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2, Thursday | June 21, 2012, Bangor Daily News

Eight events set for Portland Performing Arts Festival By Dale McGarrigle CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS WRITER

ing fee. June 30: • 7 p.m.: Alison Chase/Performance, contemporary dance ensemble, presenting the world premiere of choreography created by Maine resident and Pilobolus co-founder Chase; Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St. Tickets $2747, plus ticketing fee. • 8 p.m.: Celebration Barn Ensemble, world premiere play, “Thumbs Up,” an inventive and uproarious look at Maine’s unique qualities and characters; John Ford Theater, Portland High School, 284 Cumberland Ave. Tickets $15-30, plus ticketing fee. • 9 p.m.: Doug Wamble, jazz. This performance features an eight-piece

Summer is a busy time for the arts in Maine; now a new festival in Portland hopes to get a jump on the season. The new Portland Performing Arts Festival, scheduled for June 28-July 1, will feature eight events that encompass classical music, jazz, dance, theater, and performance arts at venues along Congress Street in the city’s arts district. The festival will partner with the Portland Festival Fringe, which is a collection of events and performances presented by Maine’s artists and arts organizations. Each Fringe participant is presenting their own event and managing their own venues, but links to those events are available at www.portlandfestival.org. The festival is modeled after successful events such as the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. and Luminato in Toronto and mixes together arts genres in hopes of drawing a broad a group of patrons as possible. Also, by planning the festival for late June, organizers hope to showcase Portland before the summer season truly begins, the state becomes crowded with visitors, and accommodations get strained. “We hope to create a sustainable and distinctive festival that brings regional resiGrammy-winning classical guitarist dents and cultural tourists to Sharon Isbin will perform at the Portland’s vital downtown,” Williston-Immanuel United Church said Kara Larson, the festiduring the inaugural Portland val’s board president. “By combining visiting artists Performing Arts Festival, slated for from around the world with June 28-July 1. performances by Maine artists and collaborative work with ensemble presenting “Yoknapatawpha,” Portland’s arts organizations, we hope an evening-length work based on the to create a world-class event that is literary works of William Faulkner; the uniquely Maine’s.” State Theater, 609 Congress St. Tickets From June 28 – July 1, featured festi- $20-40, plus ticketing fee. val performances include: July 1: June 28: • 1 p.m.: Celebration Barn Ensemble, • 3 p.m.: Guitar Master Class, featur- “Thumbs Up,” matinee performance, ing visiting artists Sharon Isbin and John Ford Theater, Portland High Doug Wamble in teaching session with School, 284 Cumberland Ave. Tickets Maine artists, free and open to the pub- $15-30, plus ticketing fee. lic; One Longfellow Square, 181 State • 3 p.m.: Piano concert, festival St. finale. • 6 p.m.: Maine performance art duo This concert presents the premier Eepybird (the Coke & Mentos guys), artists of the International Piano Festilive demonstration; Monument Square. val in works by various composers, Free and open to the public. Rain date 6 including Maine resident Elliott p.m., Friday, June 29. Schawartz; Williston-Immanuel United June 29: Church, 156 High St. Tickets $15-25, • 7 p.m.: Sharon Isbin, Grammy- plus ticketing fee. winning classical guitarist, solo concert; Tickets to the eight featured events Williston-Immanuel United Church, are available through PortTix at (207) 156 High St. Tickets $20-45, plus ticket- 842-0800 or www.porttix.com.

Explore un(a)bridged Isle au Haut By Debra Bell CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS WRITER

This summer, jump on the mail boat in Stonington and ride to Isle au Haut, a Knox County island that no bridge reaches (unlike nearby Deer Isle in Hancock County). Whether you’re spending the day or longer, the island provides many opportunities for outdoor fun and learning. Isle au Haut is roughly six miles long and two miles wide; Acadia National Park occupies about half of the island. Filled with small mountains, wooded trails, and rocky shorefront, Isle au Haut offers challenges along with scenic beauty. The French explorer Samuel Champlain first spotted the island in 1604 and named it for its tallest attribute: being the “high island” — or tallest island — in Penobscot Bay. In 1789, it was incorporated as part of Deer Isle Plantation. Eighty-five years later, Isle au Haut was incorporated as its own town and is no longer part of the same county as Deer Isle. Isle au Haut is one of 15 unbridged islands with a year-round population — and that makes the island a popular destination. While the off-season is best for hikers who don’t want to be disturbed, the high season — June through October — is a time to engage with locals. After all, the island is home to several celebrities and one world-class chocolatier. Author Linda Greenlaw calls Isle au Haut both her home and workplace (she is a lobsterboat captain and retired swordfish boat captain). Author and chocolatier Kate Schaffer and her husband, Steve, live on the island where Kate’s business, Black Dinah Chocolatier, is based. To get to Isle au Haut, take either a private boat or the Isle au Haut Boat Service’s Mail Boat, which departs from the dock in Stonington. During the summer there are several daily trips to and from Isle au Haut. Check the schedule at www.isleauhaut.com for specifics.

