Updated: The Great Schooner Race is rerouted due to weather

Weekend Spotlight: A packed weekend of art, film fests, and reggae on the beach

Thu, 07/08/2021 - 12:00pm

Tropical Storm Elsa might be making her fury known up here in the Midcoast this weekend, but no matter, because we have so many interesting indoor and outdoor events to keep everyone in good spirits. Take a look to see which cultural event is up your alley.

Art Opening at Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery

Friday, July 9—Rockland

Fox Walking on Barrens combined art by Sally Loughridge and Marnie Sinclair. (Photo courtesy Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery)

The Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center has a low-key, off-the-beaten-path gallery that many people don’t know about. The art inspired by nature is worth a visit and they’ll be hosting an art opening from 2 to 4 p.m., at 9 Water St., in Rockland. The opening features three shows focusing on climate change. Meet the following artists at the reception: Roberta Baumann, Gail Karlsson, Karen Kulberg, and Sherry Dec. FMI: Gallery

44th Annual Great Schooner Race

Friday, July 9—Penobscot Harbor

Photo courtesy Stephen Taber

Update: As of Friday morning, the organizers have rerouted a shorter race, which will not be ending up at the Rockland Breakwater. The largest gathering of traditional schooners in America will start at Islesboro. The winner will finish crossing the Rockland Breakwater around 3 p.m. then anchor in the South End for an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. and a party and music starting at 7 p.m. The best place to see the race is on the Rockland Breakwater—bring appropriate footwear because the rain will make it slippery. FMI: Schedule

Maine International Film Festival

Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 18—Waterville

Poster courtesy Maine International Film Festival

Maine International Film Festival is kicking off Friday for a 10-day event featuring more than 100 films, “representing the best of American independent and international cinema, and putting the spotlight on some of Maine and New England’s most exciting and innovative filmmakers.” Friday’s Opening Night film is NINE DAYS starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Waterville Opera House. Tickets are $12. FMI: MIFF

Blues Fest & Pub Crawl

Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 11—Rockland

Poster courtesy North Atlantic Blues Festival

The North Atlantic Blues Festival, after canceling last year, has revived! This annual two-day blues music festival (Sat & Sun) featuring national blues performers will take place at Rockland's Public Landing featuring more than a dozen renowned blues acts. Here’s this year’s lineup.  The Club Crawl starts on Friday night and is always a good time for the locals. Even if you don’t have tickets and there will be a party in the streets both Friday and Saturday night with blues bands playing local venues, along with rock, funk, vintage and new music. Here’s a lineup of the Club Crawl each night. Note, some venues may charge a cover. FMI: Blues Fest

Reggae on the Beach

Saturday, July 10—South Thomaston

Poster courtesy Catch A Vibe

Catch A Vibe, a musician collective from Portland, is having a reggae party at the nano-brewery Waterman’s Brewery at 362 Waterman Beach Road starting at 4 p.m. The show is free, but donations are accepted. “Get up and get down to the deep funky grooves, global world rhythms, and the cool island sound of Catcha Vibe.” Grab a brew and sample authentic Jamaican cuisine from Sabali Reggae Kitchen. FMI: Waterman’s Beach Brewery

Kay Stephens can be reached at news@penbaypilot.com