2017-04-21 / Community

Annual May Day Festival plans are in place

Kennebunk’s 19th annual May Day Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 and features a day of family-friendly fun activities throughout downtown Kennebunk. Among the events scheduled:

 Pancakes – Start the day Duffy’s Tavern and Grill with a pancake breakfast to benefit the May Day Festival.

 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 information and fundraising opportunities.

 Next door – First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church will host paper flower making sessions and a kids’ dance party. Across the street, the Brick Store Museum will host a make-your-own May basket event. Check out the open house at the water district which will be celebrating “Drinking Water Week”– they’ll have refreshments, water games and heavy equipment demos.

 The Waterhouse Center will have a craft market and rock climbing wall– 25-feet high with five climbing paths to keep traffic moving. A photo booth will be back with instant photo strips and a social media station so participants can Facebook, Twitter and email friends and family immediately after May Day Festival pictures are taken. In between there will be live music, a balloon twister, safety demos and free wagon rides. Be on the look-out for Shakespearean Flash Mobs all morning.

 Rotary Park is hosting a second market with artists/craftspeople. This is also the site of a bounce dance dome as well as giant Jenga and hoops game. Across the street, the chamber of commerce will host a children’s fun zone with chalk art areas, lawn games and craft sessions.

 Lafayette Park will again be the place for May Pole dancing by the Portland School of Ballet, free live music, pottery wheel demonstrations by Al and Ellen Pelletier and friends from Maine- Stage ShakeSTARS will perform scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The park will also host the third craft market and additional local nonprofit organizations.

 The May Day parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Main Street and includes Little Leaguers in full uniform.

After the parade, go back to Lafayette Park for more free live music by The Ketchfish Band and a barbecue dinner by Lobster Bake and BBQ. Bringing picnic blankets or chairs is highly recommended.

And even later there will be a piano concert at First Parish Church on Main Street. Charlie Grindle will perform My American Songbook. For ticket information, call 985-3700.

On Sunday, for the first time, Kennebunk’s MaineStage Shakespeare program will host a free day of Bard-related activities in Lafayette Park. Kids are invited to join program founder Chiara Klein and camp counselors/actors from past years for fun, games and Shakespeare-themed mayhem.

For experienced ShakeSTARS, this will be a chance to see old friends and get excited about the summer camp program. For kids who have never had the opportunity to enjoy the ShakeSTARS experience, it will be a chance to meet new people and see why it has become the reason to look forward to summer for so many of the areas kids. At 2 p.m., all are invited to enjoy the return of live theater in Lafayette Park. In a prelude to the summer season, the MaineStage ShakeSTARS will perform scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The troupe is directed, produced and acted entirely by local kids (age 7-18) who are veterans of the program. Following the ShakeSTARS will be a performance by MaineStage actors from past seasons.

For more information, call Rob Bartlett at 229-0862 or email rob_bartlett@icloud.com.

All downtown shops, restaurants and businesses will be open. For a complete schedule of events and list of sponsors, visit www.kennebunkmaine.us/mayday.

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