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 EXHIBITS


Rebecca Kinkead Exhibit at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Rd., Kennebunk Lower Village. Gallery open daily 11 AM to 5 PM. Continues to June 17. FMI maine-art.com or 967-0049.

 

 

Brulé in Maine: An Artist's Journey exhibition opens at the Sarah Orne Jewett House and Visitor Center in South Berwick.

Award-Winning Contemporary Artist Diane Boulet Exhibit, True North Gallery, 27 Dock Square, Kennebunkport. Continues through June 30. FMI 318--3192 or truenorthgallery@me.com.

 

“The Artist’s Choice, an exhibit of new works by gallery artists,  Mast Cove Galleries, 1 Mast Cove Lane, Kennebunkport. Continues through July 15. FMI 967-3453 or mastcove.com.

 

Brulé in Maine: An Artist's Journey exhibition, 11 AM to 5 PM, Sarah Orne Jewett House and Visitor Center, 5 Portland St., South Berwick. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Continues through August 27. FMI 384-2454 or historicnewengland.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
Digital Landscape Photography Workshop, 9 AM to noon, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Tuition $100. Continues June 17, June 24. Pre-registration is required. FMI and to register, Touching Earth EcoArt Collaborative, 251-6029 or ecoartcollaborative1@gmail.com.

 

Mindful Hike, 10 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $7, $5 for Laudholm Trust members. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Power of Place Sculpture Show continues on the grounds at Wells Reserve,

Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells.

 

Weeding Wednesdays, 10 AM to noon, Hamilton House gardens, 40 Vaughans Lane, South Berwick. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks. Drop-ins welcome. Continues the second Wednesday of each month. FMI 384-5269.

 

"Garden Interventions" Series, 10 AM to 5 PM, in the sculpture gardens of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Rd., Ogunquit. Julia Einstein will lead participants in this one-day participatory art installation entitled "The Artist's Garden." FMI 646-4909 or ogunquitmuseum.org.

 

Power of Place Sculpture Exhibition, on the grounds of the Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. Continues through Columbus Day. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Choice Art Show opens with a reception at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Rd., Kennebunk Lower Village. Gallery open daily 11 AM to 5 PM. Continues to June 29. FMI maine-art.com or 967-0049.

 

Launch! A Maritime Festival begins; continues through June 18. Events throughout Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel celebrate all things maritime: a boat launch, guided walking tours, a craft fair on the River Green, a lobster bake on the waterfront with live music, a boat parade, and a Blessing of the Fleet. Organized by the KK & A Chamber of Commerce. For complete schedule, see pull-out section in center spread. FMI gokennebunks.com.

 

 

The boat parade along the Kennebunk River is a fun part of Launch! A Maritime Festival, that runs from June 14 to 18.

Concerts in the Park, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, Lafayette Park, Storer St., Kennebunk. The concert series begins with the Scharff Brothers. Concerts are free; sponsored by Kennebunk Savings Bank. Parking in the lot on Garden St. FMI kennebunkrec.com.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 15
Third Thursday Talk, with Eliot Cutler, 5:30 PM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Cutler, a former gubernatorial candidate who ran as an Independent, will speak about his experiences in Maine. Third Thursday Talks are supported by the Maine Humanities Council. $10, free for museum members. Light refreshments. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

Sirens Soiree: A Tail of Our History, 6 to 9 PM, Bentley Warren’s Antique Auto Museum, 345 Old Post Rd., Arundel. This art nouveau-themed event features costumed interpreters, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Ports of Italy and the Kennebunk Inn, live and silent auction items donated by the community. Benefits the Arundel Historical Society. Tickets $50. FMI and tickets arundelhistoricalsociety.org.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 16
Fine Art and Craft Show, 4:30 to 7:30 PM, the gallery at River Tree, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk Lower Village. Continues Saturday, June 17, 10 AM to 3 PM. Craft workshop to paint a buoy or maritime clay ornament for a small fee. Proceeds benefit River Tree Arts. FMI 967-9120 or rivertreearts.org.

 

"Just You, Just Me" solo piano concert with Tom Snow, 7:30 to 10 PM (doors open at 7 PM), Mast Cove Gallery, 1 Mast Cove Lane, Kennebunkport. Donation $20 includes light refreshments (BYOB). FMI 967-3453.

