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10 THINGS NOT TO MISS IN DOWNEAST MAINE THE MUSICAL LEGACY OF SURRY ARTS AT THE BARN A Special Advertising Section by The Bangor Daily News | June 17, 2022


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SURRY ARTS AT THE BARN Times, People magazine and CBS’s “On the Road” with Charles Kuralt. “It was an incredible unfolding of music, friendship and the way we saw the world,” said Wittenberg.


Nestled in the hills and trees of Surry, overlooking Acadia National Park, stands a beautiful old barn. But this barn is unique among old Maine barns. It doesn’t contain cows or goats or chickens. This barn houses a Steinway grand piano and provides center stage for a variety of musical performances hosted by Surry Arts at the Barn. Each summer, Surry Arts at the Barn hosts dozens of musical events, and though some may not have heard of Surry Arts, it is an organization that boasts a long history of bringing music, art and culture to rural Maine. Alan Wittenberg is the director of Surry Arts at the Barn, but the program was originally founded in 1965 by Walter Nowick, a classical pianist, Julliard graduate and the son of immigrant potato farmers from Long Island, New York. Nowick’s classical music study brought him to Maine the summers of his youth, and in 1965, he started a music program in Surry for young Japanese students and professionals. In the 1980s, Nowick began an opera program that brought Russian artists to Maine and Maine artists to Russia. Wittenberg, who studied with Nowick for decades, said Nowick studied languages and music “but above all else, he was a visionary.”

Today, the barn serves as a symbol in Maine for bringing people together with music and the arts. Surry Arts at the Barn boasts wonderful acoustics and has provided a venue for dozens of concerts every summer for decades. The barn seats about 100 people, and with such a beautiful location near Acadia National Park, the program is a draw for many musicians. Wittenberg said the program has expanded their offerings in recent years to include more than just classical music and now offers programming in jazz, the blues, folk, film and dance. The 2022 summer season for Surry Arts at the Barn kicks off on June 14 with a performance by The Dust Bunnies, a musical song-writing trio that originated in New York. On July 10, Maine’s own Silver Duo will perform classical piano and cello for audiences, and the same week, on July 13, students of the Bossov Ballet Theatre will perform. On August 19, the jazz band Swingmatism will play at the barn. But the calendar for this summer is full of diverse events. All in all, the summer 2022 season will host more than 30 concerts or events from June through October.

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“Nowick decided music was a way to bridge the differences between the American people and the Russian people,” Wittenberg explained. In 1986, the Surry Arts program made their first trip to Russia and made more than a dozen trips in the years to come. Russian artists performed in Maine more than a dozen times as well, thanks to the program. During this time, the program expanded. The artists in Surry went on tour with Russian artists and performed around the world in countries such as Japan, France and Germany. Nowick and the Surry Arts program were featured in the likes of the New York

Wittenberg also runs an Airbnb on the beautiful property where the barn is located to help keep the music and arts program funded, but he also has plans to grow the offerings at the barn and says the program accepts donations of support. Of course, one of the best ways to support this historic barn and music program is to attend one of the many events this summer. Surry Arts at the Barn features “an iconic old Maine barn with a fantastic legacy,” said Wittenberg. Its walls and wood are full of history and music, making this barn a treasure for our state. You can read more about Surry Arts at the Barn and view the calendar of events at

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Ellsworth is the heart of Downeast Maine, surrounded by quaint seaside villages and harbors. The area offers recreational opportunities some can only dream of with Acadia National Park just a few minutes away.

The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce is here to welcome you and show you the way life should be. Visit and explore all we have to offer. You may never want to leave! 151 High Street, Suite 6 Ellsworth, ME 04605 (207) 667-5584 •




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It’s no secret that soccer is overshadowed in this part of the world by American sports such as football and baseball, but it’s growing in popularity — and a former California native is looking to make sure it continues to grow. Coach Mike Solares is working hard to bring the Solares Soccer Academy to the forefront of precision soccer training in Maine. Solares grew up in California where he learned to play the sport. “Soccer is the deepest-rooted seed given to me by my father. And I would be honored to give that same motivation and knowledge to all players,” said Solares. His family connection to the sport shows in his work ethic. He played in various youth soccer club tournaments all the way up to being named team captain while he attended San Bernardino Valley College. From there, he transferred to the University of Maine at Machias to lead the team for three seasons, including two National Tournament appearances. Throughout his soccer career, Solares earned individual accomplishments such as Player of the Week at YSCC Eastern All Conference and USCAA All American Honors. After graduating, Solares stayed active in the sport, eventually coming back to Machias as the head coach. Recently, Solares has shifted his goals from playing the game to training serious players at a technical level. Before starting his own academy, Solares assisted with the Acadia Fire Football Club of Trenton and

brought them home championships for the first time in the club’s history. “My time with [Acadia Fire Football Club] really assisted me with getting to know community members and their children. Their support is the a foundation of Solares Soccer Academy and giving back to the community is the only thing that seemed to make absolute sense,” said Solares. “I have always dreamed of starting my own Academy,” said Solares. “One day I simply decided that I wanted to

