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ELCOME TO BEAUTIFUL SOUTHERN MAINE! Coastal Kittery is home to numerous factory outlet shopping malls, Kittery Naval Shipyard and an extensive Maine Tourism Information Center. Visit local Chamber of Commerce Offices for more information about various towns and events throughout the region.

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Our 47th Season

Wells Beach Resort and Mini-Golf Wells Beach Mini-Golf

18 Hole Mini-Golf Open Daily - Weather Permtting First Class Course with a Beautiful Nautical Theme Fun for the Whole Family! On Route 1, right next to McDonald’s

Camping at Wells Beach Resort Free Wi-Fi All Sites • Cable TV Large Store • Pool RV Friendly • 50/30/20 Amp Tent Sites with Electric Spring and Fall Discounted Rates Walk to Restaurants, Stores & More Trailer Life Rated 10/10/10

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Wells Beach Resort • 1000 Post Rd. • US Route 1 • Wells, ME 04090 www.wellsbeach.com • For Reservations 207-646-7570 or 1-800-640-CAMP One of Maine’s Top-Rated Parks and One of the Highest Rated Parks in North America. 6 summer / fall | 2018


Summer Fun

KITTERY TO KENNEBUNKS Maine Diner and Remember the Maine Gift Shop With six million customers and counting – appearances on “The Today Show” and raves from the Phantom Gourmet – it takes quite a bit to get the Maine Diner all abuzz. However, in the summer of 2010, The Maine Diner hit another milestone as they were featured on the Food Network program “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Summer Fun on Maine’s South Coast

By BOBBIE RANDOLPH

M

ILES OF WHITE SAND, SALTWATER TAFFY, long estuaries to explore by kayak, one of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses – what’s not to love about that stretch of shore between

The Maine Diner has been serving delicious food for more than 30 years. In addition to the extensive menu selections there are daily specials also made fresh to order. Enjoy chowders and stews, salads, seafood and steaks, comfort foods, burgers and sandwiches, and much more. Try one of their homemade desserts. Breakfast is served anytime!

Kennebunkport and York? The quartet of beach towns — Kennebunkport, Wells, Ogunquit

outdoor swimming pools. Stop at Cape Porpoise Kitchen (CAPEPORPOISEKITCHEN.COM) for

and York — couldn’t offer more

take-out and picnic at Cape Porpoise

variety if they tried. Wells and York

with views of Goat Island Light. Or

are all about families kicking back.

head a mile or so north to Goose

Kennebunkport and Ogunquit are

Rocks Beach, less known than the

known as more high-end enclaves,

popular ones along Beach Avenue.

although their beautiful beaches are open to all and each offers a wide range of lodging and dining choices. Near scenic Cape Porpoise in

For a traditional shore dinner go to Mabel’s Lobster Claw (MABELSLOBSTER. COM.)

If you’re lucky, the signature

Lobster Milanese – grilled shrimp and

Kennebunkport, the affordable Rhumb

Line Resort (RHUMBLINERESORT.COM) caters to families, with large indoor and

[ see “Summer Fun,” page 8 ]

Be sure to visit the Remember the Maine Gift Shop located next to the Maine Diner. In May of 1997, the Gift Shop opened its doors to offer their customers an assortment of gifts from America's favorite Diner, The Maine Diner! Since opening day, Remember the Maine has grown to include gifts not only from the Maine Diner, but Maine memorabilia, collectibles, postcards, gourmet food and so much more—something for everyone.

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KITTERY TO KENNEBUNKS

WELLS

Miles of Beautiful Sandy Beaches

Family Owned & Operated

5 Miles to Ogunquit or Kennebunkport

OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN U.S. ROUTE 1 WELLS

Wi-Fi • 50 Amp • Cable TV

New Pool and Kiddie Pool Large Store • Putting Green 18 Hole Mini Golf • Rec Field Playground • Basketball • Bocce Horseshoes • Fitness Classes Recreation Hall/Function Room Picnic Tables and Fireplaces Shaded Tent Sites • Laundry Leashed Pets Welcome

(207) 646-7732

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1733 Post Road, PO Box 67 • Wells, ME 04090

www.sea-vucampground.com

[“Summer Fun” continued from page 7 ]

lobster – will be on the day’s menu. On Route 1, taste craft beers at Sebago Brewing (SEBAGOBREWING.COM). Get a different view of Cape Porpoise or the Kennebunk River on a guided tour with Coastal Maine Kayak and Bike (COASTALMAINEKAYAK.COM) in Kennebunkport or join them for paddle board lessons or tours. They welcome all skill levels, and offer bike and scooter rentals, too.

www.Sea-VuWest.com Cable TV • Free WiFi • Store Big Rigs • Extra Large Sites Full Hookups (30/50 amp) Pool and Kiddie Pool • Hot Tub Playground • Game Room Pickle Ball • Bocce Horseshoes • Basketball Putting Green • Walking Trails Campground Sponsored Activities throughout Season Trolley to Beach, Shopping, Restaurants and Attractions.

Nightly & Extended Stay Camping • Sorry, No Tents Groups Welcome • Pet Friendly

PO Box 815 (23 College Dr.) • Wells Beach, ME 04090

(207) 646-0785 • info@sea-vuwest.com

The best beach at Wells is the four-mile stretch north of Mile Road (park on Mile Road or Atlantic Avenue). Only a mile from the beach and on the handy trolley route, Wells Beach Resort & Mini

Golf (WELLSBEACH.COM)has drive-through RV sites with full hook-ups, cable TV and wifi. There’s a big pool, an 18-hole mini-golf course, two playgrounds, a rec room and volleyball, basketball and bocce courts. The 220 grassy sites at Sea-Vu Campground (SEA-VUCAMPGROUND.COM) include shaded tent sites as well as RV sites with full hook-ups, TV and WiFi. Everyone loves the setting overlooking the ocean, and families appreciate the large pool and mini-golf course, as well as the trolley stop at the front gate for car-free beach access. Sister campgrounds of Sea-Vu West and Sea-Vu South are nearby. Sea-Vu West offers spacious sites with full-hookups, WiFi and cable, a pool and kiddie pool, recreational facilities, and is on the trolley route. [ see “Summer Fun,” page 11 ]

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FEDERAL JACK’S & KBC STORE Often referred to as the most picturesque pub on the waterfront, Federal Jack's Restaurant and Brew Pub is well-known for its spectacular views, creative pub fare, and award-winning hand-crafted ales. One of Maine's first brew pubs, this popular restaurant is the birthplace of Shipyard Brewing Company. Not only does Federal Jack’s offer a brew with a view overlooking the Kennebunk River, but they also offer free brewery tours. All the beers available at Federal Jack's are handcrafted at KBC, the seven-barrel brewery located below the restaurant. The system gives head brewer, Mike Haley, as much control over the way the beer is poured in the pub as he has over the selection of the ingredients that go into making the beer.   Be sure to check out all the Federal Jack's gear and great brews at the KBC Gift Store. This unique gift store, located below the restaurant, offers bottled beer, growlers, and kegs; Maine-made Capt'n Eli's Soda; wearables; pint glasses; gourmet foods; and nautical gifts. federaljacks.com

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The Kennebunkport Brewing Co. Shipyard Store Featuring Shipyard bottled beers Growlers from Kennebunk Brewing Co. Shipyard brew wear and accessories Maine made gifts and souvenirs Authentic ship models, toys and books Internet Access

Located below Federal Jack’s or visit us online at:

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www.kbcshipyardstore.com 207-967-1261

Shipyard Shops • 8 Western Avenue • Lower Village • Kennebunk

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WHEN DID YOU LAST DO A

D igital Detox By KIRSTEN MILLIKEN, PHD

D

ear Dr. K, when I stop playing on my computer for more than an hour I feel anxious. I’ve gained weight, and when I am not online, I can’t concentrate, don’t want to do anything, and am waiting until I can get back in front of a screen again. What’s wrong with me? Text: BOBBIE RANDOLPH

The negative impact of technology

Like someone on a highly restrictive

Difficulty staying asleep or sleeping

on our mental, cognitive and physical

diet, when you first go “offline,” you

too much

health is becoming an increasing

may experience anxiety, stress, and

Agitation or lethargy nearly every

problem. A 2010 study from the

an urge to give up and go back to

day

University of Leeds found a significant

bingeing on screen time to get a “fix.”

Fatigue or loss of energy

connection between the amount

Irritability tends to creep in as if

Diminished ability to think or

of time people spent online and

your brain is causing you to have a

concentrate, indecisiveness

symptoms of depression. Since then,

temper tantrum because you are not

Restlessness, brain fog, poor

outcomes from a variety of studies

giving it what it wants.

focus and concentration, mental

suggest that, as both kids’ and adults’

After a relatively short time, (which

disorganization, and impulsive urges

time in front of a screen increases,

can seem like a long time) the

to go online “to check just one thing”

their physical activity decreases,

anxiety and irritability dissipates

can make you think you are losing

raising their vulnerability to mental

and boredom sets in. When you are

your mind.

health problems. Terms like “digital

used to being fed new links, new

depression” and “digital dementia”

activities, and new icons to click to

have entered our mainstream

get “rewarded,” the real world can

this, or you can have a plan in place

vocabulary. It’s clear that screen time

feel a bit dull and your motivation

before you unplug to reduce some

is having a major impact on our brains

can feel as though it needs a jump-

of this discomfort. My suggestion

and bodies.

start. Sleeping it off might feel

to clients, is to have a replacement

like the “easy” way to handle this

activity. Create a list of friends you can

withdrawal.

call, activities you enjoy, events you

There is no pill (or drug) you can take to cure digital depression. “Digital detox” is the only known cure. When

want to attend, or goals you want to

you choose to unplug, your brain

Symptoms that might meet the

can feel like you have gone from

diagnostic criteria for depression

information gluttony to starvation

include:

mode. This is digital withdrawal. Here is timeline of what you can expect:

You can white knuckle it through all

accomplish, now that you will have more free time. Getting back in your body is one of the best ways to manage the stress

Diminished interest of pleasure in

of getting offline and avoiding digital

almost all activities

depression. Physical activity burns stress chemicals in your body that

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build up while you are sitting

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[“Summer Fun” continued from page 8 ]

in front of a screen. Being active with other people is even better! Activity and

If camping’s not your style, Sea Mist Motel (SEAMISTMOTEL.COM) on Route 1 is reasonably priced

social interactions trigger

and has in-room kitchenettes and an indoor pool.

chemicals in your brain that

A bit more upscale are the condo suites at Misty

(descriptively named Long and Short Sands), but

cause you to be more creative,

Harbor Resort on Mile Road (MISTYHARBORRESORT.COM).

for Maine’s most iconic lighthouse, Nubble Light

healthy, focused, productive, and happy.

Experience a different coastal environment at

MOUNTAINVIEWGOLFRANGE.COM

York is a family favorite, not only for its beaches

at Cape Neddick. Add The Golden Rod,

the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge on Route

WWW.THEGOLDENROD.COM, famed

9. A mile-long interpretive trail winds through

saltwater taffy, and New England’s only zoo/

over a century for its

a coastal forest and along tidal marshes where

amusement park at York’s Wild Kingdom, WWW.

sightings of heron, egrets and sea birds are

YORKSWILDKINGDOM.COM, and

common:

have a winner.

WWW.FWS.GOV/REFUGE/RACHEL_CARSON. Just

across a tidal

you

You can’t camp closer to the beach than at

creek, the Wells Reserve at Laudholm has seven

Libby’s Oceanside Camping, WWW.LIBBYSOCEANCAMPING.COM

miles of walking trails. WWW.WELLSRESERVE.ORG.

in York Harbor, overlooking the mile-and-a-half

The Maine Diner on Route 1 in Wells is no secret:

Long Sands. Owned by the third generation of the

for more than 30 years it’s been serving fried

family that founded it in 1923, Libby’s offers full

clams, chowder, blueberry pie and all the other

hook-ups, TV and free Wifi, but best of all are the

Maine coast favorites: WWW.MAINEDINER.COM. Get more

ocean views from nearly every site, and direct

suggestions of things to do at the

beach access.

Wells Chamber of Commerce visitor center or check DR. KIRSTEN MILLIKEN is the author of PlayDHD: Permission to Play, A Prescription for Adults With ADHD. She lives in Portland with her two kids who hate her for restricting their Internet access!

mini-golf, a driving range and batting cages.

WWW.WELLSCHAMBER.COM.

Don’t think all the fun is within sight of the sea. Head inland to Sanford to find Mountain

BOBBIE RANDOLPH writes about her favorite Maine experiences, from camping and kayaking to skiing and dogsledding.

View Golf Range, a family-friendly center with

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SOUTH COASTAL

PHOTO AMANDA GAGNON

OLD ORCHARD Visit Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and Scarborough for Summer Fun By BOBBIE RANDOLPH

M

AINE’S LONGEST STRETCH OF SAND BEACH MAKES OLD ORCHARD BEACH a magnet

Every Thursday evening there are free fireworks.

Fun And Sun Rentals (FUNANDSUNRENTALS.COM) will bring

With all this coastline,

you anything from beach gear

you can expect a variety

to kayaks, paddle boards and

of water sports — surfing,

sail boats — even bicycles,

cleaned each night by volunteers. Backed by a band of

paddleboarding, sailing,

delivered free throughout the

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

fishing and waterskiing. Quiet

area.

for summer vacationers. And what a beach

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

enough so even at high tide there’s space for everyone to find their patch of sand. That’s just Old Orchard. Smaller beaches spread north

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

coves and tidal estuaries

This flat coastline is great to

invite canoes and kayaks.

explore on two wheels, and

Scarborough Marsh has miles

you can follow the Eastern

of meandering channels alive

Trail, a greenway of backroads

with birds, to explore on foot

and trails for bicycles. With

or in a kayak or canoe.

beach parking often at a

Black Point Surf Shop

along Scarborough’s coast,

Golf (SCHOONERMINIGOLF.NET), there’s

some – such as the beautiful

a big replica schooner and

(BLACKPOINTSURFSHOP.COM) in

way to get to the beach from

Western and Ferry beaches

lighthouse, along with

Scarborough is a full-service

your campground or motel.

— protected by the long

outdoor batting cages for

surf shop, with new and used

There are bike racks on the

peninsula of Prouts Neck.

slow-pitch softball and

surfboards and all the related

shuttle buses that connect

60-mph-big-league hitters.

equipment. Their surf lessons

the beach and Amtrak station

include wetsuits and boards.

to inland lodgings.

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PHOTO AMANDA GAGNON

D Schooner Miniature Golf & Ice Cream is one of southern Maine's largest 18-hole miniature golf courses and just minutes away from beautiful Old Orchard Beach. It features a 75 foot schooner ship as the 11th hole, which is surrounded by its own lagoon. They have a great selection of hard scoop ice cream flavors and make shakes, sundaes, parfaits, and root beer floats. The spacious deck overlooks the golf course, so you can enjoy your ice cream and the view at the same time.

Ocean front rooms directly on the beach

Stay for a Weekend, a Week or the Season!

thebeachfront.com Voted Maine’s Best Beach!

~ 7 miles of beautiful Maine beach is just steps away ~ ~ Within walking distance of the famous Pier & downtown ~ ~ Variety of rooms including studios & 2 bedroom suites ~ 1 Walnut St., Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 207-934-7434 • Email: info@thebeachfront.com

Deluxe RV Sites, Cable TV and WiFi Full Hook-ups (30-50 amp) Pool • Two Playgrounds • Arcade Tenting Area • Store • Laundry • Dog Park Open May 1st to Nov. 1st 27 Ocean Park Rd., Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

reservations@gocamping.com

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SOUTH COASTAL The largest independent fundraising event for The Michael J Fox Foundation in the country!

11th Annual New England Parkinson’s Ride September 8, 2018

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Also an easy walk away from The Pier and amusement

Also within walking distance

park, Beachfront Condotel

of the beach, the resort-style

(THEBEACHFRONT.COM) has two-

Powder Horn Family Camping

bedroom and studio units

(MAINECAMPGROUNDS.COM) has four

with kitchens and Jacuzzis.

swimming pools, two Jacuzzis

Less than 10 minutes from

and an 18-hole mini-golf

The Pier are the neighboring

course all free to campers.

budget-friendly Sea View Inn (SEAVIEWGETAWAY.COM) motel

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Family owned Wassamki Springs Campground

and Waves Oceanfront Resort

(WASSAMKISPRINGS.COM) in

(WAVESOCEANFRONT.COM), both

Scarborough—Maine’s closest

with straightforward rooms

campground to Portland and

and kitchenettes. Two miles

Casco Bay—offers vacation

north on Grand Beach in

and seasonal camping, full

Scarborough, The Holiday House

hookups, cable and WiFi.

(HOLIDAYHOUSEINN.COM) is a bed &

Enjoy live entertainment,

breakfast with ocean-view

planned activities, swimming,

rooms (some have private

and recreational activities

decks), and motel rooms that

offered at the campground.

include the use of a common kitchen. RV owners and campers

Seacoast Rv Resort (SEACOASTRESORT.COM) in Saco, a mile from Old Orchard and

will find plenty of options.

Scarborough beaches, is a

A mile from the beach and

residential community for 110

on the trolley route, family-

park model RVs only, with a

operated Old Orchard Beach

pool, hot tubs and clubhouse.

