CASTINE — Come for the day. We welcome our Blue Hill peninsula neighbors, summer guests and touring families to the fourth annual Bastille Day Celebration on Saturday, July 14. You and your family will learn the art of French-Acadian cooking during the noontime chef’s demonstration of cooking ployes and beignets with fresh Maine lobster.
For the more adventurous, kayaking and historic walking tours will get you moving or, later in the afternoon, climb the 52 steps to the top of lighthouse and don’t forget your camera. Immerse yourself in our International lecture series at Emerson Hall on Court Street, including Canadian filmmaker Roger Cantin and producer Alain Dagenais speaking on their Baron d’ St-Castin documentary and why he is not an historical figure in Canada. Then educator Todd Nelson will tell the story of our children’s rich French Exchange Program with St-Castin, FR which began in 2008.
Have lunch at one of our many fine restaurants and watch the Maine Maritime Academy Training Ship return from its visit at European ports. And in the afternoon at the Wilson Museum, bring your children to Painting with the French Masters, then enjoy hand cranked ice cream/toppings and a serenade by world-class fiddler Gus LaCasse.
At our signature event, the Picnic en Blanc, 400 white-clad festival goers will be seated at long white tables, under the elms on Court Street, while listening to French folk music and watching a magician and stilt walker. Order your special meals from MarKel’s or The Manor, or simple bring your own French picnic. And stop by Town Hall during the day to bid on a Josh Adam original Bastille Day “Picnic en Blanc” painting (24”x36”) or one of five artist prints. Winners will be announced at the Picnic.
Finish your evening with a concert featuring the Bangor Symphony Brass Quartet on our historic Town Common. Strawberry shortcake with whipped cream will be available. For more information on the day’s events or to make your reservation for the Picnic en Blanc, call Town Hall at 326-4502 or visitcastine.com.
All events are provided for free through the generosity of our sponsors. Castine Kayak does charge for their scheduled tours.
Town of Castine P.O. Box 204 67 Court Street Castine, Maine 04421-0204 Telephone: 207.326.4502 Facsimile: 207.326.9465 www.castine.me.us www.visitcastine.com