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Join us to celebrate the launch of “Salts & Water” – a brand new podcast series! Experience Maritime Maine, a partnership of organizations and regions that promote and celebrate the Maine’s rich maritime heritage recently launched “Salts & Water,” a six-part audio series, offering a unique and creative opportunity for listeners to experience the people and places along Maine’s coast in sound. Produced by Rob Rosenthal, “Salts & Water” is designed to help deepen and enrich the visitor experience by highlighting the maritime traditions and culture of Maine. Rosenthal, an award-winning radio and audio producer will be leading the listening session and answers your questions. When: Thursday, September 14, 2017 from [spp-timestamp time=”5:30″] to 6:60 pm Where: Tides Institute’s Seaman’s Church building (the Congregational Church), Address: 26 Middle Street, Eastport ME Hope to see you there!
Special Tour! BEHIND CLOSED DOORS OF CASTLE TUCKER: Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 10am – 11:30am. Peek into the nooks and crannies of this thirty-room mansion on a special Behind Closed Doors Tour. There’s something new to see whether you are a first-time or repeat visitor. This leisurely in-depth tour includes rooms and stories not included on the regular tour. Filled with the original furnishings of the Tucker family, who lived here for more than 140 years, Castle Tucker is one of the most complete and original Victorian homes in the United States. Location: 2 Lee Street in Wiscasset, Maine.
A brief history of the Penobscot Bay (Sept 25 Lecture in Belfast, ME: William Leavenworth, Maritime Environmental Historian)
Monday September 25, 7pm at the Belfast Free Library-Abbott Room: William Leavenworth, Maritime Environmental Historian will present changes in mid-coast fisheries over the decades. William has been pouring through old fishing logs and data housed at Penobscot Marine Museum and other fisheries research archives to shed light on the health of the fishing stocks over time. Come hear his latest research on the Maine coastal fisheries, which through 1924 caught more seafood product each year by weight and variety than Maine’s distant water fisheries (Grand Banks). Free Admission
Join the fun at the 2017 International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF), a juried contest of films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. It is the premier event for maritime-themed filmmaking. The Bucksport’s state-of-the-art Alamo Theatre will host a gala awards event on the weekend of September 29-October 1, 2017. Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and the players at the center of these films will delight everyone who loves film and those who love all things maritime related. The 2017 Festival Lineup Buy your Festical Passes
The Maine Windjammer Association is pleased to announce that Capt. Jim Sharp has been selected by the MWA Captains to receive the 2017 MWA Lifetime Appreciation Award. The Award will be presented to Capt. Jim on Friday, Sept. 1st at 7 pm on the Harbor Park Stage in Camden during the Camden Windjammer Festival. Camden, MAINE—Set against the backdrop of America’s largest fleet of historic schooners, the members of the Maine Windjammer Association (MWA) will present their Lifetime Appreciation Award to Captain Jim Sharp on September 1st at 7 pm on the Harbor Park stage during the Camden Windjammer Festival. Sharp has been part of the schooner world since the 1950s and he was one of the early members of the MWA during the time he owned the Stephen Taber and Adventure. After a lifetime of rebuilding more than 30 vessels and showcasing the coast of Maine as a schooner captain, Capt. Sharp enjoyed a 20-year retirement that allowed him to focus on writing, cruising and donating his beloved Schooner Adventure to the city of Gloucester. In 2009, Jim and his wife Meg Sharp came out of retirement to renovate the old Snow Shipyard property in Rockland to create the Sail, […]
“For 30 years, the end of summer in Eastport, Maine, has been celebrated with a festival, a gathering, an homage to our local resources, especially the Atlantic salmon raised in the cold waters of Passamaquoddy Bay. Of course, no community festival is complete without a meal, and the Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival is no exception. The centerpiece of Salmon Sunday has always been the salmon barbecue. Through the years, the details of the events and the meal — the side dishes and desserts, the musicians, the wine, the servers and cooks — have varied, but the one constant that brings us back year after year is that delicious piece of grilled salmon. We eat under the big tent in a crowd of friends, neighbors and visitors. We look up from our repast and gaze contentedly at the breathtaking view of the Passamaquoddy Bay just a few feet away. Those of us who live here try not to take our stunning surroundings for granted, and we’re happy to share with travelers who are wise enough to step off the beaten path to seek us out. Come for music, arts and crafts, a Fiber Arts Show, galleries, gift shops and museums, […]
Sept 1, 2017 (5-8pm): Opening Reception for New Artists Hosted by Friends of Maine Coastal Islands NWR
Opening art reception for three local artists who are sharing their experiences with the natural world through a variety of art media on Friday, September 1st from 5-8 p.m. at the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and Art Gallery in Rockland, Maine.
