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Activities Guide of Maine P.O.Box 6135 Falmouth, Me. 04105 (207) 671-7230 Publisher Stanley J. Rintz III Founding Publishers Stanley & Barbara Rintz Senior Editor Jim Harnedy Graphic Design Elizabeth Berry MacKenney Content Editor & Writer

Leigh Macmillen Hayes Operation Assistant Marissa Gianino Photography Mike Leonard Carol Savage Kevin Couture Advertising Sales Ann Marie Rintz Betsy Brown Jim Harnedy Stanley J. Rintz Ellie Stengel David Fountain

Maxine Brown

Members of: Maine Tourism Association Convention & Visitors Bureau Maine Merchant’s Association Chambers of Commerce

welcome to theGUIDE Welcome to the Activities Guide of Maine, born from a passion of adventure, we offer you the opportunity to discover exciting travel and recreational opportunities around Maine. Combining the experiences and resources of our advertisers, world class partners, writers and contributors we bring you a unique selection of ideas that range widely in their destinations and activities, yet are tied together by a basic principle, have fun in Maine! The multitude of advertisements are the presentations of good people who live and work here. They have something of value to offer you and they sincerely want the opportunity to meet and serve you. They are our friends and we hope they will become yours as well... Your investment in these activities pays major dividends in not just your life but in the lives of the communities represented here. One small act of trying something new could open doors for you that were never even imagined until now. We’ll see you out there!

— Stanley J. Rintz III, Publisher

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High Peaks Region p.50 Rangeley p.42 Windham & Naples p.25 Old Orchard Beach p.7 Kittery to the Kennebunks p.2

Kittery to the Kennebunks: And local inland destinations not to be missed this summer!

84 Acadia & Downeast: Hancock & Washington Counties Aroostook County p.107

Down East p.86 Bangor p.98 Waterville p.61 Gardiner Richmond p.68 Bethel Portland p.16 p.37


7 South coastal: Greater Portland & Old Orchard Beach 25 Western Lakes and Mountains: Bethel, Rangeley, Jackman and Sebago Lake regions 57 Central Maine: Skowhegan, Oakland, Waterville and Kennebec Region 70 Midcoast: Brunswick/Bath to Rockland & Belfast regions

Moosehead p.102 Jackman p.53


98 The Highlands: Bangor & the Katahdin Region, Moosehead Lake, Greenville and Rockwood

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L/A Balloon Festival Celebrating over 20 years of flight


Maine’s High Peak Region Come explore Carrabassett Valley Region’s 4-season vitality

53 Jackman Amazing scenery for your choice of relaxing or action packed outdoors get-a-way 61

Taste of Waterville Don’t miss an all day culinary event with something for everyone


Discover Swan Island Central Maine’s Kennebec River gem

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he rocky coastline, sandy beaches and lighthouses of southern Maine beckon. There’s something in the cool ocean breeze that will spur you on. Listen to the surf crash against the rocks. Fill the inner most recesses of your lungs with the salty air.

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Enjoy panoramic seaside views from your campsite at Libby’s Oceanside Camp in York Harbor. Or pull your RV into Wells Beach Resort, where you’ll find a variety of amenities at your fingertips. Learn about your life and relationships with a Spiritual Reading by Duchess in Kittery. And be sure to partake in a meal at the Maine Diner, where choices ranging from Eggs Benedict to homemade baked beans and The Triple D (cup of seafood chowder, lobster pie and codfish cake) are prepared the way your grandmother used to make them.

Photo courtesy of Donald & Joanne Waliszek

Travel inland, where back roads, ponds, lakes and pastoral scenes abound. Here you’ll find plenty of opportunities for freshwater fishing, water skiing and other related activities. Tee up for a round of golf on the 18 championship holes at Dutch Elm Golf Course in Arundel. Check out the mini-golf course, driving range, batting cages, arcade and alternative range golf at Mountain View Golf Range in Sanford. Be sure to visit At Once All Agog in Limerick, and discover a unique mix of fun learning toys meant to challenge the intellect and stretch the imagination. At the end of the day, relax in your RV or tent at Scott’s Cove Camping on Bunganut Lake or in a woodland setting at Walnut Grove Campground--both are in Alfred. Stop by the Ogunquit Chamber to learn more about all that this vacation destination has to offer. And view the area from above by taking either a flight instruction class or scenic tour with Southern Maine Aviation in Sanford. u



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alfred Relaxed Family Camping on Bunganut Lake Sandy Beach, Swimming Fishing, Boat Launch

Rowboat, Canoe and Paddleboat Rentals Game Room, Playground Recreation Courts, Store Tents to RV’s Welcome Brock Rd., Alfred, ME 04002


Open May 1 - Col. Day

Camping • Full Hookups (50 amp av.) Cable TV & Wi-Fi Available Store • Weekend Snack Bar Cabin Rentals • Laundromat Swimming Pool • Rec Hall Walking & ATV Trails

Walnut Grove Campground Alfred, Maine



599 Gore Road • Alfred ME 04002 E-mail:

limerick Visit us for updates on new merchandise, promotions and events!

Discover why we’re not just another toy store. A peek inside will tell you why! You’ll find a wide selection of puzzles, books, puppets, and games and toys for both indoors and outdoors. Weds - Sat 10-6, Sunday 11-4

24A Main Street Limerick ME 04048

207-793-AGOG 6

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ith 7 miles of wide, sandy beach, an amusement park and arcade, gift ships and dining options for every taste and budget, a huge variety of lodging and camping options, Old Orchard Beach provides all of that for a good ole fashion family beach vacation. Unwind as you watch the sunset over a giant saltwater marsh. Kayak or canoe a scenic waterway filled with natural wildlife. Watch the excitement in your child’s eyes as you ride the beachside amusement rides. Summer events, festivals, fairs and concerts and weekly fireworks to entertain all. All of that in a treasure chest of wonderful memories to take back home – and it won’t break the bank!

Photo courtesy of Amanda Gagnon

Old Orchard Beach Campground

Within a Mile of 7 Miles of Beautiful Ocean Beaches

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



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

Black Forest Area Deluxe RV Sites Cable, 50 Amp Electric, Water and Sewer Open and Shaded Sites in a more Secluded Area Pool, Playground, Arcade Sports Courts and Field Store, Laundry • RV Sites w/ W & E or W,E,S Picnic Tables & Fire Rings

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

Take the Trolley to Beach

Family Owned and Operated

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


27 Ocean Park Rd, OldOrchard Beach ME 04064 e-mail: Family Camping Since 1957

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Huge Tenting Area



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2013 SPECIAL EVENTS Fireworks In The Square: Professional fireworks display every Thursday evening from June 20 –August 22 and July 4 & 5.

Aug. 25 – Revolution3 Triathlon: Over 1200 athletes participate in a 70.3 & 32 miles Olympic and Half Rev event in Old Orchard Beach. Pro and age group athletes are invited to compete in both distances for cash prizes. Sept. 7 – Bikefest on the Pier: Motorcycle showcase with live music, a giant pig roast and vendors. Ride your motorcycle on the pier! Sept. 13-14 – Car Show: Car Show with many divisions, entertainment, trophies and awards. Friday night parade and car show on Saturday. Dec. 8 – Celebrate the Season by the Sea: Treelighting event with free horse-drawn hay wagon rides, entertainment & food. Frosty and Rudolph will be on hand. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a fire engine. Photo courtesy of OOB Chamber of Commerce


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south coastal Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, is New England’s only beach front amusement park!


Beachfront Condotel 1 Walnut Street | Old Orchard Beach, ME | 04064 207.934.7434 | 800.226.3607

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scarborough • saco


chooner 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 outdoor batting cages 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.

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are just the Beginning! INE A M , O C A S h! ard Beac Old Orch m o fr s te Minu


and high ropes adventures Challenging for adults, fun for kids! Or visit our other 2 locations! Chocorua, NH

Don’t miss Maine’s fabulous fair season!

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

- Minutes from N. Conway!

Weirs Beach, NH

- In the heart of the Lakes Region!


Reservations Highly Recommended! 603-367-4427

Photo courtesy of Mike Leonard

Closest Campground to Portland

Free Live Entertainment and Scheduled Activities on Weekends for All Ages WiFi • Cable • Store • Snack Bar Swimming • Fishing • Horseshoes Pavilion/Game Room/Arcade Sports Fields & Playgrounds Open, Wooded & Waterfront Sites Big Rigs Welcome • E,W,S 30/50 Seasonal Sites Available

30 30 Acre Acre Private Private Lake Lake One One Mile Mile Sandy Sandy Beach Beach Cable TV and High Speed Internet 12

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Wassamki Springs Campground 56 Saco Street Scarborough, ME 04074

(207) 839-4276

Wassamki Springs

Family Owned & Operated Since 1970 e-mail: Open May 1 - October 15

FAIR DATES June 1–2 Maine Fibe July


4–7 Houlton 11–14 Ossipee Valley 19–21 Waterford World’s Fair 25–28 Pittston 26–8/4 Bangor 26–8/3 Northern Maine


7/31–4 Monmouth 8–11 Topsham 11–17 Skowhegan 17–24 Union 22–25 PiscataquisDover Foxcroft 22–25 Acton 25–9/2 Windsor

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8 /29–9/2 Blue Hill 8/30–9/2 Springfield 8/30–9/2 Harmony 5–8 Clinton Lions 6–8 Litchfield 8–15 Oxford 13–15 New Portland Lions 15–21 Farmington 20–22 Common Ground 22–28 Cumberland


9/29–10/6 Fryeburg


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ADVENTURE ‘TO DO’ LIST! Our Top 20 Must-See, Must-Do Destinations With so much to see and do, where do you start? There are literally hundreds of wonderful activities and places to visit in Maine, so #20 is not the last. Nor are these ranked in any particular order. But . . . here is our list of twenty must-see/ must-do destinations or activities:

Ken’s Place

Famous for Seafoods Since 1927 Fabulous Fried Clams!

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

Lobster Pound Since 1915

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

Pine Point, Maine | (207) 883-4571 |


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Golf, 77 Western Avenue, Kennebunk. Beginners 4 1.canHillcrest get a taste of the game, while avid golfers improve their

strokes on the natural grass at this Mini par 3 golf course. The entire family can practice at the driving range and then play the Pitch and Putt course with holes about 25 to 40 yards long.

4 2. Maine Diner, Route 1, Wells. Enjoy “World Famous Food

Like Grandma Used to Make!” Great food and a wonderful gift shop have put them on the map. That and the fact that Maine Diner was featured on Guy Fieri’s television show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”


Gorham Country Club 18 Challenging Holes • All Golf Facilities Open to the Public

See ‘To Do’ list on Page 21

(207) 839-3490 • 93 McLellan Road • Gorham, Maine - Just Off Route 114

Practice greens and full length natural turf driving available dawn to dusk!

