Friday, July 31, 2015

Don Campbell Band Maine Lobster Festival Appearance

Rockland, Maine - Closing out day two of the 68th Maine Lobster Festival was Don Campbell Band appearance on the main stage Thursday, July 30th, 2015 in Rockland, Maine.

According to their website, The Don Campbell Band is an adult contemporary/country crossover and American rock ensemble whose uniquely clear and well-delivered presentation of music supports the story in the song and welcomes the audience on board for the ride. Often compared to the sounds of Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, and Chris Isaak, the band is fronted by lead singer and songwriter, Don Campbell and is based in New England.

To learn more click here.

Fifth Freedom First Maine Lobster Festival Appearance

Rockland, Maine - At the North Entertainment Tent, Fifth Freedom made their first appearance at the Maine Lobster Festival on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 in Rockland, Maine. This band's genre of music is Hard Rock/Southern Rock and are from Portland, Maine.

Since its inception in the early 2000's, Fifth Freedom has struggled and fought for every inch

Schooner Fare Took To The 68th Maine Lobster Festival Stage

Rockland, Maine - Schooner Fare, favorite sons of Maine has decades of great music and warm Maine humor to share as they took to the stage at the 68th annual Maine Lobster Festival on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 in Rockland, Maine.

According to Wikipedia, Schooner Fare is a local Maine folk band, consisting of Steve Romanoff, Chuck Romanoff, and formerly Tom Rowe. Schooner Fare plays primarily original maritime, socially conscious, and traditional folk music.

You can find more information on this Maine folk music band by clicking here.

Al Hawkes Trio Performs At 68th Maine Lobster Festival

Rockland, Maine - It was a great day Thursday, July 30th, 2015 for some live bluegrass music at 68th annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine. Al Hawkes Trio did a great job as they performed on the main stage.

Al is a true Maine legend, Al brings his signature sound of bluegrass and traditional music.

For more about Al, please click here.

Bunk'd Pilot Episode Premieres Tonight, July 31st

In the premiere episode of 'Bunk'd' tonight, Friday, July 31st, the Ross kids arrive at camp. The camp’s owner, Gladys, is even scarier than the legendary creature that’s rumored to stalk the grounds. With the help of her sneaky niece Hazel, she’s out to get the Ross kids because of her decades-old rivalry with their mom.

Mary Scheer guest stars as Gladys.

"BUNK'D" follows siblings Emma, Ravi and Zuri Ross as they embark on their summer at Camp Kikiwaka, a rustic summer camp in Maine where their parents met as teenagers. Emma and Ravi step into new roles as CITs (Counselor In Training), learning how to be resourceful, responsible role models to their campers. Lou, the cheerful head counselor, and Xander, the camp heartthrob, befriend the Ross kids, who are complete fish out of water in the great outdoors, and step in to show them the ropes. Zuri makes new friends with her fellow campers, the anxious and overly studious Tiffany and compulsive fibber Jorge. Along with their new friends, Emma, Ravi and Zuri adapt to their new "home away from home" and settle into their exciting new lives at Camp Kikiwaka.

Reprising their starring roles from "Jessie" are Peyton List ("The Outskirts," "27 Dresses," "Diary of

World Famous Clydesdales At Rockland Maine

"True American Icons
First introduced in 1933 after the repeal of Prohibition, the Clydesdales have served as a living symbol of not just Budweiser, but the  unconquerable American spirit as well for over 80 years.
Famous worldwide for their appearances in parades, television broadcasts and even Presidential inaugurations, they’re now set to make their most important appearance yet – the one with you!"

View from the drivers seat of the famous eight horse hitch.

Rockland Maine - This weekend you have the opportunity to meet these world famous horses as they will be making several appearances in the mid-coast area at the Maine Lobster Festival and also at Union fairgrounds.  Don't miss your chance to get up close and have your picture taken with these gentle giants!

Clydesdale Meet and Greet
Hang out with the hitch and get your picture taken with these living legends!
July 31, 2 - 6 pm
Stable Viewing,
Union Fairgrounds

1 - 3 pm
One Horse Appearance,
Boothbay Harbor

Aug 1, 10 am 
Full Hitch Appearance,
Lobster Festival Parade

Aug 2, 12 - 2 pm 
One Horse Appearance,

Lobster Festival

Clydesdale Mobile Stable

195th Maine Army National Guard Band, Maine Lobster Festival Performers

Rockland, Maine - The 195th Maine Army National Guard Band, 30 members strong, stationed out of Bangor, Maine performed at the 68th Maine Lobster Festival on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 in Rockland, Maine.

According to their website, The 195th Army National Guard Band is comprised of musicians from all over the state of Maine. The 195th offers a wide array of performing groups, including a full concert band, marching band, brass quintet, sax quartet jazz combo and a rock group.

Their mission, "To provide music throughout the full spectrum of military operations and instill in our Soldiers the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad." This mission may be slightly modified to fit the needs and exigencies of the State of Maine, by order of the Governor. The 195th Army Band promotes readiness by performing music. They provide music that promotes troop morale, unit esprit, and civil military operations. The Band provides music for troop gatherings and activities, military and religious ceremonies (IAW AR 165-1), civil affairs, disaster relief, and psychological operations. The 195th also performs for a broad array of community events such as "Home Days", parades, community concerts, commissionings etc.