Camden Windjammer Festival starts on September 1, 2017 in Camden, ME. The fleet gathers in picturesque Camden Harbor for festivities reminiscent of the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront. Festivities include a parade of sail, flag-raising ceremonies, live music, dancing and fireworks. Raft-Up!
September 1-10, 2017 in Boothbay Harbor, ME | Boothbay Harbor Fest | Food, Music, Road Race, Wellness Fair, Daily Art Receptions, Funky Fashion Show! Harbor Fest is a ten-day celebration that showcases the creativity and individuality of more than 100 Maine businesses and organizations. The non-traditional festival format takes attendees on an adventure around the Boothbay peninsula to experience local foods, live music, fine arts, creative wares, a 5k, half marathon, wellness fair, photography workshops, an oyster fest, and a one of a kind fashion show featuring original designs made from the marine industry.
GREAT NEWS! After a brief hiatus for maintenance, Merrymeeting is back at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine running a full schedule of lighthouse and nature cruises. Gorgeous late summer days ahead to cruise the Kennebec. Think also of taking a Fall foliage cruise!
August 31, 2017 in Searport Maine, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Talk: The Mackerel Schooner AUGUSTA E. HERRICK with Ralph Stanley, historian and boatbuilder (Searsport, Maine) Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., Penobscot Marine Museum continues their 2017 speaker series with Ralph Stanley, historian and boatbuilder, presenting a talk on the mackerel schooner AUGUSTA E. HERRICK. The cost is $8 for general admission and $5 for Museum members. The talk will be held at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Visitors Center at 2 Church Street in Searsport, Maine.
Check the new Maine Maritime Museum exhibit “Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience”. It’s a full-scale replication of the Cape Elizabeth Two Lights lighthouse tower lantern room, allows visitors to see the original second-order Fresnel lens from the east tower at Two Lights and experience the environment of the lantern room through time-lapsed video projections featuring a panorama of the Gulf of Maine that changes with the weather and seasons. This immersive exhibit is the first of its kind anywhere.
Participate in an archeological dig on Smuttynose Island, Isles of Shoals, Maine!
Spend half-days working on the excavation near the Haley House, afternoons taking walking tours of historical sites on Smuttynose and other Shoals islands, and evenings learning about life on Smuttynose from the 1600’s to the 1800’s through pottery, domestic animal bones, buttons, coins and other finds from the Isles of Shoals Archaeology Project. Participants will reside at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, a 10-minute boat ride from Smuttynose Island. When: Aug 21-24, 2017
Exciting news! Experience Maritime Maine is introducing a new 6-part podcast series, by award-winning producer Rob Rosenthal that will take you on a very unique journey on the Maine coasts of Eastport, Stonington, Searsport, Rockland, Bath, and Portland. The audio stories to be released this summer paint remarkable character portraits of the “women lobstermen” of Stonington, the owners of today’s Windjammers, and the salty fish monger of Portland’s Maine Pier just to name a few. Salts and Water is a project of Experience Maritime Maine, funded in part by the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation and sponsored by Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors. We would like to invite you to visit experiencemaritimemaine.org to learn more about Maine’s rich maritime culture or to plan your coastal travels. Listen to our Salts and Water trailer: Thank you to our funders and sponsors!
THIS SATURDAY JULY 15, 2017 on Bailey Island, ME. Join the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association (MCFA) for their second annual Hook, Line, and Dinner. Celebrate Maine fishermen and our Maine’s wonderful seafood in a gorgeous iconic Maine spot at Cook’s Lobster and Ale House on Bailey Island. If you love Maine seafood, Maine beer, and Maine music, this event is for you. Event starts at 6 and tickets are $55. Ticket fee includes beer, seafood, and music. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://goo.gl/Z6duvf Experience Maritime Maine – Visit Maine!
EXPERIENCE MAINE FROM THE WATER – No Maine experience is complete without a visit to an island and without seeing Maine’s coast from a boat. This summer, take one of the many Island ferries in Portland, Port-Clyde, Rockland, Lincolnville, the Schoodic Peninsula, Eastport and other locations on the coast. Maine Map with Ferry locations – (Source: https://goo.gl/GUEDj8) Maine Ferry Resources: Casco Bay Ferry Seguin Island Ferry Monhegan Boat Line Vinalhaven Ferry Services Lincolnville Terminal Bar Harbor Ferry Schoodic Ferry Quoddy Loop Ferry
Gone Fishing! Exhibit runs through October 15, 2017 at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine.
