bread Fair Skowhegan State Fair Grounds

Sample delicious breads, pastries, pizza and more. Buy books, talk to professional bakers, listen to music, and enjoy Maine-made food. 9 am–2 pm. $2. Parking fee. 629-7182 •

July 28 & 29 Gallery on the Green Southwest Harbor

This show will feature Maine artists showing original work and is sponsored by the Coastal Fine Arts Association of Maine. Sat. 9 am–5 pm; Sun. 10 am–5 pm. 284-5396 • JULY 29 bar harbor music festival gala bar harbor club

Enjoy dinner and a performance by the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra to end the 2012 sesason. Dinner at 6 pm; concert at 8:15. July 31 Insect Safari Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast

Join Kathy Murray, entomologist for the Maine Department of Agriculture, for this wildly popular exploration into the fascinating world of insects. This hands-on workshop will take insect lovers of all ages through fields, forests, and riverside in search of critters. 10 am–12 pm. 236-7091 •

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One of the best ways to see the area is by float plane. Tours can be customized to the needs of the client, and fees are based on flight times. The aircraft takes off from Moosehead Lake and quickly heads up the lake toward Big Moose Mountain.

As the flight continues, East Outlet comes into view, the headwater of the Kennebec River and a world-famous fly-fishing destination with landlocked salmon and wild brook trout. The pilot heads over to Mount Kineo, its 700-foot sheer cliffs dropping straight to the lake, then north for a glimpse of Seeboomook Lake and the beginning of the West Branch of the Penobscot River. To the east you can see Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest mountain. Visitors often plan a day to check out Baxter State Park. Heading south again, the pilot will point out Big and Little Spencer Mountains, both great hiking destinations. Then it’s on to Lily Bay State Park, a beautifully located family campground on Moosehead Lake. The ponds and bogs in this area are full of moose in the summer. Many visitors drive the roads looking for the area’s favorite resident, but to guarantee sightings, a moose safari is the best bet. Out to the east is the “100-Mile Wilderness,” the longest section of the Appalachian Trail without development. The pilot will point out Gulf Hagas, a series of spectacular waterfalls and gorges that are one of Maine’s natural wonders. All too soon, the flight ends and all passengers are back on the dock. Maybe tomorrow some shopping and a ride on The Katahdin steamship would be in order.

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he Belfast region offers

harborside towns and villages, rolling farmlands, delightful dining experiences, unique shops, and plenty of places to hike, bike, and sail—in other words, the best Maine offers! Belfast, the county seat and the only city in Waldo County, is known for its eclectic collection of shops and galleries. In 2004, it was named one of the coolest small towns in the country by Budget Travel. Foodies will find experiences to savor throughout the area. Restaurants offer delicious fare and variety that includes Mexican, Thai, American, vegetarian, and everything in between. On Fridays, Main Street in Belfast is closed so local farmers can offer up their goodies at the Farmers’ Market, one of many in the area.

Get out and shop in the historic downtowns and along the scenic byway of coastal Route 1, home to some of the most unique shops in Maine. At the locally-owned stores, you’ll find books to suit any interest, unique clothing, supplies for the green home, the oldest shoe store in the country, handmade pottery, gardening supplies, antiques, original art, and more. Belfast is home to the largest selection of galleries in a city its size in Maine, and artists and artisans abound in many of our communities. On Friday nights, the streets come alive with sounds of street musicians and the bustle of the open gallery walk. Be sure to join the fun of EcoMotion, a series of whimsical, interactive sculptures along the streets in Belfast brought to you by Waterfall Arts.

To truly experience the rich culture of the Belfast Region, take part in a class, exhibition, or performance at one of the arts centers where all ages are welcome. The Unity Center for the Performing Arts at Unity College hosts a dynamic music and performance schedule throughout the year. Three local theater groups—the Belfast Maskers, Marsh Theatre, and Northport Music Theatre— entertain with community productions. And if that’s not enough, the local art deco movie house, the Colonial Theatre, presents the choicest of movies each week and an eclectic schedule of additional events on its renovated stage. In Searsport, visit the Penobscot Maritime Museum for a true appreciation of the area’s maritime heritage. Seven buildings of exhibits and a gift shop await you, 2012 This Is Maine


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including areas just for kids. In Belfast, Museum in the Streets offers a selfguided tour of historic buildings and the Belfast Museum presents an array of exhibits and programs celebrating Belfastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich heritage. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to savor the harbors, beaches, and hiking trails at Moose Point State Park. If you want to stick your feet in the sand and watch the lobster boats bob in the harbor, then try Lincolnville Beach or Sandy Point just past Stockton Springs. While youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Lincolnville, take a hike up Bald Rock Mountain for a glorious view of the ocean from above. Looking for something more adventurous? Take a guided kayak trip with Water Walkers, a tour on a helicopter with Coastal Helicopters, explore the harbor with Bucksport Harbor Tours, or book a sail aboard a sloop or schooner. The Belfast Region is the perfect central location for exploring the Maine Coast. Bar Harbor is just a day trip away to the north, and to the south the coastal hamlet of Camden and the city of Rockland offer more dining, shopping, and unique harbor experiences. Visit the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website,, for a selection of accommodations and a multi-day itinerary to help plan your stay.


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museums Near you Aroostook County New Sweden New Sweden Historical Society & Museum 116 Station Road • 896-5240 Created to document, preserve, and encourage the local Swedish culture in northern Maine, the New Sweden Museum consists of several buildings that house an extensive collection of artifacts of Swedish settlement. Open Memorial Day–Labor Day, Mon.–Fri. 12­–4 pm; Sat. and Sun. 1–4 pm.

Oakfield Oakfield Railroad Museum 40 Station Street • 223-5032 • Oakfield Railroad Museum is the former 100-year-old station of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad. The museum features B&A artifacts and memorabilia, motor cars, the rejuvenated C-66 caboose, the weathervane from Oakfield’s water tank, vintage signs, a reading room with photographs, maps, and much more. Open May 29–Oct. 11 Sat. and Sun. 1–4 pm. Group tours by appointment.

Presque Isle Northern Maine Museum of Science UMaine Presque Isle 181 Main Street • 768-9482 • Tours or walks. 7 am–10 pm. Closed holidays.

St. Agatha St. Agatha Historical Society & House Route 162, Main Street • 543-6911 The Historical House dates from 1854 and houses artifacts and photos of everyday life of the people of the St. John Valley. Open mid-June to Labor Day, Tues.–Sat. afternoons.

