Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Festival pays tribute to school spirit with Grand Marshals

Festival pays tribute to school spirit with Grand Marshals

ROCKLAND, ME - In honor of the final graduating classes from both Georges Valley High School and Rockland District High School, their mascots - a Buccaneer and a Tiger - will ride together as the grand marshals for the parade during the 64th annual Maine Lobster Festival.

The big parade down Rockland's Main Street, which draws more than 25,000 fans, begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6. The 2011 theme is "Lobster-palooza!"
Students, faculty and alumni have, for several years, volunteered countless hours to the Maine Lobster Festival and are invited to walk behind their mascots in the parade, wearing their school colors to pay tribute to their schools. 
In addition to the co-grand marshals, the newly crowned Maine Sea Goddess, the Sea Princesses and their military escorts, and King Neptune and his Court will be seen in the giant parade, along with a variety of bands, marching units, colorful floats, drill teams, vehicles and much more.
If you're interested in participating in the parade, application forms for the 2011 Maine Lobster Festival Parade can be found online at www.MaineLobsterFestival.com and, as always, participation in the parade is at no charge.
The festival runs Wednesday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 7 along Rockland's waterfront.

Information provided by: Maine Lobster Festival

Also, it was also announced the Navy's USS Mahan (DDG 72) will be here for the 64th Maine Lobster Festival.

Rocky Coast News
Rockland, ME 04841

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fabulous '50s & Sensational '60s Car Show July 2 & 3rd, 2011

Fabulous '50s & Sensational '60s Car Show
By: Staff

Owls Head, ME - There is a great event going to take place Saturday July 2nd & Sunday the 3rd, 2011 at the Owls Head Transportation Museum for all ages to enjoy. Here is what the Museum has to say about this event on their website.

Relive the days of fuzzy dice and big fins at the Owls Head Transportation Museum's Fabulous '50s, Sensational '60s Car Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show, Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3. Owners of autos from the industry's most stylish decades are invited to exhibit their vehicles on Runway 17, the museum's family-friendly outdoor exhibit area. Exhibitors are admitted free.

“From big fins to big engines, they'll all be here,” said Museum executive director Charles Chiarchiaro. “If you're a fan, you should be too.” Featured at the show will be early Thunderbirds and Mustangs, classic Corvettes, Woodies and more. “These are some of the most popular cars of our lifetimes,” says Chiarchiaro. Poodle skirts, bobby socks, leather jackets and t-shirts are also welcome!

Everyone, young and old, is invited to jump 'n jive to the tunes of Three Button Deluxe, one of mid-coast Maine's hottest bands. They will play from 12:20 to 3 pm. Bring an extra pair of dancing shoes!

What's your favorite 50s or 60s car? A 1955 Chevy? A 1964 MGB? Or 1968 Chevelle SS? All attendees will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for either the People's Choice or Kid's Choice awards.

Owners of pre-1991 vehicles are also welcome to exhibit at this and all other Museum (non-auction) events at no charge. Visitors are encouraged to come early to guarantee seeing the highest concentration of exhibiting vehicles.

The Museum will also set aside an area for children to exhibit their “wheels” (i.e. bicycles, tricycles, scooters, etc.) near its popular “Kids Corral” pedal car area.

As part of the day's activities the Museum will actively demonstrate a few of its turn-of-the-century automobiles as well as give free rides in Ford Model Ts. Special children's activities and Museum tours are planned. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family. Young children can practice their driving skills in the Kids Corral area, which features pedal cars and pedal planes.

The antique aeroplane show will begin at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. Aircraft conservator Karl Erickson and a team of volunteers have been working tirelessly on getting the Museum's fleet of of World War I-era biplanes ready to take to the skies. Back on the flight line will be the 1917 Curtiss JN-4 or “Jenny” made popular by barnstormers of the 1920s. Also seeing action will be the 1917 Nieuport 28C.1, 1916 Sopwith Pup and of course, the 1917 Fokker DR.I triplane (aka the Red Baron) among others. An open flightline will allow visitors to get an up close look at the planes as well as talk to the pilots.