The Penobscot Marine Museum (Searsport, Maine) opens for their 81st year with Gone Fishing! The new exhibit explores the world of Maine’s commercial fisheries through exhibits and programs that will entertain and educate children and adults alike.
TODAY TUESDAY JUNE 20, 2017 ON MAINE CALLING: Sailing in Maine! Tune in at 1 pm on Maine Public for a special Maine Calling on “Sailing in Maine” with Jennifer Rooks. Experience Maritime Maine – Visit Maine!
“E.B. White, William F. Buckley, Roosevelts and Rockefellers – all passionately loved to sail Maine’s famous coastal passages. But you don’t have to be rich and famous to catch the bug and get out on the water. We learn about the different ways to get involved in sailing, and the impact of sailing to Maine’s economy – especially for tourism.
265 years ago on June 10, 1752, Benjamin Franklin flew a kite to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning.
Today, kites are flown mostly for fun. In Maine, kite aficionados love to go to:
– Back Cove, Portland, Maine,
– Bug Light Park in South Portland, ME,
– Fort Williams Park (Portland Head Light) in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
– Ogunquit Beach in Ogunquit, Maine
– Pine Point, Maine in Scarborough, Maine
… just to name a few.
TODAY IS NATIONAL LOBSTER DAY 2017! Check out our article about Lobsters and map of suggested Coastal Lobster Shacks!
The Schoodic Ferry is a unique concept that combines passenger service between Winter Harbor and Bar Harbor (see map below) and baseline environmental data collection for oceanographic assessments of the Frenchman Bay. Local and international scientists develop and conduct long-term marine mammal, pelagic bird, bait fish, and plankton surveys, helping the Frenchman Bay community develop an ecosystem level understanding of the Bay and its inhabitants.
Are you looking for Maine lighthouses or need driving directions to our great maritime museums? Do you wonder where you can catch a ferry to see the famous Puffins and the majestic whales? A great walk or bike ride on the coast? Check out our map & directions for Maine Maritime-related activities and sites.
The Dorade and America will be on exhibition on the Castine waterfront starting at noon on August 3. At 4:00, In Delano Auditorium at Maine Maritime Academy, both vessels will be honored and author Doug Adkins will chair of panel of distinguished skippers and historians.
40th anniversary of the Great Schooner Race, North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships!
From Islesboro to Rockland Harbor, the 2016 Great Schooner Race: Maine’s tall ship fleet gathers for an exciting race from Islesboro to Rockland, followed by a festive Awards Ceremony/Party with live music. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Great Schooner Race, North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships!
ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER. And through mid-July, you can also see this thought-provoking temporary public sculpture on Dudley Island by Alicia Eggert, a TED fellow and recent resident artist at the Tides Institute. The sculpture seems to change with the changing weather conditions of Passamaquoddy Bay–crisp and prominent on clear, sunny days, and barely visible on foggy and overcast days.
Bath Heritage Days! Heritage Days in Bath, Maine is a four day festival happening fromFriday July 1st through Monday July 4th. The events are held throughout city’s downtown area and include the following fun and exciting activities for the entire family.
At the Tate House Museum: Fletcher’s Scouting Company will be demonstrating and interpreting military history, equipment skills and experiences of the original English forces in what was the Province of Maine in the 18th Century.
HOOK, LINE, AND DINNER. Celebrate Maine seafood and Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association’s 10th Anniversary! Thomaston, ME. On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association (MCFA) will be hosting Hook, Line, and Dinner at the Slipway Restaurant in Thomaston, Maine. This event will celebrate Maine’s local seafood, as well as, the 10th anniversary of the association.
If you ever wondered what a Maine Coastal town look like, check out this recent high definition aerial footage of downtown Belfast Maine, just north of Camden on Route 1. A great tool to appreciate the scenic beauty, the architecture, an authentic Main Street vibe and a working waterfront.
From Charleston NC to New York City to Portland ME, Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing is the only dedicated Class 40 sailing race in the United States. The race showcases top sailors in this class in a 3-leg event and Portland is the stopover for the third leg. The Atlantic Cup finale is an inshore-style race with Casco Bay as the backdrop.
