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2016 Old Hallowell Day Events Listing

Through Saturday, July 16th

Old Hallowell Day Poster “Morningtide on the Kennebec” by local photographer Nancy McGinnis for sale at Boynton’s Market, City Hall, Hubbard Free Library, and at Price: $20.

Thursday, July 14th

10 am – 12 pm OHD Art Poster Print Signing: Meet the 2016 Old Hallowell Day artist Nancy McGinnis, Harlow Gallery

Have your 2016 commemorative poster print signed and personally inscribed, if you wish

Friday, July 15th

Noon – 6 pm Summer Members’ Show & Sale – Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street

Summer Members’ Show & Sale features a diverse selection of vibrant work by current artist members. Buy local and support the creative economy by visiting Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm. During this exhibit, on view June 24-July 23, 2016, pieces by Maine artists working a wide range of media and styles can be purchased off the wall and taken home the same day. Both the exhibition and opening reception and free and open to the public.

5 – 7 pm Lobster Roll Supper plus Sing-along – St Matthews and St Barnabas Episcopal Church, 20 Union Street

Menu: Lobster Roll, Chips, Pickle, Beverage, Homemade Pie $15.00; or Hot Dog/Roll, Chips, Pickle, Beverage, Homemade Pie $8.00. After supper join us in the Sanctuary for a Hymn(plus) Sing-along

5:30 pm The 24th Annual Cribbage Tournament – The Wharf, Water Street

Come show off your best moves and strategy! The tournament is single elimination and you must sign up at The Wharf beginning at 5:30 pm. Play begins at 6 pm. $10 entry fee. Bring a cribbage board and deck of cards. No board and no cards = no play! $75 first prize and $50 second prize. Sorry, but play is limited to adults.

7 pm “Port City Sound” Barber Shop Quartet – Hallowell City Hall Auditorium Admission $10. Proceeds to benefit Row House.

7:30 – 9 pm Red Cloak Haunted History Tour of Hallowell

Join The Lady in the Red Cloak for a lantern lit walking tour of Hallowell. Discover the back streets and hidden stories of this “Antique Riverport”, its mysteries and haunts. The moderate walk is suitable for all ages and is by reservation only. 207-380-3806 or

Saturday, July 16th

All day Old Fort Western Encampment, Water Street just south of Gows Lane

Old Fort Western is an integral part of Hallowell’s history. From 1754 until 1797, Fort Western was located in Hallowell in the County of Lincoln. Old Fort Western staff and the Howard Company would like to share this history with the residents of Hallowell. We will demonstrate various aspects of 18th century life such as cooking, and weaving. The Howard Company will sail our reproduction 18th century bateau down from Old Fort Western and fire a 1 lb cannon volley from the shore before docking at the Hallowell Public Boat Landing. While at the camp children of all ages will be invited to sign the muster roll, march and play 18th century games.

6 am Sunrise Yoga by the River – Granite City Park at the base of Winthrop Street

Join others to wake up with the wildlife and the sun with yoga on the Kennebec River – Granite City Park, Hallowell. Gentle to moderate yoga practice led by certified instructor Beth Jones, E-RYT.  Bring your mat and a blanket, and begin a healthy Old Hallowell Day tradition! Runners welcome.

6 – 7 am Old Hallowell Day 5K Road Race RegistrationHallowell Seafood, opposite the Hallowell Boat Landing

7 – 9:30 am Old Hallowell Day Café – Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Summer Street

Come join us for a nice healthy breakfast of mixed fruit, yogurt, juice, pancakes, bacon, kielbasa hash, bagels, English muffins, coffee cakes, muffins and Bolley’s famous donut holes! We will also have some good “wake-up coffee” and other assorted beverages. Children under 12: $3.00, All Others: $5.00, Family: $12.00

7:30 am Old Hallowell Day 5K Road Race – Starts at Maine State Boat Landing. Finishes at Vaughan Field. Refreshments and awards following the race at Vaughan Field.

8 am – 1 pm Second Annual Yard Sale – Cox Memorial United Methodist Church, Central and Middle Streets

8 am – 2 pm Cotton Mill Fair – Cotton Mill Apartments, 2 Academy Street

Stop by for fresh donuts and coffee ($1), mouthwatering crabmeat rolls and chips ($6), or delicious hot dog and chips ($2). Water and soda ($1). For dessert, an assortment of home baked goods. Bargains galore on the White Elephant Table. Beautiful crafts, discounted jewelry, and a variety of books are available. A spectacular raffle of gift cards and gifts donated by local merchants. See you at the Fair!

9 am – 1 pm Hubbard Free Library GIANT BOOK SALE, 115 Second Street

Terrific bargains on large selection of fiction and nonfiction, paperback and hardcover, as well as videos and audio books. For all ages and interests.

9 am – 1 pm Literacy Volunteers Children’s Bookmark MakingHubbard Free Library, 115 Second Street

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta will be holding a children’s bookmark making activity in support of family literacy. Table will be located just inside the library There is no cost for families to craft a bookmark together. The bookmarks, stickers, ribbons, and markers are supplied.

