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Come meet Lenny

The World’s Only Life-Size Chocolate Moose!

Lenny is 1,700 pounds of the finest chocolate. Come see him in his natural habitat, enjoy our handmade confections and ice cream, and watch a video of how Lenny was created.

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419 US Route One Scarborough, Maine 04074 207-883-4897 www.lenlibby.com

We’re easy to find… just one mile East of Cabela’s on Route One

Open year round 7 days a week Handicap access

Bus tours welcome

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Connections. For Life. At University of New England, it’s about connecting… with world-renowned scholars, with nature, with unforgettable adventures, with a community. Named one of the best regional universities in America by U.S.News & World Report, UNE is a leader in health sciences education, biomedical research, marine sciences, and the liberal arts. Our undergraduate programs provide a challenging liberal arts education with more than 30 majors in a variety of subject areas, and our exceptional graduate and professional programs prepare you for a lifetime of career opportunities. UNE students are passionate about learning and living. Here you’ll find 14 NCAA Division III athletic teams, over 100 clubs and organizations, and access to Maine’s scenic parks, beaches and mountains. UNE’s waterfront campus in Biddeford and historic Portland campus offer an ideal environment for students to make life-changing connections with each other and their professors.

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Welcome to the Activities Guide of Maine, born from a passion of adventure, we offer you the opportunity to discover exciting travel and recreational opportunities around Maine. Combining the experiences and resources of our advertisers, world class partners, writers and contributors we bring you a unique selection of ideas that range widely in their destinations and activities, yet are tied together by a basic principle, have fun in Maine! Inside these pages you find a multitude of advertisements. Please read them carefully, each and every one is important. They are the presentations of good people who live and work here. They have something of value to offer you photo by Betsy Tietz | tiet zmountain.com and they sincerely want the opportunity to meet and serve you. They are our friends and we hope they will become your friends as well ... Enjoy! —Stanley J. Rintz, Publisher

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features & content

south coastal Greater Portland & Old Orchard Beach. Pages 2–21

western lakes & mountains Bethel, Sebago Lake, Naples & Kennebec Valley. Pages 26–43

central & midcoast Brunswick to Searsport & the Capitol Area. Pages 44–81

acadia & downeast Hancock & Washington Counties Pages 84–94

the highlands Bangor & the Katahdin/Moosehead Lake Area. Pages 95–99

Millinocket

Rangeley

Bethel

Machias

biking in maine Maine is the place for awesome biking! Pages 16–18

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Enjoy Maine’s beautiful waterways. Pages 22–25 Bath

rockhounding

Portland

Maine is full of hidden treasure. Pages 36–38

disc golf There’s tons of disc golf going on in Maine! Pages 56–57

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Experience Maine off-road style! Pages 82–83

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old orchard beach

Affordable Family Fun & Quality Vacation Time

Yearly family vacations are an important link to your children. It is important that those vacations be filled with special moments, moments that become memories, memories which can be reflected upon fondly for years to come. A vacation in Old Orchard Beach can provide those memories for every family member.

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Old Orchard Beach’s Largest Outdoor Patio offers a full pub menu as well as family dining on our patio, in our dining room and indoor sports bar, where you can see all the action on our 32 TVs, including new plasmas.

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Seven miles of sandy beach, giant amusement and waterparks, an historic ocean Pier, numerous restaurants, fine accommodations and night clubs for adults all add up to fun for all ages. Old Orchard Beach is teeming with events including free evening concerts in the Park and fireworks every Thursday evening in season. The Beach truly offers something special for every age, taste and budget. Spend some quality time at The Beach with your family this year! —Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce An Easy 1/2 Mile Walk to 7 Mile Sandy Beach Fr Wi ee Fi

Heated Pool • Snack Bar Playground • Rec Room

Tenting to Full Hook-ups Cable TV & 50 Amp Avail. Camping amidst acres of shady pines & apple orchards.

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October 16, 2011 WOOFSTOCK A pet friendly festival at the Ballpark. Dog Contest, Rabies Clinic, Animal Rescue Groups November 12, 2011 SAVOR THE FLAVOR Ride the Trolley Progressive Dinner Event December 31, 2011 FRIST NIGHT OOB FIREWORDS ON THE BEACH Hot Cocoa, Music and Marshmallows January 28, 2012 SAVOR THE FLAVOR Ride the Trolley Progressive Dinner Event February 24-25, 2012 WINTER CARNIVAL Sledding Down Old Orchard Street May 1, 2011 TASTE OF OOB Celebrate all that is OOB! $500 Beach Treasure Hunt

March 24, 2012 SAVOR THE FLAVOR Ride the Trolley Progressive Dinner Event

June 11-12, 2011 CORVETTE Weekend in OOB!

April 15, 2012 SWAP’ N’ SHOP Community Yard Sale

June 24-26, 2011 SPIRIT IN AMERICA HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL & SMOKIN’ at the BALLPARK BBQ State Championship

May 6, 2011 TASTE OF OOB Celebrate all that is OOB! $500 Beach Treasure Hunt

August 3-8, 2011 AMERICAN LEGION REGIONAL BASEBALL Brought back to Maine for the 1st time in over 20 years

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south coastal scarborough/OOB Biking Scarborough Marsh By Cathy Genthner

You’re likely to see a blue heron nestled among the marsh reeds, hear the piercing cries of bickering seagulls overhead, smell the stingy salt air and witness an angler pull in a striper all while you are bicycling on the Eastern Trail that cuts through the center of the Scarborough Marsh. It is one of the most stimulating and sensual bicycling experiences in Maine. “We think it is a unique experience that one can encounter while on the most popular and visible section

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of the trail,� said Bob Hamblen, a vice president for the Eastern Trail Alliance. “You can come by on any given day and see birders, bird hunters during hunting season, fishermen, canoeists, runners and bicyclists.� u

Time goes so quickly -let’s make some memories.

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Shoreside Vacationing With Spectacular Views‌ Suites, oceanfront and ocean side rooms just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean ~ Large heated pool and 48 rooms - many newly remodeled with kitchen facilities

65 West Grand Avenue Old Orchard Beach, Maine Ph: (207) 934-4180 www.seaviewgetaway.com

Old Orchard Beach’s Largest Hotel Over 160 Rooms, Cottages, & Suites most with Private Decks Swimming Pool ~ Coffee Shop Near “The Pier,� Attractions, Restaurants and Shopping

87 West Grand Avenue Old Orchard Beach, Maine Ph: (207) 934-4949 www.wavesoceanfront.com

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It’s all about

Live harness racing action, April—December, plus simulcasting 7 days US Rte. 1, Scarborough, or Exit 42, Maine Tpk. • 207-883-4331 For race days and post times, visit us online at www.ScarboroughDowns.com

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south coastal Don’t miss Maine’s fabulous fair season!

If you are in Maine this summer, there is always a fair in town! Check the fair dates for one near you. Rides, petting zoos, horse and animal shows, harness racing, exhibit halls where locals show off their prized goods, live entertainment and fireworks!

Ken’s Place

Famous for Seafoods Since 1927 Fabulous Fried Clams!

Baked & Fried Foods • Children’s Menu • Air Conditioned Pine Point Rd. Scarborough, Maine 207 883-6611 • Open thru Oct.

Bayley’s Lobster Pound Since 1915

photo by Michael Leonard

Live and Cooked Lobsters • Steamers • Lobster Meat Lobster Rolls • Fresh Fish • Maine Shrimp • Maine Crab Homemade Chowders and Sandwiches Lobsters Cooked Free of Charge • Nationwide shipping

Pine Point, Maine | (207) 883-4571 | www.bayleys.com

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portland Why Portland is tops in the Country!

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ide along scenic Casco Bay and the Portland Waterfront aboard a classic two foot gauge train powered by antique steam and diesel locomotives. Tour our museum and gift shop.

Open daily from 10am–4pm. Trains Hourly 10-3 Walking distance to downtown Portland. Handicap Accessible. Adults $10 - Seniors $9 - Children 3–12 $6 Children 2 and under FREE!

1. Portland is rated “One of America’s Best Towns 2010”. (Outside Magazine, 2010) 2.. Portland named one of the coolest small cities in America. (GQ Magazine, November 2010). 3. Portland named among the top twelve surprising, thriving

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Visit our web site at MNGRR.org for directions, schedules and special holiday events!

58 Fore Street Portland, Maine 04101 • (207) 828-0814

Dine amongst outdoor Japanese gardens and waterfall this summer.

Maine Rebels Train Attack! June 18th, Oct. 8th

July 4th Stars & Stripes Spectacular Halloween Trains Oct. 31 (call for times) 8

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Japanese cuisine at its best ~ in a relaxing atmosphere.

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and emerging world travel destinations for 2007 by Frommer’s Travel Guides and Frommers.com. 4. Portland ranked #2 in Self Magazine’s 2006 Healthiest Cities for Women. u

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choices in the Portland area. What would you like? Fresh food that is either steamed, baked, fried, or served cold in a salad. A sizzling steak, a sandwich or a seafood roll to take on a cruise of Casco Bay. Pizza, sushi, organic produce or a beer from a local brewery. You name it, its all right here. For the best outdoor dining in town, try Yosaku restaurant! Voted greater Portland’s Best Sushi Restaurant and Top 40 Best Sushi in New England, at Benkay, skilled chefs prepare over 30 different types of sushi and over 40 types of maki rolls along with many cooked dishes. u

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FAMOUS FRIED CLAMS

“in our original home made batter” 199 W. Commercial Street Portland, Maine

207-774-2084

Pay a visit to our NEW Lobster Pound and take home a live lobster! WATER VIEWS

• Deck & Outside Dining • Hot Dogs & Burgers • Clam Cakes • Crab meat Rolls • Haddock Dinners Home of the 1/4 lb. Lobster Roll!

An Original Maine Fish Market Top-quality fish, seafood and live lobsters Experienced shippers­—to your home or business via FedEx A must-see stop in Maine Located on Portland’s Historic Waterfront

9 Custom House Wharf, Portland ME 04101 207-775-0251 • 1-800-370-1790

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Fresh Maine Seafood • Serving Lunch & Dinner Casual Dining • Full Take-Out Large outside patio overlooking Portland’s working waterfront

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92 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine

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Voted Maine’s Best Chowder • Rated

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south coastal Portland Discovery Land & Sea Tours has been offering tours of Portland for over 14 years. As a locally owned and operated company, they take pride in showing visitors all that Maine’s largest city has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a city tour, harbor cruise or both, Portland Discovery has it covered! The most popular tour Portland Discovery offers is the Land & Sea Tour. This combo tour is a great way to maximize your day in Portland. For just $35, you’ll get a 90-minute Trolley Tour and a 90-minute Lighthouse Lovers Cruise on Casco Bay. The 2011 season begins May 14th and will continue right through the end of October. In July & August trolley tours run at 9:30, 11:15, 1:00, 2:45, and 4:30. Harbor cruises are offered at 11:30, 1:30, 3:30 and 6:30. Tours will operate daily through October 23rd, however the schedule does change a bit after Labor Day. Though not required, reservations are strongly recommended in-season. For those looking for a true “Maine adventure” a trip to Eagle Island may be the answer. This adventure includes a narrated cruise through beautiful Casco Bay, plus an opportunity to explore Eagle Island. While en route to the island, you’ll cruise through scenic back channels and quiet coves, past island cottages and quaint fishing villages. On the island you will have an opportunity to tour the former summer estate of famed arctic explorer, Admiral Robert E. Peary, the 1st man to reach the North Pole. u

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alt water fishing guide Dave Pecci has been fishing the tidal waters of the Kennebec River and the midcoast of Maine for over 50 years. Pecci grew up in Bath and caught his first striped bass from the Kennebec when he was eleven years old. It is still a thrill for him to catch stripers today. “Striped bass are a magical fish. They are good fighters and can be somewhat unpredictable. The attraction also comes from their habits of holding in to strong current and around structure. To catch them consistently you need to know their habitat. Fishing for them is as much of a hunt as it is angling,” said Pecci, who is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain and the owner of Obsession Sportfishing Charters in Bath.Striper fishing is big business in Maine bringing in $48 million a year with roughly 100,000 salt water anglers hitting the waters. Stripers are migratory and come out of Chesapeake Bay, migrating up the eastern seaboard and arrive in the cold ocean waters of Maine in late spring and early summer. Stripers can be caught off the coast in a boat or by surf casting and in tidal waters, where rivers flow into the sea.

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Catch the next boat out of town.

Casco Bay Lines can take you to beautiful island scenery, cool ocean breezes, sun and sea — it’s where the Maine coast really begins. 10 daily cruises. Charters and lobster bakes available.

Go to www.cascobaylines.com for the current schedule. Or call us at 207.774.7871 Casco Bay Ferry Terminal, Commercial & Franklin Street, Portland. Owned and operated by the Casco Bay Island Transit District.

