Common Ground Country Fair

September 22, 23 & 24, 2017 – Unity, Maine
Gates Open at 9am

The Common Ground Country Fair, located in Unity, Maine is an event like no other.  It brings together people from so many walks of life, all in the spirit of celebrating the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine.  Since 1977, this celebration of rural living offers something for everyone, in a traditionally festive atmosphere. Features farmers and their livestock, Maine-grown organic foods, music and entertainment.   Learn basic gardening skills and see vendors of Maine-made crafts, folk arts, food, plants, agricultural tools, environmentally friendly living items and much more!

See the complete schedule of events here.  Keynote speakers here.

TAKE THE TRAIN! Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad offers trips to and from the fair!

Take their trains for a unique and convenient way to get to the Common Ground Country Fair. Park at either our Unity or Thorndike parking areas and ride the trains to our platform on the east side of the fairground commons just behind the administrative buildings.

Tickets are good for any train during the day of purchase!  This is more than a round trip ticket, it allows  you to travel back to your car if you forget something and get back to the fair.

They will have two trains operating all day on convenient schedules and their stations are only 10 to 15 minutes from the fair grounds.

Tickets sold at our boarding areas in Unity and Thorndike on the day of the fair.

Camden Classic Cup – July 27-29, 2017

The Camden Classics Cup is one of the world’s most beautiful regattas – sailed where the mountains meet the sea off the lovely harbortown of Camden, Maine.   The Camden Classics Cup gives sailors the time of their lives with terrific on-the-water racing, and stellar onshore partying. 

Presented by Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine in conjunction with the Camden Yacht Club and with support from the CYOA, the Camden Classics Cup is a celebration of both classic yacht racing and boatbuilding. Featuring 2-days of racing for sailboats and a panoramic backdrop for powerboats. Participants will have access to Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine’s facilities, and a weekend of events in the lovely town of Camden are also planned! 


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

THURSDAY, JULY 27

4 -6:00pm // Registration at Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine – Brokerage Office

FRIDAY, JULY 28

8am // Coffee and breakfast sandwiches $8 – The Rhumb Line – Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine

9:00am //  Skippers’ Meeting – Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer

12pm // First Warning

5-7pm // Dock Party –  Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine  

SATURDAY, JULY 29

8:00am // Coffee & breakfast sandwiches $8  – The Rhumb Line – Lyman- Morse at Wayfarer Marine

10:00am // Maine Maritime Museum Parade of Sail, Camden Harbor – The Fleet will parade around Camden’s Inner Harbor. Scott Layton is in charge of line up! Make sure you send in your Parade of Sail form to Marnie. Bring gear to dress ship! We will proceed to the start line from the parade. Click here to download form

12:00pm // First Warning

6:30-10pm //Camden Yacht Club is the venue! We’re talking pig roast, raw bars, mini Lobster and crab rolls, too! Yummy!!

Jason Spooner Band to perform!   Open Bar! To buy tickets – call 207-236-4378 $60pp 

8:15pm // Awards Presentation

8:45pm // Fireworks! Yes we will be firing off the Big Shells over Curtis Island

10:00pm // Last Dance!

Maine Lobster Festival is Not to be Missed!

How many pounds of lobster do you think are eaten each year at the Rockland Lobster Festival? While you ponder that a moment, we’ll go ahead and tell you that in addition to delicious food, the annual Rockland Lobster Festival is a great place to enjoy a parade, live music, arts and craft vendors, a marine tent and much more. This five-day festival, held at Rockland Harbor Park on the city’s waterfront, draws tens of thousands of folks who share a deep love for lobster, as well as Maine.

And now the answer you’ve been waiting for! If you guessed that 20,000 pounds of lobster are consumed during the annual Rockland Lobster Festival, then you would be correct! Lobster is served a variety of mouth-watering ways during the festival. Don’t miss tasting the famous Maine Lobster Roll!

Rockland Lobster Festival Schedule of Events

The schedule of events is always packed with a range of live music and demonstrations. Here’s a sampling of what you can experience at the upcoming festival.

  • Enjoy watching  – or maybe even participate in – the Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest where top “chefs” compete for $525 in prize money, as well as some serious bragging rights.
  • If you enjoy beer or wine, be sure to visit the Steins & Vines Tasting Event, where you can sample local beers and wines made in Maine. There is an additional fee for this tasting event. This year’s participants include Rock Harbor, Sebago Brewing, Allaghash, Peak Organic Brewing, Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery and many more.
  • Additional entertainment includes live bands, storytellers, the coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess and more.
  • There is also plenty of fun for the kids. Just look for the Children’s Tent, where various activities will take place including face painting, storytelling, balloon animals, crafts and much more!

For more information on the festival’s events, please visit the website.

