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features bringing big bands to bangor / 10 Alex Gray is turning the Bangor Waterfront into a national musical hot spot. the trouble with ticks / 12 A mild winter and early spring has created a tick infestation in our area. What you need to know to keep you and your pets safe. 8 great hikes / 18 Looking to get out and hit the trails? We have some hiking suggestions from the County to the coast. off the beaten path / 28 Looking for a quirky vacation spot? We found four that range from a remote lighthouse to a working farm. A Piece of Maine: old town / 36 Located on the banks of the Stillwater and Penobscot Rivers, Old Town has a rich history and a bright future. Bursting with Flavor / 46 Greg and Doreen Dufour create a gluten free menu that’s sure to please any palate.


4 points bbq & Blues house / 50 John Ramirez has put Winterport on the map with his southern-style smoked BBQ.

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Metro Fitness / 16 Don’t be a summertime slacker.

TaLk of the Towns / 6 A Moosehead legend, clean air consciousness, and a very cool house—all in the Bangor metro area.

woods & waters / 56 The soul cleansing nature of Maine. last word / 64 What summertime means to one Mainer: from berry picking to baseball.

Biz Buzz / 8 People and places on the move.


Metro sports / 44 American Legion Baseball and the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame. Perspectives / 54 Historic photos of some Maine characters by Bangor’s Martin Brown. savvy seniors / 57 Keeping seniors safe at home and on the road.

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elcome to another fabulous edition of our annual Summer Guide! I don’t know about you, but we here at Bangor Metro look forward to this issue all year long. Summertime in Maine is a magical time. People from near and far hop in their cars, board buses and planes, just to experience a place we’re lucky enough to call home. Visitors won’t remember the black flies or horrible traffic—they’ll remember our majestic views, fabulous festivals, unique boutiques, and, of course, our delicious food. We’re not called “Vacationland” for nothing! Our This is Maine summer guide is bigger and better than ever. Please feel free to tear it out of your magazine and keep it handy throughout the summer. You’ll find event listings throughout our area for June, July, and August, as well as a peek into some of the most popular destinations in the Bangor metro region. We hope our This is Maine supplement entices you to get out and explore parts of Maine you may never have been before. We are a diverse region that teems with adventure, activities, and hidden gems just waiting to be explored. We have some exciting features to share with you in this issue, too. Nature lovers of all ages will enjoy reading “8 Great Hikes,” which profiles hiking opportunities from Aroostook County to Camden, and places in between. Find the hike that is right for you and your family and get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Looking for a unique staycation? We feature four unusual vacation spots from a working lighthouse in Cutler to a farm stay in Franklin. If you’re looking to experience something new this summer, you’re going to want to check out this fun feature story. Summer is all about getting out and exploring our state, and we’ve got some pretty great spots in our corner of the country. It’s no wonder people flock here each and every year to make memories to last a lifetime. Luckily, we can do the very same thing and we don’t have to go too far to do it.

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Greenville: Greenville’s 98-year-old steamship, the Katahdin, will be getting a much needed facelift this fall, thanks to grants from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and the Moosehead Marine Museum. After the summer rush of visitors, the Kate, as the steamship is affectionately called, will be dry-docked to have repairs on the keel and hull that will cost upwards of $495,000. The last time the hull had significant repairs was 18 years ago. The Katahdin was built in 1914 by Bath Iron Works, and is the last survivor of the 55 steamships that once serviced the resorts and camps scattered around Moosehead Lake. The ship has also been 6 / Bangor Metro Summer Guide 2012

used to boom logs and to ferry supplies up and down Maine’s largest lake. Last year, over 7,000 tourists from nearly every state and 18 different countries journeyed to Greenvile to take a voyage on the Katahdin, according to the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council. The $1.25 million these tourists bring in is a huge boon to the local economy. “The restoration of the Katahdin represents an exciting opportunity to ensure that the Kate will be ready for many more years of service as it enters its second century of sailing,” says Jim Castonguay, executive director of the Moosehead Marine Museum.

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The Air Up There

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Orono: You can buy filtered water and shop for organic produce at your local farmers’ market. But when it comes to the air you breathe, your choice is limited to your surroundings. Dr. Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine in Orono, has been working on a project to help make air quality information transparent and understandable for anyone who’s concerned with the environment. That project is a new web tool called 10Green. “We created 10Green to be a place where you can easily learn about the health of the environment in your community,” Mayewski says. “In some cases, the air you breathe could be adversely impacting your health.” The tool uses 10 air quality measures—including the level of carbon monoxide, large and small particles, and greenhouse gases—to measure the air quality across the country. To find out how your town measures up, plug in your zip code at This consumer-friendly tool uses data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rate the air we breathe on a scale from zero to 10, with zero being the unhealthiest score and 10 being the ideal. The information is updated every few weeks, so you can get a pretty accurate reading of the levels of toxins in the air where you live at any time of year. There will be an app available by the end of the summer for your smartphone, so no matter where you are, you can gauge the cleanliness of the air you are breathing. You can even compare your hometown to other cities and towns across the country. Compared to New York and Los Angeles, the air in Maine looks pretty sweet.

Go Green, Go Home

Belfast: How does an annual heating bill of around $300 sound to you? Too good to be true? It’s not, thanks to GO Logic Homes LLC of Belfast. Business partners Matthew O’Malia and Alan Gibson wanted to demonstrate

that it was possible to build a passivelevel house for the Maine climate. Their 1,500-square-foot, three-bedroom GO Home is Maine’s first Passive-HouseCertified home and is rated LEED platinum. The house, which is currently being rented by a family in Belfast, was recently chosen as the Best Passive House in TreeHugger’s annual Best of Green design awards. A passive house is an extremely well insulated and airtight home that can slash heating energy consumption by 90%. In Maine, where the winters are long, that corresponds to significant savings. The home took six months to build and cost about $160 per square foot. “I think the cost of energy and comfort will push home buyers to solutions like passive building,” O’Malia says. “When a home buyer has a choice between a house that will cost thousands of dollars a year to heat versus a house that will cost almost nothing to heat, I think the home buyer will opt for a passive house standard home.” Bangor Metro / 7

biz buzz On the Move STEPHANIE PARTRIDGE,

PMH-NP, has joined the staff at Penobscot Community Health Center. Her practice will focus on all aspects of mental health services, including assessment, treatment, medication management, and supportive therapy. BRIAN BEAULIEU has joined Allen Insurance and Financial. Beaulieu is a financial advisor and Chartered Financial Consultant with a dozen years of experience in the financial services industry. CHRIS RICHMOND of Camden has joined Allen Insurance and Financial as a commercial insurance provider. He will be working with businesses of all types, but will be focusing on the marine industry, a specialty of the insurance company.

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust has announced several staff promotions. MARCIA BENDER has been promoted from vice president of branch administration to vice president/senior operations officer. GINNY MACLEOD, former personal banker, has been promoted to customer service manager in the Southwest Harbor office. TERRY TRACY has been promoted from retail banking manager to assistant vice president of retail banking. Bender joined Bar Harbor Banking and Trust in 1980, MacLeod in 2005, and Tracy in 1992. The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce has elected new members for their board of directors. PAUL DOODY is the new president and KEN MITCHELL has been elected the secretary. JOSE L. CORDERO III has been welcomed as the newest board member. SALLY MILLS, a trustee of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and partner in the law firm of Hale & Hamlin, LLC of Ellsworth, has been named to the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance. Mills is a native of Blue Hill.

DAN BOOKHAM, executive director for the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce will be stepping down in August to take a new position at Allen Insurance and Financial. Bookham has been the head of the Chamber for the past three years.

The Humane Society of Knox County has announced the addition of CARISSA BIELAMOWICZ to its board of directors. Bielamowicz is a veterinarian at Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital in South Thomaston.

TONY BOWERS from Sherman Mills was

MARK GREEN takes the reins as executive

recently sworn in as the new potentate for the Anah Temple Shriners, who serve the area from Fort Kent to Skowhegan to Lincolnville. As potentate, Bowers will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Anah Temple. He joined the Shriners in 1986.

director of Washington Hancock Community Agency. Green has over 20 years of experience leading municipal government and was previously the town manager of Sanford.

STEVE THOMAS has been named vice president, commercial regional manager for Camden National Bank’s Bangor region. He will oversee commercial banking in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. Thomas joined Camden National in 2009 as vice president and commercial loan officer. 8 / Bangor Metro Summer Guide 2012

MICHAEL BRENNAN of Bancroft, Iowa, has been hired as the new town manager of Bucksport. Brennan has over five years of experience working as a city administrator and 15 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations. jennifer mcnally, a Mount Desert

Island resident, has been chosen as the new president of the board of directors for

the Hancock County SPCA. McNally joined the board in 2010 and has served as vice president. The City of Brewer has two new employees. ANDREW VARISCO was hired as the assistant city manager and ALISON BEANE as the executive administrative assistant. Varisco previously worked for Sen. Olympia Snowe, and Beane is a former employee at the University of Maine.

Grants The MAINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, based in Ellsworth, received a $650,000 grant from New York socialite and longtime Mount Desert Island summer resident, Brooke Astor. The funds will support high school programs to help students from Northeast Harbor prepare for productive careers. The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has awarded the steamship katahdin a grant totalling $300,000. The Community Development Block Grant will be used for repairs on the 98-year-old steamship. The grant will be matched with $195,000 from the Moosehead Marine Museum, owners of the Katahdin. The MAINE COAST HERITAGE TRUST, BLUE HILL HERITAGE TRUST, and THE CONSERVATION TRUST OF BROOKSVILLE, CASTINE, AND PENOBSCOT

have received $1 million in matching funds from the federal government to protect wetlands and wildlife habitat in the Bagaduce River watershed on the Blue Hill peninsula. The funding comes from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Maine’s PENOBSCOT INDIAN NATION and PASSAMAQUODDY TRIBE were awarded $194,798 and $119,544 respectively in conservation grant money from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The grant will fund efforts that range from

sight ings controlling invasive species to restoring salmon populations. THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT MACHIAS has been given a $25,000 grant

from the National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions Program to develop a course exploring the relationship between humans and nature. The course will be a part of UMM’s environmental liberal arts core curriculum.

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Awards GREENVILLE, MAINE has been selected

as the 2012 Readers’ Choice Award winner for Best New England Fall Foliage. The Readers’ Choice Awards honor the best products, features, and services across more than a dozen categories as selected by its readers. Milford native DAVE GEORGIA JR. was honored by his peers at the Maine Warden Service by being named the state’s 2011 Warden of the Year. He joined the Maine Warden Service in 1983 and patrols a district close to his home in Old Town.


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GO LOGIC HOMES LLC of Belfast won the TreeHugger Best of Green: Design Award for 2012 for their GO Home, which is Maine’s first Passive-HouseCertified home and is rated LEED Platinum.

Two flavors made by Eastport-based Raye’s Mustard have won medals at the 2012 World-Wide Mustard Competition. “Down East Schooner”, which has medaled at the competition each year since 2006, took home a gold medal while “Sea Dog Mustard” won a bronze medal.

Photos: (1 & 5) tom starno

donna vigue of Dexter was recently

honored with the Outstanding ServiceLearning Practitioner award from the Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism. For the past 11 years, Vigue has worked as the director of curriculum at RSU 67, which covers Lincoln, Chester, and Mattawamkeag.



1: Lisa Allen, Betty Hatch, and Carolyn Ferraro at the annual Chef’s Gala sponsored by the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

4: Alice Kaiserian, Matt Horton, and Nicole Ouellette at a recent Bar Harbor Chamber business after hours event in Trenton.

2: Melissa Barthelemy and Jillian Chandler at the opening of Frock Affair in downtown Bangor.

5: Chef Chiaolin Korona and Melissa Kim at the annual Chef’s Gala sponsored by the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

3: Governor LePage is joined by Maine Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Patricia Aho (far right) to award a 2012 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence to Betsy Fitzgerald and Todd Coffin from the Washington County Council of Governments.

6: Theresa Tracy and Cheryl Madore at Bangor’s Garden Show at the Bangor Auditorium on Easter weekend. 7: Honoree Stephen W. Cole speaks at the dedication of the Stephen W. Cole Concrete Laboratory at the University of Maine in Orono. Bangor Metro / 9

movers & shakers

Bringing Big Bands to Bangor Alex Gray has turned the Bangor waterfront into the summertime entertainment mecca of Maine. by henry garfield

The two men began looking for a venue to bring big name acts to Maine, initially working with a group in Oxford connected with a casino project. But Gray wanted to do something closer to home. The American Folk Festival had demonstrated that the downtown Bangor infrastructure could handle a massive crowd. Capacity varies depending on configuration. “If we did an all general admission show, we could do upwards of 15,000 people, but with a seated show or a combination show, you’re looking at 12,000 to 14,000, in that range. The benefit of being in Bangor is the site’s nicely sloped at 6%. There’s not a bad seat in the house.” There were the inevitable naysayers at first. “A lot of people in year one thought we were crazy to do this,” he admits. “Half of what we do has nothing to do with what we do, if that makes any sense. It’s the whole concert experience, which starts from the moment a show gets announced. A large percentage of what we do is through local subcontractors.” Ushers and ticket takers are volunteers from local organizations, which receive funds from Waterfront Concerts in exchange for the donated time and labor. The day of the show begins with the arrival of trucks and equipment in the wee hours of the morning. Gray spends the day seeing to the needs of the act. By show time, he’s up near the stage. “The best part of my job is sitting onstage about 10:05 at night and watching people lose their minds over a show. People thank me, but I’m the one who’s thankful. You don’t buy tickets, I don’t produce shows. It’s that simple.” As for the future: “We’ve paid our admission and we’re on the roller coaster, and we’ve just got to ride the ride,” Gray says. “I think Bangor’s on the cusp of being able

“I’m just a guy from Old Town, yet I get to do things that people only dream about and meet entertainers that people idolize.” —Alex Gray he says. “The closing of Ushuaia was the best education I ever had. It sucked at the time, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.” After the club closed, Gray “banged around and did a bunch of different things,” eventually going to work for Live Nation, where he met promoter Bob Duteau, whom he considers his mentor. 10 / Bangor Metro Summer Guide 2012

to do really amazing things. This could be the entertainment mecca of Maine for a number of years if it chooses to be. But the city’s going to have to step up and continue to put development dollars into the waterfront. We need more power. We’d love to have a roof. Municipalities build these things all over the country as economic development tools.”

Photo: courtesy of waterfront concerts


lex Gray’s house in Old Town doesn’t look like the nerve center of an entertainment empire. The stately brick home has been in his family since it was built, near the beginning of the 20th century, at about the same time as the original Old Town Canoe Company. His home-based business, Waterfront Concerts, is in its fifth season of booking live shows in Maine and its third on the Bangor waterfront. “I am one of the luckiest people in the world,” he says. “I’m just a guy from Old Town, yet I get to do things that people only dream about, and meet entertainers that people idolize.” Gray is tall, in his thirties, with a deep voice that resonates confidence. A former DJ with a degree in construction management engineering from the University of Maine, he has parlayed his love of live music and his hard-won business acumen into a local phenomenon whose reputation on the national music scene is increasing in tandem with size of the audiences flocking to the shows. Over the past two seasons, he’s brought internationally famous acts like Bob Dylan, Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, and the Dropkick Murphys to the Bangor waterfront. The shows have been a boon to downtown businesses. “Paddy Murphy’s tells me it’s like having 17 St. Patrick’s Days,” he says. Success has not come without setbacks. In 1999, Gray opened a club in Orono called Ushuaia, named after a town in Argentina, in honor of a grandfather he remembers as “an eccentric traveler.” The club operated for several years, but its liquor license was ultimately revoked by the Orono Town Council. “I’ve taken substantially more from my failures than I have from my successes,”

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metro health Don Hoenig and his dog Molly.

A mild winter has brought Lyme Disease-carrying ticks out of hiding throughout our state. Read on to find out how to protect your pets— and yourself—this summer. By jessica bloch

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s a conscientious pet owner, Don Hoenig makes every effort to check himself and his golden retriever Molly for ticks whenever they come in from a walk on Hoenig’s property in Belfast. Hoenig has also had Molly vaccinated for Lyme disease. But that didn’t stop Molly from coming down with the disease last fall. Hoenig— who is not only a pet owner but also the Maine state veterinarian—recognized something was wrong with Molly and had her tested. “Here I am, a veterinarian, trying to do the right thing, and I had a dog with Lyme disease,” says Hoenig. Molly was treated and eventually rebounded. “It’s a really big concern in Maine now.” Lyme disease is a growing problem for animals and humans. In Maine, the number of people infected with Lyme has

been climbing as the deer tick, which can pass the Lyme disease bacterium through a bite to its host, has spread throughout the state. This year, the tick population is expected to climb significantly and with it, the rate of Lyme disease. “That’s the question—how bad will it be? The tick numbers are higher, so the assumption is that we will have more Lyme disease,” says James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Dill is also a member of the Maine Vector-borne Disease Work Group, a gathering of state agencies and public health professionals, scientists, and policy makers who discuss ways to combat the spread of vector-borne diseases such as Lyme, West Nile virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. According to statistics from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Preven-

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The Trouble with Ticks

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A tick must be attached to a human for 36 hours in order to transfer the Lyme bacterium. tion’s Division of Infectious Disease, there were 752 probable and confirmed cases of Lyme disease reported in 2010. That was a decline from 2009, but reports of Lyme had increased in prior years. Although Lyme numbers and tick populations are concentrated in southern and coastal Maine—CDC numbers indicate York, Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc counties had the most affected populations—cases of Lyme in both humans and animals have been reported statewide. Dr. James Jarvis, a family medicine physician affiliated with Eastern Maine Medical Center, says he hasn’t noticed an increase in Lyme cases, but tick bites are a common complaint from patients, particularly in the summer. A tick must be attached to a human for 36 hours in order to transfer the Lyme bacterium. If a patient calls after having been bitten, doctors usually prescribe a round of oral antibiotics, which Jarvis says is very effective. The most well-known symptom of Lyme disease is a bull’s eye rash near the area of the tick bite, but Jarvis says not everybody with Lyme disease develops the rash, and sometimes it develops in places other than the site of the bite. “Sometimes people don’t even realize that they’ve been bitten by a tick, but they come in with complaints that we just can’t fit together,” he says. “That’s when it’s appropriate to do a Lyme test.” Those complaints can include fatigue, joint pain, body aches, and fever. If left untreated, Lyme disease can affect the heart, joints, and muscles, and cause neurological problems. There is no Lyme disease vaccine for people. Although there is one for dogs, the disease is harder to pin down in animals. Hoenig says ticks are very hard to track on animals because of their long hair. And obviously, an animal cannot easily communicate its symptoms. When he moved to Maine almost 30 years ago, Hoenig said he never found

how to remove a tick

To remove attached ticks, use the following procedure: 1. Use fine-tipped tweezers or shield your fingers with a tissue, paper towel, or rubber gloves. 2. Grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pull upward with steady, even pressure. Do not twist or jerk the tick; this may cause the mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin. (If this happens, remove mouthparts with tweezers. Consult your healthcare provider if infection occurs.) 3. Do not squeeze, crush, or puncture the body of the tick because its fluids may contain infectious organisms. 4. Do not handle the tick with bare hands because infectious agents may enter through mucous membranes or breaks in the skin. This precaution is particularly directed to individuals who remove ticks from domestic animals with unprotected fingers. Children, elderly persons, and immunocompromised persons may be at greater risk of infection and should avoid this procedure. 5. After removing the tick, thoroughly disinfect the bite site and wash your hands with soap and water. 6. You may wish to save the tick for identification in case you become ill within 2 to 3 weeks. Your doctor can use the information to assist in making an accurate diagnosis. Place the tick in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer. Write the date of the bite on a piece of paper with a pencil and place it in the bag. Note: Folklore remedies such as petroleum jelly or hot matches do little to encourage a tick to detach from skin. In fact, they may make matters worse by irritating the tick and stimulating it to release additional saliva, increasing the chances of transmitting a tickborne disease. These methods of tick removal should be avoided. Also, a number of tick removal devices have been marketed, but none are better than a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers.

Information from Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention: Bangor Metro / 13

metro health “Sometimes people don’t even realize that they’ve been bitten by a tick, but they come in with complaints that we just can’t fit together. That’s when it’s appropriate to do a Lyme test.” —James Jarvis ticks. However, in the past 10 years, deer ticks have become more and more prevalent on his land. He’s also finding more brown dog ticks. “My property is loaded with deer ticks,” says Hoenig. “I’ve pulled them off myself, embedded, on several occasions, and I’ve pulled dozens of both varieties off my dog.” Hoenig’s property is a kind of seasonal surveillance site, one of several in the state, that the Maine Medical Center Research Institute’s Vector-borne Disease Laboratory in South Portland uses to get a rough idea of how many ticks in a region are infected with the Lyme bacterium, says Chuck Lubelczyk, a field biologist in the lab. Hoenig says ticks taken from his property have tested positive for the Lyme bacteria. Coastal areas, such as Belfast, have seen huge increases in deer ticks and Lyme disease, UMaine’s Dill says. The ticks have been a bit slower to spread in Aroostook County, and that may be due to a sparse deer population, colder winters, and deeper snowpack compared to the rest of the state. This summer, however, those advantages may not help that much. The warm temperatures and low snowpack of the 2011-2012 winter meant some ticks were active through months when they are typically dormant. “We’ve had deer ticks sent to us every month this winter,” says Dill. “People were sending them off their cats, dogs, and occasionally themselves. So over the last two years it’s been a perfect situation to get a good crop of adult ticks, and it could be a bad year for Lyme disease cases.” 14 / Bangor Metro Summer Guide 2012

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er that a small Dairy Queen vanilla cone contains about 190 calories. Often, in the summer, not only do we overestimate our calorie burn, we underestimate how much we eat, a potentially dangerous-tothe-waistline combo, given all the foodand-drink-related socializing we tend to do during vacation. So what’s a person to do? How about taking your workout outdoors? Stepping up the pace a little three or four times a week? Throwing a few actual exercises or intensity bursts into the mix? If you bring the kids, they’ll think it’s fun. These workout-ish workouts can be done on a track—the Bangor-Brewer area boasts several excellent facilities for this, and if it’s not at a track, even a school playground would be a great place to have a go at it. Anywhere you can find spots to safely stop, drop, and hit the deck to bang out some exercises will do. If you’re not used to exercising, have a health condition, or you’re over the age of 40 and have

or a bench—if necessary, do them from your knees), 20 jumping jacks, 10 bodyweight squats (keep knees behind toes and chest up), 25 crunches, and then hold a plank. If a plank from the ground is too challenging, again, place your hands on an elevated surface. Then it’s time to walk again—except this time, add some intensity intervals. You get to choose how you set the interval—go for time or distance (I’m a big fan of distance because it tends to motivate me to go faster to get it over with). Start with an “easy” session, then ramp it up, alternating back and forth for five minutes, and repeat the exercise circuit. Do a total of three times through. The great thing about this workout is that not only will you burn extra calories and tone muscles while you’re doing it, but for hours afterward. Adding intensity and strength intervals to your workouts (or walks) boosts not only your fitness, but your metabolism, causing your body to

Hiking around Jordan Pond with the relatives from away is kind of like a workout, because you’re moving. But it’s really just a long walk (albeit, a very nice and enjoyable walk) generally followed by popovers and jam. been sedentary, get a doctor’s OK before you dramatically increase your activity level. Start by briskly walking five minutes as a warm-up. Then, stop and do 10 walking lunges on each leg, 10 push-ups (if that’s too hard, do them with your hands elevated, on a piece of playground equipment

torch more fat. And because you’re adding resistance training in the form of the bodyweight exercises, you are working at maintaining and building muscle tone. Wendy Watkins is a personal trainer and lifestyle coach at Bangor-Brewer Athletic Club in Brewer.