St. Francis St. Francis Historical Society Museum 872 Main Street • 398-3387 The St. Francis Historical Society Museum has artifacts of the past lumbering days, household items, family photos, B&A Railroad caboose and turntable. Open June–Aug., Wed., Fri., and Sun. 1–4 pm and by appointment.

Van Buren Acadian Village U.S. Route 1 • 868-2691 The Village opened in 1976 and is one of the largest historical sites in Maine, with a railroad station, a chapel, a blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, country store, and several buildings moved from other sites. Open daily mid-June to mid-Sept., 12–5 pm.

Woodland Woodland Historical Society Museums 493-3081 or 498-8430 Woodland Historical Society maintains the Snowman School House and the Largerstrom House Museums throughout the summer months, and is also open by appointment. Open June 1–Aug. 31, Mon.–Fri. 6 am–9 pm; Sat. 7 am–9 pm; Sun. 9 am–8 pm.

Hancock County Bar Harbor Abbe Museum 26 Mt. Desert Street • 822-3519 • The Abbe Museum works to further the understanding A42

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of Maine’s Native American cultures, history, and archaeology. Exhibitions and programs focus on the Native American tradition in Maine and explore the broader Native American experience. Open year-round. Seasonal hours May 27–early Nov., daily, 10 am–6 pm. Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum 33 Ledgelawn Avenue • 288-0000 The museum is located in the former St. Edward’s Convent and has a collection of photographs, research archives, newspaper microfilm, etc., extending from Bar Harbor’s 1796 incorporation through the Gilded Era and the 1947 Fire to the present. Open June­–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 1–4 pm. Bar Harbor Whale Museum 52 West Street • 288-0288 The Bar Harbor Whale Museum is Maine’s only museum dedicated to the study and understanding of whales and seals common to the Gulf of Maine. Open daily in June 10 am–8 pm; July and Aug. 9 am–9 pm. George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History 105 Eden Street • 288-5015 • Exhibits depict the animals and plants of Maine. Marine tank and interactive area. Open Tues.–Sat. 10 am–5 pm. Mount Desert Oceanarium & Lobster Hatchery 1351 State Highway 3 • 244-7330 The Lobster Hatchery is the part of the Mt. Desert Oceanarium that hatches lobsters to return back to the ocean. Visitors enjoy seeing mother lobsters, lobsters up to 2 weeks old, lobsters being released, even the beating hearts of little lobsters. Open mid-May–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 9 am–5 pm. Sieur de Monts Spring & Nature Center Off Route 3 in Acadia National Park www.acadia.we/nature-center.htm Within the building are several interesting and informative displays covering a range of subjects, from air quality to the variety of wildlife recently seen. Sieur de Monts Spring is located behind the building to the left. To the right of the building is the Wild Gardens of Acadia. Managed by the Bar Harbor Garden Club, it reflects the typical habitats found on Mount Desert Island with over 300 native plant species labeled for easy identification. Open Memorial Day through mid-Oct.

Castine Wilson Museum 120 Perkins Street • 326-9247 • Built on the shore of Castine Harbor in 1921 by John Howard Wilson to house his unique collection of rare objects gleaned from his travels and wide-ranging interests, including geology and prehistory. The Wilson Museum includes the John Perkins House, one of Castine’s earliest homes; the Blacksmith Shop, a working reproduction smithy; and the Hearse House, home of Castine’s summer and winter horse-drawn hearses. Open daily May 27–Sept. 30, 2–5 pm. Perkins House, Blacksmith Shop, Hearse House open July and Aug. on Sun. and Wed., 2–5 pm.

Deer Isle Salome Sellers House 416 Sunset Road • 367-2629

The Sellers House is a restored and furnished period home. Open late June to Sept. on Wed., Thurs., and Fri. afternoons.

Ellsworth Birdsacre-Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary & Homestead 289 High Street • 667-8460 The Stanwood Wildlife Museum and Sanctuary is the home and birthplace of Cordelia J. Stanwood, a pioneer ornithologist and photographer, set within a 200-acre Sanctuary. In addition to highly personalized house tours, shelters of nonreleasable, educational hawks and owls are situated in a park-like atmosphere. A nature center/ gift shop stands near the entrance to a unique, turn-ofthe-century, interconnected trail system, and handicapaccessible boardwalk. Open daily June–Sept. The Telephone Museum 166 Winkumpaugh Road • 667-9491 Demonstrating the social and technical significance of the telephone network as it existed between 1876 and 1983 with working equipment. Open July–Sept., Thurs.– Sun. 1–4 pm. Woodlawn Museum 19 Black House Drive • 667-8671 Woodlawn Museum is the 180-acre estate of Col. John Black and his grandson George Nixon Black Jr., owner of the famous shingle-style summer cottage Kragsyde. The house contains the original furnishings and artwork collected by three generations of the family. Estate visitors may also enjoy splendid gardens, walking trails, the museum store, and a tournament-sized croquet court. The Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn, the nation’s longest-running summer antiques show, is held on the estate every August. Open for tours of the Black House in May Tues.–Sun. 1–4 pm; June–Sept., Tues.–Sat. 10 am–5 pm, and Sun. 1–4 pm.

Northeast Harbor Great Harbor Maritime Museum 124 Main Street • 276-5650 This gem collects, preserves, and celebrates the maritime history of the greater Mount Desert Island region. Open July 1–Labor Day, Tues.–Sat. 10 am–5 pm.

Seal Cove Seal Cove Auto Museum 1414 Tremont Road • 244-9242 The Seal Cove Auto Museum exhibits a wide variety of antique autos, from an 1899 DeDion Bouton to a 1924 Mercer, with a special emphasis on examples from the Brass Era (1895–1917). Many of these automobiles and motorcycles have been restored to world-class condition, while others remain in their original, unrestored state. Open daily May 1–Oct. 31, 10 am–5 pm.

Southwest Harbor Wendell Gilley Museum 4 Herrick Road • 244-7555 The major showcase for the work of world-renowned bird carver Wendell Gilley, a Southwest Harbor native, who was one of the two or three recognized pioneers of this indigenous American art form. Open June and Oct., Tues.–Sun. 10 am–4 pm; July and Aug. 10 am–5 pm.

