Watch this video of the 37 th annual Christmas by the Sea Parade from Camden, Maine, on December 1, 2023. This parade featured more than 37 lighted floats celebrating the season and the communities of Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Hope, and Rockland. The parade kicks off a 3 day celebration of the season featuring Santa, caroling, ornament making, cider and cocoa, a handbell ringing concert, a performance of the Nutcracker, and much, much more. If you missed this 2023 celebration, be sure to attend next year. Parade video by Charlie Crockett; commentary by Penny & Charlie Crockett of C2 Productions and Maine Coast TV.
Watch this video of the Rockland, Maine , Parade of Lights, a highlight of the 3 day post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas celebration – A Festival of Lights. This night parade featured many lighted and animated floats celebrating the midcoast community and Christmas. Trucks and cars were festooned with garlands of lights. On the floats were grinches, santas, live entertainers, and much , much more. Parade commentary by Penny & Charlie Crockett; video and editing by Charlie Crockett.
Watch this Part 2 of the 2023 Union Fair Demolition Derby. Part 2 includes the following Heats – 4 Wheel Drive Cars, Pick Up Trucks & Vans, 6 Cylinder Cars, and the Final Feature in which the overall winner is determined.
Watch this video of the 2023 Crowning of the Maine Lobster Festival Delegate in Rockland, Maine. the Ceremony
Watch this program on Part 1 of the 2023 Union Fair Demolition Derby, preceded by the Youth Demolition Derby. The 2023 adult Demolition Derby drew a large crowd of enthusiastic spectators and big field of determined competitors on a beautiful summer night in late July. Before the adult Demolition Derby began, a Youth Demolition Derby was held, featuring kids with small battery-powered cars attempting to pop balloons attached to the front and rear of each other’s cars.
Watch this video of the Seafood Cooking Contest at the 2023 Maine Lobster Festival held in Rockland , Maine. Over 100 applicant sent in recipes, from which 5 contestants were selected. The amateur chefs in person prepare, cook, and present their seafood creations to a panel of judges ( extra samples are made for those in the crowd who have been able to watch this whole procedure). Amateur chiefs this year came not only from Maine, but also from Colorado, New York, and South Carolina.
Watch this video of the complete 2023 Maine Lobster Festival Parade, featuring Co-Grand Marshals , long time volunteers and Directors Bob Oxton and Sharon Lombardo. The 2023 Parade Theme was “The Spirit of 76”, for the 76 years of the Lobster Festival which has been made possible by the 1000 volunteers who work timelessly every year to make this community event as success. This year’s parade features bands, commercial floats, representatives of the US Coast Guard and the US Navy, and much , much more!
Watch the 2023 Coronation of the Maine Wild Blueberry Queen at Union Fair. The ceremony includes music, speeches, and introductions of many other representatives of festivals and pageants in Maine. Congratulations to the new Wild Blueberry Queen, Crown Princess, Miss Congeniality and all the contestants.
Watch this video of some Opening Day Highlights at the Union Fair 2023. Included are Opening Day Ceremonies with Union Fair President Matt Elwell, a tour of the livestock barns and interviews with some of the livestock handlers, the Youth Showmanship Class with Belties, and the judging of the Berry Pie Cooking Contest. Lots more was going on at the Union Fair so these are just some of the highlights. Come see the Fair for yourself next time!
Watch this Preview of what’s going on at Union fair this year, 2023. Charlie interviews Brittany Anthony, Blueberry Queen Coordinator, Rick Elwell, President of the Union Fair Committee, and Rick Butler, Head of Public Relations. Remember, the dates for the Union Fair changed last year. The Fair is held a month earlier than in past years; now at the end of July instead of the end of August.
Experience the fun of the First Annual Rockport Donut Festival held at Harbor Park on Beautiful Rockport Harbor in Maine on June 2 & 3, 2023.
The Festival included donut decorating, a variety of food trucks, a concert on the harbor Friday night, a 5 K run Saturday morning, a Donut Festival Parade, a Homemade Donut Contest, history of the origin of the donut, a catered Saturday evening dinner, and lots and lots of donuts! Be sure to attend next year!
Watch this Midcoast Maine Favorite Event – the Thomaston Fourth of July Parade and Celebration. The parade was led by the American Legion Color Guard and the 2023 Grand Marshall Bob Watts. The theme of the parade this year, “Freedom & Fireworks”, was carried out by the many floats, bands, automotive entries, kids on bikes, and community participants. Be sure to watch the end of this program for an interview with a representative of the Boothbay V.E.T.S. , Inc, an organization that is providing temporary, transitional housing for homeless vets in Maine.
In this 2023 episode of Going Places with Charlie & Penny, we visit a top tourist destination in St. Maarten – Topper’s Rhum Distillery Tour. Learn all about rum distilling and bottling and all the various specialty rhums ( French spelling) that Topper makes. In upcoming episodes, we will have more from the friendly island, St. Maarten.
