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

 

"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.

 

Late Summer Exhibitions at the Barn Gallery, 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. Continues through September 9. FMI 646-8400 or barngallery.org.

 

The Power of Place sculpture exhibition can be seen on the grounds of the Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells, through Columbus Day. Features more than 50 sculptures, on view and for sale. Open 7 AM to sunset, during Wells Reserve hours. FMI 646-1555.

 

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 23

 

The Seashore Trolley Museum offers fun

and educational programs, including

"Story Time and Trolley Ride"

on Wednesdays through August.

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.

 

Writers' Critique, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, York Public Library 15 Long Sands Rd., York. Marjory D. Lyons, Ph.D., will present "A Writers' Critique: Writing and Revising Your Memoir, Short Story or Novel." Bring ten copies of your work, typed or word-processed up to six pages. Round robin discussion. FMI and to register 363-2818.

 

Kayaking on the Little River Estuary, 11 AM to 2 PM, 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.

 

Late Summer Exhibitions at the Barn Gallery, 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. Continues through September 9. FMI 646-8400 or barngallery.org.

 

Wednesday Evening at Jordan Hall, 7:30 to 8:30 PM, 46 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Sue Wilber, solo hand bell ringer will perform. Tickets $5. FMI 934-9068.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24
Secrets of the Salt Marsh Walk, 10 AM to noon, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Kennebunk Beach History Walking Tour, 2 PM, one-mile loop begins and ends at Trinity Chapel, Railroad Ave., Kennebunk Beach. A 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.
 

 

Weekly fireworks by the pier at

Old Orchard Beach are a summer tradition.

Leavitt Theatre Silent Film Series, 7 PM, Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main St. (Rte. 1), Ogunquit. Go West (1925) starring Buster Keaton. Live piano 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.

 

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

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
Nature Walk, 10 AM to noon, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Kayaking on the Little River Estuary, noon to 3 PM, 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.

 

Author Susan Doherty Hannaford will speak about her novel, A Secret Music, at Trinity Chapel, Woodland Avenue, Kennebunk Beach, at 5 PM. Admission is free. 

 

Concert with Schooner Fare, 8 PM, City Theater, Main Street, Biddeford. An evening of folk and acoustic music spiced with Down East humor. Tickets are $20 at the door. Reserved-seat tickets are available on line for $18 at www.citytheater.org. The concert, held in conjunction with Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk, benefits the Music Performance Fund of City Theater Associates, Inc.

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.

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.

 

Book Signing, 10 AM to noon, Fine Print Booksellers, Port Walk, Dock Square, Kennebunkport. Author Mark Stein will sign copies of his latest book, Vice Capades: Sex, Drugs and Bowling from the Pilgrims to the Present. Admission is free. FMI 967-9989.

 

Dover Mini Maker Faire, 10 AM to 4 PM, Children's Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover, New Hampshire. Family-friendly workshops on cartooning, recycled racers, egg drop creations and more. New this year will be a coffee tasting workshop and a beer tasting collaboration with 7th Settlement Brewery. Classic rock jam band Beefstu  and Magic Fred will provide musical entertainment. Tickets $10 in advance; $!2 at the door; kids age 5 and under are free. FMI 603-742-2202 or childrensmuseum.org.

 

Potters of the Southern Maine Clay Guild Show and Sale, "All Our Best II," 10 AM to 4 PM, The Red Door Pottery Studio, 44 Government St., Kittery Foreside. Show and sale continues through Sunday, October 29. There will be a variety of techniques displayed, from both hobbyist and professional potters. The studio is open Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM and all other days by chance or by appointment. Please call ahead. FMI 439-5671 or reddoorpottery.com.

 

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.

 

Summer Concert Series with the Reminisants, 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.

 

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

 

 

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

Blessing of the Animals, 5 PM, Bell Tower grove, 50 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. All pets must be caged or on a leash. Free.

 

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

 

EVA in Concert, 7:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Tickets $20; students and seniors $18. Reservations required. FMI 929-6472 or sacorivertheatre.org.

 

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

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 28
Shorebird Identification Workshop
with Maine birder Louis Bevier, 7:45 AM to 2 PM. 7:45 Beach walk meets at Buffleheads Restaurant on Hills Beach; birding until 9:30 AM at the Basket Island Sandbar. Drive to Biddeford Pool Fire Station, corner of Rte. 208 and Stone Cliff Rd., Biddeford Pool, for presentation and lunch (bring your own). Workshop concludes with a beach walk at South Beach, Fortunes Rocks. Space is limited and advance registration is required. $10 payable by check or cash at the workshop. FMI and register, yorkcountyaudubon.org.

 

Sidewalk Art Show, 9:30 AM to 5 PM, downtown Ogunquit, along Beach St. and in Jacob's lot. More than 20 artists will show their works in acrylic, oils, watercolor and encaustic paintings; photography; mixed media; and embossed paper and copper. Rain date is August 29. FMI visitogunquit.com.

