Multiple events focused on art, culture, food and wine will come together in the seaside towns of Maine’s Midcoast during the first weekend of October. Thousands of visitors are expected to attend.
On Camden Harbor, against a backdrop of schooners, mountains and turning leaves, 100 artists will display fine art and crafts. At Camden Opera House, Rockland Strand Theatre and in other locations throughout the area, an international film festival will offer cinema from around the world. Lincolnville will feature VinFest, with grape stomping, homemade wine competitions, winery tours and other festivities, as well as a community celebration — Lincolnville Fall Festival.
This will be a real celebration of culture and the landscape that has inspired so many artists over the years. Attendees can combine fine dining, shopping, art, cinema and local color into a truly magnificent long weekend. I can’t imagine a more compelling start to foliage season than forgetting about raking and instead heading out to join in the festivities.
Events taking place during the weekend of Sept. 29-Oct. 2 include:
• Carol Sebold HarborArts Juried Arts and Crafts Show, Oct. 1-2. This autumn tradition draws artists from around the country to display, discuss and sell their work in Camden. The show features an eclectic mix of established and emerging artists in a variety of disciplines. Last year’s event drew more than 4,000 visitors. The annual celebration brings scores of artists and artisans to Camden’s Harbor Park and Amphitheatre. Work in a wide variety of genres will be on display and on sale in a setting that has inspired artists for many years. Attendees will find work that appeals to every taste and budget, and the timing couldn’t be better to get a jump on holiday shopping. Fine works in watercolor, oil, acrylics, and pastels blend with spectacular photography, sculpture and mixed media. High design jewelry, metal and woodcraft, pottery and exquisite furniture also will be available.
• Camden International Film Festival, Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The festival will showcase the finest documentary cinema from around the world at multiple locations in Camden, Rockland and Lincolnville. More information is available at http://www.camdenfilmfest.org.
VinFest,(Sept. 31-Oct. 1. The harvest festival begins Friday with an elegant dinner-dance under a tent in the vineyard. The cost is $100 per person. Saturday’s festivities include food and wine pairings, grape stomping, a homemade wine competition, lunch, music, wine cellar tours and more, $10 per person. Activities take place 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Cellardoor Winery. Information is at http://www.mainewine.com.
• Lincolnville Fall Festival, Oct. 1-2. The celebration includes a parade, rides, food and fun at Lincolnville Beach. All day Saturday and Sunday.
In addition, local museums, galleries, fine restaurants and stores will offer other activities. The landscape that inspired artists such as three generations of Wyeths, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and many more will offer hiking, sailing and other outdoor activities for those interested in exploring the region from different perspectives.
Dan Bookham is the executive director of the 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.