9 am – 3 pm. Row House Booth – Water Street

Guided trolley tours of Hallowell’s National Historic District starting at 11:30 am – immediately following the parade. Last tour leaves at 2 pm. Tickets are $2 each and are available at the Row House booth. Ticket holders will receive a Walking Tour Map of the historic district. The book, Dwellings, The Unique Homes of Hallowell will also be on sale.

9 am – 3 pm Old Hallowell Day Committee Booth – Central & Water Street

Swing by to pick up your free Official Old Hallowell Day Program Book. The booth will be selling posters, t-shirts, buttons and raffle tickets, and more! Prints from previous years are also available.

9 am – 4 pm Arts and Crafts Festival – Central and Water Streets and McAllisters Real Estate. Come and see arts and crafts presented by local and not-so-local artisans and crafters. There will be first, second and third place ribbons.

9 am – 9 pm Old Hallowell Day Food Court- Granite City Park, the base of Winthrop Street

Enjoy a wonderful snack, lunch or dinner in the Granite City Park at the base of Winthrop Street. Picnic tables will be set up on the dock. Enjoy the beautiful Kennebec River – Sturgeons will be jumping and Eagles will be flying! Vendors will be open until after the fireworks!

10 – 10:45 am The Parade down Water Street

An annual favorite! Who knows what you’ll see? Pick your spot early! We offer wheelchair seating in front of the judges’ stand at the corner of Water and Wharf Streets.

10 am – 12 pm Cupcake Baking Contest and Sale – Slates Bakery Parking Lot – Union & Water Streets

Come enjoy the results of people baking their best cupcakes in 5 categories: age 12 & under, age 13 – 17, professional & adult. The 12 & under and age 13-17 categories can be any flavor cupcake with a Marvel Comics theme! Enter your cupcakes between 9-9:55. NOTE new time! The contest starts promptly at 10 am!! All cupcakes will be sold for $1 each. Bring your friends and family and sample lots of different flavors.

10 am – 1 pm Pottery Demonstration – Hubbard Free Library, 115 Second Street

The Central Maine Artists will be doing demonstrations on the potter’s wheel and holding their annual ‘Seconds Sale’.

10 am – 4 pm Open House for Kennebec Masonic Lodge 5 – 330 Water Street – across from Maine Tourism Association

Early Hallowell was founded by people who shared a passion for Education, Arts, Sciences, Social, Civic and Moral virtues. In 1796 Paul Revere, Grand Master of Massachusetts, chartered the early founders of Hallowell to open a Masonic Lodge named “Kennebec.” The Kennebec Lodge of Masons has been active in the community for 220 years promoting the same moral and civic values. Plenty of parking around the back of the building.

11 am – Noon Hallowell Community Band – Cotton Mill Courtyard, Water Street

The Hallowell Community Band will continue their tradition of entertaining you with many of your old favorites. Again this year, the performance is hosted by the Cotton Mill residents.

11 am – Noon OHD Art Poster Print Signing: Meet the 2016 Old Hallowell Day artist Nancy McGinnis,  Harlow Gallery

Have your 2016 commemorative poster print signed and personally inscribed, if you wish.

11 am – 1 pm Open House – Old South Congregational Church, 135 Second Street

We invite the public to visit the lovely sanctuary of this historic Hallowell landmark. We will be serving light refreshments, and old slates will be for sale. All are welcome to attend our service at 10:00 on Sunday morning.

11 am – 1 pm Strawberry Shortcake Luncheon —American Legion Hall, 114 Second Street

An annual tradition! Stop in for a sandwich, chips, a beverage and, of course, the Legion’s famous strawberry shortcake – a freshly baked dessert biscuit smothered in fresh NATIVE strawberries and heaped with whipped cream topping! $6 per person.

11 am – 1:30 pm Free Cookout – First Baptist Church, corner of Union and Franklin Streets

FBC is excited to offer to the community another free cookout – hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soda.

11 am – 2pm Open House – Hallowell Fire Station, 124 Second Street

See our fabulous collection of firefighting artifacts in the second floor museum and visit the 1899 Hose Tower. Hosted by the Hallowell Citizens’ Initiative Committee.

11 am – 2 pm 4th Annual Super Fun in Motion hosted by The Hearts for Ezra Foundation – Vaughan Field, Vaughan Field Way near Middle & Lincoln Streets

Come listen to music by Rob Duquette. Super amazing children’s event celebrating how strong and active our bodies can be. Fun includes 2 bounce houses, a kids’ obstacle course provided by Kennebec Valley Coaching, face painting, arts and crafts, and more. Fresh Ella’s Ice Cream Truck will be on site selling yummy treats, and El Toro Maine will have their food truck as well. Fun for all ages!

11 am – 2 pm The Hall-Dale Robotics Team Demonstration – PUC Parking Lot, Second Street

Hall-Dale’s robotics team will demonstrate their frisbee throwing robot, this year’s castle breaching robot and give rides on their hover chair. Come catch frisbees and take pictures with the robots. Learn how they build and operate their robot as well as how competitions work and what they do throughout the year.