Campground (GOCAMPING.COM) offers

If all the saltwater makes

full hookup deluxe RV sites,

you hungry for seafood, you

cable TV and WiFi, a pool and

won’t find it fresher than at

recreational facilities, as well

Ken’s Place (207-883-6611) on Pine

as a tenting area.

Point Road in Scarborough.

Catering to families and

Nothing fancy, but ocean-

couples, and half a mile from

fresh fried clams, lobster rolls,

The Pier, Hid'n Pines Family

chowders and a raw bar.

Campground (MAINEFAMILYCAMPING. COM)

also has basic tent sites

and large full-service lots, and you can see photos of each

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campsite before reserving.


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Free Live Entertainment and Scheduled Activities on Weekends for All Ages WiFi • Cable TV • Store • Snack Bar Big Rigs Welcome • Family Tenting Swimming • Fishing Horseshoes • Pickleball Sports Fields & Playgrounds Indoor Shuffleboard • Rec Center E,W,S 30 & 50 • Dog Run Open, Wooded & Waterfront Sites Seasonal Sites

Open May 1 - October 15

Cable TV, WiFi 50 Amp, Big Rigs Family Tenting

Wassamki Springs Campground 56 Saco Street Scarborough, ME 04074

(207) 839-4276 wassamkisprings.com

wassamkisprings@gmail.com Half Moon Jug Band

Family Owned & Operated Since 1968

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when in

PORTLAND Be sure to check out these great businesses for adventurous activities and delicious food! PHOTO Courtesy of Casco Bay Lines

Kon Asian Bistro Hibachi Bar offers a wide range of cuisine including sushi, sashimi, hibachi, chicken, shrimp, steak, calamari, salmon, fillet mignon, lobster tail, pad thai, teriyaki, tempura, scallop, tuna, rolls, sushi bar entree, orange ginger duck, general tso’s chicken, fried rice, fried udon, soup, salad and beef.

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Come Cruise Casco Bay or explore the islands on Portland’s iconic ferry!

Visit our website, call or stop by the terminal to learn more about the many affordable options to get out on the water. cascobaylines.com · (207) 774-7871

Favorite CASCO BAY LINES Cruises Portland’s iconic ferry line services the islands of Casco Bay and offers a full schedule of year-round cruises. If you only have two hours? We suggest visiting Peaks Island. A family favorite, Peaks Island is the perfect trip for passengers of all ages seeking a care-free excursion on Casco Bay. The ferry departs daily nearly every hour. If you have an afternoon? Experience the Mailboat Run. The locals’ favorite way to experience Casco Bay, the Mailboat is a true working boat that carries passengers, mail and freight to Little Diamond, Great Diamond, Long, Cliff and Chebeague Islands. Wondering how to cruise Casco Bay? Step #1: Choose your cruise! Visit cascobaylines.com to learn about our cruises and schedule. Step #2: Pack a bag, a picnic lunch and a cooler with your favorite beverages. Step #3: Purchase your tickets at our terminal. Step # 4: Come aboard!

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PHOTO Happy guests aboard Portland Schooner Company's Bagheera

AA once once in in aa lifetime experience. experience. Sailing four times Sailingdaily. 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,

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

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 $44 for adults and $22 for children. Buy tickets at PORTLANDSCHOONER.COM, or call 207-766-2500.

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

two-hour sails private charters overnights

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207-766-2500

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.


Freedom Boat Club Enjoy maintenance-free boating with Freedom Boat Club, the nation’s oldest and largest boat club. Affordable membership plans offer unlimited usage of our fleet of center and dual consoles, pontoon boats, and deck boats at our two Maine locations. One is at Moose Landing Marina in Naples and the other is on Casco Bay at Yarmouth Boat Yard. Members also have access to boats at 160+ clubs across the U.S., Canada and Europe. Guests, children and pets are welcome and free unlimited training is included. For more info, visit FreedomBoatClub.com or call 207-650-9374.

EXPLORE the Islands of Casco Bay

Freeport, Maine FREEPORT IS A PICTURESQUE HISTORIC TOWN LOCATED ON THE SHORES OF CASCO BAY 20 minutes north of Portland. It is renowned for being the original home of the world famous L.L. Bean store. Over the years other retailers were drawn to the town, now know for its outlet shopping. There are also dozens of locally owned and operated stores, shops, boutiques, and of course many wonderful restaurants.

HARRASEEKET LUNCH & LOBSTER CO.

SEA KAYAKING & PADDLEBOARDING AT EAST END BEACH

| GUIDED TRIPS | LESSONS PortlandPaddle.net • 207-370-9730

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Portland Paddle offers guided sea kayaking trips and paddleboard rentals at the East End Beach on the Portland waterfront. It’s amazing how rugged and wild the coastline gets just a short paddle from bustling Portland harbor. The great variety of islands in Casco Bay offer endless possibilities for exploration. Look out for seals, lighthouses, wave-battered cliffs, seabirds, hidden beaches, wooden schooners and 19th-century granite forts. Portland Paddle’s guided trips and lessons are led by licensed Maine Guides who are passionate about sharing their love of sea kayaking and their knowledge of the history and ecology of the Maine coast. Multi-day trips, advanced paddling lessons and rentals are also offered at Portland Paddle. 

(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!

Summer Hours: Lunch 11am to 8:45pm • Lobster Pound 7am to 8:45pm. Labor Day to end of season: Lunch 11am to 7:45pm Lobster Pound 8am to 7:45pm • Live lobsters packed to travel! 865-3535

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HOOKED A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO FLY-FISHING GEAR Text & Photos DAVE PATTERSON

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tanding in the shadow of the ghostly brick mill along the banks

Portland. Over the soft hum of an

of the Presumpscot River at Mallison Falls, I watch a cold breeze

electric line spooler, owner Josh Thelin

blow over the water’s surface. The cool air, along with the

40-degree river water flowing over my waders, is a welcome surprise on this unseasonable 88-degree day in early May. I’ve waited all winter for the chance to drift my fly line for trout in one of southern Maine’s tapestry of rivers; the electric anticipation of each cast makes my fingers tremble.

was talking to a customer about an upcoming fishing trip he planned to take to Labrador, Canada. This July, Thelin will celebrate one year of being open on Route 1. To say his shop is small doesn’t quite capture the closet vibe of All Points. Despite the cramped feel, the walls and shelves are loaded with fishing

the rod, reel, line, and tackle necessary

gear that Thelin has carefully curated

catch the biggest brown trout of my

for fly-fishing can sometimes

for trout fishing in Maine. In addition

life.

overwhelm beginning anglers.

to the storefront, a portion of his

I don’t know it yet, but I’m about to

Let’s rewind three weeks earlier to

But, let it be my mission to demystify

a raw day in April. As the snow banks

the world of fly-fishing gear and get

in Maine receded this spring, my

you on a river in Maine catching trout

mind naturally drifted from skiing to

and salmon this summer and fall.

fly-fishing. That’s when I start talking

On a dreary afternoon, I escaped the

to anyone who will listen about the

cruel April rain and stepped inside All

transcendent nature of this sport. But

Points Fly Shop + Outfitter in South

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business comes from Internet sales and guided fishing trips. Thelin grabbed two chairs from a back office, and he and I sat in the middle of his quaint shop to talk flyfishing.


“About 15 years ago, fly fishing turned into a crazy obsession,” said Thelin, a Cape Elizabeth native. During our conversation, he was excited to talk about fishing, revealing a deep knowledge of the sport.

FLY NAME

FLY NAME

When I asked what rod and reel outfit a neophyte should purchase to land his or her first trout, he said,

FLY NAME

“The universal trout rod is a nine-foot, five-weight rod with floating line. That will pretty much work anywhere in the world to catch freshwater trout.” FLY NAME

FLY NAME

Thelin explained that fly-casting— the most poetic and challenging part of fly-fishing—is all about physics. A medium-flex, nine-foot rod gives a fisherman more force to send a weightless fly through the air. As far as a reel, Thelin stated, “A beginning fisherman doesn’t need a high-end reel. Mainly, the reel is just a home for the line.” He walked me around his shop pointing out a beginner’s outfit: Redington Classic Trout Rod ($120), Rio Gold Fly Line ($80), and a Redington Zero Fly Reel ($90). “That combination will last you a lifetime,” he said, before adding, “Unless you get really into fly-fishing— then the rabbit hole is deep.” It was clear from his wry smile that he was speaking from experience. Before leaving, I asked what flies he recommended to beginning anglers. To be successful at fishing in Maine, he argued, an angler has to fish everything: dry flies, nymphs, and streamers. Here’s a quick-and-dirty overview of flies. Dry flies drift on the surface and mimic bugs that fly in the air. Nymphs are fished below the surface and

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[“Hook” continued from page 21 ]

resemble bug larvae. Streamers are imitation baitfish largely

PORTLAND

meant to mimic smelt. To catch trout in Maine he suggests starting with an Elk Hair Caddis dry fly, Caddis and Stonefly nymphs, and Grey Ghost and Wooly Bugger streamers. So that’s it. For about $300, you can get outfitted with a rod, a reel, a line, and a box of flies that will open up a vast new world, one offering a deeper connection to Maine’s landscape that on its best days I can only describe as spiritual. Back on the Presumpscot River, I drift my caddis nymph through the fast moving current. I strip the line and feel a

HISTORICAL FACT THE FIRST GREY GHOST STREAMER was tied by Maine

hard tug on my rod—the ancient dance between man and fish has begun. I pull in some line, but the fish runs toward the current. I let it run, then tighten the line. I keep my rod tip high; my arm starts to ache. This fish is big. The dance

fly-fishing legend Carrie Stevens in 1924.

continues, until finally, a slick body breaks the surface. I

FISHING SPOTS WITHIN AN HOUR FROM PORTLAND:

brown trout settles into the webbing. Goosebumps prickle

The Presumpscot River Below Mallison Falls in Windham, The Pleasant River on Pope Road in Windham, The Presumpscot River “fly-fishing only section” on Route 35 in Standish, North Gorham Dam Above Dundee Pond

slide my net under its belly and an 18-inch, four-pound my skin. From the black surface of this river, I have coaxed a giant trout with a tiny fly. As I cup the prehistoric fish, I think of an old adage made new: “Buy a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach a man

LEGENDARY WATERWAYS DEEP IN MAINE: The Rapid

to fish and, maybe, just maybe, he’ll catch an 18-inch brown

River, The East Outlet of the Kennebec River, Grand Lake Stream, The Magalloway River, West Branch of the Penobscot River

trout on a size 12 caddis nymph.”

FISHING TIP: When fishing during the hot summer months, look for deep pools and use beaded nymphs and wooly buggers to get your fly down to colder water more habitable for trout.

Adventures Local Race Events Maine Craft Beer

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DAVE PATTERSON is a novelist and freelance writer from Cape Elizabeth with a penchant for fly-fishing, craft beer, and all things Maine.


western

LAKES

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his region of western Maine, filled with sparkling lakes and ponds, cascading rivers and streams, waterfalls and covered bridges, is the

ideal setting for outdoor activities.

This is the place to fish, kayak,

climb a mountain. Bike the

swim, hunt and mountain

rural byways. Try a zip-line

bike. Experience world-class

adventure. Hit a few golf balls.

bass, trout, and salmon

Ride your ATV on miles and

fishing. Glide along a lake in

miles of maintained trails.

your canoe or kayak. Venture

The Appalachian Trail passes

into the woods for a hike, or

through the Mahoosuc Range,

 our-season lakeside accommodations F (extended stay in winter)  ooms equipped with kitchenettes, R screened-in porches  harming lakefront cottages with full kitchen C and bathroom

providing a single or multiday backpacking trek.

 omplimentary Wi-Fi, canoes and kayaks, C continental breakfast

Tree-lined main streets, friendly towns, country fairs and festivals, one-ofa-kind museums, antique shops, boutiques, unique eateries—it’s all here in the Lakes and Mountains Region of western Maine. Don’t miss the Fryeburg Fair, Maine’s Blue Ribbon Classic. ABOVE: PHOTO BY MICHELLE LIBBY

GPS/PHYSICAL LOCATION

661 White’s Bridge Road, Standish ME 04084

 ishing, fitness room, swim area, docking F facilities 20–30 minutes from the airport and Portland  olf, restaurants, shopping, beaches and G entertainment nearby Pet-friendly, family friendly, smoke-free

Sebago Lake Lodge & Cottages PO Box 480 • Windham ME 04062 207-892-2698 • www.sebagolakelodge.com

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NAPLES

WINDHAM SUMMERFEST June 23, 2018 Windham High School grounds. Parade, food, business expo, kids’ activities, crafters, fireworks and a lot more! 207-892-1905.

PHOTOS BY MICHELLE LIBBY

WINDHAM

A PREMIER TECH ADVENTURE Adventure & Exploration of the Sebago Lakes Region

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 The Amazing Chase is a team tech adventure race involving a series of challenging team building activities. This adventure involves SMART technology, strategy, finding landmarks, solving clues, trivia, performing tasks, completing physical challenges, and taking photos/videos. In the first event of its kind in Maine, teams will utilize high-tech Apple iPads and experience video, photo, and audio clues as well as multi-media trivia. The entire event will be produced into a feature video for all teams to enjoy! YOUR GOAL Earn the most points AND return to the finish line before your competition! YOUR TEAM The Amazing Chase will be comprised of (4) person teams limited to (1) automobile. If you don’t register a team – you will be placed on a team by event organizers. Players age 10 & up and each team must have a player at least 25 years old with valid drivers licence. To Register go to: sebagolakeschamber.com/ac/

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

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Sponsored by:

Moose Landing Marina The largest on water facility in the lakes region, Moose Landing Marina’s 15-acre property has over 1,000 feet of water frontage and offers easy access to both Long and Sebago Lakes. Located just minutes from Portland on Brandy Pond in Naples, Maine, Moose Landing’s full-service marina has over 200 deep water slips, a convenient boat launch ramp, a double-sided fuel dock, and a fleet of rental boats. An authorized dealer and service center for Yamaha marine engines, Moose Landing is the largest pontoon and deckboat dealer in New England representing Aqua Patio, Hurricane, Ranger Tugs, Regal, Sanpan, and Sweetwater boats. Their team of expertly trained technicians can assist with everything from basic preventative maintenance and routine repairs to electronics installations, fiberglass and gelcoat cosmetic services, to engine overhauls and repowers. For more info, visit MooseLandingMarina.com or call 207-693-6264.

CONWAY, NH


Include a Stop at the U.F.O. in Naples! The Umbrella Factory Outlet (U.F.O.) is located in the Shop n Save shopping center on the corner of Routes 302 and 35 in Naples, Maine. The U.F.O. offers over 2500 square feet of liquor, wine and craft beer choices. It is an agency liquor store, offering over 1700 liquor, 1800 wine, 700 craft beer, 180 nips/pints and 100 cider selections! From hard apple cider to seasonal brews, you’ll find them here! From fruity reislings to rich merlots, this store provides them! From a smooth vodka to a warm whiskey, browse them at the U.F.O.! This remarkable store not only offers discount beverages but also great prices on cigarettes, cigars and tobacco products. Labeled the “Wine Capital of Maine,” the store expanded in “ 2015 to add the Craft Beer Runway, which leads to the Lost Moose Campground tasting center where wine and beer tastings are held. The U.F.O. also supplies a selection of cold wine and beer for the customer’s convenience. Visit us at 639 Roosevelt Trail (Route 302) in Naples. Open Daily: Sunday–Thursday 9am–8pm, Friday–Saturday 9am–9pm. July and August: Sunday–Thursday 9am–9pm, Friday–Saturday 9am–10pm. Check out our website at www.umbrellafactoryofmaine.com and like us on Facebook!

In the back of the Runway is the Lost Moose Campground.

Special Beer and Wine Deals!

Open Daily Late Spring, Summer and Early Fall!

OPEN Sunday–Thursday 9am–8pm, Friday–Saturday 9am–9pm July & August Sunday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 9am-10pm


5 WAYS

camping introduces kids to nature skills Text & Photos by LURA SEAVEY

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ntroducing your kids to the joys of camping not only assures important family time, but also exposes them to a slower pace where they can be tech-free and not even miss it. Why would your

kids want to drop their iPad and get outdoors? Remember the things that made it a wondrous experience for you – wide open spaces to run, the thrill of discovering new worlds and living like our ancestors, the smell of a pine forest…it’s in our DNA to take wonder in these elements.

1. THE FASCINATION OF CAMPFIRES

2. COOKING LIKE A CAVEMAN First, come prepared with the right tools – at least a pair of long-handled tongs, roasting forks, and aluminum foil. To prepare corn like a native, soak the corn in water with the husks still on, for at least a half hour. Place corn around the inside rim of the fire pit and turn

a chance to teach kids about respecting

often with tongs. Check after about

nature. Remind them that bark is the

15-20 minutes (a parent should do this,

tree’s skin and they should only collect

carefully peeling back a section of husk)

Building a campfire with your kids is a

pieces on the ground or from fallen

and cook longer if needed. The outer

great way for them to learn a new skill

trees, never live trees (even when

husks will be crispy, but inside the corn

while you sneak in some safety lessons.

it’s peeling). Help kids layer bark or

will be steamed and yummy!

