Every September over Labor Day Weekend the town of Camden Maine hosts the Maine Windjammers in their harbor for the Camden Windjammer Festival – a celebration of maritime heritage and traditions. This past year was the 15th year of such an event, though previously called Windjammer Weekend. In any event, this is one of my favorite summer time events here in the Mid-Coast area. On Friday evening the schooners from Camden & Rockland Harbors and many other sailing vessels all sail and shoe-horn into beautiful Camden Harbor. It’s quite a site to see 14 tall ships at the dock in such a small area. You can even step aboard the schooners and have a peek around. I usually meet the J&E Riggin and her captains, crew and passengers at the dock after dinner with my daughter. We all walk over to the hill where on a stage is Buckley Smith working away at a piece nautical art (AMAZING!) and the emcee’s for the evening talk us through a talent show put on by the passengers and crew of the schooners. The J&E Riggin has been the first place winner several times, and if you can bear a bit of terrible camera work here’s a video I took a couple of years ago on just such an occasion. After the talent show there are fireworks.
As it’s a weekend long event there are other items on the schedule too including pancake breakfast, a Maritime Heritage Fair (which I didn’t plan for but will be sure to be at next year), Build-A-Boat Contest & Race, Chowder Challenge, Scavenger Hunt and an outdoor movie, this year feature was Captain Courageous.
This year the weather was perfect. There were a few fleeting clouds, a full moon, bright stars and it was just chilly enough where you weren’t sure whether or not to put one more layer on. With the full moon and mostly clear sky I made this photo just after the fireworks had ended. I’m so mad that I didn’t have a tri-pod with me and next year – trust me I will. These photos are a little fuzzy because I was holding the camera in hand, but they are just so beautiful (if I do say so myself) that I can’t help but share them.