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20 INTO THE

WOODS: HIKING MAINE’S HIDDEN CITY ESCAPES

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27 CAMP MAINE:

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lighter-fare, chowders, lots of

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Maine seafood, and delicious

beautiful beaches, dynamic

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ocean views and much more.

menu. Also visit the Maine

See Nubble Light—one of

Diner Gift Shop located next

Maine's most visited and

door.

photographed lighthouses.

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Whatever your equipment

Nubble Light!

and preferences, you’ll find a

Wells boasts miles of sandy

good match: Sea-Vu Campground,

beaches and is a popular

Sea-Vu West Campground, and

vacation destination. You may

Wells Beach Resort. In addition

want to spend some time

to their own recreational

shopping, exploring antique

facilities, most are on the

shops, visiting the weekly

trolley route to help you

farmers market, do some

further enjoy your stay!

boating or fishing, or enjoy

You won’t want to miss a

some great golfing!  Want

visit to both Kennebunk and

to try your luck at mini-

Kennbunkport. Coastal Maine

golf? Your family will enjoy

Kayaking in Kennebunkport

the nautical theme at Wells

offers bike rentals to explore

Beach Resort Mini-Golf on Route

the area as well as kayak

1 in Wells.

rentals.

Wells offers a variety of

Travel to inland York County

scheduled events throughout

where scenic back roads,

the summer season. For more

ponds, lakes, and recreational

information, visit the Wells

opportunities are plentiful.

Chamber on Route 1 or see

In Sanford, enjoy Mtn. View

their website for their detailed

Golf Range offering a driving

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range, mini-golf, batting

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cages and a pro shop. Plan to

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A f i s h ta l e [ Striped Bass at Nubble Light ]

Text & Photos DANA BENNER

I

T WAS A FOGGY MORNING AS I MADE MY WAY DOWN ROUTE 1A IN YORK. I was heading to Nubble Light to meet up with my good friend Jack Hanley to do some striper fishing. As I made my way

along the coast I was surprised at the number of people out and about at this time of the morning. The tide was coming in (tide charts said about 4:30am) and the waves were rolling up upon the beach as I drove by. Joggers of all ages made full use of the cool morning and deserted sidewalks to get their runs in.

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When I pulled into the parking area

of camera flashes going off is any

at Nubble Light I saw that Jack was

indicator.

already there, as well as a handful of

Amid the photographers, Jack and

tourists eager to see the sunrise over

I prepared our gear. With everything

the cove or maybe a couple of anglers

ready we made our way gingerly down

fall in. Either way, they would be in for

the slippery rocks, made even more

a show. Nubble Light must be one of

precarious by the lack of light. It was a

the most photographed landmarks in

toss-up on whether or not the tourists

this part of New England if the number

were going to get a show. With the


KITTERY TO KENNEBUNKS aid of the rotating beacon of

was able to grasp ahold of

Nubble Light, both Jack and I

the fish, being ever cautious

made it down without serious

of the lure’s treble hooks.

mishap. All I could picture

Handing the fish up to Jack,

were those tourists wagering

we got a quick photo and I

on my chances of survival.

then removed the lure and

Jack started casting the

got a quick measurement. It

surface bait and as if on cue,

was a very thick bodied fish

a nice striper exploded on

(probably full of mackerel)

the bait, and missed. Jack

and measured between 28

twitched the bait again, and

and 29 inches. After the

again the striper hit and

measurement the fish was

missed. This happened a

released back to the ocean.

third time, but on the fourth

It was now about 7:00AM.

the striper was on. As luck

The mackerel had moved on

would have it, the tide was

and with them the predator

going out and we were losing

fish. It had been a good

water rapidly. What was the

morning, but it was time to

water line was now exposed

head home. Route 1A through

rock. Jack battled this fish like

York was a flurry of activity;

he had done it before, it was

with crowds filling the beach

almost poetic. He was able

despite the rain that was now

to work the fish into a gap

falling.

between two rocks, but was unable to get to it. I scrambled down the slippery rocks and

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OLD ORCHARD PHOTOS GARY CURTIS

Visit Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and Scarborough for Summer Fun Text BOBBIE RANDOLPH

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With all this coastline,

surf boards and gear, as well

you can expect a variety

as paddleboards, water skis,

of water sports — surfing,

wake boards, tubes, body

paddleboarding, sailing,

boards and wetsuits. They

fishing and waterskiing. Quiet

also offer surfing lessons.

cleaned each night by volunteers. Backed by a band of

coves and tidal estuaries

Fun And Sun Rentals (WWW.

dune grass, the beach slopes gently into the surf, wide

invite canoes and kayaks.

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Scarborough Marsh has miles

you anything from beach gear

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to kayaks, paddle boards and

with birds, to explore on foot

sail boats — even bicycles,

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AINE’S LONGEST STRETCH OF SAND BEACH MAKES OLD ORCHARD BEACH a magnet for summer vacationers. And what a beach

it is, 7 miles of soft white sand that’s meticulously

enough so even at high tide there’s space for everyone to find their patch of sand.

Black Point Surf Shop

will bring

That’s just Old Orchard.

Golf (SCHOONERMINIGOLF.NET), there’s

Smaller beaches spread north

a big replica schooner and

(WWW.BLACKPOINTSURFSHOP.COM) in

along Scarborough’s coast,

lighthouse, along with

Scarborough is a full-service

explore on two wheels, and

some – such as the beautiful

outdoor batting cages for

surf shop, with new and used

you can follow the Eastern

Western and Ferry beaches

slow-pitch softball and

surfboards and all the related

Trail, a greenway of backroads

— protected by the long

60-mph-big-league hitters.

equipment. Their surf lessons

and trails for bicycles. With

peninsula of Prouts Neck.

Every Thursday evening there

include wetsuits and boards.

beach parking often at a

are free fireworks.

Arlberg Surf Shop (WWW.ARLBERGSKI.

premium, a bike is a handy

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way to get to the beach from

A few miles away in Saco, at the 18-hole Schooner Miniature

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has a large selection of

area. This flat coastline is great to


SOUTH COASTAL

events |

Old Orchard Beach

Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. JUNE 25 Captain Christopher S. Cash Memorial 5K and 3 Mile Walk 7:30 - 10:00am. Join us for the 12th annual Captain Christopher S. Cash Memorial 5K and 3 mile walk! Kid's fun run starts at 7:45am, 5K Run begins at 8:30AM, walk at 8:40am. You can register online! Race start/ finish at the Old Orchard Beach High School. Pre-Race Packet Pick up on Friday, June 24th, 2016 from  10am – 2pm, at Old Orchard Beach High School. JUNE 30 Weekly Thursday Night Fireworks Downtown! The Thursday night summer fireworks display (weather permitting). The weekly display runs every Thursday night at 9:45am through August 25th. Fireworks are set off by the Pier and Palace Playland.

AUGUST 19-21 33rd Annual Old Orchard Beach Olympics 8:00am -5:00pm. Three days of gamesand fun competition including opening ceremony, live music, silent auction,all to benefit Special OlympicsMaine. Located in the town square, all are welcome! FMI 207-934-2500. SEPTEMBER 16 - 17 23rd Annual Car Show Friday, September 16 Registration starts at the Chamber of Commerce (11 1st Street) from 4pm to 7pm. Car Preview Lineup on Maine Street – 4pm to 7:30pm Car Parade with police escort – 7pm to 7:30pm Saturday September 17 Car Show Registration and Car Show – 8am to 2:30pm

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your campground or motel.

Sea View Inn (SEAVIEWGETAWAY.COM)

There are bike racks on the

motel and Waves Oceanfront

shuttle buses that connect

Resort (WWW.WAVESOCEANFRONT.COM),

the beach and Amtrak station

both with straightforward

to inland lodgings.

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in Scarborough, The Holiday

amusement park, Beachfront

House (WWW.HOLIDAYHOUSEINN.COM) is

Condotel (thebeachfront.

a bed & breakfast with ocean-

com) has two-bedroom and

view rooms (some have

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a common kitchen.

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RV owners and campers

Wassamki Springs Campground

will find plenty of options. A

(WWW.WASSAMKISPRINGS.COM)

mile from the beach, family-

in Scarborough sits on a

operated Old Orchard Beach

private lake with a mile-

Campground (WWW.GOCAMPING.COM)

long sand beach, and offers

offers everything from simple

free activities that include

rustic woodland tent sites

hayrides, movies and family

to facilities for the largest

bonfires. Season campers can

motor homes. Catering to

store their RVs free. Seacoast Rv

families and couples only (no

Resort (WWW.SEACOASTRESORT.COM) in

groups) and half a mile from

Saco, a mile from Old Orchard

The Pier, Hid'n Pines Family

and Scarborough beaches, is a

Campground (MAINEFAMILYCAMPING.

residential community for 110

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park model RVs only, with a

also has basic tent sites

and large full-service lots, and

pool, hot tubs and clubhouse.

you can see photos of each

If all the saltwater makes

campsite before reserving.

you hungry for seafood, you

Also within walking distance

won’t find it fresher than at

of the beach, the resort-style

Ken’s Place (207-883-6611) on Pine

Powder Horn Family Camping (WWW.

Point Road in Scarborough.

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Nothing fancy, but ocean-

has four

swimming pools, two Jacuzzis

fresh fried clams, lobster rolls,

and an 18-hole mini-golf

chowders and a raw bar.

course all free to campers.

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SOUTH COASTAL SACO Schooner Miniature Golf is one of the largest miniature golf courses in the area. It features a 75 ft. schooner ship as the 11th hole, which is surrounded by its own lagoon.They have one of the only outdoor batting cages in the area with speeds ranging from 25mph slow pitch softball up to 60+mph major league and at just $1.00 per token for 16 balls. They also serve one of Maine’s favorite ice creams, SHAIN’S of Maine. Cones, shakes, sundaes and more to be enjoyed on their deck overlooking the picturesque golf course.

s u r f l e s s on s are fun for e v e ryon e

SCARBOROUGH

W

hether you are new to surfing or looking to hone your skills, working with a knowlegedable instructor on the beach is

a great way to spend your precious time! Meet at the beach and Black Point Surf Shop will supply the board and suit. Located in Scarborough, just minutes away from Higgins and Scarborough Beach, Black Point Surf Shot offer kids ages 6+ to adults the chance to get

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comfortable in the water. While the main focus is on having fun, they structure lessons to encourage your individual ability to balance and paddle, while working towards standing, riding and reading a wave. With 12 years of experience following their apprenticeships in California, shop owners and board builders Andy and Ryan of McDermott Shapes are experts in ding repair, board restoration, and custom board creation. Black Point Surf Shop is ready for the summer season and excited to add to Maine’s growing surf culture. For questions or to schedule a lesson give the shop a call at 207-939-6016 or stop by.

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WOODLAND VALLEY EVENTS SAT. 7/9 Battle of the Bears (MPT singles event) SUN. 7/10 Womens PDGA SUN. 8/14 Discraft Ace Race SUN. 8/21 Leo P. Roy Memorial (fundraiser for MDA) SAT. 9/10 Trilogy Challenge

SUN. 9/18 Autumn Singles (NEFA event) SAT. 10/15 Bewitched Doubles SUN. 11/13 Turkey Trot Singles SUN. 12/4 Fund Raiser for Food Panty/Toys for Tots

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when in

PORTLAND

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corporate functions, lunchtime lobster bakes on scenic Cow Island, and overnight excursions where you can spend an evening nestled in a quiet island anchorage.

Portland Paddle offers guided sea kayaking trips and paddleboard rentals at

e sure to check out these great businesses for

hour sails depart from the

the East End Beach on the

adventurous activities and delicious food!

Maine State Pier in Portland’s

Portland waterfront. It’s

Old Port and are offered

amazing how rugged and wild

four times daily, presenting

the coastline gets just a short

Portland Schooner Company

for a couple hours, Portland

visitors with a perfect vantage

paddle from bustling Portland

has been making memories

Schooner Company offers an

point for viewing Portland’s

harbor. The great variety of

for Casco Bay visitors since

experience you don’t want to

unforgettable sights and

islands in Casco Bay offer

2002. Owned and operated by

miss.

sounds – from lighthouses

endless possibilities for

and seabirds to seals and the

exploration. Look out for seals,

Reischmann and Michelle

one of their classic wooden

rocky coastline. The friendly,

lighthouses, wave-battered

Thresher, they offer an

schooners, Wendameen

professional crew is not only

cliffs, seabirds, hidden beaches,

authentic, Old World sailing

or Bagheera. Listed on the

there to provide you with

wooden schooners and 19th-

experience from May through

National Register of Historic

a safe trip … they’re happy

century granite forts.

October aboard Portland’s

Places, both schooners were

to share a bit of Casco Bay

Portland Paddle’s guided

only historic windjammers.

designed by famed naval

history and trivia. You’re

trips and lessons are led by

Whether you’re looking to

architect, John G. Alden, in

invited to join in any way

licensed Maine Guides who

experience the Portland

the early 1900s and built by

you’d like: hoisting the sails

are passionate about sharing

waterfront from a unique

some of the best craftsmen in

alongside a deckhand, taking

their love of sea kayaking

perspective or just hoping to

the world at the shipyards of

a turn at the ship’s wheel, or

and their knowledge of the

step back to a simpler time

East Boothbay, Maine. Two-

just relaxing and enjoying

history and ecology of the

the ocean breeze and salt air.

Maine coast. Multi-day trips,

And you’re welcome to bring

advanced paddling lessons

food and drink, including

and rentals are also offered at

beer and wine, aboard. The

Portland Paddle.

husband and wife team, Scott

The adventure begins aboard

cost for a two-hour sail is

unique modern look and

children. Though not required,

features 10 hibachi tables with

reservations are strongly

amazing entertainment as

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your meals are prepared right

If you’ve got more time to

in front of you. They also have

spend on Casco Bay, Portland

a private party room available.

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i n t o t h e wo o d s [ Hiking Maine’s Hidden City Gems ]

By JENNIFER VAN ALLEN

T

WO YEARS AGO, WE MOVED TO MAINE for

But unplugging for a week

they asked during our first

the same reason a lot of people do: we had

on the remote reaches of

winter, when Portland had

treasured our annual vacations here, and we

the Blue Hill Peninsula each

nearly 90 inches of snow.

longed for an outdoor life that was out of reach in the big city.

August is vastly different than working and raising a family year round near Maine’s urban core.

But the truth is, we love living in Maine even more

So it’s understandable that

than we enjoyed visiting it.

we get a lot of questions from

Even when it’s 14 degrees.

skeptical family and friends. “How do you like it, now?”

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No, life does not feel like a permanent vacation.

Living amongst a critical mass of people who value


SOUTH COASTAL PORTLAND

Catch the next boat out of town.

PHOTOS JENN VAN ALLEN

open space, unspoiled woods

on the sidewalk, or someone

and water as much as we do,

searching for a lost dog, but

has given us a quality-of-

rather the Black-capped

life upgrade that we never

chickadees who sheltered in

would have been dreamed of

the Silver Maples in our yard.

while living in the aggressive,

But the highlight of our

crowded, noisy, streets of

Maine lives has been

Philadelphia.

discovering the abundance

Of course, after years of big-

of lush, unspoiled woods and

city living, all this quality of

million-dollar water views

life took a bit of adjustment.

just beyond the beaten paths

We scoured the radio dials repeatedly searching for traffic reports to plan our

of our workaday suburban

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.

lives. Mounting scientific

morning commutes— only

research has proven the

to realize that there wasn't

cascade of psychological,

one. With so little traffic, who

emotional, and physical

needs a traffic report?

benefits that go along with

The first night we slept

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.

close regular encounters

in our new home, we were

with nature—especially for

awoken by the sound of

kids. Regular doses of outside

gushing water. We ransacked

time can help prevent

the rooms in search of a

obesity, asthma, reduce

burst pipe or a running

risk of high blood pressure,

faucet before we realized that

Type 2 Diabetes, Vitamin

the were just hearing the

D deficiency, depression,

creek in our yard.

and anxiety, and have even

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sunrise? That perfectly-

alleviate depression.