A good day of striper fishing on Casco Bay

“Last year, we had some fish settle into the Kennebec and were able to get clients on fish,” said Pecci. “I’ve had many memorable striper trips during my 20 years of guiding. A vast majority of the anglers who come to Maine for salt water fishing are going after stripers.” u For more information about bag limits, size restrictions and license requirements visit: http://www.maine.gov/ dmr/license/index.htm

Wednesday, June 22nd, 6:00-8:00 PM Poke Chop-Rock/Country/Blues Tickets on sale at Casco Bay Lines $7.50 Saturday, June 25th, 7:30-10:30 PM Mystic Vibes-Reggae Tickets on sale at Casco Bay Lines $12/$14 Friday, July 15th, 8:00-11:00 PM Broken Men-Jam Rock Tickets on sale at Casco Bay Lines $12/$14 Saturday, July 16th, 7:30-10:30 PM Racer X-80’s Tickets on sale at Casco Bay Lines $12/$14 Friday, July 22nd, 7:30-10:30 PM Wavelength-Variety Tickets on sale at Casco Bay Lines $15/$16 Friday, August 12th, 8:00-11:00 PM The Hurricanes-Rock/Pop Tickets on sales at Casco Bay Lines $13/$15 Saturday, August 20th, 8:00-11:00 PM The Lucid-Rock Tickets on sale at Casco Bay Lines $12.50/$14.50 12

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south coastal Portland Schooner Company has been making memories for Casco Bay visitors since 2002. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Scott Reischmann and Michelle Thresher, they offer an authentic, Old World sailing experience from May through October aboard Portland’s only historic windjammers. Whether you’re looking to experience the Portland waterfront from a unique perspective or just hoping to step back to a simpler time for a couple hours, Portland Schooner Company offers an experience you don’t want to miss. The adventure begins aboard one of their classic wooden schooners, Wendameen or Bagheera. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, both schooners were designed by famed naval architect John G. Alden in the early 1900s and built by some of the best craftsmen in the world at the shipyards of East Boothbay Maine. Twohour sails depart from the Maine State Pier in Portland’s Old Port and are offered four times daily, presenting visitors with a perfect vantage point for viewing Portland’s unforgettable sights and sounds – from lighthouses and seabirds to seals and the rocky coastline. The friendly, professional crew is not only there to provide you with a safe trip … they’re happy to share a bit of Casco Bay history and trivia. You’re invited to join in any way you’d like: hoisting the sails alongside a deckhand, taking a turn at the ship’s wheel, or just relaxing and enjoying the ocean breeze and salt air. And you’re welcome to bring food and drink, including beer and wine, aboard. The cost for a two-hour sail is just $35 for adults and $10 for children. Though not required, reservations are strongly encouraged. If you’ve got more time to spend on Casco Bay, Portland Schooner Company also offers charters for family or corporate functions, lunchtime lobster bakes on scenic Cow Island, and overnight excursions where you can spend an evening nestled in a quiet island anchorage. u

Experience the magic of Cow Island in 2011! Day Camps ~ Cow Island Overnight Camps Wilderness Expeditions ~ Leadership Programs Explore the coastline by kayak, climb on our rock wall, soar down our zip line, and share adventures to last a life time!

A once in a lifetime experience. Sailing four times daily.

two-hour sails private charters overnights 207-766-2500 portlandschooner.com

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Tickets and tours depart Casco Variety, 94 Commercial St.

Portland Yacht Services – Your gateway to exploring the bold, exciting coast of Maine. Whether you’re sailing around the world, or around the bay, Portland Yacht Services is a full service boatyard, ideally situated on Portland’s historic waterfront. Make Portland your next port of call, and let the experts at PYS be your guide to discovering all the wonders of the Maine coast.

Professional Services: • Maintenance • Repairs • Boat & Motor Sales

• Full Parts Department • Full Rigging Department

• Painting & Fiberglass • Moorings, Dockage & Storage

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Maine Tourmaline Jewelry

Come to the Source

Over 500 pieces of fine tourmaline jewelry on display.

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south coastal Portland Sea Dogs www.seadogs.com 800-936-3647 Minor League Team of the

Boston Red Sox

“Only 2 hours from downtown Boston� photo by Michael Leornard

Purchase Tickets and Souvenirs On-Line at

www.seadogs.com or call 1-800-936-3647

INDIVIDUAL GAME PRICES Individual Box Reserved General Adm. Adult $9.00 $8.00 $7.00 Child/Senior $8.00 $7.00 $4.00

Do you enjoy hiking, biking, camping and kayaking? There is an outdoor club for you in Maine. When the Maine Outdoor Adventure Club (MOAC) was founded in 1989, 25 people were at the first meeting. The Club has grown to support over 800 outdoor enthusiasts from Kittery to Fort Kent. MOAC is an all-volunteer member organization. Members organize and lead all trips and activities from beginner to expert. Our outdoor activities range from peaceful and relaxing to challenging and full of excitement. MOAC has something to offer everyone. We are a diverse group with members of all ages and experience. If you would like to challenge yourself, share your outdoor skills and meet other outdoor adventurers, then MOAC is the place for you!! Find out more at MOAC.org www.activitymaine.com

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biking in M A I N E

From the wooded mountain trails of Western Maine to the carraige trails of Acadia National Park, Maine is a biking mecca!

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you like riding road bikes, then Central Maine is a great place to be in the Spring, Summer or Fall. Do you enjoy long solo rides on quiet back roads, challenging group rides, maybe a charity ride or race? No matter what, it’s happening here in the Lewiston/Auburn area. If you are spending time in Central Maine and want to know where to ride, check out the Maine Cycling Club, based in Auburn, Maine. The club boasts over 150 members of all ability levels. They are a group of recreational riders who get together regularly for road biking. New riders are always welcome to join the fun. Road bikes are recommended but not absolutely necessary. Rides start in mid-April and continue into late September. Weeknight rides leave from Auburn at 6pm most evenings and there are often weekend destination

If you are spending time in Central Maine and want to know where to ride, check out the Maine Cycling Club, based in Auburn, Maine. rides. The club also sponsors a Road Race weekend, a Time trial, a Cyclo-cross race along with putting teams together for the Trek Across Maine in June and the Dempsey Challenge in October. On the webwww.MaineCyclingClub.com for ride schedules, maps and activities. If you don’t have access to a computer, call Rainbow Bicycle and Fitness at 207-7847576 for more information. u 16

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Back Country Excursions If you’ve ever had the thought of starting your own business and living your own passion, well Cliff Krolick has been doing just that! In 1991, he founded one of the first X-Country commercial mountain biking touring centers in North America. Going on it’s 20th year, now a true labor of love, Cliff offers and promises some of the best trail riding in the eastern USA. He’s hand-built many of the 24 miles of trails and there’s plenty of terrain for all riding abilities. Something For Everyone If you’re a novice, Cliff has plenty of mountain bike rentals and offers the most effective instruction that can be found anywhere. He jokes as the locals know him as the instructor that teaches the teachers. He’s one of the true guru’s of the sport and called the saint of singletrack Choose Your Ride BackCountry Excursions is open May thru October, 7 days per week by reservation.All trails are accessible by guide only and don’t worry, our guides will only ride at the speed you’re comfortable with and treat you to trails that are appropriate to your level. For extended trips BackCountry Excursions center is located on 8,800 acres and there are camp sites available right on the trail head with a variety of packages to choose from. u Gorham Bike and Ski Gorham Bike and Ski is Maine’s premier cycling store, carrying a wide variety of bikes and accessories from the industries leading brands like Giant, Specialized, and Felt. No matter your passion in cycling, Gorham Bike and Ski has all that you need. u www.activitymaine.com

945 Center Street, Auburn, ME 04210

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Why go anywhere else? Ride the best Singletrack trails in the East. Mountain bikers agree. Back Country Excursion’s adventure lodge and trail center delivers the goods. Call ahead / by reservation only

207.625.8189 2 for 1 on half-day pass

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ith all there is to do in Freeport, plan to stay two or For more historical information, contact the Freeport three days. A variety of overnight accommodations Historical Society located at 45 Main Street or call (207) welcome the weary traveler. Choose from homey country 865-3170. inns, charming bed and breakfast, cabins in the woods, motels, and scenic campgrounds. Some of the best things in life are in Freeport, Maine! Points of interest include oceanfront grandeur of Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Winslow Park with a beach on Casco Bay, and Mast Landing Sanctuary, open daily for nature walks and guided tours; and we can’t forget Maine’s natural phenomenon—the Desert of Maine. Charming South Freeport Village offers a panoramic view of a working harbor, restaurants with great lobster, and scenic ocean cruises.

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Maine offers world-class paddling - from flat water to white water, fresh water to coastal touring - the possibilities are endless! Seaspray kayaking Seaspray Kayaking Celebrates their 20th Year Paddling Mid-Coast Maine! On the Water! On the Water! On the Water! This may be the quickest, easiest access to the beautiful Coast of Maine for all your paddling desires! Family beach paddle, secluded islands, kayak fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, sunset/moonlight paddle, surf kayaking or a multi-day expedition on the Maine Island Trail; it all happens every day at Seaspay Kayaking! Bring your own equipment and

“Imagine paddling a few miles or more, landing on an island and “claiming” a camping spot for yourself.” launch for FREE with Seaspray. Yes, FREE! The personal and professional kayaking staff will be your sherpas, carry your kayaks from your vehicle to the waters edge, while filling you in with the necessary local knowledge and safety to make your trip enjoyable and memorable. If you need to rent equipment, they have it all: kids’ kayaks, two person kayaks, recreational kayaks, composite sea kayaks, canoes, fishing kayaks; and they even have stand up paddle boards! 22

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Owner Scott Shea credits the 20 years of success to his personal and professional staff, the unbelievable shoreline location (420 State Rd. West Bath), and the outstanding people that visit each summer and make Seaspray Kayaking a regular part of their outdoor adventure plans. Seaspray Kayaking Summer Events July 2nd, 11:00 a.m. Sheepscot River Race, Wiscasset Prizes for All Ages FMI - www.seaspraykayaking.com or (207) 443-3646 July 15th, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free Kayak Fishing Day Seaspray Kayaking, 420 State Rd., West Bath FMI - www.seaspraykayaking.com or (207) 443-3646 July 16th &17th Sunrise Saturday through 11 a.m. Sunday Maine Kayak Fishing Tournament Fun for All Ages, Thousands in Prizes! Lincoln Outdoor Center n a kayak, you are sitting with your head only a few feet above the water. Your entire view of the water changes. If one of Maine’s countless harbor seals swims nearby, you can look it straight in the eye. You can paddle into the nooks and crannies and literally land on islands that are

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inaccessible to boats with deeper hulls. If you are planning on spending a night out, there are few places better than on one of our coastal islands. Imagine paddling a few miles or more, landing on an island and “claiming” a camping spot for yourself. You’ll eat dinner with the sunset and wake up to the first sunrises in the U.S., staring out towards open ocean.

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M A INE Lincoln Outdoor Center can tailor an experience for you that suits your experience level and desire for energy output and adrenaline. They can take beginners out on short tours and multi-day trips and experts out to practice skills in rough waters. At Lincoln Canoe & Kayak’s Freeport location they manufacture canoes and kayaks and can demo that boat in their on-site pond. It’s also where you can get expert advice on purchasing a boat, paddling accessory, or “water-lifestyle” clothing. A full-service paddling shop for kayakers and canoeists, day-trips and expeditions, rentals, guided tours, etc. LCK’s real interest is helping you get out on the water. u In the Southern Maine area join COASTAL MAINE KAYAK located in Kennebunk Lower Village to paddle scenic coastlines, lakes, and clean rivers. Watch curious seals and graceful birds as you visit pristine islands and historic lighthouses. Coastal Maine Kayak offers guided tours to nearby Cape Porpoise, the Kennebunk River, Mousam River, and Casco Bay. We offer picnic and lobster on our island picnic tours. We welcome beginner, intermediate and advanced paddlers for our daily and sunset tours. Tours are led by a licensed Maine Guide. We provide kayak, PFD, and paddle. Each trip begins with instruction for the beginners with an introduction to safety techniques. Enjoy paddling on the sea and salt water marshes of Maine and enjoy the waterfowl and marine life. Maine Audubon Society’s salt marshes are respected and protected and one of the most popular of our eco-tours. u Midcoast kayak What better way to see the coast of Maine than to explore by kayak! Midcoast Kayak is located in the heart of Midcoast

 

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Maine with easy access to the islands of Muscongus Bay and the beautiful Damariscotta River. Our services include guided tours, kayak rentals, lessons, and kayak delivery. At Midcoast Kayak there will always be a friendly, knowledgeable staff member available to talk with you to ensure that you choose the appropriate kayak experience for you or your group. Our trips include half day and full day trips on Muscongus Bay for all skill levels, lessons on Biscay Pond, and more advanced options like paddling to Damariscove Island. Our instructors can teach you everything from the basics of kayak paddling to more advanced skills such as edging or bracing. We even have rolling classes! Take in the sights and smells of the Maine coast while stopping to swim, snack or just perch yourself on a rock to watch the seals. At Midcoast Kayak we know you are on vacation and

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would like to make things as easy as possible for you. This is why we have a great delivery service including the drop off and pick up of kayaks and gear to your door! And don’t forget, we enjoy working with large groups and have lead successful group camping trips, summer camp programs, and even bachelorette and wedding parties. u

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Standup paddleboarding, or SUP, is the new way to experience Maine’s lakes, rivers and beaches. Beginning in Hawaii about a dozen years ago, SUP has now become the fastest growing water sport in the world. In 10 minutes, anyone can learn to stand on a board and use a paddle to maneuver themselves. But that’s only the beginning. There are many different aspects of SUP a paddle boarder can explore, from surfing overhead waves to fly-fishing in the tidal marshes, taking SUP yoga classes or running whitewater rapids, or even just casual, soul-soothing glides on the local pond. This is a sport that grows with your ability, with an almost infinite horizon of possibilities. Make this summer special by doing something completely new. There are a number of paddle sports shops in Maine that now offer rentals and/or lessons in SUP. If you are in the Portland area, Soposup, New England’s 1st store dedicated entirely to SUP, offers free demos on Friday mornings, as well as rentals and private lessons. u Windsurfing: Dance with the Wind With 1400+ miles of coastline complimenting her 5000 lakes and ponds, Maine has quite a bit to offer in the realm of Wind and Water sports. Windsurfing fits nicely into Maine’s menu of outdoor/water activities for the extreme sports enthusiast as well as the casual adventurer. Yes, you heard me right, “casual”. You do not need to be a gifted athlete to windsurf. You can relax or extreme, Green trails or Black Diamond ... your choice Windsurfing equipment has changed drastically over the last 15 years than even more than Kayak equipment. The SOT (sit on top) Kayak design brought kayaking to the casual user. As demand would have it, Wide-Style Boards and lighter sail components have brought windsurfing to people of all ages, sizes, and abilities. “Our first-day students windsurf confidently within 4 hours” offers Ian Barclay of Windsurfing-Maine. “ We have about 30% of our first day students who never even get their hair wet !!” he adds enthusiastically. “Compared to the physically challenging time I had learning 20+ years ago on (then already) antiquated gear, today folks learn techniques on day one that I didn’t learn in the first 5 years.” u

