Eastport Pirate Festival – Eastport, Maine

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I think it was about five years ago, I was looking at real estate up in Washington County. I had a hot lead on a waterfront cottage for sale so I grabbed my son and we headed up for a weekend in coastal Maine. (We did spend most of day one sitting on a bench in Bar Harbor waiting to see what mega-celebrity was going to board a ginormous yacht, but I digress). After staying at my favorite little down east motel, The Blueberry Patch, we headed out to Eastport for breakfast (delicious Moose Island Bakery) – my first time in America’s easternmost city. As we parked the car by the waterfront, we saw a group of pirates headed towards us. Yes, pirates. As we walked towards the pier, we saw more pirates. Pirates were coming at us from all directions – big pirates, little pirates, baby pirates, even a few dog pirates. Unbeknownst to us, we had stumbled upon Eastport’s annual pirate festival, held every year towards the end of summer. The festival is traditionally held the weekend after Labor Day.

Tiny Eastport already hosts the largest fourth of July celebration in the state of Maine, and then swells to over 15,000 again a few months later to celebrate those plundering villains known as pirates (I do need to interject here that when I accidentally stumbled upon the pirate festival, it may have been a fluke, it may have still been early in the day, but I had no problem finding a parking space, despite the huge turnout). There are three full days of parades, fireworks, music, food, and fun contests for pirates of all ages. Visitors can participate in a bed race (yes, you read correctly – a bed race) or maybe bring your costumed pooch to compete in a pet pirate pageant. For the elder pirates, there is, of course, a rum party (and the following morning, a “hung over pirate morning rescue”). There is even a good natured plundering and pillaging of the nearby town of Lubec (But, never fear, Lubec gets their own chance to invade Eastport on a different day). It really is an experience in small-town festivities – which can be hard to come by these days, since everything seems so commercialized. So, just between us… let’s keep it our secret. And if you happen to be in Eastport in early September, don’t be surprised if you encounter some swashbuckling buccaneers wandering the streets and waterways – just utter an ‘ahoy, matey’ and join in the party.

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Eastport Salmon and Seafood Festival – Sept 2-3

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This year will be the best ever! For 30 years, the end of summer in Eastport, Maine, has been celebrated with a festival, a gathering, an homage to our local resources, especially the Atlantic salmon raised in the cold waters of Passamaquoddy Bay. Of course, no community festival is complete without a meal, and the Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival is no exception. The centerpiece of Salmon Sunday has always been the salmon barbecue. Through the years, the details of the events and the meal — the side dishes and desserts, the musicians, the wine, the servers and cooks — have varied, but the one constant that brings us back year after year is that delicious piece of grilled salmon. We eat under the big tent in a crowd of friends, neighbors and visitors. We look up from our repast and gaze contentedly at the breathtaking view of the Passamaquoddy Bay just a few feet away. Those of us who live here try not to take our stunning surroundings for granted, and we’re happy to share with travelers who are wise enough to step off the beaten path to seek us out. Come for music, arts and crafts, a Fiber Arts Show, galleries, gift shops and museums, locally brewed beers, (wine too), a farmers’ market, flea market, delicious seafood, and a fabulous salmon barbecue dinner.

