Saturday, June 15, 2019

City Announces Volunteer Information for Those Wishing to Support Asylum Seekers

PORTLAND, Maine -- The City of Portland would like to thank those who have expressed a wish to volunteer time and services in helping the City as we support asylum seekers arriving in Portland. Thanks to our friends at the United Way of Greater Portland, we now have a coordinated and secure way to accept volunteers. 

Please visit https://www.unitedwaygp.org/2019/06/14/expo-shelter/ to sign up to volunteer. As shelter security is of the utmost importance, please do not show up at the Expo without receiving a volunteer assignment. You will be turned away. 

The most pressing need is still for financial resources. To donate directly to the City to cover shelter/housing needs and basic necessities, please visit www.portlandmaine.gov/donate. The easiest way to donate is to text the word EXPO to 91999. 


Public Art Committee Announces Final Proposals for Roundabout Art

Portland, Maine - The Portland Public Art Committee (PPAC) received the final four proposals for the new roundabout art commission.  The four artists under consideration are:

The proposals may be viewed online at the Public Art Committee’s website, in City Hall on the monitors, and at the monthly Public Art Committee meeting on June 19th where public comment will also be taken.  A comment form is also available on the City website to provide comment – the deadline is June 20th.
The selection committee is scheduled to meet on June 20th to consider the four proposals.  The

Maine State Museum Hosts “Action Under the Dome” Forum on Upcoming Changes in State Voting and Election Laws

Maine State Museum Hosts “Action Under the Dome” Forum
on Upcoming Changes in State Voting and Election Laws  
June 25 Event at 5:30 p.m. Highlights Key Issues Acted on by the Legislature

AUGUSTA, Maine - As part of its current exhibition and programs about the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, the Maine State Museum will host a special forum, Action Under the Dome, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. to look at voting and election-related initiatives during the recent legislative session. Headlining the forum will be Anna Kellar, executive director of Democracy Maine, and Gina Coppens, leader of the Augusta Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Maine.

“Ranked choice voting. Automatic voter registration. The national popular vote. Presidential primaries. Big money in politics. We’ve been hearing about these issues constantly over the past many months, as debates have echoed through the halls of the State House,” comments Museum Director Bernard Fishman. “But, what were the final results and how do they affect every Maine voter? The forum on June 25th will provide the inside scoop from Democracy Maine and the League of Women Voters of Maine, important non-partisan groups that were in the middle of all the debates.”

“During the 129th legislative session, the League of Women Voters of Maine had an ambitious agenda to improve our democracy, make voting more accessible, increase election security, and reduce the influence of big money in politics,” notes Anna Kellar. “Our volunteers testified on over 40 bills related to these issues. We look forward to sharing the results of our work during the Maine State Museum forum on the 25th.

The League of Women Voters of Maine is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League never supports or opposes any political party or candidate.

The forum will be held at the Maine State Museum, 230 State Street in Augusta. Prior to the forum, visitors will receive free admission to view the museum’s newest exhibit, Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote. For more information, contact the museum at 207-287-2301 or see the museum’s website: www.mainestatemuseum.org 

Strong seven for Wade! Sea Dogs win 3-1 at Akron

Portland now 2-2 on their nine-game trip
Akron, Ohio - RHP Konner Wade (1-1) earned his first win the Red Sox system, firing seven strong innings, as the Portland Sea Dogs (23-40) beat the Akron RubberDucks (34-32) 3-1 on Friday night in the series opener at Canal Park.

Wade yielded just one run on seven hits, two walks, and strikeouts. Akron scored their lone run in the sixth inning on a run-scoring double from Alex Call. During the same frame, Wade induced a line-out double play with the bases loaded.

Durbin Feltman pitched the final two innings, including a perfect ninth for his third Double-A, save.

Portland scored in the first two innings off losing pitcher Evan Mitchell (0-2). Tate Matheny nailed a two-out RBI single in the first to make it 1-0. In the second, Jarren Duran added an RBI fielder's choice.

The Sea Dogs got their final run on a pinch-hit double from Joey Curletta in the ninth inning.

