Mattapoisett gets ready for Harbor Days
It began as a simple strawberry festival about 40 years ago. It's grown and evolved into a weeklong celebration of food, crafts, fitness and more.
But Harbor Days -- to be held this year from July 15 to 22 in Shipyard Park -- still serves up strawberries in the form of 1,100 to 1,800 individual strawberry shortcakes.
Organized by the Mattapoisett Lions Club, Harbor Days taps the time and talent of more than 100 volunteers, and draws visitors from across the South Coast and beyond. Not surprisingly, it's the service organization's largest fundraiser of the year.
“We’ve never had anybody say they didn’t enjoy it,” said Mattapoisett King Lion Amy Mello. She was speaking of the signature shortcakes, but the same might apply to the craft show, triathlon, lobster fest or full slate of entertainment.
As a past raffle volunteer, Mello has identified a variety of area codes from across the country on the tickets. Last winter, a man from California stopped by her office to pick up his “You Pick Em’” auction item from previous Harbor Days.
“They do … They come from all over,” she said.
Here's a complete schedule of what's happening on Harbor Days:
July 15 - The annual triathlon begins at Town Beach at 8 a.m. Register online or at 7 a.m. at Mattapoisett Town Beach.
July 15 - At "Shopping at Shipyard," local residents will showcase their items for sale. Shop under the tent at Shipyard Park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
July 18 - Celebrate a concert in Shipyard Park and enjoy strawberry shortcake from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Strawberry shortcake is offered throughout the weekend.
July 19 - Painting with a Splash! 6:30 p.m. in Shipyard Park under the tent. Sign up online at www.paintingatsplashnewbedfordma.com
July 20 - Oxford Creamery will hold a fish fry from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Shipyard Park under the tent.
July 21 - Silent Auction with items donated by local retailers. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. only. Winners drawn at 4 p.m.
July 21 - Lobsterfest will occur from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Shipyard Park under the tent.
July 21 & July 22 - From these dates, there will be crafters, vendors, entertainment, food, the U-Pick 'Em Raffle, and Grand Raffle. This is Saturday, 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
July 22 - There will be a pancake breakfast in Shipyard Park under the tent.
July 22 - Grand Raffle winners will be drawn at 4 p.m.
There will be a free shuttle tickets to Shipyard Park from the former Bowlmor Lanes on Route 6.
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Johnny's Basement
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Retro Roots
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Steps in Motion Dance Studio
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Sherry O'Brien - Stiltwalker
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Fire & Ice with Mad Science Guy
3 p.m - 4:30 p.m. - Interactive Science Table
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Blue Lobsta
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Travis Bliss Trio
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Showstoppers
2 p.m - 4 p.m. - Diamond Dust Band