https://eastportchamber.net/ for more info

SATURDAY, September 2
7:00 am-3:00 pm 19th Annual Paint Eastport Day. Register at Eastport Arts Center, 36
Washington Street. FMI call: 853-4166
9:00 am-11:00 am The Trees of Eastport – Walking tour led by horticulture consultant Paula
Kovecses. The unique trees that are Eastport treasures will be discussed. Meet
at 9:00 am in front of Peavey Memorial Library. FMI call: 207-922-9735
9:00 am-1:00 Flea for All, Eastport’s downtown flea market, along the sea walk, FMI: 853-
10:00 am-4:00 pm Exhibition: Prints from Maine Aomori Printmaking Society, Tides Institute, 43
Water ST
10:00 am-5:00 pm Local Food and Craft Vendor Exhibits on Water Street, between Washington
Street and Bank Square
10:00 am-5pm Educational Exhibits, downtown, on Water Street, including Touch Tank; Maine
Salmon Federation, Maine Sea Compost, Maine Sea Vegetables & Maine
10:00 am-3:00 pm Kids Activities at Peavey Library, Water St.
10:00 am-5pm Fiber Arts Show, Eastport Welcome Center, 141 Water St. See separate
schedule for workshops, demonstrations, children’s activities, Maine’s history
of mills and fiber, and more.
11:00 am-1:00 pm Farmers’ Market: Shop for fresh and organic produce, meats, jams, jellies, and
baked goods. Washington St, near post office. FMI: 454-3364
12:00 pm ‘til gone Chowders, Oysters and Fresh Crabmeat rolls under the Big Tent downtown, by
local restaurants, chefs & producers
12:00 pm ‘til gone Desserts at the Senior Center, 9 Boynton Street
12:00 pm – 5pm Salmon Hors D’oeuvres Plates of Snacks including Celebration of Local Foods
with Maine Cheese Guild, Maine Grains, local farmers and producers, and
locally produced craft beers, wine for sale also, all under the big tents. Cheeses
and other products for sale. Event sponsored by Fundy Acadia Regional
12:00 pm-5pm Soft Pretzels for sale with locally produced Raye’s Mustards, under the Big
12:00 pm-5pm Beer on Tap by Andrew’s Brewing Company of Lincolnville, ME; Lubec Brewing
Company of Lubec, ME; and Machias River Brewing Co of Machias. Salmon
Creek Wines, too. 30th anniversary wine glasses on sale.
11:00 pm-5pm Assorted Washington County Musicians, downtown under the tents
1:00 pm-4:00 pm Barracks Museum Open, Genealogy anyone?
2:00 pm-4:00 pm Installation, Forecast: Artists, Shoshannah White and Charley Young, TIMA’s
North Church Project Space, 82 High Street
2:00 pm-4:00 pm Tour of TIMA campus — tour the 6 buildings that make up the Tides Institute
and Museum of Art’s multifaceted programs, exhibits and shows
2:00 pm Tails of Quoddy Bay Puppet Show—downtown Amphitheater, rain location
Eastport Arts Center
4:30pm-5:30pm Paint Eastport Day Silent Auction & Reception, Eastport Arts Center, 36
Washington St., FMI: 853-4166 or 853-4650
Dusk Eastport Moonlight Movies, at the downtown Amphitheatre, Water Street, The
Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, sponsored by Raye’s Mustard
SALMON SUNDAY, September 3
7:30am-9:00 am Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival 5K Run Register on Sea Street behind
Motel East in Front of Quoddy Bay Lobster, FMI: 853-4644, 8:15am Kid’s OneMile
Run (ages 14 and under)
9:00am-11:00 am The Trees of Eastport – Walking tour led by horticulture consultant Paula
Kovecses. The unique trees that are Eastport treasures will be discussed. Meet
at 9:00 in front of the Peavey Memorial Library.
10:00 am Lobster Pound Tour, largest indoor tank on the Atlantic Coast, Lighthouse
Lobster & Bait, LLC. At the end of County Rd.
10:00 am-12:00
George S. Harris Sr. Memorial Fishing Derby, Fish Pier, with Ozzie Townsend
10:00 am-4:00 pm Local Food and Crafts Vendors & Educational Exhibits Downtown on Water
Street between Washington Street and Bank Square. Exhibits by Maine Salmon
Federation, Maine Sea Compost, Maine Sea Vegetables & Maine Aquaculture.
10:00 am-4:00 pm Fiber Arts Show, Eastport Welcome Center, 141 Water St, see itemized
schedule under the Fiber Arts drop down menu of the website
10:00 am-4:00 pm Exhibition: Prints from Maine Aomori Printmaking Society, Tides Institute, 43
Water St.
10:00 am-5pm Members’ themed show at the Eastport Gallery on Water Street, theme TBA
11:00 am Fashion Show of Wearable Art, at Fiber Arts location, Port Building, 141 Water
11:00 am-4:00 pm Oysters on the Half Shell, downtown at the Big Tent
11:00 am-4:00 pm Live music by Washington County musicians: multiple groups playing under the
big tent downtown
11:00 am-3:00 pm Salmon Dinner under the food tent at the Fisherman Statue. Grilled 8 oz
salmon fillet with Raye’s Mustard Salmon Sauce, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes,
peas, locally sourced greens with homemade dressing, rolls, and blueberry
Included is an educational tour of the salmon pens by boat. Tours to the pens
will be by Dave Morang from Cooke Aquaculture.
All-inclusive for $18 (price includes 8% meals tax).
11:00 am-4:00 pm Beer on Tap by Andrew’s Brewing Company of Lincolnville, ME; Lubec Brewing
Company of Lubec, ME; and Machias River Brewing Co of Machias. Salmon
Creek Wines, too. 30th anniversary wine glasses on sale.
1:00 pm Eastport Historic Walking Tour with Gail McGlamery
3:00 pm Organ Concert musical selections on the Perry Congregational Church organ,
Shore Road, Perry, near the boat landing.
4:00 pm Silent Auction drawing. Must be present to win!