Knox County Camden Camden–Rockport Historical Society Conway Homestead-Cramer Museum Complex U.S. Route 1 • 236-2257 • Home of the Conway Homestead-Cramer Museum Complex. It’s the only site in the area with a Living History Day where visitors can see volunteers in period clothing and enjoy open-hearth cooking and handcranked ice cream in the old kitchen. The Conway Homestead is an authentically furnished and restored 18th-century farmhouse. The complex also has a working blacksmith shop, 1820 maple sugar house, Victorian privy, and herb garden. Open July and Aug., Wed.–Sat. 11 am­–3 pm.

Friendship Friendship Museum Route 220 & Martin’s Point Road • 832-4221 Former schoolhouse. Local memorabilia, mostly marine related. Historical information on the Friendship Sloop. Open July 1 to Labor Day in the afternoons.

Owls Head Owls Head Transportation Museum Route 73 • 594-4418 • The Owls Head Transportation Museum has one of the finest collections of pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles in the world. More than 100 historic aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, carriages, and engines are on permanent display. The Aircraft Collection contains replicas and originals representing the first century of flight. Open daily 10 am–5 pm.

Rockland Coastal Children’s Museum 75 Mechanic Street • 385-1105 Dedicated to providing children age 2 to 9 and their families the opportunity to explore, discover, and learn through play about the natural world, the arts and sciences, and the diversity of Maine’s Coast. Open Wed.–Sat. 10 am–4 pm; Sun. 1–4 pm. Farnsworth Art Museum & Wyeth Center 16 Museum Street • 596-6457 The best in American art—Hopper, Nevelson, and more. Victorian Homestead and Olson House. Wyeth Center showcases works of N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth. Open daily May 15–Nov. 1, 10 am­–5 pm. Free admission hours 5–8 pm first Fri. of the month and every Wed. Maine Lighthouse Museum 1 Park Drive • 594-3301 The Maine Lighthouse Museum houses the largest collection of lighthouse lenses, and one of the most important landmark collections of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the United States. Located on Rockland’s waterfront, the collection is a must-see for anyone interested in lighthouses and American maritime history. Open June 1–Oct. 31, Mon.–Fri. 9 am–5 pm; Sat. and Sun. 10 am–4 pm.

Rockport Center for Maine Contemporary Art 162 Russell Avenue • 236-2490 • Visual arts center featuring the work of established and emerging contemporary Maine artists. Open all year. Seasonal hours: May–Dec., Tues.–Sat. 10 am–5 pm.

Thomaston General Henry Knox Museum U.S. Route 1 • 354-8062 • Replica of original 1793 home built by Gen. Henry Knox, U.S. Secretary of War in George Washington’s cabinet. Open Memorial Day–Columbus Day, Tues.–Sat. Thomaston Historical Society & Museum 80 Knox Street • 354-8835 Museum houses artifacts from the wooden ship building era and records of the town and area’s historic past. It has an extensive collection of old photographs, letters, and ledgers of townspeople and places. Open June–Aug., Tues., Wed., and Thurs. 2–4 pm or by appointment.

Union Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage Union Fairgrounds This is an agricultural museum, holding approximately 10,000 artifacts, including carriages, agricultural tools, musical instruments, books, and a sizeable Moxie collection. There is also a one-room schoolhouse attached to the museum, and part of the museum is a collection of photo prints and a research library. Open July and Aug., Wed.–Sat. 12­–4 pm. Not open on holidays.

Vinalhaven Vinalhaven Historical Society Museum High Street • 863-4410 Exhibits highlight island life and industries. Open June 14–June 30, Tues.­­–Sat. 12–5 pm; July–Aug. daily, 12–5 pm.

Penobscot County Bangor Bangor Museum & History Center’s Hill House 159 Union Street • 942-1900 • Visit the Thomas A. Hill House and Civil War Museum for an in-depth look at the history and culture of Bangor. Bus and walking tours of specific sites are also available. Open June 1–Oct. 1, Tues.–Fri. 10 am–4 pm. Bangor Police Museum 240 Main Street • 947-7384 Artifacts pertaining to law enforcement with an emphasis on the Bangor Police Department dating from 1700s to the present. Call ahead for hours. Cole Land Transportation Museum 405 Perry Road • 990-3600 • The museum contains over 200 vehicles illustrating the evolution of land transportation from wagons to 18-wheelers. Among the items exhibited are antique vehicles, motorcycles, a locomotive, fire trucks, farm equipment, and many other land transportation vehicles. Home of a 72-foot 1840s era covered bridge, the State of Maine WWII Veterans Memorial, Maine Military Order of the Purple Heart Memorial, Maine Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Maine Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Open daily May 1–Nov. 11, 9 am–5 pm. Maine Discovery Museum 74 Main Street • 262-7200 The Maine Discovery Museum is an interactive learning place for children and their families, providing seven educational and fun exhibits on three floors of the historic Freese’s Building in downtown Bangor. Open Tues.–Sat. 9:30 am–5; Sun. 12–5 pm.

University of Maine Museum of Art 40 Harlow Street • Norumbega Hall • 561-3350 The UMMA enriches the cultural life of the citizens of Maine and the university community through exhibitions, collections, and innovative educational programming designed to promote an understanding of the visual arts, with particular emphasis on the modern and contemporary. Open Mon.–Sat. 10 am–5 pm.

Bradley Leonard’s Mills Government Road • 974-6278 • Leonard’s Mills is the centerpiece of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum Inc., a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1960, and dedicated to keeping alive the forest industry of long ago for the present-day citizens of the state of Maine. Located on approximately 400 acres on Blackman Stream, it is at the actual site of an early pioneer settlement, identified by the remains of a stone dam and the foundations of several houses. Today, Leonard’s Mills is “alive” once again, as the museum is represented by an authentic reconstruction of a logging and milling community of the 1790s. Events are usually on Saturdays during daylight hours.

Brewer Brewer Historical Society’s Clewley Museum 199 Wilson Street • 989-5013 • Featured are exhibits about Joshua Chamberlain and unique items like a gramophone, ink wells, a fan collection, and a dumb waiter. The shed features antique tools and a horse-drawn hearse. Visit the upstairs bedrooms and newly refurbished photo and military room. Open by appointment and on Tues. and Sat. 12–3 pm during the summer months.

Dexter Dexter Historical Society Museums 12 Church Street • 924-5721 The Dexter Historical Society has three museum buildings: the Grist Mill, the Miller’s House, and the oneroom Carr School. Open daily June–Sept. Research and genealogy services available year-round.

