September 1 through 14, 2014
An exciting two weeks of cultural events going on all around town
Capriccio was started by Ogunquit Performing Arts 24 years ago to celebrate Ogunquit’s 10th anniversary as an independent town. It has grown from a weekend event to a two-week long town-wide Festival of the Arts.
OPA’s featured event for Capriccio 2014 takes place on Saturday night, September 6th at 8 pm at the Dunaway Center with the performance by Occidental Gypsy, a band that compliments original material with expertly arranged ‘gypsified’ covers. Their unique approach to world, pop, jazz and dance music stems from the influence of Gypsy Swing founders, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli.
An Occidental Gypsy performance includes so much more than just music. Scottie, Eli, Brett, Jeff, and Erick are incredibly energetic and charming entertainers. On stage, the dialog between band members is entertaining, especially between the quick-witted Scottie and Brett who playfully tease one another to the delight of the audience. Perhaps this is why the Boston Globe has recommended them as a “Weekend Best Bet.”
Occidental Gypsy has played in over 22 states including shows at the legendary Nighttown in Cleveland, Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and Blue Wisp in Cincinnati.They have shared the stage with such greats as Rikki Lee Jones, Jorma Kaukenen, Stanley Jordan, Joe Sample, Tony Rice, and David Bromberg, who said of the band, “these guys have great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, and high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band.”
Gypsy Swing was created when American Jazz musicians blended the sound that originated in the traditional Gypsy folk music of Eastern Europe seamlessly with contemporary American music. Now almost a century later Occidental Gypsy brings the music back home. Occidental Gypsy will perform at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street in Ogunquit Saturday September 6 at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Dunaway Center, Ogunquit Welcome Center, Ogunquit Camera Shop, and online at www.ogunquit.org/shop.php.
Additional events of Capriccio 2014:
- Poets in Person with Music—EVENT CANCELLED
- Open House at the Galleries—Saturday September 13, 11 am to 5 pm
- The Labor Day Concert—Sunday August 31, 2014 at 7 pm. Ogunquit Baptist Church, Shore Road, Ogunquit.
- The Witches of Eastwick—throughout the 2 weeks of Capriccio. Ogunquit Playhouse.
Perhaps one of the most popular events of Capriccio is the Kite Festival on Ogunquit Beach Saturday September 6, 9 am to 2 pm. Free kites are available for children to decorate, fly, and win prizes. Professionals with large colorful kites also participate. Bring your own kite and join in the fun. The sky is full of kites, an impressive display and a delightful way to enjoy a day at the beach. If you don’t fly a kite, you can plan to enjoy the sun on Ogunquit’s famous beach and take a swim or enjoy a walk along the shore.
As Ogunquit’s history developed, artists moved into some of the fish shacks in Perkins Cove and into surrounding homes. This art history is still alive and well today and offers visitors and residents alike hours of browsing through some of the finest art collections in the area. To help find all of these museums and galleries, look for the fliers at various locations around town. As a special treat, these galleries are featuring a special day of Open Houses on Saturday September 13, 11 am to 5 pm. Of special note:
- Ogunquit Museum of American Art
543 Shore Road. Hours: Daily—10 am to 5 pm. Admission: Adults $10, Seniors and Students $9, Members and Children under 12—free. Special exhibits:
- Henry Strater: Arizona Winters
- Andrew Wyeth: The Linda L. Bean Collection
- Amy Stacey Curtis:Matter (begins September 4)
- Barn Gallery
Bourne Lane and Shore Road. Hours: Daily—11 am to 5 pm, Sunday—1 to 5 pm. This gallery is the exhibition space for the local artists of the Ogunquit Art Association. Admission is free. Donations welcome.
- Late Summer Exhibitions through September 6, Fall Exhibitions open September 10.
- Gala Reception celebrates the Fall Exhibition. Saturday September 13, 5 to 7 pm. All are welcome.
- Ogunquit Heritage Museum
86 Obeds Lane. Hours: 1 to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Located in the historic Captain Winn House, this museum features Ogunquit’s history from a fishing village, art colony, and tourist destination. Admission is free.
Another special event of Capriccio is the Antique Show and Sale at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, Saturday and Sunday September 13 and 14. Hours: Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10 to 4. Profits from this event are used to fund the work and displays at the Ogunquit Heritage Museum. The library at the museum is a source for researchers and interested parties for information about Maine family and town histories.
Local restaurants also have entertainment during this period. Information about these can be found at the Chamber of Commerce website: www.ogunquit.org.
Another featured event in the area: Laudholm Farm Nature Crafts Festival. Saturday and Sunday September 6 and 7, 10 to 4 at Laudholm Farm in Wells.
September 1 through 14 is a good time to come to Ogunquit—the weather is cooler and the traffic a little less. Add the finishing touches to the tan, walk Ogunquit beach, and the Marginal Way, enjoy the performances offered, and browse the many galleries and museums.