About:

The Wiscasset Schoonerfest is a tight crew of dedicated citizens and volunteers working to make this year’s festival, the best ever!

If you want to build a ship, don’t divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

About Us

Wiscasset Schoonerfest is a cooperative venture of the Town of Wiscasset and Wiscasset Creative Alliance to commemorate the berth of the last of the four-masted schooners – Hesper and Luther Little– and to celebrate the return of the When and If to her home harbor. It is our mission and our passion to bring to life Wiscasset´s distinguished shipbuilding heritage and celebrated commerce of the 1800s, as well as the remarkably preserved 500-year-old architecture of our village.

We hope our visitors enjoy the 1800s Maine colonial reenactors and chantey singers, as well as harp and fiddle players and brass quintet – a four-day festival of live music featuring local talent and 11 bands on two piers and on Main Street. We hope visitors catch the excitement of our harbor heritage with day sails on the When and If, the rowing races and the second Annual Schoonerfest Triathlon that will complete the festival. Wiscasset´s rich maritime history and preservation of our village – and our uncommon sense of community – are our greatest assets. Celebrate with us as we look forward to another 500 years on the coast of Maine!

Schoonerfest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is a member of the Wiscasset Creative Alliance – a visionary umbrella of community organizations made up entirely of volunteers.

Schoonerfest Committee

  • Peter Wells – Event Chair
  • Jamie Beaton
  • Bob Bond
  • Canny Cahn
  • Leo Egan & Betsy Kyle
  • Larry & Jan Flowers
  • Duane Goud
  • Darrin & Christy Guitreau
  • Terry Heller
  • John Hendrickson
  • Jorge Peña
  • David Pope
  • Chelsea Taylor
  • Susan Robson
  • Dan & Carol Watts
  • Ethan Voigt

“Wiscasset was one of the earliest seaports and the most productive at one time, and we’re proud to bring back and celebrate today.”

Cecilia Ludwig (Schoonerfest volunteer)