The Kennebunks – Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel – here on the Southern Coast of Maine have long been known for their shipbuilding, lobstering, and commercial fishing. LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival aims to celebrate this colorful history with three days of exciting and fun events designed to evoke memories of yesteryear.
Set for summer 2016 – June 17-19 – the inaugural LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival will be staging numerous events throughout the entirety of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel: historical tours, boat launches, live music, fresh seafood, cooking competitions, craft fairs, and so much more.
Attendees to this first LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival will be treated to an arts and crafts fair on the river green, historic walking tours with costumed interpreters, and brewery tours and tastings at the Shipyard Brewing Company. There are even hopes of concluding the festival with a traditional Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. A lobster boat race is also in the works.
With the LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival date some four months away, details and vendors are still being sorted out. That being said, many events have already been announced, such as a Sailors and Sirens 5K run and the Arundel Seafood Center’s Clam Jam, featuring homemade clam cakes and ice cream! A River Lights boat parade is also on the schedule, followed by a VIP “Rock the Boat” adults-only shipboard after-party. Kennebunk will host a chef competition and chowder cook-off in the style of the popular “Chopped” television show, while the Pilot House is planning an authentic, old-school lobster bake overlooking the Kennebunk River, complete with live music!
Those interested in any further developments as they happen are encouraged to keep track via the LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival Facebook page.
LAUNCH! A Maritime Festival
Lodging in the Kennebunks
The new and exciting, 3-day LAUNCH! maritime festival will cause flocks of people to converge upon the Kennenbunks. Get the jump on the crowds by reserving your accommodations now at The Inn at English Meadows! We’re proud to be a part of the vibrant, Kennebunks community and offer you unheard of luxury in our mid-1800’s, Greek Revival home with five rooms, five suites, and a private bungalow – all with lovely beaches and Kennebunkport’s Dock Square just a short walk away. Stay at The Inn at English Meadows and let us pamper you!