Camden — The annual Camden Windjammer Festival runs from noon Friday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Aug. 31, in, on and around the harbor. The festival is an all-volunteer, community-led celebration. In addition to boat parades, fireworks, food, maritime heritage exhibits, talks and demos, races and contests, a Sea Dog Show and a pirate invasion, there will be music and art tied to the festival’s theme of celebrating Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions.
Friday evening, local wind ensemble Bay Winds North will play at 6 p.m. in Harbor Park, followed at 7 p.m. by the annual Schooner Talent Show, performed by crews and passengers. A live drawing by nautical artist Buckley Smith, who will be on the grounds all weekend, will be auctioned following the show, and the evening will conclude with fireworks over the harbor — the first this year, given this summer’s uncooperative Independence Day weather.
From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, there will be music in the streets all around downtown. At 7:30 p.m., the big concert at the Camden Opera House will feature legendary balladeer Noel Paul Stookey; see the link below.
Sunday will feature the locally-based troupe Pirates of the Dark Rose. They will present a piratical “Treasure Island” puppet show at 10 a.m. and, at 1 p.m., sail into Camden Harbor aboard the Must Roos in attack mode; no worries, though, as they will be doing friendly demos of their weaponry at 2 p.m. and cannons at 3 p.m.
Thousands of people from all over the world attend Camden’s end-of-summer event, celebrating its 20th year in 2014. All Festival events are free to visitors and exhibitors. For the full schedule of Camden Windjammer Festival, visit camdenwindjammerfestival.org.