Community Economic Development

               

The mission of Castine’s town government is to provide services and resources essential to public safety and a functional economy (economic development) to its nearly 1,400 citizens. We are a supportive and welcoming community that offers a variety of recreational and cultural activities, reasonable access to transportation and excellent public and private educational opportunities in the immediate area.  Our diverse and well-educated workforce and heritage of hard work and ingenuity make us an attractive choice for businesses.  As the home of nationally recognized Maine Maritime Academy, Castine is particularly appealing for those in the fields of marine services and technologies.

Our Visitors Center, located on Castine’s scenic waterfront, has become the hub of economic development activity. While serving as a venue where visitors arrive by bike, boat or vehicle to learn more about our village, it has simultaneously become a rallying point for the Castine Merchants Association (CMA) and a source of pride for our town. The CMA rents the space and covers all operating cost. The Visitors Center has also spawned the purchase of Scarlett, a low-speed vehicle operated by the Castine Touring Company, which provides transportation from the waterfront and volunteer guided tours around our historic town.

In the first two seasons, the Visitors Center hosted over 3,000 visitors from all 50 states and 24 foreign countries. The Center is open from Memorial Day Weekend through September. Hours of operation are 9-4, Monday thru Saturday and 12-4 Sundays. Come in so our volunteers can tell you what is so special about our town.

 

Castine: Open for business

 

Current News

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 29
  • Guild School Saturday, July 24 - Saturday, July 31   Maine Maritime Academy, 1 Pleasant St, Castine, ME 04420, USA

    https://www.igma.org/guild_school/

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  • Island Name Change Committee Thursday, July 29  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Emerson Hall, 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
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Friday, July 30
  • Guild School Saturday, July 24 - Saturday, July 31   Maine Maritime Academy, 1 Pleasant St, Castine, ME 04420, USA

    https://www.igma.org/guild_school/

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  • Wilson Museum: Penobscot Expedition Presentation Friday, July 30  10:30 am - 11:30 am Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    Speaker Professor Liam Riordan
    http://wilsonmuseum.org/calendar.html#May

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  • Wilson Museum: PENOBSCOT EXPEDITION WALKING TOUR Led by Castine Historical Society Friday, July 30  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    http://wilsonmuseum.org/calendar.html#May

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Saturday, July 31
  • Guild School Saturday, July 24 - Saturday, July 31   Maine Maritime Academy, 1 Pleasant St, Castine, ME 04420, USA

    https://www.igma.org/guild_school/

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  • Wilson Museum: Outdoor Cooking Saturday, July 31  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    Bean-Hole-Beans

    Have you ever seen a bean-hole? Stop by the museum’s shore lot (beside the John and Phebe Perkins House) to learn more about cooking in a bean-hole as Patty Hutchins prepares beans to bake overnight.

    http://wilsonmuseum.org/calendar.html#May

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Sunday, August 1
  • Wilson Museum: Woodturning and Blacksmithing Demonstrations Sunday, August 1  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    http://wilsonmuseum.org/calendar.html#May

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  • THE WILSON MUSEUM IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Sunday, August 1  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    http://wilsonmuseum.org/calendar.html#May

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Monday, August 2
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, August 2  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, August 2  11:00 am - 1:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Anne Romans 326-4375

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  • Selectboard/Assessors & Overseers Monday, August 2  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA
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Tuesday, August 3
  • Curbside Recycling Pick-up Tuesday, August 3  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • CHPC Meeting Tuesday, August 3  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 67 Court St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    Application deadline Mon, July 26th

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Wednesday, August 4
  • Wilson Museum: Woodturning and Blacksmithing Demonstrations Wednesday, August 4  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    http://wilsonmuseum.org/calendar.html#May

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  • Castine Yacht Club cocktail reception Wednesday, August 4  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Thursday, August 5
  • Castine Classic Boat Race Thursday, August 5
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  • Maritime Concert with Castlebay Thursday, August 5  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    at the Town Common - this event is free and open to the public
    https://www.castinehistoricalsociety.org/events/maritime-concert-with-castlebay/

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Friday, August 6
Saturday, August 7
Sunday, August 8
  • Wilson Museum: Woodturning and Blacksmithing Demonstrations Sunday, August 8  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    http://wilsonmuseum.org/calendar.html#May

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Monday, August 9
  • Curbside Trash Pick-up Monday, August 9  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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  • Monday Morning Knitting Circle Monday, August 9  11:00 am - 1:00 pm Witherle Memorial Libray

    FMI: Anne Romans 326-4375

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  • Castine Shawl Knitting Ministry Monday, August 9  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Trinitarian Congregational Parish

    The ministry meets in the vestry of the Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 1 - 3 pm.

     

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Tuesday, August 10
  • Curbside Recycling Pick-up Tuesday, August 10  7:30 am - 8:30 am
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Wednesday, August 11
  • Wilson Museum: Woodturning and Blacksmithing Demonstrations Wednesday, August 11  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St, Castine, ME 04421, USA

    http://wilsonmuseum.org/calendar.html#May

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