April 20, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Tara C. Perkins | Director of Public Relations | Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival Announces Dates, Thursday-Sunday, August 11-14!
O.A.R. to headline Higher Ground’s Nightly Festival Concert Series
Thursday, August 11 at Burlington’s Waterfront Park!
BURLINGTON, VT—The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival sails into Burlington’s Waterfront on Thursday, August 11 through Sunday, August 14, 2011! The celebration boasts exciting, new events and activities within the spectacular setting on the shores of Lake Champlain.
O.A.R. headlines the Festival Thursday evening at Burlington Waterfront Park, presented by Higher Ground! Tickets on sale Friday, 4/29/11; gates: 6:00pm; show: 6:25pm*
The members of O.A.R. first came together in Rockville, Maryland in the basement of drummer Chris Culos’ childhood home in 1996. As a young group of musicians, they were the prototype of the modern, self-starting band—taking charge of their fate by working the Internet and building an identifiable sound. The band’s music, a rock/reggae fusion, consisted of songs that were fully accessible, yet teasingly elusive. Attracting fans all across the country, the band members toured relentlessly, pushing their album sales through boundless dedication and word-of-mouth appeal, never waiting for the industry to catch up. Eleven years after the group’s first release, O.A.R. has come to stand for authentic rock music that reflects the collective triumphs and tragedies we all experience in this world: Real people making real music that resounds deeply with their fans. For more information about O.A.R., please visit: www.ofarevolution.com. In keeping with the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival’s mission to feature non-profits, O.A.R. supports Green Dream, an initiative to raise awareness about recycling, while educating fans about the environmental impact they can have in their communities. For more information, please visit: http://www.saic.com/oar/
DAILY MUSIC FEATURED ON FESTIVAL STAGES
In keeping with past Festival tradition, some of the best regional acts will be performing on the second Festival stage, along with headliner acts on our main stage.
New at this year’s Festival:
Kids Day! Along with plenty of kids’ activities throughout the weekend, a special Kids Day will be held on Friday, August 12, featuring activities presented by ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain; Northern Lights Cruises; Vermont Lake Monsters; Petra Cliffs and more.
Mission Possible! This event engages young professionals. The event has been described as The Amazing Race meets Survivor. Experience the excitement of challenge, as teams of two tackle obstacles along Lake Champlain and throughout Burlington, raising awareness and funds for the United Way and its associated non-profits. Sunday, August 14.
Green Mountain Derby Dames Special Exhibitions! Experience the resurgence in roller derby as the Green Mountain Derby Dames (GMDD) present special exhibitions throughout the Festival. Peruse Derby merchandise, get an autograph and watch the Dames at Burlington Waterfront Park’s Skate Park! In 2009, GMDD was nominated for a United Way Hometown Hero Award for their donations and dedication to Vermont non-profits. For more information, please visit www.gmderbydames.com.
Returning to this year’s Festival:
Festival’s Lake Champlain Eco-Zone, an event that will feature interactive exhibits with environmentally conscious organizations for people of all ages to learn more about clean and healthy ecosystems, and how individuals can contribute to maintain Lake Champlain as one of Vermont’s most beautiful natural treasures.
Reappearing at this year’s Festival will be Nightmare Vermont’s Troupe of Pirates, who will be swashbuckling and roaming the waterfront.
A variety of non-profit organizations will be onsite at the Festival, raising awareness for their causes, along with The Northern New England Chapter of the ALS, who will once again host a Silent Auction this year.
“The Waterfront will once again come alive during the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival’s fifth year, captivating crowds of all ages with the sights and sounds of summer on the Lake, and highlighting the transformation of the Waterfront from an industrial site to a stunning, active recreational site,” says Mike O’Brien, Festival Director.
The Festival joins again with the venues/attractions of the Lake Champlain Burlington Waterfront, including, Perkins Pier, Lake Champlain Transportation Company at the King Street Ferry Dock, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington Community Boathouse, Burlington Waterfront Park, The U.S. Coast Guard Station Burlington, The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center.
Other Festival highlights include long boat and Dragonheart boat demonstrations. Festival attendees are invited to sample fare at the International Food Court and peruse local craft vendors, enjoy daytime music and evening concerts, and bring the children for entertaining and educational hands-on exhibits throughout the Festival. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain will feature exhibits, more than 70 live animals, more than 100 interactive exhibits, Eclectic Gift Shop, Ecology-themed café, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial and “Melosira” UVM research boat exhibit. For more information, please visit: www.echovermont.org. Sail, kayak, paddleboard or learn how to tie nautical knots at Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center. Take a ride on Northern Lights Cruises, the Spirit of Ethan Allen Cruise Ship or the Friendship Classic Sailing Vessel Charter. Visit the Lake Champlain ACBS Vintage Boat Show. The U.S. Coast Guard will also host a special annual Open House. Marvel at remote-controlled helicopters and airplanes, courtesy of Green Mountain RC Club!
For more information, including full schedule and updates, please visit www.lcmfestival.com or call (802) 482-3313. Thursday, August 11: 5:00pm-10:00pm; Friday, August 12: 11:00am to 11:00pm; Saturday, August 13: 11:00am to 11:00pm; Sunday, August 14: 11:00am to 10:00pm. Lake Champlain Maritime Festival daytime admission is free (admission charged for select events and nightly concerts); events subject to change without notice.
*O.A.R. concert ticket information: Early Bird (first 500 tickets): $25; Regular: $30; Day of Show: $35. To purchase tickets: www.highergroundmusic.com, at the Higher Ground Box Office, Growing Vermont (UVM Davis Center) or 888-512-SHOW. Children 12 & under free. Glass, pets, alcohol, blankets and coolers are all prohibited. This event is a rain or shine. All dates, acts, and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.
The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival’s mission is to celebrate the past, present and future of Lake Champlain and the Burlington Waterfront. The Festival is committed to enhancing the visibility and outreach various non-profit organizations within our community. Please contact the LCMF office at (802) 482-3313 or visit LCMF online: www.lcmfestival.com; Facsimile: (802) 881-0570; Mailing address: 9 Taft Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452.
The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival is presented with generous support from its sponsors: Price Chopper, Harpoon, Ben and Jerry’s, Earthlogic, Inc., Stowe Mountain Resort, Jolley Shortstop, Vermont Tent Company, Courtyard by Marriott, NBT Bank, GTG Hydroponics, Cabot Vermont, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Minuteman Press Vermont, Serena Fox Design, Casella, Vermont Smoke and Cure, Kountry Kart, Cody’s Irish Pub and Grille, Lake Champlain Chocolates, JFC International and O’Brien Brothers Agency, Inc. Media Sponsors: FOX 44/ABC 22/The CW; 104.7 FM WNCS The Point; MP 103.3 FM; and Burlington Free Press.