2015 Season

June 21 - September 6

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2014 Programs and Events


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The seaside Chautauqua community of Ocean Park, ME has 134 years of history and heritage as a summer assembly in the Chautauqua tradition.

Founded in 1881, Ocean Park is a retreat to the quiet of the pines and the beach offering lectures, workshops, family programs, and opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal in a non-denominational, inter-faith setting. The Temple Garden and pergola can provide you with a time for quiet reflection or meditation and at the end of your stay, you will go home feeling just a bit more content and looking forward to your next Ocean Park encounter. Read more about Ocean Park's history and traditions.

The seven mile beach and the surrounding marsh and forest land are national treasures. The historic buildings of Ocean Park are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and most listings of the nation's finest beaches include the stunning seven mile beach, where kids of all ages play, swim, surf, and build castles in the sand. Isn't it time to visit?

Be sure to stop by or visit Ocean Park Realty on the web to secure your lodging accommodations for 2015. Jeff Chute, our Agency Realtor is ready to assist you.

Ocean Park Plein Air Festival Announced
July 15 – July 17, 2015

The Ocean Park Association, Ocean Park, Maine is hosting its 2nd Annual Plein Air Festival. This is an excellent opportunity for outdoor artists who will be in the Kennebunkport to Cape Elizabeth area in mid-July. All interested artists are asked to submit three samples of their work to Frank Costantino (frankmc@fmcostantino.com ) in jpg form and a non-refundable application fee of $35 to Ocean Park Association, PO Box 7296, Ocean Park, Maine 04063, by March 31, 2015.

If an applying artist is accepted, they will be invited to attend a Tuesday evening, July 14 introduction of artists to the public. The artists will have from daybreak on Wednesday, July 15th, until 11 am on Friday, July 17th, to produce paintings of the Ocean Park environs.

The artists will submit their 5 best paintings to be judged by Philip Frey of Ellsworth, Maine, by noontime. Prizes are First Prize ($500), Second Prize ($300), Third Prize ($200), and Honorable Mention.

A wet paint art sale will run from 5 pm until 7 pm in The Temple on Friday, July 17. Ocean Park anticipates attracting about a dozen juried artists to share their perspectives on Ocean Park.

At the wet paint sale all purchases will be made through the Ocean Park Association. Cash, checks made out to The Ocean Park Association, or credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover) will be accepted for all purchases.

Ocean Park is a summer assembly, a Chautauqua style community, that will be celebrating its 135th year in 2015. It is about ½ mile wide and ½ mile long. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean (Saco Bay) in the east and a stand of 100+ feet tall hemlock trees, known as Guild Park in the west. Its southern boundary is The Goosefare Brook and home to a Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge. On the north, Tunis Ave marks the end of Ocean Park as it blends in to Old Orchard Beach. For a better view, visit Ocean Park using Google Earth. To get a better idea of what Ocean Park is to its people check out Friends of Ocean Park, Maine on Facebook.

Pictured below are two artists at work from last summer:

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Updated: February 18, 2015