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contents 04 MUSIC & CONCERTS 10 VISIT A FARMERS' MARKET 15 MAXIMIZE YOUR FARMERS' MARKET TRIP 16 EAT & DRINK 20 FILM & THEATER 24 VISIT A PARK NEAR YOU 26 LET'S GO CAMPING 28 ACTIVE & OUTDOORS 32 BELFAST HARBOR FEST 34 TOUR A LIGHTHOUSE 36 ART, MUSEUMS & EDUCATION 40 VISIT A MUSEUM 42 KIDS & FAMILY

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WATERFRONT CONCERTS at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor

THE SUMMER SEASON is already well underway, but from Memorial Day to August, the schedule is jam-packed. Concerts include Jason Aldean (May 27); Kid’s Bop LIVE (June 3); Imagine Dragons (June 8); Logic (June 9); Foreigner’s “Juke Box Heroes” tour (June 15); Paramore (June 21); Ray Lamontagne (June 28); Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton (July 5); The Southern Uprising tour (July 7); Dispatch (July 14); Impact Music Fest (July 27-29); Kid Rock (August 3); Keith Urban (August 5); Kenny Chesney (August 16); Pentatonix (August 30); and more. WATERFRONTCONCERTS.COM

WATERFRONT CONCERTS at the Maine State Pier in Portland

WATERFRONT CONCERTS also has a jam-packed summer set for the Maine State Pier, right on the Waterfront in downtown Portland. Primus and Mastodon (May 27); Slightly Stoopid (July 8); Billy Currington (July 27); Dark Star Orchestra (July 29); Halestorm and In This Moment (August 4); Lee Brice (August 8); and more. WATERFRONTCONCERTS.COM

THOMPSON’S POINT Portland

A BEAUTIFUL PIECE of land on the banks of the Fore River, Thompson’s Point can hold up to 5,000 attendees for concerts and festivals within close proximity to downtown Portland. Concerts include Fitz and the Tantrums w/The X Ambassadors (June 16); alt-J (June 18); Lettuce (June 22); Lake Street Dive (July 7); Brandi Carlile w/Jason Isbell (July 21); Guster “On the Ocean” Weekend (August 3 & 4); Ghostland feat. The Ghost of Paul Revere (September 1); and more. THOMPSONSPOINTMAINE.COM

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BANGOR BAND CONCERTS Various locations in Bangor

For more than 150 years, the Bangor Band, composed of a number of musically-inclined community members, has entertained audiences of all ages with a program of marches, standards, pop songs and more. Concerts this year—all free—are set for: June 13 at Bangor Public Library, 7 p.m.; June 20 at the Bangor Waterfront, 7 p.m.; June 27 at the Bangor Waterfront, 7 p.m.; July 4 in Pickering Square, 7 p.m.; July 11 at Collins Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.; July 18 at Bangor High School, 7 p.m.; July 25 at Chapin Park, 6:45 p.m.; August 1 at the Bangor Waterfront, 6:45 p.m.; August 8 at Bangor Waterfront, 6:45 p.m. BANGORBAND.ORG

COOL SOUNDS CONCERT SERIES AND OUTDOOR MARKET Bangor

Starting in late June and running through early August, each Thursday in downtown Bangor an array of musical acts perform on the streets, with an accompanying outdoor artisan’s market featuring crafts, food, home goods and other fun things. The events are free and open to the public. DOWNTOWNBANGOR.COM

KNEISEL HALL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Blue Hill

For two months beginning in late June, Kneisel Hall, the beautiful summer school for nascent classical music prodigies, hosts a series of concerts featuring chamber music performed by world class musicians. For a full schedule of these Friday and Sunday festival concerts and to reserve seats, visit kneisel.org. KNEISEL.ORG

NORTH ATLANTIC BLUES FESTIVAL Rockland Harbor Park

One of the most fun, relaxed weekends in Maine has got to be the annual North Atlantic Blues Festival, which features two full days of great live music. The festival this year is set for July 14-15. Featuring Tab Benoit, Bobby Rush, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, and many more. Tickets are $55 for the weekend/$30 for a single day. NORTHATLANTICBLUESFESTIVAL.COM

BAY CHAMBER CONCERT SERIES & SCREEN DOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL Camden and Rockland

In the Bay Chamber Concert Series, artists from all over the world perform in two local venues, offering intimate concerts in an informal setting. The Screen Door Music Festival is a five-day musical extravaganza along one of the most scenic coastlines in the world. BAYCHAMBERCONCERTS.ORG

AMERICAN FOLK FESTIVAL Bangor Waterfront

The 2018 edition of the American Folk Festival promises to be similar to its predecessors — a world-class event, taking place on the shores of the Penobscot River. Musicians representing a colorful array of world traditions will perform, lots of fantastic food will be served, and plenty of shopping and people-watching are there to be enjoyed. This year’s festival is set for Aug. 24-26. AMERICANFOLKFESTIVAL.COM

AROOTSAKOOSTIK MUSIC FESTIVAL New Sweden

An annual festival featuring acoustic music from around the region. July 7 in Thomas Park. So rootsy, they don’t have a website—find more info on their Facebook page.

MAINE BLUES FESTIVAL Naples

This family-friendly event has been proudly celebrating Maine's blues artists since 2006. June 15-17. Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 day of show. Kids 12 and under are free. MAINEBLUESFESTIVAL.COM

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COUNTY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Fort Fairfield

July 26-29; August 30-September 2. Bluegrass, bluegrass, and more bluegrass in a large camping area. Reserve your campsite with family and friends and witness some of the top bluegrass bands in the country. Tickets are $78.10 for each weekend. COUNTYBLUEGRASS.COM

SAVAGE OAKES VINEYARD AND WINERY Union

This venue provides an intimate outdoor concert experience in the beautiful rolling hills of mid-coast Maine. Each concert features farm-totable pub fare and selections of Maine’s best craft beverages. 2018 concerts include Melissa Etheridge (June 16), Michael Franti and Spearhead (July 15), The Mavericks w/JD McPherson (July 19), and more. SAVAGEOAKES.COM

BELFAST SUMMER NIGHTS Belfast

An outdoor summer music series in downtown Belfast every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Starts June 28. Free, but donations accepted. Bring your folding chairs and dancing shoes! Locations vary in downtown Belfast; check their Facebook page for details.

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VISIT A Acadia Farmers’ Market Town Hill, next to the fire station 3-6 p.m. Fridays, June to September

Augusta Farmers' Markets Turnpike Mall, corner of Whitten Road and Western Avenue 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, mid-May through October

Mill Park, along the Kennebec River 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays, early May to late November

Bangor Farmers' Market Abbot Square, across from the Bangor Public Library, 108 Harlow St. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sundays, May through November

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FA R M E R S ' M A R K E T Bangor's European Market

Brooklin Farmers’ Market

Dover Cove Farmers’ Market

Sunnyside Greenhouse, 117 Buck St., across from Cross Insurance Center upper parking lot.

