Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 8, 2019
Maritime Heritage Festival highlights area’s sea-faring roots
by Anne Berleant
Celebrate the maritime history of the Blue Hill Peninsula, as part of the statewide kick off of Maine’s bicentennial celebrations on Saturday, August 17, at the Blue Hill waterfront area.
Maine turns 200 years old next year and is starting the celebrations this month.
Organized by a volunteer committee, under the fiscal sponsorship of Blue Hill Community Development, the Maritime Heritage Festival offers activities and exhibits to appeal to a range of interests, mostly but not solely related to Blue Hill’s sea-faring past and present.
In addition to the events listed below, artist and information booths will be set up at Emerson Park.
Schedule of Events
Time Event Location
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Traditional boats display, demos, rides Town wharf
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Blue Hill Bay: What’s in the Water? Shaw Institute
10 a.m.-5 p.m., every half hour Birch bark canoe tours w/ Ken Weeks Town wharf
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Woodturning demos, nautical items w/ Highland Woodturning Town wharf
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kid’s boating pool, rope making Town wharf
10:30 a.m. Talk: Risky Business: Square-Rigged Ships and Salted Fish w/ Castine Historical Society
Town wharf bldg.
11:30 a.m. Talk: Come to Oars: Experiential education on the coast of Maine Town wharf bldg.
12-2 p.m. Sea shanties Emerson Park Sculpture
3-4 p.m. Sea songs & fiddle tunes w/ Carl Karush, Bill Shubeck Emerson Park Sculpture
TBA Historic Sea Captain’s Life Holt House
TBA GSA boat building w/ John Brooks Wharf
6-8 p.m. Closing party w/ live bands (and beer) Harbor House, Water St.
Details are still being added, according to event volunteer Steve Brookman, as are volunteers and sponsors. For information, email info@BHMHF.org or call Steve at 374-7118.