And that whistling noise

pitched two-toned call that

We are acutely aware

repeated over and over and

of that in my family. And

over? It wasn’t a drunk

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a non-negotiable. Simply put,

Saturday of woods and

At the weekly outings,

the more time outside time

which are free and open to

water in Scarborough, just

we get, the happier we are.

the public, we attended the

a 20-minute traffic-free

hikes—which were short

drive from our house. After

many of Maine’s natural

and extremely manageable

a morning of surfing and

treasures with the help of the

for my 40-ish body and my

sandcastle-building at Pine

local land trusts and non-

energetic, 4-year-old son.

Point, and excellent gourmet

profit groups that work to

The thrill of discovering so

tacos at El Rayo, we spent

conserve land for recreation.

many beautiful expanses

the afternoon at Fuller

hidden in our own back yard

Farm, a 220-acre expanse of

I attended weekly hikes with

was matched by the joy in

preserved fields and forests

the Royal River Conservation

meeting so many like minded

along the banks of the

Trust. Each week, the aptly

parents of young kids, and

Nonesuch River, which feeds

dubbed “Rain or Shine Club”

outdoor enthusiasts of all

into Scarborough Marsh,

explores jewels of open

ages who moved here for the

the state’s largest saltwater

space that are nestled just

same reasons we did.

marsh.

We were introduced to

My preschool-aged son and

beyond the paved confines of neighborhoods, schools, and

Perhaps the discoveries I

And the discoveries only

have treasured the most have

stoked our appetite for more.

been the unspoiled patches

shopping centers.

of wood and water, where

PREVENT TICK BITES Ticks are common in Maine, and carry the risk of infections like Lyme Disease. But you don’t have to let fear of ticks ruin your outdoor fun, or keep you from getting outside. Here are a few precautions you can take from the Maine CDC.

you can find silence and stillness just a stone’s throw from Maine’s most popular Happily for us, there was no shortage of resources we

tourist destinations. The millions of shoppers

could turn to for help, thanks

who flock to Freeport outlets

to the many agencies, non-

and L.L. Bean’s company

profit groups and local outdoor

store probably have no

writers who treasure time in

idea that they are less than

■■ To prevent tick bites, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts to reduce the amount of your skinthat is uncovered. Tuck your pants into your socks to form a barrier to your skin.

nature as much as we do.

a quarter of a mile from

Thanks to a map created

Pettingill Farm, a 140-acre

by Portland Trails, the urban

expanse of grassy meadows,

land trust that has built

gnarly technical wooded

■■ Wear light-colored clothing; it makes ticks easier to see.

and maintains more than

trails, and postcard-perfect

■■ Use a repellent that is approved by the EPA for repelling ticks. Follow instructions on the label carefully.

70 miles of trails in and

views of the Haraseeket River

around the city’s urban

that is owned by the Freeport

core, we discovered the

Historical Society.

■■ When you are walking in the woods, stay in the center of the trail so you do not brush up against grasses and bushes where ticks are waiting. ■■ After coming inside from outdoors, wash and dry your clothes to remove the ticks. Be sure to put your clothes in a dryer for approximately one hour—the heat will kill the ticks. ■■ Perform a tick check daily. Some are as small as a poppyseed and can be mistaken for a new freckle or speck of dirt. ■■ Remember, ticks need to feed for at least 24 hours in order to transmit Lyme disease, so quick removal can prevent Lyme disease. SOURCE: Maine CDC

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Presumpscot River Preserve,

I just love it that you don’t

a 48-acre green expanse just

need to wait for summer,

beyond the city’s busiest

trek up Katahdin, or sit in a

thoroughfares, and the Fore

logjam of traffic with the 4.2

River Sanctuary, an 85-acre

million people who vacation

preserve that is home to

in Maine each year, to savor

Jewell Falls, Portland’s only

our state’s wealth of natural

natural waterfall.

treasures.

The excellent “Act with

After two years of living in

Aislinn” column in the

Maine, and setting out each

Bangor Daily News, a

weekend to find new pockets

weekly feature and one-

of natural beauty, you would

minute video by the intrepid

think that we would have

outdoors writer Aislinn

uncovered every secret spot,

Sarnacki, led us to a magical

and reclined into a been-


there-done-that state of

a water bottle and healthy

mind.

snacks.

But every time we think

■■ If you’re venturing into

we’ve seen it all, we’re

the woods, or any area where

bowled over all over, and fall

hunting may be allowed, be

in love with Maine all over

sure to wear blaze orange or

again.

brightly-colored clothing, and

■■ Harpswell Heritage Land Trust:

properties — nine on the

The Trust owns 355 acres of

mainland and nine on Casco

preserved land that is open

Bay. CCLTMAINE.ORG

to the public. The group

■■ Maine Coast Heritage Trust:

sponsors weekly easy hikes geared toward young kids in the fall, winter and spring.

MCHT manages more than 100 preserves along Maine's coast. MCHT preserves are

be aware of open hunting

HHLTMAINE.ORG

managed to protect ecological

season, dates, and local rules.

■■ Sabbathday Lake Shaker

diversity, scenic beauty,

Stick to the trails.

Village: This village is home

low impact recreation, and

to the only active Shaker

community benefits. To see a

Here are some tips to stay

Resources

Community in the world

map, go to:

safe and make the most of

There are a wealth of

today. The village, which is

MCHT.ORG/PRESERVES/INDEX.PHP.

your outside time wherever

resources to help you

in New Gloucester, sits on

you go, courtesy of Kara

discover many of the open-

1,800 acres of farm and forest

Wooldrik, executive director

space treasures in your own

land with seventeen historic

of Portland Trails.

backyard and beyond. Here

structures from the 1780s

■■ Tell family members and

are just a few:

through the 1950s.

■■ Royal River Conservation Trust:

MAINESHAKERS.COM

The Yarmouth-based non-

■■ Maine Forest Playgroup:

profit as conserved 3300 acres

This is a free, exclusively

of land, farms and trails in

outdoors program serving

the Royal River watershed

toddlers and their families

and Casco Bay. It works in the

in and around Portland. Each

towns of Yarmouth, North

Friday adventure offers an

Yarmouth, New Gloucester,

interactive storytime and

Pownal, Durham, and Gray.

hands-on activity to set a

The group also sponsors

framework plus free play.

a weekly “Rain or Shine”

PORTLANDKIDSCALENDAR.COM/CALENDAR/

club—easy hikes for outdoor

INDEX.PHP?EID=21425

Get out, stay safe, have fun

friends where you are going and how long you expect to be gone. ■■ Know the weather for the

time and location that you will be out adventuring. ■■ Bring appropriate clothing

and footwear for the conditions, keeping in mind that wind and moisture make it colder and lack of shade makes it warmer. You might always carry with you a light fleece, a thin waterand wind-proof jacket, warm hat, gloves, and sun protection when heading

enthusiasts of all ages.

■■ Portland Kids Calendar: This

is a free local listing of activities for kids and parents. portlanDKIDSCALENdar.com

■■ Act Out With Aislinn: Each

week, Bangor Daily News outdoors columnist Aislinn Sarnacki introduces outdoor hot spots from around the state, and provides “oneminute hike” videos to help you check it out before you leave the house. She provides excellent directions and trail descriptions so you can know if it’s for you. The blog is my go-to resource for hikes,

■■ Freeport Conservation Trust:

especially for those in central

The group conserves and

Maine, Augusta, Bangor, and

connects more than 1,500

Mt. Desert Island. You can

acres of open space and

find a map and list of all of

nearly 20 miles of public trails.

her one-minute hikes here:

the water.

FREEPORTCONSERVATIONTRUST.ORG

ACTOUTWITHAISLINN.BANGORDAILYNEWS.

■■ If you are not extremely

■■ Scarborough Land Trust:

COM/ONE-MINUTE-HIKES.

familiar with your location

Scarborough may be one

■■ Portland Press Herald: Each

and it is outside of a city,

of the fastest growing and

Sunday, Portland Press

bring a map. Do not rely

largest towns in Maine, but

Herald devotes a signficant

on your phone; the battery

it also has state's largest salt

amount of its sports section

can unexpectedly die and a

marsh (Scarborough Marsh),

to stories about birding,

GPS signal may be tough to

to eight miles of coastline,

fishing, hunting, and hiking.

find. If you are heading to a

four public beaches, and five

Don’t miss regular features

more remote location, bring

rivers. Scarborough Land

by outdoors writer Deirdre

a compass. (Before you go,

Trust has worked to preserve

Fleming. The paper also keeps

make sure you know how

it. To learn more, go to:

a full calendar of outdoors

to use it!)

SCARBOROUGHLANDTRUST.ORG.

activities. PRESSHERALD.COM/SPORTS/

■■ Chebeague & Cumberland

OUTDOORS

in the mountains or on

■■ If you are going out for

more than 30 mins, bring

Land Trust: This land trust has under its protection eighteen

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town, now know for its outlet shopping. There are also dozens of locally owned and operated stores, shops, boutiques, and of course many wonderful restaurants. But Freeport offers much more than shopping! Check out Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park for hikes along the shore on it’s many ocean trails, and excellent bird watching. And you may find it hard to believe, but among the rolling hills and rambling brooks at the end of Desert Road, there is a desert. In 1797, the Tuttle family moved to the 300-acre farm that once covered the Desert of Maine where they successfully raised crops of potatoes and hay for several years. Failure to rotate crops combined with massive land-clearing and overgrazing resulted in severe soil erosion that exposed this hidden desert. If you are a history buff, you can visit Jameson Tavern, built in 1779, and several of the town’s original schools, homes and churches. Check out the demonstrations, exhibits, and walking tours offered by the Freeport Historical Society. the society also hosts several events, including a vintage baseball game, and a barn and quilt tour. The L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School offers an affordable way to combine instruction with adventure year-round.And Freeport hosts events year-round that offer something for everyone from foodies to outdoor adveture seekers to art and music fans.


western

LAKES & mountains T

his region of western Maine, filled with sparkling lakes and ponds, cascading rivers and streams, waterfalls and covered bridges, is the ideal setting for outdoor activities.

This is the place to fish, kayak, swim,

Mahoosuc Range, providing a single or

hunt and mountain bike. Experience

multi-day backpacking trek.

world-class bass, trout, and salmon

ABOVE: PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBBIE MARTIN

Tree-lined main streets, friendly towns,

fishing. Glide along a lake in your canoe

country fairs and festivals, one-of-a-kind

or kayak. Venture into the woods for a

museums, antique shops, boutiques,

hike, or climb a mountain. Bike the rural

unique eateries—it’s all here in the

byways. Try a zip-line adventure. Hit a

Lakes and Mountains Region of western

few golf balls. Ride your ATV on miles

Maine. Don’t miss the Fryeburg Fair,

and miles of maintained trails. The

Maine’s Blue Ribbon Classic.

Appalachian Trail passes through the

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camp [MAINE]

more popularly visited areas of the state, campgrounds often provide a home base for area activities and attractions and quite a number either offer shuttle service or are on a trolley route. The majority of campgrounds and resorts suggest reservations and some require a minimum stay, especially over weekend and holiday periods. And finally, of course, understanding reservation policies

Considerations When Selecting a Campground Text ELLIE STENGEL

T

HROUGHOUT THE STATE OF MAINE there are more than 200 privately-owned campgrounds in addition to a number of State Parks that offer camping facilities. Many privately-owned

campgrounds are included in this issue. A camping stay offers the opportunity for a memorable vacation experience, whether simply

and various charges is important.

Questions or considerations might include some of the following: ■■ Do you offer any camping rental

equipment, RVs or cabins? ■■ Is there shuttle or trolley service

available to nearby attractions? ■■ Is there a well-stocked store?

How about a snack bar or restaurant? ■■ Are campfires permitted?

How about firewood and ice?

camping as a vacation or camping as a means to be near an activity

■■ Are there any trails for hiking or

you are planning to enjoy.

biking--even ATVing? ■■ Is there WiFi or cable TV?

Diversity is the word to best describes

the RV dealers in this issue offer rentals

Maine’s many campgrounds. You’ll

and are ready and pleased to work

discover a tremendous variety in the

with you in your planning. Dealers can

size, location, and type. They range from

also provide expert advice in selecting

■■ What hook-ups for trailers and

very small properties where the camping

camping gear if you prefer to own your

RVs are available? Is there 50 amp

experience is the focus to large resorts

own equipment.

electric?

that offer every imaginable amenity. Even if you have never camped before,

When planning your getaway, consider what you are looking for in your camping

■■ If a more remote location, how is

cell phone reception in the area?

■■ Are tents accepted? ■■ Can you bring your own boat? Are

or do not have camping equipment,

experience. Do you want a place to call

you’ll find quite a number of places that

home base for other activities you are

offer on-site rentals and cabin rentals.

planning, or a facility that offers enough

Some RV dealers also offer rental units

that it is a vacation in itself? Some

■■ How about pet policies and

for nearby campgrounds. This great way

campgrounds offer on-site recreational

requirements for camping with pets?

to break into the camping experience has

opportunities such as a pool, rec hall

become one of the most popular types of

and sports fields, scheduled activities,

vacations today.

and a variety of entertainment. Many

Another way to discover camping and

are located on lakes, rivers, or the ocean,

be versatile in your vacation is to rent

and offer a beach, swimming, fishing,

an RV and travel as you wish! Some of

and even a variety of boat rentals. In the

there launching facilities and dock space available?

Visit www.activitymaine.com for a complete listing of campgrounds offered in this issue. See you out there!

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Way off Rt. 302 The Mollyockett Chapter of Trout Unlimited headed up the effort to offer a solid fishing platform as well as trails, which are accessible to people utilizing wheelchairs. The platforms are open to anyone, but the posted signs say disabled veterans must be given priority to use them.

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STAY ON TARGET Windham Indoor Shooting Range & Retail Store is located at 999 Roosevelt Trail (Rt. 302) in Windham. Their staff will ensure a safe, fun, educational experience in an indoor shooting range. The facility is equipped with 12 indoor shooting lanes with a shooting distance of 25 yards. They are a public range and offer membership or walk-in rates. Their primary goals are SAFETY & Responsibility when using firearms. The 2500 sq. /ft. retail store offers handgun, shotgun and rifle rentals; a try before you buy program and private lessons on request. Rental guns from .22 calibers to .308, including full auto 5.56 are available. They provide an Instructor/Range Safety Officer on the range to ensure your safety and will provide coaching as needed. If you’re looking for a unique experience with your family, the staff at Windham Indoor Shooting Range is excited to work with you. The minimum age requirement is 10 years old and their programs are ideal for families looking to explore shooting sports and learn in a safe, controlled environment. For more information visit www.windhamindoorshootingrange.com or Windham Indoor Shooting Range on Facebook.


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take your workout

OUTSIDE

Text & Photos SHANNON BRYAN

G

yms get bigger when the weather gets warmer. Our workouts move from the

spin room to the roads, from the rowing machine to actual water. The entire state becomes an aerobics class, a yoga studio, and boot camp rolled into one. Except there’s no bass-fueled workout mix pumping through the sound system. But there is the scent of

PHOTOS SHANNON BRYAN

There’s no shortage of ways to break a

great outdoors, it’s even better when you

solid sweat or give our quads a good run

have workout buddies who will pant and

trees make when the wind rustles

for their money in Maine’s outdoors. We

sweat and have a grand time with you.

their leaves. There’s also actual

can trade in the treadmill for mountain

(Other people are the best motivators

trails and give the dumbbells are rest

and you’ll have the pleasure of meeting

while we exhaust our arms with a

people who like doing the stuff you like

little help from a kayak paddle. But as

doing.)

pine and that ocean sound the

ocean sounds. And birds and grassy fields, and sunshine (well, most of the time).