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Robinson Point Lighthouse is one of the interesting sites to visit on Isle au Haut. Round trip fare for adults is $37 and $19 for children under age 12. Consider these things to do on your Isle au Haut trip: • Bike or hike Acadia National Park. Located in the park are wooded trails, shorefront trails, and some smaller mountains. The island is full of trails and dirt roads, making bike-riding a pleasure. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Be respectful and only leave footprints behind. • Sample some world-class chocolate. The Inn at Isle au Haut offers great lodging, but there’s nothing better than getting a fantastic piece of chocolate and enjoying it on the island. Black Dinah Chocolatier offers visitors a chance to take a break with chocolate or another delicious goodie at the business’s summer café. Chocolate is made in the kitchen on site and is bound to satiate any sweet tooth. • Go camping. Enjoy nature at its finest while really roughing it. Five “primitive” campsites are available at Duck Harbor campground, so make

your reservations before you board the boat to Isle au Haut for Duck Harbor Campground. For details, visit www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/duckharbor.htm. • Visit Robinson Point Lighthouse. A brief hike from the main road will allow you to get up close and personal with the lighthouse and its craggy shore. However, to see even more lighthouses, take the lighthouse boat tour offered by Old Quarry Ocean Adventures; this tour takes passengers by such lighthouses as Mark Island Light on the Deer Island Thorofare, Goose Rocks Light in the Fox Islands Thorofare, Brown’s Head Light on Vinalhaven, and Heron Neck Light. • Go on a nature hike or ride with experts. The mail boat offers oceanbound excursions, as does Old Quarry Ocean Adventures. For land-bound excursions, consider Kathie Fiveash, The Island Naturalist, who will teach you about the flora and fauna of Isle au Haut. Her phone is (207) 335-2171.

Experience Maine Table of Contents Portland Performing Arts Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Explore a remote Knox County island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Some lighthouse towers will open to visitors . . . . . . . . . . .3 1,200-mile trail system lures ATVers to Aroostook . . . . . . .4 Aroostook County calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Civil War Sesquicentennial features August battles . . . . . . .5 11th Annual American Folk Festival slated for Bangor . . . .6 Bangor calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Walk the boards across the Orono Bog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 KahBang Festival targets Generation Next . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Beanhole beans are a delicious Maine flavor . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Pedal the Down East Sunrise Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Antiquers discover hidden treasures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Asticou Trail crosses a quiet, peaceful forest . . . . . . . . . . .13 Hancock County calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Cruise offshore to meet the whales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 State parks exemplify Down East Maine coastal beauty . .16 Washington County calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Moxie Festival celebrates a unique taste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Maine state fair calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Celtic Celebration brings games, music to Belfast . . . . . . .19 Bar Harbor calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Experience evening solitude at Fort Point State Park . . . .20 Rockland hosts the Maine Lobster Festival . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Windjammers will parade past Rockland Breakwater . . . .21 Motorcyclists travel miles on the “Ring around Maine” . .21 Campers can learn “Roughing It 101” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Visit northern Waldo County this summer . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Three interesting hikes for families . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Visitors explore places where soldiers guarded Maine . . .27 Travel comfortably with Fido this summer . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Off-the-beaten-path destinations in Maine . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Midcoast calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 View Penobscot Bay from Bald Rock Mountain . . . . . . . .30 Relax with a Maine-based book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Tour South Portland via the Greenbelt Walkway . . . . . . . .31


Bangor Daily News, Thursday | June 21, 2012, 3

“Open” lighthouse events are slated for late June, mid-September

ROCKLAND — Lighthouse aficionados will have two opportunities to see Midcoast lighthouses “up close and personal” this summer as the Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge and the Fourth Annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day highlight these historic sentinels by the sea. During the June 23-24 Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge, visitors can climb the towers of seven lighthouses: • Dyce Head Lighthouse, located at the end of Battle Avenue in Castine; • Fort Point Lighthouse, located at Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs; • Grindle Point Lighthouse, located next to the Maine State Ferry Service terminal on Islesboro; • Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, located in Rockland; • Owls Head Lighthouse, located at Owls Head State Park in Owls Head; • Marshall Point Lighthouse, located in Port Clyde; • Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, located in Bristol on the Pemaquid Peninsula. Each lighthouse will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23. People who visit all seven lighthouses during the weekend will have their names entered in a drawing for a two-night stay

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Among the lighthouses that will be opened to the public during the June 23-24 Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge and the Sept. 15 Maine Open Lighthouse Day is Marshall Point Light in Port Clyde. at a Rockland inn. For more information about the Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge, log onto www.rocklandharborlights.org. The Fourth Annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15. The American Lighthouse Foundation, the Coast Guard, and the state sponsor this popular event, which will see 24 lighthouses made accessible to the public. Visitors must provide their own transportation to these lighthouses; some are located offshore.