6 Bay Road

Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 1033 South Street

11-1 p.m. Thursdays, late May to early October

2-6 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, mid-May through October

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, year round

Ohio Street Farmers' Market Bangor Grange Hall, 1192 Ohio St.

Brooksville Farmers’ Market Brooksville Community Center parking lot

Eastport Market Day

9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, May to September

Eastport Arts Center parking lot, 36 Washington St.

2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, mid-May to mid-October

Bar Harbor's Eden Farmers' Market YMCA Parking Lot, Main Street

10 a.m. -1 p.m. Saturdays, late June through September

Brunswick Farmers' Market On the mall below the gazebo, Maine Street

Ellsworth Farmers' Market

8 a.m.– 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, May to Thanksgiving

190 Main Street

9 a.m.-noon Sundays, mid-May through October

Bath Farmers' Market Waterfront Park on the Kennebec River, behind Main Street

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, May through October

Brunswick Topsham Land Trust Farmers’ Market Crystal Spring Farm, 277 Pleasant Hill Road 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, early May to late November

8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May through October

Bayside Farmers’ Market Riggles Park, Northport

Bucksport Bay Farmers' Market Post Office parking lot, Main Street 2-5 p.m. Thursdays, mid-May through October

2-5 p.m. Mondays, late June to September

Belfast Farmers' Market Waterfall Arts parking lot, 256 High St.

Calais Farmers’ Market On the town green 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesdays, mid-June to mid-October

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, May through October

Belgrade Lakes Farmers’ Market Belgrade Lakes Resource Center, 137 Main St.

Camden Farmers' Market Behind the Knox Mill

Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. mid-June to mid-September

9 a.m.-Noon Saturdays (May-Oct.), 3:30–6 p.m. Wednesdays (June-Sept.)

Bethel Farmers' Market

Castine Farmers' Market

Next to Norway Savings Bank, at junction of Route 2 and Parkway

Town Common, 1 School St. 9-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, June to August

9 a.m. -1 p.m. Saturdays, late May through October

Blue Hill Farmers' Market Blue Hill Fairgrounds, Route 172

Cumberland Farmers' Market Cumberland Town Hall Complex, 290 Tuttle Road 10 a.m.-Noon Saturdays, mid-May through October

9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, late May through October

Boothbay Farmers' Market

Damariscotta Farmers' Market Fridays, May through October, 9 a.m.-Noon

9 a.m. -Noon Thursdays, May to October

Rising Tide Co-op Mondays, June through October, 3-6 p.m.

Mailly Waterfront Park, 5 Main St.

Dexter Farmers' Market

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, May through October

Bwart's Plants, 364 Corinna Road 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, late May through October

Brewer Farmers' Market Brewer Auditorium parking lot

Deer Isle Farmers' Market

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May through October. Also Tuesdays and Thursday beginning in June.

Old Elementary School parking lot, 249 North Deer Isle Road 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, June through September

Bridgton Farmers’ Market

2-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, mid-June through October

Fairfield Farmers’ Market Nazarene Church parking lot 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, mid-May through October

Falmouth Farmers’ Market 20 Hat Trick Drive (behind Walmart / next to Family Ice Center) 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, mid-May through late September

Farmington Farmers’ Market Courthouse parking lot, 129 Main St. 9 a.m.-Noon Saturdays, May through October

Fort Fairfield Farmers’ Market Between Acadia Medical Supply and Katahdin Trust Bank 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, mid-May through October

Freeport Farmers' Market In the Moose Lot located between the L.L. Bean Flagship and Home stores 1-5 p.m. Fridays, June to September

Damariscotta River Association, Round Top Farm

Town Commons

Bowdoinham Farmers’ Market

Maine Community Foundation parking lot

Gardiner Farmers' Market Gardiner Common 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, June through October

Greater Gorham Farmers' Market Public Park between Baxter Memorial Library and The Gorham Times 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, May through October

Greenville Farmers’ Market 178 Moosehead Lake Drive 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, late May through mid-October

Bridgton Community Center, Depot Street 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May to Thanksgiving

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FA R M E R S MARKETS Hallowell Market

Lovell Farmers’ Market

Norway Farmers' Market

Wicked Good Store, Route 5

Corner of Main and Deering streets

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, June to October

2-6 p.m. Thursdays, mid-May to October 10-2 p.m. every Saturday April to October

Steven's School, 2 Beech St. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, late May through October

Hampden Farmers' Market

Lubec Farmers’ Market Downtown

Ocean View Grange Farmers' Market

9 -11 a.m. Saturdays, late May through October

435 Port Clyde Road, Tenants Harbor 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, July to mid-August

Town Office parking lot 2-5:30 p.m. Fridays, late May to Thanksgiving

Harrison Farmers’ Market Route 117 between Depot Street and Tolman Road

Machias Valley Farmers' Market Across from Helen's Restaurant, 76 U.S. Route 1

Orono Farmers' Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, early May through early October

Steam Plant parking lot, College Avenue

1-5 p.m. Fridays, mid-May to mid-September

Madawaska Farmers’ Market Hermon Farmers' Market TBD Visit hermonfarmersmarket.yolasite.com for updates

Houlton Community Market Market Square 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, late May through October

Islesboro Farmers’ Market Islesboro Central School 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, mid-June to late August

Kennebunk Farmers' Market In the old Garden Street Market parking lot 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May to mid-November

Kennedy Park Farmers’ Market Kennedy Park, Lewiston 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays, July to mid-October

Kittery Community Market Post Office Square, 10 Shapleigh Road 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, late May to October

Lakes Region Farmers’ Market 709 Roosevelt Trail, Windham

2-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m.-Noon Saturdays, May through Thanksgiving

188 Main St.

Phillips Market and Faire

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, mid-May to October

American Legion Post No. 64, 15 Depot Street

Madison Farmers’ Market

Pittsfield Farmers' Market

Main Street Park

On the Common

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, early May through late October

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May through October

Milbridge Farmers’ Market

Portland Farmers' Market

Camden National Bank parking lot, 29 Main St.

Deering Oaks Park

9 a.m.-Noon Saturdays, Memorial Day to mid-October

7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, mid-May to mid-September

Monument Square

Millinocket Farmers’ Market Kermit Crandall Park 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, mid-June to October

New Gloucester Community Market Thompson's Orchard, 276 Gloucester Hill Road 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, August through mid-October

Newfield/Limerick Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market Newfield, Water Street (in front of town library) 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays

7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesdays April through November

Presque Isle Farmers' Market Aroostook Centre Mall in the Sears parking lot 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, mid-May to mid-October

Presque Isle Riverside Public Market In the park behind the Riverside Restaurant, 27 Riverside Drive 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, June to October

Limerick, Washington Street (in front of town library)

Princeton Farmers’ Market

2:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays May to October

Princeton Ball Field

North Berwick Farmers’ Market

Rangeley Farmers’ Market

Town Hall parking lot, 21 Main St.