32 summer / fall | 2016

invigorating as it is to work out in the the

[ see “Outside,” page 34


[“Outside” continued from page 32 ]

Get Outside There are a ton of groups you can connect with to hike, bike, paddle, and run. Meetup. com is an excellent place to scout for informal groups in your neck of the woods (the Let’s Go Do Stuff meetup, for example, often plans paddles and hikes that are really

beaches of Biddeford Pool.

Park in Pownal, Pineland

Do Yoga in A Park

welcoming to beginners).

Instructor Dana Johnson

Farms in New Gloucester, and

Your tree pose is going to feel

And groups like MOAC (Maine

keeps things lively with team

Falmouth Community Park

so at home during yoga in the

Outdoor Adventure Club),

games and always-changing

and Blackstrap Hill Preserve

park. And your bare feet will

sheJAMs (a women’s-only

workouts, but you will sweat.

in Falmouth. Runners range

appreciate the grass. Fresh

group that does swimming,

A lot. But hey, if things get too

in age and pace (some are

Air Yoga brings a peaceful

cycling, and running), and

hot, just take a plunge into

training for long endurance

vinyasa flow class outside. It’s

Hike It Baby (a hiking club

the ocean. It’s right there!

races and others just like

open to all ages and levels,

a good run in the woods).

too, so even if you’re new

In the Midcoast, check out

to yoga, give it a try. Classes

Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine.

run Wednesday until Sept. 7.

They run Monday nights at

Check yogainyourpark.com

Camden Snow Bowl.

for yoga classes in Bar Harbor,

for parents and kids) are stupendous ways to get active outside, even if you’re new to outdoor adventuring.

Boot Camp

Biddeford Saco Boot Camp 6-6:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, year-round at Fortunes Rocks Beach, Middles Beach, Bath

too.

House Beach in Biddeford

Trail Monsters Running

Pool. $12 drop-in, $99 4-week

6 p.m. Tuesdays at Falmouth

Fresh Air Yoga

session, $150 6-week session

Community Park, 8 a.m.

6-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays at

www.biddefordsacobootcamp.com

Saturdays at Bradbury

Payson Park, Portland

dogging in the grass all

Run the Trails

Mountain State Park or

$15 drop-in

season long. Here are but a

The scenery on a trail run

Pineland Farms, and 8 a.m.

yogainyourpark.com

few!

beats the scenery on a

There are also outdoor bootcamps and yoga classes that will have you planking in the sand and downward

Boot camp on the beach It’s like the boot camp you’re used to, except you’ll do lunges, jumping jacks, sprints, and push-ups in the sand! Biddeford Saco Boot Camp runs year-round on the

Sunday at Blackstrap Hill Preserve (locations may

you seem so much faster. In

Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine

Shannon Bryan loves to get active in Maine - from aerial yoga to moonlight paddles — and she writes about them all (to encourage you to try them too!)

the greater Portland area, the

6 p.m. Mondays at Camden

Trail Monsters Running group

on FitMaine.com.

Snow Bowl, Camden. Free •

meets three times a week in

www.trailrunnersofmidcoastmaine.

places like Bradbury State

com

treadmill. Always. And there’s something about running through the trees that makes

change, so check in advance). Free • trailmonsterrunning.com

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ROUTE 26

The road to many Maine adventures

L

ocals and visitors from every corner of the world, are encouraged to go and experience these rare, unique places all less than an hour from each other on the picturesque Route 26 in Western Maine. The road meanders through

gorgeous countryside and boasts culturally, historically, and ecologically significant attractions. Just thirty minutes north of Portland, a family can spend a day or several days visiting these destinations for very little money – a true value! The Gems

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 their homemade baked goods including pies, bread, and

include: The Maine Wildlife Park, New Gloucester Shaker Village, Poland Spring

Gayle’s delicious homemade

Resort &Golf Course, Maine State Building Museum, Poland Spring Bottling Museum,

baked beans and chicken

McLaughlin Garden & Homestead & the Oxford Casino & Hotel.

pies. Smedberg’s fullystocked greenhouses feature beautiful annuals, hardy

Fenn Park has it all! Located

different target greens for

collect mineral specimens,

perennials, fertilizer, soils, as

across from the 18 hole

you to work on different

study the geology and enjoy

well as seedlings and plants.

Poland Spring Resort you

distances and clubs in your

the opportunity unavailable

Smedberg’s all-natural,

will find Miniature Golf, a

bag. The Golf Learning Center

to the general public.

home-grown beef, pork,

Disc Golf Park even private

has all facets of improving

and group golf lessons with

your game covered from

breakfast and lunch from

farm, fed from the field with

a delux driving range. Plus

video analysis to on course

6:00am until 2:00pm everyday.

no added hormones. Also

you can reward yourself

instruction!

WIFI & cable, handicap

available: chicken, turkey,

services available and ask

seafood and live lobster. You

at the ice cream shop that

Poland Mining Camps is located

Egg-Ceptional Restaurant serves

and lamb are raised on the

serves Gifford’s Ice Cream

in Poland, Maine and our

about group event services.

won’t want to miss a stop at

specializing in cones, sundaes

primary business is to cater

Smedberg’s roadside stand

Smedberg’s Crystal Spring

and more!

to the needs of the pegmatite

was originally built in 1967

Farm.

mineral collector, enthusiast

and is owned and operated

Spring Resort stretches over

or geologist, whether as

by Roger and Gayle Smedberg

heart of southern Maine,

330 yards in length with

individuals or as a Group. Our

and Roger Smedberg Jr. From

just minutes from Exit 63

spectacular views of Mount

customers have exclusive

Made-in-Maine products

off the Maine Turnpike is

Washington. There is a

access to famous pegmatite

like maple syrup, honey,

your destination for wicked

practice bunker and several

quarries and are allowed to

fruit salsa, soaps, and

good fun. The casino offers

The driving range at Poland

Oxford Casino, located in the

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Jewelry to Fall in Love With

ABOVE: Resting lynx at Maine Wildlife Park PHOTO MICHAEL LEONARD

Maine Tourmaline Maine Amethyst

Mineral specimens

Maine Mineral Museum

Fine Jewelry

a unique gaming and

the pursuit of Maine

entertainment experience

gemstones. He facets and

unlike any other. From table

carves gems with one goal in

games to slot machines,

mind: create the brightest,

their non-stop gaming action

cleanest, most beautiful

delivers a thrill a minute to

jewel possible. He designs

fortune seekers, and their

jewelry to perfectly enhance,

on-site restaurant and full

perfectly compliment a

bar provide places to refuel.

beautiful gemstone. Julie

The Inside Scoop offers their

in business management

cream that is made onsite!

and customer service and a

They have soft serve ice

lifetime of appreciation for

cream featuring flavor-bursts,

fine jewelry. This combined

fresh waffle cones, yummy

with her knowledge of styles

sweet treats. They also offer

and trends, both current and

non-dairy treats, sugar-free

traditional, guarantee their

ice cream, ice cream cakes

customers’ satisfaction.

and Inside Paws Treats for furry customers. You have the option of inside service with seating, a walk up window or drive thru service for your convenience.

Expert in-house repair and jewelry restoration

Custom Design

Creaser Jewelers owners

Gem cutting

Dennis and Julie Creaser have turned their love of gemstones and jewelry into a thriving small business which specializes in Maine Gemstones (Maine Tourmaline, Maine Amethyst), fine jewelry and custom design. Dennis has dedicated

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has over 12 years experience

own delicious homemade ice

over 20 years to gemcutting and jewelry design – and

BELOW: A black bear at Maine Wildlife

Park

PHOTO MICHAEL LEONARD


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WESTERN LAKES & MOUNTAINS

Bikes &

BREWS

LEFT COURTESY OF GREEN MACHINE BIKE SHOP ABOVE COURTESY OF NORWAY BREWING

TAKE A LEFT TURN OFF OF ROUTE 26 ONTO MAIN STREET IN NORWAY and one of the first things you’ll see is Norway Brewing Company: a seven barrel brewery, taproom, and beer garden. They offer up to seven of their own beers on tap, three different 32 oz. growler fills, and a small list of hand-selected non-alcoholic beverages. With beers like the easy-drinking Green Machine session ale, brewed in collaboration with the Green Machine bike and ski shop, and Mr. Grumpypants, a stout brewed with Maine Grains oats and Coffee By Design Guji coffee, as well as a rotating list of seasonals and one-offs, there is bound to be something to suit the palate of any beer lover! In addition, the kitchen puts out a select but varied menu of gastropub fare made with locally produced ingredients. The 30-seat taproom is open year-round, but the beer garden is the place to be this summer, with plenty of seating in both the sun and shade. Norway Brewing is also a proud sponsor of the first ever Foothills Food Festival on Saturday, August 13th, a celebration of Maine-made food and drink that will feature food vendors, a

NORWAY BREWING

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L o c a l l y - O w n e d B r e w e r y, Ta p r o o m , B e e r G a r d e n & F u l l K i t c h e n

beer garden, farmer’s market, and more.

The Green Machine Bike Shop is very excited to be in it’s new home, the Historic L.M. Longley & Son building located at 419 Main Street in Norway! The L.M. Longley building has been a hardware store since 1844. It closed it’s doors as a hardware store in the fall of 2015. The Green Machine Bike Shop is now proud to have re-opened this historic building with their expanded sales & service department. It’s well worth the ride to Norway to check out their inventory and it’s cool Historic Building If you don’t want to ride alone, The Green Machine Bike Shop offers weekly group bike rides! Wednesdays Road Bike Ride leaves the bike shop at 5:15 p.m. Friday’s Mountain Bike ride leaves the bike shop at 5:15 p.m. as well. To kick off the weekend, after our mountain bike ride, you will find riders sipping on locally brewed beers at the Norway Brewing Company!

We d – F r i d ay fr o m 4pm

S at ur day from 2 pm

237 Main Street, Norway, Maine

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Sunday from Noon

www.norwaybrewing.com

For more information about group rides call 207-739-2324. Come join the fun!


craft beer + brewery [ local ]

BOOM Text RICHARD RUGGERIO

W

ORKING IN THE CRAFT

operating breweries in the USA. As

BREWING INDUSTRY

I write this article, there are over

for over 20 years, I have

70 craft breweries operating in the

experienced all the upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and downs

great State of Maine! Outstanding,

of major booms and fallouts. The growth and expansion this industry has experienced in the past few years has been unprecedented. As of 2016, the Brewers Association reported there are over 4,134 Brewery/Brew Pubs operating in

+

70 CRAFT breweries

considering when I first moved to Maine to build a craft brewery during the last craft beer boom in 1994, there were less than 20. The Industry has exploded with no signs of slowing down. Maine, where small and unique craft

the USA, with over 1000 still in the

breweries are opening every month,

planning stages. The US hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen

now ranks fifth in the nation for

brewery numbers like this since

the number of breweries per capita.

1870 when when there were 4000

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home grown

A brewery born of history and collaboration

B

ACK IN 2009, the foundation was laid for

Trees you say? Yeah, that’s

as Virginia, found their way

what is now Boothbay Craft Brewery and

right — trees. Win and Lori

into Boothbay’s first and only

Watershed Tavern. It took 2 years to complete

Mitchell, owners and builders

brewery. Even the Dogfish

of the mid-coast brewery also

Head Brewery Calagione

owned and ran a sawmill.

family stepped up with a big

Their concept was a simple

oak that created a main post

one, get people interested

and beam along with a heavy

and involved by donating a

front door to the Watershed

tree that could be used in

Tavern.

the structure, which consists of over 200 heavy beams crafted from trees donated for the project.

the brewery’s construction.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF BOOTHBAY CRAFT BREWERY

Today the brewery and

They would do the rest at the

tavern has grown up and is

sawmill. Not totally unlike

producing beer, for not only

a GoFundMe project, but

the adjoining brewpub, but

definitely more Maine-like,

also for many restaurants

independent and resourceful.

all along the coast of Maine.

As Win had become more

In 2013, an expansion for

involved in the craft brew

additional fermentation

scene he also became good

and packaging. This also

friends with many in the

created the ability to add a

industry. The timing was

new upstairs, where visitors

good when Rob Tod of

could tour and view the

Allagash Brewery heard about

brewing process from above,

the Mitchell’s idea and the

while enjoying a dozen craft

need for trees, he offered

choices at the tasting bar.

up some big pines they

The new upstairs dining area

had just cut for Allagash’s

called the “Tool Room” is

expansion. Trees from right

the resting place of many of

up the road, to as far away

Win’s forefathers tools from

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“I thought it was a shame to

New beers this year at Boothbay Craft Brewery

keep these great pieces of

Townsend Ale is crafted as an

craftsman history locked away

English mild. All English malts,

in the chest. I wanted people

hops, and English ale yeast.

to see, enjoy, and appreciate

This New World born ale is a

the talent that was needed

low 3% ABV

the earlier age of hand tools.

10 Lewis Ale is the first beer

to craft wood before the age of power tools.” Much like

to be packaged in 4 pack -16

crafting wood, to craft beer

oz cans. It’s a 5% ABV bright

takes patience, practice and

session ale using 20% wheat

good mentors. “I have been

with locally grown cascade

very fortunate to have had

hops and dry hopped with

help from a very altruistic

Citra. This beer was brewed

industry that helps each other

to promote and support the

with becoming better at what

restoration of Burnt Island

we do, to craft great Maine

lighthouse.

beer!” Core beers are 633 Pale Ale, Dexter Rippa Red IPA, Ken Brown Ale, and Black Rocks Stout.

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cheers to new beers At 27 years old, Dan Pease started Rock Harbor Restaurant on Main Street in Rockland, Maine with the idea of some day making it a brew pub. After two years of growing the restaurant into one of Rockland’s favorite pubs, a brewery in southern Maine decided to close its doors. The opportunity to start a brewery presented itself

The 2nd Annual Aroostook County Brew & Wine Fest will be held on October 15, 2016 at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle, Maine. The event will run from 12:00pm to 5:00pm with a VIP Tasting $55.00 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. and General Admission $35.00 from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. The event will feature Craft Brewers and Wineries from the Maine Brewers Guild and the Maine Winery Guild. This event is a showcase for the rich farming heritage in Aroostook County including hop yards and a malting facility. The Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Nordic Heritage Center to support continued operations at their facility.

and Dan purchased the equipment and moved it two hours north and installed it at Rock Harbor in July of 2013. After licensing Rock Harbor Brewing Co., the brewing began and by October the first pints were poured Since October Dan has made three different IPAs, an ESB, a Pale Ale and two stouts. His only previous experience in brewing was 10 years of home brewing, but through research and experimenting he has been able to create brews that people at Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery are loving.

The Great Lost Bear has become a Portland institution since opening in 1979. The Bear is located about two miles from Portland’s touristy Old Port but well worth the journey across town to the Mysterious Woodford’s Area. The Great Lost Bear features an enormous, eclectic menu with something for everyone, all served in an entertaining atmosphere. They have added more taps as new breweries open throughout the Northeast. Now, with the Craft Beer Revolution in full throttle GLB offers 78 beers on tap with over 40 from the State of Maine alone. Come taste some of the freshest local beer around at the GLB!

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PHOTO BY BENJAMIN MOORE

crafting the future

L

one Pine can be found at over 80 locations throughout Southern Maine, visit www.lonepinebrewery.com and you can find them

The Lone Pine’s tasting room has been increasing in popularity as it features it’s flagship, Portland Pale Ale, as well as many test batches that only tasting room patrons have access to.

all on their Beer Locator page. Lone Pine officially

went on the market in early March and has quickly become a popular mainstay in the area. With Portland Pale Ale’s boutique hop pallet but light punch, it weighs in at 5.2% and attracts a wide variety of beer drinkers. It is a sessionable, tastey Pale Ale with a light bitterness and crisp finish that allows for enjoying more than one. We find that Portland Pale Ale pairs well after just about any outdoor adventure. From rock climbing to hiking or just some fun in the sun, the lightly hoppy liquid quenches your thirst perfectly.

