Flash! In the Pans: Steel Drum Music (If you were a Four Winds camper, you will undoubtedly remember evenings in Blue Hill, Stonington or Bucks Harbor listening to the magical music of the steel drums.) www.peninsulapan.org, click “performances” for schedule of live events. Matt, our friend and Kill Kare’s caretaker, plays a drum. Try to take in one of these really fun evenings. It’s a street party that’s fun for all ages!
Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival: 137 Pleasant Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614 (Box office at 54 Main Street, Blue Hill), 207-374-2811, www.kneisel.org Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in the coastal village of Blue Hill is an intensive chamber music school, a concert series and chamber music advocate.
“THE CRADLE OF CHAMBER MUSIC TEACHING IN AMERICA”
Please join us in the summer of 2016 on our picturesque campus on Blue Hill Mountain for a concert by the faculty of internationally acclaimed chamber musicians or the 50 exceedingly-talented young artists. Click here for the 2016 schedule
Noel Paul Stookey: Singer, songwriter, friend. Noel is Paul of Peter, Paul and Mary fame and Blue Hill’s own. If you were alive in the ’60’s and ’70’s, you would have definitely been entertained and influenced by the music and the message of this wonderfully talented, iconic trio. Who doesn’t remember singing along to Puff, The Magic Dragon, If I Had a Hammer, Blowin’ in the Wind and Noel’s much-loved composition The Wedding Song?
One of Noel’s daughters is a Four Winds alumna so we were treated to some extraordinary private concerts when she was at camp. Lucky us! He continues to write music, record and perform nationally and locally. He is an engaging entertainer and he keeps getting better and better. For information on his schedule of performances, visit: www.noelpaulstookey.com
Photo credits: Photo at top of page is by Sally Farr, photo of Peter, Paul and Mary in the café by Annie Leibovitz.
The Blue Hill Pops – If you happen to be visiting over the 4th of July holiday, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the Blue Hill Pops on July 3rd at the George Stevens Academy auditorium. There is an abundance of musical talent in the area featuring guest stars such as Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul and Mary and Liza Rey, a jazz harpist. The evening ends on a patriotic note with songs from all branches of the service and a rousing rendition of God Bless America. You can reserve seats or a table for eight. www.bagaducemusic.org, 207-374-5454.
Blue Hill Heritage Trust: For information on area hiking trail and climbs:
Climb Blue Hill Mountain – it’s not actually a mountain, it’s about 26 feet shy of a mountain. But it’s a nice morning or afternoon climb and the views at the top are worth the effort. To get to the trails: take Route 172 out of Blue Hill towards Ellsworth. Take a left onto Mountain Road (across from the Fair Grounds). There is a trail about .4 miles from 172 on the right and the Osgood Trail is .8 miles from Rte. 172 on the right. You will see parking available on the left.
For more trail information: Blue Hill Heritage Trust
The Blue Hill Fair: September 1-5, 2016, www.bluehillfair.com This is a must if you are lucky enough to be in Maine in September. A Down to Earth Country Fair • Hancock County Agricultural Society Since 1891 and the inspiration for E. B. White’s classic, Charlotte’s Web.
Bella Skin and Body Boutique: 6 Mines Road, Blue Hill Maine, 04614, 207-276-3638
Blue Hill Bay Gallery: 11 Tenney Hill, Blue Hill, Maine, 04614, 207-374-5773, Peter LaFreniere, Director, Fine Arts Gallery featuring an ever-changing selection of paintings by over 30 contemporary artists as well as a large collection of historical Maine landscapes from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Open Tuesdays – Saturday: 10AM – 4 PM.
Blue Hill Public Library: 5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-5515, www.bhpl.net , Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10AM-6PM, Thursday: 10AM-8PM, Saturday: 10Am-5PM. It’s a delightful little library and you can get connected to the Internet here! Ask a friendly librarian to help you.