101 Old Orchard Rd., Saco

Come check out our line of top quality golf products at competitive prices

18 Hole Donald Ross Course

Pub menu & function room • Public welcome • Chipping & bunker area

Call 282.5883 for tee times (3 days in advance)

Weekdays 7 am - Dusk • Weekends 6am-Dusk • no metal spikes


Triple Lobster.....................$ 2499 Choice Prime Rib.............. $1499 Lemon Pepper Swordfish... $1399 Prices subject to change

Route 25 390 Main St. Gorham (207) 839-7651

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Maine’s City by the Sea


enry Wadsworth Longfellow, a 19-century poet and Mountains Region of western Maine, the rugged coastline of resident of Portland, referred to the city as a “Jewel by the Acadia National Park, the sandy beaches of southern Maine, and Sea.” Throughout the Greater Portland area, there are plenty of the breath-taking White Mountains of New Hampshire. u reasons to say it’s a gem. The city of Portland offers a small-town feel. It’s rich in history, culture, art, live music, museums, shops, restaurants, pubs and microbreweries. Parks and green space can be found around many corners. Located on Casco Bay, you’ll hear city sounds combined with the mew of herring gulls and rhythmic gong of bell buoys. The Old Port, with its cobblestone streets, gas light fixtures and classic brick buildings, oozes charm and vitality. From the Portland Observatory on Munjoy Hill, you can see the entire city and Casco Bay. Other special places to visit include Fort Williams Park with its 90 acres of gently rolling grassy hills, spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, fort ruins and Portland Headlight, the oldest lighthouse in the state. It’s the perfect place to picnic, fly a kite, take a walk or run, swim, and watch the waterfront action. From Eartha, the oversized globe at DeLorme to the Maine Wildlife Park and Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, there’s so much to see and do. The towns of Greater Portland are pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Within minutes you can be at lighthouses, beaches, lakes, islands, theaters, art galleries and more. And it is a convenient location to outlying areas including the Lakes and


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Try our Sushi! Portland boasts a growing number of places that serve quality sushi in a superb atmosphere. Even we have not tried them all; but we would like to share a few that have been our favorites. You will find the service attentive and friendly, the fish is fresh and eye-pleasing displays of culinary art in their dishes.

Yosaku Japanese Restaurant has an amazing outdoor Japanese garden and waterfall for a romantic and scenic dinner/ lunch. Benkay Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar has skilled chefs prepare over 30 different types of sushi and over 40 types of maki rolls along with many cooked dishes. Kon Asian Bistro - one of the newer additions to the Portland scene - has a unique modern look and features several hibachi tables and a private party room. u

Fresh Local Seafood

Award-Winning Chowders

Fresh healthy salads & sandwiches ❖ Pasta Homemade desserts ❖ Daily chalk board specials Full bar ❖ Large outdoor patio ❖ Live music every Friday and Sunday ❖ Casual dining

61 Tandberg Trail Rt. 35, Windham, Maine 893-0700

Voted People’s Choice Best Chowder in Down East Magazine, 2010 ❖


Dine amongst outdoor Japanese gardens and waterfall this summer. Japanese cuisine at its best ~ in a relaxing atmosphere.

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south coastal Portland Fire Engine Co. operates a unique multimedia history tour of Portland, Maine, aboard a vintage fire engine. We explore the great views of Casco Bay and its many lighthouses, as well as the amazing architectural buildings hidden inside of Portland.  The tour is a great way of reliving Portland’s past, while a guide narrates and displays rare old photographs from Maine’s rich history on our flat screen TV.

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

9 Custom House Wharf, Portland ME 04101 207-775-0251 • 1-800-370-1790 Open Mon–Sat 8:30–5:30 & Sun 9–3

Tours begin and end at 180 Commercial St. (Located in front of Portland Lobster Co.) Tours are approximately 45 to 50 minutes in length. Adult tickets are $15.00 and kids are $10.00.  We only carry 12 passengers, so book early to guarantee availability. Call (207) 252 6358 or book online at  We also cater to private groups for charters, parties or anything you can come up with.  We are a seasonal business and operate from early May through the end of October. u

Join us for more Maine adventures! Come crawl on our wall!


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n the heart of the Old Port, located at 36 Market Street, is the new local surf shop in Portland, Maine. The Maine Surfers Union is run, owned and supported by a large number of local surfers. Our staff is in the water year round testing, studying and enjoying the conditions of our local Maine surf. Maine has a lot to offer surfers. Our experience is free to you as you browse a wide selection of handcrafted beautiful boards that will take your surfing to the next level. Whether you’re a seasoned vet or a first-time rider, we have the boards and experience to make you progress as a surfer, leaving you stoked, knowing you got the best out of your surfing experience. The surfs heating up in Portland as more and more Mainers become in tune with the paradise around them and begin to follow their natural instinct to the sea in a bold, seemingly new perspective that actually brings us back centuries. Maine Surfers Union is a fully-stocked surf shop including the very best names in paddleboard and surfboards as well as Mainemade goods, clothing, wetsuits, leashes, board bags, wax and everything you’ll need. Just up the road in Falmouth, three miles from downtown Portland, you can find our paddleboard rental program at Handy Boat Complex, 215 Foreside Rd, right next to the Falmouth Sea Grill (great for grabbing a drink or lunch after a long day’s paddle). Float off our little dock into a rich paradise of summer in Maine. Come for two hours or spend the day adrift, exploring Maine’s beautiful coast and enjoying its many

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islands. Get your sea legs, explore Muscle Cove for wildlife or have a race out to the surrounding islands. Experience a great work out at your own pace and if you get too hot, you can take a splash to cool off. To me there’s nothing better then feeling physically rewarded while enjoying every minute of the exercise and gaining natural skills in the process. No matter what your age, everyone leaves the water with a smile. We’ve teamed up with Greener Postures, one of the top yoga studios in Portland and Falmouth. Together, we provide paddleboard yoga classes taught by professional instructors, which have turned out to be a great combination. Everyone who tries it seems to get a smile stuck on their face that won’t go away. Great for beginners or someone looking to spice up a sport they already love. Instructors give the class time to get familiarized with the boards and everyone has a great time—I know because they tell me. With a wide surfing community, there’s never been a better time to dust off that old dream or polish a new one and see if she floats. Maine Surfers Union is here for all Maine surfers to answer the call and have fun in the sun. Maine Surfers Union Greener Postures Yoga 36 Market Street 2nd Floor, 40 Broadway Street Portland, Maine 207-771-SURF


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Catch the next boat out of town.

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

Go to 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.

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Beach Resort, 1000 Post Road, Wells. Big and small 4 3.RVsWells are welcome at this resort, located near miles and miles

of sandy beaches. Swim in the Atlantic Ocean or resort pool, play mini golf, sand volley ball and bocce, or hop on the Wells Beach Trolley to tour the area and shop.

4 4. Southern Maine Aviation, Airport Road, Sanford. Take a

flight and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Nubble Light, Marginal Way, Perkins Cove, Walker’s Point and Biddeford Pool or customize your tour. Be daring and try a Discovery Flight where you take the controls--under the watchful eye of an FAA certified flight instructor, of course.

Monkey C Monkey Do, Route 1, Wiscasset; Monkey 4 5.Trunks, 2 Cascade Road, Saco. Zoom along ziplines through

the forest canopy. Climb the high adventure ropes courses as you conquer obstacles along the way at Monkey C Monkey Do and Monkey

Arlberg Ski and Surf Shop, Route 1, Scarborough 4 6.andThe Main Street, Freeport. Splash into the fun with surf and stand-up paddleboard lessons from The Arlberg. Learn to ride the ocean waves or paddle on calm to rougher waters. www. See ‘To Do’ list on Page 24

Tickets are sold at Casco Bay Lines and generally between 12 and 20 dollars Friday, Jun 21, 2013 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm Racer X, Maine’s # 1 80s Cover Band Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm Contagious: Loud and proud. Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm The Hurricanes, true party rock band! Friday, Jul 5, 2013 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Jenny Woodman Jul 6, 2013 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm Reggae Sounds and a Caribbean Buffet Friday, Jul 12, 2013 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm Wavelength Friday, Jul 19, 2013 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm 3rd Annual White Water Glow DJ Dance Party Presented by Northeast Event Design Friday, Jul 26, 2013 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Broken Men Friday, Aug 9, 2013 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm RIPTIDE plays good old fashion rock n’ roll summer 2013 | Activities Guide of Maine


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

Portland Schooner Company has been making memories for Casco Bay visitors since 2002. Owned and operated by husband and wife team, Scott Reischmann and Michelle Thresher, they offer an authentic, Old World sailing experience from May through October aboard Portland’s only historic windjammers. Whether you’re looking to experience the Portland waterfront from a unique perspective or just hoping to step back to a simpler time for a couple hours, Portland Schooner Company offers an experience you don’t want to miss. The adventure begins aboard one of their classic wooden schooners, Wendameen or Bagheera. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, both schooners were designed by famed naval architect, John G. Alden, in the early 1900s and built by some of the best craftsmen in the world at the shipyards of East Boothbay, Maine. Two-hour sails depart from the Maine State Pier in Portland’s Old Port and are offered four times daily, presenting visitors with a perfect vantage point for viewing Portland’s unforgettable sights and sounds – from lighthouses and seabirds to seals and the rocky coastline. The friendly, professional crew is not only there to provide you with a safe trip … they’re happy to share a bit of Casco Bay history and trivia. You’re invited to join in any way you’d like: hoisting the sails alongside a deckhand, taking a turn at the ship’s wheel, or just relaxing and enjoying the ocean breeze and salt air. And you’re welcome to bring food and drink, including beer and wine, aboard. The cost for a two-hour sail is just $39 for adults and $15 for children. Though not required, reservations are strongly encouraged. If you’ve got more time to spend on Casco Bay, Portland Schooner Company also offers charters for family or corporate functions, lunchtime lobster bakes on scenic Cow Island, and overnight excursions where you can spend an evening nestled in a quiet island anchorage. u

two-hour sails private charters overnights 207-766-2500

located at the Maine State Pier adjacent to Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal


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Open Early May to Mid-October Tours: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Store Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 7 days a week

95 Desert Road, Freeport, Maine 04032 Only 2 miles off I-295. Take Exit 20. Turn west to dead end

fly Butterm Roo

Camping or RVing? Desert Dunes Campground offers full hook-ups, laundry facilities, showers, pool & more!


200 off your visit with this ad!!


Visitors find it difficult to imagine that among the rolling hills and rambling brooks at the end of Desert Road, there is a desert. Once you take your first step through the gift shop’s front door, however, your doubts will vanish as you enter the vast and sandy Desert of Maine. 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 thereafter, combined with massive land—clearing and overgrazing, resulted in severe soil erosion that exposed this hidden desert. As the spreading sand grew uncontrollable, the Tuttles surrendered, leaving the desert to its destiny. u


Giant Sand Dunes Picnic Area Narrated Coach Tours Convenience Store Marked Nature Trails Sand Paintings Mining Sluice 1738 Barn Museum Gift Shop World Sand Collections


SUP Rentals

(207) 865-4888 Home made desserts too!

Just 3 miles from L.L. Bean on the wharf at the end of Main Street on beautiful South Freeport Harbor Come and enjoy fresh seafood for lunch or dinner Experience the working waterfront from inside the dining room or from our picnic tables under the awning!

May 1st to June 16 8am–7:45pm • Labor Day to end of season 8am–7:45pm Lunch &Lobster Pound Open June 16–Labor Day 8am–8:45pm

Live lobsters packed to travel! 865-3535

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7. Gorham Country Club, 93 McClellan Road, Gorham. Play a round of golf at this championship public course that covers 180 acres of Maine State Game Preserve. Enjoy the wildlife as you learn why this course is considered “Maine’s Friendliest.”


8. Family and Friends Campground, 140 Richville Road, Standish. Peace, quiet and lots of outdoor recreational opportunities await campers at this campground nestled in the woods near Sebago Lake.