Corner of Route 4 and South Shore Drive

3-6 p.m. Fridays, May through October

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, mid-May through September

North Haven Farmers’ Market

Rockland Farmers' Market

The Ball Field

Harbor Park, off Main Street

9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, June through Sept.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, mid-May through October

Northeast Harbor Farmers' Market On the green, Harbor Drive

Rockport State of Maine Cheese Farmers’ Market

9 a.m.-Noon Thursdays, late June to early August

461 Commercial St.

3-5 p.m. Thursdays, June-October

8 a.m. – Noon Saturdays, May-October

Lewiston Farmers' Market Bates Mill 5, corner of Mill and Main streets 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Sundays, mid-June to mid-October

Lincoln Farmers’ Market Veteran's Square 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, June through October

9 a.m.-Noon Saturdays, year round

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Eat In or Take out Saco Farmers’ Market

Open Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Closed Sundays. (Except Holiday Weekends)

Saco Valley Shopping Center parking lot 7 a.m.-Noon Saturdays (May through October), 7 a.m.-Noon Wednesdays (June through September)

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Sanford Farmers’ Market Central Park across from Town Hall 8 a.m.-Noon Saturdays, early May to October

Scarborough Farmers' Market Town Hall parking lot, 259 U.S. Route 1 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, June through October

Skowhegan Farmers' Market Somerset Grist Mill, corner of Court and High streets 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May through October

South Portland Farmers' Market City Hall Parking Lot, 25 Cottage Road 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sundays, mid-May through October

Southwest Harbor Farmers' Market In the St. John’s Church parking lot 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, mid-June to Columbus Day

Steep Falls Farmers’ Market, Standish Gazebo Park in Steep Falls Village 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, May-October

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Stonington Farmers' Market Island Community Center parking lot 10 a.m.-Noon Fridays, mid-May to mid-October

Sullivan Farmers’ Market Sullivan Recreation Center 2-5 p.m. Fridays, late June through September

Union Farmers' Market Town Common 3-6 p.m. Fridays, late May to mid-October

Unity Market Day Unity Community Center, 32 School St. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May to Thanksgiving

Waldoboro Farmers’ Market Cider Hill Farm, 777 Main St. 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, late June to late September

Waterford Farmers’ Market On the Common, across from Keyes Pond 2-5 p.m. Mondays, late June through September

Waterville Farmers’ Market Common Street, Castonguay Square 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, mid-April through Thanksgiving

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Wayne Farmers’ Market Main Street Park, next to the post office 9 a.m.-Noon Saturdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day

Wells Farmers’ Market Wonder Mountain Fun Park parking lot, 270 Post Road 1:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays, late May to mid-October

Winter Harbor Farmers’ Market Village Green 9 a.m.-Noon, Tuesdays, mid-June to Labor Day

Winthrop Farmers’ Market Old Farmers Union parking lot 3 - 6 p.m. Thursdays, late May to October

Yarmouth Farmers' Market 317 Main Community Music Center 3-6 p.m. Thursdays, late May to October

York Gateway Farmers’ Market In the lot behind the York Region Chamber of Commerce 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, June to October

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they may otherwise never experience. Farmers markets are great places to find fresh, locally grown foods, and many market customers are happy to know they’re benefitting both the environment and local businesses with every dime they spend. Farmers markets can range from the very large to the relatively small, and firsttime visitors may not know where to begin. The following are a handful of ways to maximize your visit to farmers markets of all sizes. TAKE TIME TO EXPLORE. Farmers markets tend to have many of the same fruits and vegetables you can find at the local chain grocery store, but farmers markets also are known for offering more than what you may find in the produce aisle. Take time to explore the market and you may just find foods you typically only find at your favorite restaurant. Exploring also may introduce you to new foods you may otherwise never have tried. CONSIDER THE TIMING OF YOUR VISIT. The popularity of farmers markets has increased dramatically as more and more people embrace the concept of buying locally grown foods. While that’s great news for the planet and local farmers, shoppers should keep that in mind when planning their visits. If you love trying new foods, arrive early to the farmers market before the more unique offerings have been snapped up. Foods that have small yet devoted followings may not be available in abundance, and you may end up leaving empty-handed if you arrive late. If its a bargain you want, then visit later in the day when farmers with substantial remaining inventory may be more inclined to lower their prices. KNOW YOUR SEASONS. Some fruits and vegetables are better at certain times of the year than others. Freshness draws many people to farmers markets, and foods that are in-season are more likely to have that unforgettable freshness than those that are out of season or nearing the end of their season. Knowing the seasons is important for budget-conscious shoppers as well. If you’re shopping on a budget, purchasing foods while they’re in-season may save you some money, and you can always stock up on your other favorites later on when it’s their turn to be in-season. SPEAK WITH THE SELLERS. First-time farmers market shoppers may feel like they’re lost in the woods while everyone else seems to know exactly what they want and where to get it. If you find the farmers market somewhat intimidating, speak with the sellers. Shopping at the local farmers market tends to be more intimate than shopping at the chain grocery store, and many sellers would be happy to offer you some tips and make some suggestions based on the meals you like.

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E AT & DRINK BANGOR’S BEER FESTIVAL: TAP INTO SUMMER Bangor Waterfront

Spread the glory of malt and hops and come to Bangor June 16 for the third annual Tap Into Summer Beer Festival, organized by the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Thirty Maine breweries, music, beer, and more. VIP and general admission sessions available. Designated driver tickets for both sessions are available. VISITBANGORMAINE.COM

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MAINE WHOOPIE PIE FESTIVAL Dover-Foxcroft

Maine’s sweet treat gets its day in the sun each summer with the annual Whoopie Pie Festival, set this year for Saturday, June 23. Admission is just $5 (free for kids 12 and under) and festival-goers can sample a multitude of Maine-made whoopie pies, from traditional to red velvet to oatmeal cookie and many more. There’s music, games, and crafts, too. MAINEWHOOPIEPIEFESTIVAL.COM

MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL Rockland

August 1-5. This famous Maine lobster event has been a favorite for generations. Eat lobster, play games, enjoy live music, and much more. Celebrate the most iconic of Maine treats in the middle of the summer on the beautiful midcoast. MAINELOBSTERFESTIVAL.COM