Watch this video of the Maine Lobster Festival Parade, celebrating the 75th year of the Festival. The Grand Marshalls of the parade this year were the 2022 State Championship Teams from three local high schools – Oceanside’s Girls Basketball Team, Camden Hills’ Girls Swim team, and Medomak Valley’s Cheering Team. Also recognized was the 2020 Parade Grand Marshal – Rockland’s “Maine Lobster Lady” – 102 Year Old Virginia Oliver, escorted by a vehicle from the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The 2020 Parade was cancelled due to COVID, so Virginia Oliver finally had her chance this year to ride in the parade. The retiring King Neptune, portrayed for many years by Brian Messing, had his last ride on the Sea Goddess float, which he had personally redesigned and redecorated for this year’s parade. For many years Brian has portrayed the pirate Blackbeard and more recently King Neptune, walking the Festival Grounds and delighting the festival attendees. We thank him and the many other volunteers who make the Lobster Festival a success every year.
Watch this program on the Maine Wild Blueberry Pie Baking Contest. Matt Elwell, President of the Union Fair, chats with Charlie Crockett about the new events incorporated into Union Fair, and the pie judges are interviewed, discussing their backgrounds in baking and what they look for in a good blueberry pie.
Watch this program of the Maine Seafood Cooking Contest held at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine in August 2022. The five chefs this year were selected from over 100 applicants who submitted seafood recipes to the committee and were chosen to prepare and present their creations to 3 judges. We flow each contestant’s process as he or she creates the dish and presents it to the judges. The contestants came from as far away as Florida and as close Matinicus Island off the coast of Maine. The recipes are available online on the Lobster Festival website.
Watch this program of the Maine Wild Blueberry Muffin Cooking Contest, held at the Union Fair in Union, Maine, in late July 2022. This was one of many cooking contest at the Union Fair, including Blueberry Pies, Whoopie Pies, Strawberry Pies, Favorite Cookie, and Jerky recipies.
Watch this video of the Union Fair’s Demolition Derby, held on July 31, 2022. The usual Demolition Derby was preceded by a little kids’ Demolition Derby in their battery powered vehicles. Great entertainment for all!
Watch this video of the Maine Wild Blueberry Queen Coronation, held at the Union Fair in Union, Maine on July 29, 2022. The Maine Wild Blueberry Queen will be an ambassador for the Maine wild blueberry industry for the next year.
Watch this video of the 2022 Maine Sea Goddess Coronation at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine. After a two year break, due to COVID, the Maine Lobster Festival has returned with the traditional opening day ceremony of the crowing of a new Sea Goddess.
Watch this video of the 2022 Fourth of July Parade in Thomaston , Maine. After a gap of 2 years with no parade, due to COVID, the town, the citizens, and the many visitors from all over were delighted to have having this parade again. The parade commentators are Charlie & Penny Crockett. The pre-parade introduction highlights upcoming events we will be covering this summer, a visit from a clown, and an interview with one of the newest US Citizens – Arnell, a resident of Rockland who just had her naturalization ceremony a few days before the Fourth of July!
Watch this video of Camden’s night parade at the start of the annual Christmas By The Sea celebration 2021. The weather was chilly, but a large , happy crowd enjoyed the extensive parade.
Watch this Union Fair Demolition Derby from Saturday, August 21, 2021. This Demolition Derby includes 2 four cylinder Heats, 2 six cylinder Heats, 1 van Heat, 1 truck Heat, and 2 Features to determine the over all winner.
Watch this program and enjoy the fun of March 2015 at the Cardboard Box Races at the Camden Snow Bowl in Camden Maine. It was a beautiful day and fun was had by all.
This program is a replay of the “Living Christmas Tree”, the story of Christmas told in scripture readings and song, presented by the Thomaston Baptist Church.
Watch this presentation of various handbell choirs as they play joyous Christmas music during the 2012 Christmas by the Sea celebration. The concert took place at the First Congregational Church in Camden, Maine, in December 2012. Merry Christmas, and enjoy this beautiful music.
Enjoy some Midcoast summer fun with this replay of a 2012 visit to the Owls Head Transportation Museum for their annual Truck and Tractor Show.
Enjoy this performance of the Christmas Story by the chorus at the Thomaston First Baptist Church in Thomaston, Maine. This year, they performed the International Carol Suites, arranged by Mark Hayes, directed by Leticia vanVuuren and accompanied by JoAnne Parker on piano.
Watch these highlights from the 2019 Union Fair, including Part 1 of the Demolition Derby and two events for kids: sheep riding and blueberry pie eating. There is always something entertaining going on the The Union Fair.
Watch this episode on the 2019 Union Fair – a fine Maine Agricultural Fair. Watch as the judges inspect and sample the submissions for the best Maine Wild Blueberry Pie and Maine Wild Blueberry Dessert. Beautiful and delicious creations!