Summertime, time, time ... and the livin’ is eeaasssy ...
Photo: KEVIN BURNHAM/Boothbay Register
CHECK OUT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS ...
15 - Lobster Boat Races
23 – 29 - 57th Annual Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days Festival
29 - 67th Strawberry Festival
4 - Fourth of July Fireworks ~ 7 - Dresden's Summerfest ~ 20, 21 - 56th Annual Antique Auto Days ~ 20, 21 - Rails, Tails & Ales
26 - Aug. 4 - Maine Stone Symposium ~ 27 - Books in Boothbay: Maine's Summer Book Fair ~ 27 - Summerfest - Wiscasset
1- 4 - Maine Stone Symposium ~ 16-18 - Arts & Yachts Exhibition & Sale ~ 30 - Boothbay Harbor Fest
1-7 - Boothbay Harbor Fest ~
7, 8 - East Side Vibe Arts & Music Festival ~ Boothbay
12 - Claw Down- 8th Annual Chef’s Lobster Bite Competition ~
21, 22 - Family Harvest Days
To see full calendar of events for the summer season, click here
Classical music, jazz, and hip hop among highlights of Salt Bay Chamberfest’s 25th anniversary season
... show their wares at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, 4 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor throughout the summer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - weather permitting.
Items include artisan jewelry, decorative metal work, sea glass items, pottery, decorative wooden boxes/bowls and cutting boards, potholders and place mats, decorative lamps, one-of-a-kind canes and walking sticks, original artwork, ornaments, stained glass, and much more.
This year’s dates are: June 15, 22 and 29; July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 27 and 30; Aug. 4, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24 27 and 31; Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
The 2019 craft shows on the Boothbay Common:
Memorial Day Show – May 25, 26
Windjammer Days Show – June 29, 30
July Show – July 13, 14
August Show – Aug. 17, 18
Labor Day Show – Aug. 31, Sept. 1
Fall Show – Sept. 21, 22
Harbor Lights Show – Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This show is held at the Boothbay Harbor Fire Station, 11 Howard St. Boothbay Harbor
Shows are held Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No storm dates.
Visit Boothbay Region Arts and Crafts Shows on Facebook for further updates and vendor profiles.
586 Wiscasset Rd., Boothbay
Boothbay Railway Village is an outdoor history museum and re-created Maine town of 1850 – 1950.
The Village covers more than 15 acres and has more than two dozen historic and reconstructed buildings. Unpaved roads lead to structures typical of rural Maine. Many of our historic buildings have wheelchair-accessible entrances. The Village’s unpaved roads are generally firm and stable. Most roads are level, with steeper grade near the goat pen and blacksmith shop.
Our railroad operates with a combination of historic and replica rolling stock that can sometimes prove challenging for guests. Our conductors and engineers are always available to help with the two or three steps required to board. An open coach with ramped access for wheelchairs or scooters is available with 24-hour advance notice.
Nowhere else in New England can you ride the rails behind an authentic steam locomotive surrounded by historic Maine buildings preserved in a recreated village, and view a collection of 60 antique autos.
See listing of events in the calendar at the top of this page.
- Singing Meadow - Oven’s Mouth - Porter Preserve - Gregory Hiking Trail - Lobster Cove Meadow - Cross River Preserve - Penny Lake Preserve - Linekin Preserve & Burley Loop - Ocean Point Preserve - Schoolhouse Pond Preserve - Pine Tree Preserve - Indiantown Island - Damariscove Island - Zak Preserve - Spectacle Island - Saunders Preserve - Colby Wildlife Preserve -
132 Botanical Garden Drive, Boothbay
ROOTS: THE OTHER HALF OF THE STORY
At Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, we know that though much of the work of growing gardens happens below the surface, it’s no less powerful for going unseen. This year, we introduce our theme, Roots: The Other Half of the Story. Through innovative art exhibits, informative classes, entertaining programming, tours and more, you’ll find new ways to explore the unseen.
Our season of exploration will be anchored in artist Steve Tobin’s monumental outdoor roots sculptures spread throughout the Gardens. Between June and September, stop by our Education Center to see National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson’s 14-foot-tall photographs showcasing the infinite complexity of grass roots.
97 Cross Rd., Alna
Maine’s Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington (WW&F) Railway was a two-foot “narrow” gauge common carrier railroad that operated from 1894 until 1933. The line ran from Wiscasset in the south, to Albion and Winslow in the north, never making it to either Waterville or Farmington. The Great Depression brought about the railroad’s scrapping in 1937.
The WW&F Railway Museum was founded in 1989 to restore and rebuild the original railroad. Since then we’ve restored 2.6 miles of railroad, rebuilt an original WW&F steam locomotive, and restored several railroad cars. Current projects include reboilering another steam locomotive and rebuilding a historic bridge.