 

Zydeco Dance Party with the Ils Sont Partis Band, 7:30 to 9 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Tickets $25; $22 for students and seniors. FMI and reservations 929-6472 or sacorivertheatre.org.

 

Chamber Music Festival, 8 PM, Dunaway Center, 23 School St., Ogunquit. Concert with the Cascabel Trio performing Smetana and Dvořák. Tickets $18 advance, $20 door, $5 students. FMI and tickets on at ogunquitperformingarts.org.

SATURDAY, JUNE 17

 

French militia re-enactors from Montreal, Quebec, along with a Penobscot interpreter from Corinth, Maine, as they present an encampment on the banks of the Salmon Falls River.

Shipbuilding Odyssey, 10 AM to 1 PM, Brick Store Museum Program Center, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. Three-hour tour begins at the museum and continues with a narrated trolley excursion to various sites associated with shipbuilding along the Kennebunk River in the 1800s. Return to the museum for refreshments and a commemorative gift. Advance registration required. $35; $30 for museum members. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

Do It Yourself History Games for Families, 10 AM to 4 PM, Meetinghouse Museum, 938 Post Rd., Wells. $4 per family. Make old-fashioned games, projects and crafts. Sponsored by Crickets Corner Toys and Kites. Continues Saturday, June 24, 10 AM to 4 PM. FMI 646-4775.

 

Saturday, June 17, from 10 AM to 4 PM, at Counting House Park in South Berwick. An encampment of the opposing sides in a struggle that dominated local life in the 1600s will take place at Counting House Park in South Berwick. The Old Berwick Historical Society will host David Ledoyen and the company of “Les Mousquets du Roi,” French militia re-enactors from Montreal, Quebec, along with Ken Hamilton, a Penobscot interpreter from Corinth, Maine, as they present an encampment on the banks of the Salmon Falls River. FMI visit www.oldberwick.org.

 

Done Roving Yarns Trunk Show, 10 AM to 4 PM, the Knit Lit, 169 Port Rd. Plaza (off Rte.. 35), Kennebunk Lower Village. Continues Sunday, June 18, noon to 4 PM. FMI 967-4434.

 

Downtown Plaza Summer Music series opens, 1:30 to 3:30 PM, Kennebunk. Continues on Saturdays to August 26. Sponsored by Kennebunk Downtown Committee. Free. FMI and full line-up kennebunkmaine.us/events.

 

CIA Veteran on Saudi Situation, 2 PM, Dorothy Stevens Community Center, 80 Thompson Rd., West Kennebunk. Dr. Charles G. Cogan will discuss "Saudi Arabia, Succession and Strategy" at the Maine chapter, Association of Former Intelligence Officers meeting. Question and answer period follows. The meeting is open to the public.

 

Award-Winning Filmmaker Neil Novello, 2 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Novello will show historical photos and video clips from his documentary The Castle: Stories of the Portsmouth Naval Prison. Free. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

Visit to a Shipping Village, 3 to 4 PM, Clement Clark Boathouse, Mill Lane, Kennebunkport. An illustrated tour of Kennebunkport and Lower Village shipyards from 1841 to 1975 with Barbara Barwise and Sharon Cummins. Donations to save the Town House School appreciated. FMI 967-2751.

 

 

New England's Vintage Car Show takes place at the Raitt Homestead Farm Museum in Eliot, on Sunday, June 18.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the musical, 7:30 to 9 PM, Seaside Pavilion, Old Orchard Beach. FMI and tickets oldorchardbeachmaine.com.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 18

New England’s Vintage Car Show, 9 AM to 3 PM, Raitt Homestead Farm Museum, 2077 State Rd. (Rte. 103), Eliot. The NEVT will hold its annual show. Event features cars, ‘50s music, farm displays, food and kids’ barrel tractor rides. Admission is $5, children age 12 and under free. Proceeds benefit museum. FMI 748-3303 or raittfarmmuseum.org.

 

Father’s Day, 10 AM to 5 PM, Seashore Trolley Museum, Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport. Fathers get free admission when accompanied by a child. FMI 967-2800.