2018 KNEADING CONFERENCE Clinton

Who doesn’t love bread? Bread, grains, flour, and farms are the focus of the annual Kneading Conference, set this year for July 26-27 at Kennebec Valley Community College. There’s workshops and panels among lots of other informational programming. Followed by the Artisan Bread Fair at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds on July 28. KNEADINGCONFERENCE.COM

MACHIAS WILD BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL Machias

One of the sweetest festivals in the state is in the heart of Down East Maine. The Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, set for Aug. 17-19, doesn’t need a midway or rides or anything like that: just good folks, good fun, and good food. There’s a truly dazzling selection of desserts made from the most Maine of treats: blueberries. Music, performances, suppers, and much more. MACHIASBLUEBERRY.COM

PLOYES AND MUSKIE FESTIVALS Fort Kent

Every August, the Greater Area Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce has held a Ploye Festival in conjunction with area businesses. During this weekend, it’s all about ployes, the iconic Acadian buckwheat pancake, and muskies. One of the featured events is the making of the world’s largest ploye. This year’s event is set for Aug. 10-12. FORTKENTCHAMBER.COM

MAINE RED HOT DOG FESTIVAL Dexter

This festival celebrating that beloved Maine delicacy, the red hot dog, is set for Aug. 11 in Dexter. Activities include a giant inflatable obstacle course, live music, cooking contests, auctions, children's activities, a rubber ducky race, beer and food tents, and of course, plenty of red hot dogs and a red hot dog eating contest. REDHOTDOG.ORG

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T H E AT E R SHEAR MADNESS AT PENOBSCOT THEATRE Bangor

The last show of the 2017-2018 season combines madcap improvisation and a spine-tingling mystery that audience members help solve. June 14–July 8. For tickets, visit penobscottheatre.org or call 942-3333. PENOBSCOTTHEATRE.ORG

OPERA HOUSE ARTS AT THE STONINGTON OPERA HOUSE Stonington

The eclectic and world-class arts programming each summer here is one of the best things to see in Maine all year. In addition to incredible live music from classical, jazz, and rock bands, children’s performances, and other entertainment, OHA will stage “The Tempest” and “I Have Seen Horizons: Ruth Moore's Stories from Maine.” Performances begin in late June and continue through early September. A full schedule can be found online at operahousearts.org. OPERAHOUSEARTS.ORG 20 •  EXPERIENCE MAINE SUMMER 2018


J u ly 2 2 - 2 6 in Hiram Maine 45 minutes west of Portland! MULTIGENERATIONAL ALL-LEVELS CAMP

THE THEATER AT MONMOUTH SUMMER PERFORMANCES Monmouth

Classes in Fiddle, Ukulele, Banjo, Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Voice & Songwriting

Farm Food, Jamming, Workshops, Yoga Includes Camping and a ticket to the Ossipee Valley Music Festival

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“Season 49: ROAR! The Year of the Woman” performances celebrate wily, wicked, and wonderful women through classic literature’s most fantastic females. Plays include “Pride and Prejudice,” “Twelfth Night,” and “Dial ‘M’ for Murder.” Performances begin June 23. THEATERATMONMOUTH.ORG

IMPROV ACADIA Bar Harbor

This high energy improv comedy company has offered nightly laughs for tourists and locals for more than a decade. You never know what you’re going to get — that’s the whole point. The season kicks off May 25. IMPROVACADIA.COM

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RIVER CITY CINEMA OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES Bangor

Bangor’s own community film organization has hosted free movies on the big screen in Pickering Square for more than a decade. Screenings are at sundown on Fridays from late June through early August; bring a lawn chair and snacks, though popcorn and drinks are available to buy. FACEBOOK.COM/RIVERCITYCINEMA

MAINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Waterville

The diversity of selection and mix of high-profile and low-profile is what you’d come to expect from a world-class film festival. This year’s MIFF runs from July 13-22 and features premieres, special selections, directorial retrospectives and panel discussions, from Maine directors as well as those from around the world. MIFF.ORG

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TEN BUCKS THEATRE: MACBETH Brewer, Orono, and Prospect

Ten Bucks Theatre returns this summer with “Macbeth”: July 1921 at 6 p.m. and July 22 at 4 p.m. at Indian Trail Park in Brewer; July 26-28 at 6 p.m. and July 29 at the Orono Public Library; and August 2-5 at 6 p.m. at Fort Knox State Park in Prospect. For more information, visit the Ten Bucks Theatre Facebook page. FACEBOOK.COM/ TENBUCKSTHEATRE

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VISIT A PARK NEAR YOU AROOSTOOK COUNTY Beachcombing Bicycling Bird-watching

Allagash Wilderness Waterway The Allagash in Aroostook & Piscataquis Counties • 207-941-4014 Open all year

Owls Head State Park Owls Head • 207-941-4014 Open all year

Warren Island State Park

Canoeing/Kayaking Fishing

Aroostook State Park

Hiking

Presque Isle • 207-768-8341 Open May 15–Oct. 15

PENOBSCOT COUNTY

Hunting

Baxter State Park

Motorized Boating

Millinocket • 207- 723-5140 Open all year

HANCOCK COUNTY

Playground

Acadia National Park

RV Hookups

Mount Desert Island • 207-288-3338 Open all year

RV Dumping Station

Lake St. George State Park Liberty • 207-589-4255 Open May 15–Oct. 1

Horseback Riding

Picnicking

Fort Point State Park Stockton Springs • 207-941-4014 Open Memorial Day–Labor Day

Penobscot Bay • 207-941-4014 Open Memorial Day–Sept. 15

Camping

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Moose Point State Park Searsport • 207-548-2882 Open Memorial Day–Oct. 1