9. Sebago Kayak Company, 888 Roosevelt Trail, Naples. Whether you are a first-time kayaker or seasoned paddler, they’ve got the right kayak, canoe or stand-up paddle board for you to rent--for a day or a week. They deliver to many locales in the Sebago Lakes Region. ‘See To Do’ list on Page 31

Morning Summer Camps Monday–Thursday 10am–Noon for 2–6 year olds Drop-in hours • Morning Art Camp • Birthday parties 15 School Street • Freeport, ME 04032 • 207.865.0272 •


Lobster Pound (207) 846-5871

Take-Out (207) 846-3436

SERVING LOBSTER DINNERS Live or Cooked Lobsters Packed to Travel Lobster Rolls • Crabmeat Rolls Steamers • Fried Clams • Fish & Chips Maine Shrimp • Crab Cakes... and more! Exit 17 off I-295, head North 1/2 mile to 1269 Route 1, Yarmouth, Maine

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he picturesque landscape of the Lakes and Mountains Region of western Maine sets the stage for outdoor activities. To experience the magnificence of this area, begin with a scenic drive. You’ll encounter everything from rolling hills to majestic mountain peaks. Gentle mountain breezes take the edge off a hot summer day. Sparkling lakes and ponds, cascading rivers and streams, plummeting waterfalls and covered bridges enhance the experience. The landscape is ever changing.

climb a mountain. Bike the rural byways. Try a zip-line adventure. Hit a few golf balls. Ride your ATV on miles and miles of maintained trails. The Appalachian Trail passes through the Mahoosuc Range, providing a single or multi-day backpacking trek. And then there’s the moose watching. Bring your camera! Not only is the countryside picturesque, but the wildlife is abundant. It’s not uncommon to see moose, deer, black bears and other wildlife. And listen for the call of the loon.

Tree-lined main streets, friendly towns, country fairs and festivals, This is the place to fish, kayak, swim, hunt and mountain bike. one-of-a-kind museums, antique shops, boutiques, unique eateriesExperience world-class bass, trout and salmon fishing. Glide along -it’s all here in the Lakes and Mountains Region of western Maine. a lake in your canoe or kayak. Venture into the woods for a hike or Don’t miss the Fryeburg Fair, Maine’s Blue Ribbon Classic. u

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Camp Maine

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by Ellie Stengel


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 of Activities Guide. A camping stay offers the opportunity for a memorable vacation experience, whether simply camping as a vacation or camping as a means to be near an activity you are planning to enjoy. Diversity is the word to best describe the choices of Maine’s many campgrounds; you’ll discover a tremendous variety in the size, location and type of campgrounds located throughout the state. These range from very small properties where the camping experience is the focus to large resorts that offer every imaginable amenity. Even if you have never camped before, or do not have camping equipment, you’ll find quite a number of places that offer onsite rentals and cabin rentals. Some RV dealers also offer rental units for nearby campgrounds. This is a great way to break into the camping experience that has become one of the most popular types of vacations today. See ‘Camp’ on page 28

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

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naples The Heart of Maine’s Sebago Lake/Long Lake Region

Located midway between the coastal city of Portland and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Naples is easily reached from any direction. Route 302 is the primary route through Naples. There are many seasonal and year-round businesses, along with numerous lodging facilities and camping areas. Thanks to its unsurpassed location, Naples is a popular summer resort and year-round vacation area—as well as a rapidly growing residential and business community. Visitors naturally come to a stop when they arrive at the Naples Causeway in the center of town; the view up Long Lake to the White Mountains is one of the most spectacular in New England. u

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When planning your getaway, consider what you are looking for in your camping experience --just a place to call home base for other activities you are planning, or a facility that offers enough that it is a vacation in itself. Some campgrounds offer on-site recreational opportunities such as a pool, rec hall and sports fields, scheduled activities and a variety of entertainment. Many are located on lakes, rivers or the ocean, and offer a beach, swimming, fishing and even a variety of boat rentals. In the 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. Consider your needs and expectations in advance to maximize your vacation experience and undoubtedly your dollar value. It may be important to know what is offered or to get information about particular questions in advance. This can be done by visiting the campground’s Web site, referring to their advertising or calling with questions. Even if a particular resource or recreational opportunity isn’t offered at the campground, it may be available nearby. 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

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policies 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? • Are there any trails for hiking or biking--even ATVing? • Is there WiFi or cable TV? • If a more remote location, how is cell phone reception in the area? • What hook-ups for trailers and RVs are available? Is there 50 amp electric? • Are tents accepted? • Can you bring your own boat? Are there launching facilities and dock space available? • How about pet policies and requirements for camping with pets?


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Throughout the various regions in this issue of Activities Guide, you will find many campgrounds and camping resorts. We encourage you to take some time to see what is available. Camping is great vacation, or an ideal way to move around to different areas of the state to enjoy other activities you are planning. You may also visit for a complete listing of campgrounds offered in this issue. See you out there! u


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members and landowners brought our Maine adventure to an end. Cheers to a Maine tradition! After my flight at last year’s Balloon Festival, I highly recommend that you plan a trip to this year’s festival! u


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

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Moxie Outdoor Adventures, Route 201, The Forks. Outstanding 17. Roosevelt-Campobello International Park, Highway 774, New 4 10. scenery and thrilling rapids await adventurous beginners or 4 Brunswick, Canada. Tour the summer home of President Franklin experienced whitewater rafters. Expect to scream, laugh, swim and have fun.

Camp Do What You Wanna, 2419, Main Street, Rangeley. 4 11. Set off for an off-road adventure on wheels and expect to get dirty. Rent an ATV and ride along the varied terrain from mud holes to steep mountains of Franklin County’s Moose Loop. www.

International Spyder, Motorcycle and AT Rally, Moose Lodge, 4 12. 134 Coburn Avenue, Jackman. The first annual International Spyder,

Motorcycle and AT Rally will kick off on September 13 at 11am and conclude on September 14 at 8pm. Rev up your motorcycles and get ready to have some fun as you explore the Jackman region. www.

Central Maine Egg Festival, Pittsfield. With the theme, 4 13. SP”EGG”TACULAR CIRCUS, the 41st Annual Central Maine Egg

Festival will celebrate all things egg, July 15-20. Events will include the Kiwanis Karnival, contests, food, a parade and fireworks.www.


D. Roosevelt and enjoy tea with his wife, Eleanor, at this park that symbolizes the close friendship between the US and Canada. Passport required for border crossing.

Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main Street, Bangor. There 418. are interactive exhibits and programs designed to excite kids of all ages at Maine’s largest children’s museum. This is a place for kids and their grown-ups to spend a fun-filled day and wonder. www.

Sail on the Katahdin, Moosehead Marine Museum, 12 Lily Bay 419. Road, Greenville. Set sail on the SS Katahdin and experience history while enjoying the pristine beauty of majestic Moosehead Lake. Kate, as she’s known locally, is a “living museum.”

Visit The County! Aroostock County may be nicknamed “The 420. Crown of Maine,” but Mainers know it as simply “The County.” Think boating, ATV riding, golfing, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling and more. Visit The County!

DaVinci’s features a casual atmosphere with a brick oven and exhibition kitchen serving Garlic Knots, Fresh Soups, and a variety of Italian Specialties. Also in the facility is 150 Mill, which serves the full menu, features an extensive wine list, and provides beverage service to all guests. A function room that seats up to 100 15. The Taste of Greater Waterville, Downtown Waterville. This day- people is also on site. 14. Granite Leisure Time, 85 High Street, Oakland. At this R/C raceway, flight center and hobby shop, you can drive, fly or crawl to the finish line in a relaxing and family-friendly environment. See you at the track.

4 long event will occur from 11am-11pm on August 7. Throughout

Waterville, enjoy food vendors, street dancing, children’s activities, live music and a beer garden for the older set. www.tasteofwaterville. com.

Whale Watch,104 Water Street, Eastport. Step aboard the 4 16. restored Ada C. Lore, one of the three remaining historic Chesapeake Bay oyster schooners, for a three-hour whale watch. www.

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

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Poland Spring Golf Course is considered the oldest resort golf course in America. Famed architect, Donald Ross, designed the Links style course. Spectacular views of the White Mountains, velvet bent grass greens, beautiful well maintained fairways, ponds, and tees for all abilities. Spring Meadows Golf Course A naturally

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

Fox Ridge Golf Course Rated among Maine’s most

challenging 18-hole golf courses. Former home of the Maine Open. Designed to take advantage of the natural lay of the land, which will demand every shot in your bag. Rated 4 1/2 out of 5 stars by Golf Digest. The Maine Trifecta package includes 2-night lodging at the Poland Spring Resort, which has comfortable accommodations in three different inns, or cottages. All meals are served at the Maine Inn, buffet style, all-you-caneat. The Resort has loads of amenities including grass tennis courts, swimming, bocce, shuffleboard, boating, and lots more. 9 The 20113 rate for the Maine Trifecta is $279.00. The rate is per person, double occupancy, plus 17% service charge, and Maine sales tax. FMI: u cont. page 32 34 32

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

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arvest Hill Farms started almost 20 years ago as a small operation to supply family and friends with healthy, natural range fed beef and poultry. Today it remains a working farm, but now features Farm House Pizza and Farm Market located on Route 26 in Mechanic Falls. Over the last 7 years it has grown into Northern New England’s premier family agritainment (agricultural entertainment) destination featuring the fall attractions of Pumpkin Land, the Big Corn Maze Adventure and the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride.     For the summer season, they offer the Field of Dreams Family Fun Park featuring the Giant Jumping Pillow, Pedal Kart Track, The Giant Super slide, Petting Zoo, Bunny Village and more... plus general admission is FREE!  They also host events, outings and BBQs at the farm under their 140’ x 40’ Big Top Tent. For more information, visit ...or call their events coordinator, Dan Carroll at (207) 754-5992.

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ake a worth while stop at one of these treasures for incredible deals on clothing, stunning jewelry, or some the BEST French cuisine in New England. The New Balance Factory Store offers footwear, outdoor and fitness apparel and accessories for men, women and children at amazing prices all year long! They specialize in multiple widths - men’s 2A to 6E and women’s 4A to 4E.Since 1976 Maurice Restaurant has been a pleasant surprise for world sojourners and people new to the beautiful Oxford Hills area of western Maine. Located on Route 26 in South Paris, which takes the traveler north into Canada, the two-hundred-year-old clapboard house turned restaurant continues to delight, serving French-Continental cuisine in an elegant country atmosphere at affordable prices. Stop in at Creaser Jewelers showroom to see nothing less than a beautiful, multi-colored collection of only the best gold and sterling gemstone jewelry. Gallery quality, well-crafted, wonderfully designed pieces of precious metal are set with select gemstones. And they can’t wait to show them to you! Check out their new in-store mineral museum, which contains world-class and rare mineral specimens from Maine, Maine-mining related historical items including rare books, artifacts and gem cutting equipment.


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colleCt minerals in maine We have access to private and closed locations like: Mount Mica, Mount Apatite, Emmons and more! Poland Mining Camps visit Oma’s Attic Dudy & Mary Groves P.O. Box 26 • 34 Groves Lane A unique and complete vacation opportunity Poland, Maine 04274 visit our website: (207) 998-2350 visit our website:

At Poland Mining Camps, ask about our 3 day dig and lodging packages with meals. Plus come see Oma’s attic filled with jewelry, rocks, treasures and more. Wire wrapping and stone cutting available.

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Egg-ceptional Restaurant

5 Pigeon Hill Road • Mechanic Falls, Me. 04256 • 207-998-5577 • Breakfast All Day • Family Friendly Atmosphere • Great Food • 10% off w/Oxford Casino Loyalty card • Kid Friendly (Ducks to all Kids) • Large Parties (10 or More) Call Ahead • Take our Omlette Challenge (Get your picture on our wall of Fame) • Located at the 5 Corners in Mechanic Falls 36

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ethel is a year-round outdoor paradise. Summer brings excellent hiking, biking, paddling, camping, and fishing, or just relaxing near a local swimming hole or at a spa.  A wide variety of lodging and shopping, as well as dining options to suit every taste, await you. The Bethel area is host to many wonderful events in the summer and fall months.  Please join us! It is a lovely time of year to get outside and do some hiking, paddling, biking, wildlife watching, or sightseeing. Come enjoy all that Bethel’s mountain village has to offer: Wonderful community events, performances, shopping, golf, mountain biking, and lots more at Sunday River Resort. Campgrounds are open; summer’s coming! Make plans today to get away to the Bethel area.