Ricardo Cubillan and Jerry Downs each had two hits for the Sea Dogs. Bobby Dalbec picked up his league-leading 38th walk.

Portland and the Akron RubberDucks (Indians affiliate) continue their three-game series on Saturday night (tonight) with a 7:05 start from Canal Park. Lefty Dedgar Jimenez (1-3, 3.55) is on the mound for Portland. Akron counters with lefty Tanner Tully (5-5, 4.03). Radio coverage on the WPEI U.S. Cellular Sea Dogs Radio Network begins at 6:50 PM. The game is available on the tune-in app and MiLB.TV.

Tickets for any game at Hadlock Field are available at 207-879-9500 or seadogs.com. Book your nine inning vacation today!

Blues Takes Over Rockland's Harbor Park July 13, 14th

Rockland, Maine - It is that time of year again to start booking your hotel room for the North Atlantic Blue Festival in beautiful coastal Maine city of Rockland.

This year's blue festival takes place July 13th through July 14th, 2019.

Lineup for this year:

Saturday, July 13th

MCMA Blues
Camp Kids
10:30-10:55 AM

11:15 AM-12:15 PM

Best Race Of The Year, Great Schooner Race Sets Sail July 5th, 2019, One Not To Miss

Rockland, Maine - According to Great Schooner Race website, Every summer since 1977, the Maine Windjammer Association has hosted the Great Schooner Race, providing an opportunity for captains, crews and passengers aboard traditional vessels from all over the Eastern Seaboard to rendezvous for a fun day of racing.

Hailed as "the largest annual gathering of traditional schooners in America," this year at least twenty schooners are expected to participate in the 43rd Annual Great Schooner Race scheduled to take place on July 5th, 2019 in Penobscot Bay.

Come out to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse to see these amazing sailing vessels cross the finish line. They will start coming across the finish line from 3pm on.

This is one of thee best race of the year, seeing these amazing vessel full of sail, it will transport you back when there were hundreds, now only dozen or so remain.

Two of the oldest vessels taking part in the Great Schooner Race are the Lewis R. French of Camden and Stephan Taber of Rockland, Maine, both built in 1871.

Schooners taking part in this year's race as of this article are:

List is by: Schooner, Length, Type, Year Built, Place Built, Captain

AGNESS & DELL 46' 2-Masted Gaff Schooner 1945 St. Mary’s Newfoundland, Canada Blue Hill John Gandy

AMERICAN EAGLE 92' Fishing Schooner 1930 Gloucester, MA Rockland John Foss

ANGELIQUE 95' Cruise Ketch 1980 Palatka, FL Camden Dennis Gallant

HERITAGE 95′ Coaster 1983 Rockland, ME Rockland Doug/Linda Lee

LADONA 82′ Yacht 1922 Boothbay Harbor, ME Rockland J.R. Braugh

LEWIS R. FRENCH 64′ Coaster 1871 Christmas Cove, ME Camden Garth Wells

MARY DAY 90′ Coaster 1962 So. Bristol, ME Camden Barry King

OLAD 48′ Yacht 1927 Osterville, MA Camden Aaron Lincoln

STEPHEN TABER 68′ Coaster 1871 Glen Head, NY Rockland Noah Barnes

VICTORY CHIMES 132′ Ram Schooner 1900 Bethel, DE Rockland Sam Sikkema

Next Month, July 18th-20th, 59th Homecoming Rendezvous & Races at Rockland

Rockland, Maine - Next month, July 18th-20th, 2019, 59th annual 59 Homecoming Rendezvous & Races put on by Friendship Sloop Society will be upon us in Rockland, Maine.

Come watch as beautiful, one masted sloops race in the harbor, these sloops will come close to Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.

Purpose of the Friendship Sloop Society:
Article II of the Constitution of the Sloop Society states the purpose of the Friendship Sloop Society. Here's a portion of Article II:

Section A.

