BikeMaine 2014 – Schedule of Activities

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As promised in the August Newsletter, we want to help you make the most of your BikeMaine vacation by providing you in advance of the week with a schedule of activities in the Host Communities.  On any day, you can decide if you want to focus your time on the route, stopping to see things along the way, or push through to the next Host Community if there is something in town you want to experience.  It is all up to you!

  • Saturday, September 6

    Westbrook

    Noon-5:00
    Westbrook Open Street opens:  Section of Main Street closed to vehicle traffic and opened for biking, dancing, yoga and activities for children

    1:00-5:00
    Registration and parking shuttle open

    1:00
    BikeMaine Village opens with bike mechanics on site

    1:00
    Self-guided tour to include River Walk, photo-op at Saccarappa Falls, Maine-made art studio and cafe/bistro

    1:00-7:00
    Portland Paddlers renting kayaks and paddle boards at dock adjacent to BikeMaine Village

    4:30            
    Parade Line up at Bridge St.; BikeMaine riders and volunteers encouraged to participate

    5:00        
    Beer and Wine Garden opens in BikeMaine Village

    5:00          
    Parade down Main Street

    5:30        
    Official Westbrook Welcome at gazebo in BikeMaine Village

    5:45        
    Dinner, first seating

    6:30        
    Dinner, second seating

    7:00       
    BikeMaine Welcome and Announcements, Dining Tent

    7:30-9:00   
    Evening Entertainment:  North of Nashville

  • Sunday, September 7

    Westbrook

    5:30 a.m.    
    The Gorham Grind’s Coffee Truck, Flo, selling coffee, tea and snacks

    6:00 a.m.    
    Breakfast opens

    7:45 a.m.
    Line up and Opening Ceremony

    8:00 a.m     
    BikeMaine 2014 Ride begins!

    Norway

    Main Street Events

    Noon-6:00
    Fiber & Vine open

    1:00-5:00
    Norway Historical Society Tour
    Western Maine Arts Group Art Showings at Main Street Art Gallery, Gallery 448 and Matolsky Art Center
    Norway Opera House Tour
    Garden Tour Alan Day Garden
    Center for Ecology Based Economy’s  bikers lounge showing  cycling movies

    3:00            
    Fiber & Vine offering open knitting, spinning and crochet circle

    BikeMaine Village Activities & Services

    1:30-6:00   
    Massage Therapy

    1:30–3:00  
    Yogassage

    3:30-4:45   
    Yoga

    Main Stage Events & Services (Norway Town Hall)

    3:00-9:00   
    Beer/Wine Tent sponsored by Café Nomad featuring Sebago Brewing Co.

    3:00-3:30   
    Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theatre

    4:00-5:00   
    Micheal Trautman of Celebration Barn

    5:00            
    Variety Show

    5:30            
    Dinner, First Seating: Norway Fire Station

    6:15
    Dinner, Second Seating: Norway Fire Station

    7:15           
    Announcements

    7:30-9:00   
    Evening Entertainment:  Bold Riley

  • Monday, September 8

    Norway

    5:30 a.m.    
    Coffee,tea available to purchase

    6:00-7:00   
    Sunrise Yoga

    6:30-8:00   
    Breakfast

    Winthrop

    1:00-5:00   
    Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, pick-up sports

    1:00-5:00
    Harvest Moon Pizza and Kernal Bob’s Kettle Korn available to purchase

    2:00-5:00   
    Massages from Sara Dostie

    4:00            
    The Nature Conservancy Talk: Joshua Royte, Conservation Scientist “Connecting Maine’s rivers and streams: the wonder of migration and what Maine is doing to restore migratory fish”

    5:00
    Beer and Wine Garden

    5:30-7:00  
    Dinner

    7:00           
    Announcements

    7:30- 9:00
    Evening Entertainment: Contra Dancing with The Gawler Family Band

  • Tuesday, September 9

    Winthrop

    5:30 a.m.     
    The Gorham Grind’s Coffee Truck, Flo, selling coffee, tea and snacks

    6:30-8:00   
    Breakfast

    Gardiner

    noon-7:30  
    Gardiner Public Library open with free wifi

    1:30-5:30
    Sports massage in Johnson Hall Studio

    2:00-5:00   
    Clark Marine’s boat tours of the Kennebec (from Waterfront)

