News Feature

Blue Hill
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 or call Steve at 374-7118.