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t’s summertime—time to get out and enjoy the sun, sand, water, and fresh air! As a personal trainer, I bemoan this time of year because it’s the quietest time of the year business-wise. Often, clients ditch the gym and their workouts. But as an active person, I look forward to the days I can get out to enjoy the gorgeous summer days Maine is so famous for. Let’s be realistic, though: a lot of us think what we’re doing on vacation when we’re away from the gym IS a workout, when it’s really what I like to call activeish. Hiking around Jordan Pond with the relatives from away is kind of like a workout, because you’re moving. But it’s really just a long walk (albeit, a very nice and enjoyable walk) generally followed by popovers and jam. Same thing with walking the dog in the Bangor Forest—again, enjoyable. But it’s a walk. And nothing against walking, except your body is designed to walk, and as a result, it’s really efficient at it. Walking on its own will gobble up calories but not a whole lot of them: If you weigh 140 pounds and go on a leisurely halfhour stroll, you’ll only burn 95 calories (step up the pace and make it more like a cross-country hike and that jumps to 190 calories). If you weigh 190 pounds, those numbers increase a bit, to 130 for a stroll and 250 for the amped-up version. Biking around the neighborhood for a half-hour, zipping along at 12-14 mph, with no breaks? The 140-pounder burns 275 calories, the 190-pounder, 375. And it’s a tie between shooting hoops out in the yard or canoeing: a half-hour of either burns 140 calories for the 140-pound person and 190 calories for the 190-pounder. That’s not a whole lot, when you consid-

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Great Hikes Maine is a hikers paradise. From serene wooded trails to scaling the summit of Maine’s highest peak—there is a hike to be found for every age and ability. In honor of our annual summer guide, we’ve featured eight trails from The County to Camden and places in between. If you’re looking for some outdoor adventure this summer, consider taking one of these great hikes. By melanie brooks

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Quoddy Head

Reverend Mark Doty at the Hammond Street Congretagional Church in Bangor.

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uoddy Head State Park is situated at the easternmost spot in the U.S., and the hiking trails afford you beautiful scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The park is home to one of Maine’s most famous lighthouses—the red-and-white-str iped West Quoddy Head Light. The light was originally fueled by sperm whale oil in the early 1800s and is now powered by electricity. The 15-foot red and white stripes were added to original tower to make it more visible from sea in the snow and fog. There are four trails that range in length from ¾ of a mile to a 4-mile loop. The Inland, Thompson, and Bog trails are relatively level routes, good for children and older people who aren’t looking for a strenuous hike. The Coastal Trail is the longest, and offers a more challenging hike. The trails wind through forest, wetland, and along the coast, offering visitors many different scenic views and chances to spot wildlife. Summer visitors may see humpback, minke, and finback whales swimming offshore and a bevy of birds that make the park their home. Quoddy Head State Park is a particularly good spot for birdwatchers to see hundreds of shorebirds during their spring and fall migration periods, so don’t forget your binoculars. Nature lovers will also appreciate the sub-artic and artic plants that grow in the coastal plateau bog. These plants, along with carnivorous plants like pitcher plants and sundew make for an interesting and educational hike.

more info Fees: Yes Getting there: Hop on Route 191, which will take you through Machias, and keep on going. When you pass through Trescott, take a right onto Boot Cove Road and follow signs to S. Lubec Road and the entrance to Quoddy Head State Park.

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Mount Katahdin

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June through the fall, but no matter when you go, remember to pack warm clothes for the summit—the weather can be hot and humid at the base and extremely cold and windy at the top. Only so many people are allowed through the gates of Baxter State Park per day, so if you are planning to hike, you should call ahead for registration reservations. Many hikers choose to camp to get an early start on their day-long hike up and down the mountain, and reservations for campsites should be made well in advance. Reaching the summit is an amazing experience for any hiker, but in order to do so safely you need to be prepared. This is not a hike for young children and, in fact, children under 6 years of age are not permitted above the tree line. You will need to pack plenty of water and food to sustain yourself for the day, as well as a good map. It takes about eight

to 10 hours to hike the mountain for an average hiker, and visitors are encouraged to get started at the crack of dawn. Visit to find useful information on planning your hike, from rules and regulations, to packing your backpack, to how to deal with wildlife. Hiking Katahdin is an epic experience where memories are made. If you plan accordingly, it can be a thoroughly enjoyable adventure for everyone involved.

more info Fees: Yes Getting there: Take the drive on 95 to exit 244 and take Route 157 west toward Medway. Once you hit downtown Millinocket, follow signs to the Baxter State Park Visitor’s Center.

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aine’s tallest peak is not for the faint of heart—or health. As the northern end of the Appalachian Trail, this majestic mountain lures hikers from across the state, country, and globe each year. With over 200 miles of hiking trails— some of them over 100 years old—Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin are a destination for many who want to get closer to nature. Some of the wildest and most primitive hiking terrain in New England is found here, thanks to the mission set forth by Percival P. Baxter, founder of Baxter State Park. Preserving the natural environment for all to enjoy is of the utmost importance, and there are many rules and regulations visitors must follow when inside the park. Katahdin rises a mile above sea level, and there are many routes to the summit to choose from. Most hikers choose to tackle the Beast of the East from mid-

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id you know that Maine has its own Grand Canyon? We do! And it’s located in the Jo-Mary Multiple Use Management Forest in the Katahdin region. Gulf Hagas is an out-of-the-way gem that you have to see to believe. There are six separate falls—Screw Auger Falls, the Jaws, Hammond Street Pitch, Buttermilk Falls, Billings Falls, and Stair Falls—that tempt visitors from near and far every summer. You can reach all of the falls by hiking the 8.2-mile-long Rim Trail, which is a strenuous hike that takes about six hours for even the most advanced hikers. The trail is often slippery and damp, thanks to the spray from the roaring falls. Most visitors are content to spend the day at the very first set of falls—Screw Auger Falls—which are considered to be the jewel of the area. It’s a three step series that provides dramatic scenery and is located just about a mile from the main parking lot. It’s a great place to take your family to cool off with a dip in one of the swimming holes that have been carved out of stone over the past 10,000 years. July and August are the busiest months for this picturesque area, but leaf peepers get a grand view in October. Whenever you go, wear comfortable shoes and pack a towel, as the West Branch of the Pleasant River runs between the main parking lot and the waterfalls, and there’s no bridge crossing. The water is clear and beautiful, but numbingly cold! Want to keep your feet dry? Take the Head of the Gulf Trail from the west, which provides access to the Gulf Hagas area without having to ford the river. It’s a 1.7mile hike to the Gulf Hagas intersection.

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Fees: Yes Getting there: Gulf Hagas is located in the Appalachian Mountain Club 100 Mile Wilderness Conservation Area. You can get there several different ways. The entrance is located off the Katahdin Iron Works Road. The easier route to Gulf Hagas is via Route 11 through Brownville Junction; the other route is through Greenville. Bangor Metro / 21

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hey don’t call the Camden area “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea” for nothing. If you are looking for sweeping views of midcoast Maine, head to Camden Hills State Park and hike up Mount Battie. Reaching 780 feet into the sky, this mountain is the signature peak for the state park when it comes to views of Penobscot Bay. Mount Battie is easy to get to from downtown Camden, and the Mount Battie Trail leads up the south side to the peak. There are some steep pitches along the half-mile route, but the views are worth it. The Tableand Trail is less steep, but it’s a mile longer. If you take this path, plan on hiking for about an hour and a half. There are over 30 miles of scenic hiking trails in Camden Hills State Park. Visitors are urged to pick up a trail map at the main office and head out to one of the five trailheads. Hiking here is perfect for families, as the trails aren’t too long, and many of them have moderate inclines. You can create your own loops between

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the trails for a longer hike if you have the time and inclination to explore. If hiking isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy the view from the summit by taking the auto road and driving up the north side. There’s plenty of parking at the top and areas where you can spread out a blanket for a picnic lunch. At the top of Mount Battie sits a charming stone lookout tower that has been dedicated to the men and women of Camden who served in WWI. There’s a plaque at the summit where you can read a poem by Camden’s most famous poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay.

more more info info Fees: Yes Getting there: Take Route One to Camden. Parking for Camden Hills State Park is located at 280 Belfast Road right off Route One.

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Great Head


f you are looking for a familyfriendly hike in Acadia National Park, try the Great Head Trail. This 1.7-mile loop offers spectacular ocean views right above Sand Beach, which makes for a perfect post-hike picnic spot. This trail is rocky and can sometimes be hard to follow at the summit, so keep your eyes peeled for the blue markers. There are also no guardrails at the top, so be sure to keep small children on the trail, both for their protection and the protection of the vegetation at the summit. The trail follows a gradual grade through the woods to the peak, and at the top you can find ruins of a tower that was built by the Satterlee family who once owned the area. The ruins were originally an observatory, and a tea room was built in the early 1900s. This is a fun hike that is not too strenuous, and offers some great rewards, from breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean to easy access to Sand Beach.

more info Fees: Yes Getting there: Take the Park Loop Road to Sand Beach and park in the Sand Beach parking lot. The trailhead can be found at the far end of the beach.

Pemetic Mountain

more info Fees: Yes Getting there: Parking depends on what trail you want to take. The Pemetic Mountain Trail can be accessed from Jordan Pond. Parking in the Jordan Pond lots fills up quickly in the summer, so start early or park at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and take the Island Explorer bus. 24 / Bangor Metro Summer Guide 2012

mountain to choose from. The Pemetic Mountain Trail is the most popular, as it’s not as steep as the Bubbles-Pemetic Trail and the Southeast Ridge Trail. The trailhead starts at Bubble Pond, and hikers walk through dense forests. You’ll want to pay attention, as there are multitudes of exposed roots and small boulders to trip you up. Hikers will hit some extreme ups and downs before reaching the open

ridges that take you to the summit. If you are looking for a more strenuous hike, try the Bubbles trail, which is the steepest route up the mountain. The Southeast Ridge Trail is the longest route and also one of the least traveled. No matter what trail you take, plan to spend a few hours on the mountain. The hike is challenging and not appropriate for small children.

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here are dozens of hikes in Acadia National Park, but the Pemetic Mountain Trail offers some of the best views of more than two dozen points on Mount Desert Island. It’s also a more private and peaceful hike, as most people flock to tackle surrounding Cadillac Mountain, The Bubbles, and The Beehive. The fourth highest point on MDI offers views of Schoodic Mountain, Mt. Champlain, the Cranberry Isles, Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Frenchman Bay, Bubble Pond, and more. Along the trail, hikers get views of Eagle Lake and Jordan Pond. There are a few different trails up the

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ocated in Castle Hill, Haystack Mountain is one of the most popular hiking areas in all of Aroostook County. From a distance, the mountain resembles a great big stack of hay—hence the name. The hike is short, not even a mile round-trip, but it’s rugged, and affords some of the best 360-degree views in northern Maine. It’s a great hike for families, as it takes just about 30 minutes to reach the summit. The trail can be quite steep at times, so if you are hiking with young children, make sure they stick to the trail, which is clearly marked and easy to follow. Haystack Mountain is also great for adventurous rock climbers, as a scalable rock wall can be found just off the trail. The trail splits three-fourths the way up the mountain and loops around the summit. At the top you can see Mount Katahdin to the south, Mars Hill mountain to the southeast, and sweeping farmland to the north and east. There is a memorial bench at the summit dedicated to the late Corporal Dustin J. Libby, United States Marine Corps. Libby, a native of Castle Hill, was killed in Iraq on December 6, 2006. The Haystack Mountain trail is dedicated to his memory.

more info Fees: Yes Getting there: From Presque Isle, travel west on Route 163 through Mapleton. The road to the parking lot will be marked and on the right hand side of the road.

Big Moose Mountain

more info Fees: Yes Getting there: Take Route 15 into Greenville, then turn left onto Routes 15/6 from the downtown area. Follow this road for about five miles then turn onto North Road and into the Little Moose Public Reserved Lands. 26 / Bangor Metro Summer Guide 2012

This mountain is home to the state’s first fire tower, which was built in 1905. There was also a small ski resort on the mountain, which closed in 2010 for financial reasons. But you don’t need snow and skis to enjoy this lovely mountain. The entire hike up and down the mountain is a little over four miles long,

and you hike out on the same trail on which you hiked in. The first mile-and-ahalf from the parking lot is relatively easy, taking you through a hardwood forest with a gentle incline. But once you pass by the old fire warden’s cabin, the trail turns steep to the summit. 

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hose of you who hail from the Greenville area probably still call Big Moose Mountain by its original name—Big Squaw. In 2000, the state changed the name to Big Moose, out of respect for Maine’s Native American population. Local legend has it that the mountain was named after the wife of Chief Kineo. Big Moose Mountain stands 2,000 feet above Moosehead Lake in Greenville. From the summit you can view not only Maine’s biggest lake, but also Mount Katahdin, Mount Kineo, and the Bigelow Range.

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Beaten Path Looking for a Maine vacation that’s off the beaten path? We’ve found four of them. From Aroostook County to Down East, there’s a quirky vacation spot that is sure to put a smile on your face. By craig idlebrook

Kevin and Kate McCartney outside of their Caribou B&B.

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s the economy takes its time rebounding, more Mainers are opting for staycations than trips out of state. Meanwhile, more out-of-staters want to see Maine off the beaten path. They all want to explore a state that is vast and filled with adventure, and they want accommodations that have just as much character. Living in Maine is all about ingenuity, and that holds double for Maine’s innkeepers. To keep an inn open, you have to work with your surroundings, adapt and use what’s available to be a success. That can mean anything from renovating an old cannery into an inn to making your hobby part of your décor. Just in time for summer, we’ve profiled four unique places to rest your head when you travel in Maine. Bangor Metro / 29

Eccentric B&B: The Old Iron Inn Bed and Breakfast in Caribou Pa r t of t h e f u n of staying in bed and breakfasts is that each one is unique. Every bed and breakfast is also someone’s home and takes on the homeowner’s character. This may explain a lot about the Old Iron Inn in Caribou, a bed and breakfast that simultaneously feels like an eclectic museum and a cozy inn, and its owners. The inn’s name is literal; the walls of the common room downstairs are lined with antique steaming irons from the 19th and 20th centuries. Collecting irons is a fun hobby for the inn’s co-owner Kevin McCartney, a geology professor and paleontologist at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He picked up his first iron for a dollar and quickly grew fascinated with the endless variety of irons on the antique market. His collection includes irons heated by woodstove, gasoline and coal. “When I was a boy, I collected fossils. Now that I’m a paleontologist, I collect irons,” he says. Irons are just the tip of the iceberg of the inn’s eccentricities. Kevin also has an impressive collection of Russian nesting dolls. Another common room is decorated with model biplanes. An upstairs corner is

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dedicated to memorabilia and writings on Abraham Lincoln. And one guest room is dubbed the Amoeba Room, in honor of some wallpaper that has since been mercifully replaced. But perhaps the most surprising aspect of the bed and breakfast is that co-owner Kate McCarthy makes an inn filled with so many interesting things feel cozy. The décor goes for classical comfort, with quilts and well-crafted furniture to go along with the antiques. And Kate projects the image of the unflappable innkeeper, one who has even been known to volunteer to mend clothing for guests. She also serves as the perfect foil to Kevin at breakfast conversations. It was never Kate’s plan to run a bed and breakfast. But the couple lost their home to a flood in 1992. They bought the house in Caribou and needed to start renting out space immediately. “We literally had nothing,” Kate says. “We had to start making money right away.” Slowly, they learned the secrets of the innkeeping trade, learning to appeal to those traveling on business who had tired of motels. They also learned to gauge the needs of their guests and to keep the atmosphere informally friendly. “We’re here to chat if they want to chat or leave them alone if they don’t,” says Kate. This year, the Old Iron Inn will be celebrating its

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A view inside the Old Iron B&B.

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Seaside Accommodations: Little River Lighthouse in Cutler Few tour ists w ho snap photos of lighthouses realize they can stay in one, but some Maine lights offer overnight stays. The Little River Lighthouse in Cutler has accommodations in the summer months for those who don’t mind planning their vacations around the tides. “It’s got to be at mid-to high tide to get out there,” says Tim Harrison, president of Friends of Little River Lighthouse. The lighthouse is situated on a 15-acre island at the mouth of the Little River

in Washington County. Guests are ferried to the island’s dock by lighthouse keeper Bill Kitchen; they then hike across the island via a wooden boardwalk to the four-bedroom keeper’s cottage facing the ocean. The cottage has electricity, indoor plumbing, and a full kitchen, but what it lacks is what many find appealing, says Harrison. It’s a vacation destination with no television, no traffic, no commitments. “It’s a place where you’re supposed to do nothing,” Harrison says. “It’s like stepping back in time on a little island.” The lighthouse was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1975 and slated for demolition in 1979, but it was saved by local outcry over the demolition plans. For the next two decades, the structure sat boarded up and abandoned until it was turned over to the American Lighthouse Foundation in 2000. The foundation’s volunteers stabilized the exterior

and restored the interior. The décor today resembles the style of the keeper’s quarters when the lighthouse was actively manned. The Friends of Little River Lighthouse now maintain the lighthouse and organize overnight stays. The cottage has attracted tourists from around the country who want a taste of the keeper’s life or who just want a quiet place to stay. It’s popular with honeymooners and has even hosted a wedding. But it’s also one of the few accommodations that can be cancelled because of inclement weather. Once or twice a summer, it’s too foggy or the seas are too choppy to safely ferry guests to the island. The island may be hard to get to, but it’s worth the trip, a secluded place to stay surrounded by sea. Guests fall asleep to the lapping of the waves. Truth be told, they also sometimes wake to the bellow of the foghorn. During the day, hiking trails invite lounging and keeping an eye

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feature story out for seals who like to show off. “You can reach out and pat a seal on the head,” Harrison says. “Basically, you get a million-dollar view for $125 to $150 a night.”

Staying Down on the Farm:

Looking to get your hands dirty on vacation? How about a farmstay?

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Fo odi e s a n d wi n e a f iciona d os might want to consider some downeast agricultural accommodations for an offbeat Maine vacation destination. Shalom Orchard in Franklin offers farmstays throughout the farm’s June-toOctober growing season. Visitors can rent a two-bedroom apartment on the organic orchard and vegetable farm by the wewek and experience as much, or as little, of farm life as they want, says co-owner Charlotte Young. “We can do everything from letting the kids collect eggs to doing a tutorial on soil health,” Young says. Farmstays have become popular in Europe, offering rural getaways for travellers and steady income for farmers. In recent years, the farmstay concept has caught on in the United States, with a handful of Maine farms offering lodgings. This will be the first year Shalom Orchard offers a farmstay, but Young and her husband Jim Baranski previously ran a bed and breakfast at the farm for six years. Young emphasizes that learning about the farm or doing farm chores is purely voluntary. During their stay, visitors can learn about the alchemy of fruit winemaking. Baranski primarily makes apple and blueberry wines from the orchard’s hundreds of apple trees, but he also crafts smaller batches of wines from other fruits of the farm, including blueberry, pear, raspberry and kiwi. While the Shalom brand offers honey mead, the honey usually comes from other sources, out of respect for the farm’s bees. “We have bees, but we rarely have enough to take it for ourselves,” says Young. They leave as much honey behind as needed for the bees to use for winter food. Both Young and Baranski have winemaking backgrounds. Before owning the orchard, Young ran a winery in Con-

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Shalom Orchard in Franklin

necticut and Baranski enjoyed making mead at Renaissance festivals. As soon as they saw the orchard on the property, they knew they could continue their love of winemaking. “The fruit was here for it,” she says. The couple also fell in love with the 75-acre fallowed farm when they first spied the sweeping views of both the mountains of the Schoodic peninsula to the east and the mountains of Mount Desert Island to the south. They learned from local historians that the property once belonged to an Episcopal minister who christened it Shalom Farm. It was renamed Shalom Orchard in honor of the mature apple trees. Apart from winemaking, each month offers different enticements for visitors to the orchard, says Young. In late May, apple blossoms come into full bloom; visitors can buy produce, meat, and eggs throughout the growing season; and the cider press cranks up in the fall. Young also provides wool-spinning and wooldying demos throughout the year. But the farmstay is available, as well, for those travellers who lack a green thumb and just want to sit back and watch the antics of chickens, ducks and sheep. The orchard is located near several ponds and the Down East Sunrise biking trail and between the island and peninsula sections of Acadia National Park.

Sleep With the Fishes: The Inn at the Wharf in Lubec Old s a r di n e fact or i e s usually do not rank high up on the list of cozy places to stay, but Maine entrepreneur Victor Trafford has created an upscale inn from the shell of an old sardine cannery in Lubec. And he’s preserved the property’s working waterfront, to boot. The Inn at the Wharf is a testament to post-industrial multi-use architecture. The upper level of the inn offers spacious rooms and apartments, a yoga studio and a restaurant overlooking the ocean. Meanwhile, the lower level maintains the property’s ties to the sea, with seafood holding tanks and a wharf for lobstermen. Trafford is the first to admit that he lacked a master plan for creating the inn. He had no experience in innkeep-










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ing or the fishing industry. An Aroostook county native, he was just passing through Lubec when he immediately fell in love with the town. “At the end of five days, we signed a contract on a summer home,” he says. But good entrepreneurs can anticipate trends, and Trafford saw that Lubec was undergoing an arts revival, powered largely by the popular summer music program for adults, Summerkeys. “I knew with Summerkeys there was more demand for accommodations than accommodations,” Trafford said. 34 / Bangor Metro Summer Guide 2012

Initial architectural plans for Trafford’s venture called for tearing down the shuttered cannery, but Trafford knew the building had character. Piece by piece, he carved apartments and rooms out of the industrial space, leaving architectural traces of the cannery in each comfortable room. The before-and-after effects of his efforts are startling. This past year, he opened a cheery seafood restaurant where a drab and giant holding tank stood the year before. The inn is about as close to Maine’s working waterfront heritage as one can

get. Trafford has his own fleet of lobster boats and is able to offer whale-watching cruises right from the inn’s docks. On one July afternoon, fishing activity quietly commingles with the tourist trade. “The tourists and the fishermen get along quite well,” Trafford says. Demand for the inn has grown steadily. When the inn opened its doors without preexisting reservations in 2009, they did brisk business. The next year, business more than doubled. Halfway through the 2011 season, business has tripled from 2010 levels.

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Trafford’s business vision seems to allow him to ask, “What if?”, and his business plan is always a moving target. More rooms will come online for the inn’s 2012 season, and on the day he’s being interviewed, Trafford is mulling over whether to resurrect a row of fishing shacks overlooking the ocean. “If you could stay in a small fishing shack right over the water, I think that would be quite attractive,” he muses out loud. Which means the fusion of Lubec’s fishing history and its tourist trade may continue for years to come.

hile it may be bright, sunny, and warmer outside, our energy meters continue to tick away the dollars. For those looking to find ways to lower their fuel bill year round, you may want to carefully examine how you heat your water. There are some steps that can be taken to reduce the energy costs associated with heating water that can start saving you money today. Turning the knob on your washing machine can save you about $100 a year in energy costs. Since the greatest cost of washing clothes is heating the water, simply moving the water temperature to a cold/cold wash setting will save you money. Most hot water heaters are set at a higher temperature than they need to be. Consider turning down your hot water temperature to 130°F. For every 10° the temperature is reduced, you will save as much as 3% to 5% on the cost of heating your water. Like me, I am sure at one time or another you have reminded your children to turn off the water. The average bathroom faucet runs at about 2 gallons of water per minute. That means every time you brush your teeth or when you wash your hands with the faucet running, you use about 4 gallons of water. If you brush your teeth twice per day and wash your hands three times per day, it can add up to 600 gallons or more of water per month. Another option that is worth seriously considering is heating water with propone. Why run your oil furnace or

electric hot water heater all summer just to keep your water hot? The average home uses up to 25% of each energy dollar on heating water for showers, laundry, dishes, and more. Propane water heaters are a more efficient, more effective, and a more costsavings alternative. These water heaters use propane to power the heating element inside the unit and can provide an endless stream of hot water “on demand” far more efficiently than heating with a oil-fired furnace. With as much as 20 percent of the cost to heat hot water being lost due to keeping hot water warm, an on-demand system saves energy dollars. A propane on-demand hot water system can heat unlimited amounts of water for your entire family only when needed. Propane hot water systems can be easily installed and take less space than traditional electric or oil-based tank systems and typically have warranties twice as long as the traditional units. The size and output of your system should be designed, taking into consideration the size of your home and family hot water needs. As with any new piece of equipment, it will require money to purchase, so the investment should be considered carefully. However, the payback on a propane water heating system will not only pay for the unit, but in most family homes, the result is visible, consistent savings within a short period of time. Bob Foster is President of R. H. Foster Energy

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Outdoor Paradise Old Town has a rich cultural and industrial history that, just like the river, changes with the passage of time. The strong have survived in this central Maine milltown, to the delight of many. By Henry Garfield

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town on I-95. But a renewed focus on the river and plans to create a business zone for intelligent technology companies in a revitalized downtown have Old Town’s 8,100 residents looking eagerly toward the future. As always, the city is well-positioned. “Old Town has always been known as a mill town,” says economic development director David Wight. “But times change.”

