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


“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.

 

Craig Mooney Exhibit exhibit at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Rd., Kennebunk Lower Village. Gallery open daily 11 AM to 5 PM. Continues to July 20. FMI maine-art.com or 967-0049.

 

 

The Craig Mooney Exhibit can be seen

at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Rd.,

in Kennebunk Lower Village.

21st Annual Regional Artists Exhibition, 11 AM to 5 PM, Barn Gallery, Shore Rd. and Bourne Lane, Ogunquit. Continues through July 29. FMI 646-8400 or barngallery.org.

 

"Peter Coes - Paintings and Sculptures," a solo exhibition at Arundel Farm Gallery, 76 Arundel Rd., Arundel. Exhibit continues through August 5. FMI 561-702-6396 or ArundelFarmGallery.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.

 

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.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12
63rd Annual Bazaar and Luncheon, 9 AM to 1 PM, Curtis Lawn, 16 Temple St., Old Orchard Beach. Sponsored by the Ocean Park Educational Bureau. For tables or white elephant donations, call Nancy Smith, 934-5281. Rain date July 20. FMI 934-9068.

 

 

The Seashore Trolley Museum

in Kennebunkport hosts story time

and a trolley ride every Wednesday

in July and August.

Summer Camp: River to the Sea, 9 AM to 3 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. A weeklong camp for kids 8 to 12 years. $250/$200 members. Scholarships available. Explore what lives in these habitats, discover how they survive, and investigate what can be done to save them. Registration required. Continues through Friday, July 21. FMI 646-1555 or suzanne@wellsnerr.org.

 

Poisonous Plants, 10 AM to noon, Visitor Center, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Learn to identify common poisonous plants. $7/5 members. FMI 646-1555.

 

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

 

Antique Bike and Car Show, 4 to 7 PM, Bentley’s Saloon, Rte. 1, Arundel. Rain date July 20. FMI bentleyssaloon.com.

 

Art in the Park, 5 to 7:30 PM, Wet Paint Sale at the Temple. Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Participating artists are Carol L. Douglas, Ed Buonvecchio, Russel Whitten, Christine Tullson Mathieu and Anthony Watkins. FMI 934-9068.

 

The Windmills Concert: Blues in the Chapel, 5:30 to 6:30 PM, Trinity Episcopal Chapel, Woodland Ave., Kennebunk Beach. FMI P.J. Cavanaugh, 391-8320.

 

Music in the Park series, 5:30 PM, Shevenell Park, next to Bangor Savings Bank, 150 Main St., Biddeford. Maine and New England musicians perform Wednesdays to August 9. Free admission. FMI heartofbiddeford.org.

 

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

 

 

Laudholm's Farming Past Tour takes place on Thursday, July 20, at Wells Reserve, Wells.

Rec Hall Uke Jam, 6:30 to 8 PM, 22 Colby Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Ukuleles, other instruments, singers and listeners welcome. FMI 934-9068.

 

Wednesday Evening at Jordan Hall, 7:30 PM, 46 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Trevor Lavenbein plays trumpet. FMI 934-9068.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 20

Laudholm’s Farming Past Tour, 10 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Center for Wildlife: Raptors, Reptiles, and Mammals, Oh My, 1 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $5 for members; $7 for nonmembers; $15 for families. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Third Thursday Talk, 5:30 PM, Brick Store Museum, 117 Main Street, Kennebunk. Author and historian Anne Gass presents the history of women’s suffrage in Maine. Program will include a panel discussion on gender discrimination. Supported by the Maine Humanities Council. Cost is $10/person, free for members. Light refreshments served. FMI 985-4802 or visit brickstoremuseum.org.

 

Learning through Film Series, 7 to 8:30 PM Jordan Hall, 46 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. My Left Foot with discussion the following morning at 10:30 AM. Not suitable for children. FMI 934-9068.

 

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

FRIDAY, JULY 21
Kayaking on the Little River Estuary, 9 AM to noon, Visitor Center, Wells Reserve, 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 wellsreserve.org.

 

 

On a 1914 visit to Maine, President Teddy Roosevelt traveled between Lewiston and Portland on board an interurban coach named “the Narcissus,” now part of the The Seashore Trolley Museum’s trolley collection.

Little Creatures, Big Deal – The World of Plankton, 10 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $5 for members; $7 for nonmembers; $15 for families. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Teddy Roosevelt Days begin, 10 AM to 5 PM, Seashore Trolley Museum, Log Cabin Rd., Kennebunkport. On a 1914 visit to Maine, President Teddy Roosevelt traveled between Lewiston and Portland on board an interurban coach named “the Narcissus,” now part of the museum’s trolley collection. Teddy Roosevelt Days raises funds for the restoration of the Narcissus. Continues through July 23. FMI 967-2800 or p.morse31@gmail.com.

 

Annual Sidewalk Sale, downtown Kennebunk. Sale continues July 22.