The purpose of this Society shall be to encourage the building and sailing of Friendship Sloops, to provide a medium for owners and friends to meet and enjoy each other around a common interest, and to promote the history and traditions of the Friendship Sloop.

Section B.

To sponsor and conduct races between original and reproduction Friendship Sloops.

Section C.

To establish standards of rig and design for reproduction of authentic Friendship Sloops.

Section D.

To trace existing sloops to place of origin and original builder.

Section E.

To engage in nonprofit activities related to the Society's purpose including the conduct of public functions in connection with such races, and any other business properly within the scope of a sailing association devoted to the recreational aspects of such activities.

Section F.

To make gifts to the Pendleton Memorial Scholarship Fund and / or to the Friendship Museum, Inc., or to such organizations as enumerated in subsections (a) and (b) of Section G.3 of this article.

2019 Maine Lobster Festival Entertainment Lineup

Photo credit: Dream Local

Rockland, Maine - The Maine Lobster Festival has an exciting lineup of entertainment planned for guests at the 72ndannual event. This year the festival will again feature all Maine-based artists and bands in a variety of genres, and the main stage has, of course, been renamed the “Maine” stage. All entertainment will be included in the price of admission.

Check the schedule to find out when each artist will be performing.

Wednesday, July 31 
Paddy Mills - An award winning folk singer/songwriter whose songs are as salty as the Maine coast he calls home.
Tom Albury - Tom has been entertaining audiences in Midcoast Maine for over 30 years with songs from soul and folk.
Rick Johnson - Soaring vocal melodies, guitar, and ukulele with deep roots in nature.
Midcoast Music Academy - The students and staff of MCMA perform in various ensembles.
  
Thursday, August 1
Cowboy Billy with Malinda Liberty - This duo is bringing classic country and rock to the Maine Lobster Festival.
Don Roy Trio - Specializing in traditional dance music from their Franco-American heritage, and led by Rockland native Don, the trio has been together over 30 years with appearances that include the Kennedy Center and The Library of Congress.
Paddy Mills - An award winning folk singer/songwriter whose songs are as salty as the Maine coast he calls home.
New Shades of Blue - Bringing an eclectic mix, from old time jazz favorite to originals, some blues and even reggae based originals to the Festival.
Hello Newman - Maine’s premier alternative rock band is here to give the audience a great show - and that means lots of dancing!

Friday, August 2
Sara Grey - Americana and Folk
Jason Spooner - A unique mix of roots, folk, blues and rock.
Chris Fyfe - A Merle Haggard Tribute Show celebrating this country legend.
Creatures of Habit - Bringing Classic Rock to the Maine Lobster Festival.
Runnin’ Down on a Dream - This Tom Petty Tribute Band is celebrating a legend with all your favorites.
  
Saturday, August 3
Monday Night Jazz Orchestra - A big band for our big stage playing a mix of latin, jazz, funk and blues.
Ukes Rock - Midcoast Maine’s most popular ukulele group.
Steelin’ Thunder - Maine’s own steel drum band.
Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations - A powerful mix of Motown and Memphis soul guaranteed to bring down the house.

Sunday, August 4 
Nikki Hunt Band - This Maine based pop/rock band covers artists like Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen, No Doubt, AC/DC and more!
  
We hope you’ll come out to support all these amazing performers!

About the Maine Lobster Festival
Five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine, the Maine Lobster Festival attracts thousands of people to the Midcoast region and has a long tradition of giving back to the local community. In recent years, the festival committee has given more than $500,000 to Midcoast Regional Child Development Services, Trekkers, Meals on Wheels, and many other organizations. The 2019 Festival will be held July 31-August 4.
For more information about the Maine Lobster Festival, visit the website at www.mainelobsterfestival.com and “like” them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter at @MELobsterFest.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days Runs From June 23rd-29th

