Over Labor Day weekend, the Camden Windjammer Festival will play host to a glorious parade of sail and steam that includes both Penobscot Bay’s working fleet and many beautiful private vessels. The community windjammer party also includes a range of entertainment, and the lineup has been announced.

On Friday, Sept. 2 as the windjammers finish tying up there will be a free public contra dance with caller Chrissy Fowler of Belfast and the band Crowfoot on Camden’s Public Landing from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The fun will continue with the Schooner Passenger & Crew Talent Show in Harbor Park, featuring acts funny, fantastic and fabulous from the decks of the windjammer fleet. The evening will conclude with a fireworks display over Camden harbor, presented by Down East magazine.

On Saturday night, Sept. 3, there are two entertainment options. At 7:30 p.m., the Camden Public Library will present the annual screening of the 1937 Spencer Tracy version of “Captains Courageous” in the Camden Amphitheatre on Atlantic Avenue. Meanwhile at the Camden Opera House, Maine humorist Tim Sample will perform, also at 7:30 p.m.

Sample’s show will feature new material from his latest album, “Live at Stone Mountain Arts,” which was released in January. The profanity-free show is suitable for all audiences. Tickets are $10 while they last from the Camden Opera House (in person or online at camdenoperahouse.com), Once a Tree, Small Wonder Gallery and the Camden and Rockland offices of the Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds support the festival.

On Sunday evening, Sept. 4 the festival will close out with a free performance by the Dave Rowe Trio with special guest Denny Breau, courtesy of Maine Today Media. Guitarist Breau is a consummate picker, evocative songwriter and a singer with a voice that is warm and inviting but completely unpretentious. Rowe’s trio’s inventive use of instrumentation on guitar, fiddle, electric bass, and tin whistles along with strong vocal harmonies hearken back to the great folk bands of the 1960s. The 7:30 p.m. concert will take place under the stars in Camden’s Harbor Park.

The full schedule of events can be found at camdenwindjammerfestival.com; the weekend offers something for everyone, from sailing aficionados and blueberry pancake and clam chowder enthusiasts to aspirant crate-racers and boat builders.

The 2011 Camden Windjammer Festival T-shirt will feature an original design by renowned local artist Eric Hopkins. Hopkins’ sketch for the design will be sold through a silent auction, offering a unique opportunity to own an original Hopkins work as well as a one-of-a-kind memento of Camden and the windjammers.

Hopkins’ paintings regularly sell in the thousands of dollars. The silent auction will be held during the festival. The festival committee has placed a reserve on the sketch and if it is not sold at the festival, it will remain available on the website until the reserve is met.

The Camden Windjammer Festival is sponsored by Down East Magazine, Maine Today Media, Wayfarer Marine, Camden Harbour Inn, The Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, Allen Insurance & Financial, Cellardoor Winery, the Hartstone Inn and Point Lookout.

Also providing valuable support are The First, Camden National Bank, the Camden Downtown Business Group, the Camden Public Library, EBS, Elm Street Printing & Graphics, Eric Hopkins, Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, The Maine Windjammer Association, the Town of Camden, Art Tibbetts Marine Contractors, Sikaflex, West Bay Rotary and the Camden Rotary Club.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.