Wednesday, July 26, 2017

"Sailing Western Penobscot Bay" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Sailing Western Penobscot Bay" by Doug Mills
Schooner Heritage sailing western Penobscot Bay near Rockport Maine.


These photos are from the historical archives of the Maine Windjammer Project.
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

U.S.S Mahan To Visit Rockland For 70th Annual Maine Lobster Festival

Rockland, Maine - The U.S.S. MAHAN (DDG 72) will anchor in Rockland Harbor for the 70th Maine Lobster Festival. The ship was last in Rockland for the 64th Maine Lobster Festival.

 The U.S.S. Mahan was built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and commissioned on February 14, 1998 by the United States Navy in Tampa, Florida. It was the 22nd Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer to be commissioned, and was the first Flight II Variant. The ship is capable of operating both independently and as part of a Strike Group. Designed for stealth and equipped with the latest stealth and weaponry technology, the U.S.S. Mahan can combat air, surface, and subsurface threats. Four gas turbine engines can propel the ship at over 30 knots. A crew of 35 officers and 279 enlisted sailors operate the U.S.S. Mahan.

 On February 19, 2000, the ship left its home port of Norfolk, Virginia, for its first deployment to the Mediterranean as a member of the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower Battle Group. The U.S.S. Mahan would go on to be deployed to the Mediterranean many times.

 In 2006 the U.S.S. Mahan was awarded the Battle Efficiency Award. This award is given every year to a small number of ships in the United States Navy, and is awarded for demonstrating superior battle readiness.

 The U.S.S. Mahan (DDG 72) was the 4th ship to be named for Alfred Thayer Mahan, known as the father of the modern Navy. Rear Admiral Mahan graduated from the Naval Academy in 1859. During the Civil War, he served with the South Atlantic and Western Gulf Blockading Squadrons. Mahan is credited with convincing Congress to rebuild the deteriorating U.S. Navy at the end of the 19th century.

 As in previous years, tours of the vessel will be available during festival week. Tours are currently scheduled for Thursday, August 3 and Friday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. These dates and times are subject to change. Crew members of the U.S.S. Oak Hill will also escort the Sea Princesses on the Main Stage for the Maine Sea Goddess Coronation.

70th Annual Maine Lobster Festival Kicks Off Next Wednesday

Rockland, Maine - Maine Lobster Festival will kick off their 70th year from Wednesday August 2nd through Sunday August 6th, 2017 in Rockland, Maine.

There is a lot you can do during the festival from riding rides, crate race, road races, enjoy live music, food and so much more.

It is a special time for the people behind Maine Lobster Festival as they will be celebrating their 70th year. For volunteers who spend their time volunteering from eating tent to ticket taker at the gates. Volunteers is what keeps the festival going.

Highlights of this year's festival are coronation, where one young lady will win Maine Sea Goddess title, seafood cooking contest, marine tent, children's events, entertainment and touring a Navy ship.

Full Schedule:

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
12:00 p.m.
OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY
Other

Official ribbon cutting ceremony at the Main Gate followed immediately by the arrival of King Neptune and his court, along with Adrianna Elaine Ames, the 2016 Maine Sea Goddess, arrive on the main dock from the briny deep to raise the flag and officially open the 2017 Maine Lobster Festival. Opening ceremonies will take place next to the flagpole by the Harbor Master’s building.

Then, King Neptune and his court, along with Adrianna Elaine Ames, the 2016 Maine Sea Goddess, arrive on the main dock from the briny deep to raise the flag and officially open the 2017 Maine Lobster Festival. Opening ceremonies will take place next to the flagpole by the Harbor Master’s building.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CORONATION REHEARSAL - MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
70TH ANNUAL MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL OPENS FOR THE DAY
Other

Festival officially opens, along with exhibition tents, booths, vendors, carnival rides and games.

Special Gate admission – 70th Anniversary WEDNESDAY ONLY
Admission $1.00 adults 12 and older
Admission – Free -children under the age of 12

Smokey’s Greater Shows - OLD FASHIONED DOLLAR DAY – RIDE TICKETS $1.00 EACH all Day!!

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MAD SCIENTIST HANDS-ON BOOTH - NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Children

A fun hands-on learning experience for kids.

