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Exciting news! Experience Maritime Maine is introducing a new 6-part podcast series, produced by industry legend 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 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.
Come to Fort Knox on October 30-31, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Visitors are led through the dark passageways of Fort Knox where indescribable things lurk in the shadows, creating screams of fright.
Photo credit: Leon Seymou
Join the Project Puffin team this Saturday! Kids will create a complex food web where each participant will play the parts of marine plants and animals and see the interconnectedness. Each person will also create their own food chain mobile.
See 5 lighthouses by bike. Daily tours through October 31, departs at 9:30 a.m from Portland, Maine. Pedal along the coast and enjoy Portland’s best lobster roll. Discover Portland Maine and the shores of Casco Bay by bicycle!
2015 History Conference, Communicating Maine’s Unique Sense of Place (organized by Penobscot Marine Museum). Takes place on October 24, 2015 from 8:00 am to 2:30pm at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast Maine. Schedule of events includes Northeast Historic Film: Preserving Maine’s Sense of Place in Moving Images, read more
On Thursday, October 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath will screen two exciting documentary films juxtaposing the lives of lobstermen in the village of Corea in 1947 and the lobstering lifestyle in Stonington in 2009.
Friday, September 25, 2015, is National Lobster Day! To celebrate, the Maine Maritime Museum‘s Lobstermobile will be going on a “Maine Adventure,” making stops at Renys stores in Portland, Topsham, and Bath, and concluding with a party at the museum! Please join the Museum at their National Lobster Day party from 3 to 5 pm on Friday, September 25! Have a piece of cake with the Lobstermobile and explore the state’s newest, and largest, exhibit on lobstering, Lobstering & the Maine Coast! Admission will be FREE after 3 pm. Prior to the party, you can find the Lobstermobile at the following Renys locations: Portland: 9-10:30 am Topsham: 11-12:30 pm Bath: 1-2:30 pm For more information, please visit the Maine Maritime Museum website
The 14th annual Pemaquid Oyster Festival takes place on Sunday, September 27 from noon to dusk at the Schooner Landing right in downtown Damariscotta, Maine. The Festival highlights Maine’s working waterfront, marine conservation and of course the Damariscotta River where Pemaquid oysters are farmed. Festivities include music, educational exhibits, boat rides, and thousands of oysters which will be freshly harvested right from the Damariscotta River the very morning of the event. For those who are not particularly aficionados of the oyster, there will be a menu with other offerings. The Pemaquid Oyster Festival is the primary fundraiser for the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund, named after a pioneer of aquaculture in the Damariscotta River and many other areas. According to Festival organizers, the fund is used continue Edward Myers’ vision of a sustainable working waterfront, to protecting Maine’s marine environment and to the implementation of education and research projects that focus on marine conservation. The activities will be held rain or shine, with tents provided to cover the educational exhibits, entertainment stage, and other locations. Don’t miss this event, an annual highlight of Maine’s rich oyster industry.
On Thursday, September 17th the Fourth Annual Claw Down will happen in Boothbay Harbor. This annual event is really a showcase of the best of Maine: fresh ingredients (especially the star of the show – Maine lobster); the hard work and dedication of the lobster fishermen; and the best creative approach to crafting the perfect lobster bite. Guests will have a chance to sample savory offerings from 19 chefs who will present their best bites, simple or complex, sweet or savory, featuring lobster as a key ingredient. Event-goers will also enjoy a selection of beers and wines from Cisco Brewers and Ninety Plus Cellars. After sampling the chefs’ best bites, guests will cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award. And new this year, the 19 Claw Down chefs will also have their say as they cast their votes for the Chef’s Choice Award. Hosted by the Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce, the event takes place on Thursday, September 17 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Ocean Point Marina Boatyard, in East Boothbay. Cocktail attire is suggested. More information is available here.
In 2007 Port Clyde was the last surviving ground-fishing fleet between Portland and Canada. To save their livelihood a group of Port Clyde fishermen got together to found Port Clyde Fresh Catch and became the first community-supported fishery in the United States. The idea came from community-supported agriculture, a model used by farmers in which consumers pay a membership fee for weekly shares of food. These fishermen have preserved their fishing community, their maritime heritage, and by using environmentally sustainable fishing methods they are helping to preserve the fisheries. There are now dozens of community-supported fisheries in the USA and Europe. On Thursday, September 10, at 7:00 pm the fishermen of Port Clyde Fresh Catch will be at Penobscot Marine Museum for an illustrated panel discussion about fishing in Maine, their pioneering community-supported fishery, how they started it, and Port Clyde Fresh Catch today. This community forum will be held in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for Penobscot Marine Museum Members. For more information or to purchase tickets online visit the Penobscot Marine Museum website.
The Eastport Pirate Festival gets underway this year September 11 through the 13. One of Downeast Maine’s most charming lobster fishing villages is where the festival takes place, and the three-day event has fun-filled activities three for people of all ages. Examples of the festivities are live music, merry-making and coastal Maine fun including a road race, treasure hunt, parade, fireworks, lobster crate races and a friendly “invasion” from the neighboring lobster fishing village of Lubec. Don’t miss the chance to attend this annual event on an historic Maine waterfront where you will have the opportunity to see thousands of Pirates, attend the Pirates Ball, watch the Pirate Ship Race and the Pirate Parade, and even participate in the Pirates Bed Race! For more information, please call 207-853-4343 or visit www.eastportpiratefestival.com.
On September 4th through 6th, come celebrate Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions as part of the Camden Windjammer Festival. During the 19th century Camden’s harbor was full of schooners, sloops, and scows year-round—so much so that Camden has been called the windjammer capital of the world. Over a century later, the love and preservation of these sailing ships continues year-round, culminating each year with the Camden Windjammer Festival every Labor Day weekend. As always, the festival kicks off with the arrival of the majestic windjammers, followed by a wide range of activities including a heritage fair, an auction, road and sea races, and concerts and dances. On the last day of the Windjammer Festival, don’t miss the pageantry of the All Comers Boat Parade. Photo by Andre Albert
Penobscot Marine Museum has four major exhibitions of historic photography under the umbrella title Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light. The campus is filled with hands-on activities: museum visitors will be able to walk into a huge camera, step inside an historic darkroom, watch a tintype being made, make a cyanotype photograph, make a pin-hole camera, take a photograph with a pin-hole camera, take photographs of themselves standing beside images of people from the 1880s, add their own photographs to an online museum exhibit, and add their selfies to the museum’s “Wall of Selfies”. Audio clips of interviews, biographies, and commentaries by historians, curators and professional photographers will be available to visitors on their mobile devices through QR codes, and on tablets in the exhibits. The Four Exhibits Include: Through Her Lens: Women Photographers of Mid-Coast Maine, 1890-1920 Twenty Best Evolution of the Photographic Snapshot: 1888-2015 The Carters and the Lukes – Selections from the Red Boutilier Collection Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light runs through October 18, 2015.
This summer, young farmers are taking to the seas— shipping 11 tons of Maine-grown cargo and organic food to Boston by ship! The maiden voyage of Maine Sail Freight from Maine to Boston began August 23 in the historic North Haven thoroughfare and will continue loading in Portland on August 27, arriving in Boston Harbor on August 29. Maine Sail Freight is supported by The Greenhorns, a non-traditional grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and a diversity of collaborators. The mission of the organization is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers. The non-profit produces avant-garde programming, video, audio, web content, publications, events, and art projects that increase the odds for success and enhance the profile and social lives of America’s young farmers. The Greenhorns is deeply committed to the rebuilding of rural economies through sustainable agriculture, to small business entrepreneurship, and to teamwork.