What you have to know is that Rockport, Maine is a small town, like fewer than 3,000 people, on Maine’s midcoast, so what is it that brings an Elvis impersonator from Vegas, finalists from the Sing Off, bands from New York and Austin and Boyz II Men to this place? The answer is simple: Pop the Cork, a spectacular event hosted annually in late June by Cellar Door Winery.
It takes place in two Rockport locations, the harbor and a nearby open field on Route 1. Both venues have multiple tents serving incredible food and drink as well as nonstop entertainment which leads up to the headline performance.
The theme this year was right out of the 60’s. This guy look familiar?
and yummy sausages with grilled onions and peppers from the Sausage Guy whose usual location is Fenway Park. His concoction is outrageously good. There was lots more from seafood to pork chops to ice cream sundaes, but you’ve been tempted enough.
The entertainment was Supreme-ly good
Elvis got folks of all ages out on the floor
and what a few hours earlier had been part of a nostalgic setting crowded with party goers was left standing, waiting to be loaded onto the trucks.
No matter where it happened, Pop the Cork would be an over the top event, but having it right in small town USA makes it something really special. People from all over come for this evening of fun and entertainment, and I can’t give enough credit to Cellar Door owner Bettina for giving so many people opportunity for a night to remember. Not only that, proceeds from the event are donated each year to an area nonprofit. How good is that!
I’m buying my ticket for next year as soon as they go on sale. Want to join me? I promise you will have a real big time!
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