Coastal plane rides
aboard the Museum's 1941 Stearman and 1933 Waco biplanes and 1978 Piper Super Cub may be purchased by Musuem members at any time through the Museum store. Rides are sold to members only, however. Ride certificates do not expire and are transferable. The Super Cub and Stearman carry one passenger. The price is $95 and $200 respectively. The Waco carries two passengers and costs $350.

Rain or shine, visitors will have access to the Museum's indoor collection of dozens of antique cars and pioneer aeroplanes. The Museum will showcase its newest exhibit, “MGs & Microcars-Small, Practical and Elegant” featuring rare and classic examples from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Event admission is $12 for adults. Children under 18 are free. The Museum's newly expanded Museum Store will be open showcasing a large inventory of books, die cast models, children's items and more.

Gates open at 9:30 am. Food and refreshments will be provided by French & Brawn at the Caboose, the Museum's outdoor concession stand. Pets are not allowed in the Museum or outdoor exhibit area.

On Sunday, you can round out your 50s and 60s experience at a special showing of the movie "Grease Sing-a-Long" at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. Movie begins at 3 pm.

Open daily, year round, the Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum Street (off Rt. 73) in Owls Head, two miles south of Rockland, Maine. For more information call 594-4418 or visit the museum online at www.owlshead.org.

Please mark your calender to attend this great event at the Owls Head Transportation Museum as it should be a lot of fun.

Photographs credit goes to the Museum.

Rocky Coast News
Rockland, ME 04841

Rockland Annual Lobster Boat Races 2011 - June 19, 2011

Rockland Annual Lobster Boat Races 2011
Photographs Report
By: David Mills

ROCKLAND, ME - On Sunday Rockland was the place to be as thee annual Lobster Boat Races was held under beautiful skies. The races took place off the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse where large number of people to watch. Lobster Boats completed in different classes such as from the smallest to thee largest. It appears people had a great time as not only is the Breakwater the place to see the races, but to enjoy the beautiful Lighthouse or to relax by having a bite to eat.

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse is a very special place as you can see events such as the Lobster Boat Races and the Windjammer Parade, just to name a few. The Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse was built in 1890. It took 9 years for them to complete the Breakwater & Lighthouse.

Please enjoy the photographs as they transport you back to the Lobster Boat Races and the beautiful Lighthouse.

You can find information on the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse by going to their site www.rocklandlighthouse.com/. Also, information on the Lobster Boat Races throughout Penobscot Bay at their website at www.lobsterboatracing.com/, sorry if this site is not updated.

More photographs from this Lobster Boat Races you can found by going to our Rocky Coast News Facebook page.

David Mills
Rocky Coast News
Rockland, ME 04841

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Summer Solstice Celebration

Summer Solstice Celebration
By: David Mills

ROCKLAND, ME - On Friday the annual Summer Solstice was held with hundreds of people turning out for this year's event. The Summer Solstice is hosted by Rockland Main Street Inc. This year there were food, dancing, music and more that appears to all age groups.

Studio Red had performers performing dances by Rock Coast Sports from little kids to adults. In a nutshell they all did an amazing job with the dances they had to do. A lot of people gathered around to watch them perform.

If food is what you came for then you wasn't left out as they had cotton candy, seafood (my favorite), Sweets & Meats, just to name a few for those looking for a bite to eat.

We can't leave out music as there were great bands there performing along Main street. They did from what I heard a wonderful job.

Among the other events going on, there were a pooch parade from Camden National Bank down Main street to Loyal Biscuit. Awards were given out to like the cutest dog, the smallest and the biggest, just to name a few.

The Rockland's Fire Department had their tower 3 truck there for people to see. Maine Lobster Festival had their giant lobster on Main street for people to check out. There was also the U.S Coast Guard Boat for people to learn how it works by being allowed to go aboard. Face painting was also there for the little kids to enjoy.

All in all I think this year's Summer Solstice was a big hit with what was offered and the double rainbow provided by the weather. A big thank you goes out to Rockland Main Street Inc. for hosted this great event.

Please enjoy photographs that will transport you back to what happened at this year's Summer Solstice.

You can view more photographs by David Mills, a Photographer for Shoot Maine Studios as well as our owner at Rocky Coast News by clicking here.

Finally, you can learn more about Rockland Main Street Inc. by going to their site at www.rocklandmainstreet.com/.

David Mills
Rocky Coast News
Rockland, ME 04841