Penobscot Narrows Observatory & Fort Knox Katahdin Woods & Waters

Prospect • 207-469-7719 Open May 1–Oct. 31

Patten • 207- 456-6001 Open all year

Sea Kayaking

Swan Lake State Park Swanville • 207-525-4404 Open Memorial Day–Labor Day

Showers Swimming

Holbrook Island Sanctuary

Trailered Boat Launch

Brooksville • 207-326-4012 Open all year

WiFi

PISCATAQUIS COUNTY

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Lily Bay State Park

Cobscook Bay State Park

Lily Bay • 207- 695-2700 Open May 15–Columbus Day

Wildlife

Dennysville • 207-726-4412 Open May 15–Oct. 15

Lamoine State Park Lamoine • 207-667-4778 Open May 15–Oct. 15

Peaks-Kenny State Park

KNOX COUNTY

Dover-Foxcroft • 207-564-2003 Open May 15–Oct. 1

Quoddy Head State Park Lubec • 207-733-0911 Open May 15–Oct. 15

Birch Point State Park Owls Head • 207-941-4014 Open Memorial Day–Labor Day

Camden Hills State Park Camden • 207-236-3109 Open May 15–Oct. 15

Penobscot River Corridor Greenville • 207-695-3721 Open all year

Roque Bluffs State Park Roque Bluffs • 207-255-3475 Open May 15–Oct. 1

Shackford Head State Park Eastport • 207-941-4014 Open all year

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CAMPING! THIS SUMMER, EXPERIENCE ALL THAT MAINE HAS TO OFFER! Courtesy Maine Campground Owners Association HIKING AND WALKING Maine offers some of the best hiking and walking terrain in the country. Whether it’s along a coastal path or through the woods echoing with the twitter of birds, there is no good reason not to get out. An excellent way to discover some of the best walking spots is through the Maine State Park Passport program. Interested in exploring the excitement of geocaching, learning about orienteering, and more? Each of these can add layers of fun to the joy that comes with a walk or hike. CULTURAL & HISTORICAL ACTIVITIES Learn a little bit about Maine’s rich coastal and maritime history or sip a bit of fun along the Maine Beer Trail. Both can show you a very active and real part of Maine. Maine is also home to a wide collection of cultural institutions and museums along the Maine Art Museum Trail. You can experience Maine’s finest works with visits to The Farnsworth in Rockland, the Portland Museum of Art, or The Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Our colleges and universities have also amassed collections that rival many major American museum holdings. SEASONAL FUN For some people who return to Maine year after year, the miles of beaches offer an unforgettable experience. From footprints in the sand and acrobatic seagulls to the pleasure of finding a perfect (and perfectly free) keepsake sand dollar at Popham Beach State Park, Maine beaches deliver bliss by the sandy bucket full. Another way to savor our magnificent vistas is at the end of a driver on any of the 100 or more golf courses, many found along The Maine Golf Trail. Or pedal along back roads and thoroughfares on the saddle of your bike. WILDLIFE WATCHING Maine sits in one of the most advantageous places on the east coast for spotting wildlife, especially birders. Our northern forests welcome a great many kinds of rare arboreal species, and the Atlantic Flyway for migrating waterfowl intersects in a wide swath across the state. Then there are the bears, beaver, fox, and the beloved Maine moose. A wildlife safari led by a Registered Professional Maine Guide can offer lasting memories (and great photos too). Those traveling to the coast are welcome to go whale watching or take a cruise to one of the few remaining coastal puffin colonies.

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NATIONAL AND STATE PARKS In 2014 Acadia National Park, the jewel of Mount Desert Island, was voted our nation’s most popular National Park, and what a treasure! At over100 years old (the park was founded in July 1916) it continues to dazzle visitors with unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation: hiking, climbing, biking, beach combing, equestrian sports, photography, wildlife spotting, paddling, carriage rides, and of course camping. Not far away amid our immense and legendary forests sits Baxter State Park – home to hundreds of miles of trails, unmatched paddling and the extraordinarily historic and popular Mount Katahdin. From coast to mountain and from border to border Maine’s Department of Parks and Lands has collected opportunities for the adventure hungry visitor. SIGHTSEEING No less impressive are all the other ways to experience the views and vistas across Maine. Whether you like to experience the beauty and majesty of Maine from your vehicle or on foot, your options are limitless. For the touring set, take a ride along our four National Scenic Byways or explore our extensive State Scenic Byway system. Take a trip to spot our many covered bridges and waterfalls. Visit some of Maine’s historic lighthouses that line our shores and enjoy the view from where the raging sea meets the permanence of Maine’s granite coast. If you really want to, you can still sit in your chair enjoying the warm rays of the afternoon sun on your shoulders with an ice-cold glass of lemonade at hand. Whatever it is you want to do in Maine, there is a way and a place to enjoy our unlimited opportunities for recreation. (Seasonal note: While camping runs from the warmer months between Memorial Day and Columbus Day (with some exceptions), you should come back to enjoy a Maine winter some time.) HAPPY CAMPING FROM THE MAINE CAMPGROUND OWNERS ASSOCIATION. VISIT CAMPMAINE.COM FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF OUR MEMBER CAMPGROUNDS.


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TOUGH MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE Newry

The Tough Mountain Challenge, set for July 28 at Sunday River Ski Resort, is an adventure obstacle race that tackles alpine terrain and throws in natural and man-made challenges. You’ve certainly got to be in shape. TOUGHMOUNTAIN.COM

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PORTLAND SEA DOGS MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAMES Hadlock Field, Portland

Maine’s very own minor league baseball team plays in Portland’s Hadlock Field, and with affordable tickets and concessions, it’s a perfect way to enjoy the great American pastime on a balmy summer evening with the whole family. Check milb. com for a full schedule of games, all summer long.

Custom Sea Kayaking, Canoeing, SUP, Hiking, & Guide Training www.facebook.com/amaineguide

ACADIA BIRDING FESTIVAL

Mt. Desert Island Bird-lovers and watchers descend on Mt. Desert Island in the late spring for four days of unfettered access to the feathered friends of the island. Participants can visit special sites to catch a glimpse of anything from warblers and woodpeckers to arctic terns and the iconic puffins. This year’s festival is set for May 31-June 3. ACADIABIRDINGFESTIVAL.COM

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CROWN OF MAINE BALLOON FEST Presque Isle

A annual celebration of hot air balloons, featuring actual hot air balloons, balloon rides by reservation, a street fair, children and family activities, a pancake breakfast, music, food, and more. August 23-26. CROWNOFMAINEBALLOONFEST.ORG

BARK FOR LIFE Bangor

The American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walking event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. June 2 at the Hollywood Casino Raceway at Bass Park in Bangor. Find it on Facebook.

TREK ACROSS MAINE Newry to Belfast

The Trek Across Maine annual cycling event is set for June 15-17, and will feature numerous cycling teams from all over the state, riding over the course of three days from Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry to Steamboat Landing in Belfast. There’s a $65 registration fee and a $550 fundraising goal for each cyclist, all of which goes to help the American Lung Association. ACTION.LUNG.ORG

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THOREAU-WABANAKI TRAIL FESTIVAL Greenville

The Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival commemorates the history of the Wabanaki people and poet, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods. Music, lectures, cruises on Moosehead Lake, nature walks, and more. Visit nrecmoosehead.org for a schedule of events. NRECMOOSEHEAD.ORG

OPEN FARM DAY Statewide

Open Farm Day, set for July 22, lets you see how your food is made, with many farms offering demonstrations, displays, farmraised products for sale and animals and crops to experience. Activities may include barn and field tours, hay rides, petting zoos, tastings, nature trails, and more. GETREALMAINE.COM