Hampden Hampden Historical Society’s Kinsley House Museums 83 Main Road S. Route 1A • 862-3182 The society maintains the1794 home of Martin Kinsley—Mass. senator and judge—as well as Hannibal Hamlin’s law office used 1831–1860. Call for hours.

Indian Island Penobscot Indian Nation Museum 12 Wabanaki Way • 827-7776 • Collections include such things as prehistoric stone tools, birch bark canoes, and traditional Eastern Woodland basketry, ceremonial root clubs, clothing, and beadwork. Open Mon.–Thurs. 9 am–2 pm; Sat. 10 am­–3 pm.

Lee Lee Historical Society & Museum Main Street (Route 6) • 738-5014 This time capsule of the Victorian Era was lovingly restored and is maintained in a three story Main Street building. Explore room settings, Civil War history, a carriage house, and genealogies. Open Sat., Sun., and the first and third Wed. of the month 1–4 pm. Also by appointment.

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museums Near you, Old Town Old Town Museum 827-7256 • Historic waterworks building, permanent logging exhibits, early area photos, birch bark canoe. Open during the summer Wed.–Sun. 1–5 pm.

Orono Hudson Museum, University of Maine Collins Center for the Arts 581-1901 • The Hudson Museum maintains a collection of over 8,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, including a world-class assemblage of 2,828 Precolumbian ceramics, lithics, and gold work dating from 2000 BC to the time of the Spanish Conquest. This collection is complemented by contemporary ethnographic objects from Mexico, Guatemala, and Panama. Open Mon.–Fri. 9 am–4 pm; Sat. 11 am–4 pm. Page Farm & Home Museum Portage Road • 581-4100 • The Page Farm and Home Museum collects, documents, preserves, interprets, and disseminates knowledge of Maine history relating to farms and farming communities between 1865 and 1940. The museum complex contains an 1833 post-and-beam barn, the last original agricultural building on the university campus, an 1855 one-room schoolhouse, carriage house, blacksmith shop, and heritage garden. Heirloom varieties of herbs, flowers, and vegetables are cultivated here. Open Tues.–Fri. 9 am–4 pm; Sat.–Sun. 11 am–4 pm. Guided tours are available.

Patten The Patten Lumbermen’s Museum 61 Shin Pond Road • 528-2650 Maine’s lumbering history is displayed in nine buildings by more than 3,500 artifacts. Gum boxes, steam and gasoline log haulers, bateaux, 1820 logging camp, photographs, gift shop, and picnic area. Open May 20–June 27 and July 2–Oct. 11, Fri.–Sun. 10 am– 4 pm.

Piscataquis County Dover-Foxcroft Blacksmith Shop Museum 100 Dawes Road • 564-8618 Restored Civil War period shop containing much of the original equipment, including an anvil, bellows, and an ox lifter. Open daily, 8 am–8 pm. Call ahead for a tour guide.

Greenville S/S Katahdin & Moosehead Marine Museum N. Main Street, East Cove • 695-2716 This museum includes artifacts and photographs concerning the marine and logging history of the region. Katahdin is a 110-foot boat built by Bath Iron Works in 1914. Restored in 1995, it presently operates seasonally on Moosehead Lake. Sailing May 26–Oct. 11, Tues.–Sat.

Monson Monson Museum Greenville Road (Main Street) • 876-3073 Local memorabilia and artifacts, some pertaining to the local narrow gauge railroad, and the slate quarries. Open by appointment only.

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10 Market Street • 338-9229 The Historical Society & Museum is housed in a brick Federal-style building in downtown Belfast. Museum exhibits include: Percy Sanborn painting gallery, maritime history, ship models, 19th-century apothecary bench, and other exhibits about Belfast history. On display in the barn adjacent to the museum is the old two-cell jail and a horse-drawn hearse. A children’s activity is offered. The BHS&M is sponsor of the Belfast-Museum in the Streets, a self-guided walking tour of 30 historic sites located in downtown, waterfront, and residential areas. Open mid-June to Labor Day, Tues.–Sat. 11 am–4 pm.

Islesboro Islesboro Historical Society 388 Main Road • 734-6733 Located in the old town hall/school. The society offers exhibits, programs, and genealogical material. Open midJune–Sept., weekdays 9 am–3 pm (closed for a half-hour lunch at 12:30 pm); Sat. 10:45 am–3 pm.

Liberty Davistown Museum 58 Main Street • 288-5126 This tool, art, and history museum has detailed information on the history of ferrous metallurgy, edge tool manufacturing, the Wooden Age of maritime New England, and the classic period of tool making during the Industrial Revolution. The main complex includes exhibits, galleries, libraries, and a visitors’ center. Open March–Dec., Thurs. and Fri. 11 am–5 pm; Sat. 10 am–6 pm; Sun. 11 am–5 pm.

Lincolnville Lincolnville Historical Society Museum Route 173 • 789-5445 • The 1892 schoolhouse displays photos, Native American artifacts from the area, and a genealogical section. Open late June–Oct., Mon., Wed., and Fri. 1–4 pm.

Searsport Penobscot Marine Museum 5 Church Street & Route. 1 • 548-2529 The Penobscot Marine Museum was founded in 1936 and is Maine’s oldest maritime museum. Its Searsport grounds comprise 13 historic buildings, including ship captains’ homes, an early town hall, and two boathouses. Eight of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and together they represent Searsport as a bustling port during the Age of Sail. Artifacts, exhibits, and interpreters tell the stories of Maine’s seafaring past. Open May 28–Oct. 24, Mon.–Sat. 10 am–5 pm; Sun. 12–5 pm.

Washington County Cherryfield Cherryfield-Narraguagus Historical Society 88 River Road • 546-2076 • Find photographs of early Cherryfield, tools, household items of 1850–1920 era, and genealogical information. Open July and Aug., Wed. & Fri. 1–4 pm and by appointment.

Eastport Raye’s Mustard Mill Museum 83 Washington Street • 853-4451 The Raye family mill has been grinding mustard in Eastport since 1900 and is now a working museum. It is

the last mill in the country grinding mustard using the old stone process. Visitors are always welcome to view the mill, browse the Maine products shop, and enjoy a light lunch or snack from the Mustard Shed. Tours are provided on weekdays (and some Saturdays) 10 am–3 pm. Tides Institute & Museum of Art 43 Water Street • 853-4047 • Tides Institute & Museum of Art is a cross-border (U.S./Canada) cultural institution and museum with a focus on the greater international Passamaquoddy Region in particular, but with a wider view of the cultural ties between Maine, New England, and the Atlantic Provinces. Crossing disciplinary boundaries as well as geographical borders, the Tides Institute involves art, history, photography, and architecture. Open June 25–Sept. 19, Tues.­–Sun. 10 am–4 pm.