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DIG MAINE GEMS! •• Learn mineral identification •• •• Dig for your own special find! •• Maine Mineralogy Expeditions 121 Mayville Road, US Route 2 Bethel, ME 04217 800-533-3607 • 207-824-4224

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Smedberg’s roadside stand was originally built in 1967 and is owned and operated by Roger and Gayle Smedberg and Roger Smedberg Jr. From Made-in-Maine products like maple syrup, honey, fruit salsa, pottery, soaps and ornaments, to their own One Cow Homemade Ice Cream that’s “udderly delicious,” Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm is an experience unlike any other. Stop by and check out their homemade baked goods including pies, breads and Gayle’s delicious homemade baked beans and chicken pies. Smedberg’s fully-stocked greenhouses feature beautiful annuals, hardy perennials, fertilizer, soils and mulch hay, as well as seedlings and plants. Smedberg’s allnatural, home-grown beef, pork and lamb are raised on the farm and field-fed, with no added hormones. Also available: bison, chicken, turkey, seafood and live lobster. You won’t want to miss a stop at Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm. BETHEL OUTDOOR ADVENTURES & CAMPGROUND, (BOA) is “home base” for MME and a mineral sluice “Under the Crystal.” The SLUICE is a fun and educational experience for the entire family. The pictures on our Web site tell the story and we’re sure you won’t go home empty handed. To round out the total experience, BOA provides a beautiful campground for RVs and tenters, has kayak, canoe, drift boat and bicycle rentals, and provides fishing adventures and guide services as well. Your visit with us is sure to provide adventure and it’s a natural compliment to the many outdoor activities available here. Learn something new and go home with some of nature’s beautiful treasures! For more information on features and tour reservations please call well in advance: (207) 824.4224 (800.533.3607) or Mt Mann at (207) 824.3030.u

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AREA EVENTS June 1 - FREE Family Fishing Festival: Saturday from 9am -2pm at Angevine Park, 456 North Road. Free use of rods and reels or bring your own. Casting, fly-fishing, and fly tying instruction. Family priced BBQ, or bring your own picnic lunch.  Stay in Bethel for the weekend and fish the Androscoggin River. No license required. 207.824.3694. June 13-16: Trek Across Maine Sunday River to the Sea. A 3-day, 180-mile bicycle tour to benefit the American Lung Association. 800.LUNG.USA. June 27: 24th Annual Constellation Energy Bethel Area Chamber Golf Classic at The Bethel Inn Resort. Scramble format. Pre-register as an individual or as a four-person team. Contests, side-plays, awards, auction, continental breakfast, and more. 207.824.2282. www. July 6 - Bethel Art Fair Artists, artisans, live theater, and music, open studios and galleries throughout the region and fine fare! It is time for the 23rd Annual Bethel Art Fair. www. July 20 & 21 - Mollyockett Days Theme: “Sustainability of the Earth.” Saturday’s events include food and crafts on the Common and on Main Street, parade, Native American demonstrations, the famous frog-jumping competition, and fireworks.  Sunday features a 5-mile adult road race, 1-mile kids’ race, and diaper dash. or (800) 442-5286 Aug. 11: 22nd Annual Maine State Triathlon A sprint triathlon with a 750 meter swim (or .47 mile, this is NEW -- no longer 1 K) at Songo Pond, 24 K bike race on scenic country roads, and a 5.8 K cross-country run. Teams or individuals. 207.824.2282. October 12 & 13 - Sunday River Fall Festival & North American Wife Carrying Championships Celebrate the end of summer with live music, the alwaysentertaining North American Wife Carrying Championship (Saturday), the Mountain RAID obstacle race, the 30th Annual Blue Mountain Arts & Crafts Fair, and a full array of activities for the whole family. or (800) 543-2SKIu

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Located at Bethel Outdoor Adventure is a GEM & MINERAL SLUICE operated by Maine Mineralogy Expeditions and they sell $10 buckets of material gathered from several local mines, providing a broad spectrum of area gems and minerals such as the following: • blue and golden beryl • amethyst • tourmaline • rose, smoky, and optical quartz • mica • feldspar • apatite • lepidolite • and more. Everybody gets goodies that you can identify using our handy identification board. Try out the antique cast-iron hand pump just as in the days of old.The Sluice is open late-May through October, weather pending.


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he Rangeley Lakes Region is one of Maine’s true wilderness zones, located in the secluded western mountains of Maine, near the New Hampshire border. It is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Skiing, hiking, hunting and kayaking are just a few activities to try in Rangeley, but fly-fishing is one of the most popular. Rangeley offers the angler the best chance at catching a 5 pound brook trout anywhere in the eastern United States. Rangeley has several lakes and ponds that offer great fishing and a few rivers

“Fabled waters such as Rapid River, Kennebago River, Cupsuptic River, Upper Dam, Rangeley Lake and Quimby Pond offer world class fly-fishing. “ • 

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36 miles of National Scenic Byway in the Western Mountains of Maine Route 4 and 17 in the Rangeley Lakes Region offers 36 miles of National Scenic Byway – 1 of 3 in the State of Maine and only 150 such designated routes in the entire United States. The Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway offers not only scenic views and vistas, but an abundance of recreational opportunities as well. Heading north on Route 4 just after the start of the National Scenic Byway in Madrid, is the great opportunity to explore Smalls Falls. A 126-foot waterfall with several tiers offers thrills for the most adventuresome to the youngest members of the family. The main falls is easily viewed from the picnic area, but the walk across the bridge is where the real fun begins. You’ll find a trail alongside the main falls that will bring you up the tier and offers opportunities to get into the pools of each tier. Don’t miss finding the path that will lead you across the forested area to the other branch of the river and additional opportunities to slip, slide and splash in the Smalls Falls stream.


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uaint Oquossoc Village is set amongst pristine mountains and crystal clear lakes--all of which make it a premier vacation destination. Located along the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway, you can 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. Begin your day at the Four Seasons Café, which serves breakfast and lunch year round. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also available at The Gingerbread House, a year-round casual, fine dining establishment with indoor and outdoor seating. And for American cuisine and seafood, check out Tall Tales Tavern and Scotty’s Lobster Pound and Meat Market. From any of these, enjoy spectacular scenery. After you’ve eaten, head outside for an adventure, which will likely include abundant wildlife sightings. Hike up Bald Mountain for a 360-degree panoramic view. Or purchase a boat, ATV or Ranger from Oquossoc Marine and head out on Mooselookmeguntic or Rangeley Lake. Experience a slice of heaven in Oquoosoc.


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Explore Maine’s High Peaks! Home to Ten of Maine’s Fourteen 4000+ foot Mountains



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he communities along the Maine High Peaks Scenic Byway of Kingfield, Carrabassett Valley and Stratton-Eustis are home to many shops and restaurants, outdoor adventure service specialists and art galleries, with many more natural assets to explore in the Unorganized Townships along the Byway to the Canadian Border as well. The southern Gateway is just below the Village of Kingfield, which is the home of the Stanley Museum and the Ski Museum of Maine. Regional information is available at the High Peaks Information Center, continuing north along the Carrabassett River to Carrabassett Valley adjacent to the airport with Bigelow Range as the backdrop. Maps of the many hiking trails and 200 plus miles of ATV trails throughout the region are amongst information available at the V.C. North along the S-curves of the Carrabassett River, the hugely popular Narrow Gauge pathway for non-motorized activities can be seen across the river. The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center has a mountain bike shop to service needs for riders of all ages and abilities who take advantage of the more than 50 miles of trails, from little kids’ beginner terrain, to vertical boulder challenges for the experts.

Additionally, disc golf is a new and growing activity for the summer of 2013 at the Outdoor Center. Travel up the Sugarloaf Access Road, for golf at Maine’s # 1 Rated Course for over twenty years, go for a zip-line ride on the mountain, or try the summer’s new adventure, Segway riding from the Base Village. Returning to the northern journey on the Maine High Peaks Scenic Byway, a new kiosk with comprehensive trail maps of the area’s varied hiking options in north and south regions is located in the parking lot at the crossing of the Appalachian Trail in Wyman. There is only one place where the Appalachian Trail meets the Northern Forest Canoe Trail: the Village of Stratton. Traveling north over the South Branch of the Dead River, Flagstaff Lake and the Bigelow Range come into view; have the camera ready! Continuing north to the Village of Eustis and following the North Branch of the Dead River, the route parallels Col. Benedict Arnold’s trip north to Quebec in 1775. Stop at one of the scenic turnouts, including the northern Byway Gateway with breathtaking views of the Chain of Ponds. The final few miles finish in Coburn Gore, the north end of the Maine High Peaks Scenic Byway. Find out more about Maine’s High Peaks Region at or Maine’s High Peaks is the home to BIG Experiences!


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western lakes & mountains Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge Saturday - Sunday - July 13-14, 2013 Carrabassett Valley, ME The Town of Carrabassett Valley invites you to participate in the third annual Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge, a mountain bike endurance event.  The event will offer two course options---one approximately 25 miles, the other an endurance 60 mile ride. Celebrate Family Fun Days in the Village of Stratton – Friday June 28 – Sunday June 30. 2013 Saturday: Ol’ Logging Days Parade 11:00 - Main Street in the Village of Stratton. Followed by: Food, entertainment, car show, free kids’ slide and bounces, kids’ games and all the ‘Treasures in the Sawdust Pile’. An evening Pig Roast at the Community Building will be followed by FIREWORKS provided by the Cathedral Pines Camping Area. Sunday: Golf Tournament at Moose Meadows, the only spot on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail that you can jump out of your Canoe and play a round of golf and then paddle on into the Village of Stratton, Maine’s first Trail Town along the 740 mile NFCT.      Mountains, moonlight, music ... magic. Kingfield POPS! Free Arts Festival. Live music. Art displays and sales. Downtown Kingfield. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013    At the Kennedy Farm in Kingfield, ME   Gate opens at 4:30 p.m.   Crossroads International Celtic Festival On September 11-15 2013, the inaugural Crossroads International Celtic Festival will feature musicians from all over the Celtic world and attract visitors to Oxford County and Franklin Counties. One of the Crossroad Celtic Festival Concerts will be held in the Village of Stratton on Thursday Sept. 12th.

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Summer to Fall, Jackman has it All! By Annie Nielsen


ave you been dreaming of peaceful tranquility, where restful solitude sweeps away worries . . . where relaxing views of beautiful scenery replace the stresses of life? Then come to Jackman and experience the way life should be! Whether you enjoy actionpacked vacations or relaxation, this little town, nestled in the mountains of western Maine, has it all.

Jackman treasures secret spots for curious summer vacationers who desire the pure mountain air. Guests can grab a map and explore several moose-watching locations for a glimpse of the amazing, goofy-looking animals that weigh up to 1,500 pounds. Bird lovers can find several species of their flying friends while strolling along the seemingly endless hiking trails. Enjoy the wondrous views of waterfalls, mountains and ponds while breathing in the earthy, fresh scents of cedar and pine. If hiking is too slow, guests can ride their bicycles on the biking trails. At the end of the day, spend some time in the quietness of a canoe or kayak, watching the gorgeous sunset, then gaze at the stars.