NORDIC TRAIL FESTIVAL Presque Isle

This outdoor adventure weekend, set for July 27-28, features mountain bike races and a biathlon in the Presque Isle area, sponsored by the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle. Events include a single track and a downhill mountain bike race, a biathlon event and youth races, as well as musical entertainment, a craft beer garden, kids activities, and fireworks. NORDICTRAILFESTIVAL.COM

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WORLD CHAMP BOATBUILDING TITLE UP FOR GRABS AT 2018 BELFAST HARBOR FEST! Courtesy Belfast Harbor Fest THE NATIONAL BOATBUILDING CHALLENGE is the centerpiece of the 2018 Belfast Harbor

Fest. This year, the 11th, has a special added feature—the World Championship will be contested as part of the overall competition. Builders Cody Keithan and Bruno Borzino won the 2017 Championship in Georgetown, South Carolina, last October, bringing this year’s championship contest home to Belfast. Harbor Fest starts the evening of Friday, August 17 with a Rotary Charity Gala to benefit the Waldo County YMCA’s summer camp program. This event features both live and silent auctions of artwork and crafts from Belfast’s best artists and artisans. Food tastings are featured from favorite local restaurants and our bar is catered by Rollie’s. Of special note in this year’s auction will be the original art for this year’s Harbor Fest poster from local artist Dianne Horton, our Belfast Harbor Fest featured artist for 2018. Saturday opens with a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast at 7:30, followed by a 5K “Bug” Run at 8:30, exhibits and vendors at 9, and the Boatbuilding Challenge at 11. Builders (two-person teams) have four hours to build a 12-foot passy skiff, which is then judged for quality. At 4 p.m., a relay race completes the contest. Prizes are awarded at Saturday’s BBQ Awards Banquet which follows the boat races. For kids, there is a bounce house, marine touch tank, knot tying, face painting, a rain gutter regatta and a Touch-a-Truck event featuring all types of fun vehicles to explore. Enjoy music from 10 to 4. Also featured is our Classic Boat Show, both on land and on the water. Some boats will even be offering free sails on the Bay. Throughout the weekend local craftsmen and other vendors display their wares and several food merchants help keep our visitors well fed. At noon Saturday, Belfast’s Come Boating! will stage their 18th Annual Regatta, a fourmile rowing race into the bay and back along the coastline to the finish at Steamboat Landing. The club also offers free community rows Saturday and Sunday afternoons in their Cornish Gigs. At 4 p.m. Saturday, Belfast Parks and Rec is sponsoring a puppet show featuring the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers. This is fun for the whole family and has been a standingroom-only show for the last two years. Sunday starts with the famous Cardboard Boat Races. Come early to choose your favorite entry. Prizes are awarded in multiple classes and spectators enjoy guessing which boats will float and which will sink. At noon on Sunday, Waldo County’s Habitat for Humanity will hold its fundraising Lobster Gala featuring your choice of lobster, steak, hamburgers or hot dogs. Music is provided by the award-winning Juke Rockets. Belfast Rotary is presenting the Belfast Harbor Fest for the 9th time, thanks to our great sponsors and the thousands of visitors who attend each year. All proceeds from our Rotary events are used to benefit local charities, families and student scholarships, contributing nearly $100,000 annually. Belfast Harbor Fest is Rotary’s commitment to celebrate and honor Belfast’s maritime tradition and at the same time raise money to assist our charitable giving. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT BELFASTHARBORFEST.COM


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TOUR A LIGHTHOUSE HANCOCK COUNTY Baker Island Light 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: Grounds are open to the public; lighthouse is not.

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

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

Mount Desert Rock Light 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

Matinicus Rock Light Matinicus Island

Present lighthouse built: 1854 Discontinued: 1933 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

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

Winter Harbor 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: Grounds are open to the public; 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Owls Head Light Owls Head Present lighthouse built: 1825 Automated: 1989 Accessibility: Parking lot. Grounds are open to the public; lighthouse and keeper’s house are not.

Rockland Breakwater Light Rockland Present lighthouse built: 1902 Automated: 1964 Accessibility: Open weekends in the summer.

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

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

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

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

WALDO COUNTY 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: Grounds are open to the public; lighthouse is not. The Sailor’s Memorial Museum in the keeper’s house is open during the season.

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.

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

Machias Seal Island Light 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: Grounds are open to the public; lighthouse is not.

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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SUMMER IN THE COUNTY Courtesy Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR something new to

do this summer? Take a drive to Aroostook County, where life is the way it should be. Bring your bicycles, swimsuits, sunscreen, kayaks, binoculars, games, books—or nothing! You won’t have to battle the crowds or sit in traffic. The most amazing night skies await you and your companions. Plan to spend some time in late evenings watching the stars, satellites, and aircraft filling the vast sky. Boating, swimming, hiking, and exploring may fill your day while campfires, stargazing, music, and games may occupy your leisurely evenings. If you want to enjoy socializing and great food, there are multiple options. Enjoy the taste of locally brewed beer, locally roasted coffee, and fresh produce from our various roadside stands, farmers’ market, or the SAD 1 School Farm where students plant, tend, harvest, and sell a variety of produce through the season. You may want to find a location to pick strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries depending on the season. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy some Houlton Farms ice cream treats in Presque Isle or Caribou. Relax, enjoy a few days of leisure, attend some of the many festivals hosted throughout the summer and early fall. You may want to attend the Northern Maine Fair, one of the last agricultural fairs in the State, enjoy lots of activities included in your admission, performances, music, exhibitions and more. “L’il Farmers at the Fair” provides children an opportunity to have a hands-on experience picking produce. The Crown of Maine Balloon Fest provides beautiful sights and a variety of entertainment for all ages. Hot air balloons take flight early morning and evenings for four days. The flights are surrounded by breakfasts, craft sales, music, and activities for children. In September, take time to visit Caribou for the Caribou Marathon, a Boston Marathon-qualifier run through the picturesque city known for its treelines, winding streets, and friendliness. If you don’t have time to get away until October, plan a couple days in Presque Isle to participate in one of two signature events, the Haunted Woods Walk or Aroostook County Brew & Wine Fest at Nordic Heritage Center. Nordic Heritage Center, a world class Nordic ski center, provides great trails throughout the year for hiking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Open to the public

from dawn to dusk, this is a great location to spend some time. History, science, and cultural museums are spread throughout the area. Presque Isle will be celebrating the new splash pad and playground just opening this summer. You will be surprised by the variety

of activities available and amazed by the friendliness that awaits you in “The County”—central Aroostook County. For details on what is going on when you are spending time in central Aroostook County, visit centralaroostookchamber.com or call us at 764-6561.


