Castine Historical Society Summer Exhibit
Risky Business: Square-Rigged Ships and Salted Fish
The Castine Historical Society’s 2019 Summer Exhibit invites visitors to step back in time to the 1800s when Castine’s working waterfront thrived on a global market. Shipyards and a dozen active wharves stood along a half mile Castine Harbor. Chandleries and sailmakers on Water and Sea Streets outfitted schooners and square-riggers amidst the smell of tar and fish and wood. If you immerse yourself in the first-hand accounts, artwork, logbooks, charts, letters, shipping documents, and objects in Risky Business, you will leave with a new perspective on Castine’s and coastal Maine’s history. For more information visit castinehistoricalsociety.org.
Exhibit opens Monday, June 10, 2019. Admission is free.
June 10 – Labor Day | Monday – Saturday 10 AM-4 PM | Sundays 1-4 PM
Labor Day – Columbus Day | Friday, Saturday, & Monday 10 AM-4PM | Sunday 1-4PM
Fourth of July Celebration
Family, friends and visitors join in a classic celebration that begins bright and early with a 1k & 5k Fun Run, followed by a costume parade at 10am that assembles in front of Witherle Memorial Library. After the parade, take part in multiple events on the town common (tug-o-war, sack races, pie eating contest) or just mingle and enjoy the sites.
A day full of activities culminates with an evening concert and an amazing fireworks display over the bay!
Bastille Day Celebration – July 14, 2019
Join Castine and our Blue Hill peninsula neighbors for the 5th annual Bastille Day Celebration
on Sunday July 14th. This family-friendly celebration is always packed with fun and educational events, including cooking demonstrations, lectures, music, walking tours, a lighthouse climb, kayaking adventures, and much more.
Our signature event, the Picnic en Blanc, which is held outdoors in front of Town Hall, drew more than 500 white-clad festival goers in 2018. Picnics can be ordered from various restaurants around town or assembled at home. The evening is topped off with a concert on our historic Town Common.
The Bastille Day Celebration Committee is hard at work, so be sure to mark your calendar and stay tuned for details of our 2019 celebration.
Note: For a schedule of events from 2018 click here.
Bastille Day Historic Kayak Adventure
Sunday, July 14, 2019: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Spend Bastille Day learning about the French History of Castine, from the seat of a kayak! We’ll paddle to explore multiple French sites that impacted the history of New England. Every trip includes instruction geared toward each individual’s skills, for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Our small group to guide ratio allows us to make every trip exciting and unique! All necessary gear provided!
Fee: $55 per person
BOOK HERE or call 207-866-3506
Bastille Day Bioluminescent Night Paddle and Fireworks!
Sunday July 14: 7:30-10:30pm
Learn what it was like in 1613 when the French first arrived! Imagine being on the same waters at night back then! We’ll explore local history as well as the constellations of the night sky and the bioluminescent stars of the water!
Fee: $65 person
BOOK HERE or call 207-866-3506
7th Annual Plein Air Festival – July 25 – 27, 2019
The Castine Arts Association 2019 Plein Air festival will take place over three days, from July 25 to 27. Plan to visit Castine during this exciting opportunity to see artists in action, painting in historic Castine where many famous artists have painted before and purchase a work directly from your favorite artist. Be sure to get your accommodation reservations early as the community will be fully booked during this event!
For more information go to www.castinearts.org.
July 27 | Reception Exhibition and Art Sale | Alfond Student Center, Maine Maritime Academy, Pleasant St. | 4:00 – 6:00 PM | Open to the public
Castine Classic Yacht Race – July 31 & August 1, 2019
Please join us for the 20th annual Castine Classic Yacht Celebration, sponsored by the Castine Yacht Club, which will honor the iconic designs of Nathanael G. Herreshoff.
On July 31 noted examples of Herreshoff craft will be on exhibition at the Castine, Maine, town dock, followed by a Symposium at the Maine Maritime Academy with a panel of distinguished Herreshoff experts and sailors, chaired by Bill Lynn, Executive Director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame. The Castine Yacht Club will host a reception following the symposium.
We will welcome at the exhibition—and discuss at the Symposium—some of the smaller Herreshoff classes, such as BB 25s, BB 15s, Herreshoff 12 1/2s and Herreshoff Coquinas. Please notify the Committee below if you plan to have such a boat in Castine.
On August 1 a fleet of over 40 classic yachts will race a 19.6 nm course from Castine to Camden, followed by the Camden to Brooklin Race on August 2 and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta on August 3.
For Race Notice, Registration and other information, please refer to our website, www.castineclassic.com.
68th Maine Retired Skippers Race – August 17, 2019
The Castine Cup – August 18, 2019
Join us for a weekend of racing and activities on the beautiful waters of Penobscot Bay! All boats and sailors are welcome! Pull up one of our guest mornings and stay the weekend!
Schedule of Events:
Friday evening — Cocktail Party at Castine Yacht Club
Saturday afternoon — the 68th Maine Retired Skippers Race (cocktails and awards to follow)
Sunday afternoon — The Castine Cup (GMORA Scored Event)(cocktails and awards to follow)
For more information, contact Castine.YC.RC@gmail.com