Jackman is well-known for exciting winter activities, such as snowmobiling on finely groomed trails and snowshoeing across sparkling snow. No one can deny that. Yet, did you know that 300 miles of ATV trails wind through fresh, green forests and open fields, past berry bushes and majestic mountains? Bring your own ATV or rent one in town and see what you’ve been missing! Don’t forget to ask about The History Trail Guide of the Moose Journey to a specific destination or ride a loop and stop for a River Valley, published this year by the historical society to assist picnic lunch. with the exploration of this fascinating area. Learn about strange If riding an ATV is not your cup of tea, there are many other disappearances and gain insight into the rich history of Jackman fun activities. Everyone, from beginners to skilled anglers, enjoys and the surrounding territories. hooking splake, trout, and land-locked salmon in some of the There are campgrounds, cabins, motels, inns and even a resort most pristine streams, rivers and ponds in Maine. Keep up your to call home during your stay, and area restaurants offer a variety skills at the local golf course or go whitewater rafting for some of different foods to whet the appetite, from quick take-out to exciting, life-long memories. Adventurous souls can observe full-course meals. Be sure to ask about handicapped accessibility. panoramic views of the stunning scenery from planes while For those who would like to cook their own meals in the quiet of history buffs can visit the WWII POW Camp. An un-crowded their lodging, groceries can be purchased in town. Don’t forget environment awaits the sportsman who ventures into town for the maple syrup from Jackman for those hotcakes! that prized hunting trophy of white-tailed deer, bear, moose, hare, coyote and ruffed grouse. For those who are unfamiliar with the In the fall, the spectacular hues of red and orange lace the Route 201 corridor known as “The Old Canada Road National Scenic great outdoors, knowledgeable guides can lead the way. Photo courtesy of Annie Nielsen

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western lakes & mountains Byway” between Skowhegan and the Canadian border. Leafpeepers relish the awe-inspiring beauty that engulfs this 78.2-mile winding road that leads travelers to Jackman. There are a multitude of outdoor activities for people of all ages, so escape the stresses of life and leave the crowds behind. Enjoy a peaceful or action-packed get-away in Jackman. Check out and plan your next incredible vacation. Remember, adventure is our “Maine Attraction!” u

JACKMAN EVENTS June 1-2, 2013 Free Fishing Day: Enjoy some fishing without needing a license (State of Maine rules and regulations apply). Go to fishing/regulations_seasons for more information. June 15, 2013 Community Flea Market: Sponsored by the Jackman, Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce. It will be held at Pomerleau Town Park on Route 201 Main Street from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. July 4, 2013: Fourth of July Family Fun Day Parade, Children’s Games, and Fireworks starting at 4:00 p.m. August 17, 2013 Geocaching Day: Geocaching Day in Jackman. Coffee, tea, & refreshments available at the Chamber booth 9:00-10:30 a.m. to start out the day of exploration and adventure - fun for the whole family! August 31, 2013 Annual Spinal Cord Society Horseshoe Tournament: Tournament starts at 1:00 p.m. September 13 & 14, 2013: The 1st Annual Moose Lodge International Spyder, Motorcycle & ATV Rally. An exciting, extreme event taking place right in Jackman, Maine! November 21, 2013: The Chamber’s Annual Hunter’s Supper at the American Legion on Main Street. u

For more information about the Jackman area: Jackman-Moose River Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, Jackman, Maine Tel: 207-668-4171 or visit them@www.


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The Moose River Bow Trip Cry of the Loon The Bow Trip, outside of Jackman, Maine, is one of the most well-known, multi-day paddle trips in the state of Maine, or for that matter in the Northeast. Traveled by many individuals each year, it affords the paddler a place to experience the quiet beauty of the woods in northwestern Maine. For many paddlers, the Bow trip begins and ends in the same place, on Attean Pond just west of Jackman. There is a boat landing down the Attean Rd. where a section of the Moose River between Attean and Big Wood Ponds can be reached. For others, including most outfitters, the trip starts further north and to the west on Holeb Pond to avoid a mile-long portage between Attean and Holeb Ponds. Holeb Pond is reached by an hour-long drive on well-used wood roads. Cry of the Loon offers shuttle service to avoid the one-and-a-quarter-mile portage. u -Andy & Leslie McKendry Registered Maine Guides

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he Androscoggin, Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers define the cities of central Maine. The twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn are located along the Androscoggin, while Waterville is set on the west bank of the Kennebec River and Bangor is on the Penobscot.


Within their city limits are walkable downtowns, bird sanctuaries, scenic river paths, summer concerts and theatre, museums, golf courses and a multitude of shops and eateries. There are trails for running, biking and hiking throughout each. These charming cities are home to unique architecture, sites such as the 31-foot statue of the legendary lumberjack, Paul Bunyan, Old Fort Western, which dates to commerce on the Kennebec in 1754, the Bangor State Fair and The Great Falls Balloon Festival. Within a short drive, you can be in the Belgrade Lakes Region, Maine’s premier inland resort area. This chain of seven lakes is famous for largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing and was the inspiration for the classic movie, On Golden Pond. Bangor is the gateway to the Maine Highlands, an area that has been preserved to be forever wild. Among its features is Gulf Hagas, known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” Fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting-you can do it all in central Maine. And also enjoy public suppers, handcraft fairs, music festivals, auctions and bike tours. u

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central & midcoast Central Maine Egg Festival Monday – July 15th, 2012 6 pm – 9 pm Concert at Hathorn Park (Band TBD) Tuesday – July 16th, 2012 10 am – 6 pm Art Show at the Pittsfield Public Library 1 pm – 2 pm Pittsfield Historical Society open for visitors 3 pm – 6 pm Sidewalk Art Contest at the United Insurance / Lehr Agency parking lot. Judging from 6 pm – 6:30 pm 4 pm – 5 pm Artists’ Reception (Come meet the artists) at the Pittsfield Public Library 7 pm – 10 pm Street Dance in the Municipal Parking Lot Wednesday July 17th, 2012 10 am – 3:30 Egglympics at Hathorn Park. Fun & games for all the kids! Will be held at the Warsaw Middle School Gym in the event of rain. Pre-registration at Pittsfield Town Office 10 am – 6 pm Art Show at the Pittsfield Public Library continues 1 pm – 2 pm Pittsfield Historical Society open for visitors 6:00 - 9:00pm Central Maine Egg Festival Scholarship Pageant 6:30 – 7:30pm Concert at Hathorn Park (Band TBD) 7:30 – 9:30pm Concert at Hathorn Park (Band TBD) Thursday July 18th, 2012 10 am – 3 pm Window Painting downtown on Main Street. Register at the Pittsfield Public Library 10 am – 6 pm Art Show at the Pittsfield Public Library continues 1 pm – 2 pm Pittsfield Historical Society open for visitors 3:30-6:30 pm Open House at the Pittsfield Community Theatre 4pm – 8 pm Marketplace Tent opens in Manson Park. Featuring Maine Crafters & Artisans 6 pm Kiwanis Kiddie Parade on Main Street leading into Manson Park. Line up at the Municipal Parking Lot. 6 pm – 7:30 Concert in the Entertainment Tent (Band TBD) 6:30 – 10pm Kiwanis Karnival Opens rides and games open 7:30 – 9:30pm Concert in the Entertainment Tent (Band TBD)

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Shelby’s Deli We Build Sandwiches

895 Kennedy Memorial Dr. • Oakland, ME 465-9990 • Open 11-7 Monday-Saturday Featuring our giant salad bar filled with veggies, fruit, meat & cheese! You choose it, we'll build it! Lobster Rolls & Crabmeat Rolls • Potato & Pasta Salads available in any quantity • Lobster Stew • Off the Grill Bombs and Sausage Subs • Chili & Chowders • Fun & healthy choices for the kids! Deep Fried Appetizers Eat inside, outside or take out!


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ocated on the banks of the Kennebec River, Waterville is a city in which culture, community and history come together. Its unique mix of shops and restaurants are enjoyed by visitors and locals alike, as well as by students at Waterville’s two higher education institutions, Thomas and Colby Colleges. A Main Street, Maine community, Waterville takes great pride in its downtown, which is home to the National Register of Historic Places’ Waterville Main Street Historic District, as well as many one-of-a-kind shops and distinctive eateries. Institutions like the historic Waterville Opera House make the city a cultural center of the region. 2013 marks the 21st Annual Taste of Greater Waterville, one of the region’s largest and most successful festivals. Presented by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce on August 7th, this year’s Taste will feature the return of the event’s original sit-down format, allowing attendees to share a formal dining experience in the streets of downtown, as well as the incredibly popular a-la-carte format of more recent years. Running from 11:00am11:00pm, the Taste is a full day of food and fun for the entire family, with limitless food choices, children’s activities, vendors, and beer garden (21+). The 21st Annual Taste will also welcome

the popular Maine-based band, The Rustic Overtones, as well as many other live entertainers. For more information, including parking and shuttle locations, visit or call the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce at 207-873-3315. Shoppers will find a wide array of products in Waterville’s shopping centers, including upscale clothing, home furnishings, jewelry, Maine-made products, art, toys and books, and much more. Dining options are equally diverse, offering authentic Lebanese and Mexican cuisines, Asian specialties, eclectic American dishes, delicious pub food, barbeque, fresh seafood, as well as outstanding café fare. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the miles of hiking trails located throughout the city and its neighboring communities, including the newly-developed Quarry Road Recreation Area and the extensive KennebecMessalonskee Trail System. The Kennebec River also offers spectacular fishing and boating opportunities. Waterville can be accessed conveniently by its two Interstate 95 exits, as well as by Route 201, which touts a national historic byway and is part of the Kennebec-Chaudiere Corridor. For more information on the City of Waterville, visit u

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Waterville Events June 15: North Pond hermit BBQ, with proceeds going to Pine Tree Camp food pantry, music headlined by Dime Store heroes, raffles, prizes and food for only ten dollars. Location: Thirsty Mule (Oakland) 16th Annual Maine International Film Festival: July 12-21, 2013. For more information, visit 21st Annual Taste of Greater Waterville: August 7, 2013; 11AM-11PM. For more information, visit www Sept 21: Mid Maine Homeless Shelter benefit BBQ, music headlined by Dimestore Heroes, raffles, prizes, and food for only ten dollars. Location: Thirsty Mule (Oakland) 11th Annual Harvest Fest: October



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he Town of Fairfield is located in southern Somerset County in the heart of Maine’s Kennebec Valley, and straddles the Waterville and Skowhegan “metropolitan” areas. The town is bound on the east by the historic Kennebec River and to the west by the Belgrade Lakes region. Fairfield is known as an important crossroads and is the point of intersection of two of the largest transportation corridors in the state, U.S. Route 201 and Interstate 95. Home to many thriving businesses, Fairfield’s 55 square miles also contains large areas of developable land. The town has a substantial urban residential and historic downtown district and several quaint unincorporated villages that contribute to its charm and character. With a local community college and regional high school, an easy commute to anywhere in central Maine, and unrivaled access to outdoor sports and recreation, many families find Fairfield the perfect place to reside. Fairfield has some of the best bass fishing in the state and has several large antique shops on Route 201. In 2013, we were awarded “Business Friendly” certification by the state. Come on down and see what we have to offer! u summer 2013 | Activities Guide of Maine


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Fairfield Events Friends of the Lawrence Public Library present a Summer Concert Series every year. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music! Hamburgers and hot dogs can be purchased. Here is the line-up for Summer 2013:

