Archive for May, 2011

Barn Gallery Opened for the season

May 31, 2011

The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit opened for another exciting season of art exhibitions, programs and workshops on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 with four shows by artist members of the Ogunquit Art Association. “OAA Expressions” in the Main Gallery features work in a wide variety of subject and medium. “Anything Goes” in the Lower Gallery as artists try out new media and collaborative working methods. Three-dimensional work by Invited New England Sculptors fills the outdoor Sculpture Court. Small works of art are available in the Collectors Gallery.
Established in 1959, Barn Gallery offers original work by the finest artists of the Southern Seacoast region. Exhibitions, openings and gallery talks are free. Concerts and special events often have a small admission fee. Gallery hours are 11a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Barn Gallery is located at the corner of Bourne Land and Shore Road in Ogunquit. For further information about 2011 exhibits, workshops and special events, visit them on Facebook a http://www.facebook.com/barn gallery, call 207-646-8400 or go to http://www.barngallery.org

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Portsmouth Tall Ships

May 23, 2011

Sail Portsmouth 2011 Memorial Day Weekend Event

When: Memorial Day Weekend May 27 – 30, 2011.

Where: State Pier, 555 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH

The 177-foot-tall ship Gazela will headline the festival. The Gazela Primeiro, is the world’s oldest active wood hulled sailing vessel. It is a three-masted, square rigged barkentine ship built in 1883 and has sailed continuously ever since. We will also host the Coast Guard Cutter Flying Fish an 87-foot coastal patrol boat based in Boston. Portstmouth’s own Gundalow, the Edward H. Adams
will also be on site and open for tours.Sail Portsmouth 2011 will begin with a boat parade leaving buoy 2KR at 9 a.m., Friday, May 27. The parade will arrive at the State Pier at 550 Market St. around 10 a.m. Gates will open at noon for welcoming ceremonies, with ship tours starting at 1 p.m. The weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m Saturday through Monday.In addition to the boats, there will be educational exhibits, shanty singers, ship tours and more at a dockside tent.

Ogunquit Restaurant Week

May 23, 2011

What’s fast becoming a rite of spring, the Semi-Annual Restaurant Week is just around the corner! Once again, more than twenty restaurants have announced special deals on Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner to encourage visitors and locals to enjoy the best they have to offer.
The Breakfast specials will be 2 breakfasts for $15.00; Brunch/Lunch will include 2 entrees for $20.00 and Dinner is a three-course feast for $25.00.
The dates are June 5-9 for 2011. Some of the restaurants that you may be looking for include: Amore Breakfast, Angelina’s, Bintliff’s, Cape Neddick Inn, Fisherman’s Catch, Five-0, Jonathan’s, Katie’s, Old Village Inn, Prime, and Roberto’s. For the complete list, go to Ogunquit.org.

Ogunquit is Open!!!

May 18, 2011

Ogunquit 2011 is Here!
During Patriot’s Day Weekend, shop owners and restaurant keepers threw open their doors, swept the stoops, washed the windows and Ogunquit was officially open for 2011! Big smiles, warm hellos and hopes for a beautiful summer season.
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art has opened early this year and the Playhouse is set to go for May 25th with a bang-up season through mid-October. No new restaurants have opened this year, but there has been a change in ownership for Provence and Tapas and Tinis. It’ll be interesting to see how the new owners blend in to the Ogunquit scene. Best of Luck!
Our favorite gift shop, Spoiled Rotten, has expanded to two floors, doubling the space for all their wonderful junk and the chocolates at Harbor Candy are as great as ever. A face lift for Bread and Roses, but the pasteries are still good enough to have you running back for more.
It’s only a short month until kids are out of school and the traditional crowds appear. Until then, enjoy the full flavor of Ogunquit without the summer influx!

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art opens early for the 2011 season!

May 5, 2011

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art opened on May 1, 2011 for the 2011 season. That is two months earlier than usual. It is open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on a daily basis and it will remain open through October 31.
Be sure to visit their website at http://www.ogunquitmuseum.org for a detailed outline of this season’s Exhibition Schedule.

Ogunquit Playhouse set for the season!

May 2, 2011

The Playhouse begins its 79th season! Here is the line-up for the 2011 season as listed and described on their website!

It opens with “Sesame Street meets South Park” in the Tony Award Best Musical of the Year, smash-hit Avenue Q.

This delightful parody that dares to ask the question “What do you do with a B.A. in English?” is on stage May 25 to June 18. Winner of three Tony Awards , the show conveys life’s tough lessons through the trials and tribulations of Princeton¸a recent college graduate ¸who is anxious to discover his purpose in life; but first he must find an apartment and a job with no work experience—but an English degree.  Join Princeton along with the Broadway puppets for this toe-tapping, hilarious and often moving musical that the New York Times declared to be “savvy, sassy and eminently likeable.” But be forewarned, this show may not be appropriate for those under age 17.
From June 22-July 16, Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair for the east coast premier of Summer of Love, a groovy new 6os hippy musical. When a runaway bride discovers the counter-cultural revolution of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, with a little help from the hippies and dropouts of Golden Gate Park, she comes to realize she has to make her own kind of music! This hippy trippy musical features the powerful musical of the late 1960s, by some of the most influential l artists of the love generation: The Mamas and the Pappas, Donovan, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and many more. You’ll love this flower-power, feel-good musical experience.

There’s Trouble in River City. Yes, the critically acclaimed Broadway classic.

The Music Man marches into town July 20 to August 20. This all-American favorite follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band he vows to organize –  this despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marion the librarian. Does he stay? Does he run with the money? Even if you know, you’ll still want to see the quirky characters of this Golden Era classic and hear the award-winning songs that have long become American standards: 76 Trombones, Till there was you  and Trouble.

OMG, like you are totally going to love Legally Blonde the Musical, on stage August 24 through September 17! This award-winning Broadway musical sensation is based on the hit movie with the same name and follows college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods as she puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law school in pursuit of her boyfriend Warner, who just dumped her for someone more serious. Legally Blonde the Musical will take you from the social whirl of California campus life to Harvard’s halls of justice with our heroine Elle, her Chihuahua, Bruiser and the bull-dog-toting hairdresser Paulette, played by none other than Emmy Award winning Playhouse favorite Sally Struthers. This all singing, all dancing, feel good musical comedy is so much fun it shouldn’t be legal.
The Fall ushers in one of the most stunning blockbusters of all time. Miss Saigon, an epic love story that will touch your heart and haunt your memory, on stage September 21 through October 23.

This compelling tale, a modern variation of Madame Butterfly by the creators of Les Miserables, shares the emotional story of an American GI and his love affair with a Vietnamese girl in a world torn apart by war. From the first sound of a helicopter flying as the sun rises over Saigon during the Overture, to the show’s powerful ending, Miss Saigon will take you on a touching journey about unwavering love and self-sacrifice. This emotionally powerful score features the show stopping “The Movie in My Mind”, I Still Believe”, “ Why God Why” and “The American Dream”.
Sounds like another great season at our wonderful Ogunquit Playhouse!