History In the beginning was the river, and the river still defines the city that was founded on its shores in the late 1700s. The Penobscot Indians and their ancestors had been

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ven before there were roads to cross, Old Town was at the crossroads. Built at a place where the Penobscot River braids itself into several channels, creating a series of large and small islands, the city sits between the upper and lower river, the woods and the coast, the Penobscot Indian Nation and the University of Maine. In the days when the river was the primary traffic artery north of Bangor, Old Town was on the main drag. The mills and lumberyards that once dominated the riverfront are long gone; the former train station is now a recycling center. The bulk of today’s traffic bypasses down-

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using the river and living in the area for untold generations before then. The island now known as Indian Island, connected to Old Town by a bridge, was an important seasonal headquarters hundreds of years before the arrival of Europeans. The river provided an effective avenue for shipping lumber out of the North Woods, and the series of rapids and waterfalls in the area provided abundant power for sawmills. The first sawmill in Old Town was built by Richard Winslow in 1798. Commercial activity grew to serve the needs of the lumber workers, and for the first half of the 19th century, Old Town boomed as a center of the lumber business. One of the country’s first rail lines, the Veazie Railroad, began serving the area in 1836. Small communities grew up around different parts of the river system, and are still reflected in the layout of the city today. Well into the twentieth century, the communities of Stillwater, French Island, and Great Works, all within the Old Town city limits, had their own elementary schools and post offices. They were clustered around dams and other commercially valuable spots on the river. The Stillwater River is the largest of the wayward waterways that split off from and then rejoin the Penobscot. Between the two rivers is Marsh Island, which contains both downtown Old Town and the University of Maine. The island, settled by Joseph Marsh and his family in 1774, is divided between Old Town and Orono, which split to become its own political entity in 1840. The University of Maine came into existence as the Maine College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts in 1865, opening its doors to its first students in September of 1868. A fire in 1878 destroyed several lumber mills, and in the following decade Old Town’s economy began to diversify. The Penobscot Chemical Fiber Company opened Maine’s first pulp and paper mill at Great Works in 1882. The first textile mill was built beside a dam constructed in 1888, just upriver from the site of the present-day Milford dam. The city’s most famous business, Old Town Canoe, was founded in 1898. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Old Town’s industrial base hummed along with the water rushing

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Today, Old Town Canoe’s most popular boats are their kayaks. Perfect for a float down the Stillwater River.

over the dams. The city became known as a clothing manufacturing center, and several stores did a thriving business outfitting University of Maine students and professors. The city was also home to several shoe factories, but by the 1960s, decline had begun. The construction of the Interstate, coupled with Bangor’s rise as a retail center, spelled doom for many of Old Town’s downtown businesses. Mills were abandoned and left to decay on the waterfront. In 2009, Old Town Canoe moved out of its downtown factory into an expansive new facility on Gilman Road, just north of town. The old factory is slated to be demolished, to make room for what planners hope will be the next wave of economic development: an en38 / Bangor Metro Summer Guide 2012

terprise zone for intelligent technology companies.

FAMILY BUSINESSES So connected is Old Town Canoe to the city’s “brand” that new signs at the town lines proclaim “Welcome to Old Town, home of Old Town Canoe.” “That’s our name recognition all over the world,” David Wight says. “That’s what we’re famous for.” Old Town Canoe began as a partnership between brothers and businessmen George and Herbert Gray and Alfred E. Wickett, a carpenter and canoe builder. The first shop was set up in a shed behind Gray’s Hardware Store, which had originally been founded to supply log-

ging operations in the area. Early canoes were made of canvas stretched over a wood frame; by the early 1960s, the company was winning industry awards for its fiberglass canoes. The company was purchased by Johnson Outdoors, an international corporation, in 1974. In 2009 it acquired two kayak manufacturers, Necky and Ocean, and moved those operations from Washington State, bringing additional jobs to its new facility. Today, Old Town Canoe sells more kayaks than canoes, but its reputation lives on through word-of-mouth and the annual visitors who show up to see where their cherished boat was made. Old Town is also home to several noteworthy family businesses that have remained in the area and thrived through several generations. Cyr Bus Lines is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012. A business that began with horses and early trucks now runs daily buses for 17 Maine school districts, and offers guided coach tours throughout the U.S. and Canada. Company president Joe Cyr is the grandson of its founder, John T. Cyr. Cyr credits the company’s success to a laid-back business philosophy. “We’ve taken what’s come,” he says. “We haven’t gone looking a whole lot, but if people come to us, we look at it. I got to a point where we had 130 to 140 vehicles and I thought we were maybe big enough, but it didn’t take me long to realize that if we didn’t grow, we’d fall behind.” Bernie LaBree is the son of one of the two brothers who opened the original LaBree’s Bakery on French Island in 1948. “I’m the second generation, and the third generation is working here now,” he says. In 1978, the bakery moved to its present location on Gilman Falls Avenue, about a mile out of town, in the same business neighborhood as Cyr and Old Town Canoe. Long known for its doughnuts, LaBree’s has expanded into cupcakes and other pastries. A cheerful man who answers the phone by declaring, “It’s a great day,” LaBree is modest about his company’s success, attributing it to the quality of the workers and the variety of products. The James W. Sewall Company was founded in 1880 by brothers Joseph and James Wingate Sewall, to conduct mapping, surveying, and forest inventory operations for lumber companies in the northern Maine woods. Still family-

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owned, Sewall now performs aerial surveying and civil engineering on five continents. James W. Sewall Jr. bought the company’s first airplane in 1946. In 1995, the company partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and several private firms to develop digital navigation charts; in 1998, the company captured more than one mil-

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So connected is Old Town Canoe to the city’s “brand” that new signs at the town lines proclaim “Welcome to Old Town, home of Old Town Canoe.” lion aerial images. Since the turn of the century, Sewall has acquired mapping and surveying companies in Kentucky, South Carolina, and New York. They do traffic engineering, web-based resource management, and data collection on wind speeds in the Gulf of Maine, in connection with the University of Maine’s offshore wind energy study. The Sargent Corporation, which prepares sites for major construction and landfill projects throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and in the mid-Atlantic states, was founded in Stillwater in 1926 by Herbert E. Sargent, for whom a neighborhood elementary school would be named. But the company was sold to a French construction firm in 1988, and eventually became part of a German-owned multinational corporation. Herbert R. Sargent, grandson of the founder, was able to purchase the company and return it to local ownership in 2005, a year before his grandfather’s death. “It meant a lot to him, which made it more meaningful to me,” the younger Sargent told Bangor Metro in 2008. “Cyr Bus, LaBree’s, Sargent, and Sewall were all families from Old Town that started those businesses years ago, most of them around 100 years ago,” Wight says. “They’ve been able to stay in town and thrive and grow. Some of them have moved a couple times within the com-

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a piece of maine: old town munity, but I think they realized they were in a good location. The community has been very kind to those companies, and those companies have been kind to the city. The people who run them have been involved in the education system in Old Town, and the cultural activities. They support all the activities in the community, through donations and having their employees serve on committees and such. Their families are established here in town. They value living here.”

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Some of Cyr Bus Lines’ many buses.

old town/orono stats Incorporated as a City: 1898 Population: 8,100 Mil rate: 18.3 Median age: 33.4 Median household income: $36,126 Education: Old Town Elementary School J.A. Leonard Middle School Old Town High School

Largest companies: • Sargent Corporation • Old Town Canoe • Old Town Fuel and Fiber • LaBree’s Bakery • Cyr Bus Lines • James W. Sewall Company Major natural resources: Penobscot and Stillwater Rivers and University Forest

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The other major local employer is Old Town Fuel and Fiber, the old pulp mill south of downtown on the river. Like many pulp and paper operations in Maine, the former Georgia Pacific mill has seen hard times in recent decades, including layoffs, closures, and ownership changes. Today, however, the mill supplies 200 jobs, and is the site of a University-sponsored initiative looking for ways to make fuel from byproducts of the pulping process. The Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative is headed by Hemant Pendse, chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Maine. Pendse and his team extract sugars from wood chips bound for pulping. The pulping process has been shown to be unaffected by the process and produces the same quality pulp. Meanwhile, the extracted sugars can be made into profitable biofuels and other high value by-products with the potential to change Maine’s—and the world’s—energy future. “We extract part of the wood but still protect the fiber, so people can get pulp out of it,” Pendse says. “Essentially, the part we are taking out would have been burned—it would have been used to make steam. We can get much higher value. We think that we can eventually make jet fuel out of it.” Thus the mill continues to produce and sell pulp as its primary business, while the engineers at the University carry out their experiments, which may in turn lead to a new revenue stream for the mill. The presence of the University benefits Old Town in many different ways. A paved bicycle trail takes you from the center of town to the University campus in about 20 minutes. Some 30% of the land in Old Town is owned by UMaine, and trails for hiking, biking, skiing, and horseback riding crisscross the Univer-

The city park in downtown Old Town is the site of the annual Riverfest event.

sity Forest, which straddles the boundary between Old Town and Orono. Many University students live in Old Town and shop at local businesses.

CULTURE AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES “Old Town sits between two powerful poles of culture and the arts: The Penobscot Indian Nation and the University of Maine. You can visit the Penobscot Indian Museum on Indian Island (MondayThursday and Saturday), the Old Town Museum on Main Street (Friday-Sunday), and the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine (Monday-Saturday). Entertainment options range from high-stakes bingo and other games at the Sockalexis Bingo Palace on Indian Island, to musical and theatrical performances at the Collins Center for the Arts. The annual Riverfest Celebration is held each September and is centered on the riverfront park the city began developing on an old industrial site in 2002. The threeday event features music, games, a parade,

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servation groups, the Penobscot River Restoration Project is dedicated to returning sea-run fish to the upper Penobscot while preserving energy production opportunities. Removal of dams at Great Works, scheduled for late this year, and Veazie, two years from now, will make the Milford Dam in Old Town the last dam on the river before it meets the sea. This is expected not only to restore historic fish runs, but also to open up the river for recreational boating.

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Pushed and pulled by economic upheaval, caught between cultures, separated into smaller communities, with the woods on side and a modern research University on the other, Old Town looks different depending on your location. A few restaurants line Main Street; A handsome and cozy public library is just a block away, and there are the assorted odd businesses that give the downtown

its character. “The downtown area is struggling, like a lot of small towns,” Wight says. “What we’d like to do is to create an IT zone, and draw those kinds of companies into downtown. Then we think that the small businesses along the main street will prosper based on the increased activity.” Thanks to its proximity to the University of Maine, Old Town residents and businesses will soon be able to connect to a fiber-optic Internet network that’s 125-times faster than what is currently available. It’s part of an international effort to bring super-high-speed Internet to research universities and the surrounding communities. The expanded bandwidth will benefit companies like Sewall, and draw other businesses that rely on high-speed access to the area. “There used to be a lot of clothing stores and things in town,” Wight says. “But Bangor became the retail center for the area. Ten miles on the Interstate is no distance to drive for those things. We don’t plan to compete with Bangor in that retail market. We appreciate being in the Bangor region. It gives our citizens a lot of opportunity that they wouldn’t have if we were 40 miles up the road. But we think there’s niche for Old Town.” Proximity to Bangor means options in transportation. “We have a nice little airport, a small general aviation airport,” Wight says. “Most people flying small airplanes would just as soon not mix with the larger aircraft at Bangor. We have good public transportation. The bus comes up from Bangor; it’s very convenient for people who might not own their own vehicle.” Unfortunately, the Bangor Area Transit (BAT) bus serves the downtown and Stillwater Mall areas, but does not run the mile or so out Gilman Falls Road to reach Old Town Canoe and LaBree’s. According to city officials, there are no current plans to extend the route and connect those business and the planned commerce park at the airport with the downtown area. But that will likely be on the drawing board in the future. “We want to get people downtown so that they can walk to the restaurants,” Wight says. “We’re looking at spinoffs from the University, development and research projects. Those small businesses need a place to get started and get their feet under them, and we’d like to be that place.”

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merican Legion Baseball is a rite of passage for many Maine teenagers. The national program, which has over 5,400 teams participating each year from all 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico, was established in Milbank, South Dakota in 1925. It’s one of the most successful and traditional amateur athletic leagues in the country. In fact, the alumni base for American Legion Baseball includes more than half of the current major league baseball players! It is also the first program in the world to provide a national baseball tournament for high schoolaged students. There are eight divisions nationwide, and Maine falls into the Northeast division, along with Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Rhode Island. Maine is split into five zones from north to south and has 59 teams that play each summer in the senior (19 and under) and junior (ages 13–17) divisions. Dave Paul has been involved in American Legion baseball since he started playing in 1975. He coached in the Orono/Old Town area from 1986 to 2000, and has since been the commissioner for Zone 1. “I think American Legion baseball is the best brand of amateur baseball that 44 / Bangor Metro Summer Guide 2012

most of these kids will ever play,” Paul says. “Summertime is the best time to play baseball in Maine. The friendships that are formed through American Legion baseball and the contacts that are made are so important. I still see guys I played back with I the 70s, and while I might not see them for 5 years or so, American Legion baseball is the first thing we talk about.” Each team in the league has local control and has a base high school. For example, the Hampden River Dogs are affiliated with Hampden Academy and the Brewer Falcons with Brewer High school. The state and regional tournaments for the senior division will be held at the ballpark in Old Orchard Beach from August 1–5 and August 9-15, respectively. There are 7 teams in Zone 1, located in Bangor, Brewer, Hampden, Lincoln, Dover-Foxcroft, and Calais. The season is short—spanning July and August—and comsists of about 18 games. “It’s a tremendous commitment for players and their families,” Paul says. Many players have part-time jobs and have to work around the practice times. But it’s worth it, Paul says. “It’s a high caliber level of baseball during a time when you don’t have to worry about doing school work— you can just have fun being a kid.”

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Summer in Maine for young men across the state means one thing: American Legion Baseball. By melanie Brooks

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History in the Making The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame has been working to keep the culture and history of this popular sport alive for future generations. By Mimi pinette

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asketball has been a vital part of every Maine community for over a century. The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame was created in the spring of 2010 to help preserve the history and champion the future of basketball statewide. Thomas “Skip” Chappelle and Peter Webb have been instrumental in the creation of this state-wide organization that is based in Bangor. “There are all kinds of sports halls of fame in Maine,” Chappelle says. “Basketball is the sport in Maine on the high school level, and a Maine Basketball Hall of Fame has been long overdue.” Chappelle’s Old Town High School basketball team played in the first Maine Principals Association Basketball Tournament at the Bangor Auditorium in 1956. Their opponent? Webb’s basketball team from Houlton. Both men stayed active in basketball in Maine throughout their careers. Chappelle went on to play and coach at the University of Maine, while Webb became the assistant commissioner and then commissioner for the state of Maine for the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials. He’s worked for the IAABO for the past 35 years. “We wanted to create a Maine Basketball Hall of Fame before we got too old,” Chappelle says. Both men are in their early 70s and have long histories of offi-

ciating basketball games throughout the state. “Basketball has changed over the years in the state. When I was younger people would line up at the doors at the high school gyms just to get a seat.” The mission of the organization is not only to preserve the rich history of basketball in Maine, but to identify and recognize the accomplishments and contributions of high school and college teams, local and semi-professional teams, officials, athletic administrators, media members, and anyone else who has made significant contributions to the sport. The effort to create the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame has been supported by resolutions from the Maine State Legislature as well as the Bangor and Brewer City Councils. Did you know our area of Maine was home to semi-pro basketball teams? The Maine Lumberjacks, or just the Jacks for short, were based out of Old Town, while the Coffee Pots called Bangor home. The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame seeks to keep this sort of history alive for generations to come. Both men are quick to point out how important the Bangor Auditorium has been in shaping and celebrating the spirit of the game in Maine, especially during tourney time. “The entire city of Bangor benefits from the February tournament,” Chappelle says. The duo hopes that there is a place for the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in the new Bangor arena. 







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Greg and Doreen Dufour in their Rockport home.

There’s a reason for the expression, “Too many cooks in the kitchen,” but fortunately for Greg and Doreen Dufour, their differences make a great tasting—and gluten free—dinner. By Kay Stephens

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n a sunny mid-week morning in Rockport, Greg Dufour is taking half the day off to do some cooking. As the President and CEO of Camden National Bank, he’s taking a break from strategizing and leading his organization to fire up the grill. Joining him in their spacious, comfortable kitchen is his wife, Doreen, a watercolor and oil painter. For the Dufours, cooking is a team effort, with Greg’s left-brain focus on the timing of each dish and Doreen’s right-

brain improvisation lending unexpected variety to the meal. “Even in business, you have to have some kind of creativity,” Greg says, as he works at the island in their kitchen. “What I find fun about a recipe is to try to approximate the dish as closely as I can. That is the accomplishment.” Together, the Dufours are easygoing, equal partners in the kitchen, gently chiding one another on their kitchen personalities. “I follow the recipe and she just wings it,” Greg says. “Yeah and he’ll pick the main dish, but not even consider that

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recipes North Atlantic Fresh Salmon Salmon: 4 Maine-caught salmon fillets Salt Pepper Olive Oil Maple Balsalmic Glaze: 3/4 cup maple syrup 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard 1 clove garlic, crushed Prepare the salmon: Pre-heat a charcoal or gas grill. Season eight-ounce portions of fresh salmon with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Set fillets on untreated cedar planks that have been soaked in water for at least three hours (available in the grilling department of any home repair store). Cover grill with lid and cook until the flesh is fully firm to the touch. Prepare the glaze: Mix all ingredients in a small pan, bring to a boil, then simmer until reduced by half. Usually in 12 to 15 minutes.

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sides have to go with it,” Doreen answers. “For me, a recipe is like painting. You can have a picture of what you want to create in your head, but you can’t paint every little nuance, so you take the flavor of what’s there and make it your own.” Empty nesters for the first time after more than 30 years of marriage, Greg and Doreen find they have more time to spend on their mutual love of cooking. Along with the new changes in their lifestyle, Doreen discovered a year ago that she has an intolerance of foods prepared with wheat or white flour. With a degree in nutrition, she was aware that gluten might have been the culprit, but didn’t know for sure until she did an elimination diet. “It’s probably affected me all of my life,” she says. “You don’t realize how bad it makes you feel until you don’t have it in your diet anymore. I feel so much better now.” Greg says it hasn’t been too difficult to

adjust to a gluten-free diet with Doreen, and that it’s made him more sensitive to deciding what to make and buy. The gluten-free recipe they chose for this meal is not in the least bit intimidating, nor does it require a lot of substitutions. The main dish revolves around salmon

“What I find fun about a recipe is to try to approximate the dish as closely as I can. That is the accomplishment.” —Greg Dufour fillets as a tribute to Greg’s father. Greg, who was born and raised in Old Town, recalls his father going Atlantic salmon fishing every summer. “For some reason, we never had hamburgers and hot dogs on the Fourth of July,” Greg says. “It was always a big fillet of broiled or grilled salmon.” The two-pound piece of salmon was purchased that morning at Jess’s Market in Rockland. As Greg preps both a gas grill for the corn on the cob and a charcoal grill for the fish and asparagus, Doreen works on fanning a quarter section of avocado across each salad plate. In their back yard, which offers a glimpse of Penobscot Bay, Greg divides up four hearty eight-ounce portions of salmon and places them on several untreated cedar planks before sliding them onto the grill. When done, the skin of the fish adheres to the planks and the smoky-flavored fillets slide right onto the plate. “Back in the first days of being married, we couldn’t afford to go out to eat, so we’d stay home and grill out on our little Hibachi,” Greg says. When the fish is done, he drizzles the salmon with a warmed maple-balsamic glaze. Doreen dishes out the orange, avocado, and watercress salad along with the gluten-free corn muffins she baked the day before. It’s good to know that it’s possible for a banker and an artist to truly collaborate to create a diet-conscious recipe that masquerades as a delicious summertime meal. Bangor Metro / 49

kitchen confidential What is your first food memory? My earliest childhood memory of food is Government Commodities. My sister and I grew up very poor in a single-parent home. My mother received both Government Commodities and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Program) vouchers. In the late 70s and early 80s, these programs consisted of powdered milk and eggs, dry legumes, such as pinto beans and blackeyed peas, and, of course, the coveted block ‘o cheese. I will always remember the women of the neighborhood trading with each other on the first of the month. The whole neighborhood had empty refrigerators and freezers, but the pantries were stuffed with the black and white cans and boxes of any tasteless starch or carb you could want. The only time I really remember fresh produce was in my stocking on Christmas morning. Not trying to sound to cliché—we were grateful. What are some of your early cooking experiences? I always hated cooking. However, it was a necessity for our family if we wanted to eat. There weren’t a lot quick snacks or fast food for the kids in our neighborhood. If you wanted cereal for breakfast, many times you’d start with mixing the water and powder for milk. Most meals were a combination of some form of condensed soup mixed with a protein and a starch. Then it would be baked off at 350 degrees and labeled a casserole. To this day, I never indulge in a recipe that calls for cream of anything.

4Points BBQ & Blues House 4Points BBQ in Winterport has quickly become the place to be in the Bangor area. With just one year in the BBQ business under his belt, John Ramirez is introducing us Yankees to the best flavors from the south. And we love it. By melanie Brooks

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Any family influences on your style and taste? I wouldn’t say family influences as much as environmental influences. My inner city neighborhood was a melting pot for poor Mexican-, African-, and AngloAmericans. Everybody’s parents in the neighborhood had some sort of specialty with a cheap cut of meat or produce. For instance, my mother made some of the greatest soups with beef stomach. My best friend’s mother specialized in fresh and dried chilies. And don’t get me started on pig intestines or what we, down south, call chitlins. Some of the greatest meals I have ever had in the old neighborhood were chitlins, collard greens, and fried okra. There isn’t enough Febreze in the world to mask the smell of chitlins frying up on summer afternoon. That’s a block party.

Where did you study or apprentice? I went to school at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Cameron University, and Rogers State University. [At] none of which I studied the culinary arts. My degree and education is in marketing and logistics. I worked as a bartender for most of my college life. My first true interest in BBQ was from the owner of my first bartending gig. She was a frail Korean lady we all called “mom”. Mom specialized in gogogui. More specifically, dweji bulgogi, bulgogi, and dahk galbi—better known to the world as Korean BBQ. She probably taught me the most about flavor profiles and how to use dried chilies and spices to break down tough collagen and membranes in cheap cuts of meat.