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Summers End Folk Festival, August 18-19

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Well, it’s not REALLY the end of summer, is it?

Summers End Folk Festival is situated on the small island of Grand Manan, nestled in the south western corner of New Brunswick, Canada – the SEFF is a festival founded on creativity, the arts and bringing music into the community of Grand Manan.

Summers End Folk Festival, now headed into its eighth year was started with the hopes of being the basis of many ongoing opportunities and beginnings in the arts community on the Island. At the heart of the festival you’ll find two things, a love for good music as well as the people of this community. This is our way of trying to do something positive and beautiful within the community.

Summers End is a festival spanning two days (August 18 + 19, 2017). We host a wide range of performers both new and established. This years festival will consist of 10-15 performers over two nights in an intimate outdoor setting, just
steps away from the ocean.

The festival attracts anywhere from 400 – 600 attendees, both local and from abroad – for many people this is a chance to take in both amazing artists as well as some of the most beautiful scenery eastern Canada has to offer (the bay of Fundy is one of the seven wonders of the world!).

http://summersendfolkfestival.tumblr.com/about for more info.

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Roosevelt Cup Yacht Race – Aug 19 and 20th

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The Passamaquoddy Yacht Club sponsors several races per season. This one starts off Campobello Island and is a two day race, followed by one of the best parties of the year! Race awards, delicious food, good company! Starts at 4 pm EST at Prince Cottage in Roosevelt Campobello International Park.
http://www.passamaquoddyyachtclub.org/ for more info.

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Moose Island Bakery – Eastport, Maine

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Welcome to Moose Island Bakery. Locally owned and operated, Moose Island Bakery has been satisfying Eastport’s sweet tooth since 2011. We make a wide variety of pastries, creative cakes, breads, cookies, brownies, breakfast sandwiches, and other baked goods to tantalize your taste buds.

Moose Island Bakery is located in beautiful, historic downtown Eastport, Maine, the eastern most city in the United States. The bakery is situated at 75 Water Street and overlooks the waterfront and Campobello Island across the bay.


Come on in and enjoy a fresh muffin, or maybe a slice of our chocoholic’s choice, with a fresh hot cup of coffee while sitting on our spacious deck watching the ships pass in the bay. You may even be fortunate enough to see a whale or two that frequent the bay in the summer.
Moose Island Bakery opened its doors on July 1st, 2011. In addition to a full line of baked goodies, our bakery offers breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and Internet service at our waterfront location.


