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Memorial Day Weekend in the Camden-Rockland Region: Parades and Much More!

Posted Thursday, May 23, 2019

For your information and enjoyment, this list has been compiled by the staff at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. It includes events that organizations have told us about and some that have been gathered from the local media. We encourage you to double check before attending. Also, new events are always being added to our online Calendar, so check here as well: Have fun!

Friday, May 24

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Golf Fore Kids’ Sake @ the Samoset Resort Golf Club, 220 Warrenton Street, Rockport. This fundraising golf scramble tees off at 8 am. FMI, contact Shawn Doll at 207-236-2227, ext. 102 or email

Coastal Children’s Museum – 75 Mechanic Street, Rockland. 10:30 am “Science for Sprouts” in conjunction with Project Puffin. Geared toward ages 2 to 4, the program will incorporate both science and art in a 30-minute session. FMI, call 207-596-0300 or email

Bay Chamber Concerts – Music@Dusk: Ben Rosenblum Trio. 6 pm at Union Hall, 24 Central Street, Rockport. Award-winning jazz pianist and accordionist. Tickets $30 per adult; $20 if under 25. Purchase online at

Saturday, May 25

General Henry Knox Museum/Montpelier – 30 High Street, Thomaston. 8th annual “Boots on the Ground”, 11 am – 2 pm. Winnie Fritz, a former Vietnam nurse, will give the keynote talk. Free lunch and free admission to the museum. FMI, visit

Erickson Fields Preserve – Free Bird Walk and Bluebird Nest Box Workshop. 164 West Street, Rockport. 8 am – 12 pm. Both events are free of charge, and attendees may register for one or both. Space is limited. FMI and to register, email Joelle Albury at

Merryspring Nature Center – 30 Conway Road, Camden. Dividing and Planting Workshop, 9-11 am. Learn proper transplanting methods outdoors. Workshop will take place in the garden. Members $25; non-members $35. FMI, visit

West Bay Rotary – Annual Duck Derby in Camden Harbor. On Saturday, May 25, at 5 pm, 3,5000 ducks will swim down the falls into Camden Harbor. All the ducks are numbered to correspond with the number on your ticket. The first eight ducks to cross the finish line will win one of eight great prizes. The grand prize is seven nights at the Vanderbilt Beach Resort in Naples, FL, plus $1,000. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five tickets. Net proceeds benefit local charities and non-profits. FMI, visit

Red Cloak Haunted History Tour of Camden – 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Join the Lady in the Red Cloak for a lantern lit walking tour of Camden. Appropriate for all ages. Adults $17.50; $8 for children under 12; free for children under 5. FMI, visit or call 207-380-3806.

Coastal Maine Photo Tours – Photo Walk of Rockport Harbor & Village. Harbor Master’s Office to start: 111 Pascal Avenue, Rockport. 10 am – 1 pm. Adults $45; Age 11-18 $22; under 11 free. Cash payment accepted up to start of walk. Book Online option closes one-hour before walk and includes a service fee. Call 207-594-1224 or email ahead of time to reserve your spot.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay. This Memorial Day Weekend, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will open its doors to all Maine residents at no charge. To receive free admission, adults must show a Maine State ID or driver’s license. FMI, call 207-633-8000 or visit

Sunday, May 26

Camden Harbor Cruises – Sunday Lighthouse Cruises. Departing from the Public Landing, Camden. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm or 3 – 6 pm. Enjoy a lighthouse adventure on Penobscot Bay. FMI, visit or call 207-236-6672.

Nativity Lutheran Church – People, Culture, Land and Religions of Iran. 179 Old County Road, Rockport. 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Rev. Sandra Mackie is guest speaker. Also potluck lunch in Fellowship Hall. FMI, call 207-594-4665 or visit

Sail, Power and Steam Museum -- Sharp’s Point, 75 Mechanic Street, Rockland. 7:30 pm. Master musician, Gabriel Donohue is back for another premier performance. Call 207-701-7627 to reserve. FMI, visit

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Parades and Ceremonies

Appleton: 10:00 am – Ceremony at the Miller Yard Cemetery. In the event of rain, ceremony will be held at the Appleton Historical Society. 11:00 am – Parade begins at Gushee Corner and ends at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Camden: 9:00 am – Camden Public Landing Ceremony (wreath laying, remarks, rifle salute, and musical selections). 9:30 am – Camden Parade, forms at Route 1 and Camden Street. Proceeds north on Route 1 through downtown, with stops at Conway Monument, Village Green, and Harbor Park Civil War Statue. Turns onto Mountain Street to finish with ceremony, wreath laying and rifle salute at Mountain View Cemetery (approximately 10:15 am). NOTE: In case of inclement weather, Camden/Rockport ceremonies will be held in the Camden Hills Regional High School Gymnasium at 11:00 am.

Friendship: 10:00 am – Ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial, Harbor Road, next to the Town Office.

Lincolnville: 1:00 pm – Lincolnville Center Parade, assembling at Lincolnville Central School on Route 235 and proceeding through town on Route 52 to the Lincolnville War Memorial Honor Roll, located in between the Library and Breezemere Park. In case of inclement weather, Lincolnville ceremony will be held at Lincolnville Central School at 1:00 pm. 2:00 pm – Lincolnville Beach Ceremony at Frohock Bridge Ceremony (wreath and rifle salute)

Rockland: 10:30 am – Parade assembles at Rockland Public Landing at 9:30 am. Ceremony at Chapman Park, and then parade proceeds north on Main Street to Dunkin’ Donuts.

Rockport: 8:00 am – Rockville Cemetery Ceremony with Camden Hills Band selections. 8:15 am – West Rockport Cemetery Ceremony with brief service and Camden Hills band selections. 11:00 am – Rockport Parade, assembling at Rockport Post Office on Union Street and proceeding through the village onto Pascal Avenue, with wreath-laying and rifle salute on the bridge. Wreath laying ceremony at Amsbury Cemetery following parade. NOTE: In case of inclement weather, Camden/Rockport ceremonies will be held in the Camden Hills Regional High School Gymnasium at 11:00 am.

St. George: 9:00 am – Parade starts at Tenants Harbor Baptist Church and proceeds to the American Legion Hall.

Warren: 10:30 am – Ceremony at Veterans’ Monument near Warren Post Office, followed by parade proceeding to the bridge on Main Street.

Washington: 9:00 am – Washington Historical Society will serve muffins, coffee and juice at the Washington Fire Station, where parade will assemble at same time. 10:00 am – Parade of Wheels (bicycles, scooters, other non-motorized wheels) will step off from Washington Fire Station and proceed to town monument for a brief ceremony.

Other Monday Events

Camden Opera House – 29 Elm Street, Camden. 5 pm. The Down East Singers presents Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service/Avodath Hakodesh – magnificent, full length Jewish liturgy sung in Hebrew with Cantor Scott Sokol, baritone soloist, and the Mozart Mentors Orchestra accompanying. Tickets at or in person at Owl & Turtle Bookshop Café or Grasshopper Shop.

The Lincolnville Community Library – 208 Main Street, Lincolnville Center. 9 am – 3 pm. Memorial Day Plant and Book Sale. FMI: 207-763-4343 or