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Where are you from? How did you end up in Maine? I am from Lawton, Oklahoma, which is famous for the 87 days in a row of 100-degree-plus days last summer. We chose Winterport and the Bangor metro area as our home because of the Standard & Poor’s analysis used to identify outperforming school districts in this area. I am proud of my upbringing and the education I received in Oklahoma. However, this was an opportunity for my wife and me to give our children the education we could have only dreamed of back home. When did you realize you were a chef? I don’t claim to be a chef. I am not even real comfortable using the term “pitmaster.” We have seven meat items on our menu and three sides. Ten good items does not a chef make. As for the term pitmaster, it seems to be getting tossed around a lot lately to describe anybody with a smoker or a TV spot. I can count a handful of men and women I know that are true pitmasters. I have been smoking meat for eight or so years now. That’s hard to compare to someone like the Black family in Lockhart, Texas, that have been Q’in since 1932. My friends at B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City, Missouri have been smoking out of the same pit since the 1950s. When did 4Points BBQ open? How did it happen? May 6th, 2011. I had been tossing the idea around of opening a Greek restaurant back in Oklahoma. Greek cuisine is a rarity

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in the south. Back home, BBQ is more of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;gas stationâ&#x20AC;? food and less of a delicacy. Every grocer, convenience store, and business has a smoker. Go in, pay for your gas, grab a Dr. Pepper and a chopped beef sandwich to go. When we decided to expand our two trucking companiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hotshot Logistics LLC and Roadmasters Power Transportâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;into New England, it just made sense to forget the Greek for a while. Maine was short on Good olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; southern BBQ, and I felt I was just the man to offer it. How does the smoker work? I run a Lang 108 model. It is by far my favorite pit. Lang is the originator of what has become known as the reverse flow, offset-fire-box design. Most smokers have a firebox on one side and chimney draft on the opposite. Lang Smokers have both the firebox and chimney draft on the same side. A bottom plate under the grill surface redirects the smoke to the opposite side for a more even smoke and cook. It runs on wood and wood alone. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use any type of gas or charcoal to cook with. What is your favorite ingredient to work with? I love to work with fresh or dried chilies. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there is anything more fun than to reconstitute dried chilies. We use a mixture of pulla chilies, New Mexico red chilies, cayenne chilies, jalapeĂąo chilies, chipotle chilies, serrano chilies, habaĂąero chilies, and the famous bhut jolokia (ghost chili). I think the people of New England refer to all of these as â&#x20AC;&#x153;peppers.â&#x20AC;? What is the dish we are featuring? I feel that the Texas Sliced Brisket is our signature item. Not only is it an extremely hard dish to prepare properly, but, without a doubt, we are asked at least three times a week what it is. Brisket is meat from the lower chest of a cow. Cattle do not have collarbones, so this very tough muscle supports up to 60% of their body weight. It became a BBQ favorite in the south among the Mexican Vaqueros and plantation slaves hundreds of years ago. Ranch and slave owners alike would give the poorest and toughest cuts of meat to their slaves and ranch hands. It would then be up to them to figure out how to make these items edible. We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

changed the brisket recipe at all from the time of slavery. It’s as simple as this: salt and pepper. Yep—that’s our secret, and that’s all we use. What is your least favorite job-related task? Everybody’s least favorite task is cleaning the pit. There is 26 square feet of smoking space that has to be scrapped and steamed every 24 hours. What does a perfect day off look like? “Lawn chair Weekends” in the summer at 4Points. We offer live music on our outdoor stage on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Customers bring out their lawn chairs and pretty much set up camp all afternoon. Some customers like to bring in their pickups and tailgate. We have had many groups set up canopies. However they feel most comfortable; we serve them right where they are. Lawn chair Weekends basically become more of a community tailgate party where we do all the cooking.

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Embracing Change This apparent climate change won’t deter us from seeking the soul cleansing nature of the Maine out-of-doors. by brad eden

’ll come right out of the gate and say it. I hate change. I prefer familiarity, like old jeans, worn cotton shirts with button down collars, and broken-in boots—even if they leak a little. Some people relish change, like my long-suffering wife. She copes with the fact we have lived in the same place for well over two decades by rearranging the furniture throughout the house at least once a week. She changes jobs about twice a year. She is forever planning the next vacation trip or suggesting where we should move to next. I humor her and nod approvingly at the suggestion we move further south nearer to family. There are some changes I do like, such as the change of seasons we have here in New England—even the extremes that test your mettle. Yet, the transitions we are experiencing this year are unsettling to me. This is in sharp contrast to most people who are just plain ecstatic about 85-degree weather during what normally amounts to late winter and early spring. I have found that it’s my friends and colleagues of the unbeaten paths who find this weather phenomenon unnatural. They know intrinsically there will likely be consequences to wearing shorts and t-shirts in mid-March and mowing lawns in mid-April. Even the knowledge that a nearly snow-free winter and a dry spring may boost struggling wildlife populations is met with a degree of suspicion and puzzlement. Already we are seeing Red Flag alerts across the U.S., including Maine, warn-

summer. This unseasonable weather also prompted an early hatch of ticks, readily apparent to those of us working and training our bird dogs in our woods and fields. I know all of that pessimism is hardly what the state tourist bureau wants to hear. But for a curmudgeon like me, who admittedly drinks from a perpetually halfempty glass, it’s hard not to look forward to summertime in our great state of Maine. Residents aren’t generally fooled by the often spurious idyllic portrayal of our state but we know we live in the most beautiful place on earth, particularly during these next few short months. So it’s no surprise why so many people from away spill over the border starting on Memorial Day. They come here as my family did to escape the urban sprawl and the hustle and bustle of city sidewalks that claim them the rest of the year. They line up bumper to bumper on the interstate in anticipation of an annual rejuvenation to be found in the forests and crystal clear lakes and countless miles of rocky coastline. That mass summer migration and subsequent exodus will never change because of the soul cleansing nature of the out-of-doors. The avid sportsman isn’t so different from the casual sun worshipper, golfer, or hiker. We all need bare ground under our feet and grass between our toes and especially the never-ending interesting things found hidden in the back corners of Mother Nature’s cupboard. Even with this apparent “Climate Change,” Maine will always be known as a place to get away

ing of severe fire conditions due to little moisture and lots of dry tinder. I am getting reports from my fishermen friends that brooks and streams are drastically low across the northeast due to a lack of snowmelt, compromising the angling and the trout. The aquifer is unavoidably low, so we will be watching for dry wells this

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from it all for summertime visitors and a great place to live for those of us plucky enough to have forged a life here.  Brad Eden is an artist, writer, Registered Maine Master Guide, and owner/editor of the online magazine

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afe” is a feeling we all strive for, but in the world we live in today, a few precautions are necessary to make that sentiment a reality. Some seniors will say, “Oh, I never lock my door,” because that is how they grew up. It was a different time indeed, and while that memory might be entrenched, leaving a home unlocked can be a dangerous decision. We have probably all done it at one time or another, especially if we are only going to be gone “for a minute.” And heaven forbid you return home to find the burglars still rummaging through your things. Your home is your castle. Now let’s make it a fortress. Here are some easy tips to help make your home safer: Daylight lasts longer now, so it’s easy to forget to turn on outside lights, which illuminate your property. This problem is easily solved with motion-activated sensor lights, which can make it almost impossible for someone to approach your home unseen. And there is no worry of turning

them on and off because the sensor does it for you. These lights are typically not expensive and are easy to install. A brief word of warning, however, to all you newcomers to sensor lights: wildlife can set them off, depending on the setting, so don’t panic every time your yard lights up. It might just be a skunk or squirrel. Landscaping is lovely and can add tremendous curb appeal to your home. But thick greenery can also be a good hiding place. Trim all the bushes away from windows and doors. They will still be beautiful, but less likely to provide protection. Keep your curtains closed at night. It is unbelievable how many people are going about their business at home, in clear view of passers-by, due to their draperies being wide open. This is an opportunity for your evening routine to be studied or for someone to survey your belongings. Give a call to the police and report strange activity if you notice it. Maybe someone is lurking and acting suspicious or nervous. You may feel paranoid, but let the professionals take a drive-by to Bangor Metro / 57

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discern whether there is a problem. The person who appears to be lurking may be harmless, but better to be safe than sorry later on. If you live alone, add dummy names to your mailbox. The post office wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind and it will give the illusion that others are in the house. Never announce on your answering machine that you are away. Just say that you and whatever dummy name you listed on the mailbox cannot come to the phone at the moment. Install peepholes in all outside doors that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a window and use them. Never open the door to anyone you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know unless you have good reason to believe they are representing themselves correctly. But remember, in this political climate, canvassers are hitting the streets. Anyone can buy a clip-board and make a badge, so be sure who is actually on the other side of the door. If you have a garage door, keep it closed when you are away. Leave doors open only when you are home, and never leave them open at night. An empty bay is a clear signal that you are not at home, not to mention that things in the garage could be stolen. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a garage, leave your car locked at all times, even in your drivewayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially at night. And never keep valuables inside. Glove compartments are like candy jars to burglars, so keep them empty of anything of value. Keep all windows locked, including basement windows. And sliding glass doors should be secured with something in the track, such as a stick, so the door can only be opened from the inside. Never talk openly about what medications you take, especially in a crowded public place. You never know who is listening or if you could be followed home. Slip your prescription into your purse quietly or put it in a shopping bag. The little pharmacy bags are a signal that you are carrying drugs. Yes, this is a sad commentary on the world we live in, but troublesome though it is, we need to be proactive with our safety. Carol Higgins Taylor is director of communications at Eastern Area Agency on Aging. She may be reached at

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or many of us, the day we got our driver’s license was a landmark occasion. It meant independence, possibility, and the opportunity to go places! In the summer months, Maine is one of those “go-to places”—a soughtafter vacation spot and, consequently, our roadways swell with tourists and summer residents. With this in mind, taking a driver safety course is a great way for each of us to do our part to keep Maine roads acci-

dent-free in the warmer, more crowded months. Before you think that you don’t need to take a class in driver safety, consider this: In Maine, state law mandates that all graduates of the AARP Driver Safety Program (DSP) receive discounts on their auto insurance. As the class only takes a few hours, that’s quite a bonus! The DSP reviews basic skills and rules that can keep even the most experienced drivers safe on the road. Since 1979, more than 10 million people have completed

the course. Although geared to drivers aged 50 and older, the course is open to people of all ages. In addition, you do not need to be an AARP member to enroll, and there are no tests to pass. The course focuses on accident prevention measures, how to deal with aggressive drivers, and new rules and technology that affect driving. Topics include: • Managing blind spots and lanechanging tactics. • Tips to avoid tailgating practices. • The effects of taking medication and operating a vehicle. • Examination of cell phone use and other distractions while driving. There are two options for taking the DSP, making it easy and convenient for both retirees and for residents who are still working. For those who enjoy more interaction, the course is offered throughout the state in classroom settings. The classroom course is just $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. However, during the month of July, if you are a retired educator, the course is just $5! Additionally, the DSP is available online so you can take the course at your leisure. The online course is $15.95 for AARP members and $19.95 for non-members. Many of the program graduates are now DSP instructors. If you are interested in teaching safe driving techniques, you can contact us for details. To find a class near you or for more information about becoming an instructor, go to or call 1-888-227-7669. To register for the online course, go to After completing either course, you will receive a certificate of completion to present to your insurance agent for a reduction in your auto insurance premiums. The DSP will also introduce you to the AARP webinar We Need to Talk (WNTT). WNTT is an excellent online toolkit that can help adult children and their parents or grandparents have a constructive conversation about safe driving issues. The WNTT webinar is available at org/weneedtotalk. Let’s work together to keep Maine roads safe for everyone this summer. Jane margesson is a communications professional with over 20 years of experience with AARP. She currently serves as director of communications for AARP. Bangor Metro / 61

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am usually optimistic about this time of year in Maine. In fact, both June and July happen to be my favorite months that begin with a “J,” leading the pathetic January by a large margin. It’s really no competition. Firstly, January has much less daylight than June and July. It’s a good thing, too, because who’d want to endure one more minute of those blistery cold temperatures? Most Mainers go through more lip balm than they do deodorant in that uncomfortable winter month. The weather in January is so bad that even the vile mosquito population dares not endure it, instead retreating in migration back to Hell, from whence I submit they originally emerged. It is a quality event, for sure, when we can look expectantly upon the arrival of the summer solstice, partly because we can imagine blissfully long evenings on the back deck grilling moths on the bug light and allowing the Boston Red Sox to impart a measure of stress-related damage to our bodies. The arrival of June also allows us the opportunity to use the word “solstice” in general conversation, in an effort to appear smarter than we actually are. Longer days in the summer are generally welcome by the population of Maine, but I’m pretty sure the perception of the length of each day is all relative, and even the days in ridiculous January, as far as enjoyment is concerned, work out to be virtually the same length. This is, of course, due to the scientific discovery that time flies when one is having fun. Most research conducted by The Fun Institute, a not-forprofit frivolity watchdog group, indicates that the majority of fun happens in the summer months, which makes those days seem shorter than they actually are. In fact, it is only because of mosquitoes that days in June don’t seem shorter than those in January. In all of their glorious annoyance, these underappreciated insects suck a lot of the fun out of this time of year, allowing us to slow down the virtual passage of time. This is fortunate, too, because I need the extra time. I always miss strawberry picking season. I have not, at any point in my life, picked a live strawberry from a plant and placed it into a container. I have intended to, but each time I ask a Knowledgeable Picker (one of those ladies with a huge, straw hat and who smells like Deep Woods OFF) when I should attempt such an activity, the answer is always, “the season ended last week.” I am not sure why this is so bothersome for me. You see, I’m not even a huge fan of strawberries. If I was at home on the couch, I would very rarely wish to walk over to my refrigerator to acquire one. So why would I care to endure the hot sun and predatory bugs to add to my fruit inventory? It is likely because of the scientific discovery that there is perceived value in that which is not easily attainable. For example, if the strawberries were hanging by a string from the tip of my nose, I would likely not be interested in eating them. Every year, though, regardless of how hard we try, summer eventually passes, the Red Sox damage us well into September, and autumn delivers us its greatest thrill—the opportunity to use the word “equinox” in general conversation.

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This Is Maine 2011

contents june events | 12 Start your summer off right with this June to-do list.

lighthouses | 16 Find out what lighthouses in the area are accessible to the public and which are best viewed from afar.

july events | 30 There’s more to July than just fireworks.

museums | 42 Our corner of Maine is filled with museums that appeal to any interest, whether it’s history, art, or sea cucumbers.

august events | 48 Take in one of Maine’s super summer festivals before the season ends.

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around our towns bangor | 5

Trenton | 20

greenville | 38

Free outdoor concerts and movies, plus a plethora of shopping and activities, make Bangor a destination.

This town is snuggled in between Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Home of majestic Moosehead Lake and all the fun that goes with it.

Brewer | 8

Bar harbor | 21

Head to Brewer to help celebrate their bicentennial this summer.

From the Village Green to the harbor, this seaside town is the place to be.

This seaside town is bustling with activites and festivals all summer long.

katahdin Region | 10

Blue Hill | 26

From hiking and hunting to canoeing and fishing, the Katahdin region is an outdoor-lover’s paradise.

Head to the peninsula for tons of summer fun.

Ellsworth | 17 With a historic downtown area and bustling shopping plazas, Ellsworth has something for everyone.

Deer Isle/ Stonington | 28 These summer island communities make for a great day trip or weekend getaway.

Belfast | 39

Midcoast | 45 If you are looking for quintessential Maine filled with lighthouses, lobsters, and local art—head for Camden and Rockland.

eastport | 54 Take a trip Down East and explore the easternmost part of the country.

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ANGOR offers a something for everyone with modern

entertainments and attractions at an easy New England pace. Bangor was incorporated as a city in 1791 and is named for an Irish hymn. During the 19th century, Maineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vast forests, offering supplies of lumber and naval stores, brought unprecedented wealth to the region. By the 1850s, Bangor was considered the lumber capital of the world, and was one of the busiest ports on the East Coast. By the 20th century, the shipbuilding industry had been transformed by the advent of the age of steam and steel, and Bangorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sawmills and shipyards gave way to todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dominant forest industryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;pulp and paper. Today, Bangor remains the commercial and social center of northern, central, and eastern Maine. It has become the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest center of retail and service businesses and a center for government, education, and employment. Downtown Bangor is the regional arts and cultural center with the University of Maine Museum of Art, the Bangor


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Your Gateway to More of Maine Fly to Bangor International Airport, and you’ll land closer to all Maine has to offer. Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor and the DownEast and Acadia Region, Mid-Coast and Northern Maine are all within easy reach. Plus, BGR is a “user friendly” West Quoddy Head Light

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Museum and Center for History, the Maine Discovery Museum, the Penobscot Theatre, and the Bangor Public Library, all within walking distance. The Cole Land Transportation Museum is also located within city limits. Galleries and art studios are located throughout downtown as are unique shops, numerous parks, and a variety of restaurants and eateries. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the outdoors when you’re in Bangor. The Bangor Parks and Recreation Department provides 30 parks and specialized facilities throughout the community. Our 650-acre City Forest has over five miles of walking, biking, and cross-country trails. Stroll along the Kenduskeag Stream or the Penobscot River. Play a round at the 27-hole municipal golf course—recognized as one of the finest public courses in the state— or enjoy a picnic lunch at historic Cascade Park with its waterfall and fountain. Live performances abound, from classical concerts by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the country’s oldest continuing community orchestra, to the Penobscot Theatre Company’s stage performances, to musical performances on the waterfront. Bangor is home to the American Folk Festival—a three-day festival that celebrates traditional (and not so traditional) music, dance, and crafts featuring over 20 performers on five stages. The festival is held the weekend before the Labor Day Weekend on the waterfront adjacent to downtown. With a high quality education system, affordable living, variety of healthcare providers, public transportation, low crime rates, and employment opportunities, Bangor is a great, family-friendly place to live. Those same factors attract businesses and professionals also give a boost to its economic growth.

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left his home in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1770 and found a place to operate his sawmill at the headwaters of Segeunkedunk stream, he had a vision of a settlement. With a stout heart and agile mind, he joined with others in the area and made his vision come true. Despite a delay by the Revolutionary War and a British occupation, a settlement was started in 1788. Orrington was its name and descendants of the original charter still exist. It was on February 22nd in the year

1812, when the community of Brewer separated from Orrington and became its own town. Two hundred years later, we celebrate the bicentennial of that community, home to many who would rather live here than anywhere else. What a 200 years it has been! Brewer has been one of the great cities of northeastern Maine, built on the industries of ship building, brick making, ice harvesting and paper making. It has produced major historical figures including Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, John Holyoke, “America’s sculptor” Charles

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Eugene Tefft, Manly Hardy who, along with his daughter Fannie, were among the great naturalists of Maine, Samuel Barbour who brought steam to the river, and generations of men and women who were the “keepers of the light” and visionaries of the future. Every citizen of Brewer can be proud of this “community of caring” with its superb school system, effective government, active businesses, and most importantly … its people. With a unique culture built around working men and women who understand the importance of their families, friends and spirituality, Brewer is a wonderful place to be. Please join us in honoring Brewer with the events of this year’s Bicentennial Celebration.

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in Baxter State Park to the thrill of whitewater rafting, the Katahdin region is a playground for the adventurous soul. Enjoy the fresh air, the magnificent views, and friendly faces. Visit the many specialty shops, art galleries, recreational facilities, museums, and local festivals. Plan on sticking around a bit? There are many comfortable hotels, motels, cabins, and campgrounds to make your vacation getaway complete. Canoeing, kayaking, and hiking are popular in the Katahdin Region. There are many lakes and rivers where you can paddle, fish, and watch for wildlife. The West Branch of the Penobscot River attracts paddlers from all over, with exciting whitewater rapids. Visit Gulf Hagas, the Grand Canyon of the East, home to beautiful waterfalls, chutes, pools, and a vertical slate wall 40 feet high. Mount Katahdin, the centerpiece of the Katahdin area, beckons hikers from all over the country. As the northernmost mountain on the Appalachian Trail, Mt. Katahdin is the start and end of

many people’s adventures. A trip to Baxter State Park can vary from a leisurely drive on the road system, to a picnic by a beautiful stream, to an all day hike up one of the many trails to the peak of Mt. Katahdin. With over 200 miles of some of the wildest and most rugged hiking trails in New England, Baxter State Park has something for the novice as well as the adventurer. Set sail on a Moose Cruise or drive the many miles of backwoods gravel roads where moose, deer, eagles, fox, bear, and other wildlife can be seen. For birdwatchers, common species of birds include the bald eagle, great blue heron, hawks, piliated woodpeckers, partridge, ducks, loons, and owls. Fishing opportunities are world class. There are landlocked salmon on the West Branch of the Penobscot, smallmouth bass in the lower river, and trophy brook trout in many ponds and in the fabled Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Use your imagination, ask questions, and make up your own itinerary.

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potluck dinner, hiking, and music. 319-7355 •

Children are invited to participate in periodappropriate activities to learn what life was like in the 1790s before electricity. They can also enjoy a hayride in a horse-drawn wagon. Registration is required. 9 am–1 pm. $3. 974-6278 •

June 2 12th Annual Spring Garden Tour WatersEdge, Northeast Harbor

May 30–June 17 I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE Penobscot Theatre, Bangor

This beloved musical comedy is a melodic joyride through the phases of love. This witty revue about love and relationships exposes everything you’ve secretly thought about romance but were afraid to admit. $22. 942-3333 • May 31–June 2 Acadia Birding Festival Bar Harbor

The featured speakers at this year’s festival include Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson. The entire weekend’s events can be found online. 288-8128 • June 1–3 National Trails Day Weekend Celebration Monson

A weekend of fun and work to celebrate the Appalachian Trail sponsored by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. Free camping, A12

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Enjoy the beautiful perennial plantings and spectacular blooms in one of the premier gardens in Northeast Harbor. All proceeds benefit the Abbe Museum. 9:30 am–3:30 pm. $15 suggested donation. 288-3519 • June 2 Zac Brown Band Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

After an eventful year on the charts, Grammyaward winning Zac Brown is hitting the road, and making a stop in Bangor. Gates open at 5 pm. $32.75–$82.75. 800-745-3000 • June 2 National Trails Day Acadia National Park Headquarters Bar Harbor

Celebrate Acadia National Park’s historic trails and carriage roads. Following an open house with Acadia’s trail crew, you will be able to choose to go on a guided hike or join a volunteer work project in the park. 8 am. 288-3340 • June 2 SUMMER ENCORE FROM LIVE AT THE MET: Das Rheingold

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Conceived by Wagner as a prologue to the Ring cycle, Das Rheingold sets forth the dramatic issues that play out in the three subsequent operas. Gold from the depths of the Rhine River is stolen by the dwarf Alberich, who uses it to forge a ring that will give him unlimited power. The theft sets in motion a course of events that will eventually alter the order of the universe. 1 pm. $22 adult; $14 student. 667-9500 • June 2 National Trails Day Celebration Trenton Community Trail

Volunteer on the Trenton Community Trail and create a 1.8-mile pedestrian footpath for everyone to enjoy. Hot dogs, chips, and a beverage will be provided. 1 pm. 288-3340 • June 2 Suzanne Sings! Songs About Life, Love, and Other Good Stuff Burnt Cove Church Community Center, Stonington

To celebrate the opening of the church as a performing space, singer, actor, and MPBN broadcaster, Suzanne Nance will perform. Recognized for her crystalline soprano voice and ability to sparkle on the stage, she is admired for her versatility, from the concert hall to the operatic arena. 7 pm.

