CAMDEN, Maine — Plans for the 2012 Camden Windjammer Festival are well underway. On Labor Day weekend, Friday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 2, Camden Harbor, the Public Landing and Harbor Park will host more than 20 schooners and other boats, the maritime heritage fair and a raft of activities for the whole family.
Schooners will arrive from all over Maine on Friday afternoon and the public landing will offer exhibits of maritime skills and heritage. Across the river, the AIO food pantry will build sculptures with maritime themes from canned goods. Friday afternoon also will offer an auction for dinner aboard one of the schooners that evening. Friday evening will bring the schooner crew and passenger talent show followed by fireworks.
Saturday will feature the across-the-crates race; a pancake breakfast and chowder challenge; diving, water rescue and lobster hauling demonstrations; and the start of the build-a-boat contest.
On Sunday there will be a seadog show in Harbor Park, a celebration of the 50 anniversary of the schooner Mary Day, radio controlled boat racing in the harbor, an auction of paintings created by half a dozen artists during the day on Saturday and the build-a-boat race. The day will conclude with an all-comers boat parade and a wedding aboard the Mary Day.
This year a contest was held to design the festival T-shirt. Chosen from among the many entries was a design featuring silhouettes of the schooners created by graphic designer and artist Beth McKinney of Coastal Creative in Rockland. McKinney and her family moved to the midcoast Maine area five years ago. She became active with Rockland Main Street Inc. and is responsible for its logo and much of its ongoing design work. She paints at her studio at Sharp’s Point, but also can be found painting merchant windows along Rockland’s Main Street promoting community events. T- shirts featuring Beth’s design will be available for purchase at the festival.
For information on the Camden Windjammer Festival, visit www.camdenwindjammerfestival.