Boothbay Harbor, Maine - Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days runs from June 23rd through June 29th, 2019 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days is a week long festival and is the cornerstone of summer traditions in the Boothbay Harbor region. From the Grand Gathering of the Windjammer Fleet to a golf tournament, road race, tug of war across the harbor, pirate duels and fireworks, this festival has something for everyone! There’s food events and live music, a lobster eating contest, codfish relay rock skipping contest, and so much more. Like parades? Spend the week and you can catch an Antique Boat Parade, Blessing of the Fishing Fleet, Windjammer Days Street Parade, and the Lighted Boat Parade. Best of all, many of the events are free! Something that is not an easy find these days. It is the collective passion for the sea and for keeping traditions alive for future generations that drives this event. Visit Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days for a complete schedule and to view our Lodging Partners who invite you stay.
https://www.boothbayharborwindjammerdays.org/

Schedule:

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019

12:00 PM
Arthur Webster Memorial Rock Skipping Contest

1:00 PM
Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club One Design Race  

1:30 PM
Blessing of The Fleet

2:00 PM
Red Cloak Maritime History Tour

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Reggae Cruise featuring Dani Tribesmen

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2nd Annual Windjammer Days Crab Cake Cook Off!

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Nathaniel Wilson Sailmakers Tours

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open House at the Boothbay Sea and Science Center

3:00 PM 
Tug of War Across The Harbor

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ernestina-Morrissey Reception

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Linekin Bay Resort Cruzan Rum Tasting Event

6:00 PM
Boothbay’s Got Talent

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Pancake Breakfast 
Whale Park

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Whale Park Friends of Windjammer Days Tent Open Information and shuttle maps are available. Raffle tickets with prizes every hour!

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Kids Alley
Located on Boothbay Hill across from Two Salty Dogs on the lawn

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Pirates of the Dark Rose Puppet Show
Whale Park

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Maine State Aquarium Touch Tank
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tours of the United States Coast Guard Station
McKown Point - Free Shuttle Service

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Windjammers for Wee Mateys
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library Lawn

10:00 - 4:00 PM
Maine State Aquarium, McKown Point - Free Shuttle Service
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Crafts on the Porch
11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - Lobster Presentation
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Explore the Zone
12:30 PM, 1:30 PM - Scenes from our Past and Smells                                                                                from Present (sign up in advance)
12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM - Creature Feature

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pirates of the Dark Rose Tours of the Must Roos pirate ship
Docked at Fisherman's Wharf 

11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Rebuilding Together Food Booth
Whale Park

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Pirates of the Dark Rose Duels & Meet Oreo the Pirate Bird

1:00 PM
Red Cloak Maritime History Tour

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Recruiting for Pirates
Kid's Tent, Boothbay House Hill

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Whale Park Stage Concert - FREE
Meghan Clark

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Pirates of the Dark Rose Tours of the Must Roos pirate ship 
Docked at Fisherman's Wharf 

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Whale Park Stage Concert - FREE
Community Band

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
Whale Park Stage Concert - FREE
Owen Kennedy

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Whale Park Stage Concert - FREE
Gina and The Red Eye Flight Crew

7:30 PM
Red Cloak Haunted History Tours  

7:30 PM
Opera House Concert
Gaelic Storm

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Pancake Breakfast
Whale Park

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friends of Windjammer Days Tent Open in Whale Park. Raffle tickets with prizes every hour with grand prize drawing at 8 pm

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Pirates of the Dark Rose Weapons Demonstration
Whale Park

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Kids Tent Activities
Boothbay House Hill

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tours of the United States Coast Guard Station
McKown Point - Free Shuttle Service

10:00 - 3:00 PM
Maine State Aquarium - Free Shuttle Service; McKown Point Aquarium closing today at 3 pm today for parade attendance
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Creature Feature
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Sport fishing off the dock
11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - Lobster Presentation                 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Scenes from Past and Smells  
from Present (sign up in advance)
11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - Lobster Presentation

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Cannon Lessons with a Pirate Shoot out
Whale Park

11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Rebuilding Together Food Booth
Whale Park 

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM            
British Invasion Attack on Boothbay Harbor 
Public Landing, Whale Park

12:30 PM
Lobster Eating Contest
Whale Park - Open to all!

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Gathering of the Fleet
The moment you have been waiting for!  

