The free Camden Windjammer Festival runs Friday through Sunday, Sept. 1 through 3, at venues around town — and in the harbor. Capping an afternoon of schooners maneuvering into their berths, the local Bay Winds North wind ensemble will perform Friday at 6 p.m., to be followed at 7 p.m. by the annual Schooner Talent Show.

During the show, performed by windjammer crewmembers and passengers, performance and maritime artist Buckley Smith will create a 4-by-8-foot drawing, which will be auctioned at the end. Fireworks over the harbor will end the night with a bang.

Saturday at 3 p.m. at Camden Public Library, Capt. Jim Sharp will introduce a screening of the 1977 TV movie adaptation of “Captains Courageous.” Portions of the movies were filmed in Camden and aboard its windjammers. The 100-minute movie stars Karl Malden, Ricardo Montalban, Jonathan Kahn and Johnny Doran … and many locals in bit parts, including Sharp.

The big festival concert is Saturday night, when famed folksinger Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary performs at the Camden Opera House beginning 7:30 p.m.; see the story linked below for details.

A detailed schedule of all Camden Windjammer Festival events is available at and the fest’s Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or