ABOVE Lone Pine Tasting Room, Anderson Street, Portland

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the making

mighty of the

Text RICHARD RUGGERIO

W

hy do so many people flock to IPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s? It all comes down to how we as individuals taste. Fortunately for us

IPA and why we are still obsessed

But back to IPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Brewers

on. Certain esters are more

produce unique flavors from

acceptable in certain styles of

the many types of yeast

beer than others.

strains available, combined

And then we have bitterness

human beings, we are blessed with taste buds.

with different malts used in

and aroma. Most bitterness

Our tongue has sensitivity to all tastes and flavors

the mash process, which help

and aroma in beer comes from

to produce the beers alcohol,

the addition of hops added to

color, aroma, and sweet,

the boiling process or added

nutty or toasty flavors. Yeast

during cooler fermentation

of our tongues are more sensitive to bitterness. So

is actually the work engine

(dry hopped) or even during

if you are a fan of IPAs, you are more likely to be

behind beer. During the

the transfer of cool wort (hop

fermentation process yeast

back) into the fermenter. There

digests the residual sugars

are many different varieties of

throughout its surface area. The sides of our tongues are more sensitive to sour and salty and the backs

accustomed to bitter flavors and also prone to love spicy foods. You love that piney spicy citrus aroma

from the wort produced

hops available. Brewing beer

matched with the bitter taste sensation and the

during the mash process to

is sometimes described as

bitter back lingering on the aft of your tongue as the

produce alcohol and carbon

60% science and 40% art. I like

dioxide. While this occurs,

to look at brewing beer as a

other wonderful magic is

balancing act. When hops are

happening, including the

added in the boiling process,

or clean lagers, you are most likely oversensitive to

production of what science

the heat removes hop resins

bitterness and prefer beers such as Pilsners, Red Ales,

calls esters. Esters are

known as alpha acids. This

Brown Ales or a nice amber or even some Pale Ale

responsible for some of the

is what produces bittering

flavors we taste or off flavors.

flavors to balance out the

Some esters can be described

sweetness of certain malts

as a banana, clove, soapy,

used in the mashing process.

buttery, salty, acetic and so

Hops are sometimes added

IPA travels along your taste budsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; highway. On the other hand, if you are a big fan of sweet malty beers

styles would suit your taste buds favorably.

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Maine

ABOVE Masonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brewing Company opened in May 2016 in Brewer, Maine.

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after the boil has ended, this

citrus grapefruit, piney, or

type of addition is known as

musty aroma? These are

late hopping or dry hopping

aromas produced from the

if done after fermentation.

late hopping procedure. While

back of your throat with a

Remember beer is food; beer

This type of hop procedure

passing this wonderful ale

lingering bitterness. These are

has aroma, taste, color and

will release very little bittering

through your taste buds,

all produced during the boil

presentation, just like food.

alpha acids into the finished

pay attention to what you

process.

So, enjoy and savor the many

beer, but will lock in the

taste. You might experience

wonderful aroma of the hop

a hop explosion or upfront

IPA, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to search

beers. We truly live in a great

itself.

bitterness that slowly

out and try something new.

State of Beer! Hope to see

Next time you enjoy your

diminishes, which comes back

Expand your palate with some

everyone at the many beer

favorite IPA take note of the

again as the beer is swallowed

of the newer sour beers that

events, festivals and tastings

aroma first. Do you smell a

and the hop resins coats

have recently become popular.

in 2016. Cheers!

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Next time you are craving an

varieties of your favorite craft


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BETHEL MAINE

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ETHEL IS A YEAR-ROUND OUTDOOR

This is a lovely time of

PARADISE. Summer brings excellent hiking,

year to get outside and

biking, paddling, camping, and fishing, or

just relaxing near a local swimming hole or at a

do some hiking, paddling, biking, wildlife watching, or sightseeing. Come enjoy

spa. A wide variety of lodging and shopping, as

all that Bethelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mountain

well as dining options to suit every taste, await

village has to offer: wonderful

you. The Bethel area is host to many wonderful

community events,

events in the summer and fall months. Experience the historic village and beautiful mountain

performances, shopping, golf, mountain biking, and lots more at Sunday River Resort.

landscapes. From canoeing and fly fishing one of

Campgrounds are open and

the many local rivers, streams or ponds to miles of

local accommodations await;

cycling, hiking and mountain bike trails, Bethel is a true four-season recreational destination.

visit this summer and explore what Bethel has to offer during each unique season.

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DIG MAINE GEMS! •• Learn mineral identification •• •• Dig for your own special find! ••

www.rocksme.biz

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

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Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. JULY 2 Bethel Art Fair Enjoy the work of local artists and artisans, musical entertainment, and more. On the Bethel Town Common. Mahoosuc Arts Council, 207-824-3575, www.mahoosucarts.org JULY 4 The Fourth of July Community Picnic & Concert Bethel Historical Society – Celebrate our nation’s independence with an outdoor concert by the fabulous Portland Brass Quintet. 14 Broad Street, Bethel. 800-824-2910, www.bethelhistorical.org

Bethel Outdoor Adventures & Campgroup (BOA) is a “home base” for MME and mineral sluice “Under the Crystal.” The SLUICE is a fun and educational experience for the entire family. The pictures on the website tell their story and you will not go home empty handed. To round out the total experience, BOA provides a beautiful campground for RVs and tenters. They offer kayak, canoe, drift boat, and SUP rentals in addition to providing fishing adventures and guide services. Your visit with BOA is sure to be adventurous and it’s a natural compliment to the many outdoor activities available here. Learn something new and go home with some of nature’s beautiful treasures! For more information on features and tour reservations, please call well in advance: 207-824-4224. Maine Minerology Expeditions Located at Bethel Outdoor Adventure is a GEM & MINERAL SLUICE operated by Maine Mineralogy Expeditions and they sell buckets of material gathered from several local mines, providing a broad spectrum of area gems and minerals- beryl, amethyst, tourmaline, quartz, mica, feldspar, apatite, lepidolite, and more. Everybody gets goodies that you can identify using their handy identification board. For a “sure find” try a Dream Bucket $25, $50, $100. Try out the antique cast-iron hand pump just as in the days of old. The Sluice is is open late-May through October, weather pending.

JULY 9-10 Western Maine Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show Telstar Regional High School. Gems, minerals, crystals, fossils, jewelry, museum-quality displays, gem raffle, and much more. Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm. 284 Walkers Mills Rd. (Rt. 26), Bethel. www.oxfordcountymineralandgemassociation. blogspot.com JULY 15-16 New England Forest Rally Sunday River & surrounding area - regional and national rally racing pros take on the back roads of western Maine and northern New Hampshire. www.newenglandforestrally.com JULY 16 MollyOckett Days This is a fun two-day community and family festival held on the Bethel town common on Broad Street. Saturday includes artists and crafters on the common and on Main Street, parade (10 am), live music, entertainment,

frog jumping contest, plenty of food, fireworks, Artirondack chair auction, and lots more. Sunday features the Mollyockett Days Classic Road Races. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce. 207-824-2282, www. bethelmaine.com, www.mollyockettdays.com AUGUST 7 Maine State Triathlon A sprint triathlon with a 750-meter swim at Songo Pond, 24K bike race on scenic country roads, and a 5.8 K cross-country run, starting at the Bethel Inn Lake House. Teams or individuals. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, 207-824-2282, www.mainestatetriathlon.com AUGUST 19-21 The Maine Comedy Festival returns to Bethel. Four comedy shows by 14+ comedians from across the country! It’s a weekend full of laughs including a golf tournament, live music after the shows, and special lodging packages. Visit www.mainecomedyfest. com for the full line-up... it’s a can’t miss weekend in Bethel, Maine! SEPTEMBER 17 Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff Bethel town common - An old-fashioned fun fall festival with artists & crafters, chowder cook-off with over a dozen restaurants, Maine baked potatoes, apple pie contest, live music, wagon rides, and kids’ activities. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce 207824-2282, www.bethelmaine.com, www.bethelharvestfest.com

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HIGH PEAKS

RANGELEY fabled region

of MAINE

o u t d o o r a dv e n t u r e

A

ride with the flow of traffic

endless lakes offer a pure, majestic scenic backdrop

STREET OR IN CAR PARKING

for boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking,

SPOTS; however, you can

RANGELEY LAKES VACATION IN THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS OF MAINE equals pure enjoyment

(speed limit is 20mph). You

and treasured memories. Mountains and

CANNOT PARK ON MAIN

patronize the businesses that

wildlife viewing, birding, and family vacations either

have private parking with

passive or active. Choose from cottage rentals, inns,

a sign that indicates this.

motels, bed and breakfasts, and camping areas. Enjoy

There are many businesses

a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions.

that you can stop at, gift stores, restaurants, gas sta-

Surrounded by lakes,

of Maine. The Appalachian

ATV MAPS of the area are avail-

tions, convenience stores, ice

woods and streams, there

Trail runs across the summit

able, you may purchase maps

cream shops, bowling alley,

are abundant year-round

of Saddleback Mountain

at Rev-It-Up Sport Shop,

hotels, etc. There are many

outdoor recreation activities

on its way from Georgia to

Rangeley Chamber of Com-

hotels, B&B’s on Main Street

in Rangeley. Pack your fishing

Mount Katahdin in northern

merce, Lakeside Convenience

to stay at to make it more

gear on your ATV or UTV

Maine.

and Boss Power Equipment.

convenient for the ATV riders.

MAIN STREET ACCESS: Our club

You can ride right from your

and try your luck on one (or

The Rangeley Lakes Region

several) of the 110 lakes and

offers 70 miles of organized

received permission to access

hotel room without having to

ponds in the region. If you

ATV trails open to the public

Main Street using our ATV’s/

trailer to an unloading zone.

plan on doing some hiking

for riding. The ATV riding

side by sides. Main Street

MOOSE LOOP TRAIL: 170 plus

you’ll be glad to know that

season starts Memorial Day

access starts at the stop sign

miles incorporates 9 towns, it

the Rangeley area has the

Weekend, and closes on

on Depot Street when you are

is the biggest loop that con-

highest concentration of

October 31st of each year.

facing Main Street, proceed

nects the most towns in the

with a right hand turn and

State of Maine. It is suggested

4,000 foot peaks in the State

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PHOTOS (Opposite Top) COURTESY OF LYONS LAKESIDE CABINS; Moose BY JOYCE LOVE;

Big Foot crossing (above) BY ROBERT MARTIN

Mingo Springs Golf Course Since 1923

you plan 2 days to do this trip

to Rangeley, if you are not

and stay overnight somewhere.

looking for a super long ride.

Moose Loop maps are available

QUILL HILL OVERLOOK TRAIL: A

for $4.00 each at Rev-It-Up Sport beautiful scenic overlook, Shop.

that you should not miss

NORTH & SOUTH LOOP TRAILS: Nice

while ATV riding in Rangeley.

20 mile loop trails that are close

18 HOLES OVERLOOKING RANGELEY LAKE Public welcome

Tee times recommended

Driving Range

Food & Drink

Leagues & Tournaments

Trail & Bird Walk

Lessons & Rentals

Memberships Available

207-864-5021 | 43 Country Club Road • Rangeley, Maine | mingosprings.com

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Not To Be Missed

Oquossoc village

Q

UAINT OQUOSSOC VILLAGE is set

amongst pristine mountains and crystal clear lakes — all of which make it a

Maine

premier vacation destination. Located along the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway, you can

BREWFESTS & BEER NEWS

Visit the Maine Brew Guide on facebook.com/ mainebrewguide

embrace a slower pace here as you swim, kayak, canoe, bike, hike, hunt or fish for the fabulous brook trout under the spruce and fir canopy. You will also find three meals a day available at The Gingerbread House, a year-round casual, fine dining establishment with indoor and outdoor seating. And for

Joey & Sheryl Morton Owners

Directly on Rangeley Lake “Open Year Round”

Town & Lake Motel & Cottages (207) 864-3755 P.O. Box 47, 2668 Main Street Rangeley, ME 04970

Email. info@rangeleytownandlake.com

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American cuisine and seafood, check out Tall Tales Tavern and Scotty’s Lobster Pound and Meat Market.


pure W

survival

Text MICHELLE CUSTODIO

Three ways to safe drinking water in the wilderness

ATER IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR SURVIVAL so whether you are hiking for a

potassium permanganate,

day or camping for a week, knowing how to create safe drinking water

iodine, or chlorine, (chlorine

is a skill you need to know. There are multiple ways to obtain water in

the wilderness, here are three ways to purify water so it is safe to drink.

being the most common.) Drops and tablets are usually made to be used for 20 litres of water. Follow these steps

BOIL

microorganisms but might

bottle) with 3 inches of the

in order to purify water in

not be effective against

filtering material.

the wilderness using this

One tried and true way to

dirt. For this reason, it is

purify water is through

highly advisable to use other

boiling. People have been

methods in combination

detoxifying water through

with boiling if the only

the methods of boiling since

source of water you have

the beginning of time. It’s

contains dirty water.

still our preferred method for purifying water today

FILTER

because it actually works.

Filtration is another reliable

It takes about 10 minutes

way to purify water to

total to get water to boil

drinking conditions. Sand

(depending on your heat vs

filtration is one of the

climate temperature ratio, it

simplest ways to clean your

can be longer or shorter).

water. You will need:

For this purification method here is what you will need to do: put a pot of water over stable fire, let the bubbles roll for about 5 minutes before you get the pot off the fire. Once this is done, allow the water to cool for about 5 minutes before drinking it. Boiling works best for

• A plastic bottle • A filtering material such as a coffee filter, cotton cloth, or pebbles • Gravel, and sand. Follow these steps: 1. Cut the base off the bottle to create a cone shape. 2. Turn the bottle upside

3. ​Add a inch of gravel on top of the filter material to prevent the sand from getting into the filtered water. 3. ​Fill with sand. 4. ​Pour water through the filter. Clear water should come out of the bottom. If

Before you begin, check the instructions that came with the tablets or drops for the number of litres to which you will be adding the tablet or drops. If possible, have a container of that size available. ​1. ​Fill up the container up

the water is not very clear,

to the brim with water

pass it through the filter

up and add the drops or

again to make it clearer.

tablets as indicated on the

Sand filtration is an easy, cost-effective method for

instructions. 2. ​Give the container a solid

filtering debris and other

shake for about 10 seconds

contaminants.

to allow the tablet or drops

PURIFICATION TABLETS OR DROPS

to thoroughly mix with the

Purification tablets or drops are a successful way to

water that is not clean but

down and cover the

kill bactiera in water. The

is clear. This is because

bottom (the neck of the

main ingredient in these

boiling is effective against

method.

water. 3. ​​Let the water sit in the container for a minimum of 20 minutes before you drink it.

tablets and drops is usually

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OT ONLY DOES THE MAINE’S HIGH PEAKS region offer the best outdoor activities you

STRATTON

could ever dream of, our small towns and

villages will make you feel right at home with plenty of dining, shopping, art and cultural activities and more.

Just take a breath and breathe in the views. There’s so much to do and see in our backyard- make plans for a day trip, long weekend or stay for a week or two! Once you’ve experienced the “Mountains of Possibilities”, you’ll be coming back…again and again.

“ “

Looney Moose Reviews

Very good meal, loved the place. Leaving today after the best breakfast. Thank you for the great food and excellent service. We will be back!