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Events June 3 Benefit Day Sail Aboard the Tall Ship Isaac H. Evans Rockland Harbor

June 7 Ellsworth Chamber’s Business After Hours Atlantic Oceanside, Bar Harbor

This annual day sail will benefit the Rockland District Nursing Association. Lunch is included. 10 am–2:30 pm. $50. 594-7956 •

This event is being held in conjunction with the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Open to members and their guests. Please RSVP. 5 pm. 667-5584 •

June 3 SUMMER ENCORE FROM LIVE AT THE MET: GÖtterdÄmmerung THE Strand, Rockland

June 7 SUMMER ENCORE FROM LIVE AT THE MET: Siegfried The Grand, Ellsworth

The Ring cycle concludes with a cataclysmic climax of betrayal and loss as focus shifts from the realm of the gods to the power and ambition of human beings. It is left to Brünnhilde, in the legendary Immolation Scene that brings the cycle to a close, to restore balance to the world. 12 pm. $23. 594-0070 •

Part three of the Ring follows the journey of Siegfried, son of Siegmund and Sieglinde, from naive fearless boy to supreme hero. 1 pm. $22 adult; $14 student. 667-9500 •


Explore a piece of Maine history with Bar Harbor’s innkeepers. Tour historic properties and sample some new tea flavors from the Bar Harbor Tea Company. All proceeds benefit the Bar Harbor Food Pantry. 12–4 pm. $15 adults; $10 children. 288-2882 • June 3 Full Moon Sail on the Schooner Olad Camden Harbor

Watch the sun go down behind the mountains of Camden Hills State Park, then turn seaward and watch the moonrise over the islands of Penobscot Bay. Feel free to BYOB. 6:30– 8:30 pm. $37. 236-2323 • June 3 Moosemania music concert greenville high school

The Moosehead Community Chorus and the Swamp Donkeys celebrate Moosemania through music. 2 pm. 695-3959 June 5 SUMMER ENCORE FROM LIVE AT THE MET: Die WalkÜrie The Grand, Ellsworth

The second opera in the Ring cycle, this extraordinarily powerful work of theater focuses on some of the Ring’s most interesting characters at decisive moments of their lives. 1 pm. $22 adult; $14 student. 667-9500 •

June 8–10 Special Olympics State Summer Games University of Maine, Orono

Head out to Orono and support some very worthy athletes as they compete in their favorite Olympic events. June 9 MDI YMCA Spring 10K and 1-mile Fun Run Bar Harbor

Hit the pavement for this annual fundraising event for the MDI YMCA. Enter the 10K or the 1-mile fun run for children under 12. 288-3511 • June 9 Contradance Finn Hall, Monson

Join caller John McIntire for an evening of contradance. All ages are welcome, and homemade desserts will be provided. Never tried contradance? No worries—dances will also be taught. 7:30 pm. $8. 997-3639 June 9 Anniversary Party at The Brick House Searsport

The Brick House is celebrating its second anniversary with live music, giveaways, and more. 12 pm. 548-6550 • June 9 SUMMER ENCORE FROM LIVE AT THE MET: GÖtterdÄmmerung The Grand, Ellsworth

The Ring cycle concludes with a cataclysmic climax of betrayal and loss as focus shifts



from the realm of the gods to the power and ambition of human beings. It is left to Brünnhilde, in the legendary Immolation Scene that brings the cycle to a close, to restore balance to the world. 1 pm. $22 adult; $14 student. 667-9500 • June 9 Antique Power Show Skowhegan Fairgrounds

Help celebrate 39 years of old iron. Here you will find antique engines, a flea market, raffles, and a silent auction. June 9 PRESQUE ISLE CITYWIDE YARD SALE PRESQUE ISLE

Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce registers groups and individuals participating in a day of yard sales that cover Presque Isle and beyond. 8 am–4 pm. Rain date: June 16. 764-6561 • June 9 8th Annual Margaretta Days Festival University of Maine, Machias

Take a step back in time to the days of the American Revolution in downeast Maine. Enjoy period food, music, and storytelling. There will also be a craft fair where you can purchase and view contemporary arts and crafts. 10 am–3 pm. 255-3433 www.washingtoncountymaine.commargaretta June 11 SUMMER ENCORE FROM LIVE AT THE MET: Donizetti’s Anna Bolena The Grand, Ellsworth

Anna Netrebko portrays the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. She sings one of opera’s greatest mad scenes in a production that also stars Elīna Garanča as her rival Jane Seymour, and Ildar Abdrazakov as Henry VIII. Marco Armiliato conducts. 6 pm. $17 adult; $8 youth. 667-9500 • June 12, 19, 26 Bangor Band Concert Bangor

Enjoy free concerts by one of the oldest community bands in the country. Locations vary. June 14 & 15 Summer Encore from NT Live: Frankenstein The Grand, Ellsworth 2012 This Is Maine




Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. 2 pm and 6 pm. $10–$17. 667-9500 • June 15–17 Lupine Festival Deer Isle

This annual celebration of island springtime features garden tours, open studios, a quilt show, craft fair, kids’ activities, and more. Sponsored by the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce. 348-6124 • June 15–17 ANNUAL TREK ACROSS MAINE NEWRY TO BELFAST

Cyclists from Maine and beyond will depart Sunday River and pedal 180 miles to Belfast. Celebrate the end of their journey in Belfast on Sunday, or register and participate yourself! June 16 Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship Concert Stonington Opera House

Wonderous performances by past and present Bud Carter Memorial Music Scholarship student winners. All proceeds from the concert benefit the Bud Carter Music Scholarship Fund, supporting music lessons, camps, and instruments for Island students. 7 pm. $10 suggested donation. June 16 Best of the Boston Comedy Festival: Jim McCue The Grand, Ellsworth

Jim McCue has been featured on Comedy Central, Comcast Comedy Spotlight, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and “Roughing It” on NESN in his native New England. Jim also founded and currently runs The Boston Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Competition, and Cheers Comedy Club. 7:30 pm. $22. 667-9500 • June 16 & 17 Hot Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars, and Antique Aeroplane Show Owls Head Transportation Museum

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Music America’s passion for cool cars. Activities for the whole family. 9:30 am–5 pm. $12 adults; free for children under 18. 594-4418 • June 17 Legacy of the Arts Festival Bar Harbor

This annual event celebrates Bar Harbor’s rich history of art, music, Native American culture, and more. Activities include live music, art exhibits, workshops, and historic tours. 288-5103 • June 17 PS, I Love Music: Musical Expeditions with Paul Sullivan & Friends Stonington Opera House

Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Sullivan, who has played with the Paul Winter Consort and many others, taps his network of fascinating new musicians and composers to give us an evening of music and conversation like we’ve never heard before. Featuring Thomas Wolf, the founder of Bay Chamber Concerts, the magical Rob Kapilow, and John Bapst student Stephanie Colavito. 7 pm. June 18 Summer Solstice Walk Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport

Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites you to come celebrate the longest day of the year. We’ll have a sunset picnic at Beech Nut, the historic hut on top of the Beech Hill preserve. Bring a picnic dinner, blanket, flashlight and bug repellent. 6:30–8 pm. 236-7091 • June 21 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Rockin’ Ron Pickering Square, Bangor

Grab your lawn chairs and head to downtown Bangor to hear Rockin’ Ron play the oldies, doo-wop, and rockabilly. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. June 21 Ellsworth Chamber’s Business After Hours Greenway Equipment Sales, Ellsworth

This event is being hosted by Greenway Equipment Sales and WLBZ. Open to members and their guests. Please RSVP. 5 pm. 667-5584 •

June 21 moe. & Gov’t mule Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

Two bands team up for one night of great music. $31.75–$51.75 800-745-3000 • June 21 Davis Center Open House and Gallery Exhibition MDI Bio Lab, Salisbury Cove

Visit the new Davis Center at the MDI Bio Lab and take a tour of the facility while viewing science demonstrations, as well as an exhibition of science-inspired art by local artists. 5–7 pm. 288-3147 • June 22 Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

The Beach Boys are touring together for the first time in more than two decades. This is an event you won’t want to miss. Gates open at 6 pm. $47.75–$91.95. 800-745-3000 • June 22 & 23 Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge Midcoast

An opportunity to visit many midcoast lighthouses and climb their towers—from Pemaquid Lighthouse in Bristol to Dice Head Light in Castine, with a stop in Rockland at the Maine Lighthouse Museum. Fun, scenic, and educational for the whole family. Sponsored by the Friends of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. 542-7574 • June 22 & 23 Relay for life of midcoast Maine Camden Hills Regional High School

Get a team together and help raise money for a worthy cause. Event starts at 6 pm on Fri. and ends at 8 am on Sat. 373-3723 • June 22–24 Maine Swedish Colony Midsommar Celebration New Sweden, Stockholm, Woodland, and Caribou

This annual event takes place in four Aroostook County towns over an entire weekend. Dance around the Maypole, try Swedish food, and learn about Swedish culture. June 23 Aroostook State Park Birding Festival

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Held in Maine’s first state park, this festival offers live bird displays, bird walks, demonstrations for bird banding, and more. 5 am–1 pm. Adults $2; children 5–11 $1; children younger than 5 and seniors over 65 are free. 768-8341 June 23 Music Among Friends Rockport Opera House

This special concert will mark Thomas Wolf’s retirement after a half century as Artistic Director of Bay Chamber Concerts, and it is a must-hear. Wolf himself will perform in the gala program, featuring works by Handel, Arensky, and Schumann. It will be followed by a champagne reception. 8–10:30 pm. $50. 236-2823 • June 23 Pen Bay Challenge Owls Head

This family-friendly event features activities for children at the Owls Head Community Center and a 40k cycle, 10k run, and 5k walk. Registration at 7 am; races at 8 am. Proceeds will benefit Pen Bay’s Zing! Program. $35; free for children under 12. June 23 The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival Dover-Foxcroft

Come celebrate the quintessential Maine treat. Dozens of bakers will be on hand offering samples of their whoopie pies. Once you’ve found your favorite, you can buy some to take home—how sweet is that? 10 am–4 pm. $5; free for children 12 and under. June 23 acadia FCU golf Scramble long lake country club saint david

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This annual event is a great scramble for all ages with many prizes up for grabs. 895-6957

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Kick off the summer with an evening of great food, wine, and music. Four-time Grammywinning Boyz II Men will headline an evening celebrating the music and styles of Motown. 5:30–10 pm. $75. 763-4478 • June 28 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Mellow Endeavor Pickering Square, Bangor

Come out and enjoy the rock sounds of Mellow Endeavor. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6.

day. This is the real deal, and will provide some explosive excitement for all who visit. 10 am–4 pm. 469-6553 • June 30 An Evening With Shawn Colvin The Strand, Rockland

The beauty and intimacy of Shawn Colvin’s performances showcase her inimitable voice and matchless guitar stylings, and her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. 8 pm. $45. 594-0070 • June 30 4th annual bike n’ boat greenville

This 8th annual event features cover bands as well as local talent. $15 per night; $25 for a weekend pass.

Bike along Route 15 from the Moosehead Marine Museum in Greenville to the Kineo boat launch in Rockwood. Hop on the steamship Katahdin for an enjoyable ride back to Greenville. Proceeds benefit Charles A. Dean Memorial Hosptial. There will be live music and kids’ activities. $25. 973-5786

June 29-July 8 Blithe Spirit Camden Opera House

June 30–July 1 The Maine Home & Design Show Camden Hills Regional High School

Noël Coward’s 1941 comedy Blithe Spirit centers on novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth, who are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium manages to conjure up the ghost of Charles’s neurotic first wife, Elvira, at a seance. 7:30 pm. 236-0173 •

This trade show features more than 140 custom home, lighting, landscaping, design, and craftsman businesses from across the state. 236-4404 •

June 30 6th Maine Battery Cannon Firings Fort Knox, Prospect

This annual event features unique demonstrations, draft team farming techniques, and antique tractors. There will be food as well as live music from local bluegrass musicians.

June June 29 & 30 Rock the Valley Music Festival Madawaska

A full-scale Civil War era cannon firing demonstration will take place throughout the

June 30 & July 1 Maple Meadow Farms Farm Festival Mapleton

16th Cool Cars & Antique 17th Aeroplane Show • Owls Head

June 24–30 Bar Harbor Brass Week Bar Harbor

This annual event features a select group of college and high school brass musicians who spend a week with some of the finest brass musicians and educators in the country, preparing for performances at various venues in Bar Harbor. From high school chamber concerts to faculty recitals, music lovers won’t want to miss these brassy concerts. 2012 This Is Maine


lighthouses Near you Cranberry Islands Present lighthouse built: 1855 Discontinued: 1955 Relighted and automated: 1957 Accessibility: Grounds are open to the public; lighthouse is not.

Bear Island Light Northeast Harbor Present lighthouse built: 1889 Discontinued: 1981 Relighted and automated: 1989 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Burnt Coat Harbor Light Swan’s Island Present lighthouse built: 1872 Automated: 1975 Accessibility: The grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse is not.

Dice Head Light Castine Present lighthouse built: 1829 Discontinued: 1935 Relighted: 2008 Accessibility: Limited parking. Grounds are open during the day; lighthouse is not open to the public.

Eagle Island Light Deer Isle Present lighthouse built: 1839 Automated: 1959 Accessibility: Not open to the public. Best viewed by boat.

Egg Rock Light Winter Harbor Present lighthouse built: 1875 Automated: 1976 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Great Duck Island Light Frenchboro Present lighthouse built: 1890 Automated: 1986 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Indian Island Light

Goose Rocks Light

Tenants Harbor Light

Lubec Channel Light

Rockport Present lighthouse built: 1875 Discontinued: 1934 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

North Haven Present lighthouse built: 1890 Automated: 1963 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Saint George Present lighthouse built: 1857 Discontinued: 1933 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Lubec Present lighthouse built: 1890 Automated: 1939 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Mount Desert Rock Light

Heron Neck Light

Two Bush Islands Light

Vinalhaven Present lighthouse built: 1854 Automated: 1982 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Spruce Head Present lighthouse built: 1897 Automated: 1964 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Machias Seal Island Light

Indian Island Light

Whitehead Light

Rockport Present lighthouse built: 1875 Discontinued: 1934 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Saint George Present lighthouse built: 1852 Automated: 1982 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

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Frenchboro Present lighthouse built: 1847 Automated: 1977 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Prospect Harbor Light Prospect Harbor Present lighthouse built: 1891 Automated: 1951 Accessibility: Not open to the public.

Pumpkin Island Light Little Deer Isle Present lighthouse built: 1854 Discontinued: 1933 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Isle au Haut Present lighthouse built: 1907 Automated: 1934 Accessibility: Grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse is not.

Winter Harbor Light

Marshall Point Light

Winter Harbor Present lighthouse built: 1857 Discontinued: 1933 Accessibility: Not open to the public. Best viewed by boat.

Knox County Brown’s Head Light Vinalhaven Present lighthouse built: 1857 Automated: 1987 Accessibility: The lighthouse is the residence of the Vinalhaven town manager. Grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse is not.

Curtis Island Light Camden Present lighthouse built: 1896 Automated: 1972 Accessibility: The island is a public park accessible only by boat. Lighthouse is not open to the public.

Saint George Present lighthouse built: 1857 Automated: 1971 Accessibility: Parking lot. The grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse is not. The Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum in the keeper’s house is operated by the St. George Historical Society (372-6450).

Matinicus Rock Light Matinicus Island Present lighthouse built: 1857 North light discontinued: 1924 South light automated: 1983 Accessibility: Very limited, as the island is maintained by a bird sanctuary.

Owls Head Light Owls Head Present lighthouse built: 1825 Automated: 1989 Accessibility: Parking lot. The grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse and keeper’s house are not. Owls Head Light State Park (941-4014).

Saddleback Ledge Light Vinalhaven Present lighthouse built: 1839 Automated: 1954 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Fort Point Light Stockton Springs Present lighthouse built: 1857 Automated: 1988 Accessibility: Parking lot. Lighthouse is within Fort Point State Historic Site. Lighthouse and Fort Pownall are not open to the public.

Grindle Point Light Islesboro Present lighthouse built: 1874 Discontinued: 1934 Relighted: 1987 Accessibility: The grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse is not. The Sailor’s Memorial Museum in the keeper’s house is open during the season (734-2253).

Washington County Libby Island Light Machiasport Present lighthouse built: 1823 Automated: 1974 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Little River Light Cutler Present lighthouse built: 1876 Discontinued: 1975 Relighted: 2001 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Cutler Present lighthouse built: 1832 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Moose Peak Light Jonesport Present lighthouse built: 1851 Automated: 1972 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

Narraguagus Light Milbridge Present lighthouse built: 1853 Discontinued: 1934 Accessibility: Not open to the public, best viewed by boat.

Nash Island Light Addison Present lighthouse built: 1874 Discontinued: 1981 Accessibility: Not open to the public, best viewed by boat.

Petit Manan Light Near Milbridge Present lighthouse built: 1855 Automated: 1972 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed by boat.

West Quoddy Head Light Lubec Present lighthouse built: 1857 Automated: 1988 Accessibility: Parking in West Quoddy State Park. Visitor’s center and museum located in the keeper’s house, maintained by the West Quoddy Light Keepers Association (733-2180). Lighthouse is not open to the public.

Whitlocks Mill Light Calais Present lighthouse built: 1910 Automated: 1969 Accessibility: Not open to the public; best viewed from the St. Croix River Rest Area on Route 1 in Calais.


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PHOTOs: Courtesy of the ellsworth chamber of commerce

llsworth is a city of surprises.

Finding one catchphrase to sum it all up isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy. A coastal city with a rich history. A quiet little city. The crossroads of Downeast Maine. A bustling hub of county government. An emerging cultural hub. A fun place to shop. A great place to visit. A great place to live. Family-run businesses operated by third and fourth generations are not uncommon. You can still walk down the street or into a store and be greeted by friends and neighbors. The heart and cultural hub of the city remains in the historic downtown. You can easily spend a day leisurely checking out all the shops and relaxing over a bite to eat at any one of the eateries. Entertainment from movies to live music can be found

at a number of venues. Several parks with inviting green spaces offer inviting spots to sit back and enjoy life. The Waterfront Park is a popular picnic spot for tourists and locals, and

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dd excitement and spice to your Down East vacation by starting in Trenton! Trenton is home to the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport, the only public airport in the region and to the Island Explorer, the only free and ecofriendly shuttle bus system in the area. Trenton is central to many exciting locations and attractions in nearby Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island, including Acadia National Park and Schoodic Peninsula. From quaint guest cottages, rustic campgrounds, luxurious RV parks, convenient motels, and historic inns, a comfortable and affordable nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep for the whole family is guaranteed. A great dining experience is easy, too, with authentic Downeast lobster pounds and fine seafood restaurants, delectable deli bars, snack shops, and hearty breakfast tables. Unique leisure and recreational opportunities abound in Trenton. An adventure park, complete with water slides, go-carts, and challenging activities for all ages is front and center. A round of golf is especially pleasant as you enjoy the sea breezes along the shores of the Jordan River. At the Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport book a private, scenic flight and get a breathtaking view of our seasonal colors in a Cessna 172, glider, or open cockpit biplane. Perhaps one of the most authentic Downeast adventures is experiencing a fine display of lumberjack and lumberjill skills. Find the perfect gift or a memorable personal souvenir in our Trenton shops. Your quest for the unusual is easy. You can find everything from handcrafted jewelery to brightly colored lobster buoys, and much, much more. Trenton offers affordability, variety, adventure and leisure. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all hereâ&#x20AC;Ś so begin your Downeast vacation in Trenton!

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The gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean from the shores of Bar Harbor are some of the best in the state.

inspiration, relaxation, and outdoor activities. Settled in 1763, Bar Harbor has been home to lobstermen, shipbuilders, artists, outdoor enthusiasts, students, and wealthy “summer people.” Bar Harbor is truly one of the best places to visit in Maine. Not exactly a well-guarded secret, but not overrun with tourism either, Bar Harbor is a vacation spot beyond compare. Its close proximity to Acadia National Park means visitors have over 50 square miles of beautiful terrain to hike and views to experience. In Acadia National Park, you will find granite cliffs side by side with sand and cobblestone beaches. Glaciercarved mountains rise from the sea, cupping deep lakes in their valleys. Here, too, are meadows and marshes and dense evergreen forests. Everywhere, the ocean makes its presence felt, whether by sight, sound, or smell. From the stonewall-lined road that brings visitors into the village to the sweeping vistas from atop Cadillac Mountain, there is something for

everyone in this seaside town. You can rent bicycles to pedal through Acadia along the carriage trails that were designed by John D. Rockefeller. You can tour the Abbe Museum to learn about Native American history and culture, or check out the Bar Harbor Whale Museum or the Mount Desert Oceanarium and Lobster Hatchery to learn about the creatures common to the Gulf of Maine. You can jump in a sea kayak or book a cruise on the historic schooner Margaret Todd to explore the harbor and outlying islands. The streets of downtown are lined with boutiques and gift shops to suit anyone’s fancy. Summer is the best time of year to visit Bar Harbor—there is always something going on. Catch a free concert by the Bar Harbor Town Band on the Village Green or the annual Lobster Boat Races in the harbor. Plan your trip around one of the many summer festivals that feature music, fine arts, crafts, and lobsters. Whether you like to pitch a tent or prefer to be pampered, there are a variety 2012 This Is Maine


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harbor from the east or from the south. The hiker—in contrast—is awarded with a stunning view from the top of the mountain. Blue Hill understands its role as the economic center of the Blue Hill Peninsula, though without box stores. While Merrill Hinckley still gives you that feeling of the small town grocery store we so sadly miss in many rural areas, Tradewinds offers all Hannaford carries and more. Together with the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital they are by far the biggest employers in the area. For young families, the Blue Hill area is a preferred location because of the excellent schools they find here. The public consolidated school teaches grades 1 through 8, while The Peninsula Montessori School in Sedgwick teaches children 3 to 6 years of age. The Waldorfinspired Bay School offers an alternative for students in grades 1 through 8, who continue their studies at either George Stevens Academy—a semiprivate high school with opportunities for foreign students to enroll—or the privately funded Blue Hill Harbor School. Living in Blue Hill doesn’t mean you have to miss all the great cultural treats larger cities offer. It is a place where lovers of chamber music find a rich

program, even in winter. At the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, founded by the Austrian violinist in 1902, 50 students gather each summer to perfect the understanding and the handling of their instruments and the interpretation of the music they play, tuition free. From January to April, the Blue Hill Concert Association invites renowned ensembles to perform at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. The Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) has its headquarters here. Throughout the year, they offer a lecture series with high caliber speakers from places like the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of Maine in Orono, and from overseas. The Blue Hill Heritage Trust is deeply engaged in educating the people around the Peninsula—visitors and “year rounders” alike—about how to preserve the pristine landscape that makes this Peninsula so unique. And because it is so inspiring, the Blue Hill Peninsula is attracting a wealth of very talented artists. One can say without exaggeration that this area has the highest density of artists along the East Coast. They include potters, sculptors, painters, wood carvers, photographers, furniture and cabinet makers, weavers, and quilters. You don’t have to drive very far to find what you are interested in. Join us for what the Blue Hill Peninsula is famous for: we know how to celebrate! Whether it is the Brooklin Fourth of July Parade, our 250th anniversary of the landing of Roundy and Wood on August 4 and 5, our traditional Blue Hill Fair on the Labor Day weekend, or the Annual Foliage Food & Wine Festival around Columbus Day weekend, they are a lot of fun and they bring people from many walks of life together.

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eer Isle is an enchanting place, retaining the flavor of New England life in the 1950s: rural, neighborly, safe. Visitors are welcome to enjoy our offthe-beaten path lifestyle focused on the fisheries. Stonington is the largest lobster landing port in the state of Maine. Ancillary fisheries include scalloping, clamming, shrimping, and eeling. Ten thousand years ago, Deer Isle was covered in glacial ice a mile deep. Native Americans first lived on Deer Isle and the European settlement began in the mid-18th century. The Deer IsleSedgwick Bridge was completed in 1939, allowing visitors to more easily access the island. Today the area is a cluster

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of small communities with a year-round population of 2,400. Lobstering is the mainstay of the economy, although the diversity of the island’s businesses surprises everyone— granite is still quarried here, internationally renowned Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has brought artists and artisans to our island, and the Stonington Opera House, celebrating its 100th anniversary, has achieved national recognition as a yearround performing arts center. The Island is a paradise for photographers, birders, kayakers, sailors, painters, naturalists, and anyone who loves the outdoors. We are fortunate to have 12 very diverse nature conservancies, many donated by generous residents. The mixture of spruce covered islands, quiet coves, granite outcroppings, fields of wildflowers, lobster boats, windjammers, glistening waters, and pristine winter snow makes a visit to Deer Isle, at any time of year, an enchanting experience. The Island has several annual events including Wings, Waves and Woods; Birding by Art, by Sea and by Land (May 18-20); Lupine Festival: Lupine by Land, by Sea, and by Air ( June 15-17); Fourth of July parade in Deer Isle and fireworks in Stonington; Stonington Lobster Boat

Races ( July 15); Fishermen’s Day on Stonington Pier ( July 22); Lighthouse Weekend, in conjunction with the US Lighthouse Society (September 14-16). Stonington is also home to one of the largest farmers’ markets in the state. Vendors set up every Friday,10 a.m. to noon, May through October, with a diverse selection of food, arts, and crafts. New this year is the Local Foods Festival (September 28-30), highlighting sea and land harvest and locally made products produced on the island. Deer Isle is also a “HeartSafe” community. The volunteers of Deer Isle’s Memorial Ambulance Corps have partnered with the Maine Cardiovascular Health Program and the Maine Emergency Medical Services office to bring 15 automated external defibrillators to the Island. They are distributed to businesses island-wide. The Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors many of the activities on the island, also sponsors a BuyLocal*HireLocal campaign, designed to help strengthen and maintain Island businesses and craftsmen, sustain local economic self-reliance, and community self-determination.