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June 18 - Windham Summerfest Parade, food vendors, business expo, helicopter rides, kids’ activities, frog jumping contest (bring your own frog), fireman’s extrication challenge, yard sale, antique cars, crafters, softball game, five local bands and fireworks at dusk. Windham High School, 10 am. www.windhamsummerfest.com June 17-19th Annual Maine Blues Festival Live bands at many venues around town; artisans and food vendors on the Causeway and Village Green. Advance tickets $10; event day $15. Naples. www.mainebluesfestival.com

Fresh Maine Seafood • Award-Winning Chowders

Steaks & Ribs • Pasta • Children’s Menu Large Outside Patio • Casual Dining 61 Tandberg Trail Rt. 35, Windham, Maine www.gilbertschowderhouse.com 893-0700

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July 4 4th of July parade & fireworks Naples & Limington. July 15: Town of Sebago Days Enjoy a chicken and lobster bake and yard sales. July 28-30 Casco Days The largest festival in the Lakes Region, held annually since 1935. Features include a full Midway, parades, concerts, a church supper, chicken BBQ, road race, games and prizes. www. cascodays.com August 20: Old Home Days Old Home Days Historic craft and trade demos, games, vendors, music, carousel rides and more. Willowbrook Museum Village, Newfield. www.willowbrookmuseum.org. August 26: Annual Wooden Boat Show

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Owning a boat in Maine

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A world away! There is nothing like exclusive feeling of being on a boat or water craft in Maine. Whether it is fishing on a home town lake or cruising the sparkling sea in Maine you are welcomed to be a part of what it truly means to be in Maine. Owning your own boat means you are the “captain of your own adventures from cocktail cruises to water sports like wakeboarding, skiing and tubing.” Nobody forgets their first time up on skiis or being whipped outside the wake on a tube! Old friends and new friends to be, join boats together and drift the summer days away enjoying music, picnics of deliciously prepared foods and beverages and the memories last a lifetime. Every generation enjoys being on a boat, there is something unifying and timeless. Jump in the water, cast a

“It could be a steamy 92 degrees on land but a perfect 79 degrees on the water!” rod out, or just relax… you are spending a summer day on the water where you are as free as you will ever be. There are many trust worthy boat dealerships in Maine that will make your dreams come true for you and your family. Boat dealers: Naples, Moose Landing Marina; Windham, Maine-ly Marine; Portland, Portland Yacht Services; Woolwich; BFC Marine. u

MAINE-LY MARINE Family Boats from Family Folks

Rte. 302 • 625 Roosevelt Trail • Windham, ME

207-892-9191 • www.mainelymarine.com

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• Four-season lakeside accommodations (extended stay in winter) • Rooms equipped with kitchenettes, screened-in porches • Charming lakefront cottages with full kitchen and bathroom • C omplimentary Wi-Fi, canoes and kayaks, continental breakfast • Fishing, fitness room, swim area, docking facilities • 20–30 minutes from the airport and Portland • Golf, restaurants, shopping, beaches and entertainment nearby • Pet-friendly, family friendly, smoke-free GPS/Physical Location: 661 White’s Bridge Road Standish ME 04084

Sebago Lake Lodge & Cottages PO Box 480 • Windham ME 04062

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vacation area—as well as a rapidly growing residential and business community. Visitors naturally come to a stop when they arrive at the Naples Causeway in the center of town; the view up Long Lake to the White Mountains is one of the most spectacular in New England. u

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June: 18 & 19- Lake Region Open Golf Tournament. A two day event held at Lake Kezar

Country Club in Lovell on the 18th and Point Sebago Golf Resort on the 19th. Contact the Chamber.

July 3: Bridgton Fireworks Display July 4: Naples Fireworks Display July 4: Four on the Fourth Road Race and Bridgton July 4th Parade

Brew Fest! Maine Lakes Brew Fest 2010 was an absolute perfect fall day all around. With tons of sun, blue bird skies and some of the best Maine micro brews poured for you by the brewers themselves on the shores of Sebago Lake. The line to get in at 10:30 am was building with brewfest goers who donned their best beer shirts, hats and regalia and I was armed with a beer glass a note pad and camera thinking to myself I could possibly have the best job in the world right now. As you walk through the myriad of Maine beer vendors sampling tasty beer after tasty beer you hear brewers talk amongst themselves about their batches. I overheard a few

July 7-9: Harrison Old Home Days July 15-17: Waterford World’s Fair, Greater waterfordworldsfair.org

Bridgton Lakes Region July 16-17: Town of Sebago DaysChamber of Commerce Imagine Us In Any Season… Visit Us In All Of Them!

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secrets being passed between brewers asking one another “What percent of Scottish yeast is your ale?” Most all of the breweries from Maine were there doling out their finest. From small operations like Oak Pond Brewery in Skowhegan to major players with multiple restaurant locations like Sebago Brewing Company. This is what Maine beer enthusiasts would call heaven. Mark your calendars, it will take place September 24, 2011.This Brewfest is made possible by Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and located at Point Sebago off route 302 in Casco. Truly the Brew Fest with the most! u www.activitymaine.com

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Harvest Hill Farms started 17 years ago as a small operation to supply family and friends with quality, range fed beef and poultry. Today it remains a working farm but features a new Country Farm Market and Farm House Pizza located on Route 26 in Mechanic Falls. Over the last 5 years it has also grown into Northern New England’s premier family agritainment (agricultural entertainment) venues featuring the fall attractions of Pumpkin Land, the Corn Maze Adventure and the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride. This summer they will be opening their new Field of Dreams agritainment venue. Open Daily. www. harvesthillfarms.com. 207-998-5485.

Smedberg’s roadside stand was originally built in 1967 and is owned and operated by Roger and Gayle Smedberg and Roger Smedberg Jr. From Madein-Maine products like maple syrup, honey, fruit salsa, pottery, soaps and ornaments, to their own One Cow Homemade Ice Cream that’s “udderly delicious”, Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm is an experience unlike any other. Stop by and check out our homemade baked goods including pies, breads and Gayle’s delicious homemade baked beans and chicken pies. Smedberg’s fully-stocked greenhouses feature beautiful annuals, hardy perennials, fertilizer, soils and mulch hay, as well as seedlings and plants. Smedberg’s all-natural, home-grown beef, pork and lamb are raised on the farm, fed from the field, with no added hormones. Also available: bison, chicken, turkey, seafood and live lobster. You won’t want to miss a stop at Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm.

Everything in it’s Season

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Seafood and Live Lobsters Seedlings, Annuals and Perennials Hay and Live Bait Homemade Baked Goodies Wheel Cheese and Jams

Join us for Customer Appreciation Day - 1st Sunday in November Pig Roast and Free Samples! www.smedbergfarm.com 1413 Main Street • Route 26, Oxford, Maine • 207-743-6723

Cyndi’s Dockside

Restaurant & Boathouse An Oasis Awaits You! Relax with us at the Dockside... wholesome food served in a setting that is like an oasis but on a beautiful lake. The most friendly staff this side of the Mason Dixon line with an environment filled with laughter and warmth. A menu that includes delicious appetizers, sandwiches, Harvest Hill Farm’s burgers, Maine lobster from our lobster tank, seafood dinners, chicken, steak and our over the top desserts. At the Route 26 Causeway 723 Maine Street ~ Poland Spring (207) 998-5008 www.dockside.me 32

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Gather with friends around a beautiful fireplace featuring minerals from Oxford County's 300 mines. We offer tours for rockhounding and wildlife viewing. Join us for an evening of dining or an afternoon of family fun.

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Looking to play more that just one great golf course on your next vacation? Want to go someplace that you can relax and not spend and arm and leg? The Maine Trifecta is the perfect solution! Here is the unique deal called the “Maine Trifecta,” which allows golfers to play Spring Meadows in Gray, Fox Ridge in Auburn and Poland Spring, green fees and carts for 18 holes each day plus 2 nights lodging, and 4 meals at the Poland Spring Resort.

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Poland Spring Golf Course is considered the oldest

resort golf course in America. Famed architect, Donald Ross, designed the Links style course. Spectacular views of the White Mountains, velvet bent grass greens, beautiful well maintained fairways, ponds, and tees for all abilities.

Spring Meadows Golf Course A naturally

beautiful and challenging layout offering plush fairways and superb greens. “A venue worth the drive. . . a sweetly sublime design from Maine architect laureate Brad Booth.” Golf Digest.

Fox Ridge Golf Course Rated among Maine’s most

challenging 18-hole golf courses. Former home of the Maine Open. Designed to take advantage of the natural lay of the land, which will demand every shot in your bag. Rated 4 1/2 out of 5 stars by Golf Digest. The Maine Trifecta package includes 2-night lodging at the Poland Spring Resort, which has comfortable accommodations in three different inns, or cottages. All meals are served at the Maine Inn, buffet style, all-you-caneat. The Resort has loads of amenities including grass tennis courts, swimming, bocce, shuffleboard, boating, and lots more. The 2011 rate for the Maine Trifecta is $279.00. The rate is per person, double occupancy, plus 17% service charge, and Maine sales tax. FMI: www.mainetrifecta.com. u

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Enjoy the best vacation value in Maine! Huge swimming pool, Donald Ross golf course, tennis, delicious all-you-can-eat buffets, nightly entertainment, hiking trails, boating, fishing, comfortable accommodations and much more!

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discover Androscoggin County We invite you to discover everything that Androscoggin County has to offer! Music, Theater, History, Great Restaurants, Outdoor Recreation and so much more!

415 Lisbon Street  PO Box 59 Lewiston, ME 04243-0059 (207) 783-2249 E-mail: info@androscoggincounty.com

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rockhounding

Digging for underground treasure in the foothills of Maine is a thrill for the whole family!

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hand tools. While the site is considered “easy access”, tunnels are not wheel chair accessible. The mine is remote, with the only “improvements” being the access road and a maintained Porta-Jon, pretty much the same as it was when mining operations ceased in the 1960’s. Take a look at our web site, (www.rocksme.biz) for pictures and comments from our guest experiences! Along with MME, two closely affiliated businesses provide a great menu of experiences that will make your visit to our area a truly memorable one. First, to compliment the experience with gems and native minerals is MT MANN JEWELERS. Owner, hard rock miner, gem cutter and jewelry designer Jim Mann has created an educational and eye-popping exposition that is sure to impress the whole family. He provides a fantastic display of native and worldwide mineral specimens in his Museum and the Crystal Cave. Jim completes the experience with local gems set in fine jewelry with a major wow factor. The knowledgeable staff at Mt Mann is well equipped to answer your questions. BETHEL OUTDOOR ADVENTURES & CAMPGROUND, (BOA) is “home base” for MME and www.activitymaine.com

DIG MAINE GEMS! •• Learn mineral identification •• •• Guided tours of actual mines •• •• Dig for your own special find! ••

Maine Mineralogy Expeditions 121 Mayville Road, US Route 2 Bethel, ME 04217 800-533-3607 • 207-824-4224

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a mineral sluice under our “Big Top” tent. Rock Hounds can process buckets of great mine material from some of the best sources in western Maine. The SLUICE is a great fun and an educational experience for the entire family. The pictures on our web site tell the story and we’re sure you won’t go home empty handed. To round out the total experience, BOA provides a beautiful campground for RV’s and tenters, has kayak, canoe, drift boat and bicycle rentals, and they provide fishing adventures and guide services as well. Your visit with us is sure to provide adventure and it’s a natural compliment to the many outdoor activities available here. Learn something new and go home with some of natures beautiful treasures! For more information on features and tour reservations please call B.O.A. at (207) 824.4224 (800.533.3607) or Mt Mann at (207) 824.3030. Maine Mineral Adventures Learn about the local geology, mining history, and how to identify minerals. Screen a bucket of mine run: material containing different gemstones and mineral specimens from local mines. Take field trips to famous local gem mines in the area and dig on their dumps. Visit mines like Mt. Mica, the Bennett Quarry, Orchard Pit and many others! Learn about the science of mining and see active mines. Prospecting trips are available to learn everything you need to know to go out on your own. continued on next page >> www.activitymaine.com

Bethel Outdoor Adventure & Campground Tenting & RV Sites • Rentals & Sales • Laundromat Guided Trips • Canoe & Kayak • Tubing • Bicycles Fishing & Licenses • Mineralogy Sluice • Bumpus Mine Tours

121 Mayville Road, U.S. Route 2, Bethel, ME 04217 800-533-3607 • 207-824-4224 www.BethelOutdoorAdventure.com

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MMA will provide an avenue for hobbyists and professionals as well as schools, clubs and organizations to dig for their own gem minerals, learn about lapidary, geology, minerals and the mining history here in Western Maine. we are happy to announce Dig Maine Gems South at One Cow Ice Cream next to Smedberg’s Crystal spring farms on Rt. 26 in Oxford.Call for more info or go to website digmainegems.com. Ask about our 3-day Dig & Lodging packages with meals. AT POLAND MINING CAMPS Opening May 21! Oma’s Attic filled with treasures, rocks and more! Jewelry maker on site, wire wrapping and stonecutting available. u

Jewelry to Fall in Love With Custom Design, In-House Repair Maine Gemstones, Fine Jewelry Fine Mineral Specimens Gemcutting, and much more. New Mineral Museum!

