Museums of Old York cancel river regatta

Event’s theme incorporated in other activities
Laura Dehler of the Museums of Old York holds buoys that families will be able to paint and take home or hang on the bait shack at the John Hancock Wharf, Saturday, July 28.Courtesy photo
July 26, 2012

YORK, Maine — The Museums of Old York has canceled one of its events celebrating the theme “our heritage on the water” due to lack of registrants.

A week and a half before the War of 1812 Bicentennial River Regatta, “we have no one signed up,” Zoe Keefer-Norris said Tuesday. Keefer-Norris is the museum’s education director. Without much of a budget for publicity, she said, “I just think we’re not very good at getting the word out. Those who had heard about it were excited. I think it’s possible we might want to try it next year.”

The War of 1812 Bicentennial River Regatta on the York River invited competition among non-motorized craft such as kayaks, canoes, rafts and inner tubes, for the best battle ready and historically accurate display. The registration of $20 per adult included a barbecue at the end of the regatta at the Elizabeth Perkins House at Sewall’s Bridge.

The museum is holding numerous other events celebrating the working waterfront, including buoy painting, a concert on the John Hancock Wharf and a talk on pirates and privateers.


  • Through Aug. 19: An exhibition of work by New England artists at the George Marshall Store.
  • Saturday, July 28, 2-4 p.m.: Family buoy painting and a lobster harvest demonstration, John Hancock Wharf. The price is $20 per family. Register at
  • Saturday, July 28, 4 p.m.: “Looking Astern: An Artist’s View of Maine’s Working Waterfront,” a talk by artist Loretta Krupinski on her work creating paintings from historical photographs, York Public Library. Free.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Mary Ann Esposito “Ciao Italia!” luncheon, talk and cookbook signing, Dockside Restaurant. The price of $60 includes Museums of Old York Decorator Show House ticket.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m.: “The Traditional Footpaths of York — Our Connection to the Waterfront.” Local historians Tad Baker and Bob Gordon and others discuss the history of the Cliff Walk, the Fisherman’s Walk and other lesser-known footpaths, Parsons Center. Refreshments served; a suggested $5 donation.
  • Thursday, Aug. 2: “Under the Shoals Exhibit” at Discover Portsmouth Center and 5:30 p.m. sunset cruise on the Gundalow Piscataqua with historian/author Dennis Robinson, Portsmouth. The price of $60 includes Museums of Old York Decorator Show House ticket.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7, 6 p.m.: Professor Thaddeus Lyford will discuss “Pirates and Privateers: Challenges to Maine Mariners in the Early 19th Century,” Parsons Center. The suggested donation is $5.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 8, 11:30 to 1 p.m.: Designer discussion panel and luncheon, York Harbor Reading Room. The price of $60 includes Museums of Old York Decorator Show House ticket.
  • Thursday, Aug. 9, 6 to 8:30 p.m.: “Antiques and Today’s Design Aesthetic” with designer Valerie Jorgensen, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Stage Neck Inn. The price of $60 includes Museums of Old York Decorator Show House ticket.
  • Saturday, Aug. 11, 4 p.m.: Concert on the wharf with Harvey Reid, John Hancock Wharf. Bring a chair or blanket; suggested $5 donation.
  • Monday, Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m.: Elizabeth Perkins Fellows Symposium exhibit, John Hancock Warehouse. Free.
  • Friday, Aug. 17, 6 p.m.: Seafood tavern dinner, 6 p.m., Parsons Education Center. This is a BYOB event. The price is $35, or $30 for museum members. Register early, as seats fill fast.
  • Saturday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Native American canoe encampment depicting 1600s to early 1700s camp with interpreters Ken Hamilton and Jaime Foote, Parsons Center. Free with museum admission.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6 p.m.: “Waterfront Habitat and the Wildlife that Live There,” with staff and wildlife ambassadors from the Center for Wildlife, Parsons Center. The suggested donation of $5 goes to the Center for Wildlife.

The Parsons Education Center is located at 6 Lindsay Road in York. The John Hancock Warehouse and George Marshall Store are at 140 Lindsay Road. For information, call (207) 363-4974. To order tickets online, visit

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