 

Life Between the Tides, 10 AM to noon, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Meet the Scientists: Sustainable & Healthy Fisheries in the Gulf of Maine, 1 to 2 PM, Visitor Center, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Free with site admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29

 

The Power of Place sculpture exhibition can be seen on the grounds of the Wells Reserve, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells, through Columbus Day. Features more than 50 sculptures, on view and for sale. Open 7 AM to sunset, during Wells Reserve hours.

Yankee Woodlot Tour, 10 AM to noon, Visitor Center, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. $7/$5 members. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Totally Tuesday Talk, artist Don Gorvett will talk about the Star Island Centennial at 6 PM, light refreshments at 5 PM, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Rd., Ogunquit. FMI 646-4909.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30
Stories by the Sea, 9 to 10 AM, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Rd., Ogunquit. For kids ages 4 to 8, story and art project. $5/members free. FMI 646-4909.

 

A Dive Into the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, noon to 1 PM, Mather Auditorium, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Presentation by Jennifer Feld, Ocean Campaign Director, Conservation Law Foundation. $2 suggested donation. Bring a bag lunch.

 

Comedy Show, 7 PM, Wells Harbor Gazebo, (under pavilion if it rains). New England comedians; all family-friendly entertainment; hosted by Craft Comedy and Geoff Payson; food trucks. Free parking; trolley accessible. FMI 646-5826.

 

Wednesday Evening at Jordan Hall, 7:30 to 9 PM, 46 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. Voices in Harmony, directed by Camille Curtis Saucier, will perform. Tickets are $5. FMI 934-9068.

 

 

Heartbreak Hotel opens at Ogunquit Playhouse on Wednesday, August 30.

Heartbreak Hotel opens, Ogunquit Playhouse, Rte. 1, Ogunquit. Continues to September 30. FMI and tickets, 646-5511.

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31
Laudholm's Farming Past, 10 AM to noon, Gazebo,  Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Delve into the history of this site, from Native American life to English settlement, from farmland to estuarine reserve. This docent-led walk covers about a half-mile. Free with site admission. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

Back to School Silent Auction and Cocktail Party, 5 to 7 PM, Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport. Appetizers, cash bar, music by Rob Spaulding. Tickets $25. All proceeds benefits Friends of the Town House School's efforts to save the last remaining one-room schoolhouse in Kennebunkport. FMI and tickets 967-0262 or Bev, 967-2987.

 

Climate Change in New England: From Science to Solutions, 6 to 7:30 PM, Mather Auditorium, Wells Reserve, Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. Suggested donation $5. Speaker is Cameron P. Wake, Ph.D. FMI 646-1555 or wellsreserve.org.

 

JUST AHEAD
Friday, September 1

First Friday Wine and Cheese Reception, 5 to 7 PM, Rusty Fly  Gallery, 24 Ocean Ave. (upstairs), Kennebunkport. Local and regional artists' work on display. FMI 508-982-5398.

 

Saturday, September 2
4th Annual Blues Fest, all day at The Ballpark, Old Orchard Beach. Food trucks and other vendors. Bring a lawn chair. Rain date September 3.

 

Saco Bay Artists Show and Sale, 9 AM to 4 PM, Memorial Library lawn, 11 Temple Ave., Old Orchard Beach. No admission cost. FMI sacobayartists.org.

 

 

Stand of Trees by Liz Hoag is among the paintings on exhibit at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk Lower Village.

Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza, 9 AM to 8 PM, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Pine Point Rd., Scarborough. Features an end-of-season store sale, door prizes, a used-book sale, crafts for the kids, a bake sale on Saturday, a yard sale and more. Continues through September 5. FMI smac@maineaudubon.org, 883-5100.

 

Liz Hoag Exhibit opens at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Rd., Kennebunk Lower Village. Gallery open daily 11 AM to 5 PM. Continues to September 21. FMI maine-art.com or 967-0049.

 

"Fabulous Folk – Celebrating American Folk Art," a group exhibition, opens with a reception from 5 to 7 PM,  Arundel Farm Gallery, 76 Arundel Road, Arundel. Exhibit continues through September 16. FMI call 561-702-6396 or visit www.ArundelFarmGallery.com.

 

Novel Jazz Septet Concert, 7:30 PM, Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Buxton. Tickets $20; students and seniors $18. Reservations required. FMI 929-6472 or sacorivertheatre.org.

 

Sunday, September 3
Labor Day Raffle Drawing and Picnic with Live Music
, Franciscan Guest House grounds, 26 Beach Ave., Kennebunk. Bring your own bag lunch or purchase one at the Guest House. Tickets for the $5000 grand prize plus more prizes may be purchased weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM. All proceeds benefit the maintenance and preservation of the monastery. FMI 967-4865 or franciscanguesthouse.com.

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