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August 2019

United States Custom House Tour

August 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until 10.16.19

United States Custom House, 312 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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$8.00 – $10.00

Constructed soon after the Great Fire of 1866, it opened for business in 1872 becoming a gateway for one of the five largest ports in the county. New Hampshire granite, walnut woodwork, and Italian marble were used in construction to ensure the building would stand for generations as a symbol of stability, wealth and strength. The building has been closed to the public since 2001 except through this special 45 minute guided tour. Come see the space a young United States of America created to impress merchants from abroad as they came into Portland, one of the country's biggest, busiest and vital harbors at the time.

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10th annual Forrest G Whitman Memorial Golf Tournament

August 22
Mt. Kineo Golf Course, 62 Village Rd
Rockwood, ME 04478 United States
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$130

A round of golf on the beautiful historic golf course located on Mt Kineo in Rockwood, Maine. This golf tournament benefits Northern Light Charles A Dean Hospital in Greenville Maine. The $130 golfer registration includes green fees, golf cart, mulligans, skirts, continental breakfast, a great barbecue with drinks, awards, golf goody bag and the water shuttle service from the Rockwood boat dock over to Mt. Kineo.

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Western Promenade in the Gilded Age Walking Tour

August 22 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until 10.17.19

Portland’s Western Promenade, 75 Bowdoin Street
Portland, ME 4102 United States
$8.00 – $10.00

Portland’s Western Promenade in the Gilded Age is a brand new tour this year that walks through one of Portland’s most exclusive neighborhoods uncovering the hidden connections between neighbors during the area’s building boom from the 1870s to the1920s.

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Belfast Garden Club Open Garden Day

August 23
173 Lincolnville Ave,, 173 Lincolnville Ave,
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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$5.00

If you’ve never taken a close look at the beautiful gardens at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, you’ll be amazed at the diversity of plants, as well as the focus on heirloom and historic varieties, native plants, and ecological gardening practices.

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Thomaston Place Auction Galleries 2019 Summer Auction Weekend

August 23 @ 11:00 am - August 25 @ 11:00 am
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, 51 Atlantic Highway
Thomaston, ME United States
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Free

Join us at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries on August 23, 24 & 25 starting at 11:00 a.m. for our three-day summer auction that will include selections of Maine artwork, folk art and country furniture

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Grill & Chill at Toddy Pond Farm

August 23 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, repeating until 09.27.19

Toddy Pond Farm, 174 Carver Rd
Monroe, ME 04951 United States
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$15

Join us here at the farm for a casual dinner from the grill, fresh picked greens from the garden and local live music.

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3rd Anniversary Celebration of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

August 24
New England Outdoor Center, 30 Twin Pines Rd
Millinocket, ME 04462 United States
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$25

Each year, Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters and Maine Beer Company present the annual Anniversary Celebration of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Attendees from across the State of Maine and the country gather to enjoy dinner, music, a silent auction, awards, and a rousing toast to commemorate the Monument’s August 24th, 2016 proclamation.

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Sisters of Slide: Rory Block and Cindy Cashdollar

August 24 @ 7:30 pm
Saco River Theatre, Salmon Falls Rd
Bar Mills, ME 04093 United States
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$15

Internationally acclaimed blues artist Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world.

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Tour of Nellieville

August 25 @ 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until 10.13.19

Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies, 598 Sunshine Rd
Deer Isle, ME 04627 United States
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Sculptor Peter Beerits offers an informal tour of Nellieville, his quirky, found object installation of a Western town, juke joint, general store, Arthurian Grail castle, wizard’s tower and a church-in-the-woods.

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Neighborhood Stories: Portland’s India Street Walking Tour

August 26 @ 10:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until 10.14.19

India Street, Portland, 1 India Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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$8.00 – $10.00

Neighborhood Stories: Portland’s India Street discovers the neighborhood stories of this busy commercial center of Portland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The India street neighborhood has been a crossroad for Portland's workers, residents, and travelers through the centuries. Thanks to a partnership with the Committee to Restore the Abyssinian the tour ends with an exclusive look inside the Abyssinian Meeting House, America's 3rd oldest African-American Meeting House.

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Saturday Spectacular

Select summer Saturdays on the lawn, noon–5
Thompson’s Point, Portland
Katahdin Woods and Waters

3rd Anniversary Celebration of Katahdin Woods and Waters

August 24, 2019 5–9 p.m.
New England Outdoor Center, Millinocket

Join the party at New England Outdoor Center for the 3rd Anniversary Celebration of Katahdin Woods and Waters presented by Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters and Maine Beer Company. New England Outdoor Center will be serving dinner alongside Woods and Waters IPA fresh on tap from Maine Beer Co. There will be a variety of items and experience from around the Katahdin Region and Maine on sale at the silent auction and all evening long, you’ll be treated to live music from the Magic 8 Ball Quartet. Come on out and raise a glass to the past, present, and future of Katahdin Woods and Waters!

Yoga on the Lawn at Thompson's Point

Every Wednesday in the summer
Thompson’s Point, Portland
Portland Landmarks

Greater Portland Landmarks Tours

June–October 2019 (Various dates and times)
Portland Area
  • Homes of Portland’s Golden Age – Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. from June 25 to October 18
  • United States Custom House Tour – Wednesdays from June 26 to October 16 at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., or 1 p.m.
  • Western Promenade Walking Tour – Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from June 27 to October 17. No tour July 4
  • Neighborhood Stories – Mondays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from June 24 to October 14

Summer Sunsets at Thompson's Point

Thursdays, 4 p.m.–sunset
Starting June 13, 4 p.m.–sunset
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