Not only did we have a great breakfast and service while we were there, the staff couldn’t have been more helpful when I realized from 3.5 hours away that I had left my wallet there and they mailed it to me in a speedy manner. Thank you so much, I can’t wait to enjoy another meal next time I’m in town!

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Stratton Area

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ABOVE TODD TOWLE PHOTOGRAPHY

JUNE 24-26 Family Fun Days in the Village of Stratton Experience old-fashioned, small town Maine fun this weekend in Eustis and Stratton. Family Fun Days will have events going on this Friday through Sunday. Activities this year include: karaoke, yard sales, a parade bounce house and giant water slides, family games, a pie contest and the 18 hole golf tournament. JUNE 25 14th Annual Kingfield POPS The Kingfield POPS returns June 25th for the 14th annual festival. This year’s festival will truly please the crowds featuring once again the Bangor Symphony Orchestra conducted and directed by Grammy Award winner Lucas Richman. JULY 4 Town of Carrabassett Valley 4th of July Celebration Come down to the Town Park on July 4th to celebrate with the community at the Town of Carrabassett Valley 4th of July Celebration! Activities will include the children’s parade, sawdust pile, magic shows, live entertainment, fireworks display and much more. JULY 15-16 Kingfield Days In commemoration of our town’s bicentennial, the official 2016 Kingfield Days’ theme is... “Kingfield Characters, Past and Present”! Put your thinking caps on and put together a float!!!

JULY 16 6th Annual Carrabassett Backcountry Challenge The Town of Carrabassett Valley invites you to participate in the 6th running of the Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge, a mountain bike endurance event. The approximately 100K, 50K, and (new this year) 25K courses will cover a great mix of backcountry mountain bike terrain winding through the beautiful, unspoiled forests and mountains of Carrabassett Valley and its surrounding communities. AUGUST 6 Carrabassett Summer Festival The 11th Annual Carrabassett Summer Festival returns August 6th, 2016. Located off Route 27 in Carrabassett Valley on Old Huse Mill Rd. A FREE family event with fun for all ages. AUGUST 20 The Flume 5K & 10K Trail Race Join us Saturday, August 20th for Sugarloaf’s first ever trail running race, The Flume. There will be both a 5K and 10K option for this rugged backcountry foot race through the Sugarloaf Nordic Trail network. SEPTEMBER 23-26 Sugarloaf Mountain Bike Festival Sugarloaf is excited to announce the Inaugural Sugarloaf Mountain Bike Festival. We have partnered up with our friends at Carrabassett Region NEMBA to bring a two day, three night Mountain bike festival to the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center

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Farmington & Wilton

Wilton/ Farmington

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WHETHER YOU ARE A STUDENT OR A VISITOR, Farmington’s prime location among the rolling hills of Western Maine is a perfect jumping-off point to winter adventures and R & R. This picturesque town is home to the University of Maine Farmington, named “One of America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report for 15 consecutive years. In the oldfashioned downtown setting you’ll also find art galleries, plays, concerts, plus a diverse variety of shops and eateries. If you know a college-bound student who’s into the outdoors – really into the outdoors — the University of Maine at Farmington may be the perfect place for her or him to spend their college years. Perfectly located at the gateway to worldclass skiing and snowboarding, the University is also smack in the middle of some of the best hiking, mt. biking, camping, rafting, canoeing and kayaking in Maine.

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JULY 22 – 23 Farmington Summerfest Continuing the theme of “Old Thyme Fun,” this year’s Summer Fest is showcasing a variety of vendors, live music, street performers, art and more! Plans this year include a kick-off event on Friday evening in Meetinghouse Park, with food vendors available in the area and a talent show - “Farmington’s Got Talent” - will be held in the park that night with an invitation to all ages and types of talent. Prizes will be given for best performances in the different age groups. On Saturday, in addition to vendors, street performers, small groups of musicians, and other events, the second annual Great Float Race down the Sandy River will be held with prizes for costumes, float decorations, and best times. There will also be a “Dreamin’ Big Bed Race” held on Broadway comprised of teams of five people racing beds on wheels; prizes for costumes, bed design and best times will be awarded. To sign up or FMI: 207-491-5533

Saturday Hours: (9 am to noon) „ Farmington & River Valley - Lobby & Drive Up „ Rangeley & Jay - Drive Up 24/7 Banking:

AUG 5 & 6 34TH Annual Wilton Blueberry Festival The Wilton Blueberry Festival, always held the first Friday and Saturday of August, started in 1982 with a simple ‘Blueberry Church Bazaar.’ As the years have passed, it has grown into a two-day signature event to celebrate the heritage of this great region with over 60 unique events throughout the weekend. This year’s theme “Sports” will feature a fly casting class from L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School Instructors on Friday from 9am3pm and several mascots from college and professional baseball teams from around the state will be appearing in the parade that takes place on Saturday. Enjoy many vendors, food, music and a spectacular fireworks display. OCTOBER 1 Mind Body Spirit Festival 10 - 4pm Student Center, UMF, 111 South Street, Farmington. The festivals are held throughout the year in various Maine locations, featuring holistic health practitioners, energy healers, psychics and mediums, herbs and organic products, metaphysical supplies, enlightening workshops and a whole lot more.

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WESTERN LAKES & MOUNTAINS skowhegan Brewfest september 3rd 2:00pm – 7pm

Water Street, Skowhegan, ME

Home to Bigelow Brewing Company and Oak Pond Brewing Company, Skowhegan will host Central Maine’s first-ever craft brew festival. Intended to promote cultural strengths of the town and region, the festival will showcase breweries, wineries, and fermenters; authentic eateries that serve local harvest; and Skowhegan’s own Maine Grains, a notable purveyor of organic grains to Maine’s craft brewers. With Mainecrafted libations, farm-to-table food vendors, three live bands, tours of Maine Grains, merchant incentives, and guided walks along the Langlais Art Trail and the riverfront park, the Skowhegan Craft Brew Festival will provide an unforgettable close to summer. The event will kick off with a VIP hour from 2 to 3pm, during which VIP ticket holders will enjoy unlimited beverage and food samples. From 3 to 7pm festival attendees will have the opportunity to sample up to 12 beverages and purchase authentic fare from restaurants and vendors. Tickets are on sale now at SKOWHEGANCRAFTBREWFEST.COM.

WATERVILLE

AUGUST 3, 2016 11AM-11PM

Downtown Waterville Over 30 Food Venders Live Music all day Street-Side Dancing Children’s Events Beer Garden 5pm-11pm

www.tasteofwaterville.com PHOTO COURTESY OF TASTE OF WATERVILLE

T

HIS YEAR MARKS THE 24TH Taste of Waterville. The Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce took over coordinating the event soon after it started and has continued to ensure the event grows, is successful and properly exhibits what this region has to offer. Running August 3rd from 11AM-11PM, one can find

limitless food choices, children’s activities, vendors, and live music. Shoppers will find a wide array of products, including women’s clothing, home furnishings, jewelry, Maine-made products, art, toys and books, and much more. Dining options are equally as diverse, offering authentic Indian, Lebanese and Mexican cuisines, Asian specialties, eclectic American fare, delicious pub food, barbeque, and fresh seafood, great bagels, sandwiches and coffee. For more information visit WWW.TASTEOFWATERVILLE.COM or call the Chamber at (207) 873-3315.

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BANGOR

AROOSTOOK COUNTY

JULY 4 Independence Day Celebrations

JULY 4 Independence Day Celebrations throughout the “County”

JULY 26 – AUGUST 11 Maine State Fair

JULY 9 – 17 Maine Potato Blossom Festival

AUGUST 26 - 28 American Folk Festival

AUGUST 19 - 20 Houlton Potato Feast Days

KATAHDIN AREA

PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL CYR: Paul Cyr (above) grew up on a potato farm in Hamlin, Maine, and now resides in Presque Isle with his wife Karen. He started taking pictures in the early 1960s with a Kodak instamatic camera, and photography soon became his lifetime hobby. After moving to Presque Isle in the mid-1970s, Paul’s photography took a back seat to his commitment to the family healthcare business and the development of a patented snowmobile component which he continues to manufacture. Although Paul stays busy with rental properties, he now has time to devote to his hobby. Paul spends time each week looking for new photographic opportunities. Ninety-nine percent of his photographs are taken in northern Maine, most within 10 miles of his home. Late summer farm aerials are one of his favorite scenes to shoot.

AUGUST 25 - 37 Crown of Maine Balloon Festival

JULY 4 Independence Day Celebration SEPTEMBER 16 -18 Trails End Festival

MOOSEHEAD LAKE JUNE 26 7th Annual C. A. Dean Bike & Boat

OCTOBER 15 Aroostook County Brew & Wine Fest at the Nordic Heritage Center. FMI: Contact Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce 207-764-6561

JULY 4 Independence Day Celebration SEPTEMBER 8 – 11 Int. Sea Plane Fly-In

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, and holiday parties.

Open June through October

Tel. 207-723-5452

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

The Ice Fish Inn

millinocket’s newest bed & breakfast

PHOTOS COURTESY OF PAUL CYR

Book online at icefishinn.com or call toll free 855-FISH4U2 gonefishing@icefishinn.com Bring this ad for a 15% discount 177 Central St Millinocket Maine 04462 discount can’t be combined w/other offers

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Discover

MILLINOCKET Mt. Katahdin Region’s Hidden Gem

Text & Photos MARCIE BROWN

I

F YOU WOULD ENJOY HAVING A GREAT TIME while lending your support to a visitor-friendly town, Millinocket beckons. It is home to stunning Baxter State Park, which

in turn hosts the formidable Mt. Katahdin, named by the Penobscot Indians. Katahdin translates to “The Greatest Mountain”, Maine’s highest peak at 5,270 feet.

If you walk along the main street in downtown Millinocket, you might wonder where everyone has gone. Even the library closed in August 2015, though it may reopen in the near future. But wait, there is light! Still open is the Appalachian Trail Cafe. It features a ceiling autographed by successful Mt. Katahdin climbers who made it all the way to the summit, which is no small accomplishment. They have

Store, and Moose Prints (check

wonderful pie and other

out their stunning wildlife

local art, when meticulously

baked goods, all made on the

photographs), all on Central

displayed, can be. Her

premises and yes, you can

Street. Anita Mueller and her

watercolors are exemplary.

judge a pie by its cover.

partner, Mark Picard, conduct

There are a number of over

photography workshops

night options. Check out

that have persevered during

during moose and foliage

one of Millinocket’s newest

the difficult economic

seasons. Sign up here:

Bed & Breakfasts The Ice

downturn Millinocket

www.markpicard.com/maine-

Fish Inn located located on

suffered with the closing of

photography-workshops.

177 Central Street. Another

There are other businesses

its paper mills in 2008 and

Marsha Donahue’s North

local gem is the Young House

2014; The North Light Gallery,

Light Gallery is a stellar

Bed & Breakfast a perfectly

the Good Samaritan Thrift

example of how entrancing

maintained, beautifully-

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PHOTOS (Clockwise from top right) Young House; North Light Gallery; Young House’s special Eggs Benedict; (opposite) River Drivers Restaurant & Pub


THE HIGHLANDS MILLINOCKET

preserved inn with five

Mt. Katahdin, whitewater

comfortable guest rooms,

rafting, camping, kayaking,

each with a private bath,

swimming and hiking to

cable TV and DVD player,

calmer pastimes such as

free wireless, hairdryer and

fishing, joining a moose tour,

air conditioner. Innkeepers

excellent photo ops or taking

Bethany and Hamilton Ash

in the scenery with a cocktail,

have clearly found their

there is something for every

calling. The breakfast menu

member of the family to

is three pages long and the

enjoy. The residents have

Young House Special Eggs

spirit, too, as shown when

Benedict takes the prize.

they demonstrated nightly

If you are looking for

to protest the silencing of

accommodations with a lot

the daily fire horn tradition,

of amenities, the Katahdin Inn

which began in the 1940s.

& Suites has you covered with

After two weeks of residents

large heated pool, hot tub,

driving their cars through

exercise, game and play area,

town, horns blasting, the

plus a business center for

ritual was reinstated,

those working during travel.

substituting one set of horns

Dinner at River Drivers Restaurant & Pub )www.neoc.

for another: the original. All that fun, with the bonus

com/river-drivers-restaurant-maine

of knowing that you have

provides a perfect finish to

helped a town in need of

the day with its lovely view

support, makes heading for

of the lake, great service and

Millinocket a very rewarding

wonderful food. Their lobster

and worthwhile trip!

www.katahdininnandsuites.com • info@katahdininnandsuites.com • Property with 77 rooms. Large heated pool, hot tub, exercise, game and play area, free internet WIFI, local calls, cable and business center. • FREE Continental Breakfast. • We are motorcycle and pet friendly • We provide a large free trailer parking area

740 Central Street, Millinocket, ME 04462 1-877-902-4555 • 207-723-4555

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bisque has a thin, intensely flavorful broth with ample chunks of fresh lobster. There are so many fun things to do in the area that you’ll need the extra energy provided by a good night’s rest at the inn. From climbing

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THE HIGHLANDS Look up and come to “The County” www.VisitAroostook.com The VisitAroostook.com website provides information on places to visit, where to stay, where to eat, things to do, travel packages, events and much more. Visit the site today to help plan your unforgettable experience in Aroostook County.

MEDWAY

Call the Aroostook Tourism Hotline

T

RAVELING TO AROOSTOOK COUNTY in the summer and fall provides a wealth of unique

Lennie’s Superette Jaimie & Michelle Wallace

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

www.lenniessuperette.com 2154 Medway Road, Medway, Maine 04460 Phone: (207) 746-5100 • Hours: 5 am – 10 pm Resident & Non-Resident Fishing & Hunting Licences

experiences. Wonderful all-terrain vehicle trails,

local events, excellent fishing opportunities and for the adventurous, a trip on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway to name only a few. Festivals abound in “The County” …come join us for the Houlton International Wings & Wheels Fly-in/Cruise-in on July 23rd, or test your fishing skills while enjoying cultural food at the Ploye and Muskie Festival in Fort Kent on August 12th through the 14th, and do bring your camera for the famous Crown of Maine Balloon Fest in Presque Isle from August 25-28th. Aroostook County…a special part of Maine folks proudly call home.

Happy Birthday! www.medwaygateway.com

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

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Activity Maine would like to send a hearty Maine “Congratulations” to the River’s Edge Motel for 5 years of providing great accommodation services to sportsmen, travelers and vacationers to the Katahdin Region!


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PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRAY GHOST CAMPS

MOOSEHEAD Lake L

OCATED OVER 1000 FEET ABOVE THE LEVEL OF THE SEA, LIES

THE WORLD FAMOUS MOOSEHEAD LAKE. Surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, Moosehead Lake is a destination high above

the rest. Home to an abundant population of moose, this part of Maine announces its grandeur at first site. Indian Hill at Greenville offers a stunning glimpse of this deep lake and the endless mountain range that lies ahead. A warm community of quaint shops, local eateries and waterfront gardens welcome you in downtown Greenville, Maine. activitymaine.com 65


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PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHEAST WHITEWATER LODGE & GUIDE SERVICE

Guide Outposts are plentiful

the small town of Kokadjo,

entire lake. Mount Kineo is

and can provide you with a

population “not many”. This

also home to one of the most

northern exposure adventure

is where the pavement ends

historic and scenic 9-hole golf

of a lifetime. Moose safaris

and the North Maine Woods

courses in all of New England.

are best enjoyed by canoe

begin. ATV trails abound as

A short walk across

and NorthEast Guide Service

do the mountain hikes that

the carriage trails leads

can provide you with the

are found here in Maine’s

you to Pebble Beach, the

experience, knowledge

Hundred Mile Wilderness.

most beautiful beach on

and perfect setting for an

Number 4, Whitecap, Gulf

Moosehead. Pebble Beach sits

authentic Maine wildlife

Hagas and the B52 memorial

under the 750 foot flint cliffs

tour or whitewater rafting

crash site are just a few of

of Mount Kineo. A rope swing

trip along the rapids of the

the hikes that are found on

and smooth stones that you

Penobscot & Kennebec Rivers.

