Every year Boothbay Harbor, Maine, hosts a celebration of their rich maritime history. Don't miss this year, the 50th anniversary of the festival. Events and activities for the whole family will be held June 24-27.
Boothbay Harbor One Design Race
Kick off the festival by watching the race on Sunday between 1 and 3 p.m. in the harbor. (www.bhyc.net/Racing.html)
Windjammer Golf Tournament
Whether you shoot for birdies, pars or bogeys, anyone can enter this golf tournament at the Boothbay Country Club on Monday. (www.boothbaycountryclub.com)
Pirates of the Dark Rose
What food do pirates love best? Pancakes, of course! The Harbor Children's Center has organized a pancake breakfast both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Those who are kids at heart (aka those over 21) can participate in the pirate's pub crawl on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Don't miss the pirate attack of the harbor on Wednesday and your chance to meet Oreo, the Pirate Bird.
12 Magnificent Schooners
The Schooner Lazy Jack can carry up to eight sails and has traveled all the way to Cuba. The Schooner Harvey Gamage is devoted exclusively to sea education programming and still travels between New England and the Caribbean. The Schooner Timberwind is family owned and operated and is available for reunions, retreats, and workshops. The Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch served in the Coast Guard during World War II. See these and eight more beautiful ships arrive under full sail on Wednesday between 2 and 4 p.m. (Information about each of the ships is available here, [PDF].)
Parades Watch the Antique Boat Parade on Tuesday between 3 and 4 p.m. Many viewing areas are available to see the 40+ antique boats in the harbor. See the Street Parade on Wednesday between 5 and 6 p.m. Parade floats will follow one of five themes:
- History in the Making the 50s - celebrating 50 years of Windjammer Days, 50 years of the Chamber and 50 years of fun.
- Maritime Madness - any nautical theme you can think of.
- Going Green - floats that use recycled or natural materials and promote being eco-friendly.
- Red, White, and Blue - a celebration of all things patriotic.
- Break a Leg - all things entertainment. Watch out for pillaging pirates during the parade.
Tuesday - Enjoy a unique blend of traditional Irish music with Comas at 11 a.m. Maine's best singer-songwriter, Don Campbell Band at 1 p.m. The Don Brewers' Blues Band at 4 p.m. Country music fans will love Bobby Reed and the Wildhorse Band at 7 p.m.
Wednesday - Celebrate maritime history with the Sea Chanteys Chorus at 1 p.m. Broadway Junior show tunes provided by the National Award-winning Boothbay Y-Arts Chorus at 3 p.m. Selections from the Tony award-winning Urinetown at 3:45 p.m. And, lastly, The Corona Brothers at 7 p.m. with their blend of Buffett, Belafonte, Caribbean and California beach music.
Celebrate the end of the festival with a fireworks display over the harbor on Wednesday at 9:15 p.
Check out the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce website for more information on these and other Windjammer Days Festival activities.
-- Julie Gietzel-Glair