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Portland Old Port Festival

The 39th Annual Portland Old Port Festival

It’s that time of year again to kick off the summer with the free 39th annual Old Port Festival in Portland Old’s Port.  Only a 12 minute drive from Old Orchard Beach’s Me.  and the Atlantic Birches Inn.  Don’t miss this event on Sunday June 10 11am – 5PM , featuring the best of local and regional music, food, arts and much more.
The Old Port Festival is the largest one-day festival in northern New England, hosting over 40,000 people. The Festival kicks off at 11am with a parade starting at the top of Exchange Street featuring mascots, music, dancers, giant puppets, stilt walkers and more.
Pick up an official festival map and schedule at the visitor’s information booth or any stage the day of the festival
Entertainment takes place throughout the afternoon with comedy, jazz, country music and rock on mutiple stages. Food from around the world is on offer, along with kids’ activities including a children’s stage, jugglers, and arts and crafts.

Old Port shops and restaurants will be open along with vendors from throughout the region.

Kid’s Activities Presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of
Maine – Post Office Park

Blow Beautiful Bubbles
Create the Perfect Paper Airplane
Fold Awesome Origami
Build With Giant Blocks

 Kid’s Entertainment – Post Office Park

12pm:  Experience Mad Science! Spectacular Science experiments that will wow and amaze you!
1pm:  Dance to the rhythms of steel band music with Island Beats
2pm:  The Society for Creative Anachronism brings to life the pageantry, honor and glory of the past
3pm:  Hip Hop & Jazz dance performances by Pulse Dance Company, Studio for the Living Arts
4pm:  Enjoy the art of movement and storytelling through music with the Nevaeh Dance Company

 Stage Schedules and Band Lineups:

 Dispatch Magazine & Fox 23 - Middle and Temple Streets

12:00pm: Acoustic- Arianna Cogswell
12:15pm: Mike Furey (of Dangerous Muse)
12:55pm: Acoustic- Dom Colizzi
  1:10pm: Amy Allen
  2:20pm: Acoustic- Pretty Girls Sing Soprano
  2:35pm: The Wrecking
  3:45pm: Acoustic- Lady Zen
 4:00pm: Sparks the Rescue

 WCLZ – Fore and Sliver Streets

12pm: Dominic and the Lucid
 1pm:  The Jason Spooner Trio
 2pm:  The Pete Kilpatrick Band
 3pm:  Meiko
 4pm:  Eric Hutchinson

The Coast 93.1 – Middle and Pearl Streets

12pm: Maine Transmit Authority
  1pm:   Dia Frampton
  2pm:   Time Pilots
  3pm:   Jon McLaughlin
  4pm:   The Cab

WPOR – Fore and ion Streets

12pm:  The Mallett Brothers
  1pm:  Greg Bates
  2pm:  The Farm
  3pm:  The Lost Trailers
  4pm:  Bucky Covington (Former American Idol Contestant)

Maine Academy of Modern Music – Dana Street

12:00-12:10:  Emergency Sirens  (Rock)
12:10-12:20:  Metal Sideburns (Punk)
12:20-12:30:  Untitled Revolution (Pop Rock)
12:30-12:40:  BEATBOXING: 7 Year Old Ethan Kasprzak  &
                         MAMM Instructor Chas Lester
12:40-1:00:  Static (Alternative Rock)
  1:00-1:20:   Jake Marcus Striker (Indie Rock)
  1:20-1:40:   Average Suburban Housecats (Folk Rock)
  1:40-2:00:  Guilty Bystander (Alternative Rock)
  2:00-2:40:  2012 MAMM SLAM WINNERS: The Veayo Twins (Pop Rock)
  2:40-3:00:  Beware of Pedestrians (Pop Punk)
  3:00-3:40:  Dean Ford (Pop Rock)
  3:40-4:00:  The Twisted Truth (Power Pop)
  4:00-4:20:  Lady & The Tramps (Hard Rock)
  4:20-4:40:  Parenthesys (Metal)
  4:40-5:00:  Simple Burden  (Hard Rock)

 

Bull Feeney’s Irish Music – Moulton Street

11:30am:  Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps
12:00pm: The Milliners
  1:00pm: The Napper Tandies
  2:00pm:  The Squid Jiggers
  3:00pm:  Rum Riot
  4:00pm:  The Pubcrawlers

There are children’s activity areas, hosted by the Children’s Museum of Maine. Throughout the Old Port, artists, activities, food, and other fun surprises are guaranteed. This festival is RAIN OR SHINE!

Maine Maple Sugaring

Sap Buckets

Did you know that this is a busiest time of year for Maine’s Maple Trees?  Even in the worst of winter, Maine has something sweet to offer, as the maple sugaring season gets underway.  It all starts in late February when the sap starts flowing through the trees.  The trees are tapped, and in a good year, one large forty year old Maple Tree may produce as much as 60 gallons of sap from one tap.    
 

Sugar Shack

But it takes 40 quarts of the sap to get one quart of the golden maple syrup that you find beside your pancakes, ice cream or in maple candies.  Join Maine’s maple producers each spring as they celebrate Maine Maple Sunday on Sunday March 25- the day when sugar makers around the State open the doors of their sugarhouses for the public to join them in their rites of spring – Making Maple Syrup.

Sap Evaporator

At  many of these farms near the Atlantic Birches Inn  in Old Orchard Beach Maine you can go into the sugaring shack, watch the sap evaporate, and learn about how it goes from what looks like nothing more than water, to one of the sweetest things made in Maine. Sometimes the syrup is pale gold and delicate, sometimes dark and rich. It all depends on the soil and terrain, the wind and the weather, just like fine wine. But don’t worry, if you can’t make it for Maple Sugar Sunday at one of these farms, you can always visit them the rest of the month of March and early April.  

For a full list of participating farms visit  Maine Maple Producers  or see our map below of nearby Maine  Maplc Sugaring Shacks below come see us and we can give you a list with directions to some of the local nearby farms .  Your Innkeepers Ray and Heidi Deleo
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