Moosehead’s east side.

cannot find anywhere else set

Fly fishermen of all ages and ABOVE AND BELOW COURTESY OF GRAY GHOST CAMPS

Opposite Kokadjo on the

this beach apart from them

abilities can also take to the

west side, lies the town

all. Private sailing and lake

water. Wading, drift boat

of Rockwood, the heart of

fishing charters depart daily

or inflatable raft, Wilson’s On

Moosehead Lake. Rockwood’s

at Gray Ghost Camps. A sunset

Moosehead Lake can show you

location makes it the best

sail and an evening spent

what they do best in the cool

for boating opportunities.

around the campfire is the

headwaters of the Kennebec

Here you will find a full

perfect way to end any day

River and Indian Pond.

service Moosehead Marina for

on Moosehead Lake.

all of your watercraft needs.

For more information visit

side of Moosehead Lake leads

Motorized and non-motorized

www.friendsofmooseheadlake.org

you to Blair Hill. The most

boats can be rented at

magnificent views are found

The Birches Resort or Lawrence’s

here as well as the finest

Lakeside Cabins. No visit to

dining, at the Blair Hill Inn

Rockwood would be complete

& Spa. The road continues

without a visit to Mount Kineo

to Lily Bay State Park, a

State Park. Accessible only by

resource for recreational

boat, shuttle transportation

trails, day and overnight

can be found for a fee at the

camping and Moosehead’s

Kineo Docks. A beginner hike

most popular public beach.

will lead you the fire tower

Just beyond Lily Bay, half

at the summit, giving a 360

way up Moosehead Lake is

degree panoramic view of the

A short drive up the eastern

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THE HIGHLANDS

GREENVILLE

“A lake...is the earth’s eye.” Henry David Thoreau

ROCKWOOD Spalding, Mellon & Munster Moosehead Real Estate

TEL. (207) 534-7200 Elizabeth Munster Broker/Owner www.rockwoodmaine.com

See it aboard the Katahdin. Katahdin Cruises 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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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

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BANGOR Gateway to the Highlands

LEFT SHANNON BRYAN

Playland Adventures is the largest family entertainment center in Maine. With over 21,000 sq ft of fun, whether rain or shine, you’re sure to find something to please everyone in the family. From mid June Labor Day, they have 5 inflatable water slides for kids ages 4-12 and a kiddie pool for those under 2, out back of the building. Perfect for those hot days! Playland Adventures also host parties and field trips.

events | Bangor

Rae Ann Rice, Home Mortgage Specialist with Regency Mortgage Corporation of Bangor has been assisting folks for nearly a decade through the process of purchasing or refinancing of their home. Her professional expertise, compassion and drive will turn your need into a reality. You can reach her by Tel. 207-974-8996 or by E-mail: rrice@regencymtg.com. Summer Camp 2016 – Too Much Fun Awaits! Summer camps will provide nine weeks of fun and excitement, from June 20 through August 21. To find out more specifics and registration contact us at: www.mainediscoverymuseum.org.

Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. The Queen City is blessed with a number of cultural attractions including the Bangor Symphony Orchestra which is America’s oldest standing symphony, The University of Maine’s Museum of Art, Maine’s Discovery Museum and The Penobscot Theatre. Each month during the summer season numerous events are featured including Maine’s State Fair, the Annual Folk Festival and the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion Concert program that runs from June through late summer and includes for the 2016 seasons such great artists as Hall and Oats, the Dave Mathews Band , Dixie Chicks and Jimmy Buffett. JULY 29 – AUGUST 7 Bangor State Fair 12 noon – 9pm – Bass Park Agriculture, farm animals, contests, midway, games, rides and live entertainment. bangorstatefair.com

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AUGUST 26 – 28 American Folk Festival The American Folk Festival is a large-scale, three-day event. Held each year at the end of August in downtown Bangor, Maine, the Festival presents the music and dance from the many cultures that make up America today. americanfolkfestival.com


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REWORGY FAMILY ORCHARDS offers an authentic, Maine family farm experience for guests of all ages. The farm has been owned and run by the Treworgy family for over 30 years. Today there are four generations and over 20 members of the family who work on the farm. From the youngest to the oldest, they welcome you to enjoy everything from the pick-your-own fruits and vegetables to the corn maze, petting zoo, and concert series. One of Treworgy’s most famous attractions is the annual corn maze, which is the longest continually run of its kind in Maine. Each maze, created and designed by the Treworgy family, is a beautiful work of art when seen from the air and a delight for families who traverse it on the ground, making their way through the interactive riddles and puzzle as they go. This year’s design, “St. George and the Dragon,” features a fiery dragon facing a brave knight on a horse. Check Treworgy’s Facebook page in August to see Aerial pictures of this monster. The corn maze opens each year at the beginning of August.

Just a short walk from the corn maze, Treworgy’s pick-your-own fields and orchard are a perennial favorite. Fruits and vegetables simply taste better when you pick them yourself, and nothing says “Maine summer” like freshly picked blueberries and strawberries. For autumn attractions, Treworgy offers Macintosh, Cortland, Macoun, Liberty, and Gala varieties for picking. Find the perfect pumpkin in the enormous pumpkin patch with over 60 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds in every shape, color and size you can imagine. Treworgy’s website is a great pre-visit resource to determine

what’s ready for picking and how to extend the experience at home with projects and recipes. Also in the fall, they have hayrides or horse-drawn farm tours — led by Treworgy’s famous twin horses, Fred and Fran, from which visitors can take in the scenic views and hear the history of the farm. (Bring your camera for some amazing family moments.) And don’t forget the goats in the petting zoo! Treworgy’s award-winning dairy goats are a family favorite and available for petting and feeding.

Refreshments are available in the farm shop and cafe, along with a wide selection of Maine-made gifts: jams, jellies, preserves, crafts and farm-themed toys. Check the website for popular outdoor concert series with some of the area’s best bluegrass and folk musicians. Whether you come for a quick bag of apples, a pie, a concert, or to spend the day — the Treworgy family is always glad to see you, and they are ready to make your time at the farm something you’ll always remember.

To round out your trip, plan a lunch in the cafe or enjoy some ice cream and donuts.

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XTENDING FROM BRUNSWICK TO ROCKLAND, midcoast Maine offers a quiet, pastoral setting, as well as a rocky, rugged

coastline. Scenic bays, craggy peninsulas and sparkling islands, picture-perfect fishing villages, historic forts and lighthouses, seaside resorts and bustling harbor towns all comprise this region.

Fishing and ship building

Enjoy cool summer breezes

sustained the area for

and vistas of sparkling blue

enturies. You can easily

water as you explore the area

delve into Maine’s maritime

by foot, bike or sea kayak.

past that’s enhanced by a

Expect quiet roads, gentle

visit to the Maine Maritime

rolling hills and secluded

Museum.

beaches. View a sunrise on [ see “Mid-Coast,” page 72 ]

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PHOTOS JOYCE LOVE (ABOVE) AND MICHAEL LEONARD (TOP)


MID-COAST MAINE

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SEASPRAY KAYAKING

ON THE WATER In & Around Bath, Maine

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canoes as well as a variety

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dogs, young kids, and infants.

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the Bay. Eat fresh eggs from a

will whet your appetite as

local farm. Watch bald eagles,

you realize this is the way life

ospreys and terns along the

should be. Every spring, the residents

coast. Explore the prehistoric oyster shell mounds along

of Brunswick eagerly await

river beds. See the harbor

the opening of Fat Boy Drive-

seals next to Fort Popham.

In and every fall they mourn

Browse through an antique

when it closes. Each summer

shop.

since 1955, Fat Boy has

Go on a puffin tour, whale

BATH

been frequented by Maine

watch or sport fishing trip.

fishermen, Naval aviators,

Purchase art directly from an

Bowdoin College students

artisan. Catch a ferry to one

and thousands of coastal

of the islands, hike Mount

vacationers. Fat Boy is world

Battie in the Camden Hills.

famous (it really is!) for its

Take an afternoon cruise on a

Canadian BLT’s, Maine Lobster

two-masted schooner. Stroll

Rolls, and 20oz. Thick Western

through the Coastal Maine

Frappes. Then, of course,

Botanical Gardens, where

there are their Whopper

there are always interesting

Burgers. And when you need

textures, shapes and colors to

service, simply turn on your

be seen from the many trails.

headlights and one of the

Life in the Midcoast operates at a slower pace and yet there

friendly waitresses will be happy to serve you.

is so much to do. The sea air

MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM This is Maine. The rest is history.

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STARCRAFT

PHOTO MICHAEL LEONARD

on the Bay.” Because July and

limited, and reservations

August can be extremely

highly recommended.

busy, it is best to make

Members $24; nonmembers

reservations ahead of time:

$30; children under 12 $20.

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More Bath history can be

Want to get on the water

had on the Bath Cemetery Tour: Famed Captains and Shipbuilders

but Kayaking isn’t your

(June 15 – October 12, 22 and

thing? Maine Maritime Museum

29th). From the Museum,

offers Kennebec River

you will ride the trolley

lighthouse and nature cruises

to Oak Grove Cemetery,

from June 1 – October 23

one of Bath’s oldest and

giving you an up-close look

largest cemeteries, which

at Navy destroyers under

contains the most varied

construction at Bath Iron

collections of memorial art

Works, lighthouses, and

in Bath and is a virtual who’s

the unique ecosystem of

who of historic maritime

Merrymeeting Bay.

families. Learn about the

The Bath Iron Works Story

fascinating history of these

Trolley Tour, June 2 - October

shipbuilding competitors,

28, tells the inside story of

and examine the symbolism

Bath Iron Works with current

of these amazingly crafted

and former BIW employees

memorials to gain a greater

as your guides. The tour

understanding of Bath’s

begins with an exclusive

maritime prominence. A

exhibit highlighting key

portion of this tour involves

elements of BIW’s history

moderate walking on

followed by an introductory

uneven ground. Seating is

video that documents the

limited; reservations are

process of constructing

suggested. Tours held May

the most advanced ships

14, June 15, October 12, 22

in the world. Then board

and 29. Seating is limited;

the trolley for a rolling tour

reservations are suggested.

through Bath where guides

Members $20; nonmembers

will detail the history of the

$27; under age 17 $12 (Fee

yard, interpret the views, and

includes museum admission)

highlight key elements of

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MID-COAST MAINE

GEORGETOWN T ricentennial 1716- 2016

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HE ISLAND OF GEORGETOWN, MAINE, IS ONE

town would be complete with

OF THE MAINE COAST’S BEST-KEPT SECRETS.

out a store with local flavor.

Take a driving tour to discover some of its

hidden gems on a day trip or an extended weekend getaway. On Route 127 South, you’ll pass Georgetown

The Georgetown Country Store is a well established modern land mark between the fire station and the new post

Pottery, offering some of Maine’s finest hand-

office. They have everything a

painted porcelain pottery featuring Maine and

store should have for locals,

nautical themes. On your way to Reid State Park, you’ll pass The Mooring B&B, the remodeled former

tourist, and the lunch crowd. People rave about the pizza and onion rings but there is

home of Walter Reid, who donated the land for Reid

so more delicious foods there

State Park. The inn offers five unique rooms, all

and plenty of smiles to go

with private baths, air conditioning and stunning

around.

ocean views. If camping is your style,

soaring ospreys and the

Sagadahoc Campground is

cry of seagulls and rent a

an amazing oceanfront

clamming rake and dig your

campground where you

clams with a town permit!

can enjoy crashing surf,

And what classic Maine

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RIGHT COURTESY OF GEORGETOWN CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS


JUNE 26

GHS ANNUAL MEETING/PRESENTATION Samuel Sewall’ Sewall’s 1717 Visit Georgetown Historical Society 1–3PM

JULY

Perfect Wedding Location!

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BLESSING OF THE FLEET Five Islands Wharf

4

P PARADE Five Islands

2PM

9

FIRE DEPARTMENT AUCTION Five Islands Fire Station

9AM

23

TOWN CELEBRATION Five Island Wharf (7/24 Rain Date)

2PM

24

OLD F FASHIONED TENT MEETING Five Islands Baptist Church

30-31

RICHARDS LIBRARY BOOK SALE Georgetown Historical Society 10AM-3PM

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11AM

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GARDEN TOUR Around Georgetown

10AM–3PM

13

WORKING LEAGUE F FAIR Georgetown Central School

10AM–2PM

20

TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES Around Georgetown

10AM–1PM

20

W WALKING TOUR Flying Point Cemetery

2PM

27

LIVE STORYTELLING Robinhood Meetinghouse

6PM

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SUMMER LONG EXHIBITS

GEORGETOWN SCHOOLS IN HISTORY

 Georgetown Historical Society

HISTORY OF LAURA B. RICHARDS LIBRARY

 Richard Library

MAPS AND CHARTS OF GEORGETOWN

 Georgetown Country Store

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PHOTO MICHAEL LEONDARD

ABOVE Digging steamers near Sagadahoc Bay Camground

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MID-COAST MAINE WISCASSET

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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

Tucker (1807), the old Lincoln

stroll the pleasant brick

County Jail (1809), and the

sidewalks and find many

Customs House (1870). If

antique shops, art galleries,

you haven’t seen Wiscasset

fine stores and restaurants.

Village’s wonderful sunken

Other attractions include

garden opposite the Nickels-

handsome sea captains’

Sortwell House—take an

homes, the Powder House

extra few minutes and enjoy

(1812), the Lincoln County

its beauty.

Courthouse (1824), Castle

Our NEW GORILLA TACTICS OUTDOOR TACTICAL LASER TAG ARENA is hours of “on the ground-in your face fun” as you and your team try to out play, out wit, outmaneuver, and out last your opponents. The newest infra-technology weaponry so they work out doors in the daytime and the guns are wifi- and blue tooth capable. This is Maine’s first and ONLY dedicated outdoor laser tag venue! Gorrila Tactics is NOT your “bang-bang shootem’ up glow in the dark laser tag”! Strategic “missions” are carried out and may the best team win! Multiple games, multiple missions, and mulitple hours of adrenalized fun for those of us that would like to sense “danger” a little closer to the ground. Call or email us today for prices and availability.

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Discover

BOOTHBAY Harbor

PHOTO MICHAEL LEONARD

T rain Lovers Take Note

“No Rig Too Big or Too Small”

CAMPGROUND & RV PARK

Groups Welcome

Photo by Robert Mitchell, Southport, ME

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Boothbay Railway Village

By late 1963, George McEvoy, just 27 years old, was amassing a collection of railroad memorabilia that filled the family home in Grafton, Massachusetts and it appeared that their Southport, Maine summer cottage was about to succumb to the same fate. He had to find a place to store his collection. In May of 1965, the then Boothbay Railway Museum opened to the public for the first time, making it the first public railroad museum in Maine. Later that summer when the steam engine arrived and was put into service it was the first narrow gauge train to run in Maine for nearly three decades and the only passenger rail service in Maine for nearly two more decades. Today when you visit the Museum you’ll learn about how technologies like steam engines and the automobile changed life along the coast of Maine between 1850 and 1950. In addition to a ride in a vintage coach behind a 100 year old steam locomotive, the Museum also occasionally offers rides in one of it’s Ford Model Ts. Two of the most popular attractions are the pair of resident goats who delight visitors of all ages with their antics. From a display of hundreds of salt & pepper shakers to a collection of engines that powered everything from small boats to whole factories, there truly is something for everyone in your family here. Visit the Museum’s website at RailwayVillage.org to learn more about this special Maine place.