    2:00
    Laundry Service by Spruce It up Services at Community Info Booth

    2:00-5:00
    Tours of historic Johnson Hall, 280 Water St.(every 30 minutes)

    3:00            
    Pulitzer Prize Poet E.A.Robinson Walking Guided Tour (meet at Community Info Booth)

    3:30            
    Yoga at Waterfront Park Amphitheater (sign up at Community Info Booth)

    3:30
    Naturalist walk identifying wild native plants and mushrooms (meet at Community Info Booth)

    4:00
    Farm tour of “Oaklands Farm” (1.5 miles from Village; directions in Community Info Booth

    5:30           
    First Seating: “A Taste of Gardiner,” local restaurants serving dishes using locally sourced products outside on Water Street (rain location under tent in Waterfront Park)

    6:15            
    Dinner, second seating: Water Street

    7:15-9:00   
    Evening Entertainment and Announcements:  “The Early Evening Show with Mike Miclon, a live variety and comedy show with local guests, live music and entertainment), Waterfront Park under the tent

  • Wednesday, September 10

    Gardiner

    5:30 a.m.    
    The Gorham Grind’s Coffee Truck, Flo, selling coffee, tea and snacks at

    Waterfront Park

    6:30            
    Morning yoga at Waterfront Park Amphitheater

    6:30-8:00   
    Breakfast

    Boothbay Harbor

    2:00-6:00
    Massage at Boothbay Harbor YMCA

    3:00-9:00    
    Shuttles to town (every hour, on the hour)

    5:15 p.m.    
    Volunteers board bus for Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

    Dinner on your own: List of restaurants

  • Thursday, September 11

    Boothbay Harbor

    Layover Day Activities in Boothbay Harbor  

    We’ll arrive in Boothbay Harbor on Wednesday, September 10th, and will stay there for two nights.  That means you get to decide where to eat your first three meals in town and how you want to spend your time. For those who want to explore the area by bicycle, BikeMaine will have a selection of route maps at the Info Booth.   To help you plan your stay in Boothbay Harbor, here’s some info on restaurants and activities in the area.

    There are 2 layover day activities that we want to highlight:

    1.  Kayaking Anyone?

    Thanks to the generosity of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine, up to 150 riders, rider guests and BikeMaine volunteers will be able to rent kayaks from Tidal Transit at a greatly reduced rate:

    • A single kayak rental leaving any time from the downtown harbor is $14 (regular price $24)
    • A 2-hour guided tour to Burnt Island Lighthouse leaving Boothbay Harbor at 9 a.m. is $26 per person (regular price $45) .
    • A 3-hour afternoon wildlife guided tour leaving at 1:00 and 2:00 from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is  $30 (reg price $50).  Tidal Transit will provide a shuttle from the BikeMaine Village to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens .

    Descriptions of the 2 tours may be found here.

    In order that Tidal Transit has the necessary number of guides on hand for the day, please sign up for the kayak tours at check in on September 6th.  Tidal Transit will provide a waterproof bag for windbreaker/sweater, sunglasses, hat.

    2. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

    One of the most spectacular botanical gardens in the country is located 2.5 miles from the BikeMaine Village in Boothbay Harbor. The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a natural wonder on 250 acres of shorefront, containing ornamental gardens, waterfront and woodland trails, beautiful plantings, impressive stonework, waterfalls and fountains, and scenic views.  See why the Gardens have been hailed as one of Maine’s top three attractions. The Gardens are open 9-5 year-round, with a much-praised café and gift shop open seasonally. Boothbay Harbor  will be running a complimentary shuttle to the gardens at 9:00 and noon, with the last pick up at 3:00 p.m.   Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens graciously is giving BikeMaine riders, rider guests and volunteers a $3.00 discount off the regular admission price of $14.

