So another fabulous Kennebunkport Festival is now a Maine memory. This year’s was no less success. The food, music and wine flowed along the Kennebunk River from cocktail soirees, to chef dinners, dance parties and grand tastings, just as it has for over a decade. So many fun fab people turn out for this social event of the season, kicking up their heels and kicking off summer in Kennebunkport. Once again the cuisine and entertainment were fantastic from start – at Old Vines Wine Bar to finish – the Grand Finale at David’s KPT at the Boathouse. Kudos to the Maine Mag staff, Art Collector Maine and the talented chefs from around the state that make this decadent festival an annual favorite.
Another delightful aspect of The Fest is the dress, the fashion that shows up at this stylish seaside event. Bright colors at The Colony, beautiful evening attire at David’s KPT, nautical haberdashery at the Hinckley Reception at Chick’s Marina, and more humble hipster hemp wear for the Brews and Tunes outdoor concert, make the Maine mix most interesting.
Never to disappoint, the perennial dressed-to-perfection Susan Grisanti clearly has a passion for fashion, this Maine designer and editor is always on point with a sharp pencil and bright eyes on style. The burgundy romper she rocked at The Colony cocktails was a stunner.
Similarly Chris Kast and beau Byron Bartlett always bring flair, in their complementary colorful shirts. They’re so well-suited for each other – pun intended.
This year I noticed a new stand out on the best dressed list – Sergio Aguilera. Date to Emily McConnell – past festival host, Sergio brought tremendous men’s style to each event. I especially enjoyed the white suit that matched his moped, and Emily’s dress.
Another trender is Trisha Winslow from Maine Art Gallery – her red jumpsuit was bold & beautiful, while her glittery finalé dress was dialed for the last night of the fest.
Another elegant gal, Becky Bassett – local realtor, looked regal in her white fitted dress. Surrounded by her Bassett Team friends, she lit up the room, and the dance floor at Spirit of Maine too.
Ditto to Kennebunkport’s beautiful hairdressers, and best gal pals, Crystal and Tasha, they both looked super glam at Spirit of Maine.
A shout out to my companion Greg who gregariously wore everything I laid out for him from Monday to Sunday, not one complaint on the color coordinations to match my mood from teal for the Gratitude party to just the right white for Thursday’s Spirit party under the big top. See all the Faces Maine Kennebunkport Festival photos here.
I am truly grateful for where we live and work and play, a place many purely dream of vacationing. Kennebunkport is a magical place. This Fest hosted in my home town is so well-executed and raises funds for Full Plates Full Potential – the organization that seeks to end childhood hunger in Maine. So the stuffed shirts stuff themselves with fine food & wine, for the food-insecure kids in our state, the irony is not lost on me, but cheers to that important charity.
Replete with #kportfest2016 reflections, I can hardly wait for next year’s Kennebunkport Festival. Though this week I long for a few reasonable bedtimes, a bit of detox, and a wee break from dancing feet. Rest up sailors, next up is Launch – a Maritime Fest in The Kennebunks. Let’s see who is best decked on the decks of the Spirit of Massachusetts at Saturday’s VIP Rock The Boat Party and more importantly who’s boat is best dressed for the River Light Boats Parade at dusk. There’s cash for the boats that make the best splash with their decorations. I love this town. #LoveKPT …carry on Kennebunkport…. as you were.
Copyright KennebunkportMaineLodging.com 2016, Photos Courtesy of Faces Maine.