Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival

A Maine Bicentennial Celebration

10am -5pm, Saturday August 17, 2019
Blue Hill, Maine

Mission Statement: To celebrate and preserve the significance of Blue Hill Bay to our history, economy and culture

The Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival will be a day-long event focusing on Blue Hill’s historic connection with the sea. It will be held in conjunction with Maine200, Maine’s state-wide bicentennial celebration, supported by many local organizations and businesses.

BHMHF Photo Contest

Deadline for entries is August 2, 2019
Click here for more information
Click here for Photo Contest Entry Form

The Festival will be held in Blue Hill's historic village, centered on the scenic waterfront. Various activities will be occurring throughout the day, such as boat building demonstrations, traditional boats on display, kiosks of organizations supporting or involved with the bay. On the water there will be more boats, demonstrations, and kayaks available for rent. Musicians will be adding to the maritime atmosphere with sea shanties and fiddle tunes.


Arts and Crafts will be on display at Emerson Park, see below to enter as an exhibitor. While over at the Town Park there will be birch bark canoes on display and available with a captain to give a tour of the bay.


Detail of portrait of Ship Castine, artist Isaac Heard. Private Collection

At the Town Wharf Building the Castine Historical Society will give a presentation on their latest exhibit: Risky Business: Square-Rigged Ships and Salted Fish, Muriel Curtis of Station Maine will give a talk on her youth boating and education program: Come to Oars. Also on display will be the entries from our Photo Contest and historic photos from the Blue Hill Historical Society's collection. Take a short stroll over to the Holt House to see how a sea captain lived back when. While throughout the village stores and restaurants will be taking part in the festival.

At the top of the bay, a half a block from the wharf, you can learn about the health of Blue Hill Bay as the Shaw Institute will be showing a video entitled Blue Hill Bay, What's in the Water?

Postcards and Posters are being printed. Thanks to Cynthia Winnings for her design inspiration and guidance. If you'd like to help distribute them let us know. It would be a good time to ask about sponsorship opportunities while handing them out.

Attention artists and craft people: Join the BHMHF as an exhibitor in Emerson Park, adjacent to the Blue Hill Town Wharf! We are striving to offer festival visitors a variety of creative, beautiful, interesting, fun, arts or crafts, or 'wonderful anything' for this special event. Maritime themed items are encouraged but are not a requirement. Click here for a Exhibitor Contract. Deadline for submittal is August 5th.


Volunteers needed: Everyone seems excited about having a festival to celebrate Maine's bicentennial and Blue Hill's past and current connection with the sea. The planning is going very quickly and it has to as August will be here all too soon. In order for this to be successful we need Help! As in volunteers to help with the set up, direct traffic, and all the other myriad chores involved with planning and conducting the event.

If you, your business or organization, would be able to provide volunteers please contact us at Info@BHMHF.org.

Supporting Organizations and Businesses






If you, your business or organization, would like to help and be a part of this festival please contact us at Info@BHMHF.org.

For Sponsorhip Opportunities click here

The Blue Hill Martime Heritage Festival is an official partner of Blue Hill Community Development. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable. Checks should be made to BHCD specifying BHMHF and mailed to: Blue Hill Community Development
PO Box 438
Blue Hill, ME 04614

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