Archive for September, 2010

Ogunquitfest

September 29, 2010

The Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce has posted a tentative schedule  of activities for this year’s 7th annual Ogunquitfest. It begins on Friday, October 22 and runs through the weekend, ending on Sunday, October  24.

On Friday, the Haunted House and Maze runs from 6-9pm at the Booth Theater on Beach Street. For  the  little ones, a cornstalk maze, and for the rest of the family. shriek in fright at the haunted decorations. Ghostly tours will be run from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Ogunquit Heritage Museum on Obeds Land. Are there myths, or is there more to Ogunquit’s nightlife than meets the eye? Bring your flashlight-it’s dark out there! Weather permitting.

On Saturday, There is a classic Car Show from 10:00am-4:00pm at the main beach parking lot. Vote on your favorite classic car! Rain date is Sunday. The Autumn Bazaar is also at the main beach parking lot from 10:00am-4:00pm. Find  that one of a kind  special item-get an early jump on your holiday shopping! Another main beach activity is the Roaming Railroad from 10:00am-4:00pm. Adults and children alike  can take in some of the Ogunquitfest  sights in style on this unique little train, outfitted with a whistle and a real brass bess.

Still on Saturday, there will be horse-drawn wagon rides from Veteran’s Park from 10:00am-4:00pm.The High Heel Dash will be at 3:00pm in Perkins Cove. Watch the hijinks as brave souls race around Perkins Cove in high-heeled shoes. Better yet, join in the race! From 2:30pm – 4:00pm will be the Great Pumpkinpatch  presentation  and Cookie Monster Decorating.  An autumn delight for kids of all ages. Pumpkins, paints, markers and stickers are supplied. Rain location is inside Amore Breakfast. The Haunted House and Maze will be available again on Saturday from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Finally, Children’s Fall Storytelling will be at Amore Breakfast from 4:00-5:00pm Diana Abbott tells tales of spooks and haunted happenings.

Sunday brings the return of the Autumn Bazaar and Roaming Railroad at the Main Beach from 10:00am-4:00pm. A costume parade is scheduled from 11:00 to 11:30 am from Ogunquit Square to Main Beach. It’s utter bedlam as teams zoom down Beach Street to the main beach in the Bridge to Beach Bed Race. Vote on your favorite as teams raise money to vie for the People’s Choice Award. And ending the day will be the Ogunquitfest Awards Ceremony and Reception for prizes and awards for the Townwide Scarecrow contest, High Heel Dash and Bridge to Beach Bed Race!!!

Autumn in Ogunquit

September 27, 2010

The crisp, cool air of Autumn has arrived in Ogunquit. The beach and the sidewalks are less crowded, and the stores, museums, galleries and restaurants are open. This is a great time to come visit us. The leaves are changing and the ocean waves are amazing as they swell and crash  against the rocks along    the Marginal Way. Autumn brings a much different energy to our town. A  leisurely stroll through town, Perkins Cove or along the Marginal Way is the perfect quick get away from your stressful day.

Soon you will see the scarecrows, mums and cornstalks adoring the properties of businesses and residences alike as we move into October and gear up for the 7th annual Ogunquitfest. Make your plans now to join us in October for the fest!

BI Plane Tours

September 22, 2010

Take a scenic tour in a meticulously restored 1933 open cock-pit bi-plane. This vintage aircraft meets today’s safety standards and maintains the spirit of the golden age of aviation.

Enjoy breathtaking views of popular vistas such as Nubble Light and experience the spectacular countryside from Biddeford Pool to Portsmouth.

*Hear and feel the wind on the wings

*Behold unforgettable scenery

*Experience aviation history

*Gaze at beautiful sunrises or sunsets

Your tour begins at nearby Sanford Airport and soon arrives at scenic Nubble Lighthouse in the historic village of York.  Proceeding “downeast” past the rocky shoreline of Cape Neddick, you will cruise along the vast expanse of beach shared by Ogunquit and Wells. Kennebunkport and nearby Walker’s Point are your next destinations, and then on to Biddeford Pool to gaze at its tranquil beauty. All this, seen from the unique vantage of a vintage biplane that will transport  you to a simpler place and time!

Contact Dave Truckess at 207-332-4174 199 Airport Road Sanford, Maine 04073.

Pumpkin Patch Trolley

September 22, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Trolley

Hop aboard the Pumpkin Patch Trolley for a fun start to the fall season at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport. Passengers on this kid-friendly ride take a streetcar from the museum to Meserve’s Crossing to pick and paint a pumpkin on September 25 and September 26 and October 2 and October 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s just one of the special events at the museum featuring more than 260 transit vehicles, most of them trolleys, from all over the United States and Canada. It is the oldest and largest electric railway museum in the world. The museum, open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine to Columbus Day , is at 195 Log Cabin Road. For information, visit www.trolleymuseum.org or call 967-2712.

Chicago Comes to Ogunquit Playhouse

September 20, 2010

Girls, guns, glitz and glamour hit the Ogunquit Playhouse stage with the multi Tony Award winning Broadway musical Chicago, wrapping up the Playhouse season from September 15 through October 24. This record breaking smash hit stars Sally Struthers, as Matron “Mama” Morton, keeper of the jailhouse keys and George Dvorsky as Billy Flynn, the slick lawyer who razzles the court and dazzles the press to free his guilty clients. The sizzling tale of corruption and celebrity, inspired by the sensationalized trials of 1920’s Chicago has choreography inspired by Bob Fosse—And all that Jazz!

