The 2011 Camden Windjammer Festival, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2-4, will be one of the most exciting yet, due in no small part to the great entertainment on tap throughout Camden for the weekend.
As the windjammers finish tying up on Friday, Sept. 2, there will be a free public contradance with caller Chrissy Fowler of Belfast and the band Crowfoot 3:30-5 p.m. on Camden’s Public Landing. Friday fun will continue with the Schooner Passenger and Crew Talent Show
in Harbor Park. The show will feature acts funny, fantastic and fabulous from the decks of the windjammer fleet. Friday evening will conclude with a fireworks display over Camden Harbor,
presented by Down East magazine.
Saturday night’s entertainment menu offers two options. At 7:30 p.m. the Camden Public Library will show the 1937 Spencer Tracy version of the movie “Captains Courageous” in the Amphitheatre on Atlantic Avenue.
At the Camden Opera House, Maine humorist Tim Sample will perform at 7:30 p.m. Born in northern Aroostook County and raised on the Maine coast, Tim Sample is a premier native humorist. He released his first album of Down East humor in the summer of 1980. Since then he has recorded nine more albums, four of which were released on the Bert and I label. He has written and-or illustrated several books including the regional best-sellers “Saturday Night at Moody’s Diner” and “How to Talk Yankee.”
Sample’s show at the Camden Opera House will feature new material from his latest album, “Live at Stone Mountain Arts,” released in January. As with all Tim Sample performances, the Camden Opera House show will be suitable for all audiences. Tickets are $10 and available while supplies last from the Camden Opera House, online at http://www.camdenoperahouse.com/ events.cfm, Once a Tree on Main Street in Camden, Small Wonder Gallery on the Public Landing in Camden, and the Camden and Rockland offices of the Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds will support the Windjammer Festival.
The festival will close at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, under the stars in Camden’s Harbor Park, with a free performance by the Dave Rowe Trio with special guest Denny Breau, courtesy of Maine Today Media. Guitarist Breau is a a consummate picker, evocative songwriter, with a voice that is warm and inviting. Fiddle-driven nautical songs, rollicking bluegrass and Appalachian tunes, old-timey instrumental masterpieces, Celtic classics and originals, and Down East wit by Maine’s own Dave Rowe pepper the show.
The Camden Windjammer Festival is sponsored by Down East magazine, Maine Today Media, Wayfarer Marine, Camden Harbour Inn, Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, Allen Insurance and Financial, Cellardoor Winery, Hartstone Inn and Point Lookout.
Dan Bookham is executive director of the new Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce that combines the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville and Rockland-Thomaston Area Chambers of Commerce. Contact him at 236-4404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.