Start by showing them how many

newspaper, twigs, sticks and finally, the

useful materials they can find in the

firewood, so that air can feed the fire.

coat the potato with butter and double

natural world around them. Have them

Later, show everyone how to properly

wrap in aluminum foil, then place on

collect dry twigs and sticks and look for

extinguish the fire.

the outer rim of the campfire’s bed

nature’s best fire-starter, birch bark. It’s

For baked potatoes, show kids how to

of hot coals. Turn every 10 minutes. A parent or an older kid can begin

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STILLMAN ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY.

TIPS FOR A TECH-FREE FAMILY VACATION


checking how thoroughly it has been cooked after 45 minutes.

5. GETTING CREATIVE

For a very simple meal, let kids spear

For many kids, both boys and girls,

a hot dog or sausage on a long roasting

building fairy furniture or structures

fork and cook it over the fire. Be sure to

from twigs and other found objects is a

show them how to hold it in the heat

chance to be creative. Bring hemp twine

but not direct flame, so it won’t burn.

or heavy brown thread and scissors

3. GOING WILD Ask park rangers or campground staff

and an active imagination. Tie crossed twigs with twine to make anything from a simple raft to a chair – or maybe even a four-poster bed with a birch

what animals are native to the area.

bark mattress and leafy canopy. Layer

Ask if they have a kid’s scavenger hunt

in a little folklore and tell them to set

notebook (many do) but if not, you

up the evening’s work for the fairies

can make your own ahead of time or

to find in the night – they often leave

with your child at the campsite, using

gifts as a thank you! Other simple

sketches to help them recognize each

crafts are leaf rubbings and birch-bark

animal. Challenge your kids to spot as

cutouts: Simply draw a design on bark,

many as possible. To make it even more

and cut out to make tree or window

challenging, add birds and insects to

ornaments.

the list. Take this opportunity to talk about how wild animals differ from pets or those in zoos, including their reactions to humans. You can also talk about how humans impact them, the dangers of feeding wild animals or leaving food or trash where bears can

LURA SEAVEY is a freelance writer with a mission: to encourage families to travel and play together. She write regularly for PLANETWARE. COM,

is the author of several children’s books and co-author of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire.

smell it.

4. FAUNA FOR FUN Fauna can be lots of fun for kids when they realize how many kinds of different plants make up the sea of green around them. Come prepared with a notebook, blank paper, pencils, and crayons or colored pencils. Set up a scavenger hunt and look for specific plants, or have the kids draw the ones they find. How are they different from each other? Beyond learning about nature, a great side bonus is encouraging kids (and parents) to slow down and take in the details of the beauty around them. While reminding them never to pick wild flowers or take parts off live plants, you can encourage them to collect interesting souvenirs such as fallen leaves, acorns, or pine cones. Tip: Don’t let the kids know they are about to learn something – you can make nearly anything into a game or competition.

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

POLAND SPRING GOLF COURSE is considered the oldest golf course in America. Famed architect, Donald Ross, designed the Links style course. Spectacular views of the White Mountains, velvet bend 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 and former home of the Maine Open. Designed to take advantage of the natural lay of the lay, which will demand every shot in your bag. Fox Ridge is ranked top 10 in Maine by Golf Digest.

THE MAINE TRIFECTA PACKAGE The Maine Trifecta Package includes 2-nights 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. This rate is per person, double occupancy, plus 17% service charge, and Maine sales tax. FMI Call (207) 998-4351, find us on Facebook or go to: MAINETRIFECTA.COM.


ROUTE 26

The road to many Maine adventures

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OCALS AND VISITORS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD, ARE ENCOURAGED TO GO AND EXPERIENCE THESE RARE, UNIQUE PLACES all

less than an hour from each other on the picturesque Route 26 in western Maine. The road meanders through gorgeous countryside and boasts culturally, historically, and ecologically significant attractions. Just 30 minutes north of Portland, a family can spend a day or several days visiting these destinations for very little money – a true value! The gems include: The Maine Wildlife Park, New Gloucester Shaker Village, Poland Spring Resort and Golf Course, Maine State Building Museum, Poland Spring Bottling Museum, McLaughlin Garden and Homestead and Oxford Casino and Hotel. Fenn Park has it all! Located

video analysis to on course

across from the 18-hole

instruction!

Poland Spring Resort you

Poland Mining Camps is located

will find miniature golf, a

in Poland, Maine and our

disc golf park with private

primary business is to cater

and group golf lessons and

to the needs of the pegmatite

a delux driving range. Plus,

mineral collector, enthusiast

you can reward yourself

or geologist, whether as an

at the ice cream shop that

individual or as a group. Our

serves Gifford’s Ice Cream

customers have exclusive

specializing in cones, sundaes

access to famous pegmatite

and more!

quarries and allowed to

The driving range at Poland

Recreation - Wildlife - History - Culture

Visit the Gems of

Maine Wildlife Park

McLaughlin Garden Homestead

26 Route

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

collect mineral specimens,

Spring Resort stretches over

study the geology and enjoy

330 yards in length with

the opportunity unavailable

spectacular views of Mount

to the general public.

Washington. There is a

ABOVE: Resting lynx at Maine Wildlife Park PHOTO MICHAEL LEONARD

Smedberg’s roadside stand

Poland Spring Gayle’s delicious baked beans Resort ~ Preservation Park ~ Maine State Building

ornaments, to their own One

practice bunker and several

was originally built in 1967

Cow Homemade Ice Cream

and chicken pies. Smedberg’s

different target greens for

and is owned and operated

that’s “udderly delicious.”

fully-stocked greenhouses

you to work on different

by Roger and Gayle Smedberg

Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm

distances and clubs in your

and Roger Smedberg Jr. From

is an experience unlike any

hardy perennials, fertilizer,

bag. The Golf Learning Center

made-in-Maine products

other. Stop by and check out

soils, as well as seedlings

has all facets of improving

like maple syrup, honey,

their homemade baked goods

and plants. Smedberg’s all-

your game covered from

fruit salsa, soaps, and

including pies, bread, and

natural, home-grown beef,

feature beautiful annuals, www.gemsof26.com

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Fenn Park at Poland Spring Resort

DRIVING RANGE DISC GOLF MINI GOLF ABOVE: Smedberg’s Farm Celebrates their 50th

Gifford’s Ice Cream Eli’s Root Beer Floats & More! Bring your family and friends! Open until dusk All Summer! 547 Maine Street (Route 26) Poland Spring www.polandspringresort.com

pork, and lamb are raised on

option of inside service with

the farm, fed from the field

seating, a walk up window or

with no added hormones.

drive thru service for your

Also available: chicken,

convenience.

turkey, seafood and live

Dennis and Julie Creaser

miss a stop at Smedberg’s

have turned their love of

Crystal Spring Farm.

gemstones and jewelry into

Oxford Casino, located in the

a thriving small business

heart of southern Maine,

which specializes in

just minutes from Exit 63

Maine gemstones (Maine

off the Maine Turnpike is

tourmaline, Maine amethyst),

your destination for wicked

fine jewelry and custom

good fun. The casino offers

design. Dennis has dedicated

a unique gaming and

over 20 years to gemcutting

entertainment experience

and jewelry design – and the

unlike any other. From table

pursuit of Maine gemstones.

games to slot machines,

He facets and carves gems

their non-stop gaming action

with one goal in mind: create

delivers a thrill a minute to

the brightest, cleanest, most

fortune seekers, and their

beautiful jewel possible.

on-site restaurant and full

He designs jewelry to

bar provide places to refuel.

perfectly enhance, perfectly

The Inside Scoop offers their

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than 12 years experience

They have soft serve ice

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cream featuring flavor-bursts,

and customer service and a

fresh waffle cones, yummy

lifetime of appreciation for

sweet treats. They also offer

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Summer Camping HAVERSACK PHOTOOS BY TIM MACDONALD, WHITE PINE STUDIOS

GEAR REVIEW Text: KAY STEPHENS

HAVERSACK The 2018 Haversack by Raging River Trading Co. is packed with all the features any outdoor adventurer could ask for. This compact haversack is handmade with high quality military specification materials, specifically,

main compartment has Velcro closer flaps at the top to hold gear securely in

FLOWFOLD WALLET

place. To secure your gear, there is Molly

Made right here in Maine from reclaimed

webbing on the front, bottom, side sleeve

sail material, Flowfold builds minimalist

and shoulder pad, which is great for any

outdoor gear for everyday adventures.

add-on equipment, such as a bed roll,

Their wallet is lightweight (only .07

tarp, knife, etc. Under the flap on the

oz) and very durable. I thought my last

front panel, you’ll find an axe or hatchet

wallet was slim, but when I transferred

sleeve, a very useful feature. For 2018,

my cards and cash into it, the Flowfold

Raging River has added a cinch-close

wallet was noticeably thinner and lighter

water bottle pocket complete with a

weight. This design features a cash

camo-colored stainless steel water bottle.

pocket, two ID windows and two hidden

Raging River Trading Co. is Veteran-

rear card pockets. This wallet is built for

owned and operated by Dan Edwards, a

outdoor adventure, weather resistant,

20-year Veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.

and backed by a lifetime warranty. Using

These Haversacks are made to be used

sailcloth technology, it is supposed to

1000D Nylon Cordura with a Raging River

and last a life time; they are great to

float, if accidentally dropped in the

Trading Co. Nylon liner. It comes with

keep gear sorted and at the ready...

water, which is a huge bonus for anglers

with two zippered inside pockets that

an excellent carry system for all your

and water sports enthusiasts. Made with

will keep anything of value safe and

Bushcraft, hiking, hunting and outdoor

a Lifetime Warranty, these wallets range

secure. It also has a nice map pocket

adventures. Price: $99.95

from $12 to $40 and you may never need

incorporated into the back outside panel for easy access while on the move. The

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--ALEX RIBAR

another one after that!

-- STANLEY J. RINTZ


JETBOIL FLASH PERSONAL COOKING SYSTEM The Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System is efficient, compactible, and lightweight. I’ve used it on week-long Appalachian Trail hikes and overnight campouts, and I’ve never felt I needed anything different. It can boil two cups of cold water in two minutes due to its high-speed burner. Be sure to push the ignite button on low gas and then increase the flame to avoid burning the hair off your hand. The one-liter, insulated cooking cup is easy to handle while hot because its notched bottom and side strap make it easy to detach from the burner and pour into a bowl or

LOWA RENEGADE GTX MID

bag. I would avoid cooking saucy pasta a much heavier boot, but wear like a

meals directly in it, since it will scorch

trail runner. Splashing across a stream

the sides. A two-cup bowl is included

or mucking it up on a wet trail is no

and is great for instant oats or grits. All

From a wooded walk along the Maine

problem with weatherproof Renegades,

amenities pack into the cooking cup to

coast to an ascent of majestic Katahdin

owing to a Gore-Tex lining inside and

about the size of a Nalgene water bottle,

to the rigors of an Appalachian Trail

water repellent coating outside. When it

making it weigh only 15 ounces. If you

thru-hike, Lowa Renegade GTX Mid

comes to fit, hiking boots are as varied as

want to go fancier than instant coffee,

boots are up to the task. Lightweight

hiker’s feet, but the Lowa Renegade GTX

you can purchase a French press add-on,

and comfortable, these 2.5-pound boots

Mid gets high marks for its true-to-size

which can all fold up into the cooking

are trail-ready right out of the box, with

build, snug heel and roomy toe box. Size

system conveniently as well. Given its

minimal breaking in required. Nicely

options range from 7.5 to 15 in men’s

convenience and efficiency, the Jetboil

cushioned around the ankle, with solid

and 5.5 to 11 in women’s, plus narrow,

is a great companion to have along the

leather uppers, an easy and secure lacing

medium and wide widths. Downside:

trail. Prices range from $75 to $100 and

system of locking hooks, wrap-around

the toe rand tends to separate where

$10 extra for the coffee press add-on.

rand, and a knobby, grippy Vibram

it’s fused together, but this is easily

sole, Renegades provide the support of

remedied with epoxy. Price: $230

--JOHN BREERWOOD

-- CAREY KISH

AUGUSTA

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ABOVE AND BELOW COURTESY OF BETHEL CHAMBER

BETHEL

PHOTO BY TODD TOWLE PHOTOGRAPHY

B

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

This 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,

you. The Bethel area is host to many wonderful

performances, shopping, golf,

events in the summer and fall months. Experience

mountain biking, and lots

the historic village and beautiful mountain landscapes. From canoeing and fly fishing one of

more at Sunday River Resort. Campgrounds are open and local accommodations await;

the many local rivers, streams or ponds to miles of

visit this summer and explore

cycling, hiking and mountain bike trails, Bethel is a

what Bethel has to offer

true four-season recreational destination.

during each unique season.

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WESTERN LAKES & MOUNTAINS

events | Bethel Area

Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. JUNE 15-17 Trek Across Maine A three-day, 180-mile cycling event from the mountains of Sunday River to the sea in Belfast, benefitting the American Lung Association. lung.org/ get-involved/events, 800-543-2754

JULY 20-21 New England Forest Rally Sunday River & surrounding area. Regional and national rally racing pros take on the back roads of western Maine and northern New Hampshire. newenglandforestrally.com

JULY 6-7 River Rock Music Festival Sunday River. Presented by Lighthouse Events, this Christian music celebration has some of the top artists in Christian music coming to perform in the mountains. riverrockfestival.com, 800-543-2754

JULY 21:Molly Ockett Day & Molly Ockett Day Classic Road Races Bethel Town Common. Bethel’s biggest and most beloved event for over 50 years. Artists and crafters, parade, live music, kids’ entertainment, frog jumping contest, food, fireworks, & more. Road races: 5- and 1-mile runs, 1-mile kids’ run, diaper dash too! Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce. mollyockettday.com, 207-824-2282

JULY 6-AUGUST 5 23rd Annual Source to Sea Androscoggin River Watershed Council, whose mission is to continuously improve environmental quality, encourage stewardship and promote healthy and prosperous communities in the Androscoggin Watershed, hosts a journey of nearly 170 miles, from Umbagog to the Atlantic Ocean in Merrymeeting Bay. androscogginwatershed.org 207-754-8158 JULY 7 29th Annual Bethel Art Fair Bethel Town Common. Enjoy the work of local artists and artisans, musical entertainment, fireworks and more. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, bethelartfair.com, 800-442-5826

JULY 21-22 57th Annual Western Maine Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show Telstar Regional High School, 284 Walkers Mills Rd. (Rt. 26), Bethel. Gems, minerals, crystals, books, magazines, fossils, jewelry, door prizes, museum-quality displays, gem raffle, and much more. Entrance fee $3, under 12 is FREE. 9am-4pm. mincoll@megalink.net, 207-665-2759 JULY 27-29 Tough Mountain Challenge Sunday River. Thrillseeking competitors face natural and man-made obstacles on a 5k alpine

terrain course. toughmountain.com, 800-543-2754 AUG. 4 Andover Olde Home Days Andover Town Common. Parade, antique car displays, exhibits, photo contest, art & flower shows, crafts, firemen’s muster, horse show, plenty of food & music. 207-392-3761 AUG. 4 Maine State Kids’ Triathlon Make it a weekend in Bethel. Children ages 8-14 may enjoy this fun, untimed triathlon. 100 yard swim, 3 mile bike ride, 1 mile run start and finish at Angevine Park. Hosted by Bethel Outing Club. Register online. mainestatetriathlon.com/kids-tri SEPT. 7-9 Maine Brew Fest Sunday River. A craft beer bonanza featuring as many as 50 beer selections from around Maine plus live music, food, a disc golf tournament, and familyfriendly activities in the Mountain Park. sundayriver.com, 800-5432754 SEPT. 15 21st Annual Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff Bethel Town Common. An old-fashioned fun fall festival with arts & crafts, chowder cook-off of local restaurants, Maine baked potatoes, apple pie contest, live music, wagon rides, and kids’ activities. Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce. bethelharvestfest.com, 207-824-2282

SEPT. 27- 29 29th Annual Maine Mountains Jeep Jamboree. Our challenging trails, the beautiful New England fall setting and the awesome trail guides are just a few of the reasons why this event is so popular. On Saturday at 9am, come see over 180 Jeeps parade through the town of Bethel. jeepjamboreeusa.com, 530-333-4777 SEPT. 29 Mt. Abram Ski Club Golf Scramble The Bethel Inn Resort. Participate in this annual fund raiser to support the Mt. Abram Ski Club, a non-profit organization providing education and scholarships related to snow sports for the youth in Western Maine. skiclub@mtabram.com OCT. 5-7 Fall Festival & North American Wife Carrying Championship Sunday River. Saturday’s legendary North American Wife Carrying Championship and Sunday’s New England Cornhole Championship are the center of the party featuring live music, the Blue Mountain Arts & Crafts Fair, and activities for the whole family, usually among peak foliage. sundayriver.com, 800-543-2754

Bethel Outdoor Adventures & Campgroup is a family friendly campground and outdoor adventure business on the banks of the Androscoggin River, close to the center of Bethel. They provide a beautiful river front campground for RVs and tenters, as well as canoe, kayak, paddle board and drift boat rentals, guided fishing and guided trips. Their burgeoning tube business is perfect for those hot, lazy mid summer days, or try out their single span Burma Bridge to Hastings Island. Your visit with Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground is sure to be adventurous and is a natural complement to the many outdoor activities available locally. On site is the GEM AND MINERAL Sluice providing undercover fun and education for the entire family. They sell buckets of material gathered from local mines, and you ‘sluice’ it carefully looking for local gems and minerals - beryl, amethyst, tourmaline, quartz, mica, feldspar, apatite, lepidolite - and more. Everybody gets goodies that can be identified using their handy identification board. Buckets cost $27.50, $55.00, or $110.00. Try out the antique cast - iron hand pump, just in the days of old. ROCKSME.BIZ The sluice is open late May through mid October. 207-824-4224.