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your shoes, do a little shopping or take in our world class Fort Western Museum. You’ll enjoy your time in Downtown Augusta, he Augusta Downtown Alliance welcomes all who visit Maine’s Historic Capitol Downtown. u our Historic Riverfront Downtown. As a Capitol City, we are located just a few blocks from our State House complex on Water Street along the banks of the Kennebec River. Our main street is lined with National Register for Historic Preservationlisted properties including the Olde Post Office with its granite coulomb front and slate roof towers. Our fine restaurants, serving authentic Italian to Memphis Bar-B-Q and home-style dinners, as well as some of Augusta’s finest night spots, make this a unique and authentic place to relax while spending a few days in our Capitol. Just across the river lies Old Fort Western Museum; the oldest wooden fort in North America with its fully-restored colonial fort and supply house, all impressively furnished and outfitted. Downtown Augusta is best known for its health and wellness grouping of businesses and several fine beauty salons and women’s fashion shops. We encourage you to take a walk along the river in one of several parks and walking trails located in our downtown. The Kennebec Rail Trail’s trailhead is located at the south end of Water Street and takes you seven miles along the scenic Kennebec River and through several quaint towns. So come take in a meal, kick up




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wan Island is a state-owned wildlife management area with abundant wildlife including migrating waterfowl, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and bald eagles. It is also the only management area where camping is allowed and programs are provided for visitors. It is legally known as Perkins Township and is situated between the towns of Richmond and Dresden. This area is often confused with Swan’s Island, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean, five miles southwest of Mount Desert

Island (Acadia National Park) and is accessible by auto ferry at Bass Harbor. At Swan Island, Adirondack shelters are available to campers. They are 3-sided lean-tos with shingled roofs and a substantial overhang on the open side of the shelter. Saturday June 22 2013: Butterflies of Maine Saturday July 6, 2013: Falcons and Kestrels Sat. July 20 & Sun. July 21, 2013: Living History Re-enactment Saturday July 27, 2013: Richmond Days Swan Island takes part in Richmond Days Celebration. We will offer $5 island truck tours at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm on Saturday. Space is limited, so make sure you put your name on the list at the Friends of Swan Island booth located in the island parking lot on July 27th. For more information on Richmond Days, visit u



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xperience the renaissance of the perfect New England Village. Gardiner is known as Maine’s best kept secret. Summertime is a great time to discover this small bustling city easily accessible from I-95 and I-295. Dine in or take out your lunch to our recently updated Waterfront Park and Marina. Here you may be lucky enough to spot a bald eagle or osprey diving for searun fish, or the illusive sturgeon, a pre-historic fish known for its acrobatic leaps from the river. Gardiner’s brick sidewalks and bright facades invite visitors to take a leisurely stroll and pop in and out of one-of-a-kind shops, explore the historic library with its well known children’s room, or take the self-guided E.A. Robinson Walking Tour. Built in 1864, Johnson Hall is Maine’s oldest operating Opera House. Tour the historic grand hall slated for rehabilitation, or take in a show in the intimate studio theater. Those exploring central Maine by boat can capture a unique perspective of a perfectly balanced natural and built environment on the Kennebec River. Those who put in at our boat launch can make an easy day journey north to Augusta or south to Bath. Cruising ocean vessels will have a unique experience moving from salt to fresh water as they steam up the historic, unspoiled waterway. The Kennebec River Rail Trail is a great way to explore the riverfront communities of Gardiner, Farmingdale, Hallowell and Augusta along a 6.5 mile paved meandering path. Cast to rising sea-run brown trout in the pools and rapids of Cobbossee Stream as it cascades toward the Kennebec River in downtown Gardiner, or catch striped bass as they migrate up stream along the boardwalk. Alternatively, Cobbossee Lake is a great fishery for many freshwater species. Whatever outdoor enthusiasm brings you to Gardiner, you will find friendly hosts and a full service community awaiting your visit and your inevitable return! u

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Woodland Valley events:

Sat. June 1 5-8 pm Birdie Bash Sat. June 8 Memory Bowl Doubles (for Alzheimer Research) Sun. July 7 Battle of the Bears (MPT event) Sat. Aug. 11 Ace Race Sat. Aug. 17 Leo P. Roy Memorial Doubles (MDA fundraiser) Sat. Sept. 14 Autumn Singles Sat. Oct. 19 Autumn Doubles Sun. Nov. 17 Turkey Trot Singles Sat. Dec 7 Christmas Doubles and dinner



et out on the disc golf course this summer--there are so many in Maine to choose from! Many of the courses have leagues and tournaments throughout the summer and would love to have you join the fun. Woodland Valley Disc Golf in Limerick, is presently constructing their 3rd and most challenging course yet, and would love to have you stop by for a round. In addition to Enman Field, Dragon Disc Golf opened Dragan Field in Auburn in 2000, and has had a hand in helping to design a number of other courses around the state as well. In 2013, Dragon Disc Golf will open its latest design, a 27-hole course on the Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham. One of the ways in which Dragon Disc Golf is furthering the growth of the sport is by offering instruction to new players, as well as offering tournaments that range from beginner-oriented instructional events to large Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) events, which draw skilled players from all over the northeastern US.u

Dragon Disc Golf events:

June 1: Dragan Disc Golf Classic (PDGA), Auburn June 2: Championship (PDGA), Brunswick July 13: Iron Man Marathon Brunswick July 27: Greenhorn Tournament (beginners), Auburn August 3: Iron Men Doubles Marathon Brunswick August 11: Greenhorn Doubles (beginners), Auburn October 26: Witch’s Curse Doubles Brunswick November 3: Thorndike Memorial (PDGA), Auburn

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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, Welcome to the Brunswick Area: Bowdoin College, Maine State picture-perfect fishing villages, historic forts and lighthouses, Music Theatre, Joshua Chamberlain Museum and much more seaside resorts and bustling harbor towns all comprise the Midcoast. Perched between the confluence of two giant rivers on one side and the shores of Casco Bay on the other, Brunswick, founded Fishing and ship building sustained the area for centuries. You in 1794, has been a community of cultural vigor and diversity for can easily delve into Maine’s maritime past that’s enhanced by a more than 200 years. Its broad Main Street, tree-shaded Village visit to the Maine Maritime Museum. Green and malls, as well as classic architecture, combine to create a splendid New England ambience. Enjoy cool summer breezes and vistas of sparkling blue water as you explore the area by foot, bike or sea kayak. Expect quiet The offerings of this community are . . . a summer music theatre, a roads, gentle rolling hills and secluded beaches. View a sunrise year-round dramatic theatre, one of the finest small art museums in on Penobscot Bay. Eat fresh eggs from a local farm. Watch the northeast, two excellent libraries and regular summer concerts bald eagles, ospreys and terns along the coast. Explore the pre- by a premier string quartet. historic oyster shell mounds along river beds. See the harbor seals next to Fort Popham. Browse through an antique shop. Go Every spring, the residents of Brunswick eagerly await the opening on a puffin tour, whale watch or sport fishing trip. Purchase art of Fat Boy Drive-In and every fall they mourn when it closes. directly from an artisan. Catch a ferry to one of the islands. Dine Every summer since 1955, Fat Boy has been haunting the grounds on native clams, shrimp and lobster. Hike up Mount Battie in for Maine fishermen, Naval aviators, Bowdoin College students and the Camden Hills. Take an afternoon cruise on a two-masted thousands of coastal vacationers. schooner. Stroll through the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where there are always interesting textures, shapes and colors to Fat Boy is world famous (it really is!) for its Canadian BLT’s, Maine be seen from the many trails. Lobster Rolls, and 20oz. Thick Western Frappes. Then, of course, there are our Whoper Burgers. When you need service, simply turn Life in the Midcoast operates at a slower pace and yet there is on your headlights and one of our friendly waitresses will be happy so much to do. The sea air will whet your appetite as you realize to serve you. u this is the way life should be. u

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FIND YOUR WAY TO SEASPRAY! Only one outfitter offers so many ways for you to enjoy the Coast of MaineSeaspray Kayaking! With two great locations on the water in midcoast Maine and the ability to deliver kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and gear to your location, Seaspray Kayaking is highly recommended as a destination for your summer fun. Within minutes of deciding to explore midcoast Maine, you can be on the water! Owner Scott Shea has a huge fleet of the latest kayaks, including recreational, sit-on tops, expedition sea kayaks, fishing kayaks, doubles, canoes and the fastest growing watersport vessel--the Stand-Up Paddleboard! Guided tours, rentals and instruction are given daily out of their West Bath location. When asked what he anticipated the 2013 season to be like, Scott simply said, “Another fun season of meeting

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Bohemian Coffee House Fresh, locally roasted coffee Our own gelato pastries, espresso drinks voted midcoast maine’s best gourmet coffee house

Seaspray Kayaking Your one-stop paddling shop in midcoast Maine! • Canoe, Kayak, and Paddleboard Rentals • Daily Guided Tours @ 9 am and 1 pm • Instructional Classes

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Halcyon Yarn Maine’s Fiber Arts Destination

12 School St. Bath, Maine 800•341•0282 since 1971


Seaspray Kayaking accommodates all who desire to get on the water with gear and lifejackets for infants and even dogs! “There is no excuse,” said Scott. “We have something for everyone: Sunset Paddle & Moonlight Paddles, Kayak & Paddleboard Fishing Trips, Surf Kayaking at Popham Beach, Island-to-Island Overnights, Inn-to-Inn Trips, Private Lobster Bakes on an uninhabited island, Paddleboard Yoga and other classes, plus Birding on the Bay.” Because July and August can be busy, it is best to call Seaspray Kayaking ahead to make reservations at (207) 443-3646 or e-mail them at info@ u

07/13/13 Diagonal Knitting: Part 1 Jump into the world of diagonal knitting. You’ll start a random lace shawl using Katharine’s book “Diagonal Knitting”. Learn the “Trivia Cast On” and start shaping a double triangle shawl. While mastering her “Random Lace Technique” you’ll get your shawl well under way in class and leave with the skills and confidence to complete it successfully! Katharine Cobey $50 7/26/13 Intensive Beginning Spinning: Everything you need to know to start spinning... YES - EVERYTHING. Learn to spin and ply yarn on a hand spindle and spinning wheel. Hand spindles will be provided, but you will need a spinning wheel in good working order. Need a spinning wheel to use? There is a $25 rental fee redeemable with the purchase of a spinning wheel within 15 days of the end of class. Rudy Amann $225 8/4/13 FiberME 2013: A fabulous tour of all things fiber in the beautiful state of Maine. Mills, studios, galleries, farms, and even a dyehouse. Each day starts and ends at Halcyon Yarn in downtown Bath. This year we’ve added a special day in Bath with a ‘make it and take it’ class in the morning with Susie Stephenson and a fiber craft fair in the afternoon with fiber artists from all over the state. The week starts on Sunday afternoon, August 4, with a Welcome Reception at Halcyon Yarn and closes out the week Friday afternoon, August 9, with a traditional Lobster Bake on the shore. Cost of FiberME 2013 is $775 (lodging, breakfast and dinner are not included). Staff Halcyon Yarn Staff $775 8/16/13 Intro to the Drop Spindle: You’ve been fascinated watching Quinn at Open House. Now take this class with Quinn and learn to spin on the drop spindle with ease. This is a beginner level class: no experience necessary. Just come with enthusiasm. Quinn Blaiklock $30. Lots more classes & Workshops listed on our website or call 800341-0282 o4 207-442-7909. u

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he Island of Georgetown, Maine, is one of the Maine coast’s best-kept secrets. 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 Pottery, offering some of Maine’s finest hand-painted porcelain pottery featuring Maine and nautical themes. On your way to Reid State Park, you’ll pass The Mooring B&B, the remodeled former home of Walter Reid, who donated the land for Reid State Park. The inn offers five unique rooms, all with private baths, air conditioning and stunning ocean views. If camping is your style, Sagadahoc Campground is an amazing oceanfront campground where you can enjoy crashing surf, soaring ospreys and the cry of seagulls and rent a clamming rake and dig your clams with a town permit! And what classic Maine town would be complete with out a store with local flavor. The Georgetoen Country Store is a well established modern land mark between the fire station and the new post office.