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Pirates of the Dark Rose Tours of the Must Roos pirate ship
Docked at Fisherman’s Wharf 

2:00 PM
Cod Fish Races 
Whale Park - Open to all!

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Whale Park Stage Concert - FREE
Dave Gagne Band

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Windjammer Days Street Parade
(starts at high school, arrives downtown approximately 4:30 pm)

5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Whale Park Stage Concert - FREE
Windjammer Princesses & King of the Harbor

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Whale Park Stage Concert - FREE
Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations

7:30 PM
Red Cloak Haunted History Tours

9:15 PM
Fireworks Spectacular over the Harbor 

THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019

7:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Windjammer Fleet Leaves the Harbor
Bid the schooners farewell as they depart Boothbay Harbor

9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Boothbay Farmer’s Market
Boothbay Common

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Age of Fishing Under Sail at the Historical Society

1:00 PM
Windjammer Days Golf Tournament 
at the Boothbay Harbor Country Club
All are welcome to participate! 

1:00 PM
Red Cloak Maritime History Tour

3:00 PM
Annual Antique Boat Parade

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Whale Park Stage Concert - FREE
The Work Trucks

7:30 PM
Red Cloak Haunted History Tour 

7:30 PM
Opera House Concert
The Kruger Brothers

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2019

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Artists Alley
Whale Park

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Age of Fishing Under Sail at the Historical Society

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Whale Park Free Stage Concert
Ben Betts

1:00 PM
Red Cloak Maritime History Tour

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Whale Park Stage Concert - FREE
Delta Knights Jazz Duo

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Windjammers Adventure and Harvey Gamage Reception and Tours
Carousel Marina and Whale's Tale Restaurant

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fundraising Sail aboard Harvey Gamage

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Whale Park Stage Concert - FREE
Don Brewer Blues Project

7:30 PM
Opera House Concert
Jerry Douglas & the Earls of Leicester

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019

7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pancake Breakfast 
Edgecomb Fire Department

8:00 AM
Rocky Coast Road Race             

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Age of Fishing Under Sail at the Historical Society

1:00 PM
Red Cloak Maritime History Tour

6:30 - 9:00 PM
Whale Park Stage Concert - FREE
Dyer Neck Gang

9:00 PM
Lighted Boat Parade  
The culmination to Windjammer Days! 

Portland SchoonerFest & Regatta Takes Over Portland Harbor June 21st

Portland, Maine - The annual Portland SchoonerFest & Regatta, hosted by TallShip Maine, takes over Portland's harbor Friday, June 21st, 2019 in Portland, Maine.

Join us for an exciting weekend of schooner racing and beautiful sunset cruise-in-companies on Portland Harbor!

Portland's own spring regatta for traditional sail, Portland SchoonerFest and Regatta kicks off the summer sailing season on the solstice weekend with SEVEN traditional schooners parading under sail on Friday, June 21 and racing on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23.

This year's fleet includes some of the most famous schooners in the country including

131' Harvey Gamage of Portland
Schooner Adventure of Gloucester, MA
Schooner Alert of Bailey Island
Marine Maritime Museum's Schooner Mary E

These classics are racing against hometown favorites Bagheera, Wendameen & Timberwind, an original Portland pilot schooner.

The fleet continues on with the Casco Bay Gaffers Race to Bailey Island on Monday, June 24.

Come aboard as a passenger for an experience you'll never forget! Proceeds benefit Tall Ships® Maine accredited sail training programs for Maine teenagers. Tickets available at https://tallshipsmaine.org/portland-schoonerfest-regatta

For groups of ten or more or for questions, contact erincrotty@tallshipsmaine.org.

Rockland Lobster Boat Races Takes Off This Father's Day, Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Rockland, Maine - Rockland Lobster Boat Races takes off this Father's Day, Sunday, June 16th, 2019 in Rockland, Maine.

Lobster boats race alongside Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse where you see them from a great advantage point.

