Before submarines, marine biologists conducted their research from the decks of upside-down ships or the porthole of a whale. Celebrate the many means of marine exploration with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get a one-day adult pass to the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors show (a $12 value). The show runs from Friday, August 12, to Sunday, August 14. Showtimes are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission for children younger than 12 is free.
The Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, hosted annually by the magazine of the same name, shows off an armada of more than 70 seafaring vessels during the only in-water boat show in the entire state of Maine. Many of the vessels floating along Rockland Harbor encourage fair-goers to climb aboard and survey their interiors or make a home inside their shell. Back on terra firma, more than 150 exhibitors purvey their craft in art, architecture, jewelry making, woodworking, boat building, and kelp classification, with film presentations and book signings to further cultivate the maritime culture. Afternoon morsels provided by fine-food vendors titillate the taste buds as live bluegrass and brass-band music sates desires outside the digestive system. Young ones will discover a plethora of kiddie-geared amusement including storytelling, paper boat making, and an instrument petting zoo.
Adding to the entertaining event, the ninth-annual World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials, on Sunday, August 14, squares off competitive canines for a dockside obstacle course and freestyle break-dance competition. Attendees are also privy to a $15 show-special one-year subscription to Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine (a $19.95 value).
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors
Since 1987, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine has celebrated and explored the unique culture and active lifestyle of living on the Maine coast. Their team of Silver Editorial Excellence Award–winning writers, photographers, and illustrators showcases Maine’s unique ecology, cuisine, and art through tightly crafted prose and vivid images in each issue. Readers travel to popular and lesser-known cruising grounds, peek at the work of yacht designers and artisan boat builders, and step aboard vessels ranging from dinghies to yachts to doomed cardboard rafts. The magazine’s life-on-the-water coverage also extends to the architecture of homes and gardens lining the coast and relives the historic events that built the region’s rich cultural heritage.