    5:30 a.m.    
    Concession Stand selling breakfast items and coffee

    8:00-noon  
    Community Info Booth Open

    8a.m.-10p.m.
    Shuttles to town on the hour

    9:00 a.m.       
    Tidal Transit’s Burnt Island Lighthouse 2 hour guided tour, leaving from Tidal Transit, Commercial Street

    9:00            
    Free shuttle from Village to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (shuttle will return to BikeMaine village to see if additional trip is necessary)

    Noon           
    Shuttle to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

    1:00, 2:00   
    3 hour guided afternoon wildlife kayak tour by Tidal Transit, leaving from Botanical Gardens; Tidal Transit will provide shuttle from BikeMaine

    Village

    3:00            
    Shuttle returns from Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

    4:00            
    The Nature Conservancy Talk: Micheal Tetreault, Executive Director of the Maine Chapter of TNC, “The Gulf of Maine: Working with Maine’s fishermen to sustain our ground fishing industry for economy and environment,”

    Gathering Tent, BikeMaine Village

    5:00            
    Beer and Wine Garden in the Municipal Parking Lot on the harbor on

    Commercial Street; Oysters provided by Mook Sea Farm

    5:30            
    Lobster Bake, first seating

    6:15            
    Lobster Bake, second seating

    7:00            
    Announcements

    7:30            
    Evening entertainment:  Holy Mackerels and The Boneheads, The Opera at

  • Friday, September 12

    Boothbay Harbor

    5:30 a.m.    
    Concession Stand selling breakfast items and coffee

    6:30-8:00   
    Breakfast at Boothbay Region Elementary School

    Bath

    1:30-4:30
    Shuttles from BikeMaine Village to Waterfront Park (every 15 minutes)

    2:00-6:00
    Trolley from Waterfront Park to Maine Maritime Museum (every 20 minutes)
    Shopping in Bath’s Downtown District; business information and shopping specials at the Community Info Booth

    1:00-5:00
    Sports Massage by InspireME massage therapists, BikeMaine Village

    1:00-6:30  
    Maine Maritime Museum (discounted admission $11), Percy & Small
    Shipyard and Donnell House guided tours, ship-launching demos and new
    Maine wooden surfboards exhibit

    2:00-3:00
    Maine Maritime Museum Shipyards & Lighthouses Cruise ($20, and includes admission to Maine Maritime Museum), see Bath Iron Works, downtown Bath and waterfront, two lighthouses and abundant wildlife

    2:30
    Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc. guided architectural walking tours of one of Bath’s historic districts ($10).  The 60-90 minute tour will leave from Winter Street Center, an 1843 Gothic Revival Church and adjoining 1865 Italianate Parish Hall, located at 880 Washington Street. $10 per person.  Sign-up at the Community Information Tent; limited to 20 people.

    3:00-5:00   
    Free use of  Bath Area YMCA pool and hot tub

    3:30-6:30
    Maine Maritime Museum 7 Lighthouses Cruise ($32, includes admission to Maine Maritime Museum). Cruise by Bath Iron Works, then pass through Hells Gates on the Sasanoa River to the historic Sheepscot River to the Kennebec River. You get close-up views of seven lighthouses.

    4:00           
    The Nature Conservancy Talk:  Carrie Kinnie, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Kate Demsey, TNC, “Merrymeeting Bay: the Confluence of two rivers, an ecological and cultural history,” City Hall Auditorium across street from Freight Shed

    4:00-6:00       
    Movie, “American Flyers,” takes you on the road for an exciting world-class cycling competition as two brothers struggle to win a race and to regain the respect and affection they once shared. Patten Free Library Community Room

    4:00-6:00
    Music, Max Ater, 2012 Maine’s Got Talent Winner, Waterfront Park

    4:00-7:00
    Giant Jenga, Waterfront Park

    4:30-7:00
    Wine Tasting, Now You’re Cooking

    5:00            
    Beer Garden, Freight Shed

    5:30          
    Dinner, first seating

    6:15            
    Dinner, second seating

    7:00            
    Announcements

    7:30-9:00   
    Evening Entertainment: Pat Colwell & the Soul Sensations at the Freight Shed

    8:30-10:00
    Shuttle from Freight Shed to BikeMaine Village (every 30 minutes)

  • Saturday, September 13

    Bath

    5:30 a.m.    
    The Gorham Grind’s Coffee Truck, Flo, selling coffee, tea and snacks

    6:30-8:00   
    Walk or ride to breakfast at the American Legion Post

    Westbrook

    10:00
    Finish line open at IDEXX Laboratories

    10:00-2:30
    Showers open

    11:00-1:00
    Farewell luncheon

    3:00            
    BikeMaine 2014 officially closes


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