The ninth annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show sails into Harbor Park on the waterfront Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12 through 14. In addition to Maine-built boats, marine goods, home furnishings, handcrafted wares and a host of special events including children’s activities and the World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials, there will be fine art and jewelry, book signings by local authors, live music and film screenings, the latter in the Rockland Yacht Club building.

The 2011 show’s is “Tradition Shapes Innovation: 75 Years on Penobscot Bay — A Retrospective, chosen in honor of the 75th anniversaries of Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport and the Maine windjammer fleet. Through special exhibits, attendees will see what 1930s transportation, industry, culture, boatbuilding and sailing were like, and learn how the state’s inherent resiliency helped weather those turbulent times.

The bandstand, presented by Cellardoor Winery of Lincolnville, will play host to live musical performances all three days. On Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., bluegrass group Blue Northern will play, followed from 2 to 5:30 p.m. by the UMaine at Machias Ukulele Club. On Saturday, Run of the Mill will play early American music from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. followed by bluegrass group Evergreen from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday’s lineup features accordion band Maine Squeeze from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Blue Hill Brass, who will start off strolling the grounds, from noon to 4 p.m.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission at the gate is $12, free for children younger than 12. No pets are allowed on show grounds. For a complete schedule of events, visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to