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Lafayette’s Frigate of Freedom, the Hermione, Visits Castine Celebration Planned for Replica of 18th Century Historic Ship
July 11, 2015 - July 15, 2015
Plans are well underway for a family-friendly cultural celebration that will span five days, July 11-15, 2015, as the seaside town of Castine welcomes the replica 18th Century historic frigate the Hermione, set to arrive on Bastille Day, July 14.
In anticipation of the arrival of the Hermione, the celebration will kick off on July 11 with the official opening of an exhibit educating attendees about the adventures of the replica frigate at the Castine Historical Society, the designated host of the Hermione’s visit. John Wilmerding, prolific and accomplished author and collector of 19th Century American Art, will be the guest speaker for this informative event. Moreover, the Castine Historical Society’s newly restored and renovated Grindle House will officially be dedicated.
As the weekend unfolds, interactive workshops, storytelling, and outdoor film screenings will be held on the Town Common; historical and maritime lectures will be hosted at the Maine Maritime Academy; and Fort George, a Maine historical gem, is the location for Revolutionary War reenactments.
The celebration will continue on the waterfront Bastille Day, July 14 and July 15, as a parade of boats accompanies the Hermione along Penobscot Bay and into port. The waterfront festivities will feature the many traditional Maine groups (Acadian, English, Franco-American and nautical), music and dance performances, local artists, fireworks, local cuisine, foodways and a marketplace of vendors, including Castine merchants and Maine-made products. Ship deck tours of the Hermione will also be available.
Be sure to visit the website for updates and information on area accommodations, news and a list of events taking place from July 11 until the Hermione sets sail on the morning of July 16 is available at www.castinehistoricalsocietyhermione.org.