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Castine’s Celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial

Highlighting the Town’s History, its Indigenous People and the Dutch, French and British Who Arrived

Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage through Women Leading the Way on the Coast of Maine

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Penobscot Bay Maritime Heritage

Maine’s Bicentennial Celebration in Castine

Sunday, July 12 – Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The year 2020 marks Maine’s Bicentennial and Castine is throwing a birthday party! (Maine200.org). In addition to celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Maine’s Statehood, we will also commemorate the Centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. To mark this Centennial, we are saluting Women Leading the Way on the Coast of Maine while celebrating the empowerment and education of women.

Castine is a seaport of historic significance, with the second deepest natural harbor on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Castine has also been a shipbuilding and seafaring center prior to, and throughout all of Maine’s two-hundred-year existence. To commemorate Castine’s Penobscot Bay Maritime Heritage, we will be hosting the tall ship, Oliver Hazard Perry, from July 12-14. To learn more about the Perry, visit their website.

The Town of Castine is planning a celebration that will include, unite and welcome members of our local community as well as visitors from elsewhere in Maine, the United States and abroad. The events will be free (food not included) to the public to the extent possible.

To begin the celebration, a parade of ships ranging from small boats to large seagoing vessels will lead the way up Penobscot bay into Castine on July 12, 2020. On July 13, we will continue our celebration through hosting speakers throughout town, sponsoring tours of historic Castine and our visiting sailing vessels.

Finally, on July 14, we will celebrate Maine, our unity and equality through our Bastille Day event with speakers, tours and our annual Picnic en Blanc dinner.

Tours, exhibits, music, programs, food, merchandise and more.

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July 12-14, 2020

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Sunday, July 12

Parade of Ships Up Penobscot Bay to Castine, led by
BOWDOIN
OLIVER HAZARD PERRY
Opening Ceremony
Music and Food
Calendar of Events

Monday, July 13

Visit the Vessels
Tours of Castine and its History
By Trolley or on Foot
Lectures
Music
And More
Calendar of Events

Tuesday, July 14 (Bastille Day)

Departure of the Visiting Vessels
Tours of Castine and its History
By Trolley or on Foot
Lectures
Bastille Day Dinner
Picnic en Blanc
Closing Ceremony
Calendar of Events

With Many Thanks to our Donors and Sponsors!

Donors

$10,000 Fort Madison

 

$5,000 Women Leading the Way on the Coast of Maine

Sarah, Archie and Phyllis Cox
The F.W. Hatch Family
Sofia and Peter Blanchard
Diane Modesett
Jeanie Pedersen
Ruth Anne Vagt

$1,000 Fort Pentagoet

Ellie and Doug Benjamin
Kay and Richard Hightower

$500 Fort George

$100 The Baron

Lindsey Vagt
Ashley Buford

Sponsors

Castine Historical Society
Castine Merchants Association
Maine Maritime Academy
Town of Castine