Set amidst the glittering decadence of the 1920’s, Chicago also stars Broadway veteran Angie Schworer as Roxie Hart, a housewife who spends her nights jazzing it us in clubs while dreaming of a life on the stage and subsequently murdering her lover Broadway’s  Rachelle  Rak as Velma Kelly, the seductive night club singer turned murderess and darling of the press; and Tony award winning  Paul Kreppel as  Amos (aka Mr. Cellophane), Roxie’s husband who agrees to take the blame for her violent crime.

Chicago is rated as the number one show Ogunquit Playhouse audiences requested to see on the stage for 2010. Don’t miss the sexy, musical extravaganza that features one show-stopping number after another including  All That Jazz, Razzle Dazzle and When You’re Good to Mama.

Fall is Fair Time in Maine

September 15, 2010

Fair season in Maine begins in July. From pie contests to pulling competitions, these colorful events showcase farm life and animals and the hardworking people who make their living from the land.

September 12-18, The Oxford County Fair, Oxford Maine, has livestock shows, animal pulling events, midway, crafts, exhibits and a new harness racing track. 207-743-9594 or visit www.oxfordcountyfair.com

September 19-25, Farmington Fair, Farmington Maine, has a large midway, exhibit halls, livestock exhibits, animal pulling events and harness racing. 207-778-6083

September 24-26, Common Ground County Fair, Unity Maine, is a celebration of rural life. It features demonstrations, Maine organic produced foods and crafts and livestock exhibits. 207-568-4142 or visit www. mofga.org.

September 26-October 2, Cumberland Fair, Cumberland Maine features exhibit halls, midway and livestock exhibits. Also animal pulling events and harness racing. 207-797-2789 or visit www.cumberlandfair.com

October 3-10, Fryeburg Fair, Fryeburg Maine is Maine’s largest agricultural fair. Beautiful setting in prime foliage time. Exhibit halls, museum, harness racing and livestock shows. 207-935-3268 or visit www.fryeburgfair.org

Maine Open Lighthouse Day

September 13, 2010

Open Lighthouse Day

The U.S. Coast Guard, the state of Maine and the American Lighthouse Foundation have joined forces to promote the second annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day,  September 18 to increase awareness of Maine’s maritime heritage and the rich history of its lighthouses and lighthouse keepers. Twenty-five lighthouses from southern Maine to Down East will be open to tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. including Goat Island in Kennebunkport and Wood Island in Biddeford. For information and a complete list, visit www.visitmaine.com, then click on Lighthouses.

Laudholm Farm crafts fair

September 7, 2010

The 23rd annual Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival will  be held at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm on Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12, from 10 AM to 4PM each day. Admission is $& per person ($5 for Laudholm Trust members).

The festival boasts 100 of New England’s finest artists and craftspeople in a historic setting with a spectacular ocean view. Sculpture, jewelry, pottery, paintings, clothing and photography are among the crafts selected by the jury for this prestigious event.

During the festival, there will be musical entertainment on acoustic guitar and lunch fare is available. New this year, Duffy’s tavern and Grill will host a beer and wine garden featuring selected Maine-crafted beers and wines. Many artists contribute a handcrafted item to the Laudolm raffle, which also features a handmade quilt created by Laudholm volunteers. Raffle tickets can be purchased online.

The Wells Reserve is located at 342 Laudholm Farm Road in Wells, just off Route 1 near the Kennebunk line. From Route 1, turn at the flashing traffic signal south of the Maine Diner and north of Lighthouse depot. Visit www.wellsreserve.org for directions. FMI 207-646-4521 or visit www.laudholm.org or www.wellsreserve.org.

Ogunquit’s Capriccio Celebration

September 2, 2010

With the end of summer comes Capriccio- Ogunquit’s annual two-week celebration of the arts, beginning on Labor Day, Monday, September 6.

The events of Capriccio include all aspects of the arts-from film and visual arts, to music, poetry and theater.

Among the activities, during Capriccio will be Odaiko Japanese drummers, two productions at the Ogunquit Playhouse, poets reading their works, a children’s kite festival at Ogunquit Beach, a variety of visual arts activities, tours of the town’s historic sites and art galleries, and performances at local clubs. Many of the events are free and take place during the day making it a family-friendly festival. Capriccio begins on Monday, September 6, with the popular “Poets in Person”  at the Barn Gallery with poets reading from their works and continues through the next two weeks with diverse cultural and arts events, ending Saturday, 18  with the Ogunquit Heritage Museum’ s annual Antique Show and Sale at the Dunaway Center.

Theater lovers can see Spamalot at the Ogunquit Playhouse through September 11 and Chicago the Musical  which opens on September 15.  FMI call 207-646-5511.

Live music includes folk legend Tom Rush at Jonathon’s on September 12 abd local blues duo Lex and Joe at Perkins Cove on September 8.

The annual Kite Festival on Ogunquit Beach will be held on Saturday September 11, beginning at 10 AM. Kits with kites to design will be distributed free to children, and there will also be professional kite flyers on hand. Many of Ogunquit’s art galleries will have open houses and special exhibits, and Ogunquit’s museums will be open throughout the festival.

This festival has become a tradition in Qgunquit!