50 Sugar Maple Lane, Boothbay
Boothbay Harbor Country Club is the perfect Maine golf course, featuring breathtaking vistas, challenging holes, and a sea breeze blowing off the ocean.
Our 18 championship holes are truly a "Pure Maine" golfing experience with innovative design, incredible conditioning, and beautiful landscaping.
The stunning new clubhouse is unlike any other facility in Maine with luxury amenities and unparalleled service. In fact, Boothbay Harbor Country Club made Architectural Digest’s prestigious list of the Most Beautiful Clubhouses in America!
It's a course - and Clubhouse - not to be missed.
Pier 1, Commercial Street, Boothbay Harbor
Book online for discounted prices.
The cruises ...
PUFFIN NATURE CRUISES - WHALE WATCH - PUFFIN & WHALE COMBO
SEAL WATCH - TRAP HAULING & SEAL WATCH - LITTLE BIT ‘O MAINE - CAPTAIN’S COMBO
CAP’S SPECIAL - DAMARISCOVE HARBOR - PEMAQUID POINT LIGHTHOUSE - KENNEBEC RIVER-BATH
The Burnt Island Living Lighthouse program is an unparalleled educational opportunity awaiting all who wish to learn about its maritime heritage.
The restored buildings serve as a "living" history museum where interpreters portray a lighthouse family who once called Burnt Island home.
Come learn about life on the island from Keeper Joseph Muise, his wife Annie, and their children as they recount their daily activities and share their stories of joy, sorrow, dedication, and survival.
. During the final segment of the tour, visitors can climb the spiral staircase into the lantern room, view the historic photographs and documents in the covered walkway museum, sport-fish off the rocks, or picnic by the waterfront.
Herb and Doris Smith sailed around the world twice with their three children on schooners they built by hand. Five of the schooners they built are named Appledore.
Eastwind, their sixth schooner, is a sistership of Appledore III. They are authors of two books about their world voyages: “Sailing Three Oceans” and “Dreams of Natural Places.”
Your two-hour voyage aboard Boothbay Harbor's largest schooner Eastwind gives you time to relax and see the Maine coastline. Lighthouses, fishing lobstermen, wildlife, and remote islands accessible only by boat dot the seascape.
Booking online and at the ticket booth between piers 1 and 8, 20 Commercial St.
Sail the Bennie Alice from Pier 6 in Boothbay Harbor to Cabbage Island, a quintessential Maine experience. The Moore family hosts guests 7 days a week from the end of June through the weekend after Labor Day. There you will enjoy a traditional Downeast clambake cooked on the water's edge ... 2 lobsters, steamers, corn on the cob, potato, onion, egg and blueberry cake dessert!
Roasted half chickens available and a kid’s meal - hot dog, chips, chowder and blueberry cake.
Explore the island and play some outdoor games during your visit. Go to the website for bookings!
2 Lee Street, Wiscasset
Built in 1807, the house was later redecorated and furnished to satisfy modern Victorian taste and sensibilities. A visit to Castle Tucker offers a glimpse into the everyday life of Mollie and Richard Tucker and their five children at the turn of the twentieth century. With three generations of family possessions on view, Castle Tucker is a time capsule that echoes with the voices of a remarkable Maine family.
Nickels- Sortwell House
21 Main Street, Wiscasset
A prime example of Federal architecture Wiscasset, Maine Nickels-Sortwell House is a National Historic Landmark and one of the region’s finest Federal-style houses. Built by Captain William Nickels, it epitomizes the brief period when shipbuilding and the maritime trade brought wealth and sophisticated tastes to this coastal Maine village.
McKown Point Road, W. Boothbay Harbor
Open through Columbus Day weekend
A collection of regional fish and invertebrates can be viewed in tanks that are recessed within the main gallery’s granite-like cliffs ... Colorful marine life, including red sea anemones and sun stars, can be admired in the "Downeast" tank, while the fascinating behaviors of northern shrimp, squid, and ugly, bottom-dwelling fish will surely capture your attention.
20 foot-long touch tank that houses a multitude of invertebrates!
86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor
Celebrating 125 years in 2019!
Box office: 633-5159
Since 1894 the Opera House has stood in downtown Boothbay Harbor. Originally built by members of the fraternal order, The Knights of Pythias (their crest remains emblazoned on the front of the building), the House served for decades as the lodge for both the Pythians and the Masons. In the intervening years, it lived many lives, and was a restaurant and bar and a private home and the downstairs performance hall was even transformed into a failed mini-mall for a period of time.
In 2009 the Opera House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the Department of the Interior.
Some of the acts taking the stage in 2019 are ... Gaelic Storm, Jerry Douglas & the Earls of Leicester, John Sebastian, Tom Rush, The Subdudes ...