11 am – 3 pm Dr. Hubbard’s Museum Tours – Central and Second Streets

Enjoy a tour of this unique museum in the original building that housed the office of Dr. John Hubbard, Jr. during the mid-1800s. Descriptive brochures featuring the life and accomplishments of Dr. Hubbard will be available.

11:30 am Performance by Vicki’s School of Dance – Hallowell Boat Landing (weather dependent)

Noon – 6 pm Summer Members’ Show & Sale. Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street

Summer Members’ Show & Sale features a diverse selection of vibrant work by current artist members. Buy local and support the creative economy by visiting Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm. During this exhibit, on view June 24-July 23, 2016, pieces by Maine artists working a wide range of media and styles can be purchased off the wall and taken home the same day. Both the exhibition and opening reception and free and open to the public.

Noon The Boneheads, City Bandstand, Water Street

Celebrating their 25th year together, The Boneheads return to the Old Hallowell Day stage. They have been an integral and influential part of the Hallowell music scene since their early gigs at the Kennebec Wharf. Come join this exceptional group of musicians as they kick off this year’s music schedule.

1 pm Hills and Thrills Bike Ride – Bike of Maine Ice Vault, Whitten Road

Back again this year is the Hills and Thrills bike ride. This is an organized bike ride for experienced cyclists, measuring around 25 miles. Beginners and children will not do well on this ride due to the distance and the hills. The ride begins and ends at the Bank of Maine Ice Vault. The route takes cyclists through the beautiful rolling hills of Hallowell and neighboring communities, and finishes by climbing one of the more challenging hills in the city – Central Street. Onsite registration will be available. Go to for online registration information. Registration fee is $25.

1 pm – 4 pm Bocce Tournament – Vaughan Field, Vaughan Field Way near Middle & Lincoln Streets Come and enjoy traditional lawn bowling. Elegant in its simplicity, bocce is played between two teams of two players on a team. Learn about the game at the US Bocce Federation website ( Entry fee: $15 per team. Prizes presented for first and second place teams. Register ahead at Boynton’s Market. Play is limited to 16 teams so register early. First come, first serve. Didn’t make the list? Stop by the bocce field on OHD and you may find a spot. Sponsored by Fortin & MacDonald Real Estate

1:30 pm Boogie Mob, City Bandstand, Water Street

Boogie Mob is a dance band that blends classic songs with current material with the intent of getting people moving and grooving! Jonah Howard, lead singer/guitarist, formed the group a few years ago and they have continued to build a reputation as a fun band that you will want to hear!

3:00 pm Mes Amis, City Bandstand, Water Street

Central Maine’s premier proponents of “gypsy jazz”. The music of Mes Amis is infectious, appealing to listeners young and old alike with insistent rhythms, bouncing bass lines and sweetly intricate melodies. They’ll be playing numbers from their brilliant new 2014 release “Tomorrow Is Another Day”

4:30 pm Maggie Coffin, City Bandstand, Water Street

Although still in her teens, Maggie Coffin is already a refined yet powerful singer. At the age of 17 Maggie wowed the audience at the 2013 annual John Lennon concert in New York City — with none other than Yoko Ono in the crowd! Backed by the always exciting Robby Coffin Combo this show is not to be missed.

6:00 pm The Whitefields, City Bandstand, Water Street

It’s probably best to let The Whitefields describe themselves…

“From the pits of Whitefield, we like all styles of music and have been known to acoustify anything. We also love harmony. Back in Whitefield, we harmonize with each other, lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners, children crying, bumble bees, and rushing water.”

7:30 pm Maine Dead Project, City Bandstand, Water Street

In late spring of 2015, this group of seasoned musicians came together to play a weekly residency in Portland, Maine. Word caught on fast that these guys were ambitious players who were not afraid to take the material to new places. The Maine Dead Project brings their own fresh perspective to the Grateful Dead’s music, while retaining the core spirit and ethos of a live “Dead” show.

9:00 pm Fireworks — Downtown Hallowell

The Grand Finale! Fireworks will be set off from Butternut Park on the Chelsea side of the Kennebec. The fireworks will be presented by Central Maine Pyrotechnics. Bring the whole family…it’s a delightful way to cap off Old Hallowell Day.

Sunday, July 17th

Noon Raffle Prizes Drawing – Boynton’s Market, Water Street

2 pm The Innovation Brass – Hallowell City Hall, 1 Winthrop Street

Concert of traditional and new compositions and arrangements for brass instruments. Proceeds to benefit Hubbard Free Library.


8 thoughts on “SCHEDULE

  1. While on and cruise in 96 the head waiter at the captains table (my wife and i with 7 other couples) adked us where we were from we told him Hallowell Maine. He said ahhh I know of this Hallowell Maine. There is Hallowell granite in the (I will mispell this for sure) Tarjmhali in my country India. It does my heart good to know that the history still lives on. I seen faith also in Plymouth Massachusetts.
    Where ever you go there you are.
    Grinnell M. Wood II

  2. We plan on this fun event each summer; it’s SO worth the drive up from Boston: never a disappointment! There’s something for ALL ages!

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