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Whiting General Store – Whiting, Maine

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Country Convenience store offering gas, diesel, propane, ice, liquor, groceries, instant tickets, and megabucks! We also offer a variety of meats and cheeses in our deli case. Large selection of menu items available for take out.

136 US Rte 1
Whiting, Maine


Call (207) 733-4432

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Tides Institute and Museum of Art

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Operating from a cross border (U.S. / Canada) perspective, the Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA) serves as a cultural catalyst and cultural anchor for the eastern coast of Maine. It does so by weaving together a range of interests (art, architecture, history) with a range of programs (exhibitions, artist residencies and talks, educational outreach, collections). New contemporary cultural works are fostered, created and exhibited through special projects and partnerships and through TIMA’s StudioWorks Artist-In-Residence (SWAIR) program that attracts artists from throughout the U.S. and abroad. TIMA has built the most significant wide ranging cultural collections existing anywhere that reflect this cross border region with connections to the wider world. Through its cross border cultural initiatives (such as Artsipelago) and memberships (such as with the Maine/New Brunswick Cultural Initiative and the Council for Canadian and American Relations), TIMA works to strengthen cultural ties within the international Passamaquoddy Bay region, between Maine and New Brunswick, and between New England and Atlantic Canada.


A Summer Filled with
Exhibitions, Talks, Workshops, Artists-in-Residence, Studio Tours, Historic Spaces

May 12 – July 9: Exhibition, The Working Coast @ TIMA
May 31: Artist Talk, Elizabeth Bennett @ StudioWorks, 7 pm
June 16: Exhibition Opening, The Working Coast @ TIMA, 7 pm
June 21: TIMA for Kids @ Peavey Library, 1 pm
June 28: Music on the Rocks @ Amphitheater, 5 pm*
June 28: Artist Talk, Cathleen Faubert @ StudioWorks, 7 pm
July 3: Tour TIMA’s Historic Buildings
July 9: Sea Shanties, Stephen Sanfilippo @ Seaman’s Church, 7 pm
July 12: Music on the Rocks @ Amphitheater, 5 pm*
July 14 – August 13: Exhibition, Christian Sunde, Photographs from 1967-2016 @ TIMA
July 14: Exhibition Opening @ TIMA, 5-7 pm,
July 15: Artsipelago Two Countries / One Bay Artist Studio Tour (details: Artsipelago)
July 19: TIMA for Kids @ Peavey Library, 1 pm
July 22: Artsipelago Two Countries / One Bay Artist Studio Tour (details: Artsipelago)
July 26: Music on the Rocks @ Amphitheater, 5 pm*
July 26: Artist Talk, Cindy Steiler @ StudioWorks, 7 pm
July 27: Preservation Talk, Arron Sturgis @ Seaman’s Church, 7 pm
August 9: TIMA for Kids @ Peavey Library, 1 pm
August 9: Music on the Rocks @ Amphitheater, 7 pm*
August 12: Quartet @ North Church, 7 pm. Admission Charge
August 17-18: RENDEZVOUS 2017, A Cross-Border Affair
August 17: Architect Talk, Bruce Norelius @ Seaman’s Church, 7 pm
August 18 – September 17: Exhibition, Prints from Maine Aomori Printmaking Society @ TIMA
August 18: Exhibiton Opening @ TIMA, 5-7 pm
August 18 – September 17: Exhibition, Shoshannah White and Charley Young @ North Church
August 18: Exhibition Opening @ North Church, 5-7 pm
August 23: Music on the Rocks @ Amphitheater, 5 pm*
August 23: Artist Talk, Amanda Thackray @ StudioWorks, 7 pm
September 2: Tour TIMA’s Historic Buildings
September 6: Music on the Rocks @ Amphitheater, 5 pm*
September 9: Tour TIMA’s Historic Buildings
September 20: Artist Talk, Ani Hoover & Maisie Maeve Myfawnwy Broome @ StudioWorks, 7 pm

Locations: 43 Water Street, TIMA (1887); 48 Water Street, StudioWorks (1887);
26 Middle Street, Seaman’s Church Historic Space (1828); 82 High Street, North Church Project Space (1819)

* In the event of rain, Music on the Rocks will be held @ North Church
All Events Are Free & Open to the Public Unless Otherwise Noted.