BALMY DAYS CRUISES Captain Bill Campbell (207) 633-2284 42 Commercial St. Boothbay Harbor www.balmydayscruises.com

Monhegan Island Harbor Tour & Harbor Lights Lighthouse Tour Mackerel Fishing come sail away . . .

MONHEGAN ISLAND


MID-COAST MAINE BOOTHBAY

Railway Village From rolling stock to rolling pins, the Museum’s collection tells stories about how technologies transformed everyday life for Maine residents.

Saturday, July 18

Train Rides + Car Show + Craft Brew Fest Check out our website for more events!

Where History Moves You   |  Route 27, Boothbay  |  207–633–4727  |  www.RailwayVillage.org

NOBLEBORO / PEMAQUID

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May & October by Reservation

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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

Great for Family Reunions!

Quiet, Wooded Sites on Pemaquid Lake Pool • Jacuzzis • Sauna Rec Hall • Playgrounds Rentals Boats, Canoes and Kayaks Swimming • Fishing Scheduled Summer Activities & Events Store • Snack Bar Rental Cabins & Cottages E,W,S Hookups • WiFi Avail. Locally Owned & Operated

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PHOTOS Above, above right, and below: MICHAEL LEONDARD

Right: COURTESY OF NORTH ATLANTIC BLUES FESTIVAL

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PENOBSCOT bay ROCKLAND BREAKWATER LIGHTHOUSE BARRY GUTRADT

Text FRANCES J. FOLSOM

P

ENOBSCOT BAY IS MADE UP OF EIGHT VILLAGES; Brunswick, Bath, Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Rockland, Rockport, Camden and Belfast. Make Rockland your home base for exploring the region and you will discover that this special

area is easy to fall in love with.

Stay

church and the Farnsworth

Hawk NC. The collection also

The Historic Inns of Rockland is

Homestead for N.C. and

includes a 1910 Henri Farman

comprised of three elegant

Jamie, an addition to the

III Biplane, a 1917 Curtiss JN-

inns, the Berry Manor Inn,

original museum for Andrew.

4D Jenny used in World War

Limerock Inn and the Granite

The Maine Lighthouse

I and three gliders, an 1804

Inn. Each offers an array of

Museum is a treasure trove

Cayley, an 1893 Lilienthal and

specials during the summer.

of lighthouse artifacts

an 1896 Chanute.

Do

and memorabilia. Exhibits

At the Project Puffin Audubon

showcase antique fog horns

Center learn about the

The Farnsworth Art Museum

and two rare second and

project’s purpose – bringing

houses the largest collection

fourth order Fresnel lenses.

puffins, hunted to extinction,

in New England of works by

One wing of the Owls Head

back to Maine. Of the 954

the Wyeth family, N.C., his

Transportation Museum holds a

puffins brought to Eastern Egg

son Andrew and grandson

reproduction of the plane the

Rock in Muscongus Bay by

Jamie. The collection is in

Wright brothers flew in 1903

the Audubon Society in 1973

three buildings; a restored

on their first flight at Kitty

914 survived, were banded,

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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

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Puffins/Nature • Lighthouses Sunset Puffin/Nature Cruise • Charters

The original

MONHEGAN ISLAND MAIL BOAT EXPERIENCE 3 trips daily during summer

207-372-8848 THE LAURA B. COURTESY OF MONHEGAN TRUCKING

fledged and returned to the

Restaurant grows her own

island. Today Project Puffin

vegetables and raises pigs

oversees 1,000 pairs of puffins

and chickens on her farm.

nesting on five Maine islands.

The menu changes frequently

At the Visitors Center you can

but could include rabbit

watch puffins in their natural

sausage and Estrella noodles,

habitat via live video streams.

pan seared day-boat scallops

Lake Avenue in Rockland is

with fiddleheads or mustard

the place to be on July 16th

brined and grilled Primo

& 17th for the North Atlantic

grown pork T-bone,

Blues Festival. From August

The Rockland Café is a no frills

3rd through 7th Rockland

place, where everything is

hosts the Maine Lobster Festival.

homemade. Here you can get

Although chowing down on

a classic Maine breakfast…..

lobster is the theme there’s

fish cakes and beans.

also live entertainment, arts and crafts, seafood cooking

Monhegan

contests, a beauty pageant

To catch the boat for

and a parade.

Monhegan Island head south

The Goose River Golf Club in

out of Rockland on Route 1

Rockport has nine greens

through Thomaston, turn

spread out on a lush

onto Route 131 to Port Clyde

landscape that was once a

on the St. George Peninsula.

dairy farm. See Rockport from

The Monhegan Boat Line runs

the water on a sail aboard the

several trips daily to the

Schooner Heron.

island. On Monhegan you

Eat

W W W

.

Craig Carreno

M O N H E G A N B O A T

.

C O M

WALDOBORO

UNION

Serving the Inland MidCoast www.unionareachamber.org

can complete your Wyeth experience; the island was

James Beard award winning

a favorite subject of Jamie

chef Melissa Kelly of Primo

Wyeth.

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Belfast is booming B

elfast features great shopping, entertainment,

The parks and shoreline

kind items and interesting

restaurants, accommodations and easy access

make inviting places for

collectibles. Be sure and

picnics. Catch a movie or visit

visit our Historic Downtown

the music theatre, art fairs,

Shopping section. You will

hobby shows and special

find merchants willing and

has become a popular destination for boaters of all

holiday events. Antique

ready to courteously serve

kinds. Sit by the harbor, relax and enjoy! Moorings in

shops and art galleries

you and make your shopping

the magnificent harbor now number more than 200,

are filled with one-of-a-

experience a pleasant one!

from land or sea. The city is surrounded by fine

motels, restaurants, shops, parks and galleries. Belfast

with room for many more. PHOTOS Top: MICHAEL LEONDARD; Above: SHANNON BRYAN

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CATCHING THE SUNRISE ON CADILLAC MOUNTAIN MICHAEL LEONARD

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tricking your camera There is a fifth way where you can trick most new DSLR cameras to assist with the exposure, which can help you make your best shot. The Manual mode is usually where

HOW TO

you make ALL of the exposure decisions in your camera, including the light sensitivity or ISO. By setting the ISO to Auto you can force your camera to

Photograph Whales and Other Elusive Wildlife

assist with the exposure based on your Shutter and Aperture settings and on the available light in the scene.In Manual mode you can set the shutter speed, to freeze the motion as desired, and set the lens aperture to get the selective focus or depth of field that you want all while letting the camera figure out the proper ISO to make a good exposure. Here is an example – you are going on a whale watch and want to come back with sharp images, but you are on a moving boat and the subject matter is

Text & Photo MICHAEL LEONARD

moving as well. Here’s what you do… Select Manual mode in your camera

I

and set the shutter speed to a fast

n most DSLR cameras there are 4 popular modes where exposure

setting – 1/1000th to 1/2000th of a second

decisions are either fully or partially made for you by the computer

for instance. Most lenses have a sweet

in the camera. Those 4 modes are…

spot where their sharpness is the best, usually between f/8 and f/11. Set the aperture in this range favoring f/11 to get

FULL AUTO – GREEN: where the camera

appropriately to make a good

the sharpest image from your lens and

chooses everything for you. You will

exposure. A fast shutter speed can

to also gain more depth of field. Next

certainly make a picture, but usually

be a good option for freezing action

set the ISO to ‘Auto’ and let your camera

not with the best results possible.

to reduce motion blur when shooting

assist by adjusting the light sensitivity

moving subjects.

accordingly.These settings work best

‘P’ OR THE PROGRAM MODE: where

in areas with bright sunlight. In darker

the camera chooses the exposure for

‘A’ OR APERTURE VALUE: where you

scenes, the ISO may be raised too high

you. Your camera will set the shutter

choose the lens f/stop or Aperture

causing noise in the picture that will

speed and the lens f/stop to make a

and the camera assists by selecting

manifest as grain. This ‘Auto-Manual’

picture and this is a good all-around

the appropriate shutter speed (time)

or ‘Manual-Auto’ technique also works

mode in which to shoot for everyday

to collect light to make a good

well for photographing birds, surfers,

photography.

exposure. Aperture mode is best

and other moving subjects where you

for doing still life, portraits and for

want to have the ability to control the

‘TV’ OR ‘S’ IS FOR TIME VALUE OR SHUTTER MODE: where you set

those times when you want or need

sharpness of the image.

the shutter speed and the camera

selective focus in a scene.

assists by selecting the lens aperture

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to control the depth of field or the

Give it a try the next time you are out photographing and see if it helps you to make your best shot.


ACADIA & DOWNEAST

events |

Acadia & Downeast

Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information.

JUNE JUNE 11 Machias Annual Margaretta Day Festival at the University of Maine Machias JUNE 18-19 Bar Harbor Art in the Park JUNE 18 Machias –Outdoor free movie weather permitting on new Chamber grounds JUNE 26 Lubec – Bay of Fundy International Marathon

JULY JULY 1 Canadian Day Celebrations Campobello Island & St. Stephen, NB JULY 1 Bar Harbor – First Friday Art Walk JULY 2 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permitting on new Chamber grounds

AUGUST 10 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park weather permitting

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AUGUST 20-21 Machias- 40th Annual Wild Blueberry Festival

as Sieur de Monte National Monument. On February

AUGUST 27 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permitting on new Chamber grounds AUGUST 26-27 Lubec – Maine State Star Party 2016

SEPTEMBER 3-4 Eastport – Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival

SEPTEMBER 27 Machias – 2nd Annual Harvest Fair & UMM Homecoming Weekend

JULY 20 Bar Harbor- Seaside Cinema in the Park – weather permitting

OCTOBER

JULY 30 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permitting on new Chamber grounds

OCTOBER 10-19 Blue Hill – 9th Annual Blue Hill Peninsula will feature on Sunday, Oct 12th at the Mainescape Garden Shop from 11am to 3pm –“Taste of the Peninsula” – local food, beer and wine.

AUGUST 5 Bar Harbor – First Friday Art Walk AUGUST 6 Machias – Outdoor movie weather permitting on n AUGUST 8-12 Perry – 48th Annual Indian Days Celebration at Pleasant Point

On July 8, 1916 this magnificent area was established, 26, 1919 it was renamed Lafayette National Park and a decade later received its present name of Acadia National Park.

back a millennia as digs dating back as much as 5,000 years

JULY 16 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permitting on new Chamber grounds

AUGUST 3 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park-weather permitting

SPECIAL PLACE IN MAINE FOR A CENTURY.

SEPTEMBER 2 Bar Harbor – First Friday Art Walk

SEPTEMBER 23-25 Ellsworth – Autumn Gold

AUGUST

SCENERY HAS DRAWN VISITORS TO THIS

While the park is celebrating its centennial this summer as

JULY 13 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park –weather permitting

JULY 30 – AUG. 6: St. Stephen, NB 32nd Annual Chocolate Festival

HE STARK BEAUTY AND SPECTACULAR

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 9-11 Eastport – Eastport Pirate Festival

JULY 30- AUGUST 6 Calais/St. Stephen, NB International Homecoming Festival

ACADIA PARK

AUGUST 17 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park weather permitting

AUGUST 13 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permitting on new Chamber grounds

JULY 4 Independence Day Celebrations throughout the Region. The City of Eastport hosts the largest celebration in Maine.

JULY 30-31 GrandLake Stream Folk & Art Festival

Happy 100th Birthday

Maine’s only national park, the region’s human story reaches document that the Wabanaki were present there. In 1604, sixteen years before the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, French explorer, Samuel de Champlain, mapped the area. This summer come and experience your Park.

SEPTEMBER 22-25 Bar Harbor – Night Sky Festival

No trip to Bar Harbor is complete without the ultimate thrill of a WHALE WATCH ADVENTURE!

Big. Blue. Beautiful.

CONTACT LOCAL CHAMBERS

Whale Watching & Puffin Watching Tour Lighthouse & National Park Tour Nature & Sight Seeing Cruise Lobsta Fishing & Seal Watchin’ Baker Island Cruise (Guided by Acadia National Park Ranger)

Bar Harbor Chamber 1-800-288-5103 or 207-288-5103 Blue Hill Chamber 207-374-3242 Calais/St. Croix Valley Chamber 1-888-422-3112 or 207-454-2308 Eastport Chamber 207-853-4644 Machias Bay Chamber 207-255-4402 Ellsworth Chamber 207-667-5584

Operating May through October!

1 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

1-800-WHALES-4

207-288-2386

www.BarHarborWhales.com info@barharborwhales.com

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ACADIA & DOWNEAST Ride the Trolley and let the local guides amuse and inform you. As an authorized concessionaire of Acadia National Park, fully narrated 1 and 2.5 hour tours of Acadia National Park are offered daily. Also, enjoy Bar Harbor without driving or parking, we offer a 1 hour fully narrated downtown tour with 7 stops and step on step off service. For departures and tickets www.olistrolley.com, 207-288-9899, 1 West Street – Oli’s Trolley Shop or 55 West Street – Oli’s Trolley Station 

Ride the Trolley!

PHOTO Neil Parent

GO CLIMB A ROCK! EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF THE COAST OF MAINE FROM A VERTICAL VANTAGE POINT. If you have never rock climbed it may be the highlight of your vacation. Here are answers to some common questions. Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing

for the first time. Acadia

School was voted the #1 family

Mountain Guides outfits

activity in Maine in 2014

you with all needed safety

and received a Trip Advisor

gear such as helmets and

Certificate of Excellence in

harnesses, and provide you

2015 & 2016. They are rated

with expert instruction and

the #1 Outdoor Activity in Bar

guide you every step of the

Harbor by Trip Advisor. AMGCS

way so you can focus on the

has been featured by Outside

fun.

Magazine, National Geographic

The Best Way to See Acadia National Park!

Acadia’s Only Trolley Tour!

Oli’s Trolley Gift Shop - 1 West Street Bar Harbor, Maine 207 288-9899 Authorized

for tickets and information log on to olistrolley.com

ACADIA

Concessionaire

In Maine, Acadia Mountain

Maine Outdoors, CBS, Travel

Guides has a long history of

Channel and more.

providing great instruction.

Can I Do It? Can my family do

They are accredited by

it? Virtually anyone can rock

the American Mountain

climb. The guides at Acadia

Guides Association and

Mountain Guides say “if you

the Professional Climbing

can climb a step ladder, you

Instructors Association. Under

can climb.” It’s a great activity

the same ownership since

for an individual, couple,

opening in 1993, AMG is led

family or group that requires

by internationally licensed

only a moderate level of

IFMGA guide Jon Tierney.

fitness.

Jon is one of 80 US guides

How old do you have to be?

to achieve the IFMGA award

Am I too old? 6 years old is

signifying the pinnacle of

when the fun can begin with

achievement for guides.

AMGCS! Dick Chasse, a senior

The guides who work for

guide at Acadia Mountain

Jon say “he has been at the

Guides has guided clients

forefront of guide education

from age six to eighty-one.

for over two decades.” They

Is it safe? Like driving a car,

appreciate his mentorship,

climbing carries some level of

attention to detail, and

risk. Rock climbing is not an

desire to constantly improve

extreme sport. Professional

the delivery and safety of

guides focus on minimizing

climbing instruction. You

your risks and each year

will too.

thousands of people like you climb safely on the rocks

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Who should I climb with?