 

"Concerts in West K" series, 3 PM, West Kennebunk United Methodist Church, 160 Alfred Rd., West Kennebunk. Concert features Joe K. Walsh on mandolin and Sweet Loam playing contemporary bluegrass. Suggested donation at the door, $15; $19 youth and seniors, $35 family. FMI 985-2831 or westkennebunkumc.net.

MONDAY, JUNE 19
Walk with Doc: Forest Bathing Walk, 10 AM,  Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $7, $5 for members. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Lunch and Learn: Nor'easters, Battering Waves and Coastal Flooding, noon, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 20
Family Night with Rick Charette and the Bubblegum Band, 5 to 7 PM, Old Orchard Beach. Free food, games and concert. FMI and tickets oldorchardbeachmaine.com.

 

Native American Stories and Songs, 6 PM, Wells Library, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. Ed Bullock will share stories and songs of the Wampanoag people. All ages welcome. FMI 646-8181.

 

 

Rick Charette and the Bubblegum Band perform at Family Night in Old Orchard Beach on Tuesday, June 20.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21
Music in the Park series opens, 5:30 PM, Shevenell Park, next to Bangor Savings Bank, 150 Main St., Biddeford. Musicians perform on Wednesday evenings to August 9. Free admission. Lineups posted at heartofbiddeford.org.

 

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, 6 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Concerts in the Park, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, Lafayette Park, Storer St., Kennebunk, singer and songwriter Dan Wolfe. Concerts are free and sponsored by Kennebunk Savings Bank. Parking in the lot on Garden St. FMI kennebunkrec.com.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 22
Kennebunk Beach History Walking Tour, 2 PM. Begins at Trinity Chapel, Railroad Avenue, Kennebunk Beach. Learn the history of the development of Kennebunk Beach as a tourist destination. About a one-mile loop, 60-90 minutes, led by Brick Store Museum guide. $10 per person/$5 for museum members. Continues Thursdays through August. FMI 985-4802 or brickstoremuseum.org.

 

Mary Poppins, a musical, most Thursdays through Sundays to August 20, Prescott Park, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Sponsored by C&J Bus Lines. FMI and times, prescottpark.org.

 

Rob Duquette Family Concert, 6 PM, Wells Library, 1434 Post Rd., Wells. Original music on xylophone, guitar, ukulele and percussion instruments. Free; sponsored by Friends of the Wells Public Library. FMI 646-8181.

 

"The Wisdom of Wings – Avian Inspirations," an artists' conversation, 6 to 8 PM, Arundel Farm Gallery, 76 Arundel Road, Arundel. Special guests from The Wildlife Center of Cape Neddick. Exhibit continues through June 24. FMI call 561-702-6396 or visit www.ArundelFarmGallery.com.

 

 

Art by Hester Cox and others may be seen at Arundel Farm Gallery in Arundel, during the "Avian Inspirations" exhibit.

Land of Lakes Choirboys Concert, 7:30 PM, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2 Lord St., Kennebunk. Donations accepted. The choir is a member of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. FMI lolcb.org or 985-4803.

 

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

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 23
Friendly Plants, 10 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $7; $5 members. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

35th La Kermesse Franco-American Festival, St. Louis Field, West and Prospect streets, Biddeford. Continues June 24 and 25. Family-friendly weekend of Franco-American-theme music and events. Parade, fireworks, carnival rides, games, food and music. FMI lakermessefestival.com.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 24
Bird Walk, 7:30 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Continues every other Saturday from June through August. Free with admission. Bring your own binoculars if you have them. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

13th Annual Captain Christopher S. Cash Memorial 5K and 2.5-Mile Walk, 8:30 AM for run, walk at 8:40 AM. Kids’ Fun Run at 7:45 AM. Old Orchard Beach High School, E. Emerson Cummings Blvd., Old Orchard Beach. Proceeds benefit the Captain Christopher S. Cash Memorial Scholarship Fund. FMI 207-934-2360 or runforcash.org.

Vintage Bazaar, early bird hours 8:30 to 10 AM ($15), 10 AM to 5 PM, Raitt Homestead Farm, 2077 State Rd., Eliot. Over 185 vendors from 15 states, antiques, re-purposed and salvaged goods, crafts, artisans, special guests, food trucks, farm-fresh fare, live music, family activities and more. General admission $10 (free for children age 12 and under). Free parking. Continues Sunday, June 25. FMI mybazaarlife.com.