According to Rockland Lobster Boat Races, Since the beginning of the Rockland Lobster Boat Races in June of 2007, it has been our drive to provide racers and specators with the Best Race course, the Best venue for spectators (running along side the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse), a full array of participating Lobster boats from all along the coast of Maine, the highest prize values on the circuit, and great value for exposure for promoters who donate money and prizes to the race. The city of Rockland, Maine and all of our Sponsors have helped us to build this race to reach those goals. As we continue each year, we strive to improve upon past seasons and continue to satisfy our growing fan base and race participants.

Rockland, Maine currently has the largest Prize Values on the circuit. In our first nine years we have given out over $150,000 in cash & Prizes!

The exciting tradition continues for the 2019 Rockland Lobster Boat Races. This year registration will begin at 8:00 at Journeys End Marina next to the commercial dock inside building A3. The awards ceremony will conclude the races in the same building with prizes being raffled off and the announcement of the winners!

Slips and fuel will be available at Journeys End Marina, All slips will be first come first serve at the commercial dock.  Additional slips will be available through the Dockmaster who can be reached on VHF 9 and 18 or at 596-3238. The City of Rockland will also be providing slips.

Bring your boat out for a beautiful day on the water for the Rockland Lobster Boat Races and for those without a boat the races are best viewed from the Rockland Breakwater.

Make a weekend of it and join Rockland Main Street for their annual Summer Solstice Celebration Dock Party on Saturday night at Journeys End Marina, located at the end of Tillson Avenue. Cash bar and live music will be sure to make your lobster boat race weekend a blast!

For additional information contact:
Nick O’Hara: 542-4348
Mike Mayo: 542-1879

Races are from 8:30am with registration, rafting to 2pm with last race ending, great place to take your father.

Rockland To Be Invaded by Outerspace Band During Solstice Celebration Tomorrow, June 15th

Rockland, Maine - Rockland Main Street, Inc., will produce the Summer Solstice Celebration tomorrow, Saturday, June 15th, 2019 in two phases: a fun, family event complete with food vendors, games and activities, and dancing, along with live outdoor musical entertainment on Main Street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4-7 PM.  FOR THE 2ND PHASE - The Summer Solstice After Hours Dock Party, from 6:00-10:30 PM. This 21+ Adults-Only-With- I.D. event will have live music featuring The Outerspace Band, and DJ Dan Miller, dancing, and a “cash only” bar at Journey’s End Marina at the end of Tillson Avenue, overlooking Rockland Harbor and the breakwater light. All events are FREE to the public.

According to scientific evidence, the summer solstice occurs when the tilt of a planet's semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the star (sun) that it orbits.

This is the explanation for the fact that Downtown Rockland will be throwing two big parties on

Residents Day at Maine State Parks and Historic Sites, Sunday, June 16

What
Maine residents are invited to take advantage of free day admission to Maine State Parks and Historic Sites. On Residents Day, vehicles with Maine license plates will have fees waived. 
WhenSunday, June 16, 2019
Gates open at 9 a.m.
(No rain date)
WhereMaine State Parks & Historic Sites including: Androscoggin Riverlands, Aroostook, Birch Point, Bradbury Mountain, Camden Hills, Cobscook Bay, Colburn House, Colonial Pemaquid, Crescent Beach, Damariscotta Lake, Eagle Island, Ferry Beach, Fort Edgecomb, Fort Kent, Fort Knox, Fort McClary, Fort Point, Fort Popham, Fort Pownall, Fort O'Brien, Grafton Notch, Holbrook Island, Lamoine, Lake St George, Lily Bay, Moose Point, Mt Blue, Owls Head Light, Peaks-Kenny, Popham Beach, Quoddy Head, Range Pond, Rangeley Lake, Reid, Roque Bluffs, Two Lights, Sebago Lake, Shackford Head, Swan Lake, Vaughan Woods, Warren Island, Wolfe's Neck Woods
The open admission does not apply to Acadia National Park, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Baxter State Park, Peacock Beach, Scarborough Beach State Park, Swan Island, the ME Wildlife Park, the Penobscot River Corridor, or the Penobscot Narrows Observatory in Prospect, though admission to Fort Knox State Historic Site will be free that day.
For detailed Maine State Parks and Historic Sites information:

Strand On The Air returns with a Summer Fun Special

Rockland, Maine - The Strand Theatre presents a new edition of Strand On The Air, a live radio variety show broadcast over WRFR, on Sunday, July 7 at 5pm, at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street. All are invited to be a part of the studio audience, and admission is free.

