The Sandpiper Festival

Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27, 2008 (Tentative Schedule) updated April 29, 2008

Friday July 25th

Rubber Ducks on Sale- Purchase your rubber duck for $5.00 in the Village Square for Sunday's big race! The winner will receive 40% of the gross sales (minimum of $150.00)

Egg Hunt–Starts Wednesday and goes until Sunday. Use your detective skills to find the egg Shep has lost on her long journey. A new clue will be posted each morning and will be displayed throughout the weekend in the Village Square. Prizes to be awarded to whoever finds the egg first.

12:00p.m.-7:00p.m.-  People’s Choice Photography Exhibit at St. Ed’s Community Hall, 4955 Main Street. View over 100 images created by photographers of all levels all weekend. Vote for the photo you like most and be eligible for a prize.  Sponsored by the Shiretown Photography Club. Featured Artist: Dawn Sheppard

Saturday July 26th

All Day - Artisans, vendors & craft and snacks for sale in the Village Square and don't forget to purchase your duck for Sundays Rubber Duck Race!

Keillor House Museum and St. James Textile Museum open 10:00am to 5:00pm for tours! Costumed staff will introduce you to the Keillor House Museum, a majestic stone structure built in 1813 by John Keillor with nine fire places and a three storey circular stairs. View the popular exhibit "Hats Off to You!" - Encore held for the second year. Explore the history of hats including a collection from Dr George and Ruth Stanley worn during his term as NB Lieutenant Governor as well as period dress from the costume collection. The St. James Textile Museum features the Beachkirk Collection of the late 1800's production of textiles. Try your hand at carding, spinning or weaving. Enjoy an interesting exhibit of domestic, agricultural and blacksmith artifacts.

Take a Tour of Dorchester! Visit our tourism center and pick up your map and guide to exploring the history and culture of Dorchester! Tours can be taken by foot, bike or car.

8:00a.m.-10:00a.m. - Pancake & Sausage Breakfast at the historic Keillor House Museum.  Enjoy a hot, tasty breakfast before you take in the festivities.  

9:00a.m.-7:00p.m. - People’s Choice Photo Exhibit at St. Ed’s Community Hall. View over 100 images. Vote for the photo you like most. Door Prizes for visitors. Featured Artist: Dawn Sheppard

9:00a.m. Chef Roy's Baking Contest.- Village Square/library. This year's theme is Chocolate! Drop off your entry between 9:00 am and 10:30 am at the library in a disposable container with a recipe card (including instructions). Judging will take place from 11:00 am to 11:30 am with a silent auction to follow (also at the library). Demonstrations will also be made by Chef Roy Butterworth at 10:00 and 2:00 in the Village Square.

10:00a.m.–5:00p.m. - Live Musical Entertainment in the Gazebo of the Village Square (TBA)

11:00a.m.-12:30p.m. - Sandpiper Chowder Ceremony at  the Bell Inn Restaurant. Invited guests arrive at the Bell Inn Restaurant. Taste testing of the Sandpiper Chowder by VIPs. Town Crier announces the results of the taste testing.  Our special guest this year is Peter Coade, Maritime Meteorologist.

12:45p.m.Official Opening Ceremonies in the Village Square, 4984 Main Street.  Please join us and special guest Peter Coade for our presentations.

From noon onwards-  Lion’s Canteen is open.

1:30p.m.-7:00p.m.- Sandpiper mug & Sandpiper Chowder for sale at the historic Bell Inn Restaurant, 3515 Cape Road, Cost: $12

Sandpiper Dance- more details will be announced as they become available.

Sunday July 27th

Take a Tour of Dorchester! Visit our tourism center and pick up your map and guide to exploring the history and culture of Dorchester! Tours can be taken by foot, bike or car.

Keillor House Museum and St. James Textile Museum open 12:00pm to 5:00pm for tours! Costumed staff will introduce you to the Keillor House Museum, a majestic stone structure built in 1813 by John Keillor with nine fire places and a three storey circular stairs. View the popular exhibit "Hats Off to You!" - Encore held for the second year. Explore the history of hats including a collection from Dr George and Ruth Stanley worn during his term as NB Lieutenant Governor as well as period dress from the costume collection. The St. James Textile Museum features the Beachkirk Collection of the late 1800's production of textiles. Try your hand at carding, spinning or weaving. Enjoy an interesting exhibit of domestic, agricultural and blacksmith artifacts.

10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.– People’s Choice Photo Exhibit at St. Ed’s Community Hall, 4955 Main Street. Vote for the photo you like most.  Winners will be announced after 3:00 pm.

10:00a.m.- 12:00p.m.- Shep's Birthday Party! The World's Largest Sandpiper is turning 8 years old! Join us on the village office lawn for games, presents, and cake! Open to all children 12 and under and there is no admission fee.

11:00a.m.-7:00p.m.- Sandpiper mug & Sandpiper Chowder for sale at the Bell Inn Restaurant, 3515 Main Street. Cost: $12

12:00p.m.-4:00p.m. - Live Musical Entertainment in the Gazebo in the Village Square (TBA).

12:00p.m.-4:00p.m.-  Artisans, Vendors and craft items in the Village Square, 4984 Main Street.

All afternoon -  Lion’s Canteen open

1:30-2:30p.m.Victorian Tea-First Sitting This year's theme is Ladies' Bloomers! Join us at 4 Church Street for tea and treats and door prizes.

2:00p.m. -Rubber Duck Race- 6 Station Road at Bayview Farm. Bring your family out and watch as your rubber duck takes a wild ride through pipes and ponds! The winner of the race will receive 40% of the gross sales (minimum of $150.00)!

3:00-4:00p.m.- Victorian Tea—Second Sitting This year's theme is Ladies' Bloomers! 4 Church Street

3:30p.m.- Winners of Egg Hunt & Scavenger Hunt wil be announced at the People’s Choice Photography Exhinition, 4955 Main Street.

All Weekend

St. James Textile Museum is open for tours – 4967 Main Street.

Keillor House Museum is open for tours – 4974 Main Street.

Trinity Anglican Church, built in 1840, open for viewing – 5005 Main Street

Artisans, vendors in Village Square - 4984 Main Street

Custom Wreaths- 5022 Main St

People’s Choice Photography Exhibition at St. Ed’s Hall, 4955 Main Street - Featured artist: Jim Miller

The historic Bell Inn Restaurant will be serving Sandpiper Chowder all weekend – 3515 Cape Road

Rubber Ducks on Sale

Egg Hunt Contest

The Nature Conservancy  at  Johnson’s Mills will be open – 2735 Route 935