Spring is an exciting time on the southern Maine Coast, as flowers blossom, trees bud, and the beach warms up for pleasant beach walks. It’s a wonderful time to enjoy an affordable getaway, lodging rates are still low, crowds are nil, but the weather can be lovely for beach walks and a stroll on Kennebunkport’s Ocean Ave or Ogunquit’s Marginal Way.
One of the highlights of spring in southern Maine is Ogunquit’s Patriots weekend April 17-20, now celebrating its 25th Patriots Weekend in 2015! You must muster to this historic fun weekend celebrating our early colonist, with fife and drum, period costumes, a parade, war re-enactments, Taste of the Town Americana-style, and a kids carnival. This is a family-oriented weekend – the kids will learn US history- in a fun festive way. Come to Ogunquit, enjoy the beach, a lobster dinner, and stay at Ogunquit Resort for a deal! The Patriots are coming
THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015
7:00pm: MAINE OUTDOOR FILM FEST (259 Main Street) Tickets are $10 for the “OUTDOOR” film festival outdoors at the historical 1923 Leavitt Theatre.
FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015
9:00am-5:00pm: LIBRARY BOOK SALE at Ogunquit Memorial Library – all weekend
7:15pm-7:30pm: HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE at Main Beach Parking Lot
7:30pm-7:40pm: FIFE & DRUM PARADE and Concert at the Ogunquit Baptist Church!
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY:
OGUNQUIT STOCKS AND PHOTO OPS (Main Beach Parking Lot) fun photo opportunity with a life-size cut-out stand-up, dress in old-time bathing suits, as Uncle Sam, and more!
LANTERN TREASURE HUNT (under the tents at the beach) Paper lanterns at the craft fair can be sued to unscramble the letters to solve the phrase
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015
8:00am – 11:00am: PANCAKE BREAKFAST at the Fire Station $6 for adults and $4 for kids
9:00am-2:00pm: ABC SALE (Ogunquit Museum of American Art) ABC stands for art, books, and collectibles from the museum, the museum shop, and from donated gifts.
9:30am – 10:30am: COLONIAL CHILDREN’S GAMES AND CRAFTS (Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road)Play games from the colonial era, and make your own to take home and play later! Make your own Bilbo Catcher, Button Whirligig, or Toothpick Top, then learn how they work. Learn about the crafts of the colonial times, then make your own doll of yarn. Learn about the fashions of colonial times – make paper dolls and appropriate outfits for you to dress them in!
10:00am – 3:00pm: HAY RIDES (Main Beach Parking Lot. Weather permitting.) $5 per person.
10:00am – 12:00pm: TRADITIONAL CRAFT and QUILTING at Knight’s Quilt Shop, 1901 US Route One, Cape Neddick – live demonstrations
10:30-11:30am: TRADITIONALCARDING AND SPINNING WOOL at Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road
11:00am: AMERICAN PIE CONTEST at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street – A contest of home-made pie in “American” flavors for “celebrity judges” in a Taste o fthe Town event.
11:00am – 2:00pm: “TASTE OF THE TOWN” Dunaway Center, 23 School Street – Area restaurants serve up their special dishes in samples! Tickets at the door or $10. Tickets for “Touring Taste of the Town” are $15, and include admission to the event at the Dunaway Center as well as tasting portions at establishments during their business hours.
2:00-5:00pm: WINE TASTINGS at Village Food Market, 230 Main Street and at Perkins & Perkins Wine & Cheese Shop, 478 Main Street)
3:00pm: BOOK MAKING at Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road) Decorate a book to record your Patriots Day Weekend adventure! You will leave with one or two books made from paper or fabric. Appropriate for ages 9 and up.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015
10:00am – 3:00pm: HAY RIDES at Main Beach $5 per person.
11am: PATRIOT RE-ENACTMENT at Marginal Way
1:30pm: CUB SCOUT DUCK RACE at Ogunquit River
Sea you at Ogunquit Maine for Patriots Weekend!
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