Celebrate Bowdoinham 2017

Celebrate Bowdoinham 2017 Schedule of Events

Celebrate Pie Contest

$50 First Prize – $25 Second Prize – $10 Third Prize  

Any kind of pie, sweet or savory, must have at least a bottom crust. Please have your pie at the Merrymeeting Art Studio by 6:30 Friday night, judging starts at 7pm.

Any questions please call Susan Brown at 837-0401 or email brown_531@myfairpoint.net

Bowdoinham Community School’s 10th Annual 5K Chicken Run

Join us in running, jogging, or walking through the lovely streets of Bowdoinham on Friday, September 8 at 5:30 pm. This fun community event kicks off Celebrate Bowdoinham and the 2017-18 school year. We have lined up some fantastic prizes that you won’t want to miss (gift certificates for fine dining in Portland, spa treatments, and beautiful, bountiful farmers’ market baskets from local farms).

Registration through our website is free and open until Thursday, September 7 at 6pm:  www.5kchickenrun.com. All proceeds benefit the Bowdoinham Community School. We hope to see you there!

Bike Rodeo with Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club

Free For All Ages! Bring Your Bicycles and Helmets for a Safety Check as well Cone Activities to practice Bob the Biker’s Demonstrations.

Recreation Games & Demonstrations 

Come over to the Rec Fields to play some games and watch various demonstartations.  We’ll have equipment for volleyball, pickleball, tennis, dodgeball, kickball and soccer, so grab some friends and come play.

Merrymeeting Bay Helicopter Tours

Point of View Helicopter Services is offering 10 minute scenic flights. 1 Adult $60, 2 Children or small adults $90. Each additional 5 minutes add $30 or $45 (Cash or Checks Only).  To reserve your spot, contact Ed Friedman at 207-666-3372 and info@povheli.com.

***Mailly Waterfront Park will be closed to vehicle and boat traffic on Saturday, starting at 6:30am.***

Thank you to our Fireworks Sponsors!!!


Download the brochure!


An Editorial from the The Brunswick Record, June 28, 1962


Bowdoinham was incorporated in 1763 because the townspeople didn’t like the way they were being treated or taxed by the  Plymouth Company — a governing-commercial body which controlled the Topsham-Bowdoinham region. Defying the company, the independent people on the shores of the Kennebec set up their own town and ran it the way they chose. Now, 200 years later, Bowdoinham citizens are still running their own town as independently as ever. They have set aside five days next week, starting with the Fourth of July, to properly celebrate Bowdoinham’s 200th birthday.

The fact the doings coincide with America’s anniversary of independence is not mere coincidence, for independence above all else is the quality which gives Bowdoinham its unique character. Not to be confused with blind stubbornness, the independence of Bowdoinham is a rare combination of backbone and community pride. Now home for some 1,000 souls, the community has waxed and waned since 1762. It was at its prosperous peak during the days of “frozen gold” when ice cut from the then pure Kennebec was in demand all over the world.

Since those days, Bowdoinham’s fortunes have slipped, but its backbone has stiffened. No one can tell what lies ahead for the town, but only one who did not know Bowdoinham would predict anything but success.
Past performances show why. When they needed a school in the 1950’s, the townspeople got together and built it. They cut the lumber, drove the nails, sewed the curtains and put cash on the line. Just as they had done in 1762, the people of Bowdoinham stayed away from outside control. They borrowed no money from the state, not from federal agencies in Washington, (a city, by the way, still regarded with much suspicion in Bowdoinham.)

Shortly after building the school, townspeople were asked to spend their tax money to set up a modern water district, and they did. But they have voted down zoning, and if it had been up to Bowdoinham Republicans, Peter Garland would still be a candidate.
The people of Bowdoinham are proud, conservative, and self-sacrificing. They are curious about ideas from the outside, but bold and fearless when it comes to making home-grown plans a success. And they’ll fly their banners of independence in the teeth of the strongest gale.

Somehow the combination has worked. Somehow the little town has preserved the best of the principles for which this nation’s first Independence Day was wrung from history. It’s too late now to go back and make over every American town in Bowdoinham’s image. It’s not not only too late, but such a transformation would erase much that is good. The responsibilities of world leadership no longer permit this nation the luxury of Bowdoinham independence.

Still, it’s nice to have Bowdoinham to leaven such loaves as the megalopolis, the population explosion and “creeping socialism,” as they say up there. You’ll find it a refreshing place to visit, and there will be a lot going on during the bicentennial celebration. There can be few better ways to observe the Fourth of July then in this Maine town where every child is born with the word “Independence” on his lips.


Direct link to article: http://www.bowdoinhamhistoricalsociety.org/articles-bicentennial-celebration

Bowdoinham 250th Anniversary Schedule

Friday, September 14th 2:00pm-6:00pm Jellerson School Grand Opening and Rededication 5:00pm Broadband at the Gazebo 6:00pm Muddy Marsh Ramblers at the Gazebo 7:30pm Bowdoinham’s Best Opens 7:30pm Maybe Utah at the Gazebo Saturday, September 15th 8:00am The Chicken Run (5K Road Race) at Bowdoinham Community School 10:00am Parade 11:00am Waterfront Activities Begin . Silent Auction*… Continue Reading