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A one of a kind shop offering a variety of Maine specimens, fossils, chakra stones and custom-design jewelry.

901 U.S. Route 1, Saco, Maine 04072 207-571-4522 www.jerrysgems.com E-mail: jerrysgems@maine.rr.com

October 8 & 9: Sunday River Fall Festival & North American Wife Carrying Championships Two days of fun at Sunday River Resort including arts & crafts, wagon rides, chondola rides, beer & wine event, food & North American Wife Carrying Championships (on Saturday only) FMI www.sundayriver.com

138 Main Street South Paris, Maine

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colleCt minerals in maine We have access to private and closed locations like: Mount Mica, Mount Apatite, Emmons and more! Poland Mining Camps Dudy & Mary Groves P.O. Box 26 Poland, Maine 04274

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Maine Mineralogical & Geological Society Maine’s Largest Mineral Club

Home of the Annual Portland Rock Show USM, Portland Summer field trips to mineral collection locations Youth Program with monthly winter meetings featuring guest speakers, specimen auctions, mineral identification and much more! Fun for all ages!

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Learn to cast, tie flies, practice in a stocked pond, take home your catch, mini tackle box for all kids, free use of rods or bring your own. The festival will be held at Angevine Park on the North Road in Bethel, from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine. Free casting workshops and fly-tying instruction will be available throughout the day. www upperandro.com

July 2 - Bethel Art Fair

Artists, artisans, live theater, and music, open studios and galleries throughout the region and fine fare! It is time for the 22nd Annual Bethel Art Fair July 2, 2011 (rain date July 3) www.mahoosucarts.org

July 16 & 17 - Mollyockett Days

Theme - “Our River Runs Through It!” - Full day of events on Saturday. Parade, entertainment, food, frog jumping, arts & crafts, Maine jewelry and gem auction, fireworks. Sunday - road races for children & adults, diaper dash for infants and toddlers, river events and more! www. mollyockettdays.com or 800-442-5826, 800-442-5826

Celtic Charm Bracelet ~ Made in Ireland

Compatible with Pandora and other threaded-style bracelets

91 Main St. Bethel, Maine

877-607-7787 www.lindaclifford.com

Monday - Saturday ~ 10 am - 5 pm

August 6 & 7 - Andover Old Home Days

Parade, antique car show, exhibits, art & flower show, crafts, fireman’s muster, horse show & lots of food and music. FMI 207-392-4311, 207392-431

September 17 - 14th Annual Bethel Harvest Fest & “Chowdah” Cookoff

Mouth watering chowders and apple pies - professional &amateur entries, chainsaw carving, horse-drawn wagon rides, entertainment, arts & crafts, fly-tying and casting, historical barn tours, apple picking. 9am-4pm www. bethelharvestfest.com

October 8 & 9 - Sunday River Fall Festival & North American Wife Carrying Championships

Two days of fun at Sunday River Resort including arts & crafts, wagon rides, chondola rides, beer & wine event, food & North American Wife Carrying Championships (on Saturday only) FMI www.sundayriver.com

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Thurs-Sun 11:30 - 7:30 Holiday Mondays

Authentic Pit Smoked BBQ The Grafton Loop Trail, when hiked in conjunction with a section of the Appalachian Trail is a 38-mile loop that crosses Route 26 twice: once near Eddy Road in Newry, Maine and again in Grafton Notch State Park on the Appalachian Trail. Each road crossing/ trailhead has vehicle parking and an informational kiosk. Thirty-one

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western lakes & mountains miles of the trail are recently constructed. Traversing nine mountain summits and seven primitive campsites, the route offers unique backcountry experiences. Approximately one-half of the trail is on private land and the rest on public land managed by Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Lands. Construction of the trail has involved hundreds of volunteers and the dedication of the several organizations and individuals who comprise the Grafton Loop Trail Coalition. These include the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Conservation Corps, Outward Bound Wilderness, Maine BPL, Creative Conservation LLC, Caribou Recreation Development LLC, and some key landowners. The group’s mission is to develop multi-day hiking opportunities as alternatives to heavily used sections of the Appalachian Trail. The spectacular location of the trail is the result of a cooperative effort among landowners, nonprofit organizations, interested community members, and the State of Maine. Funding for trail design and construction came from Fields Pond Foundation, members of the Grafton Loop Trail coalition, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Maine Recreation Trails Program, Hauben Foundation, Betterment Fund, Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund. u

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CAMPGROUND Newry, Maine

14 Wooded Sites Bath House • Hiking Trails Nearby 1472 Bear River Road / Route 26

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Welcome to the

RANGELEY LAKES REGION Maine’s Four Season Playground

Rangeley Lakes Region offers abundant opportunities to experience the best of what Maine has to offer

Select Summer 2011 – Winter 2012 Events

Memorial Day Parade & Dick DeeryRun/Walk for MSA Sunday, May 29 Seaplane Splash-In/Fly-In June 24 –26 RFA presents FOOTLOOSE July 2 – 5 3RD OF JULY Town Gala Parade, Duck Race, Arts & Crafts Show, Auctions, Concert, Barbeque, Lobster Bake on the Lake, FIREWORKS! Sunday, July 3 Strawberry Festival Thursday, July 11 RFA Youth Drama Camp July 11 – 15 RFA Street Dance Tuesday, July 19 RCC-UCC Garden Tour Thursday, July 21 Ducks Unlimited Banquet & Auction Saturday, July 23

RLRLM – Logging Festival & Parade Friday, July 29 – 30 RRHW Concert DOOBIE BROTHERS Saturday, July 30 RFA DIVA Concert Friday, August 5 – 7 RRGSA Outdoor Sporting Heritage Day Tuesday, August 9 RPL Literary Gala Thursday, August 11 Saddleback Mtn. Bluegrass Festival Friday, August 12 –13 Shriners’ Parade Saturday, August 13 Saddleback Mountain Trail Run Sunday, August 14 RFA “Music from the Lake” Tuesday, August 16 Blueberry Festival Thursday, August 18

Oquossoc Day Saturday, August 20 RLCofC Golf Tournament Wednesday, August 24 Saddleback Fall Festival Saturday, September 18 Mountain Holly Days December 3 – 11 Walk to Bethlehem Sunday, December 11 New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Saddleback Mtn. Saturday, December 31 RLSC SNODEO Thursday, January 19 – 22 Winter Fly-In – Bald Mtn. Camps Friday, February 3 – 5 New England Pond Hockey Friday, February 3 – 5 4th Annual Saddleback Challenge Saturday, February 11 RLX-CSC Loppet Saturday, March 3 Information subject to change. Visit us at www.rangeleymaine.com for updated and detailed information on all area events. Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce 1-800-MT-LAKE ~ e-mail:info@rangeleymaine.com Facebook: Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce

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exquisitely groomed x-country ski trails with hiking & mountain biking opportunities, nine of Maine’s twelve highest mountains, Maine’s third largest lake

36 miles of National Scenic By-way, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Appalachian Trail access, two scenic golf courses, third largest ski area, public access to

abundant lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams, 150 miles of groomed to perfection snowmobile trails, 55 km of mapped &

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central & midcoast “Do it ALL or NORTHING at all!!” A Rangeley Lakes vacation in the Western Mountains of Maine equals pure enjoyment and treasured memories. Mountains and endless lakes offer a pure, majestic scenic backdrop for boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, birding, and family vacations either passive or active. Choose from cottage rentals, inns, motels, American Plan, bed and breakfasts, and camping areas. Enjoy a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions.

Take a hike, Rangeley style! The Rangeley Lakes Region abounds with walking and hiking opportunities. Ten of the fourteen tallest peaks in Maine, 4000 foot or higher, are in the Rangeley Lakes Region within a 45 minute drive to trail heads. Bigelow (Avery Peak), Bigelow (West Peak), Crocker, Mt. Abraham, Mt. Redington, Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Mountain (The Horn), South Crocker, Spaudling Mountain, and Sugarloaf all offer outstanding hiking opportunities with • 

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The North Country Inn Bed & Breakfast is the perfect spot for your weekend getaway, vacation or romantic getaway in the western mountains of Maine.

www.northcountrybb.com 2541 Main Street Rangeley, ME 04970 (207) 864-2440

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expansive vistas and the thrill of ‘bagging’ a 4000 footer! The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust has conserved over 12,500 acres of woodland, much with lake and pond access, and has provided well-maintained walking/trekking trails for general public use. Whether it’s a short hike up Bald Mountain which offers a spectacular panoramic view from its fire tower, a Story Walk along the Hatchery Brook Preserve with a picnic lunch on the tables provided and some fishing from the dock you’ll find, or a thrilling scramble www.activitymaine.com

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alongside the Cascade Gorge Trail, the walking trails in the Rangeley region are plentiful and offer something for everyone. You’ll also have the opportunity to walk on a part of the Appalachian Trail when you trek out to Piazza Rock, an enormous, flat boulder that appears to be balanced in mid-air. And the Rangeley Lakes Trails Center

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Year Round Resort, Cabins on the lake, Full service restaurant, activities for the whole family. 125 Bald Mt Rd. Oquossoc, Maine (207)864-3671 www.baldmountaincamps.com www.activitymaine.com

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• Everyday low factory store prices • Full line of NB men’s and women’s apparel

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Store Hours: Mon - Sat: 9-7 • Sun: 11-5 Store Hours: Mon - Sat: 9-6 • Sun: 11-5 Shoes are factory seconds or discontinued styles. Discount off factory store prices. Cannot apply to prior sales or other offers. For first quality merchandise, visit Cadillac Mountain Sports on High St. in Ellsworth 207-6677819 or on Cottage St. in Bar Harbor 207-288-4532. Sorry, Factory Store offers not valid at dealer locations.

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inslow Maine, home of Forth Halifax, Halifax Park, Pattee Pond, and the largest Fourth of July celebration in the State of Maine is a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, good food and the Maine culture. Located east of Waterville, and sitting right on the Kennebec River, Winslow is known for year-round recreation, its’ rural setting, and rich history. Winslow Public Library offers activities for the community including, game nights, rare and special displays, and book discussions. Fort Halifax blockhouse, formerly the oldest United States blockhouse, is a National Historical Landmark, sitting in a beautiful park that all can enjoy and explore. The Fourth of July celebration is known statewide, starting on July 1st and ending on July 4th with a spectacular fireworks display. Events include an Idol Contest, Battle of the Bands, a live Auction, a Street Dance, and a large parade that last over two hours. Whether you live near Winslow Maine or travel from afar there are many family fun things to do. u

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airfield Maine, located in Somerset County, is also known as the heart of Maine’s Kennebec Valley. The town is bound on the East by the historic Kennebec River and to the west by the Belgrade Lakes region. The town includes non-urban areas, Shawmut, Fairfield Center, and Hinckley and also has substantial urban residential, several quaint undefined villages and historic downtown district. Fairfield, home of Kennebec Valley Community College, draws visitors from all over the world to enjoy the restaurants, events, shopping, local museums, and the scenic views. So make time to spend in Fairfield Maine and experience the vast array of things to do that Fairfield has to offer. u

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hina Lakes Region, located just outside Maine’s capital city Augusta, is a popular destination for many locals and many from far away. China Lakes region consisting of four villages; South China, China,Weeks Mills and Branch Mills and have beautiful scenic hillsides. Lakeside camps, hilly farmland, three bodies of crystal clear water and a bustling small town are only a few of the reasons many travel to spend time in the China Lakes Region. China Lake has a variety of species which makes it very popular to Maine anglers. In the springtime, white perch run, and many people can be seen fishing from the shoreline and in the summer boaters experience the fun on the water. In the summer and winter season landlock salmon, white perch, and small mouth bass are fished for. Only a stone throw away from busy route 3 there are many motels for your resting comfort. Come and enjoy the outdoor fun including fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, picnicking, and antique shopping, along Maine’s historic, picturesque countryside or just sit by the water and watch the loons and wildlife play. u

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The answer is Disc Golfing, which started in CA over 30 years ago, and is now worldwide! One of the first ten official disc golf courses in the world was built in Maine shortly after the sport was officially formalized in 1975. It is the fastest growing sport Enman Field in the state. Courses are located in every corner of Maine, which now boasts 36 courses and rapidly counting! The average cost is $5 for a round or $810 for the day. Some are in heavily wooded areas others are in open fields. Finn Brook Disc Golf in Whitefield features all of the above plus baskets on the beautiful Sheepscot River. Some are 9 holes, most are 18, and some have 1-3 courses on the property. Most have rentals available, and some have discs for sale. Disc golfing is a sport for all ages and abilities. It is very common to see multi-generations of families out enjoying themselves, and the wildlife on the courses. 56

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Most courses have people available to get you started with impromptu lessons for those new to the sport, but the players who play this sport are some of the most incredible people and are always willing share their knowledge and skills. Many of the courses have leagues and tournaments throughout the summer and would love to have you join in. Woodland Valley Disc Golf in Limerick is presently constructing their 3rd and most challenging course yet, and would love to have you stop by for a round. Dragon Disc Golf Championships held in early June, and boasts former World and National champions

“One of the first ten official disc golf courses in the world was built in Maine shortly after the sport was officially formalized in 1975” amongst its former winners. Their beginner events, known as Greenhorn tournaments and traditionally held in late July and early August. New to the schedule this year is another large scale PDGA-sanctioned event being put together in conjunction with the Baxter Brewing company of Lewiston. Disc golf is a fun activity for folks of all ages. It’s also a year round activity. A number of courses stay open year round, clearing and grooming the snow for easier play. So get out there and try the great sport of disc golf, you’ll be glad you did! u www.activitymaine.com

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Woodland Valley (207) 229-9825

www.woodlandvalleydiscgolf.com

Woodland Valley events: OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK, DURING ALL SEASONS a.m. to dusk, every day Sat. June 4: Memory Bowl 8Doubles (Fundraiser for Alzheimer Research) Sat. July 9: Battle of the Bears (MPT event) Sun. July 24: Summer Doubles Sat. Aug. 6: Ace Race Sat. Aug. 27: Leo P. Roy Memorial Doubles (MDA fundraiser) Sun. Sept. 18: Autumn Singles Sat. Oct. 15: Autumn Doubles

We will be opening our 3rd course- The Kodiak this summer.