They have everything a store should have for locals, tourist, and the lunch crowd. People rave about the pizza and onion rings but there is so more delicious foods there and plenty of smiles to go around.

Georgetown Country Store, Serving the Lobster & Grill best Lobster Rolls in town at

Seafood Baskets • Salad Plates a great price! Crab Rolls • Sandwiches Pizza • Breakfast • Lobster • Steamers Corn • Red Potatoes The Best Homemade Onion Rings Around! Five Island Road Georgetown



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

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Monkey C Monkey Do introduces the first and only yearround ice skating in New England! The rink surface is made of a new proprietary material from Europe. It is the same as you would see used on cruise ships and many indoor ice shows. It is environmentally-friendly and requires no power or refrigeration. You can use your own ice skates, but we also have skates available to rent. Great family fun that can be enjoyed all year long! u

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boothbay harbor Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Fun Casual Waterfront Dining

A Wonder-full Garden for All Ages in All Seasons Ranked by TripAdvisor as the #1 public garden in the United States, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is located on 250-acres of shorefront in Boothbay. Guests to the Gardens experience the vivid color, stunning stonework and exceptional natural landscapes, waterfalls, and sculptures during their visit. Whether you enjoy a peaceful stroll, exploring wooded trails or creating a family adventure, you’ll have a great time at the Gardens.

Music & Dinner CRUISES Dinner • Reggae • Classic Oldies Tickets:

Pier 1 • 14 Wharf St, Boothbay Harbor • 207-633-5900 • Ranked #1 Public GaRden in the u.S by

Spend a half-day or more at the largest botanical garden in New England and make unforgettable memories. The Gardens, on Barters Island Road, approximately a mile from Boothbay Common, is open from 9-5 year-round. To learn more, visit or call (207) 633-4333. u

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CAMPGROUND & RV PARK Only 3 1/2 miles to Boothbay Harbor

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Store • Gift Shop • Laundry • Rec. Hall • Near Hiking Trails • Fishing Cable TV • 150 Open, Wooded & Riverside Campsites • Full Hook-ups 30 & 50 amp Electric • 15 Pull-Thru Sites • Picnic Tables • Fire Rings Metered Propane • Ice • Fire Wood • Clean Restrooms • Hot Showers

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(207) 633-4782 • 553 Wiscasset Road • Rte. 27, Boothbay, ME 04537 Open May - October • Reservations Suggested Boothbay Harbor and Kayak Photos by Robert Mitchell, Southport, ME

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

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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!

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Quarry House Antiques Charlotte Hollenberg


Old and New Books Furniture • Glass • China Closed Mondays

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

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Area Events

June 12, Summer Solstice Street Fair, Main Street Rockland July 13-14, North Atlantic Blues Festival, Harbor Park July 31-August 4, Maine Lobster Festival, Harbor Park, FMI: 1(800)LOB-CLAW August 9-11 Annual Maine Boats and Harbor Show, Harbor Park August 17-14, Union Fair & Maine Wild Blueberry Festival, Union Fairgrounds

Open 7 Days

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

Damariscotta 36–40 Main St. 563-1815

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Est. 1965 • Public welcome

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

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

Schooner Bay Motor Inn

Located between Camden and Rockland on Coastal Route 1 in Rockport, Maine Each of Schooner Bay’s 23 non-smoking rooms has its own full bath and private entrance with: • Complimentary Continental Breakfast • Wireless Internet • King, Queen, or Double Beds, All rooms A/C • Cable TV, In-Room Telephone (Local calls free) Major Credit Cards Accepted


For Reservations 1-888-308-8855


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


67 Front Street ROCKLAND ME 04841 fax: 594-9566 web:

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elfast features great shopping, entertainment, restaurants, accommodations and easy access from land or sea. The city is surrounded by fine motels, restaurants, shops, parks and galleries. Belfast has become a popular destination for boaters of all kinds. Sit by the harbor, relax and enjoy! Moorings in the magnificent harbor now number more than 200, with room for many more.


The parks and shoreline make inviting places for picnics. Catch a movie or visit the music theatre, art fairs, hobby shows and special holiday events. Antique shops and art galleries are filled with oneof-a-kind items and interesting collectibles. There is no shortage of fine restaurants. Their offerings present a variety of foods prepared with “down home” as well as “sophisticated” culinary skills to satisfy your taste buds . . . Bon Appetite! Visit the many local and State parks in the Belfast area. Swim in the ocean at Bayside or in the warmer waters of Swan Lake or Lake St. George. Try the pool at the Belfast City Park. Tee-off at one of the area’s nine-hole golf courses. Or go horseback riding. Play tennis, even after dark, on lighted courts at the Belfast City Park. Relax and enjoy all the sights at the Belfast Harborside. Be sure and visit our Historic Downtown Shopping section. You will find merchants willing and ready to courteously serve you and make your shopping experience a pleasant one! u


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

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

i d g R e Motel y k c o R Open all year House keeping cottages (some with housekeeping) Units feature connected rooms & free cable Immaculately clean & well-maintained Special rates available • Major credit cards accepted Public beach across highway

622 U.S. Route 1 Stockton Springs, ME 04981 207-576-3456 • 1-800-453-0754

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ocky shores, sunny meadows, blueberry barrens, salt marshes, sandy beaches and fragrant forests define Downeast Maine. Climb aboard the vintage-looking Oli’s Trolley for a narrated sightseeing tour of Acadia National Park. It’s a great way to hear the history and see the sights, including mansions, rock formations, Frenchman Bay, Paradise Hill and Cadillac Mountain. Take to the water and discover the flora and fauna of the west side of Mount Desert Island. Through kayak circumnavigation, experience the beauty “off the beaten path” with a 4-hour tour lead by a Maine Guide from National Park Sea Kayak Tours. Want to feel the wind in your hair and taste the sea spray? You can do this and get up close to the marine life of Frenchman Bay when you set sail on the historic Margaret Todd, a 4-masted schooner. At the end of the day, plan to stay at the Quimby House Inn and Spa in Bar Harbor, where you’ll be enveloped in an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and relaxation. Enjoy a massage and come away feeling fully rejuvenated.

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o 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. Can I Do It?  Can my family do it? Virtually anyone can rock climb. The guides at Acadia Mountain Guides say, “If you can climb a step ladder, you can climb.” It’s a great activity for an individual, couple, family or group that requires only a moderate level of fitness.   How old do I have to be? Am I too old? There are no age limitations. Dick Chasse, a senior guide at Acadia Mountain Guides, has guided clients from age four to eighty-one.   Is it safe? Like driving a car, climbing carries some level of risk. Rock climbing is not an extreme sport. Professional guides focus on minimizing your risks and each year thousands of people like you climb safely on the rocks for the first time. Acadia Mountain Guides outfits you with all needed safety gear such as helmets and harnesses, and provides you with expert instruction that guides you every step of the way.    Who should I climb with? In Maine, Acadia Mountain Guides has a long history of providing great instruction. They are accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association and the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. Under the same ownership since opening in 1993, AMG is led by internationally licensed IFMGA guide Jon Tierney. Jon is one of 80 US guides to achieve the IFMGA award, signifying the pinnacle of achievement for guides. The guides who work for Jon say, “He has been at the forefront of guide education for over two decades.” They appreciate his mentorship, attention to detail, and desire to constantly improve the delivery and safety of climbing instruction. You will too. u

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Quimby House Inn & Spa


Tim and Danielle Ray, Innkeepers

109 Cottage Street Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 207.288.5811 1.800.344.5811

Congratulations, Ellsworth, on your Bicentennial!


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

Serving Creative Cuisine for more than two decades The owners, “Alicia” and “Air” Soutthivong have been serving the areas tastiest and healthiest foods at their Bangkok Restaurant since 1989. In the restaurant’s friendly and relaxing atmosphere you will savor creative seafood dishes, Thai curry, vegetarian specialties and much more. When in Ellsworth do stop in for a culinary treat. u 86

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LOCAL EVENTS ACADIA AND DOWNEAST: June 15: Machias 250th Birthday Celebration- Parade and Margaretta Day Festival June 21: Machias, Celebration Fireworks June 22-23: Bar Harbor, Art In The Park June 23: Lubec-Campobello Island, NB – Inaugural Bay Of Fundy International Marathon July 1: Canadian Day Celebrations: Campobello Island, St. Stephen & St. Andrews, NB – Canada Day Celebrations July 4: Independence Day is celebrated throughout the Region. For specific event times contact the local Chamber of Commerce. The City of Eastport hosts the largest 4th Celebration in Maine. July 23-24: Bar Harbor, 2nd Annual Antique Show & Sale July 27: Machiasport, Reclaiming of Cannon at Fort O’Brien July 27-28: Grand Lake Stream, Annual Folk Art Festival August 2-11: Calais International Homecoming Festival August 2-11: St. Stephen, NB Annual Chocolate Festival August 3-4: Perry, Indian Days Celebration at Pleasant Point August 9: Ellsworth, 11th Annual Maine Boats, Home and Harbor Show August 17-18: Machias, 37th Annual Blueberry Festival August 17: Bucks Harbor, Machiasport – 250th Birthday Fireworks Celebration August 31-September 1: Eastport, Annual Salmon & Seafood FestivalBirthday Fireworks Celebration September 6-8: Eastport, Annual Salmon & Seafood FestivalBirthday Fireworks Celebration Ocotober 11-12: Machias, Bold Coast Balloon Festival Ocotober 11-20: Blue Hill Peninsula, Annual Foliage Food & Wine Festival CONTACT LOCAL CHAMBERS: Bar Harbor Chamber: Tel. 1-800-288-5103 or (207) 288-5103 Blue Hill Chamber: Tel. (207) 374-3242 Calais – St. Croix Valley Chamber: Tel. 1-888-422-3112 or (207) 454-2308 Eastport Chamber: Tel. (207) 853-4644 Machias Bay Chamber: Tel. (207) 255-4402 Ellsworth Chamber: Tel. (207) 667-5584

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



More than 20 years of Great Downeast Family Dining

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

Lobster, Pasta, Subs, Chicken, Gluten Free Dishes, 40 Plus Beers, Top Shelf Liquors Available and lots more! Inside Dining or enjoy our Deck Seating 5 miles east of ellsworth on route 1, hancock, maine

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Destination Cherryfield Come celebrate Saturday, July 20th in our historic community. The Wild Blueberry Capital of the World…


unk Mountain Arts & Crafts, home to the William D. Sherar Gallery, is located on scenic Blackwoods Road, just 3 miles from the intersection of Route 1 in Cherryfield. Mr. Sherar, Turtle Clan of the Choctaw Nation, was himself a skilled artisan and collector of American and Native crafts. The gallery offers paintings and sculpture by regional artists, as well as decoys from Mr. Sherar’s collection. Cynthia Huntington’s native birds, in both oil and soft pastels, are a regular feature at the gallery and an Audubon Lovers Show is an annual event…a must stop for all who enjoy art and the great outdoors. u


Tunk Mountain Arts and Crafts and the William D. Sherar Gallery Wild things, wild places and the spirits that live and linger there.

