Ogunquit Performing Arts presents the 30th Festival Capriccio

OGUNQUIT, Maine – Ogunquit Performing Arts opens its 30th annual Capriccio Festival on Saturday, September 10 with the Capriccio Festival of Kites in Ogunquit Beach.

The annual event features professional kite demonstrations, with multiples and oversized kites filling the sky. Children receive free white kites, as well as markers and crayons. They can decorate their own kites, which are then entered into a competition with a multitude of categories for numerous prizes to be awarded.

Kites are also available for sale on the beach, so no one is left out of the fun. The finale scheduled for 2 p.m. is the “Great Ascension” where the sky fills with all the kites of the day.

Returning to provide top-flight music for the event is Portland fiddler/singer Andy Happel and Friends, performing two concerts during the day, at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Happel plans to bring some musician friends to join in the fun, playing snippets from his repertoire of exotic melodies and driving rhythms.

A concert violinist and fiddler, Happel has shared the stage with symphony orchestras, pop stars and country music artists. As bandleader of the 1990s rock band “Thanks to Gravity”, Happel was signed to Capitol Records and toured extensively with several well-known bands, including Guster, Train and The Dave Matthews Band.

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Admission to Andy Happel’s festival and concerts is free.

The Capriccio Festival of Kites is presented by Cricket’s Corner Beach and Toy, Ogunquit Performing Arts, Ogunquit Rotary Club, Kennebunk Savings Bank, That Place in Ogunquit and the Town of Ogunquit.

On Friday, September 16, well-known New England and Down East comedian Tim Sample returns to Ogunquit Performing Arts for the Capriccio Music Festival. The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Dunaway Center, Ogunquit.

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Called “Maine’s Humorist Laureate”, Sample’s performance style is rooted in the core of Down East humor, which is similar to British humor, in that it reflects a philosophical detachment from the subjects he observes. from familiar perches – country store, local gas station, porch swing, lobster wharf – said in the local dialect, representing Maine’s “persona”.

Andy Happel

Since 1979, when he released his first recorded comedy, he has been introduced to wider audiences around the world during his 11 years as a regular correspondent on CBS Sunday Morning News, and in segments that he produced on “Postcards from Maine” and storytelling. from author Steven King’s famous audiobook “Drunken Fireworks”.

Sample will perform several traditional favorites, as well as new performance material tied to bicentennial themes (only running, since Maine observed its bicentennial in 2020, amid the pandemic).

Tickets for Tim Sample ($15 advance; $20 at the door; $5 student) can be purchased at the following locations in Ogunquit: Dunaway Center; Cricket’s Corner beach and toy; Ogunquit Visitor Center. To purchase online, visit www.ogunquitperformingarts.org.