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PHOTOOS BY TIM MACDONALD, WHITE PINE STUDIOS

BUSH crafting FOUR BUSHCRAFTING SKILLS TO MASTER THIS SUMMER By ALEX RIBAR

A

lthough it sounds mystical and mysterious, the art of Bushcraft is really just using the skills that our ancestors developed to survive in the wilderness. The origin of the phrase “Bushcraft”

comes from skills used in the bush country of Australia. Before electricity and the advancement in technology, humans had to study their surroundings and figure out how to use what Mother Nature provided in order to thrive in an outdoor environment. Even in urban areas, where the average person takes clean water, shelter and abundance of readily available food for granted, there has been a renewed interest in Bushcraft, particularly, in the last decade. Many people from all walks of

1. FIRE STARTING This skill provides warmth, security and the ability to cook food and purify water. The two most common Bushcraft fire-starting skills for beginners are flint

life have been practicing or seeking ways to get back to the basics of fire-

and steel and ferrocerium rods with a

starting, hunting, fishing, shelter-building and navigation, among other

striker. (The spine of a knife could also

skills. Either way, there are many levels of Bushcraft to learn and master as a hobby or to just get outdoors and practice, with family and friends, which could actually could help you or others in a time of need. Here

work well for this). The skill level for these two fire starting methods are easy to moderate. First, obtain a piece of flint and a piece

are some of the basics everyone should learn for fun or for that “just-in-

of high carbon steel as well as an item

case” moment.

called char cloth. To use, hold the char cloth under your thumb on the flint in your non-dominant hand. Then, in a downward motion with your dominant hand, strike the flint with the striker to

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produce sparks that will cause the char cloth to smolder. Place the char cloth in a pre-made tinder bundle of dried grasses, birch bark shavings, etc. and blow or wave to ignite. You should have kindling ready to place onto your nest of flames and like Tom Hanks in Castaway, you have fire! The second method uses a ferrocerium rod and striker. As in the first method, you should have a tinder bundle (dried grasses, birch bark shavings etc.) prepared in advance as well as kindling. To use, scrape the striker across the ferrocerium rod. This produces very hot sparks, which will fall onto your tinder bundle, producing flame. These items are best purchased on eBay, Etsy, or Amazon, etc.

3. WILD EDIBLES Food and water are the next essential skills on your list. Some of the most common and familiar wild foods found throughout Maine during the spring and summer are easy to find: blueberries, cattails, dandelions, and even pine needles. All of these can be prepared for nutrients to sustain you if need be. For example: Cattail (Typha Latifolia) is full of starch/carbohydrates. The stalk and roots can be eaten and the fluff at the top can be used for fire tinder. To harvest cattails, you have to dig out (not pull out) the root or else the roots will break off under ground. The stalk can be peeled to reveal a soft center ready to eat. The roots should be washed and cleaned first. You can either roast both the stalk and roots over a fire or eat raw;

2. SHELTER BUILDING Elongated exposure to the elements can be your downfall, depending on the time of year and weather conditions. To

both will provide you with well-needed energy and nourishment.

4. WATER PURIFYING Luckily in Maine, there are abundant

learn how to build a shelter to survive

water sources everywhere you go: in

a night or longer in the outdoors, start

brooks, ponds, rivers and lakes. To purify

with the most basic shelter — a debris

before drinking, water should be brought

shelter. This is constructed out of

to a roiling boil for at least one minute

anything that is in the immediate area.

and at altitudes greater than 6,562 feet

For example, arrange dead branches

(greater than 2,000 meters). Boil for

along the side of a downed tree and

three minutes. If you don’t have the

cover it with pine boughs to provide a

means to boil, dig a hole next to a water

space underneath to protect you from

source (such as a stream) and let the

the elements. Leaves, boughs and grass

water naturally filter through the ground

also make a great insulator on the floor

to your hole. This is still better than

of your shelter to protect you from the

drinking directly from the water source

elements.

itself as the earth acts as a filter.

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ALEX RIBAR is a Bushcraft expert and former Marine who was an Infantry Squad Leader and NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) that held a second MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) as one of two Company Armorers (Gun Smiths). Alex has completed a Maine Guide course, is working toward multiple registered Maine Guide licenses, and is pursuing a career in outdoor adventure. He and his son Logan were featured on the History Channel show ALONE (Season 4) in 2016. For more information on Bushcraft skills, visit his YouTube channel @LIBERTYROGUEOUTDOORS

PHOTOS BY WHITE PINE STUDIOS. THEY OFFER PORTRAITURE WHERE YOU WANT IT, WITH ON SITE SERVICES. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BEAUTIFUL MAINE OUTDOORS, OR BRING FOCUS TO YOUR BUSINESS IN ACTION. CONTACT: TIM@WHITEPINESTUDIOS.NE (207) 619-4977.


RANGELEY & OQUOSSOC a summer paradise

Text: BOBBIE RANDOLPH

M

AINE’S RANGELEY LAKES REGION INCLUDES MORE THAN THE 10-SQUARE-

double kayaks, canoes and

MILE LAKE itself, extending to five other large lakes and hundreds of smaller

standup paddleboards can

lakes and ponds. Add rivers and streams, two mountains – Saddleback and The

be rented by the hour, day

Horn — just east of the lake, and mile after mile of forests. What do you get? A paradise for those who love the great outdoors and all the activities it invites. Fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, climbing, camping, cycling, wildlife watching or just lazing

or week. Ecopelagicon also offers tours and lessons in all three sports. You can find equipment and

beside the lake – whatever your summer bliss, you’ll find it here.

clothing for all your water

Hikers and climbers have

species that nest alongside

a beach with lifeguards; it

activities at Rangeley Region

their choice of woodland

the course.

charges a small day-use fee.

Sports Shop in Rangeley or

To explore the lakes and

at Rivers Edge Sports Shop in

trails or several mountains.

All the lakes and ponds

sports and other outdoor

Bald Mountain Hiking Trail,

surrounded by forest makes

ponds and enjoy the wildlife

between Rangeley and

a prime wildlife habitat,

that make their homes on the

Mooselookmeguntic lakes,

and moose-watching and

shore, rent a canoe or kayak

lodging options. The Rangeley

climbs to an altitude of 2,443

photography is one of

at Ecopelagicon Kayak Rentals

Inn and Tavern overlooking

feet for 360-degree views over

the region’s most popular

(ecopelagicon.com) on Pond

Haley Pond in the center of

both lakes.

activities. If roadside

Street in Rangeley. Single and

AJ Cycles (207-864-2850) on

The area has plenty more

“stakeouts” between Rangeley

Maine Street in downtown

and Eustis — a favorite

Rangeley rents and sells fat

moose-spotting spot — aren’t

bikes. They are a full-service

enough, take a moose-

bike shop, if your bike needs

watching tour with prize-

a tune-up or repairs. Take

winning moose caller Matt

a rental from AJ’s to the

Tinker through Green Farm

extensive network of trails

Guide Service.

at the Rangeley Lakes Trail

Oquossoc.

With lakes on every side,

Center (RANGELEYLAKESTRAILSCENTER.

it’s hard not to spend some

COM).

time enjoying water sports.

Joey & Sheryl Morton Owners

Directly on Rangeley Lake “Open Year Round”

Town & Lake Motel & Cottages

Golfers will appreciate the

Lakeside Park, on Main Street

scenic Mingo Springs Golf Course,

in Rangeley, has a free sandy

a favorite of both beginners

beach with lifeguards, picnic

and scratch players. Although

tables and changing rooms,

P.O. Box 47, 2668 Main Street Rangeley, ME 04970

the course is relatively short,

while Rangeley Lake State Park,

it’s challenging, and birders

on the lake’s south shore, has

Email. info@rangeleytownandlake.com

love it for the variety of

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HIGH PEAKS RANGELEY / OQUOSSOC

Caryn Dreyfuss, Broker

Buying? Selling? Investing? Contact Me Directly

(207) 233-8275

2478 Main Street, Rangeley, ME • Cell caryndreyfuss@morton-furbish.com • realestateinrangeley.com

PHOTO Nice views from Mingo Springs Golf Course

Mingo Springs Golf Course Since 1923

18 HOLES OVERLOOKING RANGELEY LAKE Public welcome

Tee times recommended

Driving Range

Food & Drink

Leagues & Tournaments

Trail & Bird Walk

Lessons & Rentals

Memberships Available

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

town, has rooms with lake and mountain views, as well as a farm-to-table dining room. Rooms at the pet-friendly Town and Lake Motel, are on a beach within easy walking distance of restaurants and shops, have beautiful lakefront views; some have well-equipped kitchenettes. Caryn Dreyfuss Real Estate can help you find your own little spot of heaven in the Rangeley region, whether it’s a cozy cabin in the woods or a family-sized lakeside retreat. Start the day with an omelet or eggs benedict at The Gingerbread House Restaurant on routes 4 and 17 in Oquossoc or savor their signature crabcakes at dinner on the wrap-around porch. The Red Onion Restaurant in Rangeley is known for pizza but has a long menu of sandwiches, too. Find plenty of take-out options for trail lunches and picnics at family-owned Keep’s Corner Café and Bakery (207-864-2262) on Main Street.

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FOREST THERAPY T

An Ancient Ritual for Modern-day Mindfulness

oday, human beings are more detached from nature than ever before. It is vital that we find ways to keep that connection alive in our modern world and Forest Therapy is one way of doing just

Photos and Text By MISHKA VISCARDI, DIRECTOR RAVYN WALKS • GUIDED FOREST THERAPY WALKS

that.

reduces the stress hormone cortisol,

individual’s life-force. Unlike a hike

has piqued the interest of many

meaning participants of a forest therapy

or outdoor adventure class, this is a

healthcare practitioners and nature

walk usually leave feeling a sense of

practice in simply observing and does

lovers. It is admired for its health

improved health and a positive change

not require any naturalist training or

benefits and the ease with which it aids

in mood overall.

outdoor experience. As one wanders,

In the past few years, Forest Therapy

people in reconnecting with nature. The

Forest Therapy Walks, as they are

nature may provide the therapy they

practice found its conception in Japan

known in the States, support health,

seek. The guide does not act as a

under a different name. Shinrin-Yoku,

happiness, and well -being, through

therapist but is merely there to open the

or “Forest Bathing” as it translates,

reconnection with nature. Walks are

door to one’s connection with nature.

has been prescribed to folks in Japan

intended to promote wellness through a

for several decades with the support

series of slow-paced sensory-awareness

United States, organizations such as

of the government. Shinrin-Yoku was

and mindfulness practices where guides

the Association of Nature and Forest

founded under the intuitive belief that

invite participants to interact with

Therapy are working hard to inform

spending time in nature is good for

nature in new ways. Forest Therapy is

people of this exciting new field

our health. Since its first appearance

unique in that it can’t be characterized

of wellness. ANFT is training new

in the Japanese healthcare system, it

as “therapy” or “outdoor recreation” in

guides each year, currently certifying

has caught the attention of the world

any traditional sense. It is a practice

hundreds of practitioners across the

and has spread its roots to many other

of slowing down, unplugging and

country and the world at large. Guides

countries, undergoing much research to

wandering through nature as a means

have incredibly varying occupations

prove its benefits. Studies have shown

to deepen connections, open and

that spending up to an hour in nature

answer questions, and revitalize each

As the practice emerges in the

[ see “Forest,” page 44 ]

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[“Forest” continued from page 43 ]

and experience; from nurses to farmers, artists to bushcrafters, folks from all age groups and all walks of life. Under ANFT’s guidelines, a full Forest Therapy Walk consists of several guided invitations; beginning by opening the senses, then moving through and interacting with nature in a mindful way, and ending with a light council, where participants reflect on their experiences as they enjoy freshly foraged tea. Each walk lasts two to three hours, and are lead with the intent of being safe and as accessible as possible while maintaining the Leave No Trace principle. If the sound of a walk interests you, the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy has a Guide Locator Map with a growing database of guides around the globe. Find a guide near you and learn more about the walks they provide. No matter what environment Happy passengers at the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad in Phillips

you are in, there is always something positive to be

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALANA’S FINE PHOTOGRAPHY IN STRONG, MAINE

gained from spending a little time outside.

The Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, dedicated to the preservation and restoration of one of the original two-foot narrow gauge railroads that were unique to the state of Maine. This railroad, located in the mountainous region of Franklin County, was the longest of the five two-foot railways that once serviced the state. The SR&RL RR operates most weekends from Memorial Day through mid October. Please note that all trains run subject to the availability of equipment and manpower; if steam is the primary focus of your visit then we suggest calling in advance

MISHKA VISCARDI is an ANFT certified practitioner and founder of Ravyn Walks, a guided forest therapy service in Western Mass. A Smith College alumna with a degree in Sociology, she brings to the field her passion for nature, love of people, creativity, craftsmynship, and love of mentorship. When she isn’t guiding walks, she works as a Wilderness Skills Instructor and a Personal Care Attendant.

Rangeley

Nineteenth Century Phillips was a

busy stop on the Sandy River Line. The railroad had its shops and car repair sheds just across the river. Today your visit will enthrall you with our

22mi

Kingfield 16mi Phillips

55mi Augusta

restored equipment and a one hour guided tour - an unforgettable ride

back into history!

Take a train ride back into the history of Franklin County on the County’s unique narrow gauge railroad Ad 2018.indd 44 Summer summer / fall | 12018

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OT ONLY DOES THE MAINE’S HIGH PEAKS region offer the best outdoor activities you could ever dream of, our small towns and villages will make you feel right at home with plenty of dining, shopping, art and cultural activities and more.

Just take a breath and feast on the views. There’s so much to do and see in our backyard. Make plans for a day trip, long weekend or stay for a week or two! Once you’ve experienced the “Mountains of Possibilities,” you’ll be coming back — again and again. PHOTO COUTESY OF SUGARLOAF

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PHOTO COUTESY OF CARRABASSETT REGION NEMBA

STRATTON

Where the gossip flows as much as the coffee!!

events |

Be sure to check activitymaine.com for the most up-to-date information. JUNE 22-24 Family Fun Days in the Village of Stratton Experience old-fashioned, small town Maine fun this weekend in Eustis and Stratton. Family Fun Days will have events Friday through Sunday. Activities include: karaoke, yard sales, a parade bounce house and giant water slides, family games, a pie contest and the 18 hole golf tournament. JUNE 30 16th Annual Kingfield POPS The Kingfield POPS returns June 30th for the 16th annual festival.

Serving Lunch & Dinner Home-Cooked Meals Pizza • Burgers • Steak • Fish Hot & Cold Sandwiches Drink & Draa Specials Arcade • Pool Tables • Cornhole Live Entertainment on Weekends Li Trailer Parking — NEW ROOMS — ATV & Snowmobile Trail Access Great Cross Country Skiing! Check Out Our New Trailside Deck with Open Fire Pit

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High Peaks

JULY 14-15 Carrabassett Backcountry Challenge The Town of Carrabassett Valley invites you to participate in the Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge, a mountain bike endurance event. The approximately 100K, 50K, and 25K courses will cover a great mix of backcountry mountain bike terrain winding through the beautiful, unspoiled forests and mountains of Carrabassett Valley and its surrounding communities. JULY 20-22 Kingfield Days JULY 28 Maine Huts & Trails hosts Brews & Views! Brews &

Views is a beer pairing dinner at Stratton Brook Hut, where we invite a talented guest chef to team up with Baxter Brewing to create a culinary experience like no other. At 1900’ with panoramic views of the Bigelow Mountain Range, the destination is just as memorable as the cuisine. Overnight reservations are required for this event and can be made by calling (207) 265-2400. For additional information call 207265-2400 or email lodging@mainehuts.org. AUGUST 4 Carrabassett Summer Festival The 13th Annual Carrabassett Summer Festival returns August 4th, 2018. Located off Route 27 in Carrabassett Valley on Old Huse Mill Rd. A FREE family event with fun for all ages. AUGUST 18 The Flume 5K & 10K Trail Race Join us Saturday, August 18th for Sugarloaf’s trail running race, The Flume. There are a 5K and 10K option for this rugged backcountry foot race through the Sugarloaf Nordic Trail network. OCTOBER 5-7 Sugarloaf Home Coming


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JULY 27-28 Farmington Summerfest Enjoy a day in downtown Farmington with music and vendors on Broadway. The annual festival includes a farmer’s market, food truck court, artists and crafts people, children’s parade, river float race, 5K run, and musical performances throughout the day and into the evening. downtownfarmington.com. AUGUST 3-5 The Wilton Blueberry Festival started in 1982 with a simple ‘Blueberry Church Bazaar’ and has grown into a two-day signature event for people to gather, socialize, and celebrate the heritage of this great region. 35 years running and averaging more than 60 unique events, the festival has something new to offer year after year. wiltonbbf.com.