639 Blackswoods Road Cherryfield 207•546•8948 Home Studio 207•546•7425 Hours Thursday-Saturday 10 to 5 pm Sunday Noon to 4 pm and by appointment

Have a Safe and Happy Summer! Cherryfield Foods, Inc. 4 Park Street, P.O. Box 128 • Cherryfield, ME 04622 88

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

800-321-7136 or on-line at:

Making summer treats and holiday traditions special


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

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Visit the coastal Machias Bay area

Be the first to see the sun rise and experience so much more! Be sure and visit us at: Tel. 207-255-4455 (207) 255-4402

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85 Main St., Suite 2 • Machias, ME 04654 The Citizens of Machias and Machiasport extend a warm invitation to come and celebrate with us during our Bicentennial. (See Region’s Calendar of Events for specific celebration dates) Celebrate the Two Towns Bicentennial by Discovering Maine’s Down East Heritage Trail By: Jim Harnedy

the British schooner Margaretta in Machias Bay in July 1775 with the loss of only one American life. This battle has been called the Lexington of the Sea.

Upon leaving the cemetery you can start your drive south on Route ust off the beaten path at the foot of the University of Maine at 92 and two (2) miles down the road you will cross into the town of Machias College Hill where Routes 1 and 92 intersect an amazing Machiasport. 11 mile trek steeped in history, culture and exciting natural wonders awaits the adventurous. At the 3.7mile point of your journey you will find on your right Liberty Hall. It was built in 1873 in a bold Italianate architectural style at a cost Route 92 in Machias is Elm Street. The first stop on the trail is at “Bad of $ 1000.00. Its architect was Andrew Gilson of Machias. The building Little Falls”, located just as one turns onto Route 92. Machias is served as the Machiasport town hall until 2000 and in addition to its derived from the Native American word Mechises which means purely civic functions served as a community center for theater bad little falls or a bad run of water. “Bad Little Falls Park” offers a perfect setting for a picnic and has ample parking for checking out this continued on page 94 natural wonder. After savoring the beauty of the falls and the splendid view the park provides, one can walk up Elm Street (Route 92) a little Machias Motor Inn less than .1 of a mile to Avery Street. Turn left down Avery Street to Overlooking the River — 38 Units O’Brien Cemetery. Open Year Round


The cemetery dates back to Colonial Days. Buried here is Colonel Jerimiah O’Brien who commanded the local patriots in their land and sea resistance to the British Crown. The vastly undermanned and under equipped patriots on their ship Unity were able to capture

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acadia & downeast productions, lectures, festivals and basketball games. The building is Passamaquoddy people have lived in the region for as many as 12,000 listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Over the past several years. These picture rocks tell the rich history and culture of the years this Victorian landmark has undergone a major restoration. Passamaquoddy Tribe. Diagonally across the street from Liberty Hall is the historic Gates House which was built c.1807. The home was purchased by Nathan Gates and his family occupied it for nearly 120 years. Since 1966, it has served as a museum and headquarters for the Machiasport Historical Society. In 1975, it was entered on the National Register of Historic Places. During the summer the museum with its wonderful maritime exhibits is open to the public. Approximately .2 of a mile south on Route 92 from Liberty Hall and the Gates House on a steep bluff overlooking Machias Bay is the historic Machiasport Congregational Church. This church was built just two years after incorporation of the town in 1828. The church possesses one of the most picturesque settings of any church in New England. Fort O’Brien State Park is a must stop on the Down East Heritage Trail. It is just off Route 92 about .2 of a mile south of the Congregational Church. Here you will find a great spot to hike and picnic as well as enjoy a spectacular view of Machias Bay where the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was successfully fought by a small band of American patriots.

Nine (9) miles south on your adventure, you will see to your left Pettegrow Point Road, as you turn onto Pettegrow Point Road you will see an old c.1890 cape and barn. The completely finished off cow barn is the home of the Blue Lobster Gallery a fine art gallery. Proceeding down Pettegrow Point Road approximately .8 of a mile you will come to the Bucks Harbor Public Pier. Here you will have an opportunity to see the Bucks Harbor fleet. Now its time to go back up Pettegrow Point Road .8 of a mile to the intersection of Route 92 (Port Road) and take a left onto Route 92. You are again heading south and just short of a mile on your left you will find Jasper Beach. Wave polished pebbles of jasper and rhyolite give it a distinctive color. There is only one other jasper beach in the world and it is in Japan. Two (2) miles south of Jasper Beach Park on Route 92 is the village of Starboard. Here you will see a fully equipped boat yard, a one-room school that served the community from 1804 to 1938 and a beautiful beach. At low tide you can walk on a sandbar out to the “Point of Maine”.

South on Route 92 approximately one mile, you will find on your left Clark Point Road (also known as Birch Point). Down at the waters Maine’s Down East Heritage Trail offers an opportunity to not only edge on a ledge has been found the site of ancient petroglyphs that discover a piece of our American heritage but a time to be renewed in were carved into the rocks as long as 3000 years ago by members of body and spirit by the sights and sounds of the sea around you. u the Passamaquoddy Tribe. It is believed that ancestors of present day

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


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Serving Lunch & Dinner • Full Lounge Open Daily May through October Dining on the Wharf Diesel & Gas fuel for pleasure and working crafts on the dock Available for Weddings & Special Parties Robert Del Papa • host/owner 167 Water Street, Eastport, ME 04631 • Tel. (207) 853-4700 94

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acadia & downeast 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. 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 its national presence in the marketplace. u • like us on Facebook

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

Call Eastport Windjammers (207) 853-2500

Please call for times of Sunset Sails, as they change throughout the season.

3-hour Whale Watch Cruises 2-hour Sunset Sail Private and Group Cruises

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acadia & downeast campobello island, n.b. Summer 2013 Marks the 49th Anniversary of the Roosevelt International Park

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n January 22, 1964, The Roosevelt International Park was established by an agreement signed by Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. On August 20, 1964, the first ladies of the two countries opened the only international park in the world as a unique memorial to the close relationship between the people of the two nations. Both governments wished to honor the role that Franklin Delano Roosevelt had played in their mutual histories, as well as the special relationship that FDR had with his beloved island. While the summer home of the late president remains the centerpiece of the park, beautiful gardens and 2,800 acres of natural beauty complete with scenic vistas, hiking and driving trails provide additional visitor experiences. Another popular event on a first come, first served basis is Tea with Eleanor. There are two seating daily at 11am (ADT)/10am (EDT) and at 3pm (ADT)/2pm(EDT). Back by popular demand are complimentary walking tours of the estate with on-site presentations of seashore and bog ecology by staff, weather permitting. The Roosevelt cottage opens on the Saturday following Victoria Day (Sat. prior to Memorial Day) through Canadian Thanksgiving (U.S. Columbus Day) 10am -6pm(ADT). The park’s visitor center remains open through October 31st to accommodate fall visitors. The visitor center offers interpretive displays; a short introductory video and a selection of memorabilia items. u

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

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A Salute To The Queen City


s early as the 1500s, when David Ingram sailed up the Penobscot River, explorers believed the region was extraordinary. Some thought that the area was possibly Norumbega–the lost City of Gold. Samuel de Champlain attempted to find the gold, but settled for a lucrative fur trade with the Indians. Lumber was king in Bangor during the city’s early history. River drivers ran logs, harvested in Maine woods, down the Penobscot River to the many mills that banked Bangor’s waterfront. By the late 1800s, Bangor was the busiest seaport on the East Coast, shipping lumber to Europe and other parts of the United States. Bangor has been the home to many national luminaries, including President Abraham Lincoln’s vice president, Hannibal Hamlin, as well as such contemporary authors as Stephen King and Pulitzer Price-winning playwright Owen Davis. u Rae Ann Rice, Home Mortgage Specialist with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 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:

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

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LOCAL EVENTS BANGOR REGION: July 4th: Independence Day Celebration July 23-25: American Folk Festival July 28- Aug. 4: Maine State Fair

Congratulations to the Gateway Inn on your 18th Anniversary!

KATAHDIN REGION: July 4th: Independence Day Celebration September 13–15: Trails End Festival Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (207) 723-4443 MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION: July 4th: Independence Day Celebration September 5-8: Intl. Sea Plane Fly-In Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-876-2778

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

Wilderness Expeditions & The Birches Resort


he Birches Resort was built during the 1930s on the legendary Moosehead Lake as a fishing and hunting lodge. Summer 2013, marks the 44th season that The Birches and Wilderness Expeditions have been operated by the Willard family. If you enjoy outdoor activities, the Wilderness Expeditions and Birches Resort are a perfect match for this summer’s fun. Here you can canoe, kayak, mountain bike, fish and sample a number of adventurous activities, including a family rafting adventure. You can take a float plane trip to view area wildlife and scenery or fly to a remote lake or pond for a day of fishing, canoeing or sea kayaking. Special paddle trips are available to remote and heavily wooded areas to spy on moose, red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, beaver and otter. These are but a few of the adventures you can select from the resort’s full menu of outdoor activities. There is certainly something for everyone to enjoy here. Do not leave home without your camera as you will want to capture all of your outdoor experiences on film, especially the photos of your moose safari. Excellent accommodation choices and fine dining make the Wilderness Expeditions & The Birches Resort the perfect destination for your 2013 get away. For more information: Tel. 1-800-825-9453 E-mail:, or see us on Facebook .u

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he Moosehead region is steeped in Native American history and culture. The late 19th century saw the rise of tourism

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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:


or just short of a century, Maynard’s In Maine has provided their guests with outstanding wilderness experiences in addition to excellent bungalow style cabin accommodations and great dining with wholesome fresh farm foods prepared to perfection. The Moosehead area offers outstanding landlocked salmon, trout and togue fishing. Recently, Billy Maynard landed a 29.67 lb togue on Moosehead Lake measuring 41” long. His huge catch beats the old Moosehead Lake record set in 1961 of a 28 pound 12 ounce togue. The area’s large, pristine forests provide excellent cover for deer, bear and small game and make it an outstanding hunting region. Here guests at Maynard’s will find a real pearl in the North Woods. Maynard’s in Maine can be reached for addition information by tel. (207) 534-7703 or 1-888-518-2055 or on the web at :


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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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the highlands with a number of great fishing and hunting camps located around the lake and a fleet of steamboats owned by the Coburn Steamboat Company. The Great Depression followed by WW II ended the “gilded age� of tourism for the area. By the mid -1950s, the legendary Moosehead Lake, which stands as the center piece of this pristine section of Maine, had enjoyed a rebirth as a vacation destination for a new group of young American families. u

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Welcome to THE COUNTY LOCAL EVENTS CARIBOU: June 23: SW Collins Co. 5k – Aroostook Musterds Challenge Series Race #3. Start times: Kids’ Fun Run: 9:00 a.m.; 5k Walk: 9:45 a.m.; 5k Run: 10:00 a.m. Contact Lea Stedt 207-496-6723 or FMI July 18-20: Maine State HOG Rally, August 10-11: Ride Aroostook – This bike race starts in Presque Isle, but riders travel all over Aroostook County. HOULTON: July 3: Midnight Madness – The late-night shopping extravaganza, which launches the town’s Fourth of July festivities, will run from 6 p.m. to midnight. July 3-7: Houlton Agricultural Fair August 16-18: Potato Feast Days – Since 1959, this event has promoted Houlton and community service. A three day event starting with a lobster feast and concert in Monument Park on Friday night. 3 day quilt show at the Houlton Higher Ed Center Craft Fair on Saturday in Monument Park September 21: Riverfront Harvest Festival – located at Market Square and Riverfront park – Music, crafters, food, games and 5k River run MADAWASKA: June 28-29: Rock The Valley June 29: Annual Acadia FCU – Scramble August 3-4: Festival Chautauqua August 8-11: Acadian Festival August 9-10: Madawaska 7th Annual Art Show – Meet Our Colors August 11: Top O’Maine Mountain Bike Race August 15: Tintamarre Parade August 18: Tour de la Vallee September 2: Labor Day Fest – Bi-Centennial Park

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