“I have always dreamed of starting a my own Academy,” said Solares. “One day I simply decided that I wanted to give my knowledge, love and passion back to the community I serve in my own way.”

technical aspect of the sport is crucial to Solares’ training philosophy and has led many players to great successes over the years through his unique style of teaching. “Developing a philosophy that worked with any player took many years, months, days and hours of increasing my knowledge [and] fine tuning it. [Then taking what we learned] and integrating it into their skill set no matter what environment they played in is my ultimate goal.” This individualized style of training is a one of a kind experience that Solares provides. His methods help cultivate teams with a working chemistry that allows them to use their strengths in strategic ways. Solares is working hard to hopefully open his own training facility. “Since SSA is still in the development stage I have been training players on all local grounds. I’ve been training colleges, high schools and individual players.”

give my knowledge, love and passion back to the community I serve in my own way.”

Having their own facility would allow more opportunities for expansion and provide players with training at any time without coordinating other sites. “The turnout is great, yet there is always room for growth,” he said.

Solares has taken time to cultivate a teaching method that works for all types of players, which makes his academy such an attractive facility. “Every player I engage with has the ability to take something positive away from every training session we spend together,” he explained. The

Solares’ love of and dedication to the sport are producing great results in the community. If you are looking to expand and tighten your skills in the sport, the Solares Soccer Academy can be contacted through their Facebook page of the same name.

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Located in Maine’s Eastern Coastal Region from Washington County to the Maritime Provinces, the Downeast area of Maine has something to offer during every season. Whether you want to take a family trip, go on a solo mountain climb, or are hosting out-of-town guests, a visit (or stay) in Downeast Maine will make you appreciate the wonderful state of Maine even more. Not only are the views of mountains and water breathtaking, but there are also plenty of activities to help you work up an appetite and give you an excuse to stop at some of the wonderful local restaurants. There are many nooks and crannies to discover whether you are looking to take a weeklong camping trip, a day trip to hike, bike or go on a boat or museum tour. Whatever you do, you won’t be able to help but take it all in and enjoy all the Downeast area has to offer. 1. RAYE’S MUSTARD For over 100 years, Ray’s Mustard Mill has been located in a historic mustard mill in Eastport. It started in the 1900s making condiments for Maine’s sardine industry and is now a working museum that produces over 25 varieties of gourmet mustard. You can visit their storefront and stock up on some mustard or take a tour of the mill which is the only one left in the USA. 2. QUODDY HEAD STATE PARK Quoddy Head State Park is located in Lubec, and is the absolute best place to see the sunrise as it’s the easternmost point in the U.S. You can visit the red and white striped lighthouse, go for a hike, then head down the road to get a jumbo lobster roll at Quoddy Bay Lobster as you overlook the beautiful Passamaquoddy Bay. 3. ACADIA NATIONAL PARK There is so much to discover in Acadia National Park. Sign up for a bird watching tour, go camping in nearby Bar Harbor or stay at one of the many hotels in the downtown area. There are narrated bus tours or private guided van tours, and don’t forget all the wonderful biking and hiking trails. Whether you are an experienced mountain climber or want to go for a casual stroll with the family, you will find a trail that will suit your needs. No visit to Acadia is complete without stopping at Jordan Pond House and going for a walk around the carriage trails.

4. OLD SOW WHIRLPOOL One of the largest whirlpools in the world is located right here in Passamaquoddy Bay between Eastport and Deer Island, New Brunswick. Get a tour with Captain Ralph who take you on a lobster yacht and show you all the hot spots off the coast of Lubec, Campobello Island, New Brunswick and Eastport. DownEast Charter Boat Tours run through Labor Day weekend. Make sure to call ahead and make a reservation. 5. WILD BLUEBERRY LAND If you are a blueberry fan, you have to stop at this Route 1 landmark in Columbia Falls. Not only is there everything blueberry you can imagine — jams, pies, coffee, magnets and dark chocolate blueberry truffles, it’s all located beneath a giant blueberry. Visit the museum which is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. starting on June 24 or play a game of mini golf. 6. HELEN’S RESTAURANT Helen’s Restaurant, located in Machias, is famous for its lunches and dinners, but is best known for its blueberry pie. Helen’s serves succulent seafood and classic Maine dishes like meatloaf with homemade mashed potatoes. You can dine in or grab take-out at Helen’s Tuesday-Saturday. 7. DOWNEAST SUNRISE TRAIL If nothing makes you happier than spending time on a long road on your four-wheeler, fat tire bike or snowmobile, or if you are an avid hiker or cross-country skier, you have to check out the Downeast Sunrise Trail. It’s an 87-mile stretch dedicated to outdoor activities without the worry of car traffic. Running from Ellsworth to Pembroke, the Downeast Trail has scenic views which include lush, beautiful Maine forests. You may even see wild turkeys, deer and beavers hard at work. 8. WATER STREET TAVERN AND INN Water Street Tavern and Inn is the easternmost tavern in the USA and is located right in the heart of Lubec. While dining inside or on their deck, you can enjoy stunning views of the harbor — you might even catch a glimpse of a seal. Water Street Tavern restaurant is open Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting May 20. They serve classic Maine seafood favorites with some surprises sprinkled into their menu. You can stay in one of their rooms which reflect the building's history and enjoy a light continental breakfast the next morning.

