2018 Schedule Coming soon…
Through Sunday, July 16, 2017
Old Hallowell Day Poster Structural Harmony by Hallowell resident & graphic designer Brian Ayotte at Boynton’s Market, City Hall, Hubbard Free Library Price: $20.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Noon – 6 pm Summer Members’ Show & Sale. Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street The annual Summer Members’ Show & Sale features a diverse selection of art by artist members of the nonprofit Harlow Gallery, a fixture in downtown Hallowell since 1963. Enjoy artwork by local Maine artists working a wide range of media and styles. If you see something you love, it can be purchased off the wall and taken home the same day. On view June 30 – July 22, 2017. Entrance is free and open to the public.
Noon – 6 pm SpinOff Studio at Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street. | The Harlow Gallery is hosting a special show and sale of art and crafts by the artists of SpinOff Studio. SpinOff Studios, a “spinoff” of Spindleworks of Brunswick, started out in Hallowell in 2012 before relocating to Gardiner. Both organizations are nonprofit art centers helping adults with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives in their chosen community. Stop in and welcome them on their visit back to Hallowell!
4 – 5 pm OHD Art Poster Print Signing: Meet the 2017 Old Hallowell Day artist Brian Ayotte at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street. | Have your 2017 commemorative poster print signed and personally inscribed.
5 – 7 pm Lobster Roll Supper plus Sing-along – The Episcopal Church of Saints Matthew & Barnabas, 20 Union Street with parking on Academy St; Menu: Lobster Roll, Chips, Pickle, Beverage, Homemade Pie $15.00; or Hot Dog/Roll, Chips, Pickle, Beverage, Homemade Pie $10.00. After supper join us in the Sanctuary for a Sing-along!
5:30 pm The 25th 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 – 8:30pm Poetry Reading – Edward Reilly & Jim Breslin, Harlow Gallery,
160 Water Street | The Bookey Readings is a monthly poetry reading series organized by local poets for over 20 years. Refreshments are served, and a $3 donation is appreciated at the door to support operating costs at the gallery.
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 RedCloakHauntedHstoryTours.com.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
All day Old Fort Western | 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. The Howard Company will sail the fort’s reproduction 18th century bateau down from Old Fort Western to Hallowell and fire a 1lb cannon volley from the shore near the north dock before landing. On shore, the Howard Company will invite children of all ages to sign the muster roll and march. Old Fort Western staff will be on hand to demonstrate various aspects of 18th century life as well as 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 Registration and Number Pickup – Hallowell Seafood, corner of Water and Temple Streets opposite the Hallowell Boat Landing. | Pre-registration highly recommended ( click here for registration information).
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, scrambled eggs, 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 the Corner of Water and Academy Streets. Finishes at Vaughan Field. Refreshments and awards following the race at Vaughan Field.
7:30 am Hills and Thrills Bike Ride – Hallowell Boat Landing | The 3rd Annual bike ride takes cyclists on a journey through the beautiful rolling hills of Hallowell and neighboring communities. The ride begins at the Boat Landing in downtown Hallowell and is between 20-25 miles. For those who prefer more of a challenge, there is a hilly detour that adds another mile and an additional 200 feet of climb ascending Central Street. This is a recreational ride is for moderately experienced cyclists. Due to the distance and the hills, beginners and children will not do well. $25 registration online at:
Bikereg.com/ohdcycle2017. Bike ride t-shirts for all who pre-register.
8 am – 1 pm Indoor Yard Sale and Bake Sale – Cox Memorial United Methodist Church, Central and Middle Streets. Proceeds to benefit the Hall-Dale Elementary School Food Pantry. Items are “for sale” by donation. No prices are set. There will also be a Tapestry of Hope project taking place during the sale inviting people to add a ribbon of hope to a large tapestry that celebrates our shared spirit of hope for our community and for our world. Those completing a ribbon of hope will receive a thank you gift. The church also offers free parking, restroom facilities, and bottled water for those making the trip up the hill to stop in and shop, or just rest a while.
8 am – 2 pm Cotton Mill Fair – Cotton Mill Apartments, 2 Academy Street
Stop by Cotton Mill for the following tasty treats: Fresh lobster rolls $8.00, Lobster plates $10.00, Hot dog plates $3.00, Soda or water $1.00. An assortment of baked goods at various prices will be offered. Bargains galore on the White Elephant Table. Beautiful crafts, discounted jewelry, and art work by our resident artist will tempt you. Beckoning you also will be a spectacular raffle of gift cards and gifts donated by local merchants. See you at the Fair.
8:15 am Old Hallowell Day Free Fun Run, Vaughan Field. For children 10 and under. No registration required.
9 am – 11 am Whoopie Pie Contest – Slates Bakery Parking Lot, Union & Water Streets | Come try your skills at baking a whoopie pie for two age categories: 15 and under, and adult. The awards will be for “Best Traditional”, “Most Unique Ingredient” and “Best Non-Traditional”. Please submit 12 identical whoopie pies for judging. All remaining pies will be sold for $1 each or $5 for 6. Bring your friends and family and join in the fun of Maine’s original dessert 🙂
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. Customers set their own prices! The book sale is made possible by volunteers who donate and sort books and work at the sale and by members of the Kennebec Masonic Lodge #5 who carry thousands of books up and down stairs so that the sale can be held. Thank you, All.
