February 23, 2018
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Boat show brings together artisans, music, heritage

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By Shari Closter
For the Midcoast Beacon

Rockland is now the home for the staff of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, and they are a vibrant part of our local community. Over the past year, they have been busy preparing for their annual show, and I encourage you to join them on the picturesque Rockland waterfront for this one-of-a-kind event, which blends artisans, culture, music and maritime heritage.

For the eighth year running, the annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors boat and home show comes to town Aug. 13-15. It is the only in-the-water event of its kind in the state — gathering some of the finest examples of Maine-built boats from rowing craft to sailboats and power yachts. There will also be marine supplies, fine furnishings and home wares, art and jewelry, and alternative energy products on display.

The show’s theme of “Tradition Shapes Innovation” recognizes the idea that Maine-built products are durable, functional, and beautiful with a sense of history and tradition that is preserved even as modern techniques and materials influence their design.

New this year will be the “Evolution of the Maine Lobsterboat” exhibit, which examines how lobster-boat designs have changed over time. The exhibit’s collection of boats will be displayed on land and in the water and will begin with Maine’s earliest work boat, the dory, and move through more evolved inshore craft to today’s high-powered commercial vessels and lobster boat-styled pleasure craft.

A variety of events is scheduled. Live demonstrations throughout the weekend will give attendees the chance to watch craftspeople in action and discuss time-honored techniques. Presentations range from furniture assembly and marquetry and inlay techniques to riveting, planking, and oar making. A full schedule of maritime films will provide a glimpse through time with footage that dates back to 1901 and travels forward through the eras of peapod, Friendship sloops, and local community fishing. Authors will be signing books, live music by Maine groups will fill the air, and kids of all ages can choose from a boatload of maritime activities at the model pond.

It is a true community event with exhibitors and volunteers from area organizations joining the hosts from Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine to bring the best of Maine coastal life to show attendees.

The Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show was founded in 2003 by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. Held annually during the second weekend of August in Rockland, the show attracts thousands of attendees from all over the country and world. Show hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13-14; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. Admission is $12 at the gate, under 12 free. Please note: no pets allowed on show grounds.
For more information, visit www.maineboats.com.

For more information on the Chamber of Commerce, you can reach Shari Closter, interim executive director at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 508, One Park Drive, Rockland, ME 04841; 596-0376; www.TheRealMaine.com; shari@therealmaine.com.