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9. BAD LITTLE FALLS PARK Located in Machias, Bad Little Falls Park is a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch and see the rushing, amber waters. Take a short stroll on the walking path then head to the gas station across the street to get a treat and enjoy an entirely different view of the amazing falls. 10. MOOSEHORN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE The 30,000-acre refuge is a great place to see beautiful lakes, streams and marshes, as well as several different types of hardwoods. You will probably spot bald eagles and hear many different songbirds as you take in the beautiful views. Check their Facebook page for times of their amphibian walks, where you can look for salamanders and other critters.

What’s Happening in Downeast Maine this Summer There’s no shortage of fun in Downeast Maine this summer! Check out these events (and many more!) during your summer travels. Be sure to check websites and social media for event updates.

June 26-July 24 Bar Harbor Music Festival

Celebrating its 56th season, the Bar Harbor Music Festival includes free outdoor concerts in Acadia National Park and Young Audience Concerts to help foster music education. Visit for more information.

July 1-4 4th of July in Eastport

Plans are underway for Eastport’s weekend-long 4th of July celebration. Past events have included a road race, parade, cod fish relay and so much more — including one of the top 10-rated 4th of July fireworks displays in the country!

July 11-16 Blue Hill Bach Festival


Blue Hill Bach presents performances and education programs that explore the music of the baroque, including a week-long summer festival July 11-16. Visit

July 22 Castine House & Garden Tour

The Castine Historical Society presents the Castine House & Garden Tour this summer, featuring ten beautiful houses and six stunning gardens all located within the town village. Visit

July 29 22nd Annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival

Presented by Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House, the Deer Isle Jazz Festival will feature nationally acclaimed jazz pianist Craig Taborn. Find a full schedule, including events all summer long, at

August 19-21 Machias Wild Blueberry Festival

Celebrate Maine’s favorite fruit with crafts, food, entertainment, contests and all things blueberry. Free admission! Visit

Sept. 9-11 Eastport Pirate Festival

Arrgh! Grab your eyepatch and head to this celebration of all things pirate! This fun-filled event includes a scavenger hunt, pirate parade, street skits, costume contests, street dance and more! Go to eastportpiratefestival. com for more details.



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When people think of vacations in Maine, many will inevitably think of Mount Desert Island. The quaint tourist destination is home to incredible views; a sampling of some of the most sincere, hardworking personality types that come to mind when you think of the Maine workforce; beautiful small businesses; ice cream; lobster; and outdoor recreation. Nestled on the quiet side of the island is the town of Tremont. The town has about 1,600 people and its own set of attractions, including the Seal Cove Auto Museum, Bass Harbor Head Light, and Tremont Historical Society and Museum. It is a beautiful, serene spot on MDI that contains many of the attractions that make MDI special, but is removed from the hustle and bustle of more heavily concentrated areas of tourism. Acadia National Park, which last year welcomed more than 4 million visitors, is just minutes away. New to Tremont this year is Acadia Wilderness Lodge. It’s a Yurt Village that is not your typical set of yurts. It’s a place where wellness meets wilderness, and it lives up to the billing of offering spa-like comforts in the middle of nature.

“We are offering a unique space that allows visitors to stay right in the middle of what brought them here,” said Kenya Hopkins, owner of Acadia Wilderness Lodge. “People who come to Maine want the opportunity to connect with nature. Our yurt village is surrounded by woods, so it

feels like camping, but offers comforts that are not necessarily associated with camping. It’s a win-win for families.” The yurts all contain two bedrooms — one with a king size bed and the other with two single daybeds, an indoor fireplace, a full-size refrigerator and kitchen, a soaking tub

with complimentary bath gel and lotion, a hydrotherapy shower, and personal outdoor cooking space, seating, and fireplace. The yurt village also has a community fire pit, an area for family games, an apple orchard, gardens with herbs available to pick and use in cooking, and village animals. “Many people love being around lots of like-minded visitors on busy streets, and that is a beautiful thing,” said Hopkins. “But now there is a space for travelers who want to escape into nature with a desire to live well, and we’re just minutes from Acadia National Park. We’re unique because we prioritize the connection between the earth and our guests’ well-being. There is a lot for people to do on our grounds, as well as throughout MDI. The scenery on this island is unmatched, and we look forward to visitors taking the journey here, and rejuvenating while experiencing Maine’s true natural beauty.” Acadia Wilderness Lodge officially opened in May of 2022. Reservations are being accepted on Acadia Lodge’s website at The season will run through at least October in its inaugural year. “Times can be tough,” said Hopkins. “We all need an escape. Take the family and escape into nature for an experience that will produce memories to last a lifetime.”