This thirty member band sounded great as they performed at the 68th Maine Lobster Festival.

For more information, click here.

Sylvain's Acadian Aces Takes On Maine Lobster Festival Stage

Rockland, Maine - With Acadian Cajun Zydeco genre of music, the band Sylvain's Acadian Aces, Cajun Aces, took to the main stage at the 68th Maine Lobster Festival on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 in Rockland, Maine.

Members that make up this band are Robert Sylvain, vocals, Dobro Haakon Kallweit, fiddle, vocals, Junior Stevens, button-box accordian, Tom Jacques, upright bass and Kris Day on drums.

According to their Facebook page, "Sylvain's Acadian Aces keeps the ‘cajun flame alive in old Acadie with an energetic brand of raw, rootsy 'cajun music derived directly from the source. The vocal power of guitarist Robert Sylvain and charismatic fiddler Hawk Kallweit supplies a one-two punch that’s instantly compelling and distinctive. With Maine's own true accordian ace Junior Stevens on button-box, and the unstoppable combination of Tom Jacques on upright bass and Kris Day on drums, Sylvain's Acadian Aces deliver heart- wrenching lovesongs and electrifying dance numbers that can bring even the most stoic New Englanders to their feet. Rooted in classic cajun two-steps and waltzes, the repertoire also folds in elements of creole and zydeco traditions along with original Americana and rock 'n roll sensibilities".

"Robert Sylvain is an Acadian-Mainer descended from the first French settlers who called Maine "Acadie" in 1604. The diaspora of 1755 bore two distinct cultures: those Acadians who ended up in the southwest Louisiana, known as 'Cajuns, and Sylvain's ancestors, who escaped deportation into the woods of the then unorganized Madawaska region of northern Maine. The two cultures grew separately with different influences and different resources, but always sharing the thread of their forebears. When Matthew, son of acclaimed cajun fiddler Michael Doucet, came to Maine and brought his family's music together with Sylvain's, a musical bridge was created between the two worlds that had a powerful effect download hires photo at: on Portland music and has grown into a vital and unique force that continues to incite and inspire audiences of all stripes".

Head over to their Facebook page here for more information.

"1871" The Maine Windjammer Project

"1871" by Doug Mills
America's oldest schooner the Lewis R. French, built in 1871, sailing near Rockport Maine

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jackie Thorbjornson Crowned 2015 Maine Sea Goddess

Rockland, Maine - Jacquelyn Olivia Thorbjornson of South Thomaston was crowned as the 2015 Maine Sea Goddess during the 68th annual Maine Lobster Festival coronation on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015.

Jacquelyn Olivia Thorbjornson of South Thomaston is a 2015 graduate of Oceanside High School. She is the daughter of Melanie and David Eaton and Edward Thorbjornson.  Her school activities included Key Club, Math Team, Student government, Field Hockey (4 yrs), Basketball, Indoor Track, Tennis, Cross Country, Drama Department, (Musical and One Act), Life Skills Peer Helper, Unified Basketball Team and National Honor Society.  Her hobbies are Running, beach combing, Kayaking, hiking, fishing, creative writing, Pilates and Volunteering for many groups.  She is employed at Waterman's Beach Lobster.  Her future plans are to attend Princeton University and earn a degree in Biology.  Jacquelyn's sponsor's are Waterman's Beach Lobster of So. Thomaston and Heartspot Stables of Thomaston.

Named Crown Princess was Payton Ann Billingsley  of Rockland is a 2015 graduate of Oceanside

King Neptune, His Court, Blackbeard & 2014 Sea Goddess Opens The 68th Annual Maine Lobster Festival

Rockland, Maine - King Neptune arrived at the public landing to open the 68th annual Maine Lobster Festival on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 in Rockland, Maine. Joining him were his court, Blackbeard, raising of the flag and the 2014 Sea Goddess Abby Hersom.

There will be things for everyone to enjoy such as Coronation, crowning of a new Sea Goddess on

68th Maine Lobster Festival Kicks Off Today, July 29th

File Photo: King Neptune and his court along with 2013 Sea Goddess 
arriving at the 67th Maine Lobster Festival in 2014.
Rockland, Maine - Thousands of people from all over the world will flock to the 68th annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine's harbor park. This year's festival kicks off today, Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, noon sharp, ending Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 at 6pm.

There will be things for everyone to enjoy such as Coronation, crowning of a new Sea Goddess on Wednesday, opening night, music from top local and national performers, parade on Saturday down Rockland's main street, food from several vendors, rides for all ages provided by Smokey's Greater Shows, watching lobsters being cooked at the large lobster cooker, activities for all ages and more.

Schedule for this year's festival:

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
All Day

Art Show at Main Street branch of Camden National Bank.

All Day

Festival Opens
Wednesday, July 29 - 11AM
Thursday, July 30  through  Sun Aug 2 - 9AM

9:00 a.m.

Four Day passes and Entertainment tickets on sale at the Main gate.

1:00 p.m.

Children’s Tent, Fine Arts & Crafts Tent, Marine Tent, Maine Made Tent, ongoing demonstrations, all vendors.

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
North Entertainment Tent

Maine Fastest Knitters  Yes… fast knitters!

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

"On The Horizon" The Maine Windjammer Project

"On The Horizon" by Doug Mills
The 1871 schooner Stephen Tabor on the horizon near Rockport Maine.