Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 26, 2021
Hundreds attend Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival
Fred Gosbee and Julia Lane, known as Castlebay, entertain an audience with sea shanties and tales of the sea, during the Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival.
by Jeffrey B. Roth
More than 300 visitors braved the heat and oppressive humidity preceding Tropical Storm Henri on Saturday, August 21, to attend the Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival.
Steve Brookman, communication coordinator with the Downeast Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association, said pedestrian traffic to the historic village and the waterfront remained steady throughout the day. The event featured a display of traditional small craft boats, boat rides, wood turning and wood carving demonstrations and maritime art and craft displays, in addition to performances of traditional seafaring songs and music by four area musical groups.
On Friday, August 20, author Lincoln Paine kicked off the event with a presentation titled “Blue Hill by the Sea—A Maritime Historical Retrospective” at the Blue Hill Public Library. Staff at the Shaw Institute led an afternoon low-tide educational walk.
This was Blue Hill’s second maritime festival. The first was held in 2019, but the 2020 event was canceled due to the pandemic.