Exquisite home furnishings and handcrafted wares will once again share the spotlight with a wide array of Maine-built boats, marine goods, art, live music, jewelry, and a host of special events when the ninth annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show sails into Harbor Park on the Rockland waterfront, Aug. 12-14.

Hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to docks, tents, and land displays filled with beautiful new products, visitors will be able to take a walk through local history via the show’s 2011 theme. “Tradition Shapes Innovation: 75 Years on Penobscot Bay—A Retrospective,” was chosen in honor of the 75th anniversaries of Penobscot Marine Museum 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. Overall, the show promotes the idea that Maine-built products are durable and beautiful with a sense of history and tradition that is preserved even as modern techniques influence their design.

Throughout show grounds and on the docks will be antique canoes and iceboats, vintage autos, and classic sail and powerboats. Diversity of design will be seen in displays of investment-quality handcrafted pieces that range from period-inspired cabinetry to contemporary furniture, fine jewelry and crafts, clothing, home wares, and marine gear. As always, the docks will feature a wide array of beautiful boats, power and sail, large and small, most of which were built in Maine and New England. Weather permitting, a parade of sail on Friday by the local windjammer fleet will provide them with a lovely backdrop.

There will also be many boats and other exhibitors arrayed on land, plus extensive displays of historic photography and a series of historic films that portray life on the coast circa 1936. The “75 Years on the Bay” exhibit of period photographs from the collections of the Penobscot Marine Museum and local historians (near Tent F) will be complemented by a full roster of films presented in the Rockland Yacht Club building by Northeast Historic Film. In the afternoon, visitors can view classic movies, plus an exhibit of Elmer Montgomery’s timeless black and white photos, while enjoying fine varietals from Cellardoor Winery.

Live demonstrations and activities throughout the weekend will give attendees the chance to watch craftspeople in action. Demos will range from the old-timey (hand spinning, net knotting, marlinspike seamanship) to the cutting edge (fine furniture building, the passive solar home, green energy). For the younger set, an instrument petting zoo, lobster fun, and art activities will take place in the dedicated Maritime Activities Tent (Tent M).

The live music in Tent C will range through the ages as well: bluegrass, early American, a brass quintet, a ukelele band, and a troupe of roving accordionists. A wide range of freshly prepared food and drink will be for sale on show grounds as well, and can be enjoyed while sitting by the sea or in the Food Pavilion.

On Sunday, the ever-popular, ever-zany World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials will take place, wherein a corps of crazy canines (and their humans) will “compete” for prizes and barking rights. The field of dogs has already been chosen; no other pets will be allowed on show grounds. Please leave pets at home.

For a full list of activities, exhibitors, and event dates and times, visit maineboats.com.