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The Patriots are coming…to Southern Maine!

Wells Beach signSpring 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

patriots_day_celebrationHere is  schedule of the fun events during Ogunquit’s Patriots Day Weekend:


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


7:30pm-7:40pm: FIFE & DRUM PARADE and Concert at the Ogunquit Baptist Church!


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


8:00am – 11:00am: PANCAKE BREAKFAST  at the Fire Station $6 for adults and $4 for kids

9:0Portland Maine Old Port0am – 4:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR (at the Kennebunk Savings Bank tents on the Main Beach parking lot)

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:wine_glass_cork00pm: “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

1cape-neddick-york0:00am – 3:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR at the Kennebunk Savings Bank tent at the Main Beach

10:00am – 3:00pm: HAY RIDES at Main Beach $5 per person.

11am: PATRIOT RE-ENACTMENT at Marginal Way

12:00pm: PATRIOTIC POOCH PAGEANT AND FASHION SHOW at Liquid Dreams 696 Main StrPineapple Ketch Boat Tourseet.  Dress your dog in patriotic costume, or just come to watch the show!

1:30pm: CUB SCOUT DUCK RACE at Ogunquit River

Sea you at Ogunquit Maine for Patriots Weekend!

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Things to do in Southern Maine: Winter Events

Winter in Maine brings snow and a sparkling blue color on the ocean. The best way to enjoy Maine winters is to get outdoors – snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, etc. Southern Maine hosts a profusion of winter recreation and events from holiday festivals and shopping to sleigh rides, skating and cross country skiing. The Southern Maine  region embraces the spirit of the holidays in the winter months, but you can still walk the beach all year round. Continue reading Things to do in Southern Maine: Winter Events