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The lighthouses that will be open on Sept. 15 are: • Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Bass Harbor; • Browns Head Lighthouse, Vinalhaven (offshore); • Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse, Swans Island (offshore); • Burnt Island Lighthouse, Boothbay Harbor (offshore); • Curtis Island Lighthouse, Camden Harbor (offshore); • Deer Island Thorofare Lighthouse, Mark Island near Stonington (offshore);

• Doubling Point Lighthouse, Arrowsic; • Dyce Head Lighthouse, Castine; • Fort Point Lighthouse, Cape Jellison near Stockton Springs; • Grindle Point Lighthouse, Islesboro (offshore); • Kennebec River Range Lights, two small towers located in Arrowsic just downriver from Doubling Point Lighthouse; • Little River Lighthouse, Cutler Harbor (offshore), open 12 noon-3 p.m.; • Marshall Point Lighthouse, Port

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Clyde; • Monhegan Island Lighthouse, Monhegan Island (offshore), open 11 a..m-4 p.m.; • Owls Head Lighthouse, Owls Head; • Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Bristol; • Portland Breakwater Lighthouse (Bug Light), South Portland; • Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth; • Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockland; • Seguin Island Lighthouse, off Popham Beach (offshore), open 11 a.m.2 p.m.; • Spring Point Lighthouse, South Portland; • Squirrel Point Lighthouse, Arrowsic, accessible by a 15-20-minute hike through woods and across a salt marsh; • West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, Lubec; • Wood Island Lighthouse, Biddeford Pool (offshore). For more information about the Fourth Annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day, log onto www.facebook.com/MaineOpenLighthouseDay; • http://www.visitmaine.com/attractions/sightseeing_tours/lighthouse/light house-day/.

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4, Thursday | June 21, 2012, Bangor Daily News

Aroostook County

Extensive trail network connects ATVers with County towns, sights By Brian Swartz CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS EDITOR

WASHBURN — Folks hauling their ATVs to Aroostook County this summer can, to quote the Maine maxim, “get there from here” on a 1,200-mile trail network that links Orient and Wytopitlock in the south with Fort Kent and Madawaska far to the north. Extensive cooperation between local ATV clubs, landowners, and the Maine Department of Conservation has created this trail system, which covers much of Aroostook east of Route 11 and extends upstream on the St. John River to St. Francis and Allagash. An isolated trail system exists at

Portage between Ashland and Eagle Lake. For ATVers seeking long rides across scenic Maine terrain, Aroostook represents a dream destination. Radiating from the larger cities and towns, state and local trails cross The County’s rolling hills; ATVers ride through thick forests, alongside clear and fast-flowing streams, and past farm fields planted in broccoli, oats, and potatoes. Just a few minutes beyond a busy highway, ATVers will ride across terrain where wildlife might be encountered anywhere, at any time. On a quiet weekday when few other ATVers share the trails, watch for bear, deer, moose, assorted varmints — chipmunks, squirrels, etc. — and songbirds

