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Top Events - - July and August 2010

JULY 16: ROCKLAND, Maine Windjammer Parade. Bring blankets, chairs, and a camera for a close-up look at the entire fleet as it sails past Rockland Breakwater. Stake out a spot anywhere along the mile-long structure for the best spectator views. 800-807-9463;

JULY 23-24: STONINGTON, Deer Isle Jazz Festival. Explore the music of New Orleans–ragtime, R&B, and jazz–in performances at the Stonington Opera House. 207-367-2788;

JULY 30-AUG. 1: AUGUSTA, Maine Quilts 2010. The Augusta Civic Center hosts a show of more than 500 quilts, “Merchants Mall,” demonstrations, lectures, quilt appraisals, silent auction, and special quilt exhibits. 207-415-4417;

AUG. 1-7: SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Claremont Croquet Classic. The historic Claremont Hotel, established in 1884, holds its annual tournament. All ages are welcome and encouraged to play. Preregistration suggested. 207-244-5036;

AUG. 10: GEORGETOWN, Georgetown Working League Fair & Luncheon. This art exhibit and sale features league members’ talents, including crafts, hand-sewn gifts, home-baked pies, and a quilt raffle. Live entertainment and a fresh-seafood lunch, too, all at Georgetown Central School.

AUG. 14-15: BRISTOL, The Age of Pirates. Local author James Nelson is the infamous Dixie Bull, a 1630s English sea captain-turned-privateer, at this Olde Bristol Days event at Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site. 207-677-2423;

AUG. 19-21, 26-29: STONINGTON, Shakespeare in Stonington: “Measure for Measure.” The Stonington Opera House gives one of the Bard’s most complicated and funny tales a modern-day twist. This original production channels the Southern Gothic voice of Flannery O’Connor in a classic love story of three arranged marriages, complete with villainous plots, displays of honor, deception, and more. 207-367-2788;


JULY 4: STURBRIDGE, An 1830s Independence Day Celebration. Old Sturbridge Village visitors sign a giant Declaration of Independence, play 1830s-style baseball, and more during the day; the evening brings music, family games and activities, and a 30-minute fireworks display at dusk. 800-733-1830, 508-347-3362;

JULY 8-11, 15-18: ROCKPORT, Rockport Chamber Music Festival. Enjoy lectures and demonstrations, “brown bag” lunchtime Q&A sessions, and a variety of concerts featuring internationally acclaimed artists, including world-renowned violinist Midori, all at the new Shalin Liu Performance Center. 978-546-7391;

JULY 10: STOCKBRIDGE, Hidden Treasures of the Berkshires. The Lenox Garden Club’s 20th annual self-guided house and garden tour features six distinctive properties in this historic area. 413-298-3089;

JULY 27-28: SOUTH YARMOUTH, AAUW Cape Cod Book and Jewelry Sale. At Nelson Hall, browse thousands of volumes and pieces of jewelry, ranging from “good beach reads” and costume baubles to collectible books and valuable gems. 774-212-2778;

JULY 29, AUG. 5 & 12: YARMOUTH PORT, Kitchen Chats. Marjorie Jones demonstrates cooking techniques in the 18th-century kitchen of the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. Topics include “From Flicker to Wick: An Illuminating Survey of Early Lighting Devices,” “Coming Clean: Flushing Out the ‘Dirt’ on Early Laundry Techniques and Equipment,” and more. 508-775-1258;

AUG. 13-14: PROVINCETOWN, Provincetown Jazz Festival. Experience the survival and revival of New Orleans’ greatest gift to the world as this music fest commemorates the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. New to the festival and opening the concert at Provincetown High School will be the Berklee Rising Stars. 508-274-2513;

AUG. 14: EASTHAM, Summer Antique Show & Sale. The Eastham Historical Society presents 48 local and regional dealers of quality wares, including primitives and fun vintage finds, at Eastham Windmill Green. Don’t miss the “treasure table.” 508-240-1247, 508-255-0788;

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