 

Piano Concert with Ruth Pierce, 6:30 PM, Kennebunk Baptist Church, 77 Main St., Kennebunk. This is a free concert to dedicate the recently renovated Steinway piano. FMI 985-4207.

 

Wizard of Oz, City Theatre, 205 Main St., Biddeford. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 PM; Sundays, 2 PM. All seats $20. Continues to August 6. FMI and tickets citytheatre.org.

 

Shenanigans at the Blue Pelican Inn opens, 7:30 PM, Nasson LIttle Theatre, 457 Main St., Springvale. Presented by Sanford Maine Stage Theatre's Senior Players. $10 general admission; doors open 30 minutes before performance. Continues July 22, 7:30 PM; July 23, 3 PM. FMI and tickets 324-8227.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 22

Book Sale, 8:30 AM to 1 PM, Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Presented by the Friends of the Kennebunk Free Library as part of the Blueberry Fair.

 

Blessing of the Animals, 9 AM, St. Ann's Church, 167 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. No reservations necessary. Pets must be under owner's control at all times. Rain date, July 23, 4 PM.
FMI 967-8043.

 

41st Annual Blueberry Fair, blueberry confections, crafts, chowder and crab roll lunch, 9 AM to 3 PM, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Main St., Kennebunk. Rain or shine.

 

 

41st Annual Blueberry Fair,  blueberry confections, crafts, chowder and crab

roll lunch, 9 AM to 3 PM, First Parish Church, Main St., Kennebunk.

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr., 10 AM and 1 PM, opens at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Rte. 1 south, Ogunquit. Continues Sunday, July 23, at 10 AM. FMI and tickets 646-5511.

 

20th Anniversary Celebration opens at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Rd., Kennebunk Lower Village. Gallery open daily 11 AM to 5 PM. Continues to August 10. FMI maine-art.com or 967-0049.

 

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

 

"Peter Coes - Paintings and Sculptures," a solo exhibition, opens with a reception from 5 to 7 PM,  Arundel Farm Gallery, 76 Arundel Rd., Arundel. Exhibit continues through August 5. FMI 561-702-6396 or ArundelFarmGallery.com.

 

Series with the Eddie Forman Orchestra, 6:30 PM, Hope Hobbs Memorial Gazebo, Wells Harbor Park, Harbor Rd., Wells. Concert series continues on Saturdays through September 2. Free admission. FMI wellsrec.org.

SUNDAY, JULY 23

Springvale Farm Walk and Breakfast, 8 to 9:30 AM, Three Rivers Land Trust serves breakfast at McDougal Orchards, 202 Hanson Ridge Rd., Springvale; 9 AM to 2 PM, 4-mile, self-guided walk that connects ten farms that raise sheep, Christmas trees, mushrooms, vegetables, berries and apples. Sturdy shoes are recommended; dogs on leashes and owners who pick up after them are welcome. Parking and shuttle at McDougal Orchards, 202 Hanson Ridge Rd., and Carpenter Tree Farm, 14 Hazen Dr. Rain or shine. FMI sanfordtrails.org.

 

 

28th Annual Open Farm Day, 10 AM to 3 PM. Visit Maine farms to learn how food and fiber are produced. Exhibits, demonstrations, wagon rides, samples, barn tours and more.

28th Annual Open Farm Day, 10 AM to 3 PM. Visit Maine farms to learn how food and fiber are produced. Exhibits, demonstrations, wagon rides, samples, barn tours and more. See information about participating York County farms on pages 14 and 15 (the Tourist News is available here under Online Issues. Link at top left.) FMI getrealmaine.com.

 

Harborside Fundraiser, noon to 3 PM, 2 Woods Rd., Cape Porpoise. Live music with Monica Grabin, a silent auction, storytelling and refreshments to benefit Planned Parenthood of Northern New England services in Maine. FMI, purchase tickets or donate, ppaction.org/site/calendar.

 

Sundays in the Garden Concert Series, with Mara Flynn, 5 to 6:30 PM, Hamilton House, 40 Vaughans Lane, South Berwick. Admission $10; $9 seniors; $4 children over age 12. Free for Historic New England members. FMI historicnewengland.org or 384-2454.

 

"Summer Splash" Scholarship Benefit by the Art Guild of the Kennebunks, opening reception, 5 to 7 PM, Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Meet the artists, hors d'oeuvres, a cash wine/beer bar, music by the Windmills and raffle of a watercolor by Michael Maron. The show is open from 11 AM to 8 PM; free admission. FMI 251-8439 or alegg@roadrunner.com.

 

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

 

Music Festival with pianist Paul Bisaccia, 7:30 to 9 PM, the Temple, 50 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Bisaccia presents "George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue," an all-Gershwin concert. $15/$5 under 18 years/$10 residents of the Pines. FMI and tickets 934-9068.

 

Christmas in July, the Seacoast Wind Ensemble plays at 8 PM, lighting of the Nubble Lighthouse at 9 PM, with a visit from Santa Clause, Sohier Park, York. FMI 363-1040 or yorkmaine.org.