 

42nd Strawberry Festival and Juried Craft Show with over 120 artisans, entertainment, bake-off, food and strawberry shortcake, 9 AM to 4 PM, Central School grounds across from town hall, South Berwick. FMI 363-4422 or southberwickstrawberryfestival.com.

 

Art in the Park, 10 AM to 5 PM, Memorial Park, Old Orchard Beach. A celebration of Maine-made art and community. FMI 934-2500 or oldorchardbeach.com.

 

 

The Summer Concert Series at the Hope Hobbs Memorial Gazebo in Wells continues on Saturdays through September 2.

Amateur Radio Field Day demonstrations from 2 PM, Saturday, through 2 PM, Sunday, June 25, at The New School, Rte. 1, Kennebunk. Free. All ages welcome.

 

Summer Concert Series, 6:30 PM, Hope Hobbs Memorial Gazebo, Wells Harbor Park, Harbor Rd., Wells. Series continues on Saturdays through September 2. Free admission. FMI wellsrec.org.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 25
Trinity Episcopal Chapel summer services begin, 9 AM, Woodland Ave., Kennebunk Beach. American Roots Jam Sessions, Sundays, 4 PM. Bring an instrument, come and sing along or just listen. FMI trinitychapelkennebunk.com.

 

17th Annual Wells Antique Show and Sale with more than 50 exhibitors displaying and selling antiques of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, 10 AM to 4 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Sponsored by the Wells Chamber of Commerce and Laudholm Trust. Rain or shine. Admission charged. FMI 1-800-641-6908.

 

Fashion Show and Luncheon, 11:30 AM, Wentworth by the Sea Country Club, 60 Wentworth Dr., Rye, New Hampshire. International Women’s Club of New England, sponsor. Fashions by PJ’s Unique Peek, Kennebunk Lower Village. Admission $55; reservations by June 15. Proceeds benefit Lydia’s House, Somersworth, New Hampshire, FoodPrints Food Pantry, Kittery and Amenyo, Alton Bay, New Hampshire. FMI and to reserve a spot, 207-363-8074.

 

Live and Silent Auction, 5 to 7:30 PM, Messiah Christian Church, 2700 Post Rd. (Rte. 1), Wells. Dessert and family entertainment. All proceeds benefit SonDance scholarship fund. FMI 985-9287 or messiahchristianchurch.org.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 26

 

Norman Ng performs magic in a free event

at the Kennebunk Library.

Meet the Scientists: Gadgets and Gizmos, 1 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 wellsreserve.org.

 

Norman Ng Magic Experience, 6 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. This family-friendly event is free and is part of the Build a Better World Summer Reading Program. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

Author Talk with Terry Powers, 6 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Powers will discuss his book The Death Waltz. Free admission.  FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 27
Art HOPE Fresh Air Studio, 10 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 wellsreserve.org.

 

Climate Stewards: Maine's Climate Future—What Do We Do Now?, 6 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $5 suggested donation. FMI 646-1555 wellsreserve.org.

 

Rec Hall Family Movie Night, 7 to 8:30 PM, 22 Colby Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Donations welcome. Sponsored by Ocean Park Association. FMI 934-9068 or opa@oceanpark.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28

 

Enjoy kayaking on the Little River Estuary at the Wells Reserve.

Walk with Doc: Medicinal Plants Walk, 10 AM,  Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $7, $ for members. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Kayaking the Little River Estuary, 1 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $40 for members; $50 for nonmembers. FMI 646-1555 wellsreserve.org.

 

Go Red Maine Purse-onality, 5 to 7 PM, Nonantum Resort, Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Features a silent auction of 25 purse packages donated by local supporters. Each purse contains items and mementos that reflect the purse-onality of the contributor. Benefits the American Heart Association. Tickets, $40, $50 day of event. FMI and tickets 289-2388 or katie.rooks@hear.org.

 

Concerts in the Park, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, Lafayette Park, Storer St., Kennebunk, with Lisa Mills and The Windmills. Concerts are free; sponsored by Kennebunk Savings Bank. Parking in the lot on Garden St. FMI kennebunkrec.com.

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