Honoring Blue Hill's Maritime Heritage

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 18, 2022

Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival

10am - 4 pm, Saturday August 19, 2023
Blue Hill Waterfront and Historic Village

Links to photo albums from the 2022 Festival
Steve Greenberg
Michael Percy

Mission Statement: To celebrate and preserve the significance of Blue Hill Bay to our history, economy and culture

The Downeast Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association is proud to host and help sponsor the Festival. The Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival is scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2023. We are planning a fun summer day by the bay, with a lot of maritime and historical related activities: boats, and boat building demonstrations, art on the lawn, sea shanties, seafood and more. If you'd like to participate, sponsor or volunteer let us know. Come join us for that fun summer day by the bay.

If you have a business or belong to an organization that would like to participate please fill out and submit: Exhibitor Contract(PDF) The Town of Blue Hill considers anyone not in a building to be a mobile vendor and therefore requires a permit if selling merchandise on town property. We will forward a permit application on9ce your Exhibitor Contract is accepted.

Festival Content: Content should relate to Blue Hill Peninsula’s maritime heritage or Blue Hill Bay and it’s ecology.

There is no admission fee for the Festival. Donations to help fund the Festival will be accepted and appreciated. Contact Info@BHMHF.org if you're interested in making a tax deductible contribute to help support the Festival.

The Festival will be held in Blue Hill's historic village, centered on the scenic waterfront. Various activities will be occurring throughout the day, such as boat building demonstrations, oar carving, traditional boats on display, kiosks of organizations supporting or involved with the bay. On the water there will be more boats, demonstrations, many offering rides.. Musicians will be adding to the maritime atmosphere with sea shanties and fiddle tunes.

The posting below is from the 2022 Festival. This site will be updated in early 2023 with information for the next Festival.

At the Town Wharf, under the big tent there will be water available, donated by Mt Desert Spring Water. The Downeast Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association will be there with boat designer and builder Paul Glartside doing book signings, Hewes & Co. Marine Division explaining their CNC business, Wilson Museum with their rope making machine and very popular kiddie pool, author and tall ship rigger Jim Nelson will be demonstrating traditional rigging techniques, and Maine Maritime Academy will also be under the tent. On the wharf, George Stevens Academy will be displaying the St Ayles Skiff they recently built, also conducting oar carving demonstrations, and displaying carved models of the Ocean Ranger along with a slide show. Chase Small Craft will also be joining us this year bringing several CNC kit boats. We excited to have Abbe Museum with us this year, putting their birch bark on display. Maine Island Trail Association and Island Heritage Trust both new to the Festival will also be on the wharf.

Emerson Park will be packed full of exhibitors, including Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. MCCF will have Captain Weeds "Ask Leroy" this year to answer your questions on how lobsters get from the bottom of the bay to your plate. Oceanswide is next with their Traps to Treasures project dealing the estimated million of "ghost" traps in Maine waters. Also new to the Festival, Penobscot Marine Museum will be bringing their new exhibit and the Downeast Institute will have their touch tank.

Maine Action Climate Council will have a table with information about their efforts and will be performing Wicked Weather puppet show, a street theater skit at the Emerson Park Sculpture, check the schedule page for times.

Dick Gregor will give a talk in the morning about Brooksville shipbuilding and captains. Nicolle Littrell will give a talk on about DoryWoman Rowing in the afternoon. Both talks will held adjacent to the wharf building. Check the schedule for updated times.

At the Holt House and adjacent Carriage House the Blue Hill Historical Society will have ship captain's artifacts on display along with other items depicting Blue Hill's history.

Across the street from the Holt House, Charlie the shark will be directing folks to the Shaw Institute. They will have touch tanks, displays and docents explaining their environmental work and offering a microscopic look into the waters of our bay.

The Blue Hill Fire Department will be open during the Festival and they will have their fire fighting equipment on display.

Check out our participant page for the most current information.

Boats On display (D) available for rides (R) sail (S)

St Ayles Skiff - Blue Hill Community Rowing, R
North Haven Peapod TSCA, R
Hylan Beach Pea Peapod TSCA, D, R
17' Cape Split Peapod TSCA, D
Caledonia Yawl - Hewes & Co., D
Savo 750 TSCA, R
Nutshell Pram, TSCA, R
Shellback Dingy, TSCA, R
Stelmok 15' solo canoe, TSCA, R
Deblois Street Sailing and Rowing Dory, TSCA, R, S
Compass Skiff 10, CSC, D, R
Echo Bay Dory Skiff, CSC, D, R
Points East Pram, CSC, D, R
Jewel, TSCA, D
Chesapeake Light Craft Chester yawl, TSCA, D
2 Drakes 17, TSCA, one D , one R
Beachcomber Alpha Dory 21' TSCA, D, R

Music - We have an great line up of musicians scheduled to play at the "The Window of the Sea Wind" sculpture by Hitoshi Tanaka in Emerson Park:

Castlebay - Traditional Seafaring Songs from Maine
Castlebay Concert of Maine Nautical Songs YouTube video

Handsome Molly

John and Molly Gawler

Muriel Curtis-Sea Shanties

Bill Schubeck and "Calico" - Sea Songs and Fiddle Tunes

Lisa Durkee, Carl Karush

Stone Fox Farm Creamery - Homemade ice cream
The Harbor House Seafood Shack - Seafood chowder, lobster/crab rolls
Goody's Grub - Food truck

Speaker Series - Blue Hill Historical Society in conjunction with the Maritime Heritage Festival will present a series of talks at the Blue Hill Public Library. All talks will start at 7pm. More details to follow

July 21: "In Our Wake: Moving Images of SEACOAST MAINE." David Weiss, Northeast Historic Film

August 11: "Exploring the Blue Hill Peninsula through the PMM Photo Archives" Kevin Johnson, archivist of PMM


Volunteers needed: Help! As in volunteers to help with the set up, direct traffic, and all the other myriad chores involved with planning and conducting the event.

Volunteers and Sponsors get T-shirts. Volunteer now to ensure you can get one of these 100% cotton Navy blue beauties. They are printed with a water based eco friendly ink and sure to be one of your favorites.


If you, your business or organization, would be able to provide volunteers please contact us at Info@BHMHF.org.

George Stevens Academy at the Festival

A special thanks to the Blue Hill Historical Society for their help in organizing this Festival and for setting up the Lecture Series.
And to the Blue Hill Public Library for hosting the Lecture Series.


2022 Sponsors

Click here for sponsorship opportunities





Tapley Farm






If you, your business or organization, would like to help and be a part of this festival please contact us at Info@BHMHF.org.

For Sponsorship Opportunities click here

Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable. Checks should be made to:
Traditional Small Craft Association
117 Parker Point Rd
Blue Hill, ME 04614

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