and waterfowl during a ride. Take the Houlton-Presque Isle Multi-Use Trail, for example. In Monticello, the trail veers northwest from busy Route 1, vaults the Meduxnekeag Stream at a scenic crossing, and passes a trailside picnic area. Farther north, the trail touches two Monticello roads before turning northeast to cross marshes and streams while en route to Bridgewater. In high summer among these wetlands, a moose might appear alongside the trail, or a great blue heron might suddenly “squawk” while erupting from a marsh. Elsewhere in Aroostook County, ATV trails blend town and country, as in Washburn, where two key trail systems connect. The Aroostook Valley RailBDN PHOTOS BY BRIAN SWARTZ road and the Bangor & AroostSharing the same machine, two young ATVers ride through Washburn on ook Railroad once intersected north of Route 164; after the a multi-purpose recreational trail (above). Another ATVer rides on a tracks were abandoned, the Presque Isle trail (below). More than 1,200 miles of trails connect Maine Department of ConservaAroostook towns; ATVers can literally ride from the St. John Valley to tion acquired the rights of way Island Falls. and established multipurpose recreational trails open to ATVers and maintains not only the local trails but with ATV Maine; for an alphabetical listother users during summer and fall and trails to New Sweden and Stockholm. ing, log onto the Web site, click the “ATV snowmobilers in winter. • Ride northwest along the B&A cor- Clubs” link, and then click the “ATV From Washburn, an ATVer can: ridor and travel through Wade and Per- Club Info” link. To obtain the Web sites for Aroostook • Head south through built-up por- ham before reaching the wetlands along County ATV clubs, log onto ATV Maine, tions of Washburn, cross the Aroostook the Madawaska River. River on the former B&A trestle, and Watch for wildlife here while en route click the “ATV Clubs” link, and then click access the trail network extending west to Stockholm and, if so desired, travel on the “Northern Region.” An alphabetical listing of County clubs will appear; this through Mapleton and Castle Hill to to Van Buren on the Canadian border. Ashland. In southern Aroostook County, trails listing is not inclusive, because not all • Take the AVRR corridor that paral- connect Houlton with the towns along Aroostook ATV clubs have Web sites. To download a printable Aroostook lels eastbound Route 164, cross the the Interstate 95 and Route 1 corridors. Aroostook River on a 600-foot trestle, An ATVer can enjoy a “loop ride” from County ATV trail map, log onto and ride to Presque Isle. Local trails Houlton to Haynesville, Island Falls, www.nmdc.org/ATVMap/atvmap.html. there access businesses and restaurants Dyer Brook, and back to Houlton withon Main Street near the Aroostook Cen- out backtracking on any trail. tre Mall. From Presque Isle, other trails For ATVers, riding opportunities are access Easton, Fort Fairfield, Mars Hill, almost endless in Aroostook County. For and even Houlton. more information about ATVing in the • Ride northeast along the AVRR cor- Crown of Maine, log onto www. visitaridor to reach Caribou (a separate trail roostook.com/things_to_do/atv_riding connects Caribou and Presque Isle via or www.atvmaine.org, the Web site for the Aroostook River valley). Maine’s umbrella ATV organization. The Caribou Recreation Department Ninety-seven ATV clubs are affiliated


Bangor Daily News, Thursday | June 21, 2012, 5

Civil War re-enactors to stage major encampment, battles in August By Brian Swartz CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS EDITOR

Robert E. Lee’s Confederate infantry never reached Maine during the Civil War, but some gray-clad soldiers will arrive this summer to help their Union comrades celebrate the war’s sesquicentennial. Scheduled events range from cannonfiring demonstrations to encampments to a full-scale battle slated for late August in Fairfield. Some local historical societies have placed Civil War-related activities on their calendars, too; these activi-

ties usually involve a speaker focusing on a specific topic. Among the Civil War events slated for summer 2012 are: • Windham: On June 23-24, Co. A of the 3rd Maine Infantry Regiment will establish an encampment on the grounds of Windham High School as part of Windham Summerfest. • Fort Knox State Historic Site, Prospect: From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily, June 30-July 1, members of the 6th Maine Battery will demonstrate Civil War artillery by firing a full-scale Parrot cannon. • Fort Knox State Historic Site,

Prospect: Re-enactors from Co. B, 20th Maine Infantry Regiment, will hold an encampment at Fort Knox as part of the Bucksport Bay Festival. • Phillips: Re-enactors from the 3rd Maine Infantry Regiment and the 15th Alabama Infantry Regiment will participate in the Phillips Old Home Days in Phillips. • Bangor: Through March 30, 2012,

the Bangor Museum and History Center at 159 Union St., Bangor will offer “Women in War: 1861-1865,” an exhibit that details the roles played by local women during the Civil War. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., TuesdaySaturday. For more information, call (207) 942-1900. The year’s major event will take place Aug. 24-26 at the Good Will Hinckley

School on Route 201 in Fairfield. Titled “We Are Coming, Father Abraham” and sponsored by the Maine Living History Association, the re-enactment will celebrate the 150th anniversary of five Maine infantry regiments (the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th) being formed and mustered into Federal service. Named for the popular song title