Jonesport Maine Coast Sardine History Museum 34 Mason Bay Road • 497-2961 The Maine Coast Sardine History Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Maine sardine industry from its beginning in 1875 up to the present. The museum contains numerous pictures, original letterheads, billheads, tins, labels, machines, and much more. Souvenirs, books on the sardine industry and the local area, and other items are available for purchase in the museum store. Open June 20–Sept. 30, Tues.–Fri. and Sun. 12–4 pm.

Lubec Lubec Historical Society Museum 135 Main Street • 733-2274 The interactive museum in the Columbian Factory Store has aerial maps from 1957, microfilm of the Lubec Herald newspaper, and birth, death, and marriage certificates. Open daily mid-May­–Columbus Day 12–5 pm. Robert S. Peacock Fire Museum 40 School Street • 733-2341 Visit the Lubec Fire Station and check out historic firefighting equipment. Open Mon.–Fri. 10 am–4 pm. West Quoddy Head Visitor Center & Museum South Lubec Road • 733-2180 • Come see one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. West Quoddy Lighthouse is a participant in the “Lights Across the Border Lighthouse Challenge.” It is also a U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport Participant— get your lighthouse passport stamped here for West Quoddy Light and/or the Lubec Channel Light. Open Memorial Day to mid-Oct. 10 am–4 pm.

Machias Burnham Tavern Museum Route 192 • 255-4432 • Built in 1770, it’s the oldest building in eastern Maine and the only one with Revolutionary War history. Open mid-June–Sept. Mon.–Fri. 9:30 am–4 pm. Weekends and holidays open by appointment.

Milbridge Milbridge Historical Society Museum 83 Main Street • 546-4471 A museum of local history, it features shipbuilding, which was once the town’s mainstay. It also features old methods of fishing, a re-created general store, changing exhibits by local artists, and a gift shop. Handicap accessible picnic area. Open year-round Sat. and Sun. 1–4 pm; in July and Aug. also open Tues. 1–4 pm.

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of Camden, Rockport, Rockland, and Lincolnville draw visitors in every season to “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea.” Thanks to its recreation, shopping, historical interest, arts and culture, and dining and lodging, the region offers broad appeal as well as one-of-a-kind attractions. Rockland is the county seat of Knox County and the largest city in the region with a population of 7,700. This town is known for its creative and tourist economy, as a burgeoning center for the arts, and as the home of the nation’s largest fleet of windjammers, which set out from the city’s harbor to cruise the Maine coast throughout the summer and early fall. Rockland is worth at least a day’s exploration, with its charming downtown district of art galleries, museums, shops, and restaurants. The city is known as the Lobster Capital of the World, and its annual Maine Lobster Festival is one of several summer festivals that draw thousands of visitors from near and far. The Maine Lighthouse Museum houses one of the most important collections of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the

Midcoast country. At the Project Puffin Visitor Center, visitors can learn how Audubon scientists are succeeding in reintroducing the Atlantic puffin, once nearly extinct, to its historic nesting islands off the Maine coast. Also check out the Strand Theatre in town, a historic 1923 cinema that is the central hub of the town. Rockland is home to the Farnsworth Art Museum, which is the only museum in the U.S. that is dedicated solely to the contributions of Maine artists to the world of American art. The Wyeth Center houses the art and archives of three generations of Wyeths—N.C., Andrew, and Jamie. The museum, which is open year-round, also operates a store on Main Street. Voted the prettiest in Maine in 2009 by the readers of Down East magazine, Camden harbor hosts a mix of working and pleasure craft, including a fleet of windjammer schooners. Two-hour daytrips and three- to five-day live-aboard cruises depart from Camden’s public landing. Camden and adjacent Rockport harbor moorings also welcome small and large private vessels that are drawn to the area by deep water, well-stocked ports, and several boatbuilders, marinas, and storage and repair facilities. For more insight into this area’s

history, ask shop owners for the Historic Downtown Camden walking-tour map, which identifies buildings that began as boathouses, woolen mills, ship captains’ homes, and the former theater where “Peyton Place,” filmed in 1956, had its world premiere. In July and August, the Camden-Rockport Historical Society opens its 18th-century Conway Homestead and Cramer Museum to visitors. This area’s scenic coastline is embraced by the Camden Hills, among them Mount Battie—part of Camden Hills State Park. Its 790-foot summit can be reached by 26 miles of hiking trails and an auto road where panoramic views stretch from Rockland to the Blue Hill peninsula. Facing inland, Mount Battie’s stone tower offers dramatic views inland to Lake Megunticook, popular for summer boating, fishing, and swimming, as well as Ragged Mountain, site of the Camden Snow Bowl. Rockport’s snug harbor celebrates boatbuilding, and its Marine Park attractions feature historic lime kilns and a granite statue of Andre the Seal. Rockport’s other famous animal residents are Aldermere Farm’s Belted Galloway “Oreo cookie” cows, which graze along bucolic Russell Avenue. From broad 2012 This Is Maine


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AUGUST 1 Merryspring Annual Kitchen Tour Camden, Rockport & Lincolnville


Visit eight uniquely designed kitchens and enjoy demonstrations and tastings from area chefs throughout the day. 10 am–3 pm. 236-2239 •

August 1–5 Bangor State Fair Bass Park, Bangor

August 1 Brubeck Brothers Quartet Strand Theatre, Rockland

A legend in American jazz, the Brubeck family has delighted Bay Chamber Concerts audiences with their special music and unique personalities. Come enjoy their return with Brubeck standards you have always loved, plus new works you will also treasure. 8 pm. 236-2823 • AUGUST 1–4 MONMOUTH FAIR MONMOUTH

Experience a small family agricultural fair, filled with animal exhibits, midway rides, and crafts. 933-2249 • August 1–4 Northern Maine Fair Northern Maine Fairgrounds Presque Isle

This large, family fair includes rides, exhibits, horse pulling, harness racing, and lots more.


