June 27, 2012

Upcoming strawberry festivals

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

SAVE ROOM FOR SHORTCAKE 

THE STRAWBERRY SEASON may have peaked early, but there will be plenty of fruit available at local strawberry festivals. Wells, New Gloucester and Brunswick have already held their festivals, but there are still some communities that are planning to hold theirs in the coming weeks:

CAPE ELIZABETH

WHAT: 4th Annual Cape Elizabeth Strawberry Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine

WHERE: Maxwell's strawberry field, Two Lights Road

HOW MUCH: Free admission

WHAT ELSE: Fill up on strawberry goodies, listen to music and dance, and peruse items for sale from various artisans and vendors. There will be tractor rides for kids, and hot-air balloon rides from 9 to 11 a.m.

FMI: capefarmalliance.org

RAYMOND

WHAT: Annual Strawberry Festival

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Nathaniel Hawthorne House, 40 Hawthorne Road (at the corner of Hawthorne and Cape roads)

HOW MUCH: $10 donation adults, $5 for children under 8. All proceeds go to directly maintain or improve the Hawthorne House.

WHAT ELSE: This is not a classic strawberry festival, but rather a way to educate people about the home where the famous author spent his youth – with lots of strawberry shortcake thrown in for good measure. This year marks the 200th birthday of the house, so there will be two special speakers at the event. David Johnston, a Gorham builder who has worked on the Hawthorne House, will speak about home building techniques of the 1800s. "Nathaniel Hawthorne" will talk about what it was like living in Raymond two centuries ago.

FMI: Space is limited, so reservations are suggested. Call 655-7660 or email jmanoush@fairpoint.net.

SOUTH BERWICK

WHAT: South Berwick Strawberry Festival

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Central School grounds, 197 Main St.

HOW MUCH: Admission is free, but bring money for food, crafts, etc.

WHAT ELSE: More than 20,000 visitors take in this annual festival, which features entertainment, more than 100 artisans and a strawberry shortcake and strawberrry cheesecake tent. Trolleys provide free transportation to the festival. The day begins with a road race and pancake breakfast. A food court sells chicken barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, fried dough, frozen lemonade and other food.

FMI: southberwickstrawberryfestival.com

WASHINGTON

WHAT: 65th Annual Strawberry Festival

WHEN: 1 to 6:30 p.m. July 7

WHERE: Washington Fire Department on Old Union Road

HOW MUCH: No admission fee, but bring money to buy home-baked goods and raffle tickets.

WHAT ELSE: The menu will include strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie and assorted sandwiches. Entertainment by the Possums.

FMI: Contact Midred Melgard of the Ladies Guild at 845-3102.

WISCASSET

WHAT: 60th Annual St. Phillip's Strawberry Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, 12 Hodge St.

HOW MUCH: Free admission

WHAT ELSE: Features a pie auction at noon, lots of local crafters, bake sale, hot dogs, plant sale, silent auction and children's activity area.

FMI: 882-7184 or stphilips@wiscasset.net

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