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Aroostook County calendar Presque Isle June 22-23: The Veterans Rock and County Jamboree, featuring Stonewall Jackson and The Royal Guardsmen and Maine bands and soloists, will take place at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds. For more information, log onto www.veterans-rock-and-countryjamboree.com. June 23, 5 a.m.-1 p.m.: The Aroostook State Park Birding Festival will feature bird-banding demonstrations, walks to encounter local birds, and displays of live birds. June 29-30: The Night of Fire and Destruction will feature motorcycle stunts by Lou “Rocket” Ray, the car-eating Megasaurus, four monster trucks, the Mopar 1 monster ride truck, and motorcycle jumper Doug Danger, at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds. June 29-July 1: Mapleton Daze in Mapleton will offer a chicken barbeque, the Maple Meadow Farm Festival, and a fireworks display. July 5-8: Easton Field Days will be held in Easton. Scheduled events include a parade at 10 a.m., July 7. For more information, call (207) 488-6652 or log onto www.easton.me.us. July 14: Join the Museum Crawl Tour on Molly the Trolley and visit various museums in Caribou, Fort Fairfield, and Presque Isle. For more information, call (207) 762-1151 or log onto www.pihistory.org. July 29-Aug. 6: The 157th Northern Maine Fair & Music Festival will take place at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds. Scheduled events include The Marvelous Mutts, the Lucky Bob Show, 4-H programs, harness racing, and nightly music performances. For more information, log onto www.northernmainefairgrounds.com. Aug. 11-12: Participants in Ride Aroostook can support the Cary Medical Center’s Camp Adventure by taking daily rides that begin at 7 a.m. at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. For more information, call (207) 498-1112 or log onto 111.ridearoostook.org. Aug. 23-26: The Crown of Maine

Balloon Fest will bring colorful balloons and their crews to the Northern Maine Fairgrounds. Balloons will launch en masse morning and evening on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday morning; fans are invited to “chase” the balloons as they drift with the County breezes. Other scheduled events include balloon glows at dusk on Aug. 24-25 and tethered balloon rides. For more information, log onto http://www.crownofmaineballoonfest.org or call (207) 764-6561. Houlton McGill’s Community Band performs weekly at the Amphitheater in downtown Houlton; the band relocates to the Miller Arena on rainy days. Concerts start at 7 p.m. The schedule dates are: • June 21; • June 28; • July 12; • July 19; • July 26; • Aug. 2; • Aug. 9; • Aug. 16. The Houlton Agricultural Fair will take place July 4-8 at the Houlton Fairgrounds. Scheduled events include Dan Grady and His Marionettes, Fireman Fred in Concert, children’s activities, 4H programs, and truck pulls. For more information, log onto www.houltonfair.com. Fort Fairfield The 64th Annual Maine Potato Blossom Festival will be held July 14-22. Scheduled events will include a massive parade, the County Gospel Festival, musical entertainment, festival beauty pageants, athletic competitions, equestrian competitions, displays of antique farm equipment, mashed potato wrestling, and dinners served by various organizations. For more information, call (207) 472-3802 or log onto www.fortfairfield.org.

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Gunsmoke swirls at Confederate and Union re-enactors battle at Fort Knox in 2010. In honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, a major re-enactment will take place this August in Fairfield.


6, Thursday | June 21, 2012, Bangor Daily News

Bangor

11th Annual American Folk Festival will bring 16 top acts to Bangor By David M. Fitzpatrick CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS WRITER

The 11th Annual American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront returns Aug. 24-26. Many acts were entertain crowds during this popular weekend event. Anah Highlanders, a pipe-and-drum band from Bangor, will kick off the AFF as the parade band. Supporting the Shriners Children’s Hospitals with the motto “We parade so that others may walk,” the band has performed across Maine, New England, and Canada, and appeared at the National Folk Festival in Bangor in 2004. Marquise Knox is barely 21, but he recorded his first album at 16 and has made a name for himself as a major blues figure. From St. Louis, Mo., Marquise was born into a musical family, and blues is his way of life. Late blues legend Henry James Townsend mentored him when he was a teen, and he’s performed with such blues greats as B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins, and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. Dale Ann Bradley, four-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, brings blue-

PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY JANE LAMOND AND WENDY MACISAAC

Among the top performers slated to appear during the 11th Annual American Folk Festival are Mary Jane Lamond (left) and Wendy MacIsaac, who will play Scottish-influenced Cape Breton fiddle music. grass to Bangor. She grew up in a tarpaper shack near Loretta Lynn’s childhood home in Kentucky; today, she plays a mix of first-generation bluegrass classics, old favorites, and her own new

songs, and she often puts her own bluegrass spin on classic and contemporary rock songs. Marshall Ford Swing Band’s Western swing comes to the Northeast in the style

