Blue Hill celebrates its maritime history

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 10, 2023

Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival

10am - 4pm, Saturday, August 3, 2024
Blue Hill Waterfront and Historic Village

The information below is from the 2023 Festival. It will be updated early 2024 for the 5th annual Festival.

7pm, Friday, August 4, 2023

Songs of Ships and Sailors concert featuring Castlebay and Handsome Molly
Blue Hill Public Library

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 5, 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 once your Exhibitor Contract is accepted.

Festival Content: Content should relate to Blue Hill Peninsula’s maritime heritage, 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.

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 Hewes & Co. Marine Division explaining their CNC business, Wilson Museum with their rope making machine and very popular toy boats and pool, and Maine Maritime Academy will also be under the tent. On the wharf Brooks Boat Design, George Stevens Academy, Davis Small Craft will also be joining us this year.

Emerson Park, adjacent to the Town Wharf, 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. Penobscot Marine Museum will be returning bringing their popular photo booth. Also the Downeast Institute will be back with their touch tank of local marine life.

There will be a lot happening at the Holt House and adjacent Carriage House this year. The Blue Hill Historical Society will have ship captain's artifacts on display along with other items depicting Blue Hill's history. Two bands, the Brooklin Town Band and Leftovers will be playing on the lawn. PNB Interior Design/Arts will have a tent displaying nautical block print art, on paper, on kids tee shirts, and more. As will LD Studios displaying pottery with a nautical theme. Captain Lee (Windrose Productions) will have nautical books and CD's. The Brooksville Historical Society and Denny Robertson with a look back at Blue Hill peninsula's maritime history will also be joining us this year.

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 Partial list, check back for updates. On display (D) available for rides (R) sail (S)

St Ayles Skiff - Blue Hill Community Rowing, R
North Haven Peapod 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
Acorn 17, DSC, D
Drake 17, TSCA, D
Harry Bryan Thistle Fin Boat, TSCA, Peddle
CLC Chester Yawl 15, TSCA, D
Caledonia Yawl 19, TSCA, D

Music - We have an great line up of musicians scheduled to play on the Holt House Lawn and at "The Window of the Sea Wind" sculpture by Hitoshi Tanaka in Emerson Park.

10:30 AM Leftovers-Holt House Lawn

11:30 AM Rev. Lisa Durkee-Sculpture

12 PM Brooklin Town Band-Holt House Lawn

1 PM - Handsome Molly-Sculpture

2 PM - Waterbound-Sculpture

3 PM - Calico-Sculpture

Stone Fox Farm Creamery - Homemade ice cream
The Harbor House Seafood Shack - Seafood chowder, lobster/crab rolls
Blaze - Wood fired pizza and burgers
Brick Block- Festival drinks and snacks

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.

Friday June 30 - Wabanaki Waterfronts

Thursday, August 3 - Rusticator Boats from Penobscot Bay to Frenchman’s Bay

2023 T Shirts, full color this year, for our volunteers and sponsors.
They will be available for purchase at our entry table during the Festival for $20.

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

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 and co-hosting the Friday Concert.


2023 Sponsors

Click here for sponsorship opportunities







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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