Woodland Valley Disc Golf

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ur Beers have taken home multiple awards in regional, national and yes even in the world. Not only is Maine’s outdoor recreation world class but so are our beers! Whether its après hike, kayak, bike, golf, surf, race, beach you name it there is a local brew pub with a festive atmosphere waiting to welcome you to make the day even better and more talked about. The Maine beer scene offers something for every kind of beer enthusiast - from crisp lagers, hoppy IPAs, and creamy Belgium ales to hearty stouts and seasonal brews—Maine covers the full spectrum of beer deliciousness. Thirsty yet? Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company Since its founding in 1988, Gritty McDuff’s, Maine’s first brew pub since Prohibition, has brewed creative, quality beers that have earned awards internationally. In addition to brewing, Gritty McDuff’s operates three popular brew pubs in Maine. Located in Portland, Freeport, and Lewiston/Auburn, the pubs draw crowds of all ages and have frequently won in statewide polls the titles of “Maine’s Best Brew Pub,” “Best Maine Microbrew,” and “Best Bar.” Known for their four seasonal ales and five year-round ales, tempting pub fare and welcoming atmosphere, Gritty’s pubs have been named an Editor’s Pick by Condé Nast Traveler, highlighted as “a legend among New England brewpubs” by The Boston Globe, and cited by Playboy.com as one of the best bars in America.u

Casual setting, outdoor deck, Bocce area Great Maine cuisine & authentic Microbrews. SUNDAY RIVER BLONDE Our lightest beer, with brilliant straw color & delicate malt/hop aroma SUNDAY RIVER ALT A smooth cold conditioned ale with a hint of caramel sweetness SUNDAY RIVER IPA A classic India Pale Ale. Dry, medium-bodied with lots of hop flavor BLACK BEAR PORTER An opaque black bear, big bodied, malty & hoppy aroma with thick roasted coffee undertones

29 Sunday River Road (207)824-4ALE sundayriverbrewpub.com HOURS: 11:30 - 9pm (except spring closed mon-wed)

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Since 1986, Maine has been a major player on the national craft brew scene.

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Sunday River Brewpub has been in operation since 1992. We have a seven barrel brewery that produces local favorites such as Jamaican Stout and Sunday River Alt. in the summer look for Rapid River Wheat, a spicy hefeweizen. The apple smoked wings and our Homemade Hot Sauce pleases skiers and bikers alike. The ribs aren’t too shabby either. A beutiful deck and firepit are hopping when the weather is right! u The depot pub located in Gardiner, Maine, is one of our favorite pubs, featuring 22 beers on tap, a great pub menu (including the BEST buffalo wings around!) and live entertainment. u www.activitymaine.com

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The Sea Dog Brewing Company was founded on the coast of Maine in 1993. Today, Sea Dog operates brew pubs in three locations in Maine and has licensed sister pubs in Massachusetts. All locations serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. Sea Dog currently produces 10 varieties of hand-crafted, award-winning, year-round and seasonal ales. In addition,Sea Dog also produces its own traditional, handcrafted root beer. Its products are available in 39 states across the U.S. A full list of distributors can be found at this link: www.seadogbrewing.com/pdf/ TBS_Distributor_Listsm.pdf ” \t “_blank” http://www. seadogbrewing.com/pdf/TBS_Distributor_Listsm.pdf

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ugusta is one of America’s most beautiful capital cities. Encompassing both sides of the Kennebec River, Augusta is the center of employment, trade and services for central Maine and is the seat of state and county government.Recreational opportunities are readily available with golf courses, tennis courts, and parks. Fresh water beaches are just minutes away, and the coast less than an hour’s drive. Don’t miss the Great Kennebec River Whatever Family Festival! It’s a Chamber-sponsored family festival and a day at Capitol Park featuring kids’ games, sport tournaments, carnival, fireworks and more. Begun in 1979, the Whatever Family Festival commemorates the cleanup of the Kennebec River and celebrates “the return of the river to the people.” FMI 623-4559.u

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he midcoast region extends from Brunswick to Searsport on the north and includes eastern Cumberland, all of Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox counties as well as a major section of Waldo County. The rich seafaring heritage of the entire region is very much alive and well and seen in its many bustling harbors and traditional fishing villages. History and cultural activities abound here. Historic forts at Popham, Edgecomb, William Henry and the Colonial Pemaquid Restoration as well as the Pownal and Knox forts and the Civil War Museum that honors Maine Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain in Brunswick are a must see for history buffs. For those with an interest in maritime traditions, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport and the Fishing Museum at Pemaquid Point Light provide wonderful opportunities to discover our seafaring past. Cultural activities in the form of concerts, performing arts and fine art galleries and studios are found throughout the region. You will also have a wide variety of fine restaurants to choose from as well as accommodations that range from large resorts, cozy inns, B&Bs and great campgrounds. Boat cruises and deep sea fishing opportunities abound. If you enjoy antiquing, checking out flea markets and boutiques, the mid-coast has it for you. The midcoast region is truly the jewel of Maine’s Coast with something for everyone to enjoy. u 62

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brunswick Welcome to the Brunswick Area: Bowdoin College, Maine State Music Theatre, Joshua Chamberlain Museum and much more The midcoast region extends from Brunswick to Searsport on the north. On Route 1 you enter Brunswick—an industrial and cultural center that initiates the vacationer into a comfortable mix of past and present that makes Maine’s midcoast region so special. The rich seafaring heritage of the entire area is still very much alive and seen in its many bustling harbors. Shipbuilders, fishermen and pleasure boaters alike share in the unceasing ebb and flow of the area. Perched between the confluence of two giant rivers on one

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central & midcoast Brunswick, while enjoying the charm of a college town, has the scale, pace and location to offer visitors everything they expect from a Maine coastal community ... and is truly the gateway to midcoast Maine! Every spring, the residents of Brunswick eagerly await the opening of Fat Boy Drive-In and every fall they mourn when it closes. Every summer since 1955 Fat Boy has been haunting the grounds for Maine fishermen, Naval aviators, Bowdoin College students and thousands of coastal vacationers. photo by Michael Leonard

side and the shores of Casco Bay on the other, Brunswick, founded in 1794, has been a community of cultural vigor and diversity for more than 200 years. Its broad Main Street, tree-shaded Village Green and Malls as well as classic New England architecture, combine to create a splendid New England ambience. Brunswick, located a little more than 20 miles north of Portland, offers unlimited opportunities to enjoy cultural events, museums and many 1st class restaurants, presenting a variety of delectable cuisines ... a culinary treat for every palate awaits you! The offerings of this community are ... a summer music theatre, a year-round dramatic theatre, one of the finest small art museums in the northeast, two excellent libraries and regular summer concerts by a premier string quartet. Micro, Fridge • Hair Dryer • Alarm Clock Radio High-Speed Wireless Internet Relax in quiet, clean, comfortable rooms with cable TV, HBO, touch-tone phones, individual heat and air conditioning, irons and ironing boards, guest laundry, and Continental Breakfast

Fat Boy is world famous (it really is!) for its Canadian BLT’s, Maine Lobster Rolls, and 20oz. Thick Western Frappes. Then, of course, there are our Whoper Burgers. Don’t be herded around like cattle in a fast food restaurant, sit back and enjoy a quality meal in the comfort of your very own car. When you need service, simply turn on your headlights and one of our friendly waitresses will be happy to serve you. u

Bohemian Coffee House Fresh, locally roasted coffee Our own gelato pastries, espresso drinks voted midcoast maine’s best gourmet coffee house free wireless internet 4 Railroad Ave. (by Hannaford) (207) 725-9095 Monday–Saturday 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

207-729-3364 • 1-800-457-3364

eight miles north of l.l.bean and freeport outlets

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(207) 725-8761 • (877) 725-8761 Efficiency Units & Family Rooms • Off-Season Rates • Outdoor Pool Cable TV • High-Speed Internet • Air-Conditioned • Touch-Tone Phones Complimentary Continental Breakfast • Alarm Clock Radio Microwave • Fridge • Hairdryer • Irons and Ironing Boards Near Bowdoin College, Freeport and L.L. Bean

Lunch: 11am-2pm • Mon-Sat 7am-2pm • Sunday Brunch 8-2pm

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arther north along Coastal Route One is the historic shipbuilding city of Bath, fondly known as the “City of Ships”. From its heyday as a shipbuilding center during the age of sail to the modern day Navy vessels built with pride at the Bath Iron Works, Bath has earned this title. The soul of Bath is in its shipbuilding heritage, past and present, and the city thrives on the balance of industry with arts and cultural life, clearly visible in the distinctive red and white crane of the Bath Iron Works overlooking the restored Victorian buildings of the downtown district. This balance is one of the reasons downtown’s Front Street was recognized as one of the nation’s top ten downtown stretches, earning a prestigious designation from the American Planning Association as one of 2009 “Great Streets”.

Strolling under the trailing flower baskets and shade trees on Bath’s Front and Centre Streets, you’ll see signs everywhere of the bustling mid- to late-19th century shipping port Bath once was...from the stately Customs House to the “archway” that now connects Front Street to municipal parking, where sailors once rolled barrels from the warehouses to the docks. The wide brick sidewalks and pedestrian friendly oneway streets are a great place for exploring the downtown’s lively mix of shops, galleries and restaurants. With the local pharmacy, grocery, and pubs lined up shoulder to shoulder with upscale bistros, boutiques, antique stores and vintage clothing shops, Bath provides a shopping and dining experience that is a little bit funky, a little bit classic and very cool. The National Trust cited Bath as “an old seafaring town that has reinvented itself as one of the best small cities in America”. Lodging in one of Bath’s gracious inns is the perfect base for those seeking to experience life along the Kennebec

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at the pace of yesteryear. Bath’s tree-lined streets form an outdoor gallery of humble and grand examples of classic American architecture. The City of Bath website and Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. offer audio or printed tours of these historic homes. Bath is also home to the popular Chocolate Church Arts Center where nationally and internationally recognized musicians play throughout the year on the main-stage, and the gallery exhibits some of mid-coast Maine’s finest artists. The Maine Maritime Museum on the grounds of the historic Percy and Small Shipyard also has fine examples of maritime art, along with regularly changing exhibits on ships and shipbuilding, and interactive installations for children. The Maine Maritime Museum also offers boat tours of the Kennebec River lighthouses and trolley tours of the Bath Iron Works shipyard. Just a few miles downriver from Bath are Reid State Park and Popham Beach, two of the most beautiful beaches in Maine with glorious stretches of sand and rugged rocky outcroppings. Just past Popham Beach, explore historic Fort Popham guarding the mouth of the Kennebec River. In addition there is sailing, kayaking, golfing, and fishing

See, touch, hear, smell and experience 150 years of shipbuilding and coastal life at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. 

Explore 20 acres of outdoor and indoor activities, demos, exhibits, historic buildings and a working boat shop



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Discover the shipyard site and workshops where the world’s largest wooden ship was built Let your children play on the Pirate Play-Ship or pretend to be a tugboat captain, and more Examine indoor exhibits, most with interactive and hands-on displays Open daily 9:30 to 5 *Additional fee. Seasonal. Reservations recommended.

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... or just unwinding on the veranda after a long day of sampling Bath’s many pleasures! Events to look for include Sagadahoc Preservation’s annual Homes and Hidden Gardens Tour, golf tournaments at the Bath Country Club, the four-day Bath Heritage Days Festival including the 4th of July Parade, and Columbus Day weekend’s Autumnfest. u

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Felt Inspirations: Susan Mills Mixed-media fiber artist Susan Mills leads you step-by-step through the process of wet felting while you create your own unique piece of felt art Friday, July 8 ... 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM $75.00 Design and Hook 101: Susie Stephenson Learn rug hooking in a new week long class with master rug hooker, craftswoman, and author Susie Stephenson. Sunday-Friday, July 10 - 15 Sun. 4-6PM, Mon.-Thurs. 10AM-4PM, Fri., 10AM-noon $300.00 Summer Tapestry Intensive: Maria Kovacs Here’s your chance to spend a few days with fellow tapestry weavers tackling new challenges and inspiring each other in new directions. Thursday - Sunday, July 28-31 10:00AM-4:00PM ea.day $200.00

Spin Fishing | Fly Fishing | Striper Bait 97 Commercial Street, Bath, ME • 442-8239 ~ Downtown on the River ~

Over a dozen guides available upon immediate request. Choose your custom guide from flyfishing, spin or bait. Half-day trips starting at $75! Ask about free fly casting lessons at the shop.

