Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 5, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, July 5, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, July 5, 2018
Celebrate Bastille Day in Castine
by Anne Berleant
The French heritage and history of Castine will be honored in the third annual Bastille Day celebration on July 14 with cuisine, art, lectures, music, walking tours, a Flag Day golf tournament and music.
The day begins with a French toast breakfast at The Main Street Church and ends with a concert by the Bangor Symphony Brass Quartet on the town common. The signature event is a picnic en blanc, when white-covered tables will line a length of Court Street, with seating for 400, with stilt-walkers, a magician and live French folk music. White is the preferred attire, states a press release.
Plus, Dyce Head Lighthouse will be open for afternoon tours and the State of Maine, Maine Maritime Academy’s training vessel, will return from nearly two months at sea.
All events are free (with one exception), and everyone is welcome.
“We’re trying to make it a more regional event,” Town Manager James Goodson said.
Schedule of Events
8-9:30 a.m. — French Toast Breakfast, Trinitarian Church, 68 Main St.
9:30 a.m. — Keynote lecture: filmmaker Roger Cantin and producer Alain Dagenais, working on a documentary on Baron d’St. Castin, Emerson Hall, 67 Court St.
10 a.m. — Historical Walking Tours, Abbott School/Town Common, Court St.
10:30 a.m. — Lecture: Todd Nelson, the 10th anniversary of the Castine-St. Castin exchange program.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Open Artist’s Studio, with Parisian-born Hannah Bureau, gallery-B Annex, Water St.
12-2 p.m. — French cooking demonstration: ployes & lobster beignets, The Castine Inn, 26 Main St.
1-3 p.m. — French Masters painting with children, The Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St.
1-4 p.m. — Dyce Head Lighthouse Tower tours, 1 Battle Ave.
2-4 p.m. — Fiddler Gus LaCasse, and French vanilla ice cream, The Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St.
5:30-7 p.m. — Picnic en blanc, Court St. Packaged picnics available from MarKels, 326-9510, or The Manor Inn, 326-4861, or bring your own. Reservations suggested; call Town Hall, 326-4502.
7:15-8:30 p.m. — Bangor Symphony Brass Quartet, town common, strawberry shortcake available; bring your own chairs.
Ongoing and other events
All day: Bastille Day Flag Tournament, Castine Golf Club, Battle Ave.
9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — Historic kayaking tours, town dock, reservations/payment required.
9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. — Silent Art Auction: Josh Adam painting and prints, Emerson Hall, 67 Court St.
Friday, July 13, 4-7 p.m. — Wine tasting, Castine Wine Cellars, Main St.
Transportation: Scarlett, a low-speed vehicle, is available for free rides to events, at a Main Street station.
Bastille Day 2018 is funded through a grant from the Maine Tourism Office, platinum sponsor Bowden & Sons of Orland; gold sponsors Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, TradeWinds, Castine Patriot, Maine Shellfish Company, Bangor Daily News, The Castine Inn, Gary’s Fuel Service and Saltmeadow Properties; and silver sponsors Camden National Bank, EBS Building Supplies, Danny Murphy’s, Sodexo, and Dead River Company. More information is available at visitcastine.com or call town hall at 326-4502.