The Maine Ocean Festival

Our Speakers & Performers

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

Puppetry troupe based in Bar Harbor, Maine

Frogtown Pupet Pirates

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers is a puppetry troupe based in Bar Harbor, Maine, comprising three siblings: brothers Erik and Brian Torbeck and sister Robin (Torbeck) Erlandsen. They will perform a swashbuckling puppet adventure! This is a fun family performance that is sure to keep you entertained.

Founded in 2000, Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers performs at festivals, schools, libraries, and theatres in the United States and Canada. They write and create all the shows they perform and have received three Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA, the highest national award in puppetry.

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Wilderness education organization based in Wiscasset, Maine

Chewonki inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives.

You will meet Chewonki’s animal ambassadors and their handlers at this years festival as they present “Owls of Maine: Habits and Adaptations of Maine’s Native Owls.” This is an hour-long program where you can meet some of the amazing owls that call Maine home!

Initially founded in 1918 as a boys camp, Chewonki began experimenting in the 1970s with year-round programs and more extensive wilderness trips. Thus began Chewonki’s transformation into a full-time, year-round educational institution. Today Chewonki continues to maintain its traditional boys camp. It also offers residential summer camp programs, coed leadership expeditions, a broad array of environmental education programs, traveling natural history education programs, workshops for adults, and two schools: Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki and Chewonki Elementary & Middle School.

Learn more about Chewonki.

Diver Ed

Diver Ed Dive-in Theater based in Bar Harbor, Maine

Learn about the creatures of Frenchman Bay in a truly unforgettable way with professional diver and Smithsonian marine ecologist, Diver Ed. With hands on opportunities to explore the Gulf of Maine and Diver Ed’s zany antics this is not an experience you’ll soon forget! From starfish to crabs, he has kissed them all. Discover fascinating information about some of Maine’s aquatic creatures in a unique and entertaining way!

“Diver Ed is an entertainer, ecologist, and extraordinary diver, with over 35,000 hours underwater, most of it off of Bar Harbor. His knowledge of local marine life is astounding. His experience as a commercial fisherman and Harbormaster in Frenchman Bay make him an excellent captain and seaman.” His love of diving and teaching always shines through.

Learn more about Diver Ed and the Dive-in Theater.