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Felted Wine Totes: Marianne Dubois Enjoy developping your wet felting skills and at the same time make two wine totes. Friday, August 12 ... 9:00 AM-3:30 PM $75.00 Beginning Spinning: Joli Greene This class could be called Spinner’s Boot Camp as it will cover everything from choosing a good fleece to preparing the fibers and spinning the yarn. Sat. & Sun. September 10 & 11: 9:30 AM-3:30 PM, 2 days $155.00

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BED & BREAKFAST GEORGETOWN, MAINE

800-232-5490

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Waterviews from all rooms • Bikes and canoe for guest use • Great kayaking from our dock

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central & midcoast woolwich The Byrnes’ Family Welcomes you to the hearts of Historic Bath and Brunswick

Open May thru Mid-Oct. Open Fridays July & August

Where Ships and Shamrocks Meet!

OPEN DAILY 38 Centre Street Bath, ME 04530 207-443-6776

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Serving Dinner in the Heart of Historic Bath

Private Luncheons and Dinners • OFF-Site Catering Services! For Reservations & Information

207-443-2555 • dine@AdmiralSteak.com

798 Washington Street, Bath

Where Polar Bears, Dragons & Shamrocks Meet!

OPEN DAILY

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nown as the “prettiest village in Maine,” Wiscasset was settled in 1663 on the banks of the Sheepscot River. Due to its deep harbor, Wiscasset was once the largest working harbor east of Boston as a bustling shipbuilding center and lumber port. Today, the harbor is home to local fishermen and recreational boaters and the final resting place since 1932 for the four-masted schooners the Hesper and the Luther Little, whose remains are currently being salvaged. Visitors to Wiscasset can stroll the pleasant brick sidewalks and find many antique shops, art galleries, fine stores and restaurants. Other attractions include handsome sea captains’ homes, the Powder House (1812), the Lincoln County Courthouse (1824), Castle Tucker (1807), the old Lincoln County Jail (1809), and the Customs House (1870). If you didn’t get to see Wiscasset Village’s wonderful sunken garden opposite the NickelsSortwell House—take an extra few minutes and enjoy it’s beauty. u

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Hours: Oct. 1st–June 1st 9–5 June 1st–Oct. 1st 9–7 wheelchair accessible

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Serving Lobster Dinners On the Dock Wiscasset bridge overlooking the Sheepscot River • Lobster & Crabmeat Rolls • Homemade Chowder • Fresh Cut Fries • Burgers & much more....

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boothbay harbor Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens A Wonder-full Garden for All Ages in All Seasons Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a natural wonder, but it’s no wonder at all that the 250-acre shorefront Gardens has been hailed as one of Maine’s top attractions. It’s no wonder, too, that the Gardens had 90,000 visitors in 2010 and expects more in 2011. And it’s no wonder the word heard most often from these visitors is “Wow!” Although kids and families have enjoyed the Gardens since its official opening in 2007, the two-acre Children’s Garden, which opened last summer, caters to the younger set. This amazing garden with features inspired by children’s books gets rave reviews from visitors of all ages. The Sensory Garden, opened since 2009, offers visitors a chance to get in tune with their five senses. Opening in 2011 is the new Education Center - a model of “green” design that will provide space for horticultural and artistic programs and pursuits. The Gardens offers educational programs and special events for all ages, in all seasons. There are fairs and festivals, concerts, dinners by top chefs, and exhibits

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central & midcoast featuring works by acclaimed artists. In short, there’s something for everyone. The Gardens, on Barters Island Road, just over a mile from the Boothbay common, is open from 9-5 year-round. To learn more, visit www.MaineGardens.org, or call (207) 633-4333. u

World-Class Gardens on the Maine Coast

# A dozen stunning ornamental gardens # Wondrous 2-acre children’s garden # Café and Gift Shop open seasonally # Art exhibits & events for all ages in all seasons # Miles of waterfront and woodland trails

Barters Island Rd., Boothbay, ME 04537 (207) 633-4333

Open 9–5 daily, year-round. Admission fees; members free.

www.MaineGardens.org Dolphin Mini Golf, home to the U.S. Open of miniature golf in 2008, and the annual Maine State Dolphin Open each year in September. As you would expect, Dolphin Mini Golf offers fun for all ages on a quality 18-hole course that is ranked one of the top ten mini golf courses in the Unitied States. Most people are familiar with miniature golf, but for those who aren’t is is simply a much smaller, more novel approach to the game of golf, using colorful and whimsical obstacles and obstructions to add a bit of a challenge. u

Fisherman’s Wharf Inn Comfortable, Coastal Relaxation and Dining at the “Hub of the Harbor”

Boothbay Harbor Fisherman’s Wharf is located over the water in the center of the village of Boothbay Harbor, close to all the Harbor’s shops, boats and activities. Come dine in comfort over the water in our panoramic dining room, deck or lounge with daily specials to enhance our magnificent views. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are open from late May through late October. Elevator Accessibility.

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There’s a warm welcome waiting for you ... A truly quaint and beautiful Maine village, Damariscotta is the gateway to the Pemaquid/Bristol peninsula. The area is rich in history; the town’s first recorded deed is dated 1625. In the spring, alewives gather to spawn at the Damariscotta waterfalls. Damariscotta serves as the shopping and financial center for surrounding communities, and is the site of many fine homes. It’s attractive Main Street boasts numerous stores, shops and restaurants. The ChapmanHall House, built in 1754, features an herb garden and rose bushes dating back to the 18th century. Along the edge of the Damariscotta River are some three acres of oyster shells, left in great mounds by Indians during the countless ancient summers. Artifacts have been found among the shells to substantiate the theory that this was a popular spot for many different Maine Indian tribes through the centuries. Some of the shell heaps run as deep as 30 feet. The Damariscotta Region offers unrivaled opportunities for all. u

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central & midcoast bristol/pemaquid Bristol/Pemaquid is made up of 8 villages: New Harbor, Round Pond, Pemaquid Beach, Chamberlain, Bristol Mills, Pemaquid Point, Pemaquid Falls and Pemaquid Harbor. The historic sites of the area include: Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (1872), a National Historical Landmark; Fort William Henry (1689); the Old Rock Schoolhouse (1835); the Harrington Meeting House (1773); and the Pemaquid Restoration Museum, among others. Visit our many gift shops featuring Maine Made Crafts and enjoy a seafood dinner in any of our local restaurants.

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May & October by Reservation

SEA ACRES MOTEL www.seaacrescottages.com

Family Atmosphere

23 Bradley Hill Road, Pemaquid, Maine 04558

(207) 677-2693

Private Dock Kitchenettes • Full Baths Color Cable TV • Pool Short walk to Coombs Cove MasterCard & Visa Open June–September Steve & Beverly Lord

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Serving the Inland MidCoast www.unionareachamber.org

union founders day Saturday, July 15 & 16, 2011

This date in 1774, the first tree was cut to build the first home in Union. All-day Family fun, pancake breakfast, chicken BBQ, live music, Silent Movie at Old Town House, Come Spring Bus Tours, 7-Tree Pond Wildlife Tours, St. George and the Dragon performances. For more information, call 207-785-2202.

Quarry House Antiques Charlotte Hollenberg mrantqs@msn.com Furniture • Glass • China Closed Mondays

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108 Common Road • P.O. Box 578 • Union, Maine 04862

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Don’t worry. You can pick up everything from aloe & sunscreen to marshmallows & hot dogs at Hannaford Supermarkets. We’re your one-stop shop for all the summer essentials. locate the nearest store at hannaford.com

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delicious recipe idea Hot Crab Dip • 3 - 8oz. pkgs. cream cheese • 1 tsp. grated onion • 1 tsp. yellow prepared mustard • 1/2 cup salad dressing • 1 lb. crabmeat • 1/3 cup sherry Soften cream cheese in double boiler over hot water. Add onion, mustard and salad dressing and blend well. Stir in crabmeat and sherry.

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rockland/rockport Best Seafood on the Coast! 441 Main Street, Rockland

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Homemade Seafood Chowder

Homemade Seafood Lasagna

Lobster, Shrimp, Clams, Haddock, Scallops & Crabmeat

Lobster, Shrimp, Haddock, Crabmeat & Scallops served with side salad & garlic bread

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Clams • Shrimp • Haddock • Scallops Homemade Fish Cakes • Fresh Crabmeat Rolls • Lobster Rolls Homemade Fish & Clam Chowder Lobster Dinner Featuring Select 4lb. Lobsters Chicken • Prime Rib • Alfredoes Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner ~ Air Conditioned

Open 7 Days

• T-Shirts • Hats • Socks • Carhartt • Buoy Bells Rockland 464 Main St. 594-2660

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• Candles • Jam & Syrup • Boats • Willow Tree • Cat’s Meow Custom Port Clyde On the Deck Route 131

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coastal sentinels For nearly two hundred years, lighthouses have guided ships of all kinds through stormy nights along the Maine Coast, and some sixty of the towering sentinels still serve. Best known are those at York, Portland, Pemaquid Point, Port Clyde, Owl’s Head, Rockland, Rockport, Camden, Stockton Springs, Bass Harbor and Lubec.

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Quality construction for commercial and residential customers Dredging • Wharves • Breakwaters Foundation Pilings • Pipe-lines Sewage Out-falls • Barge Crane & Crane Service

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June 18: Summer Solstice Main St. Rockland 5-9pm FMI: rocklanddowntown@gmail.com July 15: 7th Annual Windjammer Parade Rockland Harbor. FMI: 1800(807) 9463

Est. 1965 • Public welcome

Nine greens on the Camden/Rockport line offering distinctly different tees on front and back nines Cart & Club Rental • Golf Lessons Pro Shop • Practice Range

P.O. Box 1230 • 50 Park Street, Rockport, ME 04856 • 207-236-8488 ** Receive $5 off in June, July & August with this Coupon **

July 16-17: North Atlantic Blues Festival Festival Harbor Park, Rockland. FMI:(207) 691-2248

Schooner Bay

July 23: Maine Lobster Ride & Roll Rockland District High School.

Motor Inn

Located between Camden and Rockland on Coastal Route 1 in Rockport, Maine

August 3-7: Maine Lobster Festival Harbor Park, Rockland. FMI: info@ mainelobsterfestival.com

Each of Schooner Bay’s 23 non-smoking rooms has its own full bath and private entrance with: • Complimentary Continental Breakfast • Wireless Internet

August 12-14: Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show Harbor & Buoy Parks, Rockland. FMI: 1-800 565-4951

• King, Queen, or Double Beds, All rooms A/C • Cable TV, In-Room Telephone (Local calls free) Major Credit Cards Accepted

207-236-2205

For Reservations 1-888-308-8855

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August 20-27: Union Fair & Wild Blueberry Festival Union Fair Grounds, Union. FMI: (207)785-3281

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elfast features great shopping, entertainment, restaurants, accommodations and easy access from land or sea. Come explore this historic mid-coast town nestled on beautiful Penobscot Bay and the Passagassawakeag River. A truly lovely city with striking coastal views. The city is surrounded by fine motels, restaurants, shops, parks and galleries. Belfast has become a popular destination for boaters of all kinds. Sit by the harbor, relax and enjoy! Moorings in the magnificent harbor now number more than 200, with room for many more. The parks and shoreline make inviting places for picnics. Catch a movie or visit the music theatre, art fairs, hobby shows and special holiday events. Antique shops and art galleries are filled with one-of-a-kind items and interesting collectibles. In the Belfast area there is no shortage of fine restaurants. Their offerings present a variety of foods prepared with “down home” as well as “sophisticated” culinary skills to satisfy your taste buds ... Bon Appetite! Visit the many local and State parks in the Belfast area.

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Swim in the ocean at Bayside or in the warmer waters of Swan Lake or Lake St. George. Try the pool at the Belfast City Park. Tee-off at one of the area’s nine-hole golf courses. Or go horseback riding. Play tennis, even after dark on lighted courts at the Belfast City Park. Relax and enjoy all the sights at the Belfast Harborside. While in the Belfast area, be sure and visit our Historic Downtown Shopping section. You will find merchants willing and ready to courteously serve you and make your shopping experience a pleasant one! u

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central & midcoast Specialty Cookware Cutlery • Linens Counter Top Appliances Cookbooks • Glassware • Gadgets

www.thegoodtable.net

searsport Discover Searsport—Maine’s Best Kept Secret Searsport and Stockton Springs are located where the mouth of the Penobscot River flows into the beautiful Penobscot Bay. Centrally located between Camden and Bar Harbor, it is within easy reach of both Bangor and Augusta. It is here that Route 1 traverses the bay, affording the visitor breathtaking views of the Maine coastline. Gracious old sea captain’s homes that have been converted to B&B’s give that elegant turn of the century charm and hospitality. u

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lincolnville Good Kettle Saturday Night Baked Beans 1 Bag Navy Beans 4 Strips Bacon or Salt pork 1 Large Vidalia Onion 2 Tbsp Cider Vinegar 1 Tbsp Dry Mustard ¼ Cup Ketchup ¼ Cup Brown Sugar 1/3 Cup Molasses Rinse beans - place in bean pot and cover with water. Let soak until soft but firm. Add balance of ingredients – mix well. Put pot in oven at 350 degrees for 4 hours. Stir frequently and keep beans covered with water.

Bay Leaf Cottages & Bistro

Lincolnville Beach

All the comfort and charm of a B&B without the cost!

www.bayleafcottages.com

2372 Atlantic Hwy, Lincolnville Beach 207-505-0458

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ATVmaine There’s no limit to the fun you can have on an ATV in Maine!