of legendary Western swing musician Johnny Gimble, grandfather of MFSB member Emily Gimble. With the Penobscot River sounding like the Rio Grande, enthusiastic dancers will surely have cowboy boots and ten-gallon hats on, at least in spirit. Cheick Hamala of Mali, a worldrenowned player of the ngoni, will bring his music, the 800-year-old tradition of Griot storytelling, and culture to the Bangor Waterfront. Cheick began studying music, cinema, literature, and theater at Mali’s National Institute of Arts at age 12 and began performing internationally after graduating. His ngoni resembles the American banjo; he learned banjo tunes and picking styles and is now considered a banjo virtuoso. Franco Fiddle Traditions is a trio of fiddlers. Michael Doucet is a Cajun fiddler, singer, and songwriter, and founder of the band BeauSoleil from Lafayette, La. Daniel Boucher is a young French Canadian fiddler and singer from Connecticut. And Maine’s own Don Roy has been called the “dean of Franco-American fiddling” in our state and also plays guitar, mandolin, and banjo. DL Menard has been performing since he was 17, in both English and French, growing up on the honky-tonk country sounds he plays so well. Old Bay Céilí Band, from the Baltimore and D.C. area, plays traditional Irish dance music, inspired by the golden era of Irish-American dance and delivered with a modern energy. The group consists of Sean McComiskey on button accordion, Jim Eagan and Danny Noveck on fiddles, Larry Byrne and Brendan Bell on flutes, Josh Dukes on drums, Matt Mulqueen on piano, and Bob Smith on banjo. Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac will play Scottish-influenced Cape Breton fiddle music. Mary Jane became enamored with Scottish Gaelic traditions and music while visiting her grandparents in Nova Scotia as a child. Wendy MacIsaac plays fiddle and piano and step dances, having played worldwide and toured with Mary Jane for 10 years. Aubrey Ghent’s ministry is wrapped around his 38 years of playing the lap steel guitar. A third-generation player, his musical evangelism became folk performances in 1992 when someone

referred him to the director of the Florida Folklife Department. Today, Ghent is known as the “Father of Gospel Steel.” Grupo Rebolú: This Afro-Colombian musical ensemble, comprised of some of the finest Colombian musicians in the United States, promotes the musical traditions of the Afro descendants of the Colombian Caribbean coast. The group believes traditions should evolve over time, so their classic music is infused with the ideas of new generations. La Excelencia will light up crowds with their modern brand of salsa. This 11-piece salsa orchestra, founded in 2005, has a strong fan base that loves its high-energy musical performances. After the band takes the crowd through a musical journey, encore calls are par for the course. Otrov plays traditional Croatian string music, including many lute-like tamburicas. The group features Vjeko Dimter on bugarija and guitar; Marko Dreher, brac and violin; John Huckle, brac; David Kosovec, berda; Peter Kosovec, prim and brac; and Kruno Špišic, brac and guitar. Akwaaba, a Ghanian dance group, features energized drumming, highlife music, and engaging performances. “Akwaaba” means “welcome” in the Twi language of the Ghanian Ashanti tribe. One concert-goer claims that “once you hear their music, you can’t resist to move.” Dallas Chief Eagle, a Lakota hoop dancer for 36 years, brings his Rosebud Sioux traditions to Bangor. He’s also a storyteller and touring artist and is the director of the Hoop Dance Academy on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Larry Chance and the Earls will get everyone dancing in true 1950s doo-wop fashion. This band isn’t just a tribute; South Philly native Larry Chance formed his first doo-wop group in the 1950s, and by 1960 it was called the Earls. This band has been rocking and rolling since it was first fashionable to do so. Thomas Maupin is one of the best known old-time buck dancers in the U.S. Buck dancing is called many things: clogging, flat-footing, foot-stomping, jigging, and many others. All are characterized by enthusiastic footwork emphasizing the music’s downbeat. Maupin will bring his brand of legendary buck dancing to the stage in Bangor.

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Hinckley School’s pastoral campus, with artillery and cavalry units joining the fray. During the encampment, visitors will be encouraged to meet the uniformed participants and ask questions about the specific units that they represent. For more information about the Hinckley School re-enactment, log onto http://gwh2012.civilwarmaine.org/abou t.

Continued from Page 5 based on Abraham Lincoln’s call for 300,000 additional soldiers to defend the Union, the re-enactment will bring hundreds of re-enactors to central Maine to establish an authentic military camp and a civilian town. Uniformed Confederate and Union re-enactors will battle on the


