2019 Special Events in Castine


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 

 

Fourth of July officially kicks off the Castine summer season.  Visitors from around the world return to a place they have long cherished – Under The Elms and By The Sea.

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 13, 2019

Join Castine and our Blue Hill peninsula neighbors for the 5th annual Bastille Day Celebration
on Saturday July 13th. 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 Tours

Celebrate Bastille Day from the seat of a kayak!  Day tours visit multiple French sites. Or experience a sunset or bioluminescent night paddle under the stars. Every trip includes instruction geared toward each individual’s skills, for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. All necessary gear provided! 

Details for Bastille Day 2019 tours are in the works. In the meantime, for more info 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

 


 

 

 

 

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