 

MONDAY, JULY 24
Kid’s Camp: Wildlife Detectives, 9 AM to 3 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Ages 6 to 10; $60 for nonmembers; $50 for members. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Jackson Gillman: Songs and Stories for a Small Planet, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Nasson Community Center Little Theatre, 457 Main St., Springvale. This celebration of nature and sustainability is presented by Springvale Public Library. Free admission. For children 3 to 12. FMI 324-4624 or springvalelibrary.org.

 

Power of Place Sculpture Exhibition Virtual Tour, 12 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Meet the Scientists: Species of Greatest Conservation Need, 1 to 2 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 25
Morning Yoga, 8 to 9:15 AM, Mather Auditorium, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Stretch, strengthen, tone and relax. $56/$70 non-members. Continues Tuesdays through August 29. FMI and to register 646-1555.

 

 

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

Kayaking on the Little River Estuary,11 AM to 2 PM, Visitor Center, Wells Reserve, 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.

 

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.

 

Family Game Afternoons, 3:30 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Outdoor games; indoor games in case of rain. Free as part of the "Build a Better World" summer reading program. Continues Tuesdays through August 8. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26

Kid’s Camp: Creepy Crawlies, 9 AM to 3 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Ages 6 to 10; $60 for nonmembers; $50 for members. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Nature Walk, 10 AM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

 

MaineStage Shakespeare performs outdoors at Lafayette Park, Kennebunk, and in other locations through the summer.

Get to Know Your Woodland Neighbors, 1 PM, Kennebunk Library, 112 Main St., Kennebunk. Learn about local wildlife with an up-close look at animal pelts, skulls, track and scat replicas. This free event is part of the Build a Better World Summer Reading Program. FMI 985-2173 or kennebunklibrary.org.

 

Climate Stewards: Ecosystem Forecasting in a Changing Climate, 6 to 7:30 PM, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $5 suggested donation. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

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

 

Steel Magnolias, 8 PM, opens at the Hackmatack Playhouse, Rte. 9, Berwick. Continues to August 12. FMI and tickets 698-1807 or hackmatack.org.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 27

Kayaking on the Little River Estuary,1 to 4 PM, Visitor Center, Wells Reserve, 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.

 

VentiCordi Chamber Music, 7 PM, South Congregational Church, Temple St., Kennebunkport. Another performance  on August 10. To reserve tickets, venticordi.com.

 

JUST AHEAD
Friday, July 28

22nd Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show, three-day show includes hundreds of tractors, demonstrations, games, auction, live entertainment, food and more, Raitt Farm, Rte. 103, Eliot. Admission is $7, 12 and under free. Continues to July 30. Proceeds benefit the museum. FMI 748-3303 or raittfarmmuseum.org.

 

 

22nd Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show, three-day show includes hundreds of tractors, demonstrations, games, auction, live entertainment, food and more, Raitt Farm, Rte. 103, Eliot.

Maine Women in the Arts Summer Art and Crafts Show, opening reception, 5 to 7 PM, Masonic Hall, Temple St., Kennebunkport. More than 50 artists; free admission. Show opens July 28, 10 AM to 7 PM; July 29, 10 AM to 6 PM; July 30, 10 AM to 4 PM. 

 

"Artists by the Sea" opening reception, 5 to 8 PM, Biddeford Pool Community Center, 2 Yates St., Biddeford Pool. An exhibit by 14 local artists. Continues Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, 10 AM to 3 PM. FMI 284-6394.

 

22nd Annual Ocean Park 5K Race and 1K Kids Fun Run, 6 to 8:30 PM, Temple Ave., Ocean Park. Cash prizes. FMI oceanpark.org.

 

Saturday, July 29

8th Annual Saco Spirit Car Show, 8 AM to 1 PM, Main St., Saco. Cars in nine categories from pre-WW II to present day with trophies awarded in each category, food, music and other prizes along with special demonstrations and displays. Registration $10. FMI 286-3548 or sacospirirt.com.

 

York Days with concerts, tournaments, fairs, fireworks, road race, and sand castle building, Short Sands and various other locations, York Beach. The craft fair, 10 AM to 5 PM, York Beach Ball Field. All York Days events continue to August 5 with fireworks finale. FMI York Parks and Recreation, 363-1040, or yorkmaine.org.

 

Annual Harborfest, Wells Harbor Park, 331 Harbor Rd., Wells. Games start at noon and include kayak races, paddleboard demonstrations and the world championship lobster toss. Chamber of Commerce Silent Auction, noon to 3 PM, Wells Rotary Club Chicken BBQ, noon to 3 PM, concert, 6:30 PM. FMI 207-646-2451, or wellschamber.org.

 

Sunday, July 23
25th Annual Open Farm Day, 10 AM to 3 PM. Visit Maine farms to learn how food and fiber are produced. Exhibits, demonstrations, wagon rides, samples, barn tours and more. Story with participating York County farms appears in the July 20 issue of the Tourist News. FMI getrealmaine.com.

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