Adventure Magazine, Bill Green’s


ACADIA & DOWNEAST BAR HARBOR

PHOTO KEVIN MORRIS

COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC’S 2016 SUMMER PROGRAMS College of the Atlantic’s 2016 Summer Programs offers residential courses and outdoor adventures, combining experience and education. Passionate professionals are ready to help you improve your skills and talents. Meet others who share your interests on picturesque Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, the outer islands of Frenchman Bay, and Mount Desert Rock for an unforgettable week in a relaxed, learning community with award-winning, healthy dining. Conservation Photography for All: Focusing on a Fragile Planet. Randy Fitzgerald and Nancy Harris focus on fine art photography fundamentals with an emphasis on digital tools.  Hike and Bike Acadia, guided by naturalist and birding professional Rich MacDonald. Discover the region’s unparalleled scenery for a memorable adventure. Life on Mount Desert Rock: Experiencing Marine Mammals in their Environment. Observe marine mammals from Mount Desert Rock. Explore data collection methods, discuss scientific topics through lectures, videos, and relevant literature in a welcoming and cooperative atmosphere.

College of the Atlantic 2016 Adult Residential Courses and Outdoor Adventures in Learning Live it — Learn it!

The Model in the Maine Landscape with Judy Taylor. A model’s image can summon a story and heighten the landscape within a painting. Explore the beautiful MDI landscape that makes this a destination for painters. Painting Acadia: Plein Air with Philip Frey. Paint on location, exploring color theory, elements of good design, and dynamic paintings through one-on-one instruction. Course emphasizes perceptual painting, focusing on color, light, and movement.  Learning the Ropes: Atlantic Climbing Adventure. For firsttimers wishing to try rock climbing in Acadia. Professional, accredited guides from Atlantic Climbing School provide instruction and preparation for safe, enjoyable climbs. 

• Hike and Bike Acadia: July 3–9 • Conservation Photography: July 3–16 • Life on Mount Desert Rock: July 5–16 • Atlantic Climbing Adventure: July 10–16 • Plein Air Painting Acadia—Philip Frey: July 17–23 • Model in the Landscape—Judy Taylor: July 31–August 6 www.coa.edu/summerprograms/adult-workshops

Visit www.coa.edu/summerprograms/adult-workshops.com

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Adventures [ Just Off The Beaten Path ] Text JIM HARNEDY

W

AY DOWN EAST IN COASTAL WASHINGTON COUNTY you

The diverse habitats of the park

will find some of Maine’s most spectacular scenery as well

provide an abundant support system for

as some great fun adventures.

wildlife. Bird watching can be enjoyed year-round. Bald eagles are frequently seen, as are many waterfowl, including

Driving Down East on Route 1 from the

Church which was dedicated on June 7,

Redhead and Gadwell ducks; while

south, your first stop will be just off

1887.

pipers and interesting species of gulls

Route 1 on Route 187 which will take you

If you are ready for an adventurous

can be seen along the beach during the summer months.

into the pretty little town of Jonesport

hike you will find it just across the

and Beals Island. This small hamlet of

bridge from Jonesport at the Great Wass

A beautiful half mile crescent sand

1370 is a fishing and lobster community

Archipalego. Here you will find a winding

and pebble beach along Englishman Bay

that was settled in the years preceding

and moderately challenging trail. As

offers bracing saltwater swims on warm

the Revolutionary War. It was originally

you enjoy your trek along this pristine

summer days and in the park across

a part of Jonesboro under a grant given

coastal landscape take the time to relax

the road from the ocean you can swim

to John Jones and other settlers by

on a rock and take in the ocean view.

in the warmer fresh water of Simpson

the Massachusetts General Court. On

Be sure and take photos of this piece of

Pond. The park offers changing rooms,

February 3, 1832, it was separated from

Maine’s hidden coastline. Upon finishing

picnic and children play areas adjoining

Jonesboro and incorporated as Jones’

your hike you will head back across

the parking areas.

Port. The main village of Jonesport

the bridge and again pick up route 187

is located on the Moosebec Reach

which will loop you back to Route 1 in

varied lengths, from 1 to 2 miles. The Pond

and Indian River. A bridge across the

Jonesboro. Proceed north on Route 1 in

Cove Trail is a 2 mile hike over largely flat

Moosebec Reach joins Jonesport with

Jonesboro until you see on your right

terrain through meadows and offers a

Beals Island.

the sign Roque Bluffs Road, which you

scenic view over Pond Cove.

The United States Coast Guard has

will turn on and follow for 5 miles to a

There are five hiking trails offering

To continue your fun adventure just

maintained a station in Jonesport since

T-intersection, where you will turn right

off the beaten path return to your car

1967. Another local landmark is the

still on Roque Bluffs Road and continue

and turn left out of the parking area

stately Sawyer Memorial Congregational

to Schoppee Point which will lead you

onto Schoppee Point, you will pass through

directly to Roque Bluffs State Park.

the small village of Roque Bluffs where

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ACADIA & DOWNEAST you will again pick up Roque

Massachusetts General Court.

Bluffs Road to the north for

The town has a rich history

8 miles where it loops back

and is a perfect spot to rest

onto Route1. You will go north

on your adventure as Machias

on Route 1 about a mile into

is blessed with both great

Machias, the Shire Town of

accommodations and dining.

Washington County. Before

Machias is an Indian name

the arrival of Europeans to

meaning “Bad Little Falls”

the Machias area, Native

For a fun adventure in

Americans of various tribes

Machias check out a kayak

made an annual September

tour. Daily during the

pilgrimage to the shores of

summer season, Sunrise Canoe

the Machias River at Clarks

& Kayak offer scheduled daily

Point. Here have been found

tours on Machias Bay where

extensive clam heaps,

you will have the opportunity

providing evidence of their

to enjoy some spectacular

gatherings. It is believed that

scenery as well as view

the Norsemen were most

seals and bald eagles as you

likely the first Europeans

traverse the water. Other

to arrive in America’s most

special tours are available

eastern conclave. The

as well as canoe and kayak

community has a rich history

rentals. Sunrise Canoe &

having been successfully

Kayak is located at 168 Main

settled in 1763.

Street (Route 1) Machias,

In 1775, the Burnham

ME 04654. It is on the left

Tavern was the meeting

going north on Route 1, in

place of the settlers to enjoy

the same complex as Pat’s

a drink, when news of the

Pizza Restaurant. Telephone

battles of Lexington and

contact is 207-255-3375.

Concord reached them they

After your stop in Machias,

raised a liberty pole on the

you will continue your

village green. On June 12,

adventure down east, by

1775 a group of 40 locals

driving north on Route 1 with

under the command of

Lubec as your destination.

Jeremiah O’Brien went out

When on Route 1 in the Town

into Machias Bay on the Unity

of Whiting, you will come to

and defeated the British ship

an intersection with Route

Margararetta which became

189 on your right with a sign

known as the Lexington

directing you to Lubec and

Battle of the Sea.

Campobello Island, NB. Turn

In 1784, Machias was

JONESBORO

right on Route 189 and follow

incorporated as a town by the [ see “Adventures,” page 95]

JONESPORT

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

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HANCOCK More than a Quarter Century of Great Down East Family Dining Ruth & Wimpy’s has become a family dining icon in down east, 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 back year after year to enjoy a great meal. Thanks for making a down east dining experience so special.

LOBSTER, PASTA, SUBS, CHICKEN, GLUTEN FREE DISHES, 40 PLUS BEERS, TOP SHELF LIQUORS AVAILABLE AND LOTS MORE! INSIDE DINING OR ENJOY OUR DECK SEATING WWW.RUTHANDWIMPY@YAHOO.COM WWW.WILBURTHELOBSTER@YAHOO.COM 5 MILES EAST OF ELLSWORTH ON ROUTE 1, HANCOCK, MAINE

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Toll-Free 1-866-636-2463

R E A L E S TAT E Machias Office – 25 Main Street, Machias, ME 04654

(207) 255-9099 • (866) 636-2463 Jason A. Smith, Broker/Owner • (207) 263-9187 Mike Jenkins, Broker • cell (207) 745-1100 Email: INFO@POINTEASTRE.COM Website: WWW.POINTSEASTRE.COM

RIVERSIDE INN

Call for reservations: (207) 255-4134 or Visit our Website: www.riversideinn-maine.com U.S. Route 1, PO Box 373, East Machias, ME 04630

The name says it all. Riverside Inn is a family owned, authentic

B&B located on the bank of the pristine East Machias River offering exceptional accommodations. Call for reservations: 207- 255-4134 or Visit our Website: www.riversideinn-maine.com

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Carl Aselton, MD, Curtis Russett, FNP-MSN Christine Kuhni, WHNP, Kristen Barbee, DO

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MilbridgeOrthopedic Medical Center at 24 School Street, Milbridge Surgeon new patients. Maine is accepting Thomas To schedule an appointment, Crowe, MD call 207-546-2391.

More Than A Half Century Of Service To Our Community Down East Community Hospital offers specialties unheard of in a small rural hospital that include pain management procedures, otolaryngology (ENT), orthopedics, urology, a sleep lab, and many minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries such as splenectomies and hysterectomies. Our imaging services include a digital mammography unit, a 32-slice CT scanner, an MRI, and a nuclear medicine suite with a state-of-the-art GE camera with computed tomography. We also offer cardiology, neurology, hematology, pulmonology, and sleep medicine services via telemedicine. Down East Community is 100% committed to delivering a high level of care while providing the healthcare services that match the needs of Washington County. Come see us for your healthcare needs.


ACADIA & DOWNEAST [“Adventures” continued from page 93 ]

it down into the Town of Lubec. You will see a sign on Route

You will stay on Route 1 until it intersect with Route 190 in Perry. You will travel

189 directing you to turn right

down Route 190, 9 miles

to West Quoddy Head State Park

passing the Passamaquoddy

and West Quoddy Head Light

Indian Reservation until you

House. It is approximately

reach downtown Eastport,

4 miles off of Route 189. The

the eastern most city in

famed candy stripped West

the United States. Eastport

Quoddy Head Light House

is a quaint New England

was built in 1808 during

seaport. The Passamaquoddy

the Presidency of Thomas

people have lived in the

Jefferson to protect mariners

area for eons and the first

from the frequent fog banks

American colonist to settle

that are created by the Bay

was in 1772. Eastport was

of Fundy. The best way to

incorporated as a town by the

describe the nature trails

Massachusetts General Court

that loop through the park

in 1798. On Water Street you

over its scenic coastal terrain

can enjoy the unique shops

is unforgettably breath

and galleries that abound.

taking. After experiencing

A wonderful sea adventure

this treasure, journey back

lies in store for you on board

to Route 189 and turn right

Captain Butch Harris’ Windjammer

into downtown Lubec. You

Fleets new 47’ lobster boat,

will find that Water Street

as a guest aboard you will

truly reflects Lubec’s historic

see spectacular wildlife and

seafaring past. At 41 Water

experience an adventure

Street, you will find Lubec

you will treasure. Checkout

Brewing Company, where you

for a reservation by calling:

can enjoy an array of fine

207-853-2500 or by going on

crafted beers and a menu of

line to WWW.EASTPORTWINDJAMMERS.

organic homemade entrees.

COM. After

Upon leaving and starting

down to Quoddy Bay Lobster and

back to Route 1, your Lubec

enjoy the very best lobster

visit would not be complete

roll in New England as chosen

without a stop at Monica’s

by Yankee Magazine for three

award winning chocolates.

years running. The Sr. Editor

It will be on your left at 100

of Activities Guide of Maine

County Road (Route 189).

agrees that their lobster rolls

Her gourmet chocolates are

are something to die for.

out of this world, Monica’s

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Come find the Magic at Machias B our history and coastline.W

1-888-468-6866

Hopefully for your trip just off the beaten path, you

Peruvian alpaca sweaters as

left your electronic gadgets

well as jewelry. With some

packed and have enjoyed

chocolates in hand you can

an active but stress free

proceed up route 189 until

adventure that you will

you reach Route 1. Here you

treasure and bring you back

will turn right on Route 1 to

Down East soon again.

adventure in Eastport,

Visit the coastal

Visit the coastal Machias Bay area

your cruise, stop

shop also features beautiful

complete the final leg of your

Come find the magic at Machias Bay: the magic of our people, our history and coastline. We’re waiting for you.

machias.edu

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ACADIA & DOWNEAST MACHIAS For reservations: 207-255-4861  Walk out deck with river views

 Keurig, microwave, & refrigerator

 Well behaved dogs

103 Main Street Machias, Maine 04654

welcome

 Only AAA approved

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lodging in Machias

The Blue Lobster Gallery Seascape artist

Jane Diggins Harnedy paintings capturing the spirit of Maine Rough Voyage-Oil 24x30

Rolling In-Oil 24x30

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.

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CALLAIS If it’s happening in Calais, it’s happening at the Calais Motor Inn! John & Kristy Marchese, Hosts & Proprietors 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 • Fax 207-454-8017


ACADIA & DOWNEAST WHITING

PERRY

PHOTO MICHAEL LEONARD

Bike Maine Rides The Bold Coast For The First Time

T

LUBEC

his September, bikers and accompanying support people will be riding for seven days on Down East’s Bold Coast. The ride will

be from Winter Harbor, Acadia National Park to

Open 7 days 5am to 8pm

Gulf Gas

Eastport and back, covering a total of 350 miles with an average day ride of 55 miles. Host communities along the route include: Winter Harbor, National Park, Milbridge, Jonesport, Machias, Lubec and Eastport. The week long peddling event will start off from the Schoodick Institute in Acadia National Park on September 10th after a night of camping at the park. The first day of the cycle trek will conclude in scenic Jonesport. Each community will provide for camping arrangements and each day will see the support folks furnishing the necessary logistics so that the cyclists enjoy a successful experience. The Bay of Fundy International Marathon (Lubec, Maine around Campobello Island ,NB and back) which will hold it’s 4th annual race on June 26th, draws runners from all over both the United States and the world. It is hoped that the Bold Coast Cycle event will also bring people from around the world to enjoy Down East, Maine and bring them back to cycle in this very special place for years to come.

Monica’s Chocolates is must stop when in Lubec

Monica’s award winning chocolates are made from the very highest quality ingredients, without the addition of any artificial flavoring or preservatives. They are made of pure love and are something to die for. Her shop also features beautiful Peruvian alpaca sweaters and scarves, as well as jewelry from India and Peru. activitymaine.com 97


EASTPORT where the past is alive and well

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Capt. Butch Harris Extends A Special Invitation To Join Him For A Fun Packed Experience On The Eastport Windjammers Fleet New 47’ Lobster Boat.

Peleg Wadsworth, saw an opportunity to launch a ship

Sailing out of historic Eastport, Maine our guests will have an

chandler business in the busy port city of Eastport.

opportunity to see spectacular wildlife: eagles, porpoises, seals,

N 1818, WHEN AMERICA WAS A YOUNG NATION LED BY JAMES MONROE, Portland native Samuel B. Wadsworth, the son of Revolutionary War General

At the time, both the whaling and shipbuilding industries were booming. His entrepreneurship was exactly perfect for the

minke, and finback whales. On-board educational experiences will include lobster trap pulling demonstrations, a touch tank to view crabs, lobsters, sea urchins, star fish and other sea life.

time and he knew that he could meet all his customers’ needs

This season, our daily cruises will include a 21⁄2 – 3-hour whale

by supplying hardware, harpoons, deadeyes, canvas, alcohol,

watching and lobster trap pulling excursion. Ask about our

tobacco and everything else required for rigging, operating, and

2-hour sunset sails and scheduling a deep sea fishing trip. For

provisioning a ship. While the original business site suffered

additional Information; Call (207) 853-2500 or see us on line at:

through several fires and storms, the Groundhog Day Gale of

www.eastportwindjammers.com.

1976 completely devastated the facility.

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Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival

September 3-4

Eastport Pirate Festival Sept. 9-11

Games • Contests • Balls Fireworks • Costumes

141 Water St.

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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). The quaint and authentic mill is North America’s only working traditional stone ground mustard mill. At the turn of the 20th century, J.

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Wesley Raye started the mill to produce mustard for Maine’s burgeoning sardine industry. 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

Yankee Magazine’s Choice for Best Lobster Roll in New England

its national presence in the marketplace.

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