SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The town will be decked out in pink this weekend as flocks of residents and visitors participate in the annual Flamingo
Festival, Harbor House’s celebration of that avian kitsch icon, the plastic flamingo lawn ornament.
The four days of feathered fun is a major fundraiser for the community service agency, but beyond that, all seriousness is set aside as young and old alike focus on having a grand time.
“It’s a great community event,” said Diana Novella, Harbor House’s events and community relations director.
The theme this year is “Flamingos through Time,” which coincides with the Acadia National Park Centennial, Novella said.
The festival kicks off Friday at 5:30 p.m. with a lobster dinner on the Pemetic Green sponsored by American Legion Post 69. Along with Maine’s favorite crustacean, diners will be served mussels, corn-on-the-cob, dessert and a drink. The cost is $20.
A full slate of activities is scheduled for Saturday, beginning at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast on the Pemetic Green prepared by volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard. A blueberry sauce and maple syrup will be available for topping the pancakes. Sausage, orange juice and coffee will be served. The cost is $5 per person.
Arguably the most popular event of past festivals is the Flamingo Parade, which begins at 9 a.m. About 50 units are expected to travel the parade route south along Main Street. Crowd favorites such as the Friends of Acadia Imprecision Drill Team and the literary ladies of the Southwest Harbor Public Library are scheduled to be in the parade along with The Bandits marching band, antique and classic cars, and the Acadia National Park Centennial float featuring a giant birthday cake, Novella said.
Following the parade is a carnival for kids on the Pemetic Green with games, a bounce house and dunk tank. At 12:30 p.m., the Barn Arts Collective will perform an original work for children described by Novella as an “animal glam-rock musical.” Food and beverages also will be available. Among the concessionaires are Moe’s Original BBQ, Sips, Chow Maine, the Pemetic Parent Teacher Organization and Cassiar O’Neill.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday is a craft fair on the Pemetic Green. More than 30 vendors are expected, Novella said.
Also on Saturday, the Coast Guard is hosting an open house from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the base on the Clark Point Road.
Runners are invited to take part Sunday in the Flamingo 4-Miler road race. Registration is $20 and can be completed at the Harbor House on Main Street, online or on the day of the race. Registration Sunday begins at 7 a.m. at the Tremont Consolidated School on the Tremont Road in Tremont. The school is the finish line of the race. Racers will gather there and be transported to the starting line at the Seawall picnic area. A free one-mile fun run for children 12 and under will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the school.
Pink golf shirts are optional Sunday afternoon as the Feathered Friends Golf Scramble gets underway at 3 p.m. at the Causeway Club on the Fernald Point Road. The cost is $50 per golfer. The price includes admission to the Southwest Harbor Polo and Yacht Club cocktail party, which begins at 5 p.m. in the Causeway Club barn.
The cocktail party is another don’t miss event. The tongue-in-cheek polo and yacht club has one purpose – to host the cocktail party. Tickets are $30 per person, which includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks and dancing to the rockabilly band The Crown Vics.
The festival ends Monday with a 7:30 p.m. concert on the green by the steel drum band Flash in the Pans. There is a suggested donation of $5. Proceeds benefit Harbor House and Acadia Family Center. Ice cream will be available.