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For immediate release - July 27, 2009
"Coastal Creativity Week" Wraps Even More Fun Around 7th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
August 7-9, 2009 Rockland, Maine

CAMDEN, Maine - Once again, the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show has sparked a city-wide collaboration of events throughout Rockland, loosely called "Coastal Creativity Week." Happenings include a Wednesday night Bay Chamber Concert at the Strand Theatre, the Farnsworth Art Museum's annual "Paint the Town" event, an Art Walk among participating Arts in Rockland galleries and museums, a Nautical Fashion Show at the Strand, and much more. In addition, there will be live music and many special events on the show grounds. A complete schedule is available at; highlights appear below. COASTAL CREATIVITY WEEK EVENTS:
 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 Bay Chamber Concerts presents 20th Anniversary: Reunion Concert: 
8:00 p.m.
 Historic Strand Theater, Main Street
. The St. Lawrence String Quartet will perform Strauss's Capriccio for String Sextet; Haydn's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77; and other works. FMI: 207-236-2823 or
 Sponsored by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. THURSDAY,AUGUST 6 An Evening with Bob Schieffer: 4:00-5:30 p.m. book signing, 6:00 p.m. lecture. Historic Strand Theater, Main Street. Veteran journalist Bob Schieffer, marking 40 years with CBS News, is The General Henry Knox Museum's guest speaker and gala honoree this year. Following his public presentation at the Strand he will speak and be honored at a 7:30 p.m. gala reception and dinner at Camden National Bank's historic Spear Block location in Rockland. FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 20th annual "Art For the Animals" Fundraiser Auction: Silent auction: Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 12-3 p.m. Live auction: Friday, 7-8 p.m. Watts Hall, 174 Main St., Thomaston. Works by local artists, gift items, and certificates from local restaurants, shops, and service providers. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Knox County. FMI: 207-594-4897 or SATURDAY
, AUGUST 8 Midcoast Fishermen's Co-op Haddock Bake:
 4:00 p.m., Saint George Town Hall, Tenants Harbor.
 An event to support the Midcoast Fishermen's Co-op: or 207-372-8065 Paint the Town: all day, auction 4:00-6:00 p.m
. Annual Farnsworth Art Museum fundraiser. Painters, photographers, sculptors, and poets hit the streets (including the waterfront and show grounds) and create artwork in various mediums throughout Rockland from 9:00 a.m. to dusk. All creations are then auctioned on the Farnsworth's lawn from 4:00-6:00 p.m. to benefit the museum. Rockland Art Walk: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
 Select galleries will stay open late so visitors can enjoy a summer evening exploring the art of Rockland. For participating galleries: Trolleys Tour the Town: 
2:00-5:00 p.m.
 Departs from Buoy Park Gate every 20 minutes.
 All aboard to visit three nautical destinations, free! Visitors can hop on board the trolley at any stop.
 Stops: The Rockland Windjammer Fleets open house on Tillson Ave.; Atlantic Challenge's Apprenticeshop, one of the country's oldest traditional wooden boatbuilding schools, with tours every half hour; and Sharp's Point South at historic Snow Shipyard, home to the Sail, Power & Steam Museum. Nautical Fashion and Variety Show: 
7:30-9:00 p.m.
 Historic Strand Theater, Main Street. 
Rollicking variety show will feature the heights of nautical fashion through the ages, lively music by members of the Sweet Chariot Music Festival and ragtime pianist Glenn Jenks, and big-screen footage of vintage yachting. Jon Burstein (a.k.a. Slim Goodbody) will be the master of ceremonies. Tickets: $25 -$125. FMI: 207-548-2529 x216 or
. Presented by the Penobscot Marine Museum, sponsored by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. SPECIAL EVENTS ON SHOW GROUNDS: All show events are included free with the price of admission ($10 for adults). Live Music on the Bandstand: Performances by Evergreen (progressive bluegrass), the University of Maine at Machias Ukulele Band, the local steel drum ensemble Steelin' Thunder, the ever-popular Blue Hill Brass Quintet, and Windward Farm (live jazz). Films & Talks at the Rockland Yacht Club: New this year is a series of short films and talks held at the Rockland Yacht Club building on show grounds. The films include excerpts from "Maine Built Boats: Art & Soul," a piece about this historic and vibrant Maine industry that features Gary Jobson; "Between the Tides," a set of mid-coastal vignettes filmed by D'Arcy Marsh; and a compilation from Northeast Historic Films of Bucksport. Talks will include Jeff Lewis, Director of Atlantic Challenge, on the challenges of building wooden boats; Bob Stephens, renowned yacht designer, on tradition and innovation in boatbuilding; Glen Libby of the Midcoast Fisherman's Co-op on how fisheries are changing with the times; Suzanne Pude and Nancy Carter of the Island Institute on the Fox Island Thorofare Wind Project; and a panel discussion with Ken Sawyer of Yarkitecture Design. See below for specific dates and times. The Films & Talks program is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank. Maritime Activities & Model Pond: This year's hands-on activity area, called WaterCRAFTS, is produced by Penobscot Marine Museum. Children and adults become maritime artisans, boatbuilders, navigators, and fishermen as they design and build model lighthouses, make signal flags and send secret messages, design their own sea creatures, make a special "fishy" book mark with suggested reading on the back, build a "Three Penny Boat"--guaranteed to float-- and learn sailors' knots. The show's custom-built Model Pond offers more watery fun--guide a remote control lobster boat or a sailing "footie" and root for your favorite "green" boatbuilder during the Zucchini Boat Regatta on Saturday afternoon (see below). Little mariners will have their own special pond where they can float their crafty creations. Second Annual Great Pen Bay Zucchini Regatta: 2:00 on Saturday at the Model Pond. Zucchini seeds were sent to exhibitors in the spring, and despite the soggy weather, some creative boatbuilders have been working all summer to garner enough building materials. They will utilize the very latest in "green" technologies to build boats from fresh zucchini. Last year, there were a tri-hulled zuke boat, an accidental submarine zuke, and something that resembled a floating veggie patch. The only rule is that no internal-combustion engines may be used. World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials: Speaking of contests with few rules, this crowd favorite will be back with a rollicking band of nine crazy canine entries. The trials are Sunday at 10:30 a.m. New this year will be an appearance by the freshly crowned Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess, who will lead the doggy parade and hand out prizes including goodies from the Loyal Biscuit Company and the coveted perpetual 'Pup Cup.' (Note: entries are now closed, and no pets are allowed on show grounds.) Show Event Dates and Times Friday, August 7: Films at the Rockland Yacht Club: 11:00 Northeast Historic Films, selected short films 12:00 "Between the Tides," midcoast vignettes by D'Arcy Marsh 1:00 "Maine Built Boats, Art & Soul" with Gary Jobson Talks at the Rockland Yacht Club: 3:00 Glen Libby, Midcoast Fisherman's Cooperative 4:00 Suzanne Pude & Nancy Carter, the Island Institute 5:00 Bob Stephens, yacht designer of Stephens, Waring, and White Yacht Design Parade of Sail: Friday at 4:00 p.m. (weather permitting), tall ships from the Maine Windjammer Association fleet. View from docks, seawall, Buoy Park. Saturday, August 8: Films at the Rockland Yacht Club: 11:00 "Between the Tides," midcoast vignettes by D'Arcy Marsh 12:00 "Maine Built Boats: Art & Soul," with Gary Jobson 1:00 Northeast Historic Films, selected short films 2nd Annual Great Pen Bay Zucchini Boat Regatta: 2:00 p.m., Model Pond (near Main Gate). Talks at the Rockland Yacht Club: 3:00 Ken Sawyer, Yarkitecture Design (panel) 4:00 Jeff Lewis, Atlantic Challenge Sunday, August 9: World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials: 10:30 a.m.: A mix of doggy skill and silliness to entertain all ages. (NOTE: Entries are now closed. Only those dogs that pre-qualified to compete will be allowed on show grounds, on Sunday a.m. only; please leave your pets at home.) View from seawall and docks, Harbor Park. For a view of the canine competitors visit Optimist Pram Demonstration: 11:45 a.m. A fleet of young sailors from Rockland's own Atlantic Challenge Community Sailing Program will strut their Optimist pram stuff in the inner harbor. View from docks, seawall, Buoy Park. Films at the Rockland Yacht Club: 12:00 "Maine Built Boats: Art & Soul" with Gary Jobson 1:00 Northeast Historic Films, selected short films 12:00 "Between the Tides," midcoast vignettes by D'Arcy Marsh Many thanks to our show sponsors: 
 and Bangor Savings Bank The MAINE BOATS, HOMES & HARBORS SHOW was founded in 2003 by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. Held annually during the second weekend of August in Rockland, Maine, the show attracts thousands of attendees from all over the country and world. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, the premier magazine about life on the Maine coast, is celebrating its twenty-second year. Noted for its eclectic and award-winning coverage of all aspects of coastal living, the magazine covers everything from maritime matters and natural history to boats, homes, fine art, and food. The magazine has loyal subscribers around the world and more than 100,000 total readers. The award-winning online edition at is filled with original content, photo galleries, tides and weather for Maine and New Hampshire, guides to products and services, and Local KnowledgeTM to help visitors enjoy the Maine coast. Show hours: Friday and Saturday 10-6; Sunday 10-4. Admission $10, under 12 free. For more information about the show, exhibitors, and events, visit Reminder: No pets (except the pre-qualified competing dogs) will be allowed on show grounds. Media Contact: Leila Murphy or Jennifer McIntosh email: Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors P.O. Box 758, Camden, ME 04843 207-236-8622; 800-565-4951. High resolution images are available for download at: