BELFAST, Maine — Belfast’s usually-full calendar of summer time festivals and different seasonal occasions was largely erased final yr, as organizers needed to shortly pivot from in-person gatherings to digital ones, or none in any respect.
However summer time is again — and so are the festivals and enjoyable instances. And it’s clear to Zach Schmesser, the chief director of Our City Belfast, that individuals are wanting to get out and revel in themselves once more.
“Individuals want to make up for misplaced time, visiting with their buddies and neighbors,” he stated. “We’re simply persevering with to see a lot of folks out and about, which is nice.”
With out additional ado, right here’s an introduction to a number of the occasions that will probably be held within the midcoast metropolis this summer time.
Arts within the Park
Longtime followers of the waterfront art and fine craft festival, Arts within the Park — which is marking its twenty fifth yr — might discover some adjustments. That’s as a result of organizers determined to cease together with individuals from everywhere in the nation and return the main focus squarely to Maine artists.
“Now we have reshaped this to be about Waldo County and Maine arts and crafts,” Steve Ryan, the director of the Belfast Space Chamber of Commerce, which helps to placed on the occasion, stated. “It’s actually about our native arts financial system.”
The juried present additionally will probably be smaller than in previous years, with about 60 artists and craftspeople in attendance. However with meals distributors and stay music, the ambiance needs to be simply as satisfying, Ryan stated.
“It is going to be a celebration,” he stated. “It’ll be a really upbeat ambiance.”
Arts within the Park will probably be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 26, and Sunday, June 27, at Steamboat Touchdown Park on the Belfast waterfront.
Belfast Summer season Nights
There’s nothing like sitting within the grass on a balmy night, listening to stay music within the firm of what looks like the entire group. Final yr, Belfast Summer Nights was in a position to maintain a couple of live shows from the Armistice Bridge, with most of its viewers safely distanced in canoes and kayaks on the river beneath. However this yr, it’s a return to enterprise as traditional, roughly, because the music competition marks its twenty sixth yr with a full slate of stay music. A lot of the live shows will probably be held on Thursday evenings at Steamboat Touchdown Park on the waterfront.
The season will kick off on Thursday, July 1, with native people rockers Muskeg adopted by native people duo Elsie and Ethan.
“They’re each very accessible to all people,” Ando Anderson, the founder and co-organizer of the collection, stated. “It’s a candy present to start out the summer time.”
Different highlights embody the Searsmont Avenue Band on Thursday, July 15, Dave Clark’s jazz trio and Noah Fishman on Thursday, July 22, and the New Orleans avenue occasion band Tuba Skinny, on Tuesday, Aug. 3.
“Yearly we’ve had it, it’s gotten higher,” Anderson stated.
Outside Summer season Film Collection
It is a new one: free, household pleasant motion pictures that will probably be proven this summer time on an inflatable display screen arrange at Steamboat Touchdown Park. The occasion is placed on by Our City Belfast, with help from town of Belfast, Waterfall Arts and Belfast Neighborhood Media.
“Outside occasions have been and proceed to be seen as a number of the most secure methods to convey communities collectively,” Schmesser stated. “We’re hopeful this may change into an annual Belfast custom.”
To date, the scheduled motion pictures embody “The Princess Bride,” on Wednesday, July 7, “Babe,” on Wednesday, July 21, “Toy Story,” on Wednesday, Aug. 4 and “Wizard of Oz” on Wednesday, Aug. 18.
Belfast Summer season Avenue Occasion
This summer time’s version of the Belfast Summer Street Party will probably be smaller than prior to now, when large crowds packed a portion of Excessive Avenue to take heed to music, eat avenue meals and revel in a lot of children’ actions.
However it’ll nonetheless be a great time, organizers stated, and can function meals vehicles and stay music. To date, music teams Captain Apparent and The Nation Mist Band, each native favorites, have confirmed that they may play.
“It’s going to be a avenue occasion lite,” organizer Mike Hurley stated. “It’ll be enjoyable, it’ll be shorter, it’ll be a heat up for subsequent yr.”
The Belfast Summer season Avenue Occasion will probably be held on Monday, Aug. 2, in downtown Belfast.
Belfast Harbor Fest
The 14th annual Belfast Harbor Fest will return with a jam-packed schedule of actions. The Belfast Rotary Membership, which holds the competition, is asking this summer time’s occasion the “Bicentennial Version,” as a nod to Maine’s huge birthday final yr.
Over its three days, every kind of enjoyable is on faucet, together with the Nationwide Boat Constructing Problem, a Come Boating! Regatta in Belfast Bay, a 5K street race, excursions of Entrance Avenue Shipyard, a cardboard boat race and a lobster gala. There additionally will probably be exhibitors, a beer backyard, a ship gear swap, a barbecue dinner, stay music and extra.
“It’s good to be again,” Mickey Sirota, of the rotary membership, stated.
Harbor Fest will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, with a silent public sale and occasion on the waterfront, proceed with a full day of actions on Saturday, Aug. 14 and end at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15.
Maine Celtic Celebration
Final yr, the Maine Celtic Celebration went digital. This yr, it’ll be again, that includes stay music, dancing, storytelling, the Celtic canine present and the Highland Video games, the place “huge folks throw heavy objects lengthy distances,” in keeping with Ryan, the president of the board of administrators.
However as an alternative of happening over a weekend in July, it will likely be modified this yr to a one-day occasion in September. Partially, that’s as a result of when organizers started to make plans in December and January, the continuing pandemic meant that “issues appeared actually darkish,” he stated.
So that they determined to shorten it and get rid of one well-liked exercise — the Cheese Roll, which frequently leads to a scrum of individuals collapsing on prime of one another as they race for the wheel of cheese.
“We didn’t wish to have folks rolling over one another,” he stated. “However we’re doing virtually the whole lot else.”
The ceremonies will probably be opened by New England’s Consul Normal of Eire, and particular occasions embody a chat on the historical past of the Irish in Maine, due to a partnership with the Maine Irish Heritage Middle of Portland.
“It’s again, and we’re going to have a good time,” Ryan stated.
The Maine Celtic Celebration will probably be held on Saturday, Sept. 18.