2014-04-11 / Community

Make way for annual May Day Festival

Kennebunk’s 16th annual May Day Festival will be held Saturday, May 3 and promises to be a full-day of family-friendly fun activities throughout downtown Kennebunk. Look for maps on Main Street to plot a course and join the community for some or all of the excitement that day.

Start the day at Duffy’s Tavern and Grill with a pancake breakfast to benefit the May Day Festival. Pancakes and bacon, coffee and juice will be served by some familiar volunteer faces. Afterward, there’ll be lots to do up and down Main Street, in Lafayette Park and in Rotary Park, too.

Main Street: Gather the family at the Kennebunk Free Library and visit the book sale, participate in the Faerie Festival, or visit the many nonprofits in the community who will be on the front lawn with important information and fun fundraising opportunities – call the library for more details.

Across the street, the Brick Store Museum will host a Make-Your-Own May Basket event, as well as hosting the Maine Women in the Arts Clothesline Show in their Program Center.

Check out the rummage sale at Christ Church on Dane Street and the plant sale at Kennebunk Baptist Church on Main Street. There will be an open house at KK&W Water District that will celebrate Drinking Water Week with some water games such as rain gutter regatta and the fish cup game.

And it’s opening day for the Kennebunk Farmers Market, which can be found in its new (temporary) location on Garden Street.

Climb the rock wall. It’s 25-feet high with five climbing paths to keep traffic moving and in between there will be live music, safety demonstrations and free wagon rides. New for 2014 will be Shipyard bringing its Capt’n Eli’s Soda Draft Truck to town, featuring seven different soda flavors to savor.

Rotary Park is looking better than ever and this year it will host artists/craftspeople on both sides of the gazebo.

Lafayette Park will again be the place for May pole dancing by the Portland School of Ballet, as well as face painting by Camp Kita and pottery wheel demonstrations by Al Pelletier. The park will also have a moon bounce (if the weather is dry) and another craft market.

Be on the lookout all over town all day long for Mission Motion’s flash mobs. It is planning to have some tunes that will guarantee happy feet.

This year’s May Day Parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Main Street and includes many Little Leaguers in full uniform. Well-known mascots, classic cars, the Shoe String Puppet Theater, marching bands, Gym Dandies and Shriners will also participate.

After the parade, go back to Lafayette Park for free live music by The Ketchfish Band and a benefit pig roast by Lobster Bake and BBQ (proceeds donated to the Animal Welfare Society in memory of Charlotte Wormwood. Picnic blankets or chairs are highly recommended.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church will host a free bean supper starting at 4:30 p.m.

All downtown shops, restaurants and businesses will be open and help to make the event possible.

For a complete schedule of events, and list of sponsors, visit www.kennebunkmaine.us/mayday.

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