Do you recognize this dashing gentleman? Come to Castine on July 14, 2016, the French National holiday! The town of Castine has a long standing relationship with France and was named after the Baron de St. Castin. His marriage to Chief Madockawando’s daughter joined our French and Native American cultures-which he defended for more than a generation, with his Wabanaki allies from his base in our little town. Spend a day in our historic village, enjoying our French and Native American culture through music, food, film, lectures on French and Native American history, re-enactments, children’s activities, French cooking demonstrations and village walking tours.
The annual Down East Spring Birding Festival provides a unique birding experience during spring migration and the breeding season with four days of guided hikes, boat tours, and presentations, all led by local guides with local knowledge. The Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has named the Down East Spring Birding Festival one of the best in the country.
Program Topic: Gulls and seabirds in the Gulf of Maine. Key Discussion Points: Herring and great black-back gull populations are on the decline in the Gulf of Maine, what is happening? Researchers at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and at University of New Brunswick share their field work and results looking at sea bird and gull populations. What does gull decline portend for the health of the Gulf of Maine system as a whole?
The Kennebunks will kick off summer with the first LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival, which gets underway on Friday, June 17th. Fresh local seafood, nautical history and an array of events at locations throughout Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel will celebrate the community’s rich maritime history – one that continues to this day.
People of the First Light, the Abbe Museum’s new core exhibit, introduces visitors to the Wabanaki universe, engaging them with the culture and history of a people that is unfamiliar to many.
The Apprenticeshop will offer a Youth Boatbuilding Workshop this spring over April vacation (M-F, April 18 – 22) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for students sixth grade through high school. While building wooden Optimist dinghies, students will learn basic boatbuilding skills, woodworking techniques, and an intro to basic seamanship and sailing nomenclature. Participants will work in a group led by volunteers and experienced boatbuilders from The Apprenticeshop community.
Tune in on Friday February 26, 10-11 AM – this month’s Coastal Conversation is about Experience Maritime Maine . Only on WERU community radio, 89.9 FM in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor, and online atWERU.org. What do the words Maritime Heritage mean to you? Do these words conjure windjammers and wooden boats, or lighthouses and whales? Do you think: island communities, shell middens, or working waterfronts? This is Natalie Springuel, from the University of Maine Sea Grant, host of Coastal Conversations.
Over 10 days at two primary locations, 20 community partners join together and present more than 50 events to celebrate Acadia National Park and the natural world in winter. Authors, craftsmen, and photographers present workshops and lectures—many events offered free to the public. Outdoor activities for the entire family include music, a winter-themed movie, bird tours, …
Join BikeMaine 2016 and discover the Bold Coast of Maine. BikeMaine will officially announce details of the 2016 route in February, but in the meantime they are very excited to announce that the ride will be traveling through parts of Washington and Hancock Counties next year.
Best wishes for the New Year from everyone at EXPERIENCE MARITIME MAINE! We’ve assembled a collection of the very best of Maine’s maritime and coastal lifestyle activities into one easy–to-use website to help you plan your Maine vacation. Use this resource to discover all Maine has to offer such as visits to historic sites and museums, family-fun festivals, celebrations of coastal food, outdoor recreation, art installations, genealogical research and scenic travel.
Making a last-minute donation in 2015? Easy! We compiled a list of 10+ Maine Maritime organizations donation pages
Making a last-minute donation in 2015? Easy! We compiled a list of 10+ Maine Maritime organizations donation pages.
January 1st, 2016 at 2 PM at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park near Freeport. Join us for a leisurely 0.3 mile guided walk to enjoy ‘Winter in the Woods’ and learn how plants and animals survive the cold winter months. Wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear. Plan on one hour; no dogs please. Meet at the picnic shelter by the second parking lot. More info…
First day of registration is January 4, 2016 at 8 a.m. EST! WoodenBoat School has been presenting “hands-on” classes for 36 years, and we’ve been fortunate to watch our program evolve into an experience that is both unique and special to so many of you: unique for its vast array of course offerings in boatbuilding, seamanship, and related crafts in which we honor the tradition, history, and craftsmanship of our maritime heritage.
Wayne Davis, commercial lobsterman from Tremont Maine, was interviewed to capture his family’s experience using the Maine Working Waterfront Access Protection Plan (WWAPP) to secure the Davis wharf’s future as a commercial fishing pier in perpetuity.
