The 2017 Calendar of Local Events

This page includes current local events for southern Maine,  

from Kittery to Scarborough. Listings are updated weekly in season. 

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ONGOING ART EXHIBITS

Summer Art Sale during regular library hours, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Sale includes original art, illustrations, pop movie posters and more. Continues through Saturday, August 19. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

Towards Tomorrow

by Margaret Gerding

 

"Jack Brumbaugh – Oil Pastels," a solo exhibition, Arundel Farm Gallery, 76 Arundel Road, Arundel. Exhibit continues through August 26, when there will be an Artist's Conversation, 1 to 3 PM. FMI 561-702-6396 or ArundelFarmGallery.com.

 

"Playing with Color" Exhibit, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. The exhibit, "Playing with Color," features watercolors by students in Dennis Rafferty's class and can be viewed the month of August during library hours. FMI 985-2173.

 

Philip Frey, Margaret Gerding and Ellen Welch Granter Exhibit at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Rd., Kennebunk Lower Village. The gallery is open daily 11 AM to 5 PM. Continues to September 4. FMI maine-art.com or 967-0049.

 

Members of the Southern Maine Clay Guild are holding a show and sale entitled “All Our Best II,” now on exhibit at The Red Door Pottery Studio, 44 Government Street in Kittery Foreside. Hours are Saturdays, 10 AM to 4 PM, by chance or by appointment. Call 207-439-5671 or visit www.reddoorpottery.com. The event continues through Sunday, October 29.  

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16
Library Book Sale, 9 AM to noon, Rec Hall, 22 Colby Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Proceeds benefit the Memorial Library. FMI 934-9068.

 

 

The Seashore Trolley Museum has lots of fun

and educational programs, including

"Story Time and Trolley Ride"

on Wednesdays through August.

Annual Lawn Sale, Flea Market, Food and Craft Sale, 9 AM to 1 PM, Curtis lawn, 16 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Sponsored by the Educational Bureau. Rain date August 17. FMI tables or donations, Nancy Smith, 934-5281.

 

Friendly Plants, 10 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $5 for members; $7 for nonmembers. 207-646-1555 wellsreserve.org.

 

Garden Interventions, 10 AM to 5 PM, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Sculpture Gardens, 543 Shore Rd., Ogunquit. A one-day participatory event with Sarah Bouchard, "SELF TCELFER." FMI 646-4909 or ogunquitmuseum.org.

 

Story Time and Trolley Ride, 10:30 AM, Seashore Trolley Museum, Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Every Wednesday through August. FMI 967-2800 or trolleymuseum.org.

 

Wednesday Evening at Jordan Hall, 7:30 to 8:30 PM, 46 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Ian MacKenzie sings and plays acoustic guitar. Tickets $5. FMI 934-9068.

 

The Fantasticks, opens 8 PM, Hackmatack Playhouse, Rte. 9, Berwick. Continues to September 2. FMI and tickets 698-1807 or hackmatack.org.

 

Finestkind Country Band Concert, Trinity Episcopal Chapel, Woodland Ave., Kennebunk Beach. FMI and

time, P. J. Cavanaugh, 391-8320.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17
Laudholm's Farming Past, 10 AM to noon. Meet at the Gazebo, Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Explore the history of a saltwater farm with a docent. Free with site admission. Reservations are not required. FMI 646-1555.

 

 

The Fantasticks hits the stage at Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick.

Social Media for Beginners, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd. Free workshop will teach how to set up Facebook and Instagram profiles. Offered by Ace Your Image, a branding and digital marketing company. FMI 363-2818.

 

Kennebunk Beach History Walking Tour, 2 PM, one-mile loop begins and ends at Trinity Chapel, Railroad Ave., Kennebunk Beach. A trained tour guide will talk about the development of Kennebunk Beach as a tourist destination. $10/$5 members. Continues Thursdays through September. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

Student Showcase, 6 PM, TuneTown Music Gear, 932 Sanford Rd., Wells. Free; public welcome. FMI 641-8863.

 

Pecha Kucha Night, 6:30 PM doors open; 7:20 PM program begins, Atlantic Hall, 173 Maine St., Cape Porpoise. The program is 10 short presentations with a refreshment break after the first five. Beer and wine available for purchase; light snacks provided free of charge. FMI 710-3560  or atlantichall.org.