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July 1 6th Maine Battery Cannon Firings Fort Knox, Prospect

A full-scale Civil War era cannon firing demonstration will take place throughout the day. This is the real deal, and will provide some explosive excitement for all who visit. 10 am–4 pm. 469-6553 • July 1 Bob Marley Shead High School, Eastport

Catch Maine funnyman Bob Marley, as he performs live as part of Eastport’s 4th of July celebration. 4 pm. $10. July 1 bar harbor music festival opening day tea concert balance rock inn, Bar harbor

races, kids’ activities, a talent show, live music and entertainment, blueberry pie eating contest, fireworks, and more.

relationship when an eccentric medium manages to conjure up the ghost of Charles’s neurotic first wife, Elvira, at a seance. 7:30 pm. 236-0173 •

July 1–5 Festival of Independence Sails Aboard the Schooner Surprise Camden Harbor

July 3 Full Moon Sail on the Schooner Olad Camden Harbor

Celebrate aboard Camden’s oldest daysailing windjammer, which is listed on the National Historic Register. 11 am, 12:30 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm daily. 236-4687 •

Watch the sun go down behind the mountains of Camden Hills State Park, then turn seaward and watch the moonrise over the islands of Penobscot Bay. Feel free to BYOB. 6:30–8:30 pm. $37. 236-2323 •

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July 3 bar harbor music festival opening night concert bar harbor congregational church

Carrie Kahl, soprano and Cara Chowning, pianist, team up to open the 2012 season. 4 pm.

Midcoast organizations team up to offer four days of fun in the midcoast over the Fourth of July holiday period. Concerts, family events, parades, and fireworks ( July 4), with fun and afforable options for everyone. 236-4404 •

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July 1–8 Blithe Spirit Camden Opera House

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Brass Venture opens the 2012 season with a bang. 8:15 pm. July 3, 4, 10, 17, 24, 31 Bangor Band Concert Bangor

Enjoy free concerts by one of the oldest community bands in the country. Locations vary. 7 pm.

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July 3 2012 Blue Hill Pops George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill

This 22nd annual event features celebrated jazz harpist, Lissa Rey, along with Flash! In the Pans, The New Trad Trio, Bagaduce Pops Singers, and the Mount Desert Island High School Show Choir. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $10. 374-5454 â&#x20AC;˘ July 4 Thomaston Fourth of July Parade & Celebration Thomaston

Start the day off with a pancake breakfast and move on to watch the parade, horseshoe tournament, BBQ, baking contest, music, crafts, and fireworks. 354-8763 â&#x20AC;˘ July 4 4th of July Celebration Camden Harbor

Enjoy this free concert as part of Camdenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Festival of Independence. Dance the night away to classic funk and soul, 80s favorites, and everything in between. 8:30 pm. 348-6124 â&#x20AC;˘

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The worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only literary tour based on Stephen Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novels happens right in Bangor. See the city through the books and movies of this famous author on an airconditioned motor coach. The tour is sure to entertain with a mix of educational, historic, and interactive sites. All tours leave from the Bangor Waterfront. 2 pm. $20. 946-2505 â&#x20AC;˘ JULY 4 independence day greenville

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26th Harbor to Harbor Paddle 27th Searsport With her talented husband Orion Weis, Anna Polonsky performs some of the greatest fourhand piano masterpieces as well as works for two pianos. 8 pm. 236-2823 • July 5 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Half Moon Jug Band Pickering Square, Bangor

Come out and enjoy country and bluegrass music played by the Half Moon Jug Band. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. July 5–8 East Millinocket Summerfest Opal Myrick Park

Don’t miss all the food, fun, live music, and other activities in East Millinocket. 746-9982 • July 6 bar harbor music festival: featuring christopher johnson bar harbor congregational church

Pianist Christopher Johnson performs an all Chopin program. 8:15 pm.


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July 6 Mount Hope Cemetery Tour Bangor

Many of Maine’s statesmen, military, and civic leaders are entombed in style at Mount Hope Cemetery, which is also the final resting place of some of the infamous characters whose colorful legends still survive. 5 pm. $7 nonmembers. Free for members and children under 12. July 6 Great Schooner Race Camden Public Landing

Two dozen tall ships gather for an exciting allday race. This is North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships. 236-2323 • July 6 Rascal Flatts Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

Headliner Rascal Flatts brings along special guests Little Big Town, Eli Young, and Eden’s Edge on their stop in Bangor. Gates open at 5:30 pm. $37.50–$131.50. 800-745-3000 • July 7 Annual Celebration at the West Quoddy Head Visitors Center Lubec

Come celebrate at the easternmost point in the U.S. with tours of the tower, live music, food, raffles, activities, and more. 10 am–5 pm. 733-2180 • July 7 Yellow Brick Road Fort Knox, Prospect

An Elton John tribute band, Yellow Brick Road, will rock the fort. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic. A great evening of entertainment for all ages. 6:30 pm. $10 adults; $5 for children ages 12 and under. 469-6553 • July 7 Easton Field Days Easton

Start the day off by watching the Easton Field Days Parade from 10 am to 11 am. Fun activities for the whole family. July 7 Native American Festival and Maine Indian Basketmakers Market College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor

This festival is considered Maine’s largest annual gathering of Native American artists. Meet the artists while learning about and purchasing Wabanaki baskets, carvings, beadwork, dolls,

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Events and other handmade items. The daylong event includes Native music, dance, storytelling, craft demonstrations, and food. 10 am–4 pm. 288-3519 • July 7 & 8 Arts in the park heritage park, belfast

String Quartet. 8 pm. 236-2823 •

July 11 20th annual new composers concert: whales and other voices bar harbor congregational church

July 12 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Rog & Ray Pickering Square, Bangor

This concert features a multitude of musicians and is sure to please. 8:15 pm.

July 7 & 8 ‘50s & ‘60s Car Meet & Antique Aeroplane Show Owls Head Transportation Museum

Don’t miss this fun annual event, sponsored by Maine Lobster Boat Races. 348-2375 •

July 8 STYX, REO Speedwagon & Ted Nugent Bangor Waterfront Pavilion


members and children under 12.

This summer arts festival has taken place on Belfast’s waterfront for 16 years. Check out the selection of more than 80 artists ranging from paintings to photos, fiber and pottery, metalwork and jewelery. 10 am–4 pm.

Come see more than 400 autos from the industry’s most stylish decades. Relive the years of big fins, big engines, and fuzzy dice. 9:30 am–5 pm. $12 adults; free for children under 18. 594-4418 •


July 11 Stonington Lobster Boat Races Stonington

July 12 Vienna–City of Music Rockport Opera House

Be part of old Vienna, where Mozart and Schubert produced two of the most popular works of chamber music, both of which are offered at this concert. It will feature long-time favorite artists (Campbell and Johnson) together with the debut of the award-winning Afiara

Come out and enjoy tropical rock played by Rog & Ray. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. July 13 Vienna–City of Dreams Farnsworth Wyeth Center Rockport

Come to one or both of these one-hour concerts separated by a dinner hour in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s beautiful Wyeth Center Gallery. At the first of the concerts, you will hear a unique transcription of a famous Schubert sonata, and the second will include a rarely heard duo by Beethoven. 6 and 8:15 pm. 236-2823 • July 13 Maine Windjammer Parade Rockland Harbor

Don’t miss the Midwest Rock n’ Roll Express Tour as it rolls through Bangor. Gates open at 5 pm. $37.50–$71.50. 800-745-3000 • July 8 Pops Concert bluenose inn, bar harbor

This concert features Jamie Van Eyck, mezzosoprano, Chad Sloan, baritone, and Joseph Li, pianist. Pre-concert buffet dinner at 6 pm; performance at 8:15.

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JULY 9 English Beat The Grand, Ellsworth

This two-tone ska band was formed in 1978 in England. Their songs fuse ska, reggae, new wave, pop, punk rock, and soul. 7:30 pm. $29. 667-9500 • July 10 & 25 Devil’s Half Acre Tour Bangor

This area along Bangor’s waterfront came to be known as the Devil’s Half Acre due to the vice and violence in the Queen City’s past. On this short walking tour, explore the wicked side of downtown Bangor. Tour includes adult content. 7 pm. $7 nonmembers; free for

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The entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships. Many local tall ships offer rides in the parade for the public for a fee. Visit the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. 2–4 pm. 800-807-WIND •

July 14 SPCA Fur Ball Bar Harbor Club

departure. $20. 762-1151 •

This 6th annual event benefits the SPCA of Hancock County. There will be a silent auction with cocktails, followed by a live auction, seated dinner, live music, and dancing. $150. 667-2199 •

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July 14 Open Schooner Tours Rockland Harbor

Southwest Harbor takes on a pinkish hue this time each summer for the Flamingo Festival. Catch the parade, children’s festival, pancake breakfast, and the Flamingo 4-mile race from the center of town. All proceeds benefit the Harbor House. 244-3713 •

The Rockland windjammers host open schooner tours at North End Shipyard and Windjammer Wharf. Enjoy dockside tours of the American Eagle, Heritage, Isaac H. Evans, Nathaniel Bowditch, and Stephen Taber. 2–4 pm. 800-807-WIND •

July 14 Scottish Tattoo Fort Knox, Prospect

July 14 Museum Crawl Tour on Molly the Trolley Presque Isle

This popular annual event is back, featuring Scottish bagpipers, marching bands, and a patriotic salute to America. 6:30 pm. $10 adults; $5 for children ages 12 and under. 469-6553 •

This tour will visit the Caribou Historical Society as well as the Railroad Depot, Old School, Friend’s Church, and the Block House in Fort Fairfield. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Reservations required. 8 am

Enter your work into this contest, or just stop by to admire the carving, art, and photography of others. Sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Carvers and Artists Association. Sat. 9 am– 5 pm; Sun. 10 am–4 pm. 789-5363 July 14 & 15 Ragged mountain Fat Tire Festival Camden Snow Bowl

This weekend event celebrates mountain biking with activities for all ages. July 14 & 15 North Atlantic Blues Festival Harbor Park, Rockland

This annual festival features more than 15 blues artists from the U.S. and abroad. $25 per day. 593-1189

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July 18 Music and Movies Strand Theatre, Rockland

Step back in time to the 1790s as our colonial village comes alive. Colonial era spinning, woodworking, trapping, blacksmithing, and many more traditional activities are demonstrated. Come try some bean-hole beans, take an old-fashioned horse drawn wagon ride, and participate in hands-on activities. 10 am–4 pm. $8 adult; $4 children. 974-6278 •

Buy your popcorn and enjoy three famous silent movies with live performances of the original film scores played live by the incomparable Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. 8 pm. 236-2823 •

July 14–22 Maine Potato Blossom Festival Fort Fairfield

The Bard’s shortest and most farcical comedy with all of the proper ingredients: slapstick, puns, and wordplay. Hilarious storytelling and wonderful humanity prevail in the Bard’s comic masterpiece. 6 pm. $10–$17. • 667-9500

If you’ve never seen a potato field in bloom, you don’t know what you’re missing. This nine-day festival features farmer olympics, road races, arts and crafts, fireworks, mashed potato wrestling, live entertainment, and more. 472-3800 • July 15 Family Fun Day Sieur de Monts Acadia National Park

Join Friends of Acadia and park rangers for special field day activities that include pony rides, archery, fly fishing, arts and crafts, and more. 2 pm. 288-3340 •

July 18 Summer Encore from NT Live: Comedy of Errors The Grand, Ellsworth

July 19 Annual House & Garden Tour Camden & Rockport

This 65th annual tour sponsored by the Camden Garden Club features sites in Camden and Rockport. 9:30 am–4 pm. $25 in advance; $30 on the day of the tour. 236-8690 • July 19 Ellsworth Chamber’s Business After Hours Frenchman’s Bay Conservancy

July 15 bar harbor music festival: blair mcmillen bar harbor congregational church

Join the business community under a tent for this fun event. Open to members and their guests. Please RSVP. 5 pm. 667-5584 •

Blair McMillian performs on the piano. 8:15 pm.

July 19 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Everett Dumas Pickering Square, Bangor

July 17 Fishermen’s Day Stoningon

This 21st annual event is fun for the whole family. Enjoy crafts, wacky boat races, food, and the slippery cod contest on Stonington’s Fish Pier. Sponsored by the Island Fishermen’s Wives Association. 367-2443 • July 17–21 Central Maine Egg Festival Pittsfield

This festival is based in Manson Park and features a parade, scholarship pageant, community breakfasts and BBQs, street dance, the “Egglympics,” craft fair, fireworks, and more. Want to see the world’s largest frying pan? It will be at the Egg Festival. 680-0646 •

Come out and enjoy Everett Dumas’ performance of acoustic rock and pop. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. July 19 An Evening of Mendelssohn Rockport Opera House

Mendelssohn’s two string quintets serve as bookends to a remarkable compositional life by one of classical music’s true geniuses. What a remarkable opportunity to hear both on the same program played by some of today’s most important chamber musicians. 8 pm. 236-2823 • July 19–21 Friendship Sloop Days Harbor Park, Rockland

The Friendship Sloop Society’s annual home-

coming and regatta features sloop races, demonstrations, and visits to historic Friendship Sloops. 596-0376 • July 19–27 Lincoln Homecoming Festival Lincoln

This four-day event boasts craft and food vendors, street dances, concerts, parades, fireworks, and more. Fun for the entire family. 794-3372 • July 19–21 Maine State H.O.G. Rally Greenville

Head to the shore of majestic Moosehead Lake for a variety of events. 695-2702 • July 20 Summer Encore from Live from the MET: Les Contes d’ Hoffmann The Grand, Ellsworth

A magical journey in which the title character works out different manifestations of his psyche. Starring Joseph Calleja and Anna Netrebko. Conducted by James Levine, Directed by Bartlett Sher. 6 pm. $17 adult; $8 youth. 667-9500 • July 20 bar harbor music festival: ardelia trio bar harbor congregational church

These three talented women are sure to delight. 8:15 pm. July 20–22 Maine Celtic Festival Belfast

The Annual Maine Celtic Festival celebrates the rich Celtic heritage of the Maine coast through music, food, games and education. Events include a whiskey tasting, parade, 5K road race, bagpipes, food, dance, crafts, and the U.S. National Cheese Rolling Championships. 338-2692 • July 21 11th Annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll Oceanside High School, Rockland

Cycle past lighthouses and the rockbound coast, then enjoy a lobster roll lunch (tuna and veggie options available). Fully supported ride includes four distance options: 16, 30, 50, or 100 miles. $65 for members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine; $85 for nonmembers. 623-4511 •

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July 21 CityWide Historic Tour on Molly the Trolley Presque Isle

furniture, Americana, and accessories. Sat. 10 am–5 pm; Sun. 11 am–4 pm. $6. 800-641-6908 •

Join the Presque Isle Historical Society for a three-hour narrated tour of historic sites around Presque Isle. Reservations are required. 9 am. $5. 762-6300 •

July 21 & 22 Tribes of the Dawn Land Cultural & Heritage Days Passamaquoddy Tribal Lands Princeton

July 21 Pirate Festival Fort Knox, Prospect

Traditional handcrafted baskets, flutes, dreamcatchers, jewelry, wood carvings, dolls, and more will be featured at this weekend event. There will also be traditional native dancing, drumming, and food. 9 am–5 pm. 796-2261 •

Join the professional Pirates of the Dark Rose for a day of swashbuckling sword fights, duels, cannon fire, and a pirate ship attack. The festival features a treasure hunt, pirate parade, and contests for the best dressed and most authenticsounding pirate. 10 am–4 pm. Regular fort admission plus a $3 fee for the event. 469-6553 • July 21 Ghosts of Fort Knox Guided Tour Fort Knox, Prospect

Join the East Coast Ghost Hunters on a guided tour of Fort Knox in search of ghosts and paranormal phenomena. Tours are hourly and capacity is limited. Advanced registration and pre-payment is required. 7–10 pm. $10. 469-6553 • July 21 Penobscot Bay Day Penobscot Marine Museum Searsport

This open house features tours, demonstrations, live music, special exhibits, and snacks. 10 am–5 pm. 548-2529 • July 21 & 22 Blue Hill Fine Arts Crafts Show Blue Hill Consolidated School

This invitational showcase features the work of 45 of Maine’s best craftspeople, many of whom have won national awards. 10 am–5 pm. $5. 374-3242 • July 21 & 22 Summer HarborArts Show HARBOR PARK, CAMDEN

One hundred artists and artisans display, discuss, and sell their work in a festive open marketplace. 9 am–5 pm. 236-4404 • July 21 & 22 32nd Camden-Rockport Antiques Show & Sale Camden Hills Regional High School

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July 21 & 22 The Curran Homestead, Living History Farm & Museum Orrington

Don’t miss this annual summer festival in conjunction with Maine Open Farm Day. July 22 bar harbor music festival: jazz night jackson laboratory commons bar harbor

Join the Wolverine Jazz Band for a night of musical delight. 8:15 pm. July 22 Antique and Craft Festival Edgewood Farm, Deer Isle

Explore antique dealers, fine handmade crafts, live music, wine, food, and fun. 10 am–4 pm. $5. 367-5936 • July 22–August 31 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium University of Maine, Orono

This biennial cultural event brings eight internationally recognized sculptors to UMaine to create stone artwork for permanent display at locations in Orono, Old Town, and Bangor. Sculptors will work during the weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm in the Steam Plant Parking Lot off College Avenue. The site is open to members of the public who want to watch the sculptors at work. 667-5268 • July 25 Emeline Michel: The Reigning Queen of Haitian Song Strand Theatre, Rockland

A captivating performer, versatile vocalist and one of the premier Haitian songwriters of her generation, Emeline Michel will make it

impossible for you to sit still as she sings and dances and invites the audience to be part of the show. 8 pm. 236-2823 • July 25 Cordis: Workshop & Performance The Grand, Ellsworth

For over a decade the quartet Cordis has been redefining contemporary chamber music by fusing an original combination of custom-made and traditional ethnic instruments to create their signature sound. The workshop starts at 4 pm; performance at 7:30. $20 general admission; $15 workshop only; $20 workshop and performance. 667-9500 • July 25 40th annual acadia national park outdoor concert blackwoods campground amphitheatre, bar harbor

Don’t miss this fun annual event featuring the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra. 8 pm. Rain date: July 26. July 25 Thomas Hill Standpipe Tour Bangor

Climb to the top of the standpipe for a great view of Bangor. 5–9 pm. 947-4516 • July 26 The Great Beethoven Sonatas Rockport Opera House

Like three tasty desserts, here are three of Beethoven’s most enduring sonatas served at the same meal. We welcome Elissa Lee Koljonen in her Bay Chamber Concerts debut along with Max Levinson. 8 pm. 236-2823 • July 26 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: RetroRockerz Pickering Square, Bangor

Come out and enjoy crowd favorites, the RetroRockerz. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. July 26 & 27 The Kneading Conference Skowhegan Fairgrounds

Learn how to build a brick oven, start a bakery from scratch, bake wood-fired Italian flatbread, and much more at this delicious conference.

July 26 & 27 Lobster Buoy Launch & Harbor to Harbor Paddle Weekend Searsport

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Bring your kayak and paddle from Searsport Harbor to Belfast Harbor, enjoy lunch at the Weathervane, and paddle back. There will be live music, games, and festivities throughout the weekend. Proceeds to benefit local charities. July 26–29 County Bluegrass Festival Fort Fairfield

Four days of fabulous musical performances in the County from New England, Canada, Tennessee, and more. July 27 Happy Together Tour Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

This show features some of the best music of the 1960s from The Turtles, Flo and Eddie, The Monkees’ lead singer Micky Dolenz, The Grass Roots, and more. Gates open at 5 pm. $21.75–$61.75. 800-745-3000 • July 27 8th annual bob noonan memorial concert bar harbor congregational church

The Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra, featuring conductor Francis Fortier, performs for this popular annual event. 8:15 pm. JULY 27 & 28 PISCATAQUIS RIVER FESTIVAL GUILFORD

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The annual festival is a great, community-wide summer event for Guilford, as well as the surrounding communities. 876-2202 • July 27 & 28 Bucksport Bay Festival Bucksport

The 15th Annual Bucksport Bay Festival will feature a parade, fireworks, a 5K fun run, live music, pie contest, kids’ activities, classic car show, and over 70 vendors along the waterfront. 469-6818 • July 27–29 Belfast Bound Book Festival belfast

If you love the written word, you aren’t going to want to miss this annual festival. Join

authors, illustrators and publishers for readings, discussion, and forums all about the book.

July 28 & 29 Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival Grand Lake Stream

July 27–August 4 Northern Maine Fair Northern Maine Fairgrounds Presque Isle

This folk art festival is one of the best in the state. Here you will see folk artists, craftsmen, canoe and boatbuilders, quilters, and enjoy food and live music. 10 am–5 pm. 796-8199

This large, family fair includes rides, exhibits, horse pulling, harness racing, and lots more. 769-2258 July 27–August 5 Bangor State Fair Bass Park, Bangor

At the Bangor State Fair you can enjoy rides, midway games, outdoor concerts, a demolition derby, great food, a petting zoo, and more. 947-5555 • July 28 Penobscot Marine Museum Gala & Auction Point Lookout Resort & Conference Center, Northport

This biennial soiree features fine dining, live music, great people, and exciting auction bidding. This year’s event honors Maine Maritime Academy. 548-2529 July 28 Maine Artisan Bread Fair Skowhegan State Fair Grounds

Sample delicious breads, pastries, pizza and more. Buy books, talk to professional bakers, listen to music, and enjoy Maine-made food. 9 am–2 pm. $2. Parking fee. 629-7182 •

July 28 & 29 Gallery on the Green Southwest Harbor

This show will feature Maine artists showing original work and is sponsored by the Coastal Fine Arts Association of Maine. Sat. 9 am–5 pm; Sun. 10 am–5 pm. 284-5396 • JULY 29 bar harbor music festival gala bar harbor club

Enjoy dinner and a performance by the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra to end the 2012 sesason. Dinner at 6 pm; concert at 8:15. July 31 Insect Safari Head of Tide Preserve, Belfast

Join Kathy Murray, entomologist for the Maine Department of Agriculture, for this wildly popular exploration into the fascinating world of insects. This hands-on workshop will take insect lovers of all ages through fields, forests, and riverside in search of critters. 10 am–12 pm. 236-7091 •

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he Moosehead Lake region includes the largest lake in Maine, three of the largest rivers, over 100 waterfalls, more than 40 mountain peaks, countless creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes, and close to 5 million acres of working forest with thousands of moose.


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One of the best ways to see the area is by float plane. Tours can be customized to the needs of the client, and fees are based on flight times. The aircraft takes off from Moosehead Lake and quickly heads up the lake toward Big Moose Mountain.

