Greetings from Rockland Maine!
|Rockland Ferry Terminal|
Rockland was proclaimed "The Lobster Capital of the World" not just due to the fact that more lobsters were shipped by rail from Rockland than from any other city in the country in the 1920s but because the lobster roll was invented at Sim's Lunch on Park Street in 1927. It only makes sense then that the annual Maine Lobster Festival which began in nearby Camden in 1947, was moved to Rockland in 1948. Celebrating 70+ years, the festival draws thousands of visitors from all over the world to the Rockland Public Landing to enjoy fresh-caught local lobster dinners, nationally-renowned entertainers, cooking contests, carnival rides and Maine craftsmen during the first weekend in August.
Officially opening in August of 1948 in the former general store of William A. Farnsworth, the Farnsworth Art Museum has over 20,000 square feet of gallery space to showcase the 15,000 works in its collection. When Farnsworth’s daughter Lucy died, she left her entire estate to Rockland to establish a library and museum in memory of her father. Focusing on the art of Maine, the museum's collection includes art of local artists and summer artists from the islands: Fitz Hugh Lane, Robert Henri, John Sloan, Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, Robert Indiana, and, of course, the Wyeths: N.C., Andrew, and Jamie. In addition to the Wyeth Center, which boasts one of the nation’s largest collections of art by the three generations of the Wyeth family, the museum is the steward of the Olson House, a late 19th-century saltwater farm and National Historic Landmark in nearby Cushing. The house was the inspiration for over 300 works by Andrew Wyeth, including his 1948 painting Christina’s World.
|LOVE, Blue Outside Red Inside by Robert Indiana, 1996|
|Sea Running by Andrew Wyeth, 1978|
|Waveform, Johanna Moore and Tim Finefrock, 2018|
|The Olson House in Cushing, about 14 miles from the museum|
|The Wyeth Center located behind the Farnsworth Museum|
Originally established as an artists’ cooperative in Rockport known as Maine Coast Artists, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art was founded in 1952 with a year-round program of changing exhibitions featuring the work of artists with ties to Maine. Moving to downtown Rockland in 2016, CMCA has become a vibrant part of the community offering exhibitions, educational programs and professional development workshops. CMCA is a participant in Rockland’s “First Friday Art Walks” offering free admission throughout the day. The art walks are a collaborative effort between multiple organizations including the Farnsworth, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, the Strand Theater, multiple independent art galleries and the downtown group Rockland Main Street, Inc.
|Hubris Atë Nemesis, Wade Kavamaugh + Stephen B. Nguyen, 2018. Former exhibition.|
|Hoax, Heroic: Egocentric Magics Creepin’ On Your Socials in Blue (Frozen Networks) |
or How a Place Thinks about Another Place, Justin Levesque, 2019. Former exhibition.
|Coal Landscape, Five Panel Mural Installation, Shoshannah White, 2019. Former exhibition.|
Not an art museum but certainly a museum worth visiting if you’re a lighthouse enthusiast like so many of us in New England are happy to be called, the Maine Lighthouse Museum was founded by Ken Black - aka “Mr. Lighthouse” - a decorated Coast Guard Officer and, later, one of the leading lighthouse preservationists in the country. The museum exhibits the largest collection of Coast Guard and lighthouse artifacts in the country including a spectacular, one-of-a-kind assemblage of radiating lighthouse lenses.
|Oversized map of the lighthouses of Maine includes a photo of each lighthouse.|
|2nd Order Fixed Flashing Fresnel Lens, installed in the Petit Manan Lighthouse in 1855 |
and removed when automated in 1972.
|An assortment of fixed and flashing lenses|
Riddle me this: What do you get when you combine an eclectic lifetime collection of marine artifacts, boats, engines, and sails then add interesting and historical pieces from other collections? The Sail, Power and Steam Museum!
|Fried scallops and shrimp baskets ready for take-out from Claws.|
|Squid Ink Pasta with Shrimp and Speck. Delicious! |
|Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and Bacon-Wrapped Diver Sea Scallops|
|The star of a Boiled Lobster Dinner fresh from the "Lobster Capital of the World!" |
|Lobster Roll on a toasted bun with hand-cut fries and coleslaw|
Finally, to finish things off, how about enjoying a beer flight or pint or two at the Rock Harbor Brewing Co.? They have 16 craft beers on tap with generally 5-7 on them brewed in-house. If beer isn't your thing, they also have a selection of wines and make a mean margarita! The perfect way to end your perfect trip to Rockland! Cheers!