 

Concert in the Park, 6:30 to 8 PM, The Ball Park, Old Orchard Beach. Playing this week is Motor Booty. Bring a blanket or a chair. Burgers and hot dogs available for purchase. FMI 934-0860 or oobrec.com.
 
Leavitt Theatre Silent Film Series, 7 PM, Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. (Rte. 1), Ogunquit. Sherlock Holmes (1916) starring William Gillette. Live music with Jeff Rapsis. Admission $10. FMI 646-3123.

 

Learning through Film Series, 7 to 8:30 PM Jordan Hall, 46 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Watch the film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and follow up with a discussion at 10:30 AM the following morning. Not suitable for children. FMI 934-9068.

 

 

Weekly fireworks by the pier at

Old Orchard Beach are a summer tradition.

Weekly Fireworks begin approximately 9:45 PM, Old Orchard Beach, by the pier. Continues Thursdays through August 24. FMI 934-2001.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
34th Annual Beach Olympics with fun competition, music, displays and a presentation to benefit Special Olympics of Maine. Takes place on the beach, the Square and the surrounding area, Old Orchard Beach. All are welcome to this fun family event. Continues through August 20 at 5 PM. FMI 934-2500.

 

Downeast Meets Dixie, 6 to 10 PM, Seashore Trolley Museum, Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport. The museum’s annual gala features trolleys, sea shanties and chowdah – bluegrass and BBQ. Tickets must be purchased in advance. FMI 967-2800 or seashoretrolleymuseum.org.

 

The Syringa Tree, a one-woman play written by Pamela Gien, 7 PM, the Engine, 128 Main St., Biddeford. The play will be performed by Courtney Wood and is produced by One Wood Productions. Tickets $25/front row or $20/general seating. Continues Saturday, August 19, 7 PM. FMI and tickets 370-9130 or syringa-tree.eventbrite.com.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19

 

The 6th Annual Woodies in the Cove

Car Show in Wells includes

a woodies parade.

6th Annual “Woodies in the Cove” Car Show to benefit the Historical Society will be held from 8:30 AM to 2 PM. The event starts at 974 Post Rd. (Rte. 1) in Wells, at a location donated for the event by the Wells Beach Resort, in Wells. The parade of “woodie” classic vehicles will proceed south down Rte. 1 through Ogunquit and into Perkins Cove, arriving there between 2 and 3 PM. The rain date is August 20.  FMI woodiesinthecove@gmail.com or call 281-455-7779. See story on page 24.

 

Community Yard Sale, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Kennebunk Library front lawn. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

Chalkfest, Cross St., Kennebunkport. Watch national and local artists create colorful masterpieces using only chalk. This year's theme is "Life in Kennebunkport." Continues August 20. FMI 967-4304 or ccook@kennebunkportme.gov.

 

Annual Portside Rotary Club Riverfest and Duck Races, 10 AM, Dock Square and Kennebunk River, Kennebunkport. Features booths with T-shirts, caps and race ducks. Ducks are $5 each. Riverfest starts at 10 AM; races start at 2 PM. Benefits Portside Rotary Club’s local and international projects.

 

Naturalist Walk hosted by the Kennebunk Land Trust, 10 AM to noon at the Secret Garden in Kennebunk. The 1.5 mile easy/moderate trail meanders through forest, fern beds and bog areas. The walk will be held rain or shine; wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Free. Access is from Evergreen Cemetery, Summer Street, Kennebunk. The Secret Garden trail begins about 100 yards from the back edge of the center of the cemetery. FMI call 207-985-8734.

 

Annual Legend of the Mustang Powwow, Ever After Mustang Rescue, Training and Educational Center, 463 West St., Biddeford. Native American drumming, dancing, regalia and crafts. Continues Sunday, August 20. FMI 284-7721 or mustangrescue.org.

 

 

Annual Legend of the Mustang Powwow takes place at the Ever After Mustang Rescue in Biddeford. Enjoy Native American drumming, dancing, regalia and crafts - and mustangs!

Annual North Berwick Mill Field Festival with craft and food vendors including the American Legion Famous BBQ Dinner, a morning 5k road race, musical entertainment, Fireman’s BINGO, antique cars, kids activities and more, North Berwick.