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At the Bangor State Fair you can enjoy rides, midway games, outdoor concerts, a demolition derby, great food, a petting zoo, and lots more. 947-5555 • August 1–5 65th Annual Lobster Festival Harbor Park, Rockland

This world-famous festival is one of New England’s great summer events. There will be tons of Maine lobsters served, waterfront activities, maritime displays and demonstrations, arts and crafts, harbor cruises, live entertainment, and so much more. 800-562-2529 • AUGUST 1–12 SCHOODIC ARTS FESTIVAL WINTER HARBOR

Come out and catch top-quality performances and workshops the whole family can enjoy. Prices for performances vary. 963-2569 • AUGUST 2 A Musical Rendezvouz Rockport Opera House

Chris Brubeck’s Vignettes for Nonet has become a beloved addition to the “crossover” literature, bringing jazz and classical musicians together. Come hear Sospiro Winds play this work with the Brubecks and perform some of the classical literature for woodwind quintet. 8 pm. 236-2823 • August 2 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Stesha Cano Pickering Square, Bangor

Jazz enthusiasts won’t want to miss this performance by Stesha Cano. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. August 2 & 3 Dover-Foxcroft Shiretown Homecoming Dover-Foxcroft

This town-wide event includes a parade, crafts, food, kids’ games, music, fireworks, and much more. 564-3318 • August 2–5 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Fort Knox, Prospect

Shakespeare comes to Fort Knox thanks to Ten Bucks Theatre Troupe. 6 pm. $10. 469-6553 •

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August 4 & 5 250th Anniversary Celebration Blue Hill

Many of Maine’s statesmen, military, and civic leaders are entombed in style at Mount Hope Cemetery, which is also the final resting place of some of the infamous characters whose colorful legends still survive. 5 pm. $7 nonmembers. Free for members and children under 12.

Celebrate the landing of the first settlers in Blue Hill with festivities and fun all around town. There will be a blessing of the fleet, a parade, and more. 374-3242 •

AUGUST 4–7 Cellardoor Winery–A Grape Affair Cellardoor Winery Vineyard Lincolnville

This is the first annual event for this little northern Maine town with a big heart. There will be a host of events including a BBQ, vendors, musical performances, and more.

Al fresco dining in the vineyard with live music and dancing. Chef Lani Temple of Megunticook Market will prepare summer fare with local ingredients. 5–9 pm. 763-4478 • August 3–12 International Homecoming Festival Calais

This 10-day event celebrates Calais, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick as they host events on both sides of the border. There will be artists, crafts, food, and plenty of fun. August 4 WLBZ 2 Sidewalk Art Festival Downtown Bangor

This annual event takes over downtown Bangor, much to the delight of fans and artists alike. Awards will be given and fun will be had all day long. 991-5312 August 4 Bangor Summer Arts & Crafts Festival Pickering Square, Bangor

Over 50 Maine artisans will showcase their work in conjunction with the WLBZ Sidewalk Art Festival. 9 am–4 pm. August 4 & 5 Wings & Wheels Spectacular & Aerobatic Air Show Owls Head Transportation Museum

High-wheel bicycles, classic cars, antique planes, and a high-performance air show. Model T rides and activities for the whole family. 9:30 am–5 pm. $15 adults; free for children under 18. 594-4478 •

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August 5 Beech Hill Blueberry Free Pick Beech Hill Reserve, Rockport

Join Coastal Mountains Land Trust for a day of picking free blueberries. Organic blueberry fields are open for you to pick as many berries as you can. Bring a picnic and take a tour of Beech Nut, the historic stone hut on top of the Beech Hill Preserve. 8 am–2 pm. 236-7091 • August 6 & 7 Revolutionary Encampment at the General Henry Knox Museum Montpelier

Come watch Major General David Bernier and the 25th Continental Regiment. 10 am–4 pm. AUGUST 7 LOBSTERS ON THE SOUND HARBOR HOUSE, SOUTHWEST HARBOR

This elegant annual fundraiser is a must for anyone who loves Mount Desert Island. Join them for lobsters, friendship, and cocktails while the sun sets over the water. 244-3713 • August 7 & 14 Bangor Band Concert Bangor

Enjoy free concerts by one of the oldest community bands in the country. Locations vary. 7 pm. August 7 & 21 Devil’s Half Acre Tour Bangor

This area along Bangor’s waterfront came to be known as the Devil’s Half Acre due to the vice and violence in the Queen City’s past. On this short walking tour, explore the wicked side of downtown Bangor. Tour includes



adult content. 7 pm. $7 nonmembers; free for members and children under 12. August 7–9 Swan Island Music Festival Burnt Coat Harbor, Swan Island

More than a dozen groups will perform traditional music of the sea. Catch the tunes live aboard a windjammer. 374-2993 • August 8 Summer Encore from NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors The Grand, Ellsworth

A revived 18th century comedy set in 1960s Brighton starring James Corden. 6 pm. $10–$17. 667-9500 • August 8 Edna St. Vincent Millay Guided Walk Whitehall Inn, Camden

Experience a guided walk to local Millay sites, all within five blocks of the Whitehall Inn. 3–6 pm. 236-3391 • August 9 The Four Seasons Rockport Opera House

Capturing fall, winter, spring and summer in an extraordinary way, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concerti are among the best-loved works from the baroque musical literature. Join an expanded ensemble of favorite chamber musicians for these works along with the virtuosic Vivaldi concerto for two cellos. 8 pm. 236-2823 • August 9 & 23 Cellardoor Winery Pairings 101 Cellardoor Winery Vineyard Lincolnville

Unlock the mysteries of food and wine pairing. Understand the basics of aroma identification, learn about the art and science of food and wine pairings, and enjoy pairings of savory and sweet treats with wines. 5:30–7 pm. $20. 263-4478 • August 9–12 Acadian Festival Madawaska

This annual festival includes a reenactment of the first Acadian landing in northern Maine, traditional Acadian supper, Soiree du bon Vieux Temps (night of good old times), cultural displays, golf tournament, parade, and much more. 728-3546 •

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adults; free for children under 12. 800-565-4951 • August 10–12 9th Annual Fort Kent Muskie Derby Fort Kent

This annual fishing derby is fun for all ages. Cast your line in the scenic St. John River and try to catch the biggest muskie of the weekend. Take part in the other non-fishing activities, too, like the street dance and the fireworks show. August 10–12 31st Annual Maine Antiques Festival Union