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
MIDCOAST MUSIC ACADEMY SHOWCASE - NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

Students and faculty from The Midcoast Music Academy perform in various ensembles.

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
THE 70TH MAINE SEA GODDESS CORONATION - MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

Come see the coronation of the 70th Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess! Festivities begin at 8 p.m. with music and the introduction of the Sea Princesses. The winner receives a cash prize and the title of The Maine Lobster Festival Sea Goddess with a lovely crown. She reigns at many events throughout the year, culminating with the start of the 2018 Lobster Festival. Also crowned is the Crown Princess and Miss Congeniality.

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
2:00 p.m.
JOHN MCDONALD, MAINE STORYTELLER
Entertainment

4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
BEST IN SHOW - NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT

A fun band mixing many styles including jazz, blues, and swing.

Part of Steins and Vines - Separate ticket requried.

4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
STEINS & VINES TASTING EVENT - NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

Please join us at our 4th annual tasting event with local beers and wines made right here in Maine, sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites. Must be 21 years or older and present photo ID for admittance. The $25 ticket includes Festival admission and 12 samples.

Location: North Entertainment tent

Music Provided by: Best in Show

When: Thursday Aug 3rd - 2 separate tasting sessions$25.00 per person which includes park admission.

Tasting I: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Tasting II: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS – BRACELET DAY
Children

Bracelet $17.00

7:30 p.m.
CIRCUS MAINE, MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

Cabaret, trapeze and aerial apparatus, clowning, acrobatics, juggling and more!

General Admission seating available – first come first serve at no additional charge.

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
RT. 17 RAMBLERS, NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

A traditional country/early rock music trio.

Friday, August 4th, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
EMILIA DAHLIN BAND, MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

One of Maine’s premier songstresses returns to the Festival stage. Portland ME based, she combines mesmerizing tales with rootsy folk and jazz vocals.

2:00 p.m.
WORLD’S FASTEST KNITTERS, NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT

Prizes and glory await this fun and popular event – hosted by Mim Bird of Over The Rainbow Yarns in Rockland.

3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
DON ROY TRIO, NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

Specializing in traditional dance music from their Franco-American Heritage, and led by a Rockland native, The Don Roy Trio (fiddle, piano and bass) has been together for over 30 years with appearances that include the Kennedy Center and The Library of Congress.

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
HELLO NEWMAN, NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

A dance party with one of Maine’s favorite bands.

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
SMOKEY’S GREATER SHOWS – BRACELET DAY
Children

Bracelet $17.00

7:30 p.m.
FELIX CAVALIERE’S RASCALS, MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

General admission seating tickets available $25.00 which includes park admission.

“Good Lovin’”, “Groovin on a Sunday Afternoon” and “Beautiful Morning” are just a few of the Rascals hit songs. Led by original member, keyboard and vocalist Felix Cavaliere, The Rascals were one of the defining acts of the 1960-70’s with a cascade of big hits and giving rise to the phrase “blue-eyed soul.”

8:45 p.m.
LASER LIGHT SHOW FINALE - MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

Saturday, August 5th, 2017
10:00 a.m.
THE BIG PARADE, ROCKLAND MAIN STREET
Entertainment

 “The 70th Anniversary of The Maine Lobster Festival”

Grand Marshal:  Lois Stackpole Alley

Parade: Jen Chapman - 1-800-576-7512
parade@mainelobsterfestival.com

2:30 p.m.
MOJO (MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ ORCHESTRA), MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

Enjoy our own premier community jazz orchestra of the Midcoast area as they perform a variety of musical styles – traditional Big Band, Latin, funk, blues. Vocal numbers are also included.

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
JONESVILLE - NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

Popular local duo-performing classic hits.

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THE 10K ROAD RACE AND 5K WALK - MAIN STAGE AREA

Last chance to pre-register for the 10K Road Race and 5K Walk. If you've already registered online, you can pick up your packet at this time so you can head straight to the start line in the morning. Come to the tent at the bottom of the hill inside the Main Gate.

6:00 p.m.
STEELIN’ THUNDER, NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

Everyone’s favorite Local steel drum group returns to the Maine Lobster Festival.