Maine Has a Wealth of ATVing Opportunities By Cathy Genthner

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aine has more miles of ATV trails than almost any other state in the country. There are 6,000 miles of trails that traverse a diverse landscape of woods, mountains, fields, lakes, streams and salt water marshes. “We have the largest variety of trails in terms of geography as well as different types of trails. We have everything from a major gravel road to a remote trail that meanders through some of the western Maine mountains,” said Dan Mitchell, the president of ATV Maine. One of the most beautiful places to ride an ATV is on the newly opened Down East Sunrise Trails, which spans over 85 miles in Hancock and Washington Counties. “It is an incredible ride and the variety of scenery is amazing. You can go from thick forests and it will open up into big bog areas and there are mountains right along the trail as well,” said Joe McPhail, the president of the Dennysville ATV Club. “We’ve seen wildlife including deer, turkeys, partridge, fox and eagles. It isn’t a dead end ride. You can get somewhere.” Getting somewhere is what ATVing is all about. In fact, ATVs can get you to places that are inaccessible by car or too far to travel by foot.

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“I love to ride in the woods and I can ride to many places that are just too far to reach by hiking,” said Bill Lombard, the trail chairman of ATV Maine. “I often ride

Many campgrounds have direct access to ATV trails. If you don’t own an ATV, there are several outfitters and other types of businesses that can rent ATVs for around $100 per day, depending on the type and model of the ATV. my ATV to some great places where I can fish or hunt. If I get a deer, it is a lot easier bringing it out on an ATV.” Many campgrounds have direct access to ATV trails. If you don’t own an ATV, there are several outfitters and other types of businesses that can rent ATVs for around $100 per day, depending on the type and model of the ATV. State law requires riders and operators under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. Youths age 10 to 15 must have successfully completed an ATV safety course in order to operate an ATV and must be accompanied by an adult. www.activitymaine.com

Maine has more than 6,000 miles of ATV trails, making it one of the most popular ATV destinations in the country. Photo courtesy of Cathy Genthner.

For more information about ATVing in Maine visit: www.ATVMaine.org For information about ATV laws and regulations, visit:www.maine.gov/ifw For information on the Downeast Sunrise trail visit: www.sunrisetrail.org For information about renting an ATV visit: www.ncrivers.com www.Mainewhitewater.com www.dwecamping.com www.sebagomaineatvrentals.com www.maxxatvrentals.com www.moosemountaininn.com www.nawhitewater.com www.maineoutfitter.com www.visitmaine.net u

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his region includes the spectacular Acadia National Park, one of the most visited national parks in America. Washington County where the sun first rises on continental United States and Campobello Island, N.B. located across the International Bridge from Lubec, Maine made famous for being the summer home of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and St. Stephen, N.B. across the Ste. Croix River from its sister U.S. city Calais, Maine. Acadia National Park includes more than 40,000 acres, mostly on Mount Desert Island. The remainder of the park is located at Schoodic Point near Winter Harbor on the

mainland and several islands, including the Isle au Haut. The park offers great trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Fishing and kayaking are a few other activities one can enjoy in this natural wonderland. u

hancock More than 20 years of Great Downeast Family Dining Ruth & Wimpy’s has become a family dining icon in downeast Maine. Their restaurant’s reputation for serving great food makes it the number one dining choice for locals and brings summer visitors to the area year after year to enjoy a great meal. Thanks for making a downeast dining experience so special. u

full menu - family dining - outdoor seating full bar - celebrating our 20th year 5 miles east of ellsworth on route 1, hancock, maine

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ateway to Acadia/Mt. Desert and way downeast The city of Ellsworth is located at the crossroads of U.S. Route 1, making it the perfect destination for you to discover what makes Maine so special. From here you can tour Acadia National Park and all of Mt. Desert, set off on a day safari to explore Washington County and Campobello Island, N.B., or take a day trip to Bangor and the Maine Highlands. You are invited to stay and relax in the community’s fine accommodations and dine in some of the area’s finest restaurants that offer an array of culinary choices. Fine art galleries, small shops and several malls offer a variety of shopping opportunities. u

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William K. Milliken, Owner/Broker Julie A. Farris, Broker 261 Main St. • P.O. Box 289 • Jonesport, ME 04649 (207) 497-5725 • Fax: (207) 497-2529 www.jonesportrealty.com • jonesportrealty@aol.com

Open M–F 9:30–5, Sat 10–3

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Pierce-Kettering Gallery

cherryfield & jonesport

344 Main Street Jonesport, Maine 04649 (207) 497-2874 couchdog@gmail.com

Rae’s Treasure Shop Rte 187, Jonesport

Drawing for a FREE peck of clams every Saturday!

Open Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Homemade Easter Baskets Available by order or already made. Some new and used clothing, crafts, homemade decor Lots of Everything!

washington county Here on 1,000 miles of ruggedly beautiful and unspoiled Maine coast where the sun first graces America’s shores is an area that awaits your discovery. In addition to its historic shipbuilding and fishing heritage it is the blueberry capital of the world. You are invited to explore and enjoy all of way downeast.

Check it out - Call 271-7277

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forgot the BBQ sauce But if you are, we’re right around the corner, and we’ve got everything for the perfect cookout. Hannaford Supermarkets are your one-stop shop for all the summer essentials. locate the nearest store at hannaford.com

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marshfield

Machias Motor Inn

Overlooking the River — 38 Units Open Year Round Efficiency Apartments Available • Air Conditioned Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee Pot in every room Wireless Internet Access • Full Service Restaurant on premises Bus Tours Welcome Across the street from Sunrise Trail

Flo’s Wreaths also ship trailer truckloads of their holiday products to major distributors throughout the East and Midwest. You can place your toll free order at:

800-321-7136 or on-line at: www.floswreaths.net

Making summer treats and holiday traditions special For more than a half a century the Hanscom’s have been harvesting wild blueberries from their barrens. In mid-August, both locals and visitors alike flock to the Hanscom Ridge Road, Marshfield, facility to treat themselves to a great downeast summer tradition. In addition to their summer blueberry treats, they pioneered the development of balsam fir holiday products in downeast Maine. Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, centerpieces and other specialty holiday creations are among the natural Maine products that the Hanscoms have shipped to brighten the holiday seasons of thousands of families across America. Early November sees the beginning of the process of harvesting the finest tip ends of the balsam fir branches. The freezing nights in downeast Maine at this time of year are the perfect ingredient to slow down sap flow, allowing the needles to form a strong bond with the branches. Next comes the creative process. In the midst of the glorious fragrance of the newly cut balsam fir, creative artists at Flo’s Wreaths put their talents into the development of each holiday product. Their special storage methods assure that the fresh smell of the Maine woods lasts for months. During November and early December, they ship their creative holiday products daily to thousands of retail customers across the country. u www.activitymaine.com

103 Main St., Machias, ME 04654 Tel. (207) 255-4861 • www.machiasmotorinn.com

Bluebird MOTEL

40 air-conditioned units cable color TV • high-speed internet Open All Year Sharon & Peter Stackpole, Managers 231 Dublin Street U.S. Route 1, Box 45, Machias, Maine 04654

207-255-3332

Toll-Free 1-866-636-2463

R E A L E S TAT E Machias Office – 10 Hadley Lake Road, Machias, ME 04654

(207) 255-9099 • (866) 636-2463 Jason A. Smith, Broker/Owner • (207) 263-9187 Frank Russo, Broker • (207) 263-6007 Michael Evers-Jenkins, Associate Broker • (207) 745-1100 Kathleen Shannon, Sales Agent • (207) 650-8240 Email: INFO@POINTEASTRE.COM Website: www.POINTSEASTRE.COM summer 2011 | Activities Guide of Maine

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Welcome to the Coastal Machias Bay Area Tel. 207-255-4455 berryvines@myfairpoint.net www.berryvines.com

89 Main St., Machias, ME 04654

Where On Earth Do You Fit In? Our Environmental Liberal Arts curriculum may be just right.

Environmental Liberal Arts

That’s what we’re really all about at UMaine-Machias. An affordable liberal arts college, a community of individuals committed to the environment, an unspoiled Maine coast location. We may not be right for everyone, but we may be the right fit for you. TOLL FREE

1-888-468-6866

www.umm.maine.edu

116 O’Brien Avenue, Machias, ME 04654

Fine Jewelry & Gifts Owner-Operated

• Two full-time, certified bench jewelers on site • Custom-design Tourmaline jewelry

Maine Tourmaline Excellent Selection of Diamonds (207) 255-8316

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Rita Ten, MD Pain Management

• Epidural steroid injection using x-ray for herniated discs or disc inflammation • Steroid injections under x-ray for other chronically inflamed locations For information on additional services call 255-0065.

fishing & boating supplies

PINEO’S

fishing & hunting licenses

friendly service! U.S. Route 1, Machias, Maine 04654 Tel. (207) 255-8387 (207) 255-8423

(Almost Home)

Family Restaurant Serving Steaks, Seafood & Homemade Pies with Fast, Friendly Service 111 Main Street Machias, ME 04654

David & Julie Barker Rianne Ackley, Mgr. www.helenspies.com

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Sawbuck Custom Woodworks Custom Cabinetry and Projects to Suit Tel. (207) 271-1275 Rt. 192, Machias, ME 04654 Holm Inspections, LLC 11 School St., Machias, ME 04654 207-255-0770 ph/fax www.HOLMinspections.com Professional Home Inspection for Your Peace of Mind

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distinguishably different wine cheese

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craft beers gourmet condiments

7 water street, machias maine 04654 elizabeth french, proprietor 207-255-4977

COFFIN’S

All Natural & Organic Groceries & Produce Supplements Quality Wine, Beer & Chocolates Gluten-Free Products Bulk Herbs & Spices Quality Pet Food Maine Made Products

& Cafe Your Local Health Food Store & Cafe

Café Fare U.S. Route 1, Machias, Maine 04654 Tel. (207) 255-8387

Inn Restau erside ran v i R t

Sushi Stop in and try something new! Wraps, Sandwiches & Soup 4 Colonial Way Salads & Ethnic Food Downtown Machias 207-255-8855 Gluten-Free Snacks Summer Hours Mon.–Sat. 9–6, and other Baked Goods www.wholelifemarket.com

For an award-winning dining experience and exceptional accommodations, call for reservations: 207-255-4134 www.riversideinn-maine.com U.S. Route 1, PO Box 373, East Machias, ME 04630

Award-winning gourmet restaurant Riverside Inn Restaurant of East Machias, Maine, is a downeast prize to savor. The International Travel Group, Legion d’Honneur du Voyage, selected the Riverside Inn of East Machias, Maine, for its prestigious award of Best Gourmet Restaurant in Maine. Here you will find entrées prepared and presented to perfection. www.activitymaine.com

JOSEPH ROBBINS ANITA JOHNSON AMELIA VERBURGT ERIN HENNESSEY JEANNE WHITNEY

255-8544 - sunlist@midmaine.com 255-3898 - anitaj@midmaine.com 259-3985 - verburgt1137@roadrunner.com 255-4351 - erinlynnhennessey@yahoo.com 434-2162 - boglake@hotmail.com

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T O Y B O X 97 Main Street • Machias, ME 04654

(207) 255-6116 find us on Facebook!

The Blue Lobster Gallery Seascape artist

Jane Diggins Harnedy paintings capture the spirit of the sea

High Surf

The Day in the Life of a Blue Lobster

Oil, 26x30

Oil, 20x24

2 Pettegrow Point Road Machiasport, ME 04655 Tel. 207-255-5813 jharnedy@maineline.net

Acadia Surf

Directions: From Route 1 at the University of Maine at Machias, go exactly 9 miles on Route 92 to Pettegrow Point Road in Bucks Harbor.

Mixed Media, 4x6

Open by chance or appointment

whiting

fresh baked bread daily made-to-order sandwiches pizza • chicken • burgers ice cold beer & soda agency liquor store Open 7 Days 6AM–8PM Route 1 90

733-4432

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the puffin pines country gift store

Minnetonka Moccasins! Novelty Socks - Books - Jewelry - Artwork - Knick-Knacks - T-Shirts Great Kid’s Corner - Roy Toys - Greeting Cards - Post Cards ... and so much more! VISA - MC - Discover Year-Round 50% Off Table! TOURIST INFORMATION

Mon. thru Sat. 10AM to 5PM 240 U.S. Route 1, Whiting, ME 04691 (207) 733-9762 www.puffinpines.com

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Congratulations, Lubec, America’s Easternmost Town on your Bicentennial!!

astland Motel

Downeast Maine's Eco Adventure Tourist Destination

Photo by Michael Leonard

Monica’s Chocolates Is A Must Visit When In Lubec Award winning Monica’s Chocolates has moved to its large new home at 100 County Road, (Route 189) Lubec to better serve both its local customers and visitors to our down east region.