Join the 15th Annual Boat Parade of Lights this Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the Casco Bay terminal in Portland. The Boat leaves at 4:30 pm, Parade starts at 4:45 pm. Tickets are $10 (Children under 5 ride free). To register a boat in the Parade, contact Caity at 207-774-7873 or email@example.com.
For loved ones, business associates, friends — anyone you know in need of the Windjammer experience. We offer gift certificates in all denominations. Once a gift certificate is purchased, the Association will send a complete package, along with an easily redeemable certificate for a Windjammer cruise aboard any one of the 9 ships in our Fleet. We’ll even mail it out in a special “sea-going” bottle if you like! For more information or to order your gift certificate today, please contact The Maine Windjammers Association at firstname.lastname@example.org of call 1-800-807-WIND
The holiday season will be celebrated with Victorian Christmas at the Penobscot Marine Museum on Friday, Dec 4th and Sat, Dec 5th. The ship captain’s house will be open to the public with each room decorated for a Victorian Christmas by community groups and businesses…
The Boothbay Paddle Company was formed by the Making and Marketing Class at Boothbay Region High School. The company produces innovative canoe paddles. The orders are processed, the product is marketed, the assembly line is created, all by these 17 ambitious students. The paddle shaft has a 14° angle to make paddling more efficient. They are created with a carbon fiber blade and an ash wood shaft.
Currently licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard BOWDOIN is a fully certified sailing school vessel and passenger vessel and benefits both Maine Maritime Academy students and the public at large. The Maine Maritime Academy invites you to help keep her story alive by supporting the Bowdoin Centennial Campaign.
Presentation on Tuesday November 24 at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor from 1 to 3 pm. The Abbe’s new Thanksgiving dialogue program traces the history of the holiday, from its origins in the early American colonies through the family feasts Americans enjoy today.
On December 5, 2015, Maine Maritime Museum’s iconic sculpture, the evocation of the schooner Wyoming, will be illuminated for the first time ever. In celebration of the holiday season, each of the six 120-foot-tall masts of Wyoming will be up-lit by 300-watt, low-energy LED fixtures, brightly illuminating the striking sculpture and creating a dramatic, one-on-a-kind holiday lighting display.
After owning and operating the Stephen Taber for more than a decade, Captain Noah is elbow-deep in a rebuild of a different schooner—Ladona—a vintage 82-footer originally built in 1922 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Zack Klyver is a lead guide for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. His presentation is based on a draft of a book he is writing, about the top ten most amazing things about whales.
The 2016 Mary Day Cruise schedule is now online! Unplug, unwind and leave your cares ashore. For over 50 years, unique and relaxing tall ship sailing vacations aboard our legendary Maine windjammer, Mary Day.
The Maine Maritime Museum’s popular book sale is back for its fifth year and will be held November 14 & 15 from 10 to 2. This year’s selections include historic books, vintage and new books, and “remainder” nautical-themed books for adults and children with markdowns of 50 percent or more.
The Penobscot Bay Resource Center has an exciting and amazing new 14 foot wide touch-screen map of the coast of Maine. This special tour, with Patrick Shepard, PERC Fisheries and Seafood Associate, begins at noon. Bring your brown bag lunch.
(Stonington, ME) November 2, 2015—Experience Maritime Maine (EMM) will hold its second bi-annual stakeholder meeting on Thursday, November 12, from 1PM – 3PM at the Penobscot East Resource Center in Stonington. This meeting will offer a special tour of the Penobscot East Resource Center, as well as a presentation from featured guest speaker Chris Fogg, Chief Executive Officer of the Maine Tourism Association. Anyone interested in heritage tourism development and promoting the maritime assets of the region is invited to attend.
Check out these Maritime and Nautical bookstores in Maine: Maiden Voyage Booksellers (in Kennebunk, Maine), Carlson Turner Antiquarian Books (in Portland, Maine), Open Door Books (in Bath, Maine), and Nautical Scribe Books (in Belfast, Maine).
Did you know many Maine ferries run all year-long? Casco Bay Lines offers many opportunities to get out on the Bay with a variety of scenic cruises in Maine offering different destinations, durations, and departure times. Pack a lunch; bring your camera, binoculars, and a warm sweater. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink on all cruises. Choose an adventure to fit your schedule and interest. Trip times vary based upon route and cargo volume.
PLEASE JOIN Experience Maritime Maine at the Stonington Town Hall on Thursday November 12th at 4 p.m. and share your stories about the Maine coast.