 

Shipbuilding Odyssey, 10 AM to 1 PM, Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. Learn about Kennebunk’s 19th century shipyards on a narrated trolley ride to the former Bourne and Kingsbury & Titcomb yards, the Landing and the locks. Back at the museum, guests will have chowder and refreshments and receive a commemorative souvenir of the event. Space is limited; reservations required. FMI and tickets ($35/$30), 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

Fame. Jr., 10 AM and 1 PM, Ogunquit Playhouse, Rte. 1 south, Ogunquit. Continues Sunday, August 20, 10 AM. FMI ogunquitplayhouse.org.

 

Mini Maker Fair, 10 AM to 3 PM, Libby Memorial Library, 27 Staples St., Old Orchard Beach. Crafters, craftsmen, inventors, builders and more will showcase their work in 90-minute time slots, 9 makers presenting at a time. FMI 934-4351.

 

Open Gallery, 10 AM to 6 PM, Meadowlark Designs Woodworking, 143 Walker Rd., Lyman. Includes the work of Peter Brown and Don Best. Continues Sunday, August 20, noon to 4:30 PM. FMI 467-5532 or meadowlarkdesigns.net.

 

Teddy Bear Picnic, 3:30 to 5 PM, Rec Hall, 22 Colby Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Bring a teddy bear. Refreshments, stories, clowns and games for all ages. Free. FMI Louise Hackett, 603-424-5957.

 

Gallery Reception, 5 to 7 PM, Wright Gallery, 5 Pier Rd., Cape Porpoise. Cheese, crackers, wine and juice served. FMI 967-5023 or thewrightgallery.com.

 

 

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is hosting an Art by the Sea Auction and Gala on Saturday, August 19. Auction of fine art objects, travel and dining experiences.

Artists’ Reception at the Barn Gallery, 5 to 7:30 PM, for OAC 50-year member Evelyne Harper Neill, and to meet other long-standing, as well as new members of the OAA. The gallery is now featuring Late Summer Exhibitions, which continues through September 9. Harper will give a gallery talk on Thursday, August 17, at 6 PM. Barn Gallery is at the junction of Shore Road and Bourne Lane in Ogunquit. Gallery hours are 11 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 PM on Sunday.

 

Art by the Sea Auction and Gala, 5 to 8 PM, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Rd., Ogunquit. Highlights include both a live and silent auction of fine art objects, travel and dining experiences, specialty food and beverages. FMI and tickets 646-4909 or ogunquitmuseum.org.

 

Summer Concert Series with Jumbo Circus Peanuts, 6:30 PM, Hope Hobbs Memorial Gazebo, Wells Harbor Park, Harbor Rd., Wells. New Orleans style funk, R&B, pop, swing and soul. Concert series continues on Saturdays through September 2. Free admission. FMI wellsrec.org.

 

Family Film Series, 6:30 PM, York Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. This week's film, Smurfs: the Lost Village. FMI 363-2818.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20
3rd Annual Summerfest, sponsored by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, 57 Gravelly Brook Rd., Kennebunkport. Features trail races, live music, games, food trucks, beer tent and more. Fun for the whole family. FMI and tickets 967-3465 or kporttrust.org.

 

"Simply Show Tunes" with the Spirit of Broadway. Doors open 5 PM, show begins 6 PM, Wells-Ogunquit Center, 300 Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Wells. $10. Proceeds benefit the Senior Center. FMI and tickets, Minnie, 646-6674.

 

Summer Film Series, 7 PM, York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. This week's film is 20th Century Women, rated R. FMI 363-2818 or ypl@york.lib.me.us.

 

 

Music Festival with pianist Bob Milne includes ragtime, boogie-woogie, blues and player piano styles of the early 1900s.

Music Festival with Bob Milne, 7:30 to 9 PM, the Temple, 50 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Milne plays ragtime, boogie-woogie, blues and player piano styles of the early 1900s. He has been names a National Treasure by the Library of Congress for his storytelling. $15/ $5 under 18/$10 residents of the Pines. FMI  934-9068.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 21
Kayaking on the Little River Estuary, 10 AM, Visitor Center, Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Paddle the salt marsh with a registered Maine guide and naturalist. Minimum age is 12 (12 to 15-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult). Maximum participants is 6. Maximum weight for kayaks is 325 pounds. Participants must be able to get up from a seated position on the ground. $40 members/$50 nonmembers. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Solar Eclipse, 2 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with site admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Author Talk with writer Lorraine Dutile Masure, 6 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Masure will discuss her book Growing Up Franco American (with no black patent-leather shoes). Books will be available for purchase after the discussion. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

Auditions for Disenchanted, 6:30 PM, City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford. Casting for 6 to 10 women, all ages, shapes, sizes and ethnicities. Continues same time August 22. FMI 282-0849.