7:30 p.m.
THE OUTLAWS, MAIN STAGE
Entertainment

General admission seating tickets available $25.00 which includes park admission.

Best known for “Green Grass and High Tides forever,” and “There goes another Love Song,” The Outlaws are often credited as among the founders of Southern Rock, and they have maintained very successful touring and recording careers for 40 years.

Sunday, August 6th, 2017
All Day
FAMILY FUN DAY! FREE ADMISSION

All Day
FREE SHUTTLE BUS

The festival provides free shuttle services to and from the festival grounds from the following locations. A bus arrives at each location approximately every 30 minutes.

Oceanside High School (formerly Rockland District High School)
South Elementary School (formerly Rockland District Middle School)
Check days for detailed schedule:

Wednesday, Aug. 2: Bus starts at noon and ends at 10 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 3, and Friday, Aug. 4: Bus starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 5: Bus starts after parade (usually around noon) and ends at 11 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 6: Bus starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.
Bus arrives at each location approximately every 30 minutes.

7:00 a.m.
REGISTRATION OPENS FOR ALL KIDS’ EVENTS - INFORMATION TENT

Registration officially opens for International Great Crate Race, Kids’ Fun Run, Children’s Lobster Eating Contest, and Little Lobster Diaper Derby.

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST - MAIN EATING TENT
Food

All-the-pancakes-you-can-eat breakfast in the Food Tent featuring blueberry pancakes, juice, coffee and milk. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children; offered through Sunday.

8:00 a.m.
1 MILE KIDS’ FUN RUN, NEAR THE MAIN GATE
Children

Not to be outdone, the kids have all the glory before the adult race with their own 1-mile fun run down Rockland Main Street. The Fun Run begins outside the Main Gate of the Festival grounds. Registration opens at 7 a.m. on the Main Stage the morning of the race.

The Kids' Fun Run is sponsored by

250 Main Hotel

8:30 a.m.
10K ROAD RACE AND 5K WALK/RUN
Entertainment

Start your Sunday morning with a timed run or walk around the beautiful town of Rockland. 8:30 am, near the main gate

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
70TH ANNUAL MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL OPENS FOR THE DAY
Other

FREE ADMISSION TO ALL!

10:00 a.m.
CHILDREN'S PARADE
Children

Sign up at the far end of the Eating Tent at 9 a.m.

Rick Adam and his one-man band will lead the kids this year.

11:30 a.m.
COD FISH CARRY AND LOBSTER EATING CONTEST, MAIN STAGE
Children

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
SMOKEY'S GREATEST SHOWS CARNIVAL 2017 OPENS
Entertainment

Smokey’s Greatest Shows Carnival. Bracelet Day! $17.00

12:30 p.m.
LITTLE LOBSTER DIAPER DERBY - MAIN STAGE
Children

Registration is at the Information Tent

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
BEATLEZANIA, NORTH ENTERTAINMENT TENT
Entertainment

The music of the Beatles brought to life by Rick Adam on one-man rock and junk bands.

1:30 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL GREAT LOBSTER CRATE RACE SHOWDOWN - ROCKLAND HARBOR
Entertainment

Join us for this special 70th Anniversary Celebration event featuring local First Responders as well as US Coast Guard teams competing in a best of “50” crates.

2:00 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL GREAT LOBSTER CRATE RACE BEGINS AT ROCKLAND HARBOR
Entertainment

Registration starts at 7AM at the Information Tent. The race is at the Waterfront and begins at 2pm

Sponsored by: Machias Savings Bank

5:00 p.m.
WREATH CEREMONY - PUBLIC PIER
Entertainment

King Neptune and the 2017 Sea Goddess will lead a wreath ceremony for fishermen lost at sea, held at the public pier.

6:00 p.m.
70TH MAINE LOBSTER FESTIVAL CLOSES
Other

See you at the 71st annual Maine Lobster Festival, August 1-5, 2018!

2017 Sea Princesses Visited Knox Center For Long Term Care


Rockland, Maine- On Sunday the Maine Lobster Festival's 2017 Sea Princesses visited the Knox Center For Long Term Care.  Of all the things we do with the girls leading up the the crowning of the Maine Sea Goddess I think this has to be the favorite.

