Arts at Harbor Fest

Under the Tent, into the water

Aug 09, 2017
This year’s Belfast Harbor Fest & Classic Boat Show poster image is “Peapod and Dinghy,” an oil on canvas by local artist R. Kirk Moore.

Belfast — The 10th annual Belfast Harbor Fest & Classic Boat Show runs Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, Aug. 18 through 20, at Steamboat Landing and Heritage Park, overlooking the harbor off Front Street between Main and Commercial.

While the focus is on what floats — a vital component of Saturday’s National Boatbuilding Challenge — the fest also offers live music, children’s activities, art for auction and great eats.

Friday night gala

The fest gets a new kickoff this year via Belfast Rotary’s charity gala to benefit the nonprofit Waldo County Wood Shed, which provides firewood to heat local homes. Gates to the big tent at Steamboat Landing will open 5:30 p.m. Friday; the gala offers both silent and live auctions of the best of Belfast’s art and craft; tasty selections from local restaurants and food purveyors; a full service bar; and live music by Rockport-based bluegrass band Miners Creek.

Tickets to the gala are $25, $45 a couple, and include one free drink ticket per person. For advance tickets, call 338-0244; ask a local Rotary member; or stop by the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday music and more

The wide variety of activities on Saturday will be accompanied by musical performances in the Big Tent and the small, but charming, Steamboat Landing Gazebo. The Midcoast’s Steelin’ Thunder community steel drum band will start things off from 10 a.m. to noon under canvas.

From 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the gazebo, Maine teen singer/songwriter — and Nashville recording artist — Meghan Clark will perform country pop and rock, original and cover music from several eras and genres. From 2:30 to 4 p.m., the seasoned Jonesville musical duo — classically trained vocalist Ann Brindle and street-learned guitarist/vocalist Barry Brindle — will take festivalgoers on a lively musical journey from Adele to Zeppelin, also in the gazebo.

At 4 p.m., Maine favorites the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers will present a show in the Boathouse. And at 6:30 p.m., local groovemeisters People of Earth will get people dancing in the Big Tent, just in time to work off the awards dinner barbecue.

Sunday blues and “bugs”

The fest’s final day offers flimsy fun via the Cardboard Boat Challenge; and solid eats, thanks to the sixth annual Habitat Lobster Gala from noon to 3 p.m. in the Big Tent. As has become tradition, Waldo County’s own Juke Rockets Blues Band will perform, beginning 1:30 p.m. The fundraiser serves lobster or steak dinners with clams, chips, corn on the cob and homemade pie for $25; and hamburger, hot dog, or veggie burger plates for $10. There also will be a corn hole tournament ($20/team).

It all raises money to build Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County homes. For tickets or to sign up for the tournament, call Habitat, 338-2344; visit Mailloux and Marden Law office; or purchase on site. Advanced reservations are appreciated for planning purposes.

There’s a lot more in store for this summer highlight; for the complete schedule of events, visit and check out the official program in the Aug. 10th issue of the Courier Publications papers and on the grounds.

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Dagney C. Ernest
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Dagney has been providing Courier coverage of the local arts scene since 1985 and has helmed the multi-paper A&E section since it debuted in 2003. She has been a local performing artist, community and professional for more than 30 years; and spent a decade writing, producing and announcing on-air for several Midcoast radio stations. When not in the NewsNest, Dagney likes to be in motion.

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