Places to Explore

purple lilac

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Homey Things to Do This Season

Places to Explore


Sip a bloody Mary or mimosa while perusing vintage goods and crafts at the Maker’s Market at The Point. May 5 & June 23, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 207-747-5288.


Hear state historian Earle Shettleworth Jr. discuss the history of preservation in Maine and celebrate the Hallowell historic preservation society’s 50th birthday at Maine Preservation’s Old House Forum. May 11, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 207-847-3577.


Network with nearly 150 landscapers, vegetable growers, builders, and more at the Home Garden Flower Show. May 17–19, various times. 207-935-2845.

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Breathe in the scent of more than 200 lilacs — New England’s largest collection of the springtime blooms — at the McLaughlin Garden Lilac Festival. May 24–27. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 207-743-8820.


Admire vintage campers and hear live music at Shore Hills Campground’s Vintage Camper Jamboree; camper owners can also attend instructional demos and a lobster bake. May 31–June 2 (campground guests); June 1, 1–3 p.m. (general public). 207-633-4782.


Shop for Maine-made arts and crafts while listening to music and sampling local food at the 46th annual — and, sadly, final! —  Old Port Festival. June 9, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 207-772-6828.


Book a site at Sandy Pines Campground during its Vintage Camping Weekend and enjoy camper tours, corn hole tournaments, a potluck dinner, and a bonfire. June 14–16.  207-967-2483.