Bangor Daily News, Thursday | June 21, 2012, 7

Check out the sights, sounds that will abound in Bangor this summer

As summer gets underway in Bangor, local folks and visitors “from away” can peruse a busy Queen City calendar that offers everything from downtown concerts to a sidewalk art festival to international baseball. The Seventh Annual Downtown Bangor Out door Market will be held from 5-8 p.m., Thursdays, from June 21-Aug. 30. Vendors set up along Broad Street and in West Market Square. The outdoor market coincides with the Cool Sounds concerts, held each Thursday at Pickering Square next to the municipal parking garage. Each concert starts at 6 p.m. and runs for 90 minutes. The performers scheduled for 2012 are: June 21: Rockin’ Ron, performing country, doowop, oldies, rockabilly, and surf. June 28: Mellow Endeavor, an Aroostook County acoustic rock trio performing jam and rock. July 5: The Half Moon Jug Band, performing bluegrass and country. July 12: Rog & Ray, a southern Maine-based duo performing tropical rock. July 19: Everett Dumas, a singer-songwriter hailing from Millinocket and Orrington who performs acoustic rock and pop. July 26: The RetroRockerz, a band performing music from the 1950s to the 1970s. Aug. 2: Stesha Cano, a singer-songwriter performing blues and soul. Her debut album, “Like a Bee,” was released last October. Aug. 9: The KahBang Street Party will feature music acts from the KahBang Festival. Aug. 16: The Veayo Twins — Kristen and Katherine — performing alternative and modern music. Aug. 23: The Marshall Ford Swing Band, an Austin, Texas-based that will be in town for the American Folk Festival and will perform Western Swing music at this particular Cool Sounds concert. Aug. 30: The Time Pilots, a Maine-based performing ’80s’ music with an attitude. Located at 145 Harlow St., the Bangor Public Library has scheduled a Summer Music Series that features different performers. Each concert starts at 7 p.m.; the dates and performers are: June 27: Kneisel Hall chamber music quartet from Blue Hill. July 11: Lidral Duo, which will perform jazz.

July 18: Timbered Lake, a duo comprising Diana Newman and Crow Suncloud. July 25: Larry and Leslie LaTour with Larry Corbett. A husband-and-wife duo based in Bangor, the LaTours have produced three CDs. Aug. 1: Skip Bean. Aug. 8: The Mainely Country Band, a quartet comprising Sonny Bickford, Jerry Durgin, Lee Mallory, and Jeff Simon. Aug. 15: Kit Soden with violinist Aliza Thibodeau. Soden’s new album, “Into the Silence,” will be released in August. Aug. 22: Heart of Maine Chorus, an allwomen singing group. Aug. 29: The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Hancock County will perform works by Gilbert and Sullivan. The Bangor Waterfront Concerts (www.waterfrontconcerts.com) will bring many well-known acts to Bangor Waterfront Park this summer. Each concert takes place alongside the Penobscot River and provides fans with the opportunity to connect with their favorite groups. The current concert schedule is: PHOTO BY JESSE SCHWARCZ June 22: Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Children dance as the tropical rock duo Rog & Tour Ray perform during a Cool Sounds concert held July 5: Shinedown, with special guests at Pickering Square in Bangor. Papa Roach and Adelitas Way July 6: Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Eli Young, Road. and Edens Edge July 4, 7 p.m.: Pickering Square. July 8: Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent July 10, 7 p.m.: Next to the Beardsley Meeting July 27: Happy Together Tour Building, Husson University. Aug. 19: Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big July 17, 7 p.m.: Next to the Beardsley Meeting Head Todd & The Monsters, and Cracker Building, Husson University. Aug. 22: Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford July 24, 6:45 p.m.: Chapin Park. Aug. 31: Big Time Rush with Cody Simpson July 31, 7 p.m.: Pickering Square. Sept. 1: Keith Urban and David Nail Aug. 7, 7 p.m.: Next to the Beardsley Meeting Sept. 2: Jason Aldean, with special guests Luke Building, Husson University. Bryan and Deejay Silver Aug. 14, 7 p.m.: Pickering Square. Sept. 28: Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy. The Bangor Museum and History Center offers Although its famous gazebo has vanished, the two history-themed tours this summer. Bangor Band will play a full concert schedule this • The Devil’s Half Acre Tour explores the “wicked summer: side” of Bangor from the mid-19th century, when June 26, 7 p.m.: Fairmount Park. less than reputable characters gathered at the seamiJuly 3, 7 p.m.: Maine Veterans Home, Hogan er businesses flourishing along lower Broad Street

and the buildings adjacent to the Penobscot River. Tours start at 7 p.m.; tour dates are July 10, July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 21, Sept. 11, and Sept. 25. • The Mount Hope Cemetery Tour introduces participants to the history and historic folks buried at Mount Hope, a beautiful “garden” cemetery located on Outer State Street. The tour dates and times are July 6, 5 p.m.; July 21, 10 a.m.; Aug. 3, 5 p.m.; Aug. 18, 10 a.m.; Sept. 7, 5 p.m.; and Sept. 22, 10 a.m. For more information about these tours, call (207) 942-5766 or (207) 942-1900 or log onto www.bangormuseum.com. Other events on the Bangor summer calendar include: July 4: The Fourth of July Parade will start at the Brewer Auditorium, cross the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge, and proceed along Main and State streets in Bangor. A fireworks display will be launched over the Penobscot River at 9:30 p.m. July 14-15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily: Celebrate summer at Leonard’s Mills, Route 178, Bradley, as Colonial re-enactors demonstrate many traditional activities. For more information, call (207) 9746278 or www.leonardsmills.com. July 25, 5-9 p.m.: The Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor will be open for public visitation. Bring binoculars and a camera to capture the outstanding views available from this historic site. July 27-Aug. 5: The 163rd Annual Bangor State Fair will bring such entertainment as A Grizzly Experience, the Disc-Connected K9s, and Wolves of the World to the Bangor Auditorium and Bass Park. Aug. 4: WLBZ TV Sidewalk Art Festival in downtown Bangor. Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Bangor Summer Arts & Crafts Show, behind Pickering Square Garage. Aug. 9-12: The KahBang Festival will bring music entertainment, indie films, and other activities to Bangor Waterfront Park and the Bangor Opera House. Aug. 11-18: The Senior League Baseball World Series will feature teams from around the world competing at Mansfield Stadium, Thirteenth Street, Bangor. Sept. 8: Bangor Car Show at Bangor Waterfront Park.