Physical Address: Tides Institute & Museum of Art, 43 Water Street, Eastport, Maine 04631 USA.
Mailing Address: Tides Institute & Museum of Art, P.O. Box 161, Eastport, Maine 04631 USA
Email Address: tides [at] tidesinstitute [dot] org.
Telephone Number: 207.853.4047.

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Lubec Brewing Company

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Lubec Brewing Company
41 Water St
Lubec, Maine

Micro Brewery and Tap Room offering Raw and Unfiltered Beers made with Organic Barley and Serving Fresh Organic Vegetarian, Vegan, Fish and Meat Dishes.

Call (207) 733-4555

Serves dinner, coffee and drinks
Takes Reservations
Walk-Ins Welcome
Good For Groups
Good For Kids
Take Out
Waiter Service

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West Quoddy Head Light

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Quoddy Head State Park encompasses 541 acres at the tip of America’s easternmost peninsula, offering opportunities to visit an historic lighthouse, picnic and hike up to 5 miles of scenic trails. From the candy-striped West Quoddy Head Light, Maine’s easternmost lighthouse, visitors can look out over Quoddy Channel (which divides the U.S. and Canada) to the towering red cliffs of Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick.

Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, West Quoddy Head Light was first built in 1808. The present tower and house, which date back to 1858, were staffed by resident lightkeepers until 1988 when the U.S. Coast Guard automated the light.

The Park affords some of Maine’s best wildlife-watching. Visitors in summer may spot humpback, minke and finback whales offshore, along with rafts of eider, scoter and old squaw ducks. Kittiwakes, gannets, black-bellied plovers, ruddy turnstones and purple sandpipers all can be seen at times roosting on Sail Rock. During spring and fall migration periods, hundreds of shorebirds congregate near the Park’s western boundary at Lubec Flats and Carrying Place Cove (named for a canoe portage site that Native Americans used). Birding opportunities continue into winter, with sea ducks, murres, and razorbills offshore and frequent bald eagles.

An easy, one-mile round-trip walk leads to an unusual coastal plateau bog (also known as a heath) with sub-arctic and arctic plants rarely seen south of Canada. Shrubs predominate, particularly black crowberry, baked appleberry and Labrador tea, along with carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants and sundew. A second bog at the property’s western boundary, Carrying Place Cove Bog, is a National Natural Landmark (http://www.nature.nps.gov/nnl/).

Taken from https://visitmaine.com/things-to-do/outdoors-adventure/parks-recreation-areas/quoddy-head-state-park/

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Downeast Coastal Conservancy

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Check the website and sign up for the mailing list for free hiking and boating opportunities.

What to expect on a hike:
If you are joining us for a hike, please wear appropriate footwear, our trails are uneven and sometimes wet. Dress for the weather and don’t forget the sun protection and your preferred bug repellant! Bring your own water and snack. If you are joining us for an evening hike, please bring a flashlight.
What to expect on a paddle:
If you are joining us for a paddle, you will need to bring your own boat, PFD and paddles unless otherwise advertised. Dress for the weather and don’t forget the sun protection. Bring your own water and snack. We will be on hand to help unload and load boats. If you are joining us for an evening paddle, feel free to pack a flashlight.

All activities are free unless otherwise noted. Want to make sure an event is happening? Call the office for an update at 207-255-4500!
Note about Pets! Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join you at most DCC events. Dogs are not allowed on any of DCC islands, on canoe/kayak paddles and other boat excursions. We want all participants to have a good time at our events, if your dog is aggressive around other dogs or people, or barks excessively please leave them at home for the group outing. Thank you.

http://downeastcoastalconservancy.org/ for more information

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