In honor of Maine’s 201st anniversary, the Railway Village Museum will be offering free admission on Saturday July 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ‘Olde Village Day’ will offer a day of fun festivities for the whole family, old-fashioned.
The festivities will include standard favorites; train rides, hands-on explorations, and dozens of exhibits throughout the 35-acre property, plus new features this year, a virtual tour app, and the Iron Horse Antiques and General Store which debuted during Memorial Day weekend. Olde Village Day activities will include food and drink for all ages (purchase required), live music, a vintage and craft market, lawn games, a scavenger hunt, an antique engine rally and the opening of the 200 (+1) Bicentenary Exhibition. This festive exhibition has been under construction for several months; and will be on display at the museum from July 3 to August 1. Led by the museum’s director of conservation and education, Dr Whitney Lytle, the exhibit is a collaboration between the Railway Village Museum and other historic institutions across the state. The exhibit features artifacts from the Railway Village collection, as well as those on loan from partners, representing individuals and families who have contributed to the fabric of our state for the past 200 years.
The event will also feature several of our wonderful local non-profit organizations, which will provide attendees with a variety of fun reasons to visit their booths. Action for animals Maine will offer dog claw trimming (YES, well behaved and leashed dogs are welcome at this event), puppy kisses and hair braiding. St. Andrews Auxiliary Thrift Store will present some of their eclectic inventory for shopping enthusiasts. The little ones can “go fishing” at The East Waterfront Park stand as they learn more about future community park plans! Boothbay Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will share their ‘Discover Your Selfie’ campaign and the Boothbay Railway Village Museum will host a Corn Hole tournament and scavenger hunt on July 4th for the kids! The community center will also join us and have fun confirming.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
10 am-5am Food, Bar, Vendors, Maine 200 + 1 Exhibition, Games and entertainment
Live broadcast at 10 a.m. with 92 MOOSE
10:30 a.m. – 1 Blue Hill Brass Band on stage
1p-3p Dog Nail Cutter with Pet Action
2p birthday cake and Sing to Maine! (Sponsored by BBH Hannaford)
2p-5p Double Entender on stage
The Railway Village team invites local non-profit organizations to participate in this community celebration, as an opportunity to showcase their organization in an interactive and festive format. Participation is free and interested organizations should contact Lori at 207-671-7676.
The event will also include a vintage and craft pop-up market and interested sellers can contact Lori for more information at 207-671-7676.
This commemorative event was originally scheduled for Maine’s official 200th anniversary in 2020, but Covid-19 had other plans. The BRVM team is delighted to finally celebrate this historic milestone with the community. The event is funded in part by a grant from the Maine 200 Bicentennial Commission.
Sellers and participants welcome. Email [email protected] for more information.
Thank you to our event sponsors
Mine Oyster Catering & Event Rental