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Boardwalk lets visitors explore natural beauty of the Orono Bog By Brian Swartz CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS EDITOR

Just minutes from the busy Bangor Mall, experience serenity and natural beauty by exploring the Orono Bog. A 616-acre tract that straddles the Bangor-Orono boundary, the Orono Bog encompasses upland woods and peat land that was created by decomposing plants. Declared a National Natural Landmark in 1974, Orono Bog became accessible to visitors after a 4,200-foot boardwalk was completed nine years ago. The boardwalk begins at a gate in Bangor City Forest, a 650-acre parcel that abuts the bog’s southwestern boundary. Located near the gate are a small cabin and an information kiosk. The boardwalk forms a single “closing” quotation mark, with its tail touching the gate. Visitors are encouraged to take their time exploring the bog; seven interpretive stations highlight specific natural and wildlife features, and scattered benches provide places to relax. The Orono Bog Boardwalk initially crosses a “lagg,” a natural channel that drains bog runoff northwest toward Pushaw Lake. Visitors pass through a mixed forest dominated by hardwoods growing on the hummocks that jut from

the forest floor. Look for balsam fir, black ash, northern white cedar, and red maple; also notice the tall cinnamon ferns and red-tinted skunk cabbages that thrive alongside the boardwalk. Softwoods — black spruce and tamarack, with some balsam firs — gradually dominate the forest nearer the actual peat bog. The boardwalk crosses an “upland island” created by upthrusting rock, then reaches a wooded heath where the dominant softwoods struggle to survive. Here the trees resemble dwarf species used in urban landscapes. The Orono Bog’s version of the Venus flytrap, insect-eating pitcher plants abound at this point and throughout the bog. The boardwalk emerges onto the central bog, where hummocks and depressions known as “moss lawns” dominate the terrain. Many plants and trees thrive in the acidic peat; look for grass pink and sheep laurel (these species share the color pink), the aptly named cotton grass on its green stalks, bladderwort, and sundew. The boardwalk turns northwest and crosses the central bog. Notice the black spruce growing on the hummocks; these trees reproduce by “layering,” which occurs when a tree’s ground-touching branches take root and grow new trees. Then the Orono Bog Boardwalk

turns southwest and re-enters the mixed forest. For some distance various habitats intermingle, and the dominate softwoods vary in size, even among individual trees of the same species. Soon the boardwalk intersects itself; visitors can turn left toward the bog or turn right and walk to the gate. Although black bears and deer do appear in the Orono Bog’s forested sections, the more numerous mammals living there are red squirrels and snowshoe hares. Rodents — mice and voles — remain hidden on the tangled forest floor. Birds abound: look or listen for

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Nature lovers walking along the Orono Bog Boardwalk (above) will discover such plants as grass pinks (above, left). brown creepers, chickadees, hermit thrushes, Lincoln’s sparrow, Nashville warblers, red-breasted nuthatches, and white-throated sparrows. Among the amphibians living in the bog are leopard frogs, tree frogs, and wood frogs. The Orono Bog Boardwalk is open 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., daily until Aug. 31, then 7:30-5:30 p.m., daily in September. There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted. Visitors can access the environmentally fragile Orono Bog via the adjacent Bangor City Forest. From the Bangor Mall, drive north approximately 1.3

miles on Stillwater Avenue, turn left at Tripp Drive (last turnoff before the Veazie town line), and follow the signs. Use either the gravel parking lot — often busy on sunny days — or pull off at the far edges of the asphalt cul-de-sac. To avoid damaging the environmentally fragile Orono Bog, stay on the boardwalk. For more information about the Orono Bog Boardwalk, log onto www.oronobogwalk.org. For a printable boardwalk map, log onto http://www.oronobogwalk.org/images