Where to buy tickets

The 2017 festival will be held August 2-6. Tickets can be purchased at the festival gates. On opening day, Wednesday, tickets are just $1 for adults and free for children between the ages of 6-12. The festival opens at 12 and closes at 10 p.m. on opening day. Admission for Thursday through Saturday is $8 for adults.  Sunday is “Family Fun Day” and admission is free for all ages!

Getting to Rockland from Camden

Rockland is just about a 20-minute drive from Camden via U.S. 1. Enjoy the ride along the scenic highway, park for free at Oceanside East High School and take a free shuttle bus to the festival. The shuttles run every 30 minutes.

Camden Windjammer Festival, September 2nd-4th, 2016

Camden Windjammer Festival 2015Celebrate Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions at the annual Camden Windjammer Festival. From the great age of sail when coasting schooners were launched in the harbor, through the birth of the windjammer business in the 1930s, to today’s windjammer fleet and elegant yachts, sailing ships have always defined our lovely, vibrant community.

On Friday, watch the magnificent schooners as they maneuver into the harbor, bid on dinners aboard one of the fleet, and then watch a talent show by schooner crews in Harbor Park followed by fireworks over the harbor. The fun continues all weekend with a lobster crate race, a Build-A-Boat contest, fish relay race, nautical skills, displays of maritime activities and history, Chowder Challenge, tours of the windjammers and fun for all.

See the full schedule of events here.

 

 

Vintage Motorcycle Meet at the Owls Head Transportation Museum

Event date/time: September 5 & Sepember 6, 2015 – 9am to 3pm both daysVintage Motorcycle Meet

This much anticipated annual gathering attracts hundreds of antique motorcycles from all over New England. With favorite marques including Triumph, Harley Davidson, Indian, Honda, Ducati and BMW interspersed with rare and obscure antique bikes from the world over. In 2014 this event attracted more than 300 exhibitors. A designated parking area on show grounds will be reserved for modern motorcycles, and all pre-1995 motorcycles are admitted free. Antique aeroplane show both days.

Location Address: The Owls Head Transportation Museum

Contact Website: www.owlshead.org

 

Maine Antiques Festival, August 7-9th, 2015

Event date/time: August 7-9, 2015 

The Annual Maine Antiques Festival is Maine’s largest Antiques event. Over 100 dealers from across the US and Canada will be offering for sale a wide variety of vintage collectible and antiques spanning eras from the 18th century through the 1960’s. Furnish or decorate your home with items that have stood the test of time. Or perhaps you area collector of vintage clothing or jewelry. We have it here in indoor, pavilion and outdoor under tent booths. Also great Maine food like lobster and native blueberry pies.

Location Address: 1 Fairgrounds Lane, Union, ME

Contact Website: www.maineantiquesfestival.com 

 

Maine Antiques Festival

Open Farm Day, Sunday, July 26, 2015

“Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout all 16 counties open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture.

Farms around the state participate to commit to ensuring the sustainability of agriculture. Maine’s farming industry has given back to their communities by providing a forum for education and learning in a fun atmosphere. Many farms will have demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale and animals and crops to experience. Activities include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments. Open Farm Day gives families the chance to visit local farms throughout the state. 

Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 26th, 2015 to experience Open Farm Day throughout the State of Maine!” – From Maine.gov

For a list of participating farms, click here

 Maine Open Farm Day

 

 

North Atlantic Blues Festival, July 11th & 12th

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Event date/time: July 11, 2015 – July 12, 2015 from 11am – 7pm

22nd annual blues music festival held outdoors overlooking picturesque Rockland Harbor. Touring blues artists from the U.S. and abroad will perform on the main stage. Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the famous Club Crawl.

Location Address: Public Landing, Rockland, ME

Contact Website: www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com

Don’t Miss the Camden Windjammer Festival

Camden Windjammer Festival

Photo Credit: Dan4th Nicholas / Camden, ME / Flickr

There’s no denying that coastal towns around the world have a deep connection with the water that surrounds them. Here in Camden, Maine, it’s no different. Local rivers, harbors and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean have provided not only jobs and sustenance for generations, but also recreational activities, serenity and much more. The Camden Windjammer Festival is just one of the ways residents and visitors alike celebrate Camden’s nautical heritage. When you attend this annual festival, you can expect to see plenty of beautiful sailboats, to enjoy craft and food vendors, and, perhaps most importantly, to learn about the maritime traditions that have been a part of our coastal culture for generations.

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The State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is Delicious

maine wild blueberry festival

Photo Credit: Blueberries/Pixabay

The annual Maine Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias features two fun days of entertainment, contests, shopping and of course blueberries! Held each August, the festival offers locals and visitors alike the chance to celebrate the little berry that some say helped put Maine on the map. After all, even though Maine is one of the nation’s smallest states, it still produces more blueberries than any other state. More than 90% of the nation’s blueberry crop comes from Maine. Continue reading “The State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is Delicious”