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E D U C AT I O N SK TOURS Bangor

Stephen King Tour owner and guide Stu Tinker leads tours of Bangor for folks from all over the world. Tinker gives the expert’s tour of sites in the Queen City represented in King’s novels. Are you a Mainer, and you’ve never been? Give a tour a shot, and get a newfound appreciation for the city you already know and love. SK-TOURS.COM

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS SUMMER EVENING PROGRAMS Deer Isle

All summer long, artists from all over the world working in many different mediums will present about their works in an open-to-the-public series of events, including slide lectures, musical performances, and readings of their work by poets and writers. A full list of the many one-of-a-kind opportunities to peek into the lives of artists can be found at haystack-mtn.org. HAYSTACK-MTN.ORG

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ARTS IN THE PARK Belfast

Arts in the Park, set this year for July 7-8 in Belfast’s Heritage Park on the waterfront, is one of the most respected fine arts and crafts festivals in Midcoast Maine. The variety of artwork and crafts is dizzying, and continuous live music and the smells of freshly grilled food add to the festival atmosphere. The festival is free and open to the public. ARTSINTHEPARKBELFAST.ORG

NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL & BASKETMAKERS MARKET Bar Harbor

The 25th anniversary of Maine's largest gathering of Native American artists. Featuring the celebrated Native arts market, Native music, dance, storytelling, craft demonstrations, delicious food, and more. NEW LOCATION—July 7 at the Abbe Museum. ABBEMUSEUM.ORG

GRAND LAKE STREAM FOLK ARTS FESTIVAL Grand Lake Stream

Grand Lake Stream each year hosts a folk art festival packed with talented artisans from around the state. Handmade canoes, instruments, housewares and more, paired with paintings, fabric arts and jewelry. There’s a variety of traditional and contemporary music each year as well. This year’s festival is set for July 28 and 29. GRANDLAKESTREAMFOLKARTFESTIVAL.COM

SCHOODIC ARTS FOR ALL SUMMER FESTIVAL Winter Harbor

The Schoodic Arts for All festival, set for locations in and around Winter Harbor, offers up a diverse array of workshops, presentations, and performances for all ages. July 30-August 12. SCHOODICARTSFORALL.ORG

WOODLAWN ANTIQUES SHOW Ellsworth

America’s longest-running summer antiques show features dealers from Maine and across the United States. The antiques dealers present an array of quality antiques and art, American and English furniture and accessories, American paintings and watercolors, Native American material, quilts, prints, rare books, and more. Show admission is $15 including tour of the museum or $10 for show only. WOODLAWNMUSEUM.COM

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MUSEUM AROOSTOOK COUNTY Littleton Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum 1664 US Highway 1 • 538-9300 oldplow.net New Sweden New Sweden Historical Society & Museum 116 Station Road • 896-5240 maineswedishcolony.info Oakfield Oakfield Railroad Museum 40 Station Street • 267-1647 oakfieldmuseum.org Presque Isle Northern Maine Museum of Science, UMaine Presque Isle 181 Main Street • 768-9482 umpi.edu St. Agatha St. Agatha Historical Society & House Route 162, Main Street • 543-6911 St. Francis St. Francis Historical Society Museum 872 Main Street • 398-3387 Van Buren Acadian Village U.S. Route 1 • 868-2691 connectmaine.com/acadianvillage Woodland Woodland Historical Society Museums 493-3081 or 498-8430

HANCOCK COUNTY Bar Harbor Abbe Museum 26 Mt. Desert Street • 822-3519 abbemuseum.org Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum 33 Ledgelawn Avenue • 288-0000 barharborhistorical.org George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History 105 Eden Street • 288-5015 coamuseum.org Mount Desert Oceanarium & Lobster Hatchery 1351 State Highway 3 • 244-7330 theoceanarium.com

Sieur de Monts Spring & Nature Center Off Route 3 in Acadia National Park acadia.ws/sieur-de-monts.htm

Farnsworth Art Museum & Wyeth Center 16 Museum Street • 596-6457 farnsworthmuseum.org

Castine Wilson Museum 120 Perkins Street • 326-9247 wilsonmuseum.org

Maine Lighthouse Museum 1 Park Drive • 594-3301 mainelighthousemuseum.com

Deer Isle Salome Sellers House 416 Sunset Road • 367-2629 Ellsworth Birdsacre-Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary & Homestead 289 High Street • 667-8460 birdsacre.com The Telephone Museum 166 Winkumpaugh Road • 667-9491 thetelephonemuseum.org Woodlawn Museum 19 Black House Drive • 667-8671 woodlawnmuseum.org Northeast Harbor Great Harbor Maritime Museum 124 Main Street • 276-5650 Seal Cove Seal Cove Auto Museum 1414 Tremont Road • 244-9242 sealcoveautomuseum.org Southwest Harbor Wendell Gilley Museum 4 Herrick Road • 244-7555 wendellgilleymuseum.org

KNOX COUNTY Camden Camden–Rockport Historical Society Conway HomesteadCramer Museum Complex U.S. Route 1 • 236-2257 conwayhouse.org

Rockport Center for Maine Contemporary Art 162 Russell Avenue • 236-2490 cmcanow.org Thomaston General Henry Knox Museum U.S. Route 1 • 354-8062 generalknoxmuseum.org Thomaston Historical Society & Museum 80 Knox Street • 354-8835 thomastonhistoricalsociety.com Union Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage Union Fairgrounds matthewsmuseum.org Vinalhaven Vinalhaven Historical Society Museum High Street • 863-4410 vinalhavenhistoricalsociety.org

PENOBSCOT COUNTY Bangor Bangor Museum & History Center’s Hill House 159 Union Street • 942-1900 bangormuseum.org Bangor Police Museum 240 Main Street • 947-7384 Cole Land Transportation Museum 405 Perry Road • 990-3600 colemuseum.org

Friendship Friendship Museum Route 220 & Martin’s Point Road 832-4221

Maine Discovery Museum 74 Main Street • 262-7200 mainediscoverymuseum.org

Owls Head Owls Head Transportation Museum Route 73 • 594-4418 • owlshead.org

University of Maine Museum of Art 40 Harlow Street • Norumbega Hall 561-3350 • umma.umaine.edu

Rockland Coastal Children’s Museum 75 Mechanic Street • 385-1105 coastalchildrensmuseum.org

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Bradley Leonard’s Mills Government Road • 974-6278 leonardsmills.com

Brewer Brewer Historical Society’s Clewley Museum 199 Wilson Street • 989-5013 brewermaine.gov Dexter Dexter Historical Society Museums 12 Church Street • 924-5721 Hampden Hampden Historical Society’s Kinsley House Museums 83 Main Road S. Route 1A • 8623182 Indian Island Penobscot Indian Nation Museum 12 Wabanaki Way • 827-7776 penobscotnation.org Lee Lee Historical Society & Museum Main Street (Route 6) • 738-5014 Old Town Old Town Museum 827-7256 Orono Hudson Museum University of Maine Collins Center for the Arts 581-1901 umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum Page Farm & Home Museum Portage Road • 581-4100 umaine.edu/pagefarm Patten The Patten Lumbermen’s Museum 61 Shin Pond Road • 528-2650 lumbermensmuseum.org