The all-new “Summer Fun Special” is written and directed by Strand House Manager Liz McLeod, with music by Strand Education Coordinator Brittany Parker and the Blake Rosso Band, announcer David Troup, and the Strand Family Players.

The broadcast will go on the air over WRFR, 93.3 FM and its worldwide stream at wrfr.org at 5pm.

“Our first broadcast back in December drew a capacity crowd at the theater,” says McLeod, who spent fifteen years in broadcasting before coming to the Strand, “and we got feedback from listeners who tuned in over the WRFR stream from as far away as England. So it was a foregone conclusion we’d do another show, and what better theme for the evening than all the fun of a Midcoast summer night! A big live audience is an important part of any radio variety show, and admission is free!”

The ninety-minute variety show will feature a full roster of guests. “We try to offer something for everyone on these shows,” McLeod notes, “and this time our musical guests cover quite a bit of ground. Coming to us all the way from Waldo County we’ve got old-time harmonies with the guitar-uke-vocals team of Patty Jackson and Rusty Blake, and for those who want to really shake off the dust and move, we’ve got Rockland-based alternative rock up-and-comers Drive By Todd. Galadira Scattaloni, who was a big hit on our first show, will return with another incredible vocal solo. And we’ll also introduce you to some interesting people you’ll enjoy knowing – longtime Strand volunteer Susan McGovern will have a few things to say – and sing -- and we’ll also have an enlightening visit from WRFR station manager Jo Lindsay, who’ll give us an inside look at what the station’s all about and how you can be a part of it. There might even be some laughs mixed in with those interviews – you never know what might happen in live radio. And of course, Brittany Parker and the Blake Rosso Band are back as our house musicians for the occasion with plenty of toe-tapping summertime tunes.“

There’s also lots of comedy on the bill. “We introduced a couple of features on our first broadcast that people seemed to enjoy,” says McLeod, “so we’ll have new installments of both on our upcoming show. Our newsreel segment, “All Things Rescinded,” will take a close-up look at a couple of the most notable problems we face around town during the summer. Newscasters Karl Stuffel and Camomile Bourgeois will speak with a downtown worker who must resort to desperate measures to find a place to park – and also with the World’s Champion Jaywalker, who will be in town taking advantage of the local traffic to train for Olympic competition. And in our big feature sketch, we’ll visit again with our friends from that forgotten little town we call Abysmal Point, who are looking to make a few dollars with a sharp new idea for a Summer Festival.”

The Strand Family Players – Lili Bonarrigo, Scout Bookham, Billie Lawson, Kelsea Wotton, and William Zall --  will act out the comedy skits using techniques dating back to the Golden Days of Radio, gathering at center stage around an original 1940s microphone, to the accompaniment of appropriate sound effects – some reproduced from the same original 78rpm records used at the networks during the radio era, and others created by live sound technicians while you watch.  “If you saw and enjoyed our last broadcast, you’ll get an even bigger kick out of this one,” promises McLeod. “And if you’ve never seen a radio show before, this is your chance to be a part of a live audience that’s as much a participant in the program as the people up on the stage.”

Doors open at 4:15pm, and the audience warm-up begins at 4:45pm. The show goes live on the air at 5pm. Running time: 90 minutes. Free Admission. For more information, visit www.rocklandstrand.com. Tel: (207) 594-0070 EX 3  Email: info@rocklandstrand.com

Photo 1: Brittany Parker and Liz McLeod go through the script

Photo 2: Sound effects rehearsal. L-R: William Zall, Scout Bookham, Liz McLeod

Photos 3 & 4: The Blake Rosso Band

Photo 5: Drive By Todd