This is the day each of the girls will meet one on one with the judges.  These meetings will continue till each girl has had a chance to meet with the judges.
In the meantime there is much to be done.

The girls gather at the Knox Center early for a viewing of the film "Buggin" an in depth look at the lobster industry through the eyes of a lobsterman.  After the film it is off to sign the Maine Lobster Festival posters that are given to all the sponsors of the festival.  Can we say writer's cramp, that is a lot of posters!  Once the posters are done the girls create their own bouquets for the Maine Sea Goddess Coronation, which will take place on Wednesday the second of August.

Everyone's favorite part of the day is when the girls have a chance to meet some of the residents and to sing for them.  The smiles on every face tell you that this is a good day.  After singing all those songs that were popular long before these girls were born it is time for lunch, a lobster dinner prepared by the Knox Center's staff.

Following lunch there is time for the girls to design and make bags.  After the bags are done there is just time for some group pictures before the day ends.




Maine Lobster Festival Donates $250 To Look For The Helpers

Rockland, Maine - At their July board meeting the Maine Lobster Festival’s Board of Directors donated $250 to Look For The Helpers, accepted by founder Michelle Robinson.

Look for the Helpers is a picture book to aid first responders when communicating with non-verbal, hearing impaired, medically impaired, and foreign language speaking individuals. The books include pictures for allergies, tools, sign language, and more. The goal is to get a book into every ambulance, fire truck, and police car in Maine.

“We are happy to donate to such a worthy cause that will benefit many in our community,” said Maine Lobster Festival President Cynthia Powell.

About the Maine Lobster Festival

Five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine, the Maine Lobster Festival attracts thousands of people to the Midcoast region and has a long tradition of giving back to the local community. In recent years, the festival committee has given more than $500,000 to Midcoast Regional Child Development Services, Trekkers, Meals on Wheels, and many other organizations.

"Shermans Point" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Shermans Point" by Doug Mills
Historic schooner Grace Bailey. built 1882, sails past Shermans Point in Camden Maine.


These photos are from the historical archives of the Maine Windjammer Project.
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com



Monday, July 24, 2017

Exclusive Musician Spotlight: Angelina (Angie) Green

Miami, Florida - Angelina (Angie) Green is a beautiful, really talented thirteen year old singer, according to her Facebook, Angelina is not only into music, but she also shares a passion for acting, and dancing.

Angie would like to inspire all the kids that are going through hard times in life and help them to overcome obstacles using music like she did, "Music is my medicine, it has helped me through difficult times in my life. I believe all bad things are meant to make us stronger and lead us to good things in life"

Our founder/editor David Mills had the opportunity to interview Angie on her music, education and more. Read her answers to our interview below.

When did you start singing?
-I have been singing for as long as I can remember. Music became more of a focus for me after some hard times in my life, music helped me to deal with the sadness I felt at the moment.

Was it your dream to be a singer? 
-I have always been in love with music, I first started playing instruments and then I developed a very strong passion for singing, my dream is to be able to do that for the rest of my life.

Tell us about your style of singing?
-I started singing classical/lyric music and then I fell in love with musical theater. Lately, I'm doing more pop/ballads, I love it  because I'm able to reach people's heart and make them feel touched with the song, and I think that's the best part of singing.

Are there challenges pursuing a singing career and being a normal teenager?
-Yes! Many! Sometimes I have rehearsals and I have to miss parties and sleepovers with my friends but they are always very supportive, most of them also love music and theater like me. 

Do your parents and friends support you?
-My biggest supporter is my mom, she's always there for me no matter what and I know I can always count on her. Also my little brother, we all call each other the three musketeers because we always support each other.

Do you write your own songs?
If so, tell us what goes into writing a great song? 
-Yes, I write but not everybody knows about it. When I'm writing I try to think about something I can connect to. I know there will be someone who can connect to it too, because that's what makes a song so great, knowing what the song means to, and transmitting  the feeling you have inside to the people.

Where was your first performance, were you excited?
-It was a talent show in the school and I was very excited and after that every single time I perform I get really excited and I have butterflies in my stomach. But AGT was beyond anything I could ever feel. I was so overwhelmed I could barely talk.

