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Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show: Guaranteed to Feed The Soul

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For immediate release - June 21, 2012
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show: Guaranteed to Feed The Soul For Immediate Release August 1, 2013 ROCKLAND, Maine—The best of Maine from across the creative spectrum will be gathered at the 11th annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show August 9-11, 2013 on the Rockland waterfront. Beautiful boats, unique handcrafted products, and an eclectic mix of high-quality goods for life afloat and ashore will again be on display at Maine’s only in-the-water boat show and coastal lifestyle event. Hundreds of exhibitors from many locations and disciplines, representing a cross-section of specialties from boatbuilding and marine services to fine artists, furniture crafters, homebuilders, and solar experts, will display their wares. As always, the docks will be full of boats for visitors to view and board, and some fine examples of Maine-built boats from yesterday and today: rowing craft and kayaks, runabouts and sailboats, power yachts and cruisers, will be on display. There will also be two new dockside features for 2013. At the new Demo Docks, some power and sailing craft will be at the ready for sea trials. Visitors can make an appointment to climb aboard and experience the ride first-hand. At the new Hall of Fame Docks, a choice fleet of classic yachts will be presented by some of the best brokers on the coast today. Among them are expected to be a Hinckley Bermuda 40, the 46’ Jarvis Newman trawler Shanty, and a 36’ Ellis lobster yacht. There will also be a wide array of outfitting supplies and gear: marine electronics, engines, finish systems, and sails, plus representatives from boatyards will be on hand to discuss their construction and restoration services. For life ashore, the show offers all the components to live well on the coast, from the house itself to all the appointments to make it a home. There will be realtors, home builders, interior and landscape designers, sources for windows, metal roofing, flooring, and heating, plus purveyors of oriental rugs, lighting, fine furnishings, and home wares. A diversity of furniture design will be seen in displays of investment-quality handcrafted pieces from period-inspired cabinetry to contemporary works, and from elegant tables and chairs. Outdoor furniture styles will include teak, modern Adirondack, and the nautically inspired. Representatives of the visual arts will exhibit photographs, paintings, antique maps, handcrafted goods, and rare treasures. A representative sampling of such finds: wooden-framed sunglasses, bronze sculpture, hand-woven bamboo scarves, marine models, leather bags, clothing and men’s apparel, jewelry in all styles, and recycled sailcloth bags. Some Maine non-profits will profile their work from marine- and ecology-based efforts to programs for young adults. Other fun on show grounds will include a panoply of activities for kids of all ages (face painting, maritime arts and crafts, music, story time, flying model airplanes). There’ll be plenty of Maine cooking to sample, and live music on the bandstand every day as well. On Friday the UMaine at Machias Ukulele Club will perform from 11-3; Saturday, the jazz combo Bel-Isle will be on stage from 11-3; and Sunday will feature the Steelin’ Thunder steel drum group from 12-4. The World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials will take place Sunday morning, with the kick-off parade at 10:15 a.m. and the trials themselves begin at 10:30 a.m. in the inner harbor with viewing from the sea wall. The whimsical and fun-loving competition will feature six pre-selected canines—Chewbacca, Fiona, Gatsby, Huckleberry, Otter, and Ruffles—with Polly, the alternate, jumping in the wings (Reminder: no other pets are allowed on show grounds). “We invite you to board boats, lounge in handcrafted chairs, admire artwork, and have an all-around great summer day on the waterfront in Rockland,” said John K. Hanson, Jr., founder of the show and publisher of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. “Come dream a little, be inspired, and take home wonderful things that will feed your soul and make your heart sing all year long.” Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors is pleased to acknowledge the following sponsors who have generously shown their support: Awlgrip/Interlux, Bangor Savings Bank, Baxter Brewing Co., Bell’s Furry Friend Photography, Cannell, Payne & Page, the City of Rockland, Custom Float Services, Dock Works, Epifanes, Fixtures…Designer Plumbing Showroom, Hunt Yachts, Loyal Biscuit Co., Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, Marsh USA, Sea Bags, Time Warner Media, and US Harbors. The Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show was founded in 2003 to bring the pages of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine to life. Held annually during the second weekend of August in Rockland, Maine, the show attracts thousands of attendees from all over the country and world. Show hours: Friday, August 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, August 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, August 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $12 at the gate, under 12 free. Advance tickets are available for purchase at No pets allowed on show grounds—please leave them at home. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, “The Magazine of the Coast,” is now in its 26th year. Noted for eclectic, award-winning coverage of all aspects of coastal life, 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 magazine’s award-winning companion web site ( is filled with original content, photo galleries, and resources to help visitors enjoy the Maine coast. Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, P.O. Box 566, Rockland, ME 04841; 207-594-8622; 800-565-4951. Media Contact: Leila Murphy or Jennifer McIntosh 207-594-8622