Patriot Day Weekend Events

April 15+16 come and join us for Patriots Day celebration !

26th Annual PATRIOTS DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (all events subject to change)


DISPLAY OF WOMEN’S MILITARY WEAR: 10am-3pm, Saturday and Sunday, (309 Shore Road) View a large collection of women’s uniforms, memorabilia, and information on women in the military throughout history, with a concentration on WWII.

TREASURE HUNTS: Bring your completed Patriots Day booklet to the Chamber information table under the tents at the Main Beach, and be entered to win a prize! Don’t worry, you’ll be able to keep your drawings – you will fill out an official entry ticket at the booth. As a bonus, answer the question on the entry card correctly, and we will double your prize! 

PERKINS COVE LANTERN TREASURE HUNT (throughout Perkins Cove) Find the paper lanterns at participating shops and unscramble the words on them. Take your answer to Aquinnah and be entered to win a prize!

HISTORICAL BUILDING HUNT (throughout Ogunquit) Patriots Day is about celebrating our history. What better way to celebrate than to find some of Ogunquit’s most historic buildings and landmarks? Draw at least six of the following buildings in the spaces provided in the Patriots Day booklet and be entered to win a prize: Ogunquit Memorial Library, Ogunquit Heritage Museum, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit Playhouse, Marginal Way Lighthouse,Perkins Cove Bridge, Footbridge (at Footbridge Beach), pedestrian bridge (at end of Wharf Lane)

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016

9:00am-5:00pm: LIBRARY BOOK SALE (Ogunquit Memorial Library) Used book sale, with proceeds to fund the Ogunquit Memorial Library.

6:50pm-7:10pm: HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT: WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE, December 25, 1776 (watch from Sea Chambers or the Main Beach Parking Lot) You’ve seen the painting – now see us bring it to life! George Washington asked that Thomas Paine’s December 23, 1776 The American Crisis read to all of his soldiers. Hear excerpts from this reading before Washington crosses. Weather permitting.

7:10pm-7:20pm: FIFE & DRUM PARADE (starting at Sea Chambers and ending at Ogunquit Baptist Church) Now that we are in the spirit,march with us to authentic revolutionary music  to the fife and drum concert at the Ogunquit Baptist Church! Weather permitting.

7:30pm (or directly following the parade): FIFE AND DRUM CONCERT (upstairs at the Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road) Learn about our colonial heritage of song as the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo play traditional songs and teach us about the instruments themselves and the signals revolutionary fifers and drummers gave to the soldiers in the heat of battle.


OGUNQUIT STOCKS, AND MORE PHOTO OPS (Main Beach Parking Lot& Perkins Cove) Photo opportunities for the whole family! Don’t worry, the stocks don’t lock, but they will be available all weekend for photo opportunities. Another fun photo opportunity available with a life-size cut-out stand-up where you can take a photo of yourself dressed in old-time bathing suits, as Uncle Sam, and more!

COLONIAL FLAG TREASURE HUNT (under the tents at the beach)Find all of the flags at the craft fair. Using the page in your brochure, draw each flag in the appropriate colony’s box. Don’t worry, you aren’t being judged for artistic talent! We may throw in some other Colonial-era flags in to throw you off the trail! Turn in your solution at the Ogunquit Chamber table under the tent, and be entered to win a prize.

GUESS THE WEIGHT OF THE TEA CHEST (under the tents at the beach) How much did a tea chest weigh? Look at the chest and guess what it would have weighed when full of tea. No, as a safety precaution, you will not get to lift the box! As a bonus, answer the question on the entry card correctly, and we will double your prize!

TRADITIONAL CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS: CARDING AND SPINNING WOOL  (At the Lana Plantae booth under the tents – check the booth for exact times) Learn how the colonial women made yarn from wool. Marcia MacDonald will bring wool from her alpacas and explain to us the steps needed to turn that wool into clothing. (Marcia will be selling her finished goods as well.)


9:00am – 4:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR (at the Kennebunk Savings Bank tents on the Main Beach parking lot) Over 50 vendors will sell their wares under the tent! We’re collecting donations of non-perishable food for York County Shelter Program, and pet food for the Animal Welfare Society.

9:00am-5:00pm:OGUNQUIT MEMORIAL LIBRARY BOOK SALE (Ogunquit Memorial Library)

9:00am-2:00pm: ABC SALE (Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 543 Shore Road) Find your next treasure at the ABC Sale! Hunt for Art, Books, and Collectibles at the  Ogunquit Museum of American Art’s annual ABC Sale. Proceeds benefit the museum’s ongoing operations. Thank you for your support!

9:30am  – 10:30am: COLONIAL CHILDREN’S GAMES AND CRAFTS (Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road)Play games from the colonial era, and make your own to take home and play later! Make your own Bilbo Catcher, Button Whirligig, or Toothpick Top, then learn how they work. Learn about the crafts of the colonial times, then make your own doll of yarn. Learn about the fashions of colonial times – make paper dolls and appropriate outfits for you to dress them in!

10:30-11:30am: MAKE A PATRIOTS DAY SCRAPBOOK (Ogunquit Baptist Church, 157 Shore Road) Nowadays, it seems like everyone has a Kindle.But real books were all the fashion in colonial days. Learn how to make a book using a fold and cut method and a sewing method. Then use our art supplies to start decorating the book. Use it to record your Patriots Day Weekend adventure! Appropriate for ages 9 and up.