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AUGUST 16 Tri-Chamber BBQ 5:00-7:00 pm, Wilson Lake Inn, 183 Lake Road, Wilton SEPTEMBER 16-22 Farmington Agricultural Fair A large midway, exhibit halls, livestock exhibits, animal pulling events, rides, and harness racing. farmingtonfairmaine.com 207-778-6083. SEPTEMBER 21 Seth Wescott & Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Annual ScolarshipGolf Classic. Sugarloaf Golf Course, Carabassett Valley

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UMAINE FARMINGTON & MAINELY OUTDOORS — ACTIVE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE! To take full advantage of its perfect location, UMF also offers a backpack full of epic outdoor adventures through its Mainely Outdoors program. Mainely Outdoors offers students, staff and the local community a wide range of exciting outdoor opportunities: trips and excursions, equipment and gear sign-out/ rentals, clinics and lessons, certification and training opportunities, and much more. Mainely Outdoors introduces people to new active outdoor activities and takes advantage of the unbelievable natural resources in the Farmington area: hiking Tumbledown Mountain, overnight camping at Acadia National Park, mountain biking the Carrabassett Rail Trail, skiing at Sugarloaf, flatwater kayaking North Pond, overnight camping at Gulf Hagas, whitewater rafting the Kennebec, snowshoeing the Maine Huts & Trails System, sunset canoeing Wilson Lake and a whole lot more. At the University of Maine at Farmington, college students from across the northeast come to get their outdoors on.

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Uno Mas was opened in Farmington, Maine on December 6th, 2016 by a small team of seasoned restaurant folk with the idea that you shouldn’t have to drive to Portland to find great beer and bright, vibrant food and cocktails with ingredients made in-house, from scratch. Whether it’s the pico scooped up with hot chips fried from fresh-cut tortillas, or the tonic used in original cocktails, it is that “from-scratch” philosophy that informs everything they place on the menu, and at your table. Uno Mas’ curated draft list is in a constant state of thirstquenching flux, and features hard to find beers from the best breweries in Maine, New England, and beyond. While their menu features classics like fresh fajitas and a margarita that’s never even heard of sour mix, their chef is constantly delighting customers with innovative taco specials. Uno Mas bartenders work with fresh fruits and herbs to create original cocktails. Since their menu changes with the seasons, both first-timers and the most devoted regulars have a new Uno Mas experience waiting for them just around the bend. So whether you’re heading back from a day on the mountain, or just passing through, take a taco timeout and try some Mexican style in Western Maine. Who knows, maybe next time it will be your first stop.


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hikes & brews IN THE UPPER KENNEBEC RIVER VALLEY: MOXIE BALD MOUNTAIN & KENNEBEC RIVER BREWING CO.

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ast of Moxie Pond in Bald Mountain Township rises the long, undulating ridgeline of Moxie Bald Mountain, which tops out at 2,630 feet.

The Appalachian Trail traverses the mountain, leading hikers to extensive areas of open granite slabs and ledges. The 360-degree panorama atop Moxie Bald ranges from majestic Katahdin and other high peaks in Baxter State Park all the way to the Bigelows, Sugarloaf and Mt. Abraham. Follow the white blazes of the AT over the summit, then loop back around via the

Summer Ale and six other

summit bypass trail. A log AT lean-to at Bald Mountain

custom brews on tap, plus a

Brook makes a nice wayside coming and going. About

full menu of hearty pub fare.

ten miles round-trip. Traditional British-style

CAREY KISH of Mt. Desert Island is an avid beer drinker, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide, and author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast.

according to Jim Yearwood,

Resources

beers are what’s on tap in the

vice president of Northern

HIKE: Trailhead directions: From US 201 in The Forks, just

beautiful open-timbered log

Outdoors and the brewery’s

before the highway crosses the Kennebec River, turn east

lodge at Northern Outdoors

founder in 1996. They don’t

on Lake Moxie Road and follow it for 5.3 mi. Turn right on

in The Forks, Maine’s only

distribute, so you’ll have to

Troutdale Road and follow it along Moxie Pond, and at 12.9

whitewater rafting and

enjoy their beers onsite or

mi., reach a small parking area on the right; the sign for the

adventure resort with its

take home a fresh growler.

AT and Moxie Bald is on the left.

own brewery. Kennebec

Magic Hole IPA is the brewery’s

River Brewery is a throwback

bestselling flagship beer.

BREW: Kennebec River Brewery

to a neighborhood pub,

There’s also Let ‘Er Drift

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ROM MAINE’S HIGHEST PEAK, MT. KATAHDIN, TO ITS LARGEST LAKE, MOOSEHEAD, the Maine Highlands is made up of Piscataquis and Penobscot counties. This region offers outdoor adventures, historic and cultural experiences, culinary and craft brew delights, and thrilling

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F YOU WOULD ENJOY HAVING A GREAT TIME while lending your support to a visitor-

Businesses persevered during

with private baths, cable TV and

the difficult economic downturn

free wireless.

friendly town, Millinocket beckons. It is home to

paper mills in 2008 and 2014;

accommodations with a lot

stunning Baxter State Park, which in turn hosts the

The North Light Gallery, the Good

of amenities, the Katahdin Inn

Samaritan Thrift Store, and Moose

& Suites has you covered with

Prints (check out their stunning

large heated pool, hot tub,

wildlife photographs) are all on

exercise, game and play area,

Central Street. Anita Mueller and

plus a business center for those

her partner, Mark Picard, conduct

working during travel.

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

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KATAHDIN AREA JULY 4 Independence Day Celebration JULY 12-16 East Millinocket Summer Festival AUG. 5-12 Patten Summer Festival AUG. 17-19 Medway – Penobscot River Festival

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If you are looking for

Whether hiking Mt. Katahdin,

moose and foliage seasons

whitewater rafting, camping,

Marsha Donahue’s North Light

kayaking, swimming, fishing,

Gallery is a stellar example of how

taking a moose tour, or taking in

entrancing local art can be when

the scenery with a cocktail, there

meticulously displayed. Her

is something for every member

SEPT. 1-3 Sherman – Old Home Days

watercolors are exemplary.

of the family. All that fun while

Another local gem is the

helping this great town, makes

SEPT. 1-2 Springfield Fair

Young House Bed & Breakfast a

heading for Millinocket a very

SEPTEMBER 14 - 16 Trails End Festival

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rewarding and worthwhile trip!

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TAKE A MONUMENTAL TRIP TO KATAHDIN WOODS & WATERS Text & Photos JOHANNA S. BILLINGS

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f you want to get away from it all, consider a trip to the new

However, the U.S. Interior Secretary

you enter true wilderness. Be sure

Ryan Zinke said in late 2017 he would

to pack your lunch, plenty of water

not recommend eliminating any of the

and anything else you might need for a

National Monument.

27 national monuments.

day. If you forget something, you’ll just

This location in Penobscot County,

of conserved land offering hiking

established by former President Barack

and other outdoor activities. You

Obama in August 2016, offers few of

could easily spend an entire vacation

currently free. Access to Baxter State

the amenities of modern life. You will

exploring just the national monument

Park is free for Maine residents but

find no large shopping centers and

and experience only a fraction of what

non-residents will have to pay a $15

cell service will be spotty at best. On

the 87,563 acres have to offer. If you

entrance fee per vehicle. Access to the

the other hand, it’s the perfect spot for

want to cover more ground, you can

North Woods is $10 per person per day

the person whose ideal vacation is to

visit the adjacent Baxter State Park,

for Maine residents and $15 per person

spend the day in nature without seeing

land owned by the Nature Conservancy

per day for non-residents.

another person. Because of its remote

or the North Woods, all of which also

location, there’s a good chance you will

offer a plethora of outdoor activities.

Katahdin Woods and Waters

Katahdin is part of a large region

get to see wildlife during your visit.

Katahdin’s main draw is the fact that

have to do without or lose the better part of the day going back for it. Admission to the monument is

Whichever area you visit, home base will most likely be Millinocket, which offers lodging, including hotels and

it is still totally undeveloped. At this

cabins, as well as restaurants. Perhaps

was in danger of having its designation

time, there is no park office or ranger

the most famous of the eateries is the

rescinded following the Trump

station, and no restaurants, snack bars

Appalachian Trail Cafe, a favorite stop

administration’s scrutiny of 27 of the

or even little stores on the property

nation’s national monuments.

yet. Millinocket is the last town before

Recently, the Katahdin monument

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among AT through- hikers. The AT includes approximately 30 miles through the national monument before it ends at the adjacent Baxter State Park. Trail hikers are allowed to sign the cafe ceiling tiles to celebrate their accomplishment and the restaurant offers some souvenirs. A couple of gift shops and information centers are located in town for more souvenirs and to help you plan your days. From Millinocket, you will need about an hour to drive to the Katahdin Loop Road, a 14-mile unpaved loop that offers scenic lookouts and access to trails. Start by taking Route 11, a.k.a the Katahdin Woods & Waters Scenic Byway, until you reach a dirt logging road called Swift Brook Road. You will follow this for 12 miles before you actually reach the monument and the loop road. Be aware that logging trucks have the right of way on these roads, so go slow and always let them pass. One of the nicest trails in the area of the Monument is Barnard Mountain, a 2.3-mile trail with spectacular views of Mount Katahdin, Katahdin Lake and beyond. The trailhead is located just off the Katahdin Loop Road before mile marker 12.

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From there, you must hike a mile or two down a logging trail in order to reach the actual Barnard Mountain trail. At the end of the hike, you will reach a picnic table perched on a rock and an overlook of the woods and waters in the distance. You may even see moose near the summit where they hang out in the summer. For more information on how to plan your trip, visit NPS.GOV/KAWW/PLANYOURVISIT/INDEX.HTM. For more information about the Barnard Mountain Trail visit: MAINETRAILFINDER.COM/TRAILS/TRAIL/BARNARD-MOUNTAIN-TRAIL JOHANNA S. BILLINGS is a nationally award-winning writer and photographer based in Steuben. She enjoys going to remote areas for hiking vacations planned by her husband, Sean.

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OCATED OVER 1000 FEET ABOVE THE LEVEL OF THE SEA, LIES THE WORLD-FAMOUS MOOSEHEAD LAKE. Surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, Moosehead Lake is a destination high above

the rest. Home to an abundant population of moose, this part of Maine announces its grandeur at first site. Indian Hill at Greenville offers a stunning glimpse of this deep lake and the endless mountain range

the North Maine Woods begin. ATV trails abound as do the mountain hikes that are found here in Maine’s Hundred Mile Wilderness. Number 4, Whitecap, Gulf

that lies ahead. A warm community of quaint shops, local eateries and

Hagas and the B52 memorial crash site

waterfront gardens welcome you in downtown Greenville, Maine.

are just a few of the hikes that are found

Guide Outposts are plentiful and can

headwaters of the Kennebec River and

provide you with a northern exposure

Indian Pond.

on Moosehead’s east side. Opposite Kokadjo on the west side, lies the town of Rockwood, the heart of

A short drive up the eastern side of

Moosehead Moosehead Lake’s Rockwood

are best enjoyed by canoe and NorthEast

Moosehead Lake leads you to Blair Hill.

location is where you will find Mount Kineo

Guide Service can provide you with the

The most magnificent views are found

State Park which is accessible only by boat.

experience, knowledge and perfect

here as well as the finest dining, at the

Shuttle transportation can be purchased

setting for an authentic Maine wildlife

Blair Hill Inn & Spa. The road continues

for a fee at the Kineo Docks. A beginner

tour or whitewater rafting trip along

to Lily Bay State Park, a resource for

hike will lead you the fire tower at the

the rapids of the Penobscot & Kennebec

recreational trails, day and overnight

summit of Mount Kineo, giving you a

Rivers. Fly fishermen of all ages and

camping and Moosehead’s most popular

360 degree panoramic view of the entire

abilities can also take to the water.

public beach. Just beyond Lily Bay, half

lake. Mount Kineo is also home to one of

Wading, drift boat or inflatable raft,

way up Moosehead Lake is the small

Wilson’s On Moosehead Lake can show

town of Kokadjo, population “not many.”

you what they do best in the cool

This is where the pavement ends and

adventure of a lifetime. Moose safaris

[ see “LAKE,” page 58 ]

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the most historic and scenic

Northeast Whitewater be

nine-hole golf courses in all

your guide to Moosehead

of New England.

Outdoor Adventures this

A short walk across

season. Give them a call to

the carriage trails leads

start making your epic plans

you to Pebble Beach, the

today: 207-695-0151 or visit

most beautiful beach on

NORTHEASTWHITEWATER.COM.

Moosehead. Pebble Beach sits

Moosehead Motorsports is a full

under the 750 foot flint cliffs

service dealership dedicated

of Mount Kineo. A rope swing

to making year-round fun for

and smooth stones that you

their customers and having

cannot find anywhere else set

fun while doing it. They do

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this beach apart from them

this by selling, renting, and

all. Private sailing and lake

servicing the “toys” they play

fishing charters depart daily

with: Ski-Doo snowmobiles,

at Gray Ghost Camps. A sunset

Can-Am ATV, and Sea-Doo

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sail and an evening spent

personal watercraft, with

JUNE 24 9th Annual C.A. Dean Bike and Boat 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM This fun for all ages ride, bikers travel 19.5 miles from Greenville to Rockwood and return aboard the Katahdin! FMI: Terri Sleeper at 207-973-5058 or Bre Graffam at 207-695-5215

around the campfire is the

a complete line of parts,

perfect way to end any day

clothing, and accessories.

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JULY 4 Celebrations in Greenville and Rockwood Each location has a festive itinerary including firework displays, Chicken BBQ, and a Fireworks Cruise! JULY 18-21 Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival The festival is a celebration of the Maine Woods and commemorates the history of the Wabanaki people and poet, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s three trips into the Maine Woods. We will have great presentations for adults and children and Friday night will include a Moose Burger and Chicken BBQ with live music to follow on the shores of Moosehead Lake. AUGUST 9-12 Forest Heritage Days is an annual community event in Greenville, Maine that honors the state’s most historic industry. The forest products industry has been a staple in Maine for generations and provides an annual economic impact

of $8 billion, employs one in 20 Mainers and contributes 28.9% of all state exports.Each year since 1991, families and community members gather to celebrate this vibrant industry with two days of forestry fun. Events include Colby Woodsmen demonstrations, working forest bus tours, guest presentations, a craft fair, raffles, horse and carriage rides, children’s activities, forestry exhibits and the signature Game of Logging competition. SEPTEMBER 6-9 International Seaplane Fly-in Greenville. Land and float plane pilots from all over the world fly to our waters for float plane competitions, educational exhibits, Moosehead Lake Region’s largest craft fair, food, and more! FMI 207695-2778 SEPTEMBER 8 Fly-In 5K 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM Join fellow runners and walkers and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Moosehead Lake while the planes from the International Seaplane Fly-In buzz overhead! This is a professionally timed race. Register online at: mooseheadlake.org/page/954833/-FLYIN5, 207-695-2702

on Moosehead Lake. Northeast Whitewater is the place for Moosehead Outdoor

For just short of a century,

Adventures, with Yurts

Maynard’s In Maine has

and wilderness camping

provided their guests with

and your jumping off point

outstanding wilderness

for Kennebec River and

experiences in addition to

Penobscot River whitewater

excellent bungalow style

rafting in Maine, located

cabin accommodations and

in the heart of moose

great dining with wholesome

country. They offer daily

fresh farm foods prepared to

whitewater rafting trips

perfection. The Moosehead

for families and fanatics,

area offers outstanding

moose watching tours by

landlocked salmon, trout

land and canoe, wildlife

and togue fishing. Recently,

in nature tours, kayaking

Billy Maynard landed a 29.67

trips, waterfall hikes, paddle

lb togue on Moosehead

boarding tours coupled with

Lake measuring 41” long.

our unique lodging option -

His huge catch beats the

yurts! They have both bunk

old Moosehead Lake record

bed yurts which are great

set in 1961 of a 28 pound

for small groups and also

12 ounce togue. The area’s

“glamping” yurts with king

large, pristine forests provide

beds. Northeast Whitewater

excellent cover for deer,

is a family oriented, nature

bear and small game and

based outdoor adventure

makeit an outstanding

destination that inspires

hunting region. Here guests

vacationers, families

at Maynard’s will find a real

and youth in outdoor

pearl in the North Woods.

educational pursuits, on

Maynard’s in Maine can

water trips, wildlife and

be reached for addition

moose watching, guided eco-

information by phone 207-

tours, and daily whitewater

534-7703 or on the web at:

rafting trips. When you

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visit Moosehead Lake, let

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MOOSEHEAD OUTDOOR ADVENTURES | 207-695-0151

ROCKWOOD

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

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

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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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hikes & brews IN THE MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION: BORESTONE MOUNTAIN AND THE LAKESHORE HOUSE

Text and Photos CAREY KISH TO BY CAREY KISH

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orestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary is a 1,693-acre wildlife preserve in Elliotsville owned

BORESTONE MOUNTAIN PHO

and managed by Maine Audubon. The Base

and Summit trails combine to guide hikers up the craggy twin peaks of Borestone Mountain, which rises prominently to 1,981 feet. Make the two-mile climb

The Lakeshore House is a

(one-way) to enjoy spectacular

fun-and-friendly place with

views northward over Onawa

a lively atmosphere right in

Lake to Baker Mountain and

the heart of the pretty little

the rugged ridgeline of the

village of Monson, perfect for

appropriately hiker-sized. On

best advice for visiting this

Barren-Chairback Range,

enjoying cold beer and good

Thursday nights and Sundays,

great little pub: “If you’re in a

and beyond into the famed

food alongside local patrons,

the house vibrates with the

hurry, this is not the place to

100-Mile Wilderness. Halfway

travelers and Appalachian

sounds of talented musicians.

be.”

along the route is Sunrise

Trail hikers. Eight taps range

Owner Rebekah Anderson’s

Pond, one of three ponds

from Pabst Blue Ribbon to

high on the mountain, and

Guinness, with six rotating

the Robert T. Moore Nature

microbrews between, plus

Center, which features wildlife

there’s a fine selection of

exhibits and displays on the

bottled brews. Settle in at the

interesting history of the

bar or relax outside on the

property. Short side trails from

shore of Lake Hebron, known

the center lead to more pond

for its beautiful sunsets.