Come and stay at the Eastland Motel - an affordable way to enjoy a bird lover's paradise! Hike our amazing coastal trails, kayak our Bold Coast shores, bicycle through historic downtown, go whale watching and puffin viewing, or stop and enjoy Lubec's amazing restaurants, gift shops and famous chocolatiers! 385 County Rd, Lubec, ME 04652 • 207-733-5501 www.eastlandmotel.com • quoddyhead@yahoo.com Homemade Sandwiches • Salads • Pizza • Meats Deli • Beer • Ice • Lottery • Gas & Diesel Only PIZZA In Town Open Late Hrs. M-F 5:30am-10pm • Sat & Sun 7-10 94 Main Street, Lubec, Maine 04652 (207) 733-2422 Last stop before Campobello Island, N.B., Canada

eastport EASTPORT CHOWDER HOUSE

www.ucboldcoastrealty.com email: debbie@boldcoast.com

Specializing in Seafood

Serving Lunch & Dinner • Full Lounge Open Daily May through October

Proud to celebrate Lubec’s Bicentennial

Dining on the Wharf Diesel & Gas fuel for pleasure and working crafts on the dock

Open 7 days 5am to 8pm

Gulf Gas

Available for Weddings & Special Parties Robert Del Papa • host/owner 167 Water Street, Eastport, ME 04631 • Tel. (207) 853-4700

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Eastport’s Old Stone Mustard Mill Museum Raye’s Mustard Mill is a working museum located on Washington Street in Eastport (America’s eastern-most city), approximately eight miles down Route 190 from its intersection with Route 1 in Perry. The quaint and authentic mill is North America’s only working traditional stone ground mustard mill. At the turn of the 20th century, J. Wesley Raye started the mill to produce mustard for Maine’s burgeoning sardine industry. In the early 1900s, the small city of Eastport had more than 20 sardine canneries. Later in the century, when the sardine industry declined, Raye’s Mustard Mill became known for its award-winning gourmet and specialty mustards. This downeast institution has remained in the Raye family for over a century. Currently owned by Kevin and Karen Raye, this family run business remains committed to continuing the traditions of previous generations while focusing on expanding its national presence in the marketplace. u

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The past is alive and well in Eastport In 1818, when America was a young nation, led by its 5th President, James Monroe, Samuel B. Wadsworth, a Portland native and the son of Revolutionary War General Peleg Wadsworth saw an opportunity to launch a ship chandler business in the busy port city of Eastport. At the time both the whaling and shipbuilding industries were booming. His entrepreneurship was exactly perfect for the time and he knew that he could meet all his customers needs by supplying hardware, harpoons, deadeyes, canvas, alcohol, and tobacco and everything else required for rigging, operating and provisioning a ship. While the original business site suffered through several fires and storms the Groundhog Day Gale of 1976 completely devastated the facility. u 57 Washington Street, P.O. Box 58 Eastport, ME 04631

Tel/Fax: 207.853.6179 www.cobscookpm.com

Eastport Windjammer Cruises Join us for a 3-hour Whale Watch on-board the historic schooner ADA C. LORE. Watch for whales, seals, eagles and porpoise as we pass Old Sow Whirlpool and East Quoddy Lighthouse. Pitch in and help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the scenery. It’s truly a memorable experience! We sail 7 days a week, weather permitting. Reservations recommended.

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acadia & downeast campobello island, n.b. Summer 2011 Marks the 47th Anniversary of the Roosevelt International Park

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n January 22, 1964, The Roosevelt International Park was established by agreement signed by Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. On August 20,1964, the first ladies of the two countries opened the only international park in the world as a unique memorial to the close relationship between the people of the two nations. Both governments wished to honor the role that Franklin Delano Roosevelt had played in their mutual histories, as well as the special relationship that FDR had with his beloved island. While the summer home of the late president remains the centerpiece of the park, beautiful gardens and 2,800 acres of natural beauty complete with scenic vistas, hiking and driving trails provide additional visitor experiences. Back by popular demand are complimentary outside walking tours of the estate and on-site presentations of seashore and bog ecology (staff and weather permitting). The Roosevelt cottage opens on the Saturday following Victoria Day (Sat. prior to Memorial Day) through Canadian Thanksgiving (U.S. Columbus Day) 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. ADT. The park’s visitor center will remain open through October 31 to accommodate fall visitors. The visitors center offers interpretive displays, a short introductory video and a selection of memorabilia items. u

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FDR returns to Campobello Island as U.S. President in June 1933 aboard the Amberjack II.

free gift! Present this article at the Visitor’s Center Desk for a free gift while the supply lasts. Trace a great heritage while you enjoy your visit to the park. Regional Activities Guide of Maine

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calais If it’s happening in Calais, it’s happening at the Calais Motor Inn! John Marchese, Manager RV Hookups • Continental Breakfast Fully Licensed Restaurant 70-Unit Motel • AAA approved Free Internet access All major Credit Cards accepted Pets welcome with small charge

663 Main Street, Calais, Maine 04619 207-454-7111 • 1-800-439-5531 • Fax 207-454-8017

Events & Festivals In Acadia & Down East 2011 June 12 – Annual Margaretta Day Festival celebrating the 235 Anniversary of the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War on the Campus of the University of Maine at Machias June 19-26, Bar Harbor: Annual Legacy of the Arts June 21-July 9: Lubec Bicentennial Celebration July 1 – Campobello Island, St. Stephen and St. Andrews, N.B. Canada Day Celebrations July 4: Eastport hosts the largest 4th of July Celebration in Maine Independence Day is celebrated throughout the Region. For specific time of Events contact the local Chamber of Commerce. July 29 –Aug. 7: Calais, International Homecoming Festival July 29 – Aug. 7: St. Stephen, N.B., St. Stephen Annual Chocolate Festival Aug. 6-7 : Perry, Indian Days Celebration at Pleasant Point Aug. 20-21: Machias, 35th Annual Wild Blueberry Festival Sept. 3-5: Eastport, Annual Salmon Festival Sept. 10-11: Eastport, Pirate Festival Oct. 16: Blue Hill Peninsula, Annual Foliage Food & Wine Festival CONTACT LOCAL CHAMBERS: Bar Harbor Chamber: Tel. 1-800-288-5103 or (207) 288-5103 Blue Hill Chamber: Tel. (207) 374-3242 Calais – St. Croix Valley Chamber: Tel. 1-888-4223112 or (207) 454-2308 Lubec Bicentennial Info.: Tel. (207) 733-2342 Eastport Chamber: Tel. (207) 853-4644 Machias Bay Chamber: Tel. (207) 255-4402

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For More Than A Decade Thistles Has Been Bangor’s Premier International Restaurant

Thistles Restaurant on downtown Exchange Street in the Queen City has always possessed a special ambience but its newly completed rejuvenation in gorgeous modern décor makes it an even more special place to enjoy fine dining. Live music provides an even more elegant dining experience at the Rave family owned and operated restaurant. At Thistles you will be introduced to a superb menu of cuisine that is truly global. Chef Alejandro’s culinary talents include the ability to prepare gourmet ethnic dishes from around the world. Great recipes from Latin America, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain are all part of his repertoire of culinary delights. An international dining treat awaits all at Thistles. u

Area Events July 4 : Independence Day July 30-August 8: Maine State Fair August 27-29: American Folk Festival contact the Chamber of Commerce at (207) 947-0307

Reverse mortgages for seniors 62 or older Call today for more information. Rae Ann Rice 1 Cumberland Place, #214 Bangor, Maine 04401 207-974-8996 Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. © 2010 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. AS360980 8/10-8/11 www.activitymaine.com

Come Celebrate and Enjoy the Spectacular Katahdin Region

In the spiritual traditions of the Penobscot Indian people, Mt. Katahdin is so sacred that it would be sacrilegious for one of them to climb to the top of the mountain. They believe that the highest god in their spiritual system, Glukab sent the lower angry god, Pamola to Pamola Peak for eternity because of his bad behavior. This legendary region captures the minds and hearts of visitors each year. Once you visit, you’ll want to return. The Katahin Region consists of the towns of Medway, East Millinocket, Millinocket, Patten and Sherman. In addition to excellent accommodations, fine dining and entertainment there is the Ambejejus Boom House on Ambejejus Lake which displays an excellent selection of driving memorabilia and the Millinocket Historical Society Museum which displays many aspects of the area’s unique history. Recreational opportunities abound from hiking in Baxter State Park to white water rafting on the Penobscot River or fly fishing on one of the region’s many remote ponds and streams. A camera is an essential item to preserve your adventure. u

medway Lennie’s Superette Jaimie & Michelle Wallace

Gas • Beer • Soda • Coffee • Pizza • Subs Lottery • ATM • Groceries • Worms & Crawlers • Souvenirs

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Large heated pool, hot tub, exercise, game & play area, free internet access, local calls and business center, cable, WIFI We are a motorcycle and pet friendly hotel 740 Central Street, Millinocket, ME 04462 1-877-902-4555 • 207-723-4555 Congratulations to the Gateway Inn on your 16th Anniversary!

DANGER: MOOSE AHEAD

moose tips

• Collisions with moose increase dramatically in the summer months. • Moose and deer are most active around dawn and dusk. • Do not get out to observe, stay in your car because moose can be very unpredictable!

A TASTE of IT ALL by Katahdin Region author

Georgia Manzo Joachim A GREAT MAINE GIFT

for that cook or poet in your life. www.medwaygateway.com

Check Local Availability or Order online • thymemosspublishing.com

KATAHDIN SHADOWS MOTEL • Attractive rooms • Air-conditioned • Cable TV • Pool • Hot Tub • Fully-equipped community kitchen

Rt. 157 (JUST OFF I-95, EXIT 244)

1/2 mi. off I-95, Exit 244 Route 157, Medway, ME 04460 207-746-5162 • 1-800-593-2267 e-mail: customerservice@katahdinshadowsmotel.com

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KATAHDIN REGION: July 4th: Independence Day

August 13–22: Medway Celebration 14 Annual Wooden Arts/Canoe Festival

PLANE RIDES

September 10–12: Trails End Festival

For other events, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (207) 723-4443

Aviation LLC

MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION

July 4th: Independence Day August 13–14: Forest Heritage Days September 10-12: International Sea Plane Fly-In For other events, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-876-2778

Millinocket Municipal Airport Flight Instruction Aircraft Rental

207-723-4375 Aerial Moose Tours Scenic Flights

www.westbranchaviation.com 5 Guest Rooms featuring: Private bath • Air conditioning Ceiling fan • Cable TV with DVD player Wireless Internet Plenty of pillows and towels Also offering catering for your special event: Private dinners, baby & wedding showers, anniversary & birthday parties, holiday parties.

Open Year Round!

193 Central Street, Millinocket, ME 04462 www.TheYoungHouseBandB.com

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rockwood Spalding, Mellon & Munster Moosehead Real Estate TEL. (207) 534-7200 Elizabeth Munster Broker/Owner P.O. Box 44, Rockwood, ME 04478 www.rockwoodmaine.com

REPAIRS • BOATS • snowmobiles • ATVs & CARS • INspection station

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he Legendary Moosehead Lake stands as the center piece of this pristine section of Maine. The lake itself is nearly forty miles long and twelve miles wide surrounded with break taking scenery along the shore and gorgeous mountains including Mount Kineo which rises over 760 feet straight above the surface of the lake. If you enjoy nature and outdoor activities, the Moosehead Lake area is a perfect match for this summer’s fun. Here you can canoe, kayak, bike and fish Moosehead Lake for trophy-sized landlocked salmon, trout and touge or try your hand at fly fishing the world famous East Outlet. You can hike the Moose Mountain Range, enjoy wilderness adventures on scenic air tours and if you are an

OPEN DAILY FROM 11:30 AM ROUTE 15 • P.O. BOX 265 • ROCKWOOD, MAINE 04478

TRADING POST

A Maine tradition for nearly a century Maynard’s in Maine

P.O. Box 220, Rockwood, ME 04478(207) 534-7703 (866) 699-0857 for more information: www.maynardsinmaine.com

SUPERMARKET

If you are a fishing, boating, hunting, or outdoor enthusiast, then Indian Hill Trading Post has what you are looking for. From groceries to sporting supplies and boats, Indian Hill has it all, including a gas station open 24 hours a day. No need to stop for anything on the drive up, just pull in at the top of the hill and visit us.

A Maine Tradition For Nearly A Century

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or just short of a century, Maynard’s In Maine has provided their guests with outstanding wilderness experiences in addition to excellent bungalow style cabin accommodations and great dining with wholesome fresh farm foods prepared to perfection. The Moosehead area offers outstanding landlocked salmon , trout and togue fishing. Recently, Billy Maynard landed a 29.67 lb togue on Moosehead Lake measuring 41” long. His huge catch beats the old Moosehead Lake record set in 1961 of a 28 pound 12 ounce togue. The area’s large, pristine forests provide excellent cover for deer, bear and small game and make it an outstanding hunting region. Here guests at Maynard’s will find a real pearl in the North Woods . Maynard’s in Maine can be reached for addition information by tel. (207) 534-7703 or 1-888518-2055 or on the web at : www.maynardsinmaine.com 98

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The “MUST STOP”

for any fishing, boating, hunting, or outdoor enthusiast. Camping Fis hing B oating Hunting W int er Gear Appar el

Footwear Groc eries Deli B aker y B eer W ine

Agenc y Liquor St or e 24 Hr Mobil Gas Name B r and Gea r & A p p a r e l Old Town Canoe Sa l e s & R e n t a l Old Town K ayak Sa l e s & R e n t a l Exper t Advic e

148 Moosehead Lake Rd | Greenville | ME | 207 695 2104 | www.indianhill.com

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the highlands avid bird watcher you are bound to see on a quiet walk such common species as the bald eagle, red-winged blackbirds, great blue herons, hawks, owls, ducks and loons. The moose is our local celebrity and can be encountered throughout our area. While these imposing animals are quiet and shy by nature, care should be taken to always give moose a safe distance, particularly a cow with calf or a bull in rut in the fall season. Do not leave home without your camera as you will want to capture all of your outdoor experiences on film. The Moosehead Lake area offers excellent accommodation choices as well as fine dining and is the perfect destination for your 2011 get away. u OPEN YEAR ROUND

Wilsons On Moosehead Lake

Sailing late June thru Columbus Day Closed Sun. & Mon. Tel: (207) 695-2716 Fax (207) 695-2367 PO Box 1151 Greenville ME 04441

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Lodging Lakefront Cottages

207-695-2549

Canoes and Boats with Motors Available for Rent Fly fish the world famous East Outlet FISH • HUNT • ATV www.WilsonsOnMooseheadLake.com

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