Schooner Heritage sails by Burnt Island. File photo
There’s the Blessing of the (commercial) Fleet to kick things off on Sunday and the Gathering of the Fleet is on Wednesday when visiting and local schooners sail in and drop anchor. The Antique Boat Parade features a fleet of a different kind – classic pleasure cruising vessels. This year, the Antique Boat Parade is followed by a Pier Party at Bristol Marine with live music, food, boat viewings and shipyard tours. The party is a ticketed event.
Harbor Aglow is the new name for the Lighted Boat Parade event, which is preceded by boats anchored around the inner harbor to light up an hour prior to the parade.
There are two trips out to Burnt Island for a new kind of living history tour led by four of its former keepers - not all at once, of course!
Boat trip companies Balmy Days Cruises and Cap’n Fish’s Cruises add special trips on Tuesday, June 28 and/or Wednesday, June 29 to see the windjammer fleet in local waters – and for the fireworks display Wednesday night. Or … sail on local vessels Eastwind, Lazy Jack, Tyrone, Isaac H. Evans or the Agness and Dell to really be part of the scene! Visit their websites for details.
Remember the Street Parade? Well, it’s back after a two-year absence – and it will be amazing – believe it!
Competitions galore: Codfish Relay Races, Lobster Eating Contest, Boothbay’s Got Talent (an online event again this year), Rock Skipping Contest; and also returning after a two-year absence ... the Tug of War Across the Harbor!
Those fun-loving rogues, the Pirates of the Dark Rose, are coming back for another year of mayhem for adults and kids alike. Events just with kiddoes in mind – Kids Alley and Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library’s Windjammers for Wee Mateys are back.
The two-day Artists’ Alley returns, with paintings, jewelry, sculpture and more. There’s a special Burnt Island History Tour with former lighthouse keepers sharing stories about their duties as keepers as well as a few anecdotes (some are sure to be of the ghostly variety); speaking of history and ghosts, don’t miss the opportunity to go on one of the three Haunted History Tours presented by American Ghost Tours/Red Cloak.
Sunday, June 26
Monday, June 27
Over 101 years ago on April 9, 1921 Schooner Bowdoin was launched at Hodgdon Brothers Boatyard in East Boothbay, Maine.Schooner Bowdoin is the official vessel of Maine and the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy's Vessel Operations and Technology program.
Schooner Bowdoin will be at the Town Dock next to the Thomas E. Lannon.
The Oliver Hazard Perry of Rhode Island provides innovative and empowering education programs at sea and ashore to promote personal growth and professional development, while raising awareness of opportunities in the maritime industry, marine trades, and defense sector for the communities of Rhode Island and Southern New England.
Thursday, June 30
The Shipyard/Bristol Marine
120 Commercial St.
Rain date: Friday, July 1
Immediately following the Antique Boat Parade. A ticketed event, $40 pp, with music by Chris & Dave Gagne ~ appetizers ~ drinks ~ antique boats to admire tied up at the docks. https://gtgtickets.com/index.php/my-events/pier-party-at-the-shipyard
There is no parking at the Shipyard for this event. The Shipyard is 0.2 miles from Whale Park, in a westerly direction on Commercial Street, it is a 4 minute walk. Parking is available at various locations around town. A free trolley will pick up pier party goers at Boothbay Region High School, across from the YMCA, 236 Townsend Ave. and 11 Howard St.
Sunday, June 26
Wednesday, June 29
Thursday, June 30
Hear local accounts of three major types of ghosts - residual manifestations, intelligent hauntings, and poltergeist - during this 90-minute walking tour. Suitable for all ages. Service dogs only. Advance reservations only: Tickets are $20 pp at https://redcloaktours.com or call 1-833-GHOST13.
Wednesday, June 29
Commercial Street, near Whale Park
Such fun - be ye contestant or spectator ...
Teams don fisherman wet weather gear, take hold of two fish and run like you-know-what round the short race route and back. First team finishing wins a $100 cash prize!
Teams sign up at the Friends of Windjammer Days tent in the Whale Park day of races.
Friday, July 1
Teams meet in the parking lot near the footbridge and Wannawaf
This popular event pits east against west, sides of Boothbay Harbor, that is. The course spans 700 feet. Teams vie for bragging rights and possession of the Trophy Cup for one year. That cup has been held by the 2018 and 2019 winning team – Clear Stream Construction! Will they return to retain championship status? Only one way to find out!
Team sign up at https://www.boothbayharborwindjammerdays.org/tug-of-war
NEW this year: The Chowder House, on the edge of the parking lot, is the location for drinks and food starting at 11 a.m. - just in time for the rock skipping and tug. Tickets are $8/advance on the website above or $10/door.
All Pirates of the Dark Rose events are in Whale Park.
Puppet show: Tuesday, June 28, 10-10:30 a.m. ~
Tortuga open (games and activities): Tuesday, June 28, 11a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesday, June 29, 10-11 a.m.
Tours of the Must Roos: Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesday, June 29 (ship’s rail only), 2-3 p.m.
Crudbeard’s Cannon Lessons: Tuesday, June 28, 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 29, 10:30 a.m.
Weapons show: Tuesday, June 28, 2 p.m.
Recruiting & Training Young Pirates for Wednesday’s battle, Tuesday, June 28, 3 p.m.
Battle for Boothbay Harbor: Wednesday, June 29 at High Noon!
This year’s youth T-shirt design is by Georgia Griffith, a sixth grade student at Southport Central School on Southport Island. Georgia sketched the design of her favorite parts of Windjammer Days - the schooners and fireworks, in pencil first, filled in with colored pencils, and outlined all in pen.
The youth T’s are soft gray. They, and all of the official Festival T’s and hats, will be available at the Friends of WJD tent in the Whale Park on Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29.