9 am – 1 pm Literacy Volunteers Children’s Bookmark Making – Hubbard 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 – 1 pm Hallowell Clay Works, 157 Water Street | Sale of student work, with a pottery wheel demonstration at 11:30 am.
9 am – 3 pm Row House Booth – Water Street | Guided walking tours of Hallowell’s National Historic District at 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm. Sign up at the Row House booth and 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!
9 am – 4 pm Arts and Crafts Festival —Central and Water Streets and McAllister’s Real Estate. | Come and see creative and colorful arts and crafts presented by 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. 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 – 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.
10 am – 6 pm Summer Members’ Show & Sale —Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street The annual Summer Members’ Show & Sale features a diverse selection of art by artist members of the nonprofit Harlow Gallery, a fixture in downtown Hallowell since 1963. Enjoy artwork by local Maine artists working a wide range of media and styles. If you see something you love, it can be purchased off the wall and taken home the same day.
On view June 30-July 22, 2017. Entrance is free and open to the public.
10 am – 6 pm SpinOff Studio at Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street.
The Harlow Gallery is hosting a special show and sale of art and crafts by the artists of SpinOff Studio. SpinOff Studios, a “spinoff” of Spindleworks of Brunswick, started out in Hallowell in 2012 before relocating to Gardiner. Both organizations are nonprofit art centers helping adults with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives in their chosen community. Stop in and welcome them on their visit back to Hallowell!
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 2017 Old Hallowell Day artist Brian Ayotte at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street. | Have your 2017 commemorative poster print signed and personally inscribed.
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, or shortcake alone is $3.50.
11 am – 1 pm Old South Congregational Church, 135 Second Street. | Open House in the sanctuary. Anyone who wants to stop by, after the parade, to see our beautiful sanctuary or ask questions about our church is welcome. Refreshments will be served.
11 am – 2 pm 5th Annual Super Fun in Motion hosted by The Hearts for Ezra Foundation – Vaughan Field, Vaughan Field Way near Middle & Lincoln Streets | Children and families are invited to come listen to music by the Muddy Marsh Ramblers. Super Fun in Motion! is a 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 kids of all ages!
11 am – 3 pm Hall-Dale Robotics Team Demonstration —PUC Parking Lot, Second Street | Hall-Dale’s robotics team will demonstrate their Frisbee throwing robot, this year’s steampunk themed robot and demonstrate rides on their hover chair. Come catch Frisbees and take pictures with the robots. Learn how they build and operate their robot, 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 Walking Tour of the Historic District —hosted by Row House Meet at the Row House booth on Water Street. Another tour leaving at 1:30 pm. Sign up ahead of time at the booth.
Noon Swingtime! —City Bandstand, Water Street | Kicking off this year’s entertainment is Swingtime! Elaine Bender and her crew of exceptional players return to Old Hallowell Day with a fabulous collection of songs from the golden age of American music. Whether dancing or just listening, everyone is sure to enjoy the sounds of Swingtime!
1 pm – 4 pm Bocce Tournament —Vaughan Field, Vaughan Field Way near Middle & Lincoln Streets | Come enjoy traditional lawn bowling. Elegant in its simplicity, bocce is played between two teams of two players per team. Learn about the game at the US Bocce Federation website (.bocce.com). Entry fee: $15 per team. Prizes presented for 1st and 2nd 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 Walking Tour of the Historic District —hosted by Row House Meet at the Row House booth on Water Street. Another tour leaving at noon. Sign up ahead of time at the booth.
1:30 pm Jazz Melt —City Bandstand, Water Street | Jazz Melt features Bill Moseley on flute, Andy Moulton on guitar, Dave Briggs on acoustic bass and Andy Schultz on congas. A melting pot of Jazz from all eras and styles, including original compositions.
3:00 pm The Cowboy Angels —City Bandstand, Water Street | The Cowboy Angels (Dan McKaw, Erik Glockler, Roger Sampson and Ginger Cote) came together over their mutual love of classic country music. If you like Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Johnny Cash…you’ll love The Cowboy Angels.
4:30 pm Hallowell Does Tom Petty —City Bandstand, Water Street The folks who brought us celebrations honoring The Last Waltz, Woodstock, and Bob Dylan are turning their attention this Old Hallowell Day to the music of Tom Petty. Some of our hometown’s finest musicians come together to play the songs of one of America’s greatest rock and roll icons.
6:00 pm Alter Igor —City Bandstand, Water Street, Alter Igor embraces the beauty of the perfectly crafted 3 minute pop/rock song. Enjoy gems from The Beatles, Todd Rundgren, Elvis Costello, REM, Fountains Of Wayne….
7:00 pm First Baptist Church of Hallowell —Hallowell Seafood, 197 Water Street | Live Worship music and free BBQ.
7:30 pm The Renovators —City Bandstand, Water Street |The Renovators are a rockin’ blues band from Portland, led by Bob Rasero (guitar/vocals), Jeff Davison (drums), Dave Thibodeau (bass), and Robin Worthley on keys. Just like a well-constructed vintage home with good bones, this band has seen a lot of living and their seven CDs of original music show that. Rootsy, blues, soul, swing, country, rhumba, funk….and more!
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 16, 2017
Noon Raffle Prizes Drawing —Boynton’s Market, Water Street