Midcoast Area Events

Friday 19 July -

Saturday 27 July 2019

If you don’t know where you’re goin,

any road will get you there.


  • Midcoast Farmers’ Markets, selling local and organic food and artisan goodsBelfast Friday Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Waterfall Arts. Belfast Saturday Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 18 Spring Street. Camden Saturday Market: 9 a.m. to noon at Tannery Park. Damariscotta Friday Market: 9 a.m. to noon at Central Lincoln County YMCA. Rockland Thursday Market: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harbor Park. Union Friday Market: Friday 3 to 6 p.m. on Union Common.

Please join us…

Everyone is invited to a Community Picnic, Saturday, July 27, at MacDougal Park. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. FMI: 596-0731, or wrfr93.3@gmail.com (Please put Picnic in the Subject Slot)

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• Free Bug Safari at Merryspring Nature Center, Camden, 10 a.m. Families are invited to search the gardens using nets, bug cages and field guides to find and ID butterflies, beetles, grasshoppers, bees, dragonflies and spiders. Wear weather-appropriate clothes and bring water. Heavy rain cancels.
• STEM Fun at Rockland Public Library, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Acting as pirates, children ages 7 to 12 will use the Engineer Design Process to learn about the science of ocean water. Sign up at the library’s front desk or call 594-0310.



• Community Picnic in Rockland, Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MacDougal Park. Fire-pit baked beans made by Maynard Stanley, hot dogs from Wasses, corn on the cob from local farms and other seasonal treats from the Good Tern Food Co-op, along with arts, crafts, farm exhibitors, acoustic music, lawn games for adults and kids, and lots more. The picnic is free and open to everyone.
• Opening reception of the Fins, Feathers & Fur juried art show at the Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery 9 Water St. in Rockland 4-7 p.m. Visitors can vote for their favorite pieces to determine the People’s Choice Awards. For information on submitting art for the show, visit www.mainecoastislands.org or call (207)594-0600, ext. 5. • 5th Annual Washington Community Auction, at Washington Fire Station, 42 Old Union Road. Previews and the silent auction open at 4 p.m. The live auction starts at 6 p.m. Auction items are on Facebook.



• 30th Annual Open Farm Day in Maine, with dozens throughout the state inviting people to come and take a look. Check out The Free Press, freepressonline.com, for details.
• Sunday Jams in Rockland, Sail, Power, & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic Street, 1:30 p.m.



• “40 Days of Summer” at Thomaston Public Library, Mondays to Fridays, through August 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free program, open to all kids who have completed kindergarten, offers lunch and snacks, plus indoor and outdoor games, reading, arts and crafts, visits by Chewonki, and lots more. Kids can attend as many days as they want. Registration isn’t required, but it speeds up check-in the first day a child attends: thomaston.lib.me.us.
• Free Adult Art Classes at Rockland Public Library, 11 a.m. Catinka Knoth leads the free Monday classes – with a focus on drawing in color – open to all, with all materials provided. July’s themes include coastal flowers. 

 • Monday Jams at St. George Grange, at Wiley’s Corner, 7 to 9 p.m. through October. Country, gospel, folk, bluegrass.


• Free Children’s Drawing Classes at Rockland Public Library, 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Catinka Knoth leads the Let’s Draw Together! series for kids 6-plus (under 11 with an adult – adults invited to join in). All materials provided. This month: “Let’s Draw Maine Memories!” 
• Bird Banding Program at Project Puffin Visitor Center, 311 Main Street in Rockland, from 1 to 2 p.m. The free class will teach kids why and how seabirds are banded and then lead them in the creation of their own personal band. Call 596-5566 to register.
•Tuesday Jams in Thomaston, Federated Church, 8 Hyler Street, at 7 p.m. Folk, country, blues, gospel. FMI: 273-2914.