As the flight continues, East Outlet comes into view, the headwater of the Kennebec River and a world-famous fly-fishing destination with landlocked salmon and wild brook trout. The pilot heads over to Mount Kineo, its 700-foot sheer cliffs dropping straight to the lake, then north for a glimpse of Seeboomook Lake and the beginning of the West Branch of the Penobscot River. To the east you can see Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest mountain. Visitors often plan a day to check out Baxter State Park. Heading south again, the pilot will point out Big and Little Spencer Mountains, both great hiking destinations. Then it’s on to Lily Bay State Park, a beautifully located family campground on Moosehead Lake. The ponds and bogs in this area are full of moose in the summer. Many visitors drive the roads looking for the area’s favorite resident, but to guarantee sightings, a moose safari is the best bet. Out to the east is the “100-Mile Wilderness,” the longest section of the Appalachian Trail without development. The pilot will point out Gulf Hagas, a series of spectacular waterfalls and gorges that are one of Maine’s natural wonders. All too soon, the flight ends and all passengers are back on the dock. Maybe tomorrow some shopping and a ride on The Katahdin steamship would be in order.

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he Belfast region offers

harborside towns and villages, rolling farmlands, delightful dining experiences, unique shops, and plenty of places to hike, bike, and sail—in other words, the best Maine offers! Belfast, the county seat and the only city in Waldo County, is known for its eclectic collection of shops and galleries. In 2004, it was named one of the coolest small towns in the country by Budget Travel. Foodies will find experiences to savor throughout the area. Restaurants offer delicious fare and variety that includes Mexican, Thai, American, vegetarian, and everything in between. On Fridays, Main Street in Belfast is closed so local farmers can offer up their goodies at the Farmers’ Market, one of many in the area.

Get out and shop in the historic downtowns and along the scenic byway of coastal Route 1, home to some of the most unique shops in Maine. At the locally-owned stores, you’ll find books to suit any interest, unique clothing, supplies for the green home, the oldest shoe store in the country, handmade pottery, gardening supplies, antiques, original art, and more. Belfast is home to the largest selection of galleries in a city its size in Maine, and artists and artisans abound in many of our communities. On Friday nights, the streets come alive with sounds of street musicians and the bustle of the open gallery walk. Be sure to join the fun of EcoMotion, a series of whimsical, interactive sculptures along the streets in Belfast brought to you by Waterfall Arts.

To truly experience the rich culture of the Belfast Region, take part in a class, exhibition, or performance at one of the arts centers where all ages are welcome. The Unity Center for the Performing Arts at Unity College hosts a dynamic music and performance schedule throughout the year. Three local theater groups—the Belfast Maskers, Marsh Theatre, and Northport Music Theatre— entertain with community productions. And if that’s not enough, the local art deco movie house, the Colonial Theatre, presents the choicest of movies each week and an eclectic schedule of additional events on its renovated stage. In Searsport, visit the Penobscot Maritime Museum for a true appreciation of the area’s maritime heritage. Seven buildings of exhibits and a gift shop await you, 2012 This Is Maine


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museums Near you Aroostook County New Sweden New Sweden Historical Society & Museum 116 Station Road • 896-5240 Created to document, preserve, and encourage the local Swedish culture in northern Maine, the New Sweden Museum consists of several buildings that house an extensive collection of artifacts of Swedish settlement. Open Memorial Day–Labor Day, Mon.–Fri. 12­–4 pm; Sat. and Sun. 1–4 pm.

Oakfield Oakfield Railroad Museum 40 Station Street • 223-5032 • Oakfield Railroad Museum is the former 100-year-old station of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad. The museum features B&A artifacts and memorabilia, motor cars, the rejuvenated C-66 caboose, the weathervane from Oakfield’s water tank, vintage signs, a reading room with photographs, maps, and much more. Open May 29–Oct. 11 Sat. and Sun. 1–4 pm. Group tours by appointment.

Presque Isle Northern Maine Museum of Science UMaine Presque Isle 181 Main Street • 768-9482 • Tours or walks. 7 am–10 pm. Closed holidays.

St. Agatha St. Agatha Historical Society & House Route 162, Main Street • 543-6911 The Historical House dates from 1854 and houses artifacts and photos of everyday life of the people of the St. John Valley. Open mid-June to Labor Day, Tues.–Sat. afternoons.

St. Francis St. Francis Historical Society Museum 872 Main Street • 398-3387 The St. Francis Historical Society Museum has artifacts of the past lumbering days, household items, family photos, B&A Railroad caboose and turntable. Open June–Aug., Wed., Fri., and Sun. 1–4 pm and by appointment.

Van Buren Acadian Village U.S. Route 1 • 868-2691 The Village opened in 1976 and is one of the largest historical sites in Maine, with a railroad station, a chapel, a blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, country store, and several buildings moved from other sites. Open daily mid-June to mid-Sept., 12–5 pm.

Woodland Woodland Historical Society Museums 493-3081 or 498-8430 Woodland Historical Society maintains the Snowman School House and the Largerstrom House Museums throughout the summer months, and is also open by appointment. Open June 1–Aug. 31, Mon.–Fri. 6 am–9 pm; Sat. 7 am–9 pm; Sun. 9 am–8 pm.

Hancock County Bar Harbor Abbe Museum 26 Mt. Desert Street • 822-3519 • The Abbe Museum works to further the understanding A42

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of Maine’s Native American cultures, history, and archaeology. Exhibitions and programs focus on the Native American tradition in Maine and explore the broader Native American experience. Open year-round. Seasonal hours May 27–early Nov., daily, 10 am–6 pm. Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum 33 Ledgelawn Avenue • 288-0000 The museum is located in the former St. Edward’s Convent and has a collection of photographs, research archives, newspaper microfilm, etc., extending from Bar Harbor’s 1796 incorporation through the Gilded Era and the 1947 Fire to the present. Open June­–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 1–4 pm. Bar Harbor Whale Museum 52 West Street • 288-0288 The Bar Harbor Whale Museum is Maine’s only museum dedicated to the study and understanding of whales and seals common to the Gulf of Maine. Open daily in June 10 am–8 pm; July and Aug. 9 am–9 pm. George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History 105 Eden Street • 288-5015 • Exhibits depict the animals and plants of Maine. Marine tank and interactive area. Open Tues.–Sat. 10 am–5 pm. Mount Desert Oceanarium & Lobster Hatchery 1351 State Highway 3 • 244-7330 The Lobster Hatchery is the part of the Mt. Desert Oceanarium that hatches lobsters to return back to the ocean. Visitors enjoy seeing mother lobsters, lobsters up to 2 weeks old, lobsters being released, even the beating hearts of little lobsters. Open mid-May–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 9 am–5 pm. Sieur de Monts Spring & Nature Center Off Route 3 in Acadia National Park www.acadia.we/nature-center.htm Within the building are several interesting and informative displays covering a range of subjects, from air quality to the variety of wildlife recently seen. Sieur de Monts Spring is located behind the building to the left. To the right of the building is the Wild Gardens of Acadia. Managed by the Bar Harbor Garden Club, it reflects the typical habitats found on Mount Desert Island with over 300 native plant species labeled for easy identification. Open Memorial Day through mid-Oct.

Castine Wilson Museum 120 Perkins Street • 326-9247 • Built on the shore of Castine Harbor in 1921 by John Howard Wilson to house his unique collection of rare objects gleaned from his travels and wide-ranging interests, including geology and prehistory. The Wilson Museum includes the John Perkins House, one of Castine’s earliest homes; the Blacksmith Shop, a working reproduction smithy; and the Hearse House, home of Castine’s summer and winter horse-drawn hearses. Open daily May 27–Sept. 30, 2–5 pm. Perkins House, Blacksmith Shop, Hearse House open July and Aug. on Sun. and Wed., 2–5 pm.

Deer Isle Salome Sellers House 416 Sunset Road • 367-2629

The Sellers House is a restored and furnished period home. Open late June to Sept. on Wed., Thurs., and Fri. afternoons.

Ellsworth Birdsacre-Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary & Homestead 289 High Street • 667-8460 The Stanwood Wildlife Museum and Sanctuary is the home and birthplace of Cordelia J. Stanwood, a pioneer ornithologist and photographer, set within a 200-acre Sanctuary. In addition to highly personalized house tours, shelters of nonreleasable, educational hawks and owls are situated in a park-like atmosphere. A nature center/ gift shop stands near the entrance to a unique, turn-ofthe-century, interconnected trail system, and handicapaccessible boardwalk. Open daily June–Sept. The Telephone Museum 166 Winkumpaugh Road • 667-9491 Demonstrating the social and technical significance of the telephone network as it existed between 1876 and 1983 with working equipment. Open July–Sept., Thurs.– Sun. 1–4 pm. Woodlawn Museum 19 Black House Drive • 667-8671 Woodlawn Museum is the 180-acre estate of Col. John Black and his grandson George Nixon Black Jr., owner of the famous shingle-style summer cottage Kragsyde. The house contains the original furnishings and artwork collected by three generations of the family. Estate visitors may also enjoy splendid gardens, walking trails, the museum store, and a tournament-sized croquet court. The Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn, the nation’s longest-running summer antiques show, is held on the estate every August. Open for tours of the Black House in May Tues.–Sun. 1–4 pm; June–Sept., Tues.–Sat. 10 am–5 pm, and Sun. 1–4 pm.

Northeast Harbor Great Harbor Maritime Museum 124 Main Street • 276-5650 This gem collects, preserves, and celebrates the maritime history of the greater Mount Desert Island region. Open July 1–Labor Day, Tues.–Sat. 10 am–5 pm.

Seal Cove Seal Cove Auto Museum 1414 Tremont Road • 244-9242 The Seal Cove Auto Museum exhibits a wide variety of antique autos, from an 1899 DeDion Bouton to a 1924 Mercer, with a special emphasis on examples from the Brass Era (1895–1917). Many of these automobiles and motorcycles have been restored to world-class condition, while others remain in their original, unrestored state. Open daily May 1–Oct. 31, 10 am–5 pm.

Southwest Harbor Wendell Gilley Museum 4 Herrick Road • 244-7555 The major showcase for the work of world-renowned bird carver Wendell Gilley, a Southwest Harbor native, who was one of the two or three recognized pioneers of this indigenous American art form. Open June and Oct., Tues.–Sun. 10 am–4 pm; July and Aug. 10 am–5 pm.

Knox County Camden Camden–Rockport Historical Society Conway Homestead-Cramer Museum Complex U.S. Route 1 • 236-2257 • Home of the Conway Homestead-Cramer Museum Complex. It’s the only site in the area with a Living History Day where visitors can see volunteers in period clothing and enjoy open-hearth cooking and handcranked ice cream in the old kitchen. The Conway Homestead is an authentically furnished and restored 18th-century farmhouse. The complex also has a working blacksmith shop, 1820 maple sugar house, Victorian privy, and herb garden. Open July and Aug., Wed.–Sat. 11 am­–3 pm.

Friendship Friendship Museum Route 220 & Martin’s Point Road • 832-4221 Former schoolhouse. Local memorabilia, mostly marine related. Historical information on the Friendship Sloop. Open July 1 to Labor Day in the afternoons.

Owls Head Owls Head Transportation Museum Route 73 • 594-4418 • The Owls Head Transportation Museum has one of the finest collections of pioneer-era aircraft and automobiles in the world. More than 100 historic aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, carriages, and engines are on permanent display. The Aircraft Collection contains replicas and originals representing the first century of flight. Open daily 10 am–5 pm.

Rockland Coastal Children’s Museum 75 Mechanic Street • 385-1105 Dedicated to providing children age 2 to 9 and their families the opportunity to explore, discover, and learn through play about the natural world, the arts and sciences, and the diversity of Maine’s Coast. Open Wed.–Sat. 10 am–4 pm; Sun. 1–4 pm. Farnsworth Art Museum & Wyeth Center 16 Museum Street • 596-6457 The best in American art—Hopper, Nevelson, and more. Victorian Homestead and Olson House. Wyeth Center showcases works of N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth. Open daily May 15–Nov. 1, 10 am­–5 pm. Free admission hours 5–8 pm first Fri. of the month and every Wed. Maine Lighthouse Museum 1 Park Drive • 594-3301 The Maine Lighthouse Museum houses the largest collection of lighthouse lenses, and one of the most important landmark collections of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the United States. Located on Rockland’s waterfront, the collection is a must-see for anyone interested in lighthouses and American maritime history. Open June 1–Oct. 31, Mon.–Fri. 9 am–5 pm; Sat. and Sun. 10 am–4 pm.

Rockport Center for Maine Contemporary Art 162 Russell Avenue • 236-2490 • Visual arts center featuring the work of established and emerging contemporary Maine artists. Open all year. Seasonal hours: May–Dec., Tues.–Sat. 10 am–5 pm.

Thomaston General Henry Knox Museum U.S. Route 1 • 354-8062 • Replica of original 1793 home built by Gen. Henry Knox, U.S. Secretary of War in George Washington’s cabinet. Open Memorial Day–Columbus Day, Tues.–Sat. Thomaston Historical Society & Museum 80 Knox Street • 354-8835 Museum houses artifacts from the wooden ship building era and records of the town and area’s historic past. It has an extensive collection of old photographs, letters, and ledgers of townspeople and places. Open June–Aug., Tues., Wed., and Thurs. 2–4 pm or by appointment.

Union Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage Union Fairgrounds This is an agricultural museum, holding approximately 10,000 artifacts, including carriages, agricultural tools, musical instruments, books, and a sizeable Moxie collection. There is also a one-room schoolhouse attached to the museum, and part of the museum is a collection of photo prints and a research library. Open July and Aug., Wed.–Sat. 12­–4 pm. Not open on holidays.

Vinalhaven Vinalhaven Historical Society Museum High Street • 863-4410 Exhibits highlight island life and industries. Open June 14–June 30, Tues.­­–Sat. 12–5 pm; July–Aug. daily, 12–5 pm.

Penobscot County Bangor Bangor Museum & History Center’s Hill House 159 Union Street • 942-1900 • Visit the Thomas A. Hill House and Civil War Museum for an in-depth look at the history and culture of Bangor. Bus and walking tours of specific sites are also available. Open June 1–Oct. 1, Tues.–Fri. 10 am–4 pm. Bangor Police Museum 240 Main Street • 947-7384 Artifacts pertaining to law enforcement with an emphasis on the Bangor Police Department dating from 1700s to the present. Call ahead for hours. Cole Land Transportation Museum 405 Perry Road • 990-3600 • The museum contains over 200 vehicles illustrating the evolution of land transportation from wagons to 18-wheelers. Among the items exhibited are antique vehicles, motorcycles, a locomotive, fire trucks, farm equipment, and many other land transportation vehicles. Home of a 72-foot 1840s era covered bridge, the State of Maine WWII Veterans Memorial, Maine Military Order of the Purple Heart Memorial, Maine Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Maine Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Open daily May 1–Nov. 11, 9 am–5 pm. Maine Discovery Museum 74 Main Street • 262-7200 The Maine Discovery Museum is an interactive learning place for children and their families, providing seven educational and fun exhibits on three floors of the historic Freese’s Building in downtown Bangor. Open Tues.–Sat. 9:30 am–5; Sun. 12–5 pm.

University of Maine Museum of Art 40 Harlow Street • Norumbega Hall • 561-3350 The UMMA enriches the cultural life of the citizens of Maine and the university community through exhibitions, collections, and innovative educational programming designed to promote an understanding of the visual arts, with particular emphasis on the modern and contemporary. Open Mon.–Sat. 10 am–5 pm.

Bradley Leonard’s Mills Government Road • 974-6278 • Leonard’s Mills is the centerpiece of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum Inc., a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1960, and dedicated to keeping alive the forest industry of long ago for the present-day citizens of the state of Maine. Located on approximately 400 acres on Blackman Stream, it is at the actual site of an early pioneer settlement, identified by the remains of a stone dam and the foundations of several houses. Today, Leonard’s Mills is “alive” once again, as the museum is represented by an authentic reconstruction of a logging and milling community of the 1790s. Events are usually on Saturdays during daylight hours.

Brewer Brewer Historical Society’s Clewley Museum 199 Wilson Street • 989-5013 • Featured are exhibits about Joshua Chamberlain and unique items like a gramophone, ink wells, a fan collection, and a dumb waiter. The shed features antique tools and a horse-drawn hearse. Visit the upstairs bedrooms and newly refurbished photo and military room. Open by appointment and on Tues. and Sat. 12–3 pm during the summer months.

Dexter Dexter Historical Society Museums 12 Church Street • 924-5721 The Dexter Historical Society has three museum buildings: the Grist Mill, the Miller’s House, and the oneroom Carr School. Open daily June–Sept. Research and genealogy services available year-round.

Hampden Hampden Historical Society’s Kinsley House Museums 83 Main Road S. Route 1A • 862-3182 The society maintains the1794 home of Martin Kinsley—Mass. senator and judge—as well as Hannibal Hamlin’s law office used 1831–1860. Call for hours.

Indian Island Penobscot Indian Nation Museum 12 Wabanaki Way • 827-7776 • Collections include such things as prehistoric stone tools, birch bark canoes, and traditional Eastern Woodland basketry, ceremonial root clubs, clothing, and beadwork. Open Mon.–Thurs. 9 am–2 pm; Sat. 10 am­–3 pm.

Lee Lee Historical Society & Museum Main Street (Route 6) • 738-5014 This time capsule of the Victorian Era was lovingly restored and is maintained in a three story Main Street building. Explore room settings, Civil War history, a carriage house, and genealogies. Open Sat., Sun., and the first and third Wed. of the month 1–4 pm. Also by appointment.

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museums Near you, Old Town Old Town Museum 827-7256 • Historic waterworks building, permanent logging exhibits, early area photos, birch bark canoe. Open during the summer Wed.–Sun. 1–5 pm.

Orono Hudson Museum, University of Maine Collins Center for the Arts 581-1901 • The Hudson Museum maintains a collection of over 8,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, including a world-class assemblage of 2,828 Precolumbian ceramics, lithics, and gold work dating from 2000 BC to the time of the Spanish Conquest. This collection is complemented by contemporary ethnographic objects from Mexico, Guatemala, and Panama. Open Mon.–Fri. 9 am–4 pm; Sat. 11 am–4 pm. Page Farm & Home Museum Portage Road • 581-4100 • The Page Farm and Home Museum collects, documents, preserves, interprets, and disseminates knowledge of Maine history relating to farms and farming communities between 1865 and 1940. The museum complex contains an 1833 post-and-beam barn, the last original agricultural building on the university campus, an 1855 one-room schoolhouse, carriage house, blacksmith shop, and heritage garden. Heirloom varieties of herbs, flowers, and vegetables are cultivated here. Open Tues.–Fri. 9 am–4 pm; Sat.–Sun. 11 am–4 pm. Guided tours are available.

Patten The Patten Lumbermen’s Museum 61 Shin Pond Road • 528-2650 Maine’s lumbering history is displayed in nine buildings by more than 3,500 artifacts. Gum boxes, steam and gasoline log haulers, bateaux, 1820 logging camp, photographs, gift shop, and picnic area. Open May 20–June 27 and July 2–Oct. 11, Fri.–Sun. 10 am– 4 pm.

Piscataquis County Dover-Foxcroft Blacksmith Shop Museum 100 Dawes Road • 564-8618 Restored Civil War period shop containing much of the original equipment, including an anvil, bellows, and an ox lifter. Open daily, 8 am–8 pm. Call ahead for a tour guide.

Greenville S/S Katahdin & Moosehead Marine Museum N. Main Street, East Cove • 695-2716 This museum includes artifacts and photographs concerning the marine and logging history of the region. Katahdin is a 110-foot boat built by Bath Iron Works in 1914. Restored in 1995, it presently operates seasonally on Moosehead Lake. Sailing May 26–Oct. 11, Tues.–Sat.

Monson Monson Museum Greenville Road (Main Street) • 876-3073 Local memorabilia and artifacts, some pertaining to the local narrow gauge railroad, and the slate quarries. Open by appointment only.

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10 Market Street • 338-9229 The Historical Society & Museum is housed in a brick Federal-style building in downtown Belfast. Museum exhibits include: Percy Sanborn painting gallery, maritime history, ship models, 19th-century apothecary bench, and other exhibits about Belfast history. On display in the barn adjacent to the museum is the old two-cell jail and a horse-drawn hearse. A children’s activity is offered. The BHS&M is sponsor of the Belfast-Museum in the Streets, a self-guided walking tour of 30 historic sites located in downtown, waterfront, and residential areas. Open mid-June to Labor Day, Tues.–Sat. 11 am–4 pm.

Islesboro Islesboro Historical Society 388 Main Road • 734-6733 Located in the old town hall/school. The society offers exhibits, programs, and genealogical material. Open midJune–Sept., weekdays 9 am–3 pm (closed for a half-hour lunch at 12:30 pm); Sat. 10:45 am–3 pm.

Liberty Davistown Museum 58 Main Street • 288-5126 This tool, art, and history museum has detailed information on the history of ferrous metallurgy, edge tool manufacturing, the Wooden Age of maritime New England, and the classic period of tool making during the Industrial Revolution. The main complex includes exhibits, galleries, libraries, and a visitors’ center. Open March–Dec., Thurs. and Fri. 11 am–5 pm; Sat. 10 am–6 pm; Sun. 11 am–5 pm.

Lincolnville Lincolnville Historical Society Museum Route 173 • 789-5445 • The 1892 schoolhouse displays photos, Native American artifacts from the area, and a genealogical section. Open late June–Oct., Mon., Wed., and Fri. 1–4 pm.

Searsport Penobscot Marine Museum 5 Church Street & Route. 1 • 548-2529 The Penobscot Marine Museum was founded in 1936 and is Maine’s oldest maritime museum. Its Searsport grounds comprise 13 historic buildings, including ship captains’ homes, an early town hall, and two boathouses. Eight of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and together they represent Searsport as a bustling port during the Age of Sail. Artifacts, exhibits, and interpreters tell the stories of Maine’s seafaring past. Open May 28–Oct. 24, Mon.–Sat. 10 am–5 pm; Sun. 12–5 pm.

Washington County Cherryfield Cherryfield-Narraguagus Historical Society 88 River Road • 546-2076 • Find photographs of early Cherryfield, tools, household items of 1850–1920 era, and genealogical information. Open July and Aug., Wed. & Fri. 1–4 pm and by appointment.

Eastport Raye’s Mustard Mill Museum 83 Washington Street • 853-4451 The Raye family mill has been grinding mustard in Eastport since 1900 and is now a working museum. It is

the last mill in the country grinding mustard using the old stone process. Visitors are always welcome to view the mill, browse the Maine products shop, and enjoy a light lunch or snack from the Mustard Shed. Tours are provided on weekdays (and some Saturdays) 10 am–3 pm. Tides Institute & Museum of Art 43 Water Street • 853-4047 • Tides Institute & Museum of Art is a cross-border (U.S./Canada) cultural institution and museum with a focus on the greater international Passamaquoddy Region in particular, but with a wider view of the cultural ties between Maine, New England, and the Atlantic Provinces. Crossing disciplinary boundaries as well as geographical borders, the Tides Institute involves art, history, photography, and architecture. Open June 25–Sept. 19, Tues.­–Sun. 10 am–4 pm.

Jonesport Maine Coast Sardine History Museum 34 Mason Bay Road • 497-2961 The Maine Coast Sardine History Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Maine sardine industry from its beginning in 1875 up to the present. The museum contains numerous pictures, original letterheads, billheads, tins, labels, machines, and much more. Souvenirs, books on the sardine industry and the local area, and other items are available for purchase in the museum store. Open June 20–Sept. 30, Tues.–Fri. and Sun. 12–4 pm.

Lubec Lubec Historical Society Museum 135 Main Street • 733-2274 The interactive museum in the Columbian Factory Store has aerial maps from 1957, microfilm of the Lubec Herald newspaper, and birth, death, and marriage certificates. Open daily mid-May­–Columbus Day 12–5 pm. Robert S. Peacock Fire Museum 40 School Street • 733-2341 Visit the Lubec Fire Station and check out historic firefighting equipment. Open Mon.–Fri. 10 am–4 pm. West Quoddy Head Visitor Center & Museum South Lubec Road • 733-2180 • Come see one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. West Quoddy Lighthouse is a participant in the “Lights Across the Border Lighthouse Challenge.” It is also a U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport Participant— get your lighthouse passport stamped here for West Quoddy Light and/or the Lubec Channel Light. Open Memorial Day to mid-Oct. 10 am–4 pm.