10:00am – 3:00pm: HAY RIDES (Main Beach Parking Lot. Weather permitting.) $5 per person.

12:00 noon: AMERICAN PIE CONTEST (downstairs at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street) Submit one home-made pie in an “American”flavor to our “celebrity judges”. Pies will be judged during Taste of the Town in the following categories: theme, appearance, and taste. The grand prize winner will receive $50 in Gift of Ogunquit gift certificates, and the recipe will be featured in the next edition of our Ogunquit cookbook. Of course the best prize is the bragging rights for having made the best pie in Ogunquit! Winners will be announced after Taste of the Town.

12:00  – 2:30pm: “TASTEOF THE TOWN” (Dunaway Center, 23 School Street) A variety of area restaurants will serve up their special dishes for you to try out! Buy tickets at the door or ahead of time under the tent at the beach. AGAIN THIS YEAR: You can choose to eat only at the Taste of the Town at the Dunaway Center, or buy an expanded “Touring Taste of the Town”ticket. Tickets for the traditional event at the Dunaway Center are $10.  Tickets for “Touring Taste of the Town”are $15, and include admission to the event at the Dunaway Center as well as tasting portions at establishments during their business hours.

2:00 – 5:00pm: WINE TASTING (Perkins and Perkins  Wine & Cheese Shop, 478 Main Street) Free wine tasting.

2:00 – 5:00pm: WINE TASTING (Village Food Market, 230 Main Street) Taste wines and enjoy a large sample cheese, cracker, and salami display.

6:30pm: RE-ENACTMENT OF THE BOSTON TEA PARTY (Perkins Cove) Watch our colonists from the dock as they throw chests of tea off the Bunny Clark. (Weather permitting)

SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016

10:00am – 3:00pm: BEACH BAZAAR (at the Kennebunk Savings Bank tent at the Main Beach parking lot) See Saturday description.

10:00am – 3:00pm: HAY RIDES (Main Beach Parking Lot. Weather permitting.) $5 per person.

10:00am: CUB SCOUT DUCK RACE (Ogunquit River) Buy your tickets for the Duck Race under the tent prior to the race. You need not be present to win.

11am: RE-ENACTENT OF THE FLAG RAISING AT IWO JIMA (Marginal Way, in front of Beachmere Inn) While the flag raising at Iwo Jima did not take place during the Revolutionary War, we take a moment to remember and give thanks to all of those who have fought for our freedom throughout our history.Weather permitting.

12:00pm: PATRIOTIC POOCH PAGEANT AND FASHION SHOW (Liquid Dreams parking lot, 696 Main Street. Weather permitting.) Dress your dog in costume, or just come to watch the show! Two costume categories: Patriotic(red, white, and blue) and Favorite American (any Abe Lincoln wannabe’s out there?) Prizes will be awarded for most patriotic costume and best costume impersonation. Animal Welfare Society will be there to feature some of their adoptable dogs.

8:00pm: MAINE OUTDOOR FILM FEST (Leavitt Theatre, 259 Main Street) Tickets are $10. “OUTDOOR” refers to the theme of this film festival, not to your seats while watching it!  See this series of short films about the outdoors at the historical 1923 Leavitt Theatre.

Total running time is 109 minutes. Films include:

“Mike Libecki: Pursuit of Passion” – 4.5 minutes -Three Strings Productions – Colorado – Passion for adventure is contagious and the more you’re exposed to the outdoor lifestyle the more it gets in your blood. Nobody knows this more than Goal Zero Ambassador Mike Libecki. He has logged over 50 expeditions, filled multiple passports with over 100 stamped pages and climbed and explored some of the most remote regions of the planet.The contagious nature of Mike’s passion for adventure has now started to find a place in the heart of the next generation.

“The Disease” – 15 minutes – Nathaniel Maddux -Washington – A veteran outdoors-man, Redbeard, consumed by a passion for wild turkey hunting, takes us on a trip from his turkey call shop building to his secluded hunting camp and reflects on his life of outdoor adventure and cigar smoking.

“Donnie Vincent’s Terra Nova: 3 Days on the Island”- 30 minutes – Sicmanta – Wisconsin – Brought to you by the producers of the award winning documentary, The River’s Divide, Terra Nova: Three Days on the Island is the second film in the new adventure series featuring Donnie Vincent.Walk alongside Donnie on the island of Newfoundland as he navigates through forests and across bogs in search of a woodland caribou.

“The West Branch, Penobscot River” – 31 minutes -Taylor Walker – Millinocket, ME – Living at the west branch of the Penobscot River for a summer of boating.

“Turning Tail” a 2012 short documentary about the plight of the Wild Atlantic Salmon by Carter Davidson Grey Ghost Productions, 13 minutes.

“Moments from Hogback” a 2011 short which touches on there-emergence of runner sledding in central Maine, by No Umbrella Media, 6 minutes.

“Ma forêt” – Sebastien Pins – Belgium – 7 minutes -With the view of a child, travel throughout the forest to discover its magic,its mysteries and its meetings.