How do you prepare your voice for a performance?
-Before a performance I warm up my voice, drink tons of water, and lots of honey with tea. 

If I went to one of your concerts, what can fans and I expect?
-I would make sure every single person has an amazing time. I would definitely make it a night to remember. You'll probably laugh, cry and go through many emotions.
One of my biggest wishes is to have a concert one day and invite my favorite artists to share my voice with the world and be an inspiration to many.

Where have you been able to perform?
-I have performed in some pretty cool places but only locally.
 I was picked by Phil and Orianne Collins to be an ambassador of the Little Dreams Foundation that is a charity that raise money to help underprivileged kids. I also do shows on my local theater Miami Children's Theater. But AGT was my biggest experience so far, nothing compares to be on that stage with the judges and that audience.

Who inspires you with your singing and songwriting?
-All the things that happened in my life inspired me so much to write and also to feel the songs when I interprete them when I'm singing. 

If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be and with who/ why?
I would love to perform on Broadway one day! Also to go on tour with Lady Gaga!! (My idol) And be on a show on broadway with Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster or Sierra Boggess (my musical theater inspirations).

How did it feel to get the golden buzzer on America's Got Talent?
-It feel so unreal and I still can't believe it! Not in my wildest dreams would I ever imagine that something like this could ever happen to me. I'm filled with joy and gratitude to AGT and especially Heidi for giving me her golden buzzer and believing in me. I'm working really hard for the live shows so everybody at AGT who believes in me can feel proud. 

What do you hope to accomplish with your singing/songwriting?
I want people to love my music and enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoy singing it. I want to be able to live my life doing what I love the most, which is singing for the rest of my life and I know its hard but I can't see myself doing anything else.

What three words best describe you and your music?
-I would say....genuine, heartfelt and inspiring. My mom says I'm very energetic, compassionate and humble.

Do you have any advice for those wanting to start a career in singing and songwriting?
-My advice will be to never give up on your dreams, it doesn't matter the age or circumstances everything is possible if we believe. Have the courage to pursue whatever it is you want in your life, just believe in yourself, stay focus and work hard to accomplish them! 

Do you have any other talents?
-I became very enthusiastic in musical theater I love acting and dancing as well. I hope one day I can be on a Broadway show.

Are you passionate about any charities, if so, why?
-Yes, very passionate, I went through a really tough moment and I know how scary it can be, that's why I love helping others specially families and kids that are going through hard times in life. I always sing in different charity events to help raise money for kids like me.
Also, I know how important music can be in their life's  and I'm passionate about helping people thorough music and being an inspiration.

Is education important to you?
-Very important, education is everything, is our future, the future of the world.

We want to say thank you to Angie Green for answering our interview questions. Can't wait to see where her music takes her.



You can follow her on Twitter by clicking here.

"Fog Off Rockland, Maine" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Fog Off Rockland, Maine" by Doug Mills
Former fishing schooner American Eagle in the fog off Rockland, Maine.


These photos are from the historical archives of the Maine Windjammer Project.
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com



Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017 Maine Lobster Festival Sea Princesses Tours Maine Lighthouse Museum & Farnsworth

Rockland, Maine - Thursday, July 20th the 2017 Sea Princesses toured two of Maine's premiere museums,the Maine Lighthouse Museum and The Farnsworth Art Museum finishing off the day with a potluck supper.


Sea Princesses Tour Farnsworth Art Museum


The Midcoast of Maine was the summer home to the Wyeths, N.C.Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth and many of their works are housed at the Farnsworth, along with works from Robert Indiana, Louise Nevelson and many more.


Sea Princesses Tour Maine Lighthouse Museum

The Maine Lighthouse Museum, home to one of the largest lighthouse displays in the world. The girls learned about the Lighthouse service and later the Coast Guard's roll in manning and maintaining our lighthouses. So many stories and so much to learn. The girls spent a much of their time taking notes and asking questions.

After touring the two museums it was time to sit down for a great pot luck supper. This gave the judges an opportunity to get to know each of the girls in an informal setting.

A great day was had by all. Our thanks to The Maine Lighthouse Museum and The Farnsworth Art Museum for hosting these tours.