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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Hit the Maine Coast for Less in Rockland


3. What to Do

The Maine Lobster festival serves up 20,000 pounds of lobster over five days.  

Reap the benefits of this season’s lobster glut during Rockland’s five-day Maine Lobster Festival ($5-$8, $25 for a four-day pass, free on Sunday) in August. The annual festival, now in its 65th year, served up nearly 20,000 pounds of lobster last year. Events include live music, an amateur-only seafood cooking contest, races, and even a parade. The food rightly takes center stage, with pickings like lobster rolls ($10), crab cakes ($6), and the “shore dinner,” which includes a whole lobster, steamed clams, and an ear of corn ($24).

Learn about Maine’s role in American art history at the Farnsworth Museum ($12), where the collection of more than 10,000 works celebrates artists whose careers were closely associated with the state, including a large selection of paintings made by three generations of Wyeths. Current exhibitions showcase local artist Frank W. Benson’s impressionist works (through October 21) and a collection of Andrew Wyeth’s early-career watercolors (through November 4).

Stop by Hello Hello Books for its smart collection of new and used books, including locally minded titles like Annie Mahle’s new cookbook, Sugar & Salt: A Year at Home and Ben Ames Williams’s Fraternity Village, a collection of short stories set in rural Maine. In addition, you’ll find hip magazines like Lucky Peach, and an eclectic range of non-literary items like handmade jewelry, tote bags, cards, and vintage artwork.

Published on Jul 27, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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