Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival

A Maine Bicentennial Celebration

10am -4 pm, Saturday August 22, 2020
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.

There is no admission or exhibitors fee for the Festival. Donations to help fund the Festival will be accepted and appreciated. Thanks to the Sponsors listed below for their support.

Maritme Photo Contest

Photo contest info and entry forms will be posted here, please check back.

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, some offering rides.. 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 on the waterfront there will be birch bark canoes on display and every half hour there will be a captain available to give a tour of the bay.

Below is information on the 2019 Festival:

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

In the Tea Room of the Harbor House the Castine Historical Society will give a presentation on their latest exhibit: Risky Business: Square-Rigged Ships and Salted Fish, then 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.

At the Pendleton House there will be Sea Shanties and SEED Stories.
The gardens at the Pendleton House consist of plants that were considered important enough for early settlers to bring with them across the sea. The plants will comprise a collection of tea and medicinal plants tended in these early colonial ‘medicine chests’. In tandem with exploring what plants arrived here, we are considering the severance of the landscape for the raw materials that became the foundations for colonialism. What systems were set in place that still exist today? What are the long term social impacts experienced by indigenous populations in the Penobscot region as well as the Caribbean and African regions? How is indigenous practice informing the healing of these lands?

Featuring custom painted Maritime Chests and Historical Signs by Robert Jarvis Leonard III, the garden installation will include crafts from Indian Island by Penobscot linguist Carol Dana and a selection of Haitian sculptures that offer a poignant reflection of the backwaters of (im)mobilities that was initiated in the early days of our Maritime history. An interactive component will invite visitors to share stories of their own relationship with plants and migrations.

Through the festival, songs of the sea will be sung both in the Pendleton House gardens and along the sea across the street at Emerson park. Bring an instrument and join in this Cèilidh style gathering.

At the top of the bay, a half a block from the wharf, you can learn about the health of Blue Hill Bay the Shaw Institute where there will be a talk and a video entitled Then & Now: Blue Hill Bay - What's in the Water? Also at the Shaw Institute from 2-3pm Denny Robertson, Blue Hill's harbor master, will give an entertaining and informative talk about the history of the Bay.

The Wilson Museum from Castine will have a small pool with model boats to entertain the young ones. Also the Blue Hill Fire Department will be open for visitors during the Festival to let kids explore a fire truck and talk to real fire fighters.

Postcards and Posters are printed. Thanks to Cynthia Winnings for her design inspiration and guidance.


Volunteers needed: 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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