Machias Burnham Tavern Museum Route 192 • 255-4432 • Built in 1770, it’s the oldest building in eastern Maine and the only one with Revolutionary War history. Open mid-June–Sept. Mon.–Fri. 9:30 am–4 pm. Weekends and holidays open by appointment.

Milbridge Milbridge Historical Society Museum 83 Main Street • 546-4471 A museum of local history, it features shipbuilding, which was once the town’s mainstay. It also features old methods of fishing, a re-created general store, changing exhibits by local artists, and a gift shop. Handicap accessible picnic area. Open year-round Sat. and Sun. 1–4 pm; in July and Aug. also open Tues. 1–4 pm.

midcoast • knox county Rockland Harbor

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n the heart of Maine’s Midcoast , the neighboring towns

of Camden, Rockport, Rockland, and Lincolnville draw visitors in every season to “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea.” Thanks to its recreation, shopping, historical interest, arts and culture, and dining and lodging, the region offers broad appeal as well as one-of-a-kind attractions. Rockland is the county seat of Knox County and the largest city in the region with a population of 7,700. This town is known for its creative and tourist economy, as a burgeoning center for the arts, and as the home of the nation’s largest fleet of windjammers, which set out from the city’s harbor to cruise the Maine coast throughout the summer and early fall. Rockland is worth at least a day’s exploration, with its charming downtown district of art galleries, museums, shops, and restaurants. The city is known as the Lobster Capital of the World, and its annual Maine Lobster Festival is one of several summer festivals that draw thousands of visitors from near and far. The Maine Lighthouse Museum houses one of the most important collections of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the

Midcoast country. At the Project Puffin Visitor Center, visitors can learn how Audubon scientists are succeeding in reintroducing the Atlantic puffin, once nearly extinct, to its historic nesting islands off the Maine coast. Also check out the Strand Theatre in town, a historic 1923 cinema that is the central hub of the town. Rockland is home to the Farnsworth Art Museum, which is the only museum in the U.S. that is dedicated solely to the contributions of Maine artists to the world of American art. The Wyeth Center houses the art and archives of three generations of Wyeths—N.C., Andrew, and Jamie. The museum, which is open year-round, also operates a store on Main Street. Voted the prettiest in Maine in 2009 by the readers of Down East magazine, Camden harbor hosts a mix of working and pleasure craft, including a fleet of windjammer schooners. Two-hour daytrips and three- to five-day live-aboard cruises depart from Camden’s public landing. Camden and adjacent Rockport harbor moorings also welcome small and large private vessels that are drawn to the area by deep water, well-stocked ports, and several boatbuilders, marinas, and storage and repair facilities. For more insight into this area’s

history, ask shop owners for the Historic Downtown Camden walking-tour map, which identifies buildings that began as boathouses, woolen mills, ship captains’ homes, and the former theater where “Peyton Place,” filmed in 1956, had its world premiere. In July and August, the Camden-Rockport Historical Society opens its 18th-century Conway Homestead and Cramer Museum to visitors. This area’s scenic coastline is embraced by the Camden Hills, among them Mount Battie—part of Camden Hills State Park. Its 790-foot summit can be reached by 26 miles of hiking trails and an auto road where panoramic views stretch from Rockland to the Blue Hill peninsula. Facing inland, Mount Battie’s stone tower offers dramatic views inland to Lake Megunticook, popular for summer boating, fishing, and swimming, as well as Ragged Mountain, site of the Camden Snow Bowl. Rockport’s snug harbor celebrates boatbuilding, and its Marine Park attractions feature historic lime kilns and a granite statue of Andre the Seal. Rockport’s other famous animal residents are Aldermere Farm’s Belted Galloway “Oreo cookie” cows, which graze along bucolic Russell Avenue. From broad 2012 This Is Maine


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AUGUST 1 Merryspring Annual Kitchen Tour Camden, Rockport & Lincolnville


Visit eight uniquely designed kitchens and enjoy demonstrations and tastings from area chefs throughout the day. 10 am–3 pm. 236-2239 •

August 1–5 Bangor State Fair Bass Park, Bangor

August 1 Brubeck Brothers Quartet Strand Theatre, Rockland

A legend in American jazz, the Brubeck family has delighted Bay Chamber Concerts audiences with their special music and unique personalities. Come enjoy their return with Brubeck standards you have always loved, plus new works you will also treasure. 8 pm. 236-2823 • AUGUST 1–4 MONMOUTH FAIR MONMOUTH

Experience a small family agricultural fair, filled with animal exhibits, midway rides, and crafts. 933-2249 • August 1–4 Northern Maine Fair Northern Maine Fairgrounds Presque Isle

This large, family fair includes rides, exhibits, horse pulling, harness racing, and lots more.


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At the Bangor State Fair you can enjoy rides, midway games, outdoor concerts, a demolition derby, great food, a petting zoo, and lots more. 947-5555 • August 1–5 65th Annual Lobster Festival Harbor Park, Rockland

This world-famous festival is one of New England’s great summer events. There will be tons of Maine lobsters served, waterfront activities, maritime displays and demonstrations, arts and crafts, harbor cruises, live entertainment, and so much more. 800-562-2529 • AUGUST 1–12 SCHOODIC ARTS FESTIVAL WINTER HARBOR

Come out and catch top-quality performances and workshops the whole family can enjoy. Prices for performances vary. 963-2569 • AUGUST 2 A Musical Rendezvouz Rockport Opera House

Chris Brubeck’s Vignettes for Nonet has become a beloved addition to the “crossover” literature, bringing jazz and classical musicians together. Come hear Sospiro Winds play this work with the Brubecks and perform some of the classical literature for woodwind quintet. 8 pm. 236-2823 • August 2 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Stesha Cano Pickering Square, Bangor

Jazz enthusiasts won’t want to miss this performance by Stesha Cano. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. August 2 & 3 Dover-Foxcroft Shiretown Homecoming Dover-Foxcroft

This town-wide event includes a parade, crafts, food, kids’ games, music, fireworks, and much more. 564-3318 • August 2–5 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Fort Knox, Prospect

Shakespeare comes to Fort Knox thanks to Ten Bucks Theatre Troupe. 6 pm. $10. 469-6553 •

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August 4 & 5 250th Anniversary Celebration Blue Hill

Many of Maine’s statesmen, military, and civic leaders are entombed in style at Mount Hope Cemetery, which is also the final resting place of some of the infamous characters whose colorful legends still survive. 5 pm. $7 nonmembers. Free for members and children under 12.

Celebrate the landing of the first settlers in Blue Hill with festivities and fun all around town. There will be a blessing of the fleet, a parade, and more. 374-3242 •

AUGUST 4–7 Cellardoor Winery–A Grape Affair Cellardoor Winery Vineyard Lincolnville

This is the first annual event for this little northern Maine town with a big heart. There will be a host of events including a BBQ, vendors, musical performances, and more.

Al fresco dining in the vineyard with live music and dancing. Chef Lani Temple of Megunticook Market will prepare summer fare with local ingredients. 5–9 pm. 763-4478 • August 3–12 International Homecoming Festival Calais

This 10-day event celebrates Calais, Maine and St. Stephen, New Brunswick as they host events on both sides of the border. There will be artists, crafts, food, and plenty of fun. August 4 WLBZ 2 Sidewalk Art Festival Downtown Bangor

This annual event takes over downtown Bangor, much to the delight of fans and artists alike. Awards will be given and fun will be had all day long. 991-5312 August 4 Bangor Summer Arts & Crafts Festival Pickering Square, Bangor

Over 50 Maine artisans will showcase their work in conjunction with the WLBZ Sidewalk Art Festival. 9 am–4 pm. August 4 & 5 Wings & Wheels Spectacular & Aerobatic Air Show Owls Head Transportation Museum

High-wheel bicycles, classic cars, antique planes, and a high-performance air show. Model T rides and activities for the whole family. 9:30 am–5 pm. $15 adults; free for children under 18. 594-4478 •

August 4 & 5 Le Festival Chautaqua Frenchville

August 5 Beech Hill Blueberry Free Pick Beech Hill Reserve, Rockport

Join Coastal Mountains Land Trust for a day of picking free blueberries. Organic blueberry fields are open for you to pick as many berries as you can. Bring a picnic and take a tour of Beech Nut, the historic stone hut on top of the Beech Hill Preserve. 8 am–2 pm. 236-7091 • August 6 & 7 Revolutionary Encampment at the General Henry Knox Museum Montpelier

Come watch Major General David Bernier and the 25th Continental Regiment. 10 am–4 pm. AUGUST 7 LOBSTERS ON THE SOUND HARBOR HOUSE, SOUTHWEST HARBOR

This elegant annual fundraiser is a must for anyone who loves Mount Desert Island. Join them for lobsters, friendship, and cocktails while the sun sets over the water. 244-3713 • August 7 & 14 Bangor Band Concert Bangor

Enjoy free concerts by one of the oldest community bands in the country. Locations vary. 7 pm. August 7 & 21 Devil’s Half Acre Tour Bangor

This area along Bangor’s waterfront came to be known as the Devil’s Half Acre due to the vice and violence in the Queen City’s past. On this short walking tour, explore the wicked side of downtown Bangor. Tour includes



adult content. 7 pm. $7 nonmembers; free for members and children under 12. August 7–9 Swan Island Music Festival Burnt Coat Harbor, Swan Island

More than a dozen groups will perform traditional music of the sea. Catch the tunes live aboard a windjammer. 374-2993 • August 8 Summer Encore from NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors The Grand, Ellsworth

A revived 18th century comedy set in 1960s Brighton starring James Corden. 6 pm. $10–$17. 667-9500 • August 8 Edna St. Vincent Millay Guided Walk Whitehall Inn, Camden

Experience a guided walk to local Millay sites, all within five blocks of the Whitehall Inn. 3–6 pm. 236-3391 • August 9 The Four Seasons Rockport Opera House

Capturing fall, winter, spring and summer in an extraordinary way, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concerti are among the best-loved works from the baroque musical literature. Join an expanded ensemble of favorite chamber musicians for these works along with the virtuosic Vivaldi concerto for two cellos. 8 pm. 236-2823 • August 9 & 23 Cellardoor Winery Pairings 101 Cellardoor Winery Vineyard Lincolnville

Unlock the mysteries of food and wine pairing. Understand the basics of aroma identification, learn about the art and science of food and wine pairings, and enjoy pairings of savory and sweet treats with wines. 5:30–7 pm. $20. 263-4478 • August 9–12 Acadian Festival Madawaska

This annual festival includes a reenactment of the first Acadian landing in northern Maine, traditional Acadian supper, Soiree du bon Vieux Temps (night of good old times), cultural displays, golf tournament, parade, and much more. 728-3546 •

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adults; free for children under 12. 800-565-4951 • August 10–12 9th Annual Fort Kent Muskie Derby Fort Kent

This annual fishing derby is fun for all ages. Cast your line in the scenic St. John River and try to catch the biggest muskie of the weekend. Take part in the other non-fishing activities, too, like the street dance and the fireworks show. August 10–12 31st Annual Maine Antiques Festival Union

Maine’s largest antiques event is not to be missed. Dealers from across the U.S. and Canada will be offering a variety of antiques and vintage collectables for sale. Fri. 2–7 pm; Sat. 9 am–5 pm; Sun. 9 am–4 pm. $8 per day; $25 for the weekend. 221-3108 • August 10–12 & 17–19 Sylvia Eastport Arts Center

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Caribou hosts a three day festival for kids! There’s something for every kid: a parade, games, outdoor movies, hayrides, and a bike race. 498-6156 • August 9–15 Acadian Festival Madawaska

This annual event is fun for the whole family. Activities include a watermelon eating contest, quilt show, talent show, merchant sidewalk sale, picnic, live music, and more. August 9–18 Skowhegan State Fair State Fairgrounds, Skowhegan

This fair includes grandstand shows, horse shows, family-friendly events, food, and


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Come to one or both of these one-hour concerts in the Farnsworth Museum’s beautiful Wyeth Center Gallery. The program is a survey of Baroque composers with both familiar and little known masterpieces. 6 and 8:15 pm. 236-2823 • August 10–12 Ployes Festival Fort Kent

This festival is all about ployes and features eating contests, a cooking contest, street bazaar, Acadian foods, and more. 834-5354 • August 10–12 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbor Show Harbor and Buoy Parks, Rockland

Maine’s only in-water boat and home show features artists, architects, boatbuilders, craftsmen, designers, furniture makers, and marine gear vendors, plus music, food, and more. No pets allowed. 10 am–4 pm. $12

This play is about a dog named Sylvia and the couple who adopts her. Written by A.R. Gurney, it was first produced in 1995. See it in Easport this summer. August 11 Blueberry Wing Ding McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack Lincolnville Beach

This event features a blueberry pancake breakfast, blueberry-themed crafts, and homemade blueberry baked goods. Sponsored by the Lincolnville Improvement Association. 7–10:30 am. 236-0028 August 11 22nd Annual St. Francis Fair Blue Hill Fairgrounds

This day-long event features food, music, crafts, bounce house, wagon rides, and other family friendly activities. Proceeds benefit Hancock County Home Care and Hospice. 374-5200 • August 11 Winter Harbor Lobster Festival Winter Harbor

This fun-filled event draws a crowd every year. The day is filled with many activities, including a blueberry pancake breakfast, lobster boat races, a

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This two-day bike tour raises funds for Camp Adventure, a summer camp for children ages 12–17 with Type 1 diabetes. Camping, dorm accommodations, meals, and entertainment are planned to create a festive atmosphere. A fundraising pledge of $200 is required. 498-1112 • August 11 & 12 Olde Bristol Days: 17th Century Encampment Colonial Pemaquid State Historical Site, Bristol

This weekend event showcases civilian and military aspects of the 17th century life, including re-enactors demonstrating equipment, crafts, cooking, and more. 9 am–5 pm. 677-2423 August 11 & 12 Paranormal/Psychic Faire Fort Knox, Prospect

Meet with people who believe in things unusual. This unique event features psychics, ghost hunters, exorcists, UFOlogists, and renowned cryptozoologist and author, Loren Coleman. Regular fort admission and $2 donation is requested. 469-6553 • August 12 Mountain Day on Blue Hill Mountain Blue Hill

The Blue Hill Heritage Trust is sponsoring Mountain Day, a free community celebration for the entire family at Hayes Trail Field on Blue Hill Mountain. Bring a picnic and join us for music, children’s activities, and guided hikes up the mountain. 12–3 pm. 347-5118 • August 12–18 Senior League World Series Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium, Bangor

For the 11th year in a row, Bangor will host the Senior League World Series championships. Five U.S. regional winners, as well as teams from Canada, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East will compete. August 14–18 Machias Wild Blueberry Festival Machias

This annual event is in its 37th year and features more than 250 craft booths, a road race, pieeating and cooking contests, kids’ activities, farm tours, and more. 255-6665 • August 16 Dreams and Passions Rockport Opera House

What would the summer be without the return of some of our good friends from the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the remarkable violinist, Livia Sohn, and their long-time collaborator, Stephen Prutsman? Their rich program includes works from the classical, romantic, and modern periods. 8 pm. 236-2823 • August 16 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: The Veayo Twins Pickering Square, Bangor

Catch the modern and alternative music of The Veayo Twins. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. August 16–19 Penobscot Bay Rendezvous Thomaston, Rockland & Camden

Maine’s most exciting sail and powerboat regatta. There will be daily races for sailboats and events for powerboats. This event also features lobster bakes, BBQs, dancing, and fireworks. 266.9381 • AUGUST 17 An Uncommon Affair Pascal Hall, Rockport

We invite you to join us for a delightful evening of cocktails and music in lovely and intimate Pascal Hall, a renovated historic church. Four members of the Bay Chamber family return to play two familiar masterpieces and a little known gem by the Spanish composer, Joaquín Turina. 8 pm. $75. 236-2823 • August 17 Midcoast Breast Cancer Classic Rockland Golf Club

Join the fun with 18 holes of golf, lunch, and prizes to support breast cancer services in the midcoast through Pen Bay Healthcare. This event is hosted by the Rockland Women’s Golf Club. 9 am. 594-6715 AUGUST 18 Annual Railroad Workers Reunion Greenville




Head to Greenville for a day of fun including historical tours, displays, a craft fair, entertainment, food, and more at the Greenville Junction Historic Railroad Depot. 10 am–4 pm. 695-2702 • August 18 Jonathan Fisher Antiques Show Blue Hill Fairgrounds

Don’t miss the 5th annual show by the Jonathan Fisher House. 10 am–3 pm. $7. 374-2459 August 18 Ghosts of Fort Knox Guided Tour Fort Knox, Prospect

Join the East Coast Ghost Hunters on a guided tour of Fort Knox in search of ghosts and paranormal phenomena. Tours are hourly and capacity is limited. Advanced registration and pre-payment is required. 7–10 pm. $10. 469-6553 • August 18 Champion the Cure Challenge Brewer

The Champion the Cure Challenge is a 1k Family Walk, a 5 or 10k walk/run, a 25, 50, or 100-mile bike ride or a 50 mile motorcycle ride. All proceeds raised benefit the patients at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine. 973-5055 • August 18 & 19 Granite Cutting Demonstration Fort Knox, Prospect

Come and view the skills that were used to create the architectural masterpiece known as Fort Knox. 10 am–4 pm. 469-6553 • August 18–25 Union Fair Union Fairgrounds, Union

This classic rural fair includes harness racing, an old-fashioned pig scramble, wild blueberry pie baking and eating contests, animal and tractor pulls, sheep shearing, 4-H exhibits, carnival rides, and fireworks. 785-3281 • August 19 Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Cracker Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

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August 19 Tour de la Vallee St. John River Valley

Bring your family and friends to ride with you on this grand tour of the St. John River Valley starting and ending at Fort Kent. There are many different distances to choose from, so cyclists of all ages and experience levels are welcome. August 19 Tommyknockers and More Bus Tour Bangor

The world’s only literary tour based on Stephen King’s novels happens right in Bangor. See the city through the books and movies of this famous author on an airconditioned motor coach. The tour is sure to entertain with a mix of educational, historic, and interactive sites. All tours leave from the Bangor Waterfront. 2 pm. $20. 946-2505 • August 21 & 22 The Original Bar Harbor Antiques Show Bar Harbor Regency Hotel

Dealers of fine art and antiques will be on hand to show a wide variety of high-end goods for sale. Tues. 4–7 pm; Wed. 10 am–4 pm. $8; free for children 14 and under. 221-3108 • August 21–24 2012 Atlantic Nationals Boat Races Blue Hill

Four days of racing one of the finest class of boats—the Atlantics. If you love to sail, you aren’t going to want to miss this event. August 22 Def Leppard, Poison & Lita Ford Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

British rockers, Def Leppard, have teamed up with American rockers, Poison, for a 2012 summer tour. The “Rock of Ages” tour rolls into Bangor to end the summer on a high note. 5 pm. $41.75–$101.75. 800-745-3000 • August 23 First Chair All Stars–Dvorak Rockport Opera House

This popular concert presents principal players from America’s great orchestras, playing chamber music works by Antonin Dvorak. 8 pm. 236-2823 •


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Music August 23–26 Crown of Maine Balloon Fest Northern Maine Fairgrounds Presque Isle

August 30 Season Finale–Curtis on Tour Meets First Chair All Stars Rockport Opera House

This is your opportunity to take a hot air balloon ride over beautiful Aroostook County. 764-6561

How often can you hear the two greatest wind serenades on a single program with a star-studded cast of musicians? The group comes from the Curtis Institute of Music and includes several principal players from America’s great orchestras at this season finale. 8 pm. 236-2823 •

August 24 First Chair All Stars–Joseph Silverstein’s 80th Birthday Bash Rockport Opera House

We honor Joseph Silverstein’s 80th birthday and his life in music with this very special birthday bash. Our long-time musical host, Silverstein celebrates his birthday in style with works of Rossini, Mozart and Brahms. 8 pm. 236-2823 • August 24 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: Marshall Ford Swing Band Pickering Square, Bangor

Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the swing music of the Marshall Ford Swing Band. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. August 24–26 American Folk Festival Bangor Waterfront

More than 15 performing groups on five stages. The lineup includes bluegrass, zydeco, blues, Irish, Quebecois, Native gospel, and much more. There will also be a children’s area, food, crafts, and workshops. 992-2630 • August 25 35th Annual New England Auto Auction Owls Head Transportation Museum

Up to 200 antique, classic, and special interest vehicles go up for bid. Gates open at 7 am; auction starts at 9:30 am. $15 adults; free for children under 18. 594-4418 • August 28 Moonlight Nature Walk Fernald’s Neck Preserve Lincolnville

Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites you to join Hildy Ellis, educator with the Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, to search for nocturnal spiders, bats, and other things that go bump in the night. 7–8:30 pm. 236-7091 •

August 30 Cool Sounds Summer Concert Series: The Time Pilots Pickering Square, Bangor

Everyone’s favorite 80s band comes to Bangor. Outdoor market opens at 5 pm; concert starts at 6. August 30–September 2 County Bluegrass Festival Fort Fairfield

Four days of fabulous musical performances in the County from New England, Cananda, Tennessee, and more. August 30–September 3 Blue Hill Fair Blue Hill

This country fair showcases the best of Maine agriculture along with carnival rides, food, and live entertainment. 374-3701 • August 31 Moon Viewing at the Penobscot Narrows Observatory Prospect

See the moon in a whole new light. Rain and/ or clouds will result in cancellation, so call ahead. 8–10 pm. $5. 469-6553 • August 31 Big Time Rush With Cody Simpson Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

Big Time Rush brings friend Cody Simpson to Bangor for a stop on their summer tour. Gates open at 5 pm. $22–$67. 800-745-3000 • August 31–September 2 Camden Windjammer Festival Camden

A celebration of Maine’s historic windjammer fleet. Boat parades, fireworks, music, food, maritime heritage exhibits, and demonstrations over this three-day event. 236-4404

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SOME SAY visiting Eastport is like going back in time. Others say it’s like coming home again. Here’s what a perfect day in Eastport might look like. A54

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be among the first souls in the U.S. to greet the day. Now it’s time for a morning walk along the working waterfront. You’ll see why so many artists live here—there’s a picture worth painting on every side! (Eastport has uninterrupted beauty all around, since it’s an island.) And that statue of the fisherman? He was trucked in for a TV show in 2001, but has definitely become part of the landscape. While you’re out, you take a stroll downtown. You’ll find Eastport to be a great walking town, with a charming city center that has changed little in a hundred years. (There are still no stop lights!) On busy days—like “Old Home Week” in July or the Salmon and Pirate Festivals, both in September—downtown Eastport will be

buzzing early. Otherwise, enjoy the quiet, get a cup of coffee and exchange stories with some early-rising locals. Then you decide on your day’s adventure. This is the hard part. There’s so much to do! Want to experience the ocean? Go on a schooner ride. (Deep sea fishing, whale watching, sightseeing, even a pirate voyage —take your pick.) Maybe you’ll take the ferry via Deer Island to Campobello, the Roosevelt’s famed summer residence in New Brunswick. Ride over to Lubec and see picturesque Quoddy Head Lighthouse. Or take in a birds-eye view of the Bay of Fundy in seaplane. (While you’re up there, look out for the hemisphere’s largest whirlpool, Old Sow.) You may want to explore the city itself. Browse the shops, eat a delicious lunch, and do some birding. (There’s no hurrying needed in Eastport.)

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Dear Friends and Future Guests, It’s a new season, with new wines, and we are really excited to welcome you to our Winery and Villa. Join us for a complimentary wine tasting and discover your favorites from our award-winning list. Stop by for our weekend food and wine pairings. Learn how the right wine makes your food taste even better. Attend a cooking class in our state-of-the-art kitchen. Wine paired with each course — it’s a delightful and informative evening. Maybe a relaxing lunch with a glass of wine is your style. Take in the beauty of the vineyard from our decks as you enjoy your meal. We keep it simple and fun and promise to make your visit a memorable experience. Bon Appetit, Michelle Tasting Room Specialist

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