Maine’s largest antiques event is not to be missed. Dealers from across the U.S. and Canada will be offering a variety of antiques and vintage collectables for sale. Fri. 2–7 pm; Sat. 9 am–5 pm; Sun. 9 am–4 pm. $8 per day; $25 for the weekend. 221-3108 • August 10–12 & 17–19 Sylvia Eastport Arts Center

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Caribou hosts a three day festival for kids! There’s something for every kid: a parade, games, outdoor movies, hayrides, and a bike race. 498-6156 • August 9–15 Acadian Festival Madawaska

This annual event is fun for the whole family. Activities include a watermelon eating contest, quilt show, talent show, merchant sidewalk sale, picnic, live music, and more. August 9–18 Skowhegan State Fair State Fairgrounds, Skowhegan

This fair includes grandstand shows, horse shows, family-friendly events, food, and


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Come to one or both of these one-hour concerts in the Farnsworth Museum’s beautiful Wyeth Center Gallery. The program is a survey of Baroque composers with both familiar and little known masterpieces. 6 and 8:15 pm. 236-2823 • August 10–12 Ployes Festival Fort Kent

This festival is all about ployes and features eating contests, a cooking contest, street bazaar, Acadian foods, and more. 834-5354 • August 10–12 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbor Show Harbor and Buoy Parks, Rockland

Maine’s only in-water boat and home show features artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, and marine gear vendors, plus music, food, and more. No pets allowed. 10 am–4 pm. $12

This play is about a dog named Sylvia and the couple who adopts her. Written by A.R. Gurney, it was first produced in 1995. See it in Easport this summer. August 11 Blueberry Wing Ding McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack Lincolnville Beach

This event features a blueberry pancake breakfast, blueberry-themed crafts, and homemade blueberry baked goods. Sponsored by the Lincolnville Improvement Association. 7–10:30 am. 236-0028 August 11 22nd Annual St. Francis Fair Blue Hill Fairgrounds

This day-long event features food, music, crafts, bounce house, wagon rides, and other family friendly activities. Proceeds benefit Hancock County Home Care and Hospice. 374-5200 • August 11 Winter Harbor Lobster Festival Winter Harbor

This fun-filled event draws a crowd every year. The day is filled with many activities, including a blueberry pancake breakfast, lobster boat races, a

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Events parade, craft fair, and delicious food. 8 am–6 pm. 546-2960 • August 11 & 12 Ride Aroostook Presque Isle

This two-day bike tour raises funds for Camp Adventure, a summer camp for children ages 12–17 with Type 1 diabetes. Camping, dorm accommodations, meals, and entertainment are planned to create a festive atmosphere. A fundraising pledge of $200 is required. 498-1112 • August 11 & 12 Olde Bristol Days: 17th Century Encampment Colonial Pemaquid State Historical Site, Bristol

This weekend event showcases civilian and military aspects of the 17th century life, including re-enactors demonstrating equipment, crafts, cooking, and more. 9 am–5 pm. 677-2423 August 11 & 12 Paranormal/Psychic Faire Fort Knox, Prospect

Meet with people who believe in things unusual. This unique event features psychics, ghost hunters, exorcists, UFOlogists, and renowned cryptozoologist and author, Loren Coleman. Regular fort admission and $2 donation is requested. 469-6553 • August 12 Mountain Day on Blue Hill Mountain Blue Hill

The Blue Hill Heritage Trust is sponsoring Mountain Day, a free community celebration for the entire family at Hayes Trail Field on Blue Hill Mountain. Bring a picnic and join us for music, children’s activities, and guided hikes up the mountain. 12–3 pm. 347-5118 • August 12–18 Senior League World Series Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium, Bangor

For the 11th year in a row, Bangor will host the Senior League World Series championships. Five U.S. regional winners, as well as teams from Canada, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East will compete. August 14–18 Machias Wild Blueberry Festival Machias

This annual event is in its 37th year and features more than 250 craft booths, a road race, pieeating and cooking contests, kids’ activities, farm tours, and more. 255-6665 • August 16 Dreams and Passions Rockport Opera House

What would the summer be without the return of some of our good friends from the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the remarkable violinist, Livia Sohn, and their long-time collaborator, Stephen Prutsman? Their rich program includes works from the classical, romantic, and modern periods. 8 pm. 236-2823 • August 16 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: The Veayo Twins Pickering Square, Bangor

Catch the modern and alternative music of The Veayo Twins. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. August 16–19 Penobscot Bay Rendezvous Thomaston, Rockland & Camden

Maine’s most exciting sail and powerboat regatta. There will be daily races for sailboats and events for powerboats. This event also features lobster bakes, BBQs, dancing, and fireworks. 266.9381 • AUGUST 17 An Uncommon Affair Pascal Hall, Rockport

We invite you to join us for a delightful evening of cocktails and music in lovely and intimate Pascal Hall, a renovated historic church. Four members of the Bay Chamber family return to play two familiar masterpieces and a little known gem by the Spanish composer, Joaquín Turina. 8 pm. $75. 236-2823 • August 17 Midcoast Breast Cancer Classic Rockland Golf Club

Join the fun with 18 holes of golf, lunch, and prizes to support breast cancer services in the midcoast through Pen Bay Healthcare. This event is hosted by the Rockland Women’s Golf Club. 9 am. 594-6715 AUGUST 18 Annual Railroad Workers Reunion Greenville




Head to Greenville for a day of fun including historical tours, displays, a craft fair, entertainment, food, and more at the Greenville Junction Historic Railroad Depot. 10 am–4 pm. 695-2702 • August 18 Jonathan Fisher Antiques Show Blue Hill Fairgrounds

Don’t miss the 5th annual show by the Jonathan Fisher House. 10 am–3 pm. $7. 374-2459 August 18 Ghosts of Fort Knox Guided Tour Fort Knox, Prospect

Join the East Coast Ghost Hunters on a guided tour of Fort Knox in search of ghosts and paranormal phenomena. Tours are hourly and capacity is limited. Advanced registration and pre-payment is required. 7–10 pm. $10. 469-6553 • August 18 Champion the Cure Challenge Brewer

The Champion the Cure Challenge is a 1k Family Walk, a 5 or 10k walk/run, a 25, 50, or 100-mile bike ride or a 50 mile motorcycle ride. All proceeds raised benefit the patients at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine. 973-5055 • August 18 & 19 Granite Cutting Demonstration Fort Knox, Prospect

