Sum­mer­time is of­fi­cially here. That means mu­sic, food and other fes­ti­vals await on just about ev­ery wa­ter­front.

Yachting - - CONTENTS - By Kim Kavin

This chair is from Essence of Strength, a com­pany that is us­ing car­bon fiber to make yacht fur­ni­ture in un­usual shapes.

Feathers got ruf­fled last year when a $120,000 Cana­di­an­govern­ment grant helped se­cure the world’s largest rub­ber duck as an at­trac­tion for a sum­mer­time wa­ter­front fes­ti­val in Toronto. The duck was about 60 feet tall and weighed some 30,000 pounds. Or­ga­niz­ers said they hoped vis­i­tors would “flock” to see the duck. And they did, with the colos­sal cutie draw­ing about 750,000 at­ten­dees, cre­at­ing a $7.6 mil­lion eco­nomic im­pact — and show­ing once again that peo­ple love any ex­cuse to cel­e­brate sum­mer on the wa­ter­front. ¶ The crowd-pleas­ing lob­ster alone will be head­lin­ing more than a few wa­ter­front fes­ti­vals this sum­mer in ar­eas within walk­ing dis­tance of mari­nas, in­clud­ing Rock­land Har­bor, Maine; Cape

Cod, Mas­sachusetts; Bradley Beach, New Jersey; Key West, Florida; and Re­dondo Beach, Cal­i­for­nia. ¶ Mu­sic fes­ti­vals also jam the wa­ter­fronts from June through Au­gust, and there’s one for ev­ery type of mu­sic fan. For head­bangers, Dar­ling’s Wa­ter­front Pav­il­ion on the Penob­scot River in Ban­gor, Maine, will host the Im­pact Mu­sic Fes­ti­val from July 27-29, with acts in­clud­ing Prophets of Rage, Mar­i­lyn Man­son and Slayer. An en­tirely dif­fer­ent vibe will bring Ge­orge Thor­ough­good and the De­stroy­ers to the Wa­ter­front Blues Fes­ti­val in Port­land, Ore­gon, July 4-7. And for fans of smooth sax­o­phone riffs, the Nor­folk Wa­ter­front Jazz Fes­ti­val is sched­uled Au­gust 24-25 at Town Point Park in Vir­ginia. ¶ The great thing about hav­ing a yacht is that you can cruise up to any or all of them, all sum­mer long. ¶ Keep an eye on your radar, though, for gi­ant rub­ber ducks in the an­chor­ages.

Sched­uled to take place Au­gust 1-5 at Rock­land Har­bor, this an­nual seafood fest has been held since 1947. Some 20,000 pounds of lob­ster are ex­pected to be eaten.

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