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vistas and to the remains of

The menu is deliciously

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an old fox farm.

eclectic and the portions are

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Resources HIKE: Borestone Mountain Sanctuary WWW.MAINEAUDUBON.ORG,

207-717-6001 (June -September),

207-781-2330 (October - May)

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Gateway to the Highlands

Summer Camp 2018 – Too Much Fun Awaits! Summer camps will provide ten weeks of fun and excitement, from June18 through August 24. To find out more specifics and registration contact us at: www.mainediscoverymuseum.org.

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he Queen City is blessed with a number of cultural attractions including the Bangor Symphony Orchestra which is America’s oldest

standing symphony, The University of Maine’s Museum of Art, Maine’s Discovery Museum and The Penobscot Theatre. Each month during the summer season numerous events are featured including Maine’s State Fair and the Annual Folk Festival.

June to Labor Day

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

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3 DESTINATION Maine

BREWERIES B

eer tourism has recently become a phrase in Maine’s marketing and economic vernacular. Maine visitors

and residents alike plan day trips and vacations with

an itinerary built specifically around brewery visits. With more than 110 breweries operating in the state, and one of the highest concentrations of breweries per capita in the country, Maine is on the forefront of the world of “Beercations.” This feature is the beginning of an ongoing segment we call “Destination Breweries.” These are chosen breweries whose town, location, atmosphere and ambiance of tasting room, and of course, amazing beer are what we love.

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ABOVE Blaze Brewing Co.’s production room set in the heart of

Camden’s harbor. PHOTO BY KAY STEPHENS


Camden gets its first harborside microbrewery Camden, Maine has a lot of

Ginger Witbier, a hoppy IPA, and a Saison. Additionally, this August,

natural jewels—the nearby

Haskell plans to open Blaze

Mt. Battie, a stunning harbor,

Urban Pizza next to the

and now, with the summer

waterfront concerts facility

opening of Blaze Brewing

in Bangor. This counter-

Co., another showpiece—a

service fast-casual restaurant

harborside microbrewery

and tap room will feature

with bold American-style

gourmet wood-fired pizza

beers on tap.

and Blaze Brewing Co. as the

In the summertime, the

in- house microbrewery. This

town is bustling with visitors

summer is looking blazin’ hot

who come for the slower pace

with cool brews.

of life, whether it’s taking in some of the eclectic familyowned shops, going out for a sunset sail on a three-masted schooner, or enjoying some of

Extremely Tasty Brews Await This Summer at Mast Landing Brewing Co. Portland may take the

ABOVE & RIGHT Mast Landing Brewing Co. PHOTOS OURTESY OF MAST LANDING BREWING CO.

the freshest seafood the area

crown for having more

is renowned for.

breweries per capita, but

Drops” series of one-off beers,

it’s worth tracking off the

brewed in 30-barrel batches

for“craft”) is the latest pub

beaten path over to one of

that push the boundaries

to complete restaurateur

its suburbs, Westbrook, to

of craft beer.  Come in for a

Matthew Haskell’s trifecta of

experience Mast Landing

taste, and grab cans to go!

combining two restaurants

Brewing Company at 920

and one microbrewery all

Main Street.

Kurafuto (the Japanese word

in one location at Bayview

Stroll along the Westbrook

Landing. Both Hoxbill,

River Walk overlooking the

Haskell’s fine-dining

The Presumpscot River,

establishment and Karafuto,

before hitting shops and

a small counter-service

restaurants on Main Street.

restaurant, will share the

Then, check out the

brews coming out of the

microbrewery—Westbrook’s

glass-enclosed production

first—which opened just

room that links both

three years ago in an

restaurants.

industrial building with

On a sunny day, there’s

the intent to carve out

nothing better than sipping

an ultra-local niche. Its

on their inaugural #12, a

name, a nod to Maine’s rich

double IPA and sampling the

nautical heritage, boasts a

freshest oysters and clams

number of refreshing, crisp

from the raw bar while out on

pale ales such as the Tell

the stylish deck overlooking

Tale, their flagship tropical

the harbor or made-to-order

pale ale, Little Choppy, the

noodles, sushi, and sashimi

perfect summer session ale

out in the beer garden.

or Shorts Weather, packed

Haskell, who favors Belgian

with peaches and apricots

styles, is excited to work

to enjoy out on their casual

with his brewers to roll out

outdoor beer garden with

four or five palate-pleasing

picnic tables and umbrellas.

summertime brews such as a

Don’t miss their new “Small

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Sebago Brewing in Gorham for brewery tours, tastings, and wood-fired fare Why is Main Street in Gorham the place to be? It’s where you’ll find Sebago Brewing’s new Destination Brewery, the perfect spot for craft beer enthusiasts and families alike. The Tasting Room has a full-service open kitchen serving wood-fired pizza, creative sandwiches and unique entrees, all focused on locally sourced

different beverage, Sebago

share the history of Sebago

free tour at the Tasting Room.

ingredients. Naturally, the

also offers regional distilled

Brewing and then walk

(Tour scheduling will be

menu is beer-centered and

spirits and select wines.)

visitors through the brewing

available online soon.)

changes frequently.

Guests are welcome to

process – the milling area, the

choose their own flight and

fermenters, the canning line,

out more about Sebago

16 taps with Sebago favorites

samples. Pours and prices

and more.

Brewing Company’s events

such as Simmer Down

vary depending on the day.

The Tasting Room features

and Frye’s Leap IPA – and

The highlight of your visit

The Destination Brewery is open Sunday-Wednesday

you might catch a small

may be the free brewery

from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., and

batch from the new pilot

tour. There are several tours

Thursday - Saturday from 11

brewhouse. (If you prefer a

a day, where tour guides

a.m. - 10 p.m. Sign up for a

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Visit sebagobrewing.com to find

and beers.


MIDCOAST COURTESY OF MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM

E

XTENDING FROM BRUNSWICK TO ROCKLAND, Midcoast Maine offers a quiet, pastoral setting, as well as a rocky, rugged coastline. Scenic

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

Fishing and ship building

this year, BIW: Building

sustained the area for

America’s Navy provides a

enturies. You can easily delve

high-tech look at the people,

into Maine’s maritime past

processes, and ships of Bath

that’s enhanced by a visit to

Iron Works (located a half-

the Maine Maritime Museum.

mile from the museum), the

Maine Maritime Museum

PHOTOS MICHAEL LEONARD

preeminent builder of U.S.

is located on a 20-acre

Navy vessels. Take the BIW

waterfront campus in

By Land & Sea tour for an up-

charming Bath, the “City

close look at the incredible

of Ships,” just 20 minutes

vessels from the water! Into

from Freeport; one mile off

the Lantern: A Lighthouse

of Route 1. We offer daily

Experience is an immersive

lighthouse and nature

exhibit that recreates the

cruises, trolley tours, indoor

sensation of standing high

and outdoor galleries, lots of

atop a lighthouse through

hands-on family fun, a pirate

180-degree video projections.

playship, lobster exhibit, and

For more information, visit

more. New in 2018: come

MaineMaritimeMuseum.org

aboard the newly restored

or call 207-443-1316.

1906 schooner Mary E, the oldest Maine-built fishing vessel still afloat. Also new

Enjoy cool summer breezes and vistas of sparkling blue [ see “Midcoast,” page 66 ]

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[“Midcoast” continued from page 65 ]

BRUNSWICK

water as you explore the area

Nostalgic Carhop Service Since 1955

operates at a slower pace and

Expect quiet roads, gentle

yet there is so much to do.

rolling hills and secluded

The sea air will whet your

beaches. View a sunrise on

appetite as you realize this is

the Bay. Eat fresh eggs from a

the way life should be.

local farm. Watch bald eagles,

Email subscribe@activitymaine.com with ideas or content!

BATH

Every spring, the residents

ospreys and terns along the

of Brunswick eagerly await

coast. Explore the prehistoric

the opening of Fat Boy Drive-In

oyster shell mounds along

and every fall they mourn

river beds. See the harbor

when it closes. Each summer

seals next to Fort Popham.

since 1955, Fat Boy has

Browse through an antique

been frequented by Maine

shop.

fishermen, Naval aviators,

Go on a puffin tour, whale

outdoor writers & photographers wanted

Life in the Midcoast

by foot, bike or sea kayak.

Bowdoin College students

watch or sport fishing trip.

and thousands of coastal

Purchase art directly from an

vacationers. Fat Boy is world

artisan. Catch a ferry to one

famous (it really is!) for

of the islands, hike Mount

its Canadian BLTs, Maine

Battie in the Camden Hills.

Lobster Rolls, and 20 oz.

Take an afternoon cruise on a

Thick Western Frappes. Then,

two-masted schooner. Stroll

of course, there are their

through the Coastal Maine

Whopper Burgers. And when

Botanical Gardens, where

you need service, simply turn

there are always interesting

on your headlights and one of

textures, shapes and colors to

the friendly waitresses will be

be seen from the many trails.

happy to serve you.

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

Lighthouse cruises. 1906 schooner. Historic shipyard. Don’t miss – Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org

243 Washington Street • Bath, Maine • 207-443-1316

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HOW TO TAKE

Photos AFTER DARK V

acations are a time to get away, explore, see and do new things, make memories, relax and of course take pictures.   There are numerous tourist attractions, landmarks and other excursions that are worthy of taking a camera and should not be missed.  Yet, come evening, many people tend to put

their cameras away and that’s when you can often make your most memorable vacation images.

PHOTO: The Milky Way from coast to coast captured in

Text and Photo MIKE LEONARD

9 images by Mike Leonard at Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

Photographing at night can be very rewarding, especially if you want to share the images you make with your friends and family on social media. With just moonlight and or street lights

WOOLWICH

you can make some dramatic pictures.  What’s more —when

126 US Route 1 Woolwich, ME (207) 443-3022

visiting popular places at night, you’ll likely find parking to be easier, fewer crowds—and you can skip the suntan lotion. So, here is what you’ll need to get started taking pictures under moonlight: A camera that can take long exposures of at least 20 seconds, a tripod, and a flashlight. Put your camera on manual mode to allow you to set the shutter speed to 20 seconds and the Lens Aperture to f/5.6 or lower if your lens allows. The sensitivity or ISO will want to

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be set around 3200 - 4000 for the low-light levels you will be capturing. To minimize camera shake, use a tripod or steady your camera on a fixed surface and use the built-in timer, so when you press the shutter button, the camera will have a chance to stabilize before taking the picture – usually the two-

Early Primitives

second timer is adequate. Set your White Balance to Daylight

Antiques

since moonlight is just reflected sunlight. A half to full moon can bathe the landscape with a quality of light that can look like daylight.  Try capturing scenes that you’d normally do in the daytime, but under moonlight to make an image that is truly dramatic. If you find your images are coming out too dark, try opening the lens aperture to a lower number like f/ 4 to f/ 2.8, if possible, to let more light in.  Alternately, you can raise the ISO but with the higher sensitivity comes grain and other noise in the image.  If the moonlight is bright and your starting image is too light, then try reducing the ISO until you get an acceptably exposed image.  It’s best to practice and become familiar with all of these settings before you head out at night to take pictures.

Memorabilia

Arts & Crafts Mixed Merchandise Refreshments —————— Open May thru Mid-October Fri, Sat, Sun 6:30AM–3PM Antiques Day Wednesday 5:30AM–2PM

Coastal Rt. 1 • 6 Hunnewell Lane • Woolwich, ME fleamarket77@comcast.net • (207) 443-2809

[ see “Photos,” page 69 ]

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MIDCOAST MAINE WISCASSET

K

NOWN AS THE “PRETTIEST VILLAGE IN MAINE,” Wiscasset was settled in 1663 on the banks of the Sheepscot River. Due to its deep harbor,

Wiscasset was once the largest working harbor east of Boston as a bustling shipbuilding center and lumber port. Today, the harbor is home to local fishermen and recreational boaters and the final resting place since 1932 for the four-masted schooners the Hesper and the Luther Little, whose remains are currently being salvaged. Visitors to Wiscasset can

Tucker (1807), the old Lincoln

stroll the pleasant brick

County Jail (1809), and the

sidewalks and find many

Customs House (1870). If

antique shops, art galleries,

you haven’t seen Wiscasset

fine stores and restaurants.

Village’s wonderful sunken

Other attractions include

garden opposite the Nickels-

handsome sea captains’

Sortwell House—take an

homes, the Powder House

extra few minutes and enjoy

(1812), the Lincoln County

its beauty.

Courthouse (1824), Castle

MONKEY C MONKEY DO - Our new “Gorilla Tactics” outdoor tactical laser tag arena is hours of “on the ground - in your face fun” as you and your team try to out play, outwit, outmaneuver, and out last your opponents. The newest infrared technology weaponry allows the lasers to work outdoors in the daytime and the guns are Wifi and Bluetooth capable. This is Maine’s first and ONLY dedicated outdoor laser tag venue! It plays like “paintball” but without the “hurt.” Gorilla Tactics is NOT your “bang-bang shoot ‘em up glow in the dark laser tag!” Strategic “missions” are carried out and may the best team win! Experience multiple games, multiple missions, and multiple hours of adrenalized fun for those of us who would like to sense “danger” a little closer to the ground. Call 207-882-6861 for prices and availability.

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MIDCOAST MAINE

Discover

BOOTHBAY Harbor

PHOTO MICHAEL LEONARD

[“Photos” continued from page 67 ]

“No Rig Too Big or Too Small”

CAMPGROUND & RV PARK

Groups Welcome

Photo by Robert Mitchell, Southport, ME

To catch the Milky Way, you want a night where the moon is not visible and where you are away from city lights. There are apps for smart phones that will help guide you to the best location to capture the Milky Way, as well as moonrise and sunrise in advance, so you can better plan where to take your photograph.  One such smartphone app that does this well is called Photo Pills and is available for both Android and iPhones for a nominal one-time fee. You can use a flashlight diffused with tissue paper to cast a soft light onto people to make a truly unique portrait of your

3 1/2 Miles to Boothbay Harbor - Shuttle Service

Store • Cable TV • 150 Open, Wooded & Riverside Sites • Full Hook-ups (30/50)

(207) 633-4782 • www.shorehills.com

553 Wiscasset Road • Rte. 27, Boothbay, ME 04537 Open May - October • Reservations Suggested

family members under the stars while on vacation. You’ll only need to have the flashlight on for a second or two at the start of the exposure, then shut it off and make sure your subject doesn’t move until the end of the exposure. So, before you put your camera away at the end of the day, try

send us your selfies! Send a selfie of you in the great Maine outdoors, along with your name and location, to subscribe@activitymaine.com for the chance to be in an upcoming issue!

An Unforgettable Maine Experience

BURNT ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE

a photographic technique that may be new to you and make some photo memories to share that will be unique. People will be asking how you did that. MIKE LEONARD is a night owl of sorts when it comes to photography. When he isn’t leading a photography cruise or doing a Photoshop class quite often after sunsets he can be found out collecting light of the moon and stars. Visit his website at phototourismbymike.com

BALMY DAYS CRUISES PIER 8 42 Commercial Street Boothbay Harbor, ME (207) 633-2284 or book online at www.balmydaycruises.com

Monhegan Island Harbor Tour & Harbor Lights Lighthouse Tour Mackerel Fishing Sailing Trips

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Where Luxury Meets Nature

Boothbay Harbor Country Club is the perfect Maine golf course, featuring breathtaking vistas, challenging holes and a sea breeze blowing off the ocean. Located just minutes from downtown Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay Harbor Country Club’s 18 championship holes are truly a “Pure Maine” golfing experience.

We offer vacation memberships. www.BoothbayHarborCC.com

207.633.3673

50 Sugar Maple Lane, Boothbay, Maine


MIDCOAST MAINE

THE PEMAQUID CRAFT CO-OP The Pemaquid Craft Co-op displays Maine-made, juried products of 60 artisans on two rambling floors. The shop, offering jewelry, pottery, painting, photography, jam, chocolates, fiber art and more, is located on Route 130 in the Bristol village of New Harbor. A can't miss stop along the way to the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.