• Wednesday Walkers of Rockland Public Library to Take Tree Tour, 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to join the walkers, who will use a new map created by local artist Susan Beebe with input from tree lover Richard Schneller, who will lead the 45-minute tour and discuss unique and elderly flora. • “Stellar Stargazing” at Vose Library, Union, from 11 a.m. to noon. Kids are invited to a themed story hour and “space craft.” Register at the front desk or call the library, 785-4733.
• Harry Potter Day at Camden Public Library, 2 to 4 p.m. Kids and adults are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite witch, wizard or mythical being. The party will have a Horcrux Scavenger Hunt, a wand activity, and more.



• Mini Lawn Concert by Midcoast Music Academy’s Gig Camp Students, 2:30 to 3 p.m. on the lawn at Rockland Public Library. Rain moves it into the community room.                             •Thursday Jams in Warren, Saint George River Cafe, 310 Main Street, 6 p.m. and Friday Open Mics, second and fourth Fridays, at 6:30 p.m.




• Free STEM Fun at Cushing Public Library, Fridays,  August 2 and 9, at 1:30 p.m. Using the Engineer Design Process, kids will act as pirates seeking hidden treasure while learning the science of ocean waters. University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H offers the free program and provides all materials. Register at the library’s front desk or call 354-8860.
• Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk, Friday, August 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. with free entry to Farnsworth Art Museum and Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Pick up a copy of The Free Press next week for reception details in the Calendar of Events.



• Hosmer Pond Botany Walk, Saturday, August 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the parking lot next to the tennis courts at Camden Snow Bowl for the walk led by Eric Doucette, past president of Maine’s Josselyn Botanical Society. Bring a hand lens, if you have one, for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust outing.


• Appleton Library: • Story Time Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., for kids of all ages.

• Belfast Free Library: • Story Time Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m., babies to age 2 and siblings. • Story Time Fridays, 10-11 a.m., ages 2-4 and siblings.

• Camden Library: • Story Hours, all at 10 a.m. Mondays: preschoolers. Wednesdays: babies to age 2 & siblings. Thursdays: ages 4-5. Fridays: ages 2-3. Saturdays: preschool to early elementary.

• Carver Library, Searsport: • Preschool Story Hour, Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

• Gibbs Library, Washington: • Story Hour, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-ish, depending on when kids drop in. FMI: 845-2663.

• Liberty Library: • Story Time, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Younger and odder kids welcome if not disruptive.

• Palermo Library: • Toddler Time, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. • Lego Club, Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.

• Rockland Public Library: • Baby Storytime, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Babies to 2-year-olds. • Children’s Story Hour & Crafts, Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

• Rockport Library: • Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers. Make a craft to take home.

• Skidompha Library, Damariscotta: • Toddler Time, Tuesdays. • Book Babies, Wednesdays. • Ready to Read, Thursdays. All start at 10 a.m.

• Thomaston Library: • Toddler Time, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. • Family Story Hour, Thursdays, 11 a.m. Stories, crafts, snacks. • Early Bird Reading & Fun Time, Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

• Vose Library, Union: • Story Time, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Different activities for babies, toddlers and older kids.

• Waldoboro Library: • Storytime, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. For preschoolers.

• Warren Library: • Craft Club Story Time, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. • Lego Club, second and fourth Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.

• Giggles and Doodles Kids’ Art Class, Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m., Art Loft, Rockland. FMI: artloftrockland.org.

• Free Infant Playgroup, Mondays, 3:30-5 p.m., Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool, 69 Union St., Camden. Newborns-22 months. FMI: 236-4225, peopleplacecoop.org.

• La Leche League of Greater Belfast, second Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 100 Court St., Belfast. Breast-feeding support group. Babies welcome. Free.

• Children’s Clothing Exchange, first Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., Second Congregational Church, Warren. Free used clothing, newborn-size 14. Swaps encouraged. Donations welcome.



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An Umbrella Cocktail to Dan at the Free Press for the Facts!