PISCATAQUIS COUNTY Dover-Foxcroft Blacksmith Shop Museum 100 Dawes Road • 564-8618 Greenville S/S Katahdin & Moosehead Marine Museum N. Main Street, East Cove 695-2716 • katahdincruises.com Monson Monson Museum Greenville Road (Main Street) 876-3073


WALDO COUNTY Belfast Belfast Historical Society & Museum 10 Market Street • 338-9229 belfastmuseum.org Islesboro Islesboro Historical Society 388 Main Road • 734-6733 Liberty Davistown Museum 58 Main Street • 288-5126 davistownmuseum.org Lincolnville Lincolnville Historical Society Museum Route 173 • 789-5445 lincolnvillehistory.org Searsport Penobscot Marine Museum 5 Church Street & Route 1 • 548-2529 penobscotmarinemuseum.org

WASHINGTON COUNTY Cherryfield Cherryfield-Narraguagus Historical Society 88 River Road • 546-2076 cherryfieldhistorical.com Eastport Raye’s Mustard Mill Museum 83 Washington Street • 853-4451 rayesmustard.com Tides Institute & Museum of Art 43 Water Street • 853-4047 tidesinstitute.org Jonesport Maine Coast Sardine History Museum 34 Mason Bay Road • 497-2961 Lubec Lubec Historical Society Museum 135 Main Street • 733-2274 Robert S. Peacock Fire Museum 40 School Street • 733-2341 West Quoddy Head Visitor Center & Museum South Lubec Road • 733-2180 westquoddy.com Machias Burnham Tavern Museum Route 192 • 255-4432 burnhamtavern.com Milbridge Milbridge Historical Society Museum 83 Main Street • 546-4471 milbridgehistoricalsociety.org bangordailynews.com  41


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OWLS HEAD TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM Owls Head

If you’ve got a youngster that can’t get enough of vehicles, be it trucks, cars, motorcycles or planes, then a visit to the Owls Head Transportation Museum is a must. Located in Knox County near Thomaston, the OHTM offers up nine different car shows all summer, which draws in dozens of classic and antique cars and airplanes and more than 5,000 spectators each summer. OWLSHEAD.ORG

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COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS Boothbay

The grounds of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are a garden-lovers’ paradise. From May 1 through October 31 at 11 a.m. every day, visitors can drop into a “Highlight” tour without a reservation and no charge except regular admission. Check out their family and children’s activities like “Children’s Garden Discovery Cart,” “Butterfly investigations,” and more. MAINEGARDENS.ORG

MOXIE FESTIVAL Lisbon Falls

Love it or hate it, this festival celebrates that famous Maine soft drink with the funny aftertaste. Includes parades, a 5k road race, delicious food, music, kid’s activities, and fireworks. The festival this year is set for July 13-15. MOXIEFESTIVAL.COM

BANGOR STATE FAIR

MAINE POTATO BLOSSOM FESTIVAL Fort Fairfield

The Maine Potato Blossom Festival celebrates the region’s agricultural heritage and honors veterans. Events typically include a town wide yard sale, human chess, photography and coloring contests, sports tournaments and swim meets, pet show, potato picking contest, a parade, mashed potato wrestling, and more. July 14-22. FORTFAIRFIELD.ORG

MAINE CELTIC CELEBRATION

Bangor

Belfast

The Bangor State Fair returns to Bass Park for another year of rides, food, fun, music, animals, games, peoplewatching and much more. July 27-August 5.

Three days of music, food, fun and memorable events, like the annual Cheese Roll—you chase a wheel of cheese down a hill—dancing lessons, a Celtic dog show and road race. It’s free, but there is a $10 per person suggested donation. July 20-22.

BANGORSTATEFAIR.COM

MAINECELTICCELEBRATION.COM

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Seal Cove Auto Museum Exploring History Through a Collection of Brass Era Automobiles & Motorcycles

New exhibit in 2018

May-Oct: Open Daily 10-5 Nov-Apr: Open by Appointment

1414 Tremont Rd, Seal Cove, ME www.sealcoveautomuseum.org 207.244.9242

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BUCKSPORT BAY FESTIVAL Bucksport

Three days of fun stuff in beautiful Bucksport, a charming, friendly coastal town. Craft fair, games, music, animals, Civil War reenactments at nearby Fort Knox, and more, set for July 20-22. BUCKSPORTBAYCHAMBER.COM

EASTPORT PIRATE FESTIVAL Eastport

Arrgh! Grab your eyepatch and head to this celebration of all things pirate! One of the wackiest and most-fun festivals in Maine is set this year for Sept. 7-9, and ye’ll be wantin’ to bring your saltiest dogs with ye, as the Eastport Pirate Festival is meant for scurvy brigands of the sea only. Translation: wear pirate gear and be prepared to have a good time. It’s all-ages fun. EASTPORTPIRATEFESTIVAL.COM

11TH ANNUAL BELFAST HARBOR FEST Belfast

August 17-19. Includes a Friday launch party, National Boat Building Challenge, the 18th Annual “Come Boating!” Rowing Regatta, 5K Bug Run, blueberry pancake breakfast, kids activities, live music, and more. BELFASTHARBORFEST.COM

VARIOUS BUCKSPORT EVENTS Bucksport

2018 is set to be an exciting year for Bucksport with a ton of events in store. “Pixie Harbor Hoopla,” a magical themed festival, takes place June 10; the “River Duck Dash” (June 30) happens in the Narramissic River; and “Golftoberfest” (Sept. 29) features golf, beer, games, and prizes; find out more about these events at bucksportbaychamber.com. BUCKSPORTBAYCHAMBER.COM

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OUR TOWN BELFAST STREET PARTY & “PASSY PETE” Belfast

Every year, the first Monday in August (this year it’s the 6th) means a party in the streets of Belfast complete with live music, a dance party, bounce houses, climbing wall, food, and fun. Free admission, but bracelets and tickets sold for rides. FMI ourtownbelfast.org. A month later (Sept. 3), join the gathering on the waterfront as “Passy Pete, the Clairvoyant Crustacean” predicts an early winter (or six more weeks of summer).


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Experience Maine Summer 2018  

It’s time to plan your summer fun! Experience Maine Summer is full of fun Maine events, museums, parks, farmers’ markets, lighthouses to vis...

Experience Maine Summer 2018  

It’s time to plan your summer fun! Experience Maine Summer is full of fun Maine events, museums, parks, farmers’ markets, lighthouses to vis...