LEFT: Relaxing at

Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort

BOOTHBAY HARBOR COUNTRY CLUB The Boothbay Harbor Country Club is the perfect Maine golf course. A brand new clubhouse, fine dining, and a challenging and historic course, the Boothbay Harbor Country Club is perfect for golf enthusiasts. The views from the fairway and green complex are absolutely stunning with eastern views of the Damariscotta River and the Atlantic ocean to the south. “Members and their guests comment daily about how Boothbay Harbor Country Club is the best golf experience in Maine and one of the best in the country,” says Chad Penman, Director of Golf & Membership at Boothbay Harbor Country Club. Looking for a little help with your golf game? A team of friendly, knowledgeable, dedicated professionals are ready and waiting to help you. This world-class facility has luxury locker rooms, a pro shop, 5-star restaurant, sports bar and grille, and outdoor seating with a fire pit. New this year is the Wellness Center which houses a fitness room, 2 tennis courts, 2 pickleball courts, a heated salt water pool, a 12-person hot tub and a poolside bar. There are three restaurants on the premise. If you’re out on the course, stop in to Over the Ledge just past the 9th hole to relax and refresh. Grille 19 is the perfect spot for casual dining. Stop in for a frosty beer, juicy burger, and catch the score of the game. Paul’s Steakhouse is the luxury dining experience you’ve been looking for. The menu is filled with perfectly selected hand-cut steaks, fresh Maine seafood, and local vegetables. “We source and buy the very best ingredients in the markets and then we execute the cuisine with the finest, well trained professionals chefs we can find,” says George Schimert, Executive Chef. The restaurants are open to the public in May, June, September, and

PEMAQUID CRAFT CO-OP Maine-made crafts and fine art

2565 Bristol Road, New Harbor Find us on Facebook or call 207-677-2077. 207-677-2077 Open 10 to 6, daily May 11 to Oct. 14, facebook.com/pemaquidcraftcoop Saturdays and10 Sundays through November. Open to 6 daily, May 11 to Oct. 14, then Saturdays and Sundays through November.

Nearly 60 Maine crafters on two floors!

October. The club is open in July and August to Boothbay Harbor Country Club members only.

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Tickets: RailwayVillage.org

Railway Village

( Rails + Tails + Ales )

207-633-4727 | ROUTE 27, BOOTHBAY

S AT U R D AY, J U LY 2 1

PEMAQUID / NEW HARBOR May & October by Reservation

BOOTHBAY

SEA ACRES MOTEL www.seaacrescottages.com

Family Atmosphere

23 Bradley Hill Road, Pemaquid, Maine 04558

(207) 677-2693

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

Rails, Tails & Ales The Midcoast Craft Beer Festival is turning 5 years old this summer. From the beginning the organizers of this event, likely Maine’s most intimate beer fest, wanted to be different. The event takes place at the Boothbay Railway Village on the same weekend as their annual car show. The site is both dog and kid-friendly so the entire family can spend the day together. Instead of being all under one roof the participating brewers are spread throughout the exhibits. You can even meet hops growers, malt producers and the Maine Brew Bus folks here. Brewers rate this as one of their favorite events to attend, according to Mike Fava of head brewer for Oxbow, “We had an amazing time and connected with numerous local beer fans. We actually had time to chat with folks!”

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225 Town Line Road Nobleboro, ME 04555 Tel. 832-7055 www.townlinecamping.com • 55 spacious site • Docks • Floats • Swimming Area • Fireplaces • Lake Fishing • Modern Bathrooms • Laundry • Rec Room • HOT Showers • Athletic Field • Electronic Games • Well-Stocked Camp Store

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

PO Box 967, 100 Twin Cove Lane, Damariscotta, ME 04543

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PHOTOS COUTESY OF SCHOONER HERON

PENOBSCOT Text FRANCES J. FOLSOM

P

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

Stay

Do

Homestead for N.C. and

and two rare second and

The Historic Inns of Rockland is

The Farnsworth Art Museum

Jamie, an addition to the

fourth order Fresnel lenses.

comprised of three elegant

houses the largest collection

original museum for Andrew.

inns, the Berry Manor Inn,

in New England of works by

Limerock Inn and the Granite

the Wyeth family, N.C., his

Museum is a treasure trove

reproduction of the plane the

Inn. Each offers an array of

son Andrew and grandson

of lighthouse artifacts

Wright brothers flew in 1903

specials during the summer.

Jamie. The collection is in

and memorabilia. Exhibits

on their first flight at Kitty

three buildings; a restored

showcase antique fog horns

Hawk NC. The collection also

One wing of the Owls Head Transportation Museum holds a

The Maine Lighthouse

includes a 1910 Henri Farman

church and the Farnsworth

ALL YOU CAN EAT

SEAFOOD Like a Buffet, but We Serve You!

441 Main Street • Rockland, ME (207) 596-7556 — Souvenir Coffee Mugs Available 6 — $

rocklandcafe.com

Homemade Seafood Chowder Sm. $8.99 Lg. $10.99

Serving Lobsters & Steamers Daily Market Price

Homemade Seafood Lasagna $ 17.99 Lunch or Dinner

HOURS:

Nov–Apr 6AM–8PM Jun–Aug 6AM–9:30PM May, Sep & Oct 6AM–9PM —

Breakfast Served Until 12PM Daily (Until 4pm Nov–Apr)

Lobster BLT $ 22.99 Crabmeat BLT $ 18.99

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MIDCOAST MAINE III Biplane, a 1917 Curtiss JN-

Blues Festival. From August 1

4D Jenny used in World War

through 5 Rockland hosts the

I and three gliders, an 1804

Maine Lobster Festival. Although

Cayley, an 1893 Lilienthal

chowing down on lobster

and an 1896 Chanute.

is the main theme, there’s

At the Project Puffin Audubon Center learn about the

and crafts, seafood cooking

project’s purpose – bringing

contests, a beauty pageant

puffins, hunted to extinction,

and a parade.

back to Maine. Of the 954

Rockport has nine greens

Egg Rock in Muscongus Bay

spread out on a lush

by the Audubon Society

landscape that was once

in 1973 914 survived, were

a dairy farm. See Rockport

banded, fledged and returned

from the water on a sail

to the island. Today Project

aboard the Schooner Heron.

puffins nesting on five Maine

Eat

islands. At the Visitors

The Rockland Café is a no frills

Center you can watch puffins

place, where everything is

in their natural habitat via

homemade. Here you can get

live video streams.

a classic Maine breakfast…

Lake Avenue in Rockland is the place to be on July

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The Goose River Golf Club in

puffins brought to Eastern

Puffin oversees 1,000 pairs of

ABOVE: COURTESY OF NORTH ATLANTIC BLUES FESTIVAL

also live entertainment, arts

14 & 15 for the North Atlantic

fish cakes and beans.


MIDCOAST MAINE ROCKPORT

Goose River Golf Club

Est. 1965 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 July & August with this Coupon **

Sailing Adventures aboard a Classic Schooner

HERON

3 trips daily

THE LAURA B. COURTESY OF MONHEGAN TRUCKING

207-236-8605

Rockport Harbor www.sailheron.com

Adventure awaits you aboard the 65’ Schooner Heron. Choose from our Island Sail with Lobster lunch, Afternoon Eco/Wildlife Sail or Sunset Dinner Sail. Each trip takes you on an unforgettable sail among pristine islands of Penobscot Bay. As Heron glides mightily through the water you will experience the amazing coast of Maine with its many lighthouses, working lobster boats, rocky ledges dotted with harbor seals, osprey and eagle soaring overhead, traditional windjammers sailing among spruce studded islands and even harbor porpoise swimming alongside the boat. Whether you like Lobster lunch, Educational Eco-tour or Serene Sunset Dinner, you will love Heron. Mention Activity Maine and get 10% off a sail.

PORT CLYDE COASTAL DISCOVERY CRUISES

Monhegan

2- to 2½-hour cruises

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

To catch the boat for Monhegan Island head south out of Rockland on Route 1 through Thomaston, turn onto Route

The original

131 to Port Clyde on the St. George Peninsula. The Monhegan

MONHEGAN ISLAND MAIL BOAT EXPERIENCE

Boat Line runs several trips daily to the island. On Monhegan

207-372-8848

3 trips daily during summer

you can complete your Wyeth experience; the island was a favorite subject of Jamie Wyeth. And reward yourself at the end of an island hike with a cold beer at Mohegan Brewing Co.

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Craig Carreno

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

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MIDCOAST MAINE BELFAST

30 Years! Now Bigger & Better Than Ever!

Route One Searsport Ave. Belfast, Maine

www.bennettsgems.com 207.338.5530

B

elfast features great shopping, entertainment, restaurants, accommodations and easy access

• Open All Year • • Since 1989 • Next to Perry’s Nut House Cash For Your Gold, Silver & Coins!

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

collectibles. Be sure and

make inviting places for

visit our Historic Downtown

picnics. Catch a movie or visit

Shopping section. You will

the music theatre, art fairs,

find merchants willing and

hobby shows and special

ready to courteously serve

holiday events. Antique

you and make your shopping

shops and art galleries

experience a pleasant one!

are filled with one-of-akind items and interesting

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Throughout the season, Bar Harbor Whale Watch offers three epic allday lighthouse cruises with onboard photography expert and instructor Michael Leonard. Mike brings his vast camera knowledge and provides assistance to photographers during the cruises. He also instructs a lecture series the night before each excursion, so participants are able to grasp key concepts about their cameras and are prepared to capture the

FIND THE BEST OF ALL WORLD’S ABOARD THE

Bar Harbor Whale Watch By R. ZACK KLYVER, NATURALIST

B

ar Harbor Whale Watch Company is Maine’s largest boating tour company and offers a variety of tours that are ideal for photographers. You could go on a whale watching tour and

look to capture a picture of a puffin in flight, a whale tail or whale

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKE LEONARD

Active Photographers

next day’s adventures. A photo guide on board reinforces these concepts and helps attendees make postcard-quality shots to take home and post brag-worthy photos on social media posts. Even if you use a cell phone to capture images, the benefits of attending one of these photography lectures and photo cruises are still useful. Attendees will learn free apps that can be downloaded to greatly improve images made on these devices too. Here are four camera tips from on-board photography expert, Mike Leonard, that will help you take your best shot. In most DSLR cameras there are popular modes where exposure decisions are either fully or partially made for you by the computer in the camera. Those modes

breach. Or, you could travel on a nature cruise and capture photos

include:

of young eagles or Peregrine Falcons in their nests or dozens of seals

FULL AUTO – GREEN: where the camera

on the rocks. A trip to the park-owned Baker Island gives guests the

chooses everything for you. You will

opportunity to shoot a variety of subject matter, including dramatic

with the best results possible.

certainly make a picture, but usually not

coastal scenery, a lighthouse up close and a historic farmstead. And

‘P’ OR THE PROGRAM MODE: where the

what photo enthusiast wouldn’t find it both exciting and challenging to

camera chooses the exposure for you. Your

photograph lighthouses on a lighthouse and Acadia park tour?

[ see “Best Shot,” page 86 ]

BAR HARBOR WHALE WATCH IS THE PLACE FOR WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

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events |

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

JUNE No trip to Bar Harbor is complete without the

ULTIMATE THRILL OF A WHALE WATCH ADVENTURE!

JUNE 11 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park weather permitting JUNE 16-17 Bar Harbor – Art in the Park JUNE 16 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permitting on Chamber Grounds. JUNE 18 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park weather permitting

B I G . B LU E . B E AU T I F U L .

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JULY 29 Eastport – Bay Day JULY 28-29 Grand Lake Stream Folk & Art Festival

AUGUST AUG. 1 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm – Summer Keys Concert

JUNE 20: Lubec – Christian Congregational Church -7: 30 pm –Summer Keys Concert

AUG. 3 Bar Harbor – First Friday Art Walk

JUNE 20-26 Lubec – A Lubec Art Summer 10am -4pm

AUG. 4 Machias – Antique Appraisal Day at the Chamber

JUNE 23 Lubec – West Quoddy Head Lighthouse Tours

AUG. 8 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park weather permitting

JUNE 24 Lubec – Campobello Island, NB - Bay of Fundy International Marathon

AUG. 8 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm Summer Keys Concert

JUNE 30 Eastport – Reenactment of the British Departure on June 30, 1818

AUG. 11 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permitting on Chamber grounds

AUG. 4 Eastport – Bay Day & Home Tours

AUG. 8-12 Calais –St. Stephen, NB – 45TH Annual Homecoming Festival

JULY 1: Canadian Day Celebrations: Campobello Island & St. Stephen, NB

AUG. 8-12 St. Stephen, NB – 34th Annual Chocolate Festival

JULY 4: Independence Day Celebrations throughout the Region. The City of Eastport hosts the largest celebration in Maine as well as Old Home Week.

AUG. 15 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm Summer Keys Concert

JULY 4 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permitting on Chamber grounds

AUG. 21-22 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm (both nights) Summer Keys Concerts

JULY 5 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7 pm – Summer Keys Concert JULY 6 Bar Harbor – First Friday Art Walk JULY 7 Bar Harbor – Native American Festival & Basketmakers Market at the Abbe Museum JULY 11 Lubec - Christian Congregational Church 7:30pm – Summer Keys Concert JULY 11 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park –weather permitting JULY 14 Machias – Outdoor free movie weather permitting on Chamber grounds JULY 18 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7:30pm –Summer Keys Concert

AUG. 17-19 Machias – 42nd Annual Blueberry Festival

AUG. 25 Midcoast 16 Lighthouse Tour AUG. 29 Lubec – Christain Congregational Church 7:30 pm Summer Keys Concert SEPT. 1-2 Eastport – Salmon and Seafood Festival SEPT. 5-7 Bar Harbor – Night Sky Festival SEPT. 7 Bar Harbor – First Friday Art Walk SEPT. 7-9 Eastport – Pirate Festival SEPT. 15 Machias – 4th Annual Harvest Festival SEPT. 22 Ellsworth – Autumn Gold

JULY 18 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park weather permitting

OCT. 12 Penobscot River & 12 Lighthouse Tour

JULY 21 Eastport – Downeast Sunrise Relay Race

OCT. 13 Machias – Beer & Wine Festival

JULY 21 Machias – Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival

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JULY 28 Grand Slam US/Canada 18 Lighthouse Tour

JUNE 19 Machias – Annual Margaretta Festival at the U. Maine Machias

JULY

Nature Cruise - 1:15pm & Sunset

JULY 25 Bar Harbor – Seaside Cinema in the Park weather permitting

JULY 22 Open Farm Day across all of Maine JULY 25 Lubec – Christian Congregational Church 7:30 pm- Summer Keys Concert

CONTACT LOCAL CHAMBERS Bar Harbor Chamber: 1-800-288-5103 or 207-288-5103 Calais/St. Croix Valley Chamber: 1-888-422-3112 or 207-454-2308 Eastport Chamber: 207-853-4644 Ellsworth Chamber: 207-667-5584 Machias Bay Chamber: 207-255-4402

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Enjoy the

OUTDOORS DOWN EAST with sculptures & waterfront views

Text & Photos by JOHANNA S. BILLINGS

ABOVE: “Transitory,” the sculpture in Milbridge, was created by Dominika Griesgraber of Poland. It sits along the shores of the Narraguagus River, overlooking the water

I

F YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS that isn’t

Route 1. History buffs can also visit a

too strenuous, consider the Maine Sculpture Trail, an art installation

Civil War monument nearby.

along almost 300 miles of the Maine coast.

The sculpture in Milbridge is located at the end of School Street, along the Narraguagus River. Enjoy the view from

The trail consists of 34 granite

they are found in Steuben, Milbridge,

Adirondack chairs situated next to the

sculptures made by artists from all

Harrington, Addison, Jonesport, Roque

sculpture. Those up for a short walk can

over the world. These artists came to

Bluffs, Machias, Lubec, Eastport and

take a stroll through Riverside Park.

Down East, Maine, during the Schoodic

Calais.

International Sculpture Symposium in

Most of them are easily accessed from

Fuel up with breakfast at the Milbridge House. Then, enjoy a meal later in

Route 1, a.k.a., the Bold Coast Scenic

the day at Deano’s Takeout, Vazquez

Steuben resident Jesse Salisbury was

Byway. Following the trail gives you a

Mexican Takeout, The Wheelhouse or

the driving force behind the creation of

chance to get off the beaten path and

the Good N Plenty Buffet. The Meadow’s

the trail. He organized the symposium

see the towns and villages along the

Takeout in Steuben offers excellent fare

as a way to spark cultural activity in the

coast that you might otherwise miss.

as well. Overnight accommodations

area and, in the process, created a large,

The Steuben sculpture is located at

are available at the Red Barn Motel in

public art collection.

the Henry D. Moore Library and Parish

Milbridge.

