The 4th of July festivities are receding in the rear-view mirror, but that doesn’t mean that the range of activities throughout July is any less exciting or diverse. As summer gets into full swing I
thought it might be useful to share some of the upcoming events so that you can get out and about to explore all the midcoast has to offer:
• 17th annual Old-Fashioned Strawberry Festival and Parade. 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9. United Christian Church (Community Building), Route 173, Lincolnville Center. Parade 10 a.m. Band concert, 11 a.m. Enjoy hot dogs, strawberry shortcake and pie (until the berries run out). Used books, new and used treasures, crafts, jams, relishes. Children’s activities and roving musicians. Rain or shine. Free. http://www.ucclincolnville.org.
• Ragged Mountain Fat Tire Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, Camden. Mountain biking and more. Lots of new trails being built with the help of the Mid Coast Maine NEMBA Chapter. Lifts service will run at the Snow Bowl. Newly built XC trails starting at the Snow Bowl. Races, group rides and a number of other events going on.
• 20th Anniversary Gardens in the Watershed Tour, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, July 10. Rain or shine. Sponsored by and benefitting Georges River Land Trust. Features seven country gardens in Appleton, Hope and Union. Tickets, $25 in advance, $28 tour day. Gourmet bag lunch available by pre-order. Tickets available at local stores and from the trust, 8 North Main St., Rockland. 594-5166 or http:// www.grlt.org.
• Moonrise by the Bay. 7:30pm. Friday, July 15, Lincolnville Beach. Features a bonfire on the beach near the Gazebo, weather permitting. Dine in town and stroll; stores open for the evening.
• Harbor Arts Juried Arts and Crafts Show, July 16-17, Harbor Park, Camden. More than 100 artists and craftspeople display and sell their work in this 33nd annual show. Sponsored by the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce. 236-4404 or http://www.camdenharborarts.com.
• Maine Windjammer Parade. 2-4 p.m. Friday, July 15, Rockland Breakwater. The entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships. Festivities also include tours of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. 800-807-9463 or http://www.sailmainecoast.com.
• North Atlantic Blues Festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, Harbor Park, Rockland. The acclaimed Blues Festival features national touring artists. 596-6055, 593-1189,
• Camden Garden Club annual House and Garden Tour. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, July 21. This 64th tour features sites in Camden and Rockport. Advance tickets, $25. 236-8946. http://www.camdengardenclub.com.
• 26th annual Antique Show and Sale, 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24, Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90, Rockport. Sponsored by the Camden-Rockport Historical Society, Goosefare Antiques and Promotions. Features 50 exhibitors from six states. 236-2257 or http://www.crmuseum.org.
• 10th Annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll, Saturday. July 23, Oceanside High School, 400 Broadway, Rockland. Cycle on beautiful country roads, past lighthouses and the rockbound coast, then dine on a lobster roll lunch. (Tuna or veggie available.) The ride includes options of 16, 30, 50 or 100 miles. Save money by preregistering. The event supports the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. 623-4511 or http://www.bikemaine.org.
• Trucks, Tractors and Aerobatics Air Show. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24, Owls Head Transportation Museum, off Route 73, Owls Head. Big, bigger and biggest. Features more than 250 antique pickups, delivery vans, tractor trailers, military vehicles, and more. Demonstrations, biplane rides, free Model T rides and family activities. $12, free to children under 18. 594-4418 or http://www.owlshead.org.
For more information on these and other events visit http://www.visitcamden.com.
Dan Bookham is the executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce. Call 236-4404, email email@example.com, or visit http://www.visitcamden.com for more information.