 

Family Movie Night, 7 to 8:30 PM, Rec. Hall, 22 Colby Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Movie is Alice in Wonderland. Donations welcome. FMI oceanpark.org.

 

York's Cliff Walk, film and discussion, 7 PM, York Library, 15 Long Sands Rd., York. Light refreshments to follow film. FMI 363-2818

 

Monday Night Summer Concert Series, 7 PM, First Congregational Church, 141 North St., Kennebunkport. This week's band is Drowned Valley playing blue grass and gospel. Free admission; donations welcome. FMI 967-3897.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22

 

Kids love Touch Tank Tuesdays at Kennebunk Toy Co., in Kennebunk.

Art HOPE Fresh Air Studio, 10 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Touch Tank Tuesdays, 2 PM, with live sea creatures, Tuesdays through August 22, Kennebunk Toy Co., 14 Main St., Kennebunk. A hands-on experience led by marine science educator Carol Steingart of Coast Encounters. Free. For details, check Facebook page.

 

Totally Tuesday Talk, Maine State historian, Earle G. Shettleworth and Alison Rector will speak about Maine's Carnegie Libraries;  talk at 6 PM, light refreshments at 5 PM, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Rd., Ogunquit. FMI 646-4909.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23

Walk with the Doc: Forest Bathing Walk, 10 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $5 for members; $7 for nonmembers. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Kayaking the Little River Estuary, 11 AM, Visitor Center, Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Paddle the salt marsh with a registered Maine guide and naturalist. Minimum age is 12 (12 to 15-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult). Maximum participants is 6. Maximum weight for kayaks is 325 pounds. Participants must be able to get up from a seated position on the ground. $40 members/$50 nonmembers. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Wednesday Evening at Jordan Hall, 7:30 to 9 PM, 46 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Sue Wilber, solo hand bell ringer will perform. $5. FMI 934-9068.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24

 

The Power of Place sculpture exhibition can be seen on the grounds of the Wells Reserve, in Wells, through Columbus Day.

Secrets of the Salt Marsh Walk, 10 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Leavitt Theatre Silent Film Series, 7 PM, Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. (Rte. 1), Ogunquit. Go West (1925) starring Buster Keaton. Live music with Jeff Rapsis. Admission $10. FMI 646-3123.

 

Blues and Jazz Concert, 7:30 PM, Atlantic Hall, Cape Porpoise. Blues and jazz with Jason Annick and the Rhythm Future. FMI and tickets, Dabby Pearse, 967-5852.

 

JUST AHEAD
Saturday, August 26

Metis of Maine Fall Gathering and Powwow, with Indian dancing, drumming, singing, crafts for sale, auction, food and more, Yellow Feather Cultural Center, 105 Gould Rd. (off Rte. 5), Dayton. Continues on August 27. Admission charged. FMI metisofmaine.org.

 

 

The 17th annual Chili Fest takes place at the Wells Junior High School on Saturday, August 26. Tasting kits available..

17th Annual Chili Fest, 11 AM to 3 PM, Wells Junior High School, 1470 Post Road (Rte. 1), Wells. Tasting kits available. Sponsored by the Wells Chamber of Commerce. “Maine State Cook-Off” is sanctioned by the International Chili Society. FMI 646-2451 or wellschilifest.com.

 

Sunday, August 27
Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, 8 AM to 5 PM, Old Orchard Beach. FMI ironman70.3.com.

 

Blessing of the Animals, 5 PM, Bell Tower grove, 50 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. All pets must be caged or on a leash. No cost.

 

Musical Festival at Jordan Hall, 7:30 to 9 PM, 46 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. The Choral Art Camerata will present a cappella repertoire from Renaissance to modern. $15/$5 under 18/$10 residents of the Pines. Tickets at the door. FMI 934-9068.

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