2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Washington County is home to 10 of the sculptures. In geographic order,

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House, just a hop, skip and a jump from

From Milbridge, take Route 1A to the next sculpture, located inside a paved


ABOVE : Pink and blue streaks can be

seen behind “Warm Wind,” a sculpture in Roque Bluffs State Park by Kazumi Hoshino of Maine. ABOVE RIGHT: The bridge from Lubec to

Campobello Island, New Brunswick, is visible despite the fog behind “Beyond the Horizon,” by Valerian Jikia of the Republic of Georgia BELOW: The sun sets behind “Spirit of the

Marsh,” a sculpture by Maine artist Lise Becu. It is located in Addison Point Park, just a short drive off Route 1.

walking track next to the Harrington

Machias offers numerous options for

Health Center. It can be seen from the

food and lodging. Restaurant options

highway or you can park and enjoy a

include Helen’s, the Bluebird Ranch,

walk around the loop.

Skywalker’s/Machias River Brewing

Many of the sculptures are located

and Pat’s Pizza. You can stay at the

on the water. In Addison Point Park,

Machias River Inn or the Bluebird

you can see the sculpture as well as a

Motel.

lovely view of the Pleasant River. The next one, located in a Jonesport town

The sculpture in Lubec is situated in

park, also overlooks the water. After

Stockford Park, just outside of town. In

that, visit the sculpture in Roque Bluffs

the background, you can see the bridge

State Park, where

from Lubec to Campobello Island, New

you can enjoy

Brunswick. Lubec is also home to the

hiking, swimming

Lost Fishermen’s Memorial, which

and picnicking.

Salisbury was commissioned to create.

In Machias, look

For good food and cold brews, the

for the sculpture

main attraction is Lubec Brewing Co.,

on the campus

which opens at 2 p.m. Thurs-Sun and

of the University

serves dinner, starting at 5 p.m.

of Maine at

Taking the trip to Eastport may seem

Machias. While

far off off the beaten path, but the

you’re in town,

drive is worth it. To reach the Eastport

explore the

sculpture, turn off Route 1 onto

waterfall and

Route 190 and follow that for about

grounds at Bad Little Falls Park.

[ see “Sculpure,” page 84 ]

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

Visit the coastal

Visit the coastal Machias Bay area

History Tours, Art Tours, Free Ou History Tours, Art Tours, Free Outdoor Movies, Visit us Boat Tours and more...

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Come find the Magic at Machias Ba our history and coastline.We

ABOVE: “Nature’s Grace,” by Canadian artist James Boyd, is situated right along

Water Street in downtown Eastport. It is one of a number of public art pieces along the waterfront. [“Sculpture” continued from page 83 ]

In Calais, overnight options

seven miles into town. The

include the Calais Motor Inn

sculpture is downtown, in the

and the International Motel.

midst of a quaint shopping

Salisbury worked with

district overlooking the water.

writers and photographers to

There, you can catch several

produce the book, Creating

other sculptures, including

the Maine Sculpture Trail:

one of a mermaid.

Legacy of the Schoodic

Then, from there head

International Sculpture

back up to Calais up to

Symposium. The book,

Route 1, where the sculpture

which covers the history of

is located downtown in

the trail, is available for sale

front of the library. Visitors

at schoodicsculpture.org/.

can check out the antique

Sculpture maps can also be

shops downtown as well as

downloaded from this site.

Wabanaki Culture Center, which illustrates how the

Johanna S. Billings is an award-

Native Americans of the area

winning writer/photographer

have lived in the outdoors.

and antiques dealer based in Steuben. She enjoys visiting the sculptures along the trail.

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The University of Maine at Machias is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

UMM’s Recreation and Tourism Management Program is Maine’s only nationally-accredited recreation program. Study and build skills amid the coves, rivers, lakes, and forests near Maine’s coastal university.


ACADIA & DOWNEAST Congratulations to Pat’s Pizza on Celebrating their 5th Anniversary!

Meet Our OB/GYN Team

Our two board certified OB/GYNs, Kara Dwight, DO and Christian Inegbenijie, MD, have been practicing at Down East Community Hospital (DECH) for over 11 years. They are both experienced in the latest treatments and medical technologies and specialize in high risk obstetrics, which includes planned and emergency C-Sections (Gentle C-Sections are common practice at DECH.). These providers also specialize in minimally invasive gynecological surgeries such as laparoscopic hysterectomies. This OB/GYN team is complete with their newest member, Certified Nurse Mid-Wife, Bjarni Thomas. TheAre whole teamcommitted is excited to you! You can make youOB/GYN a professional to serve excellence? Take the first by stepcalling towards amazing an appointment thejoining Calais our office at 207-454-3307 or the team office today.atVisit our website Machias 207-255-0440 . at www.dech.org to learn about all our openings. Thenurses, Down East Community Our providers, and staff knowHospital OB/GYN the importance of delivering expert care practice is located at the Women’s Health Center in and compassion while treating our Machias and 43 Palmer Street, patients like family. That is who we are Suite 1, in Calais. and what we do.

Down East Community Hospital is a 25 bed acute care facility with three satellite Physician Practices Facilities that offer state-of-the art technology and specialty services almost unheard of in a small rural hospital. Our hospital serves the need of our immediate community in Machias and all of Washington

THE RIVERSIDE INN Upscale. Downeast. Cynthia McDonough innkeeper

County, bordered by New Brunswick to the northeast and the Bay of Fundy. Down East Community Hospital’s providers and staff know the importance of delivering expert care and compassion while treating our patients like family. That is who we are and what we do. This philosophy runs throughout the organization.

207•255•4134 Relax on your private deck, on the patio, or elsewhere in this well appointed Victorian Inn. Watch the eagles fly, the seals swim playfully by and the tides of the beautiful Machias River rush in or lazily move out. It’s all here, waiting for you. More than a B&B, it’s an experience. Call for reservations. We are located at 622 Main Street in East Machias Machias, Maine 04630

The Riverside Inn is a charming Victorian Bed and Breakfast located on the pristine East Machias River offering exceptional accommodations with a view. Call for reservations: 207-255-4134 or visit riversideinn-maine.com

ABOVE: Machias Brewing

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[ “Best Shot,” continued from page 80 ]

Vue Restaurant at The Riverside Inn is

OPEN for dinner Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations are limited to 12 diners each evening to assure your personal dining experience. Menu options change often to reflect locally sourced ingredients. The Prix Fixe menu always includes an appetizer, salad, entree of your choosing, and desert. $49.99/couple (or $29.99/single) Full Bar menu and premium wines also available.

ABOVE & BELOW RIGHT: As seen aboard the Grand Slam Lighthouse Photography

cruise aboard Bar Harbor Whale Watch in July 2017. For more info see ad on page 81 PHOTO BY MIKE LEONARD

Call now for more information or to reserve your table…207-255-4134

camera will set the shutter speed and the lens f/stop to make a picture and this is a good all-around mode in which to shoot for everyday photography.

‘TV’ OR ‘S’ IS FOR TIME VALUE OR SHUTTER MODE: where you set the shutter speed and the camera assists by selecting the lens

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aperture appropriately to make a good exposure. A fast shutter speed can be a good option for freezing action to reduce motion blur when shooting moving subjects.

‘A’ OR APERTURE VALUE: where you choose the lens f/stop or

R E A L E S TAT E

Aperture and the camera assists by selecting the appropriate

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shutter speed (time) to collect light to make a good exposure. Aperture mode is best for doing still life, portraits and for those times when you want or need to control the depth of field or the selective focus in a scene.

‘M’ IS FOR MANUAL is for manual, where you select all the settings and the camera computer is mostly bypassed, allowing you complete control over the exposure. Some cameras let you shoot in Auto ISO while in Manual mode. This can greatly help with the capturing of elusive wildlife,

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such as birds and whales. The idea is to set the lens Aperture to a favorable depth of field and a lens sweet spot between F/8 and f/11, then set the shutter to a high speed of 1/1000 to 1/2000 of a second to reduce motion blur. Having the ISO set to Auto will insure a proper exposure while you get a sharp image of the subject. A little practice will help you make your best shot and following these pointers should help speed up that learning curve.

For more tips on how to make your best shot and to locate photo sessions by Mike Leonard visit his website at

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PHOTO BY MIKE LEONARD


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(866) 375-0177 (toll free) or (207) 255-3333 231 Dublin St. (Rt. 1) Machias, Maine www.bluebirdmotelmaine.com Activity Maine’s, Sr. Editor, Jim Harnedy’s new book A Brookline Boyhood in the 1930s and 40s will be available this October.

WHITING

Jim’s latest book takes readers on a journey to the Boston area during an era that evokes both nostalgic memories of Saturday night suppers and the challenges families faced in the aftermath of the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II. Through masterful storytelling and a vast assortment of vintage photos, Jim captures the culture, traditions, and mood of the country during some of our nation’s most tumultuous times. Readers of all ages will enjoy the stories Jim shares, such as the need to perform emergency surgery on a Maine Coon kitten during a 1940 vacation on an island in the northern Maine wilderness.

1963-2018

Jim with Duncan, his West Highland White Terrier

PERRY

Jim’s book revisits the days when families harvested fresh vegetables from their victory gardens and gathered around the radio to listen to their favorite programs. He also describes the Boston sports scene and the excitement of attending his first major league baseball game. Other stories recount the family’s narrow escape from danger during the hurricane of 1938 on a trip to Keane, NH and the day he and his mother learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor. A Brookline Boyhood in the 1930s and 40s invites readers to travel back to the days before TV and the internet and recall the simple joy of life and the strength and resilience of New England families in the face of great challenges. To reserve your signed copy in October: Send a check payable to Jim Harnedy for $23.00 to: Jim Harnedy, 2 Pettegrow Point Road, Machiasport, ME 04655 207-255-0170 | jharnedy@maineline.net

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PHOTO TK

EASTPORT PHOTOS BY MIKE LEONARD

where the past is alive and well By JIM HARNEDY

I

MONROE, Portland native Samuel B. Wadsworth, the son of

Eastport’s Old Stone Mustard Mill Museum

Revolutionary War General Peleg Wadsworth, saw an opportunity to

Raye’s Mustard Mill is a working museum

N 1818, WHEN AMERICA WAS A YOUNG NATION LED BY JAMES

located on Washington Street in Eastport

launch a ship chandler business in the busy port city of Eastport.

At the time, both the whaling and shipbuilding industries were booming.

(America’s eastern-most city). The quaint

Windjammers Fleet New 47’ Lobster Boat.

and authentic mill is North America’s only working traditional stone ground mustard mill. At the turn of the 20th

His entrepreneurship was exactly

Sailing out of historic Eastport, Maine

century, J. Wesley Raye started the mill to

perfect for the time and he knew that he

our guests will have an opportunity

produce mustard for Maine’s burgeoning

could meet all his customers’ needs by

to see spectacular wildlife: eagles,

sardine industry. Later in the century,

supplying hardware, harpoons, deadeyes,

porpoises, seals, minke, and finback

when the sardine industry declined,

canvas, alcohol, tobacco and everything

whales. On-board educational

Raye’s Mustard Mill became known for

else required for rigging, operating, and

experiences will include lobster trap

its award-winning gourmet and specialty

provisioning a ship. While the original

pulling demonstrations, a touch tank

mustards.

business site suffered through several

to view crabs, lobsters, sea urchins,

This downeast institution has remained

fires and storms, the Groundhog Day

star fish and other sea life. This season,

in the Raye family for over a century.

Gale of 1976 completely devastated the

our daily cruises will include a 2 ⁄2 –

Currently owned by Kevin and Karen

facility.

3-hour whale watching and lobster

Raye, this family run business remains

trap pulling excursion. Ask about our

committed to continuing the traditions

two-hour sunset sails and scheduling

of previous generations, while focusing

a deep sea fishing trip. For additional

on expanding its national presence in the

information call 207-853-2500 or visit:

marketplace.

Capt. Butch Harris Extends A Special Invitation To Join Him For A Fun Packed Experience On The Eastport

1

eastportwindjammers.com.

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PHOTO BY CAREY KISH

hikes & brews KLONDIKE MOUNTAIN PRESERVE & LUBEC BREWING BREWING

By CAREY KISH

T

he 46-acre Klondike Mountain Preserve is home to the namesake mountain as well as some 3,600 feet of saltwater shorefront on

South Bay, an arm that’s part of Cobscook Bay. Summit views from diminutive Klondike Mountain (150 ft.) offer a delightfully beautiful panorama of the Lubec landscape, the easternmost town in the U.S. From the North Lubec Road trailhead, Klondike Mountain Trail

PHOTOS BY JOHANNA BILLINGS

wanders through old pastures and an orchard. Explore the spur path to Fowler’s Mill Pond before climbing to the craggy outlooks atop the twin peaks of Klondike

Everything on the food menu

Mountain, which is thought to have gotten its name

is organic and locally grown

during the Great Gold Swindle of Lubec, a scandalous

as far as possible, which

hoax to extract gold from seawater perpetrated by strangers from away in 1897. The hike is an easy onemile jaunt.

CAREY KISH of Mt. Desert Island is an avid beer drinker, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide, and author and author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast.

23 different brews in 2017).

changes all of the time, but you can always count on the sourdough pizza, the pub’s specialty. Relax in the salty atmosphere, play a board

and New Brunswick, Canada’s

game, and listen to talented

brewer Gale White fell in love

Campobello Island. Settle

area musicians most nights.

with the Maine coast while

in on a comfy couch with a

on vacation and never looked

pint of Quoddy Head Red, the

back. Opened in 2015 on the

most popular brew and one

downtown waterfront, Lubec

of five classic German-style

Brewing is a welcoming place

beers regularly on tap, among

with big picture windows

the many experimental beers

BREW: Lubec Brewing Company

that frame Lubec Narrows

White likes to make (some

lubec brewing company on facebook 207-733-4555

Nuclear physicist-turned-

Resources HIKE: Downeast Coastal Conservancy DOWNEASTCOASTALCONSERVANCY.ORG

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LUBEC Open 7 days 5am to 8pm

Gulf Gas

Megabucks Tickets • Cold Beer & Groceries Diesel Fuel Fresh Sandwiches & Pizza Made to Order

Route 189 • Lubec, Maine 04652 • 733-2134

EASTPORT

2018 Eastpottt restioals Bay Day & Home Tour August 4

Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival September 1-2 Eastport Pirates Festival September 7-9

141 Water St.

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

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

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

ROOSEVELT INTERNATIONAL PARK In January 22, 1964, The Roosevelt International Park was established by agreement signed by Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. On August 20, 1964, the First Ladies of the two countries opened the only international park in the world as a unique memorial to the close relationship between the people of the two nations. Both governments wished to honor the role that Franklin Delano Roosevelt had played in their mutual histories, as well as the special relationship that FDR had with his beloved island. While the summer home of the late president remains the centerpiece of the park, beautiful gardens and 2,800 acres of natural beauty complete with scenic vistas, and hiking and driving trails provide

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additional visitor experiences. A popular event is Tea with Eleanor. Visitors can make reservations on the web (FDR.NET) for this charming experience. Guests to the Reserve Tea will receive a book of cookie recipes

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compiled by Eleanor’s granddaughter. The visitor center offers interpretive displays, a short introductory video and two exhibits. Roosevelt Campobello International Park opens on the Saturday following Victoria Day (Sat. prior to Memorial Day) through the Saturday after Canadian Thanksgiving (U.S. Columbus Day) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (ADT).

NEW IN 2018! THE PRINCE CAFÉ Featuring a fresh local menu in an exquisitely restored historic family lodge, and serving light breakfast and lunch throughout the season.

Discover the

BELOVED ISLAND the Roosevelts so loved • 34-room Cottage • 2,800-acre nature park: drive, bike, hike, picnic • The Fireside restaurant • Tea with Eleanor daily • 9-5 EDT , May 26-Oct 13 • FREE admission

Roosevelt Campobello International Park

New Brunswick, Canada, across the bridge from Lubec, Maine

877-851-6663

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We welcome you to our lodge-style Inn, located in a quiet setting of trees, mountains and wildlife on the side of Little Moose Mountain. Clean rooms with impressive amenities for business or vacation travel.

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Monthly specials! Beer. Wine. Spirits.

You do the adventure. We’ll handle the refreshments.

Looking for an everyday favorite, hard-to-find mixer, or need to place a special order? We can help. Open 365 days a year whether it’s a major holiday or a regular Saturday. The party starts with Roopers.

Visit any one of our SIX convenient package stores: AUBURN

545 Minot Avenue – 783-2047 301 Main Street – 783-9098

LEWISTON

694 Main Street – 782-1482 794 Sabattus Street – 783-6353 1420 Lisbon Street – 333-3095

OXFORD

980 Main Street – 539-6072


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Come get your outdoors on.

Want a college where you can combine academics with the active outdoor lifestyle? Situated at the gateway to world-class skiing and snowboarding in western Maine, UMF is smack in the middle of some of the best hiking, mt. biking, camping, rafting, canoeing and kayaking in the northeast. We’ve got the swim-able, paddle-able, fly-fishing-able Sandy River running right beside our athletics fields and miles of trail running and bike trails just off campus. To take full advantage of our perfect location, our Mainely Outdoors adventure program offers students a range of exciting opportunities: trips, equipment and gear sign-out/rentals, clinics and lessons, certification and training opportunities and much more.

Maine’s nationally-recognized public liberal arts college

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Activity Maine Summer 2018  

Maine Outdoor Adventure, Destination Breweries, Hiking, Nature, Wellness.

Activity Maine Summer 2018  

Maine Outdoor Adventure, Destination Breweries, Hiking, Nature, Wellness.

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