Come and view the skills that were used to create the architectural masterpiece known as Fort Knox. 10 am–4 pm. 469-6553 • August 18–25 Union Fair Union Fairgrounds, Union

This classic rural fair includes harness racing, an old-fashioned pig scramble, wild blueberry pie baking and eating contests, animal and tractor pulls, sheep shearing, 4-H exhibits, carnival rides, and fireworks. 785-3281 • August 19 Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Cracker Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

The Last Summer on Earth Tour brings four big name bands to Bangor. Gates open at 5 pm. $23.25–$62.25. 800-745-3000 • 2012 This Is Maine




August 19 Tour de la Vallee St. John River Valley

Bring your family and friends to ride with you on this grand tour of the St. John River Valley starting and ending at Fort Kent. There are many different distances to choose from, so cyclists of all ages and experience levels are welcome. August 19 Tommyknockers and More Bus Tour Bangor

The world’s only literary tour based on Stephen King’s novels happens right in Bangor. See the city through the books and movies of this famous author on an airconditioned motor coach. The tour is sure to entertain with a mix of educational, historic, and interactive sites. All tours leave from the Bangor Waterfront. 2 pm. $20. 946-2505 • August 21 & 22 The Original Bar Harbor Antiques Show Bar Harbor Regency Hotel

Dealers of fine art and antiques will be on hand to show a wide variety of high-end goods for sale. Tues. 4–7 pm; Wed. 10 am–4 pm. $8; free for children 14 and under. 221-3108 • August 21–24 2012 Atlantic Nationals Boat Races Blue Hill

Four days of racing one of the finest class of boats—the Atlantics. If you love to sail, you aren’t going to want to miss this event. August 22 Def Leppard, Poison & Lita Ford Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

British rockers, Def Leppard, have teamed up with American rockers, Poison, for a 2012 summer tour. The “Rock of Ages” tour rolls into Bangor to end the summer on a high note. 5 pm. $41.75–$101.75. 800-745-3000 • August 23 First Chair All Stars–Dvorak Rockport Opera House

This popular concert presents principal players from America’s great orchestras, playing chamber music works by Antonin Dvorak. 8 pm. 236-2823 •


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Music August 23–26 Crown of Maine Balloon Fest Northern Maine Fairgrounds Presque Isle

August 30 Season Finale–Curtis on Tour Meets First Chair All Stars Rockport Opera House

This is your opportunity to take a hot air balloon ride over beautiful Aroostook County. 764-6561

How often can you hear the two greatest wind serenades on a single program with a star-studded cast of musicians? The group comes from the Curtis Institute of Music and includes several principal players from America’s great orchestras at this season finale. 8 pm. 236-2823 •

August 24 First Chair All Stars–Joseph Silverstein’s 80th Birthday Bash Rockport Opera House

We honor Joseph Silverstein’s 80th birthday and his life in music with this very special birthday bash. Our long-time musical host, Silverstein celebrates his birthday in style with works of Rossini, Mozart and Brahms. 8 pm. 236-2823 • August 24 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Marshall Ford Swing Band Pickering Square, Bangor

Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the swing music of the Marshall Ford Swing Band. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. August 24–26 American Folk Festival Bangor Waterfront

More than 15 performing groups on five stages. The lineup includes bluegrass, zydeco, blues, Irish, Quebecois, Native gospel, and much more. There will also be a children’s area, food, crafts, and workshops. 992-2630 • August 25 35th Annual New England Auto Auction Owls Head Transportation Museum

Up to 200 antique, classic, and special interest vehicles go up for bid. Gates open at 7 am; auction starts at 9:30 am. $15 adults; free for children under 18. 594-4418 • August 28 Moonlight Nature Walk Fernald’s Neck Preserve Lincolnville

Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites you to join Hildy Ellis, educator with the Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, to search for nocturnal spiders, bats, and other things that go bump in the night. 7–8:30 pm. 236-7091 •

August 30 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: The Time Pilots Pickering Square, Bangor

Everyone’s favorite 80s band comes to Bangor. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. August 30–September 2 County Bluegrass Festival Fort Fairfield

Four days of fabulous musical performances in the County from New England, Cananda, Tennessee, and more. August 30–September 3 Blue Hill Fair Blue Hill

This country fair showcases the best of Maine agriculture along with carnival rides, food, and live entertainment. 374-3701 • August 31 Moon Viewing at the Penobscot Narrows Observatory Prospect

See the moon in a whole new light. Rain and/ or clouds will result in cancellation, so call ahead. 8–10 pm. $5. 469-6553 • August 31 Big Time Rush With Cody Simpson Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

Big Time Rush brings friend Cody Simpson to Bangor for a stop on their summer tour. Gates open at 5 pm. $22–$67. 800-745-3000 • August 31–September 2 Camden Windjammer Festival Camden

A celebration of Maine’s historic windjammer fleet. Boat parades, fireworks, music, food, maritime heritage exhibits, and demonstrations over this three-day event. 236-4404

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be among the first souls in the U.S. to greet the day. Now it’s time for a morning walk along the working waterfront. You’ll see why so many artists live here—there’s a picture worth painting on every side! (Eastport has uninterrupted beauty all around, since it’s an island.) And that statue of the fisherman? He was trucked in for a TV show in 2001, but has definitely become part of the landscape. While you’re out, you take a stroll downtown. You’ll find Eastport to be a great walking town, with a charming city center that has changed little in a hundred years. (There are still no stop lights!) On busy days—like “Old Home Week” in July or the Salmon and Pirate Festivals, both in September—downtown Eastport will be

buzzing early. Otherwise, enjoy the quiet, get a cup of coffee and exchange stories with some early-rising locals. Then you decide on your day’s adventure. This is the hard part. There’s so much to do! Want to experience the ocean? Go on a schooner ride. (Deep sea fishing, whale watching, sightseeing, even a pirate voyage —take your pick.) Maybe you’ll take the ferry via Deer Island to Campobello, the Roosevelt’s famed summer residence in New Brunswick. Ride over to Lubec and see picturesque Quoddy Head Lighthouse. Or take in a birds-eye view of the Bay of Fundy in seaplane. (While you’re up there, look out for the hemisphere’s largest whirlpool, Old Sow.) You may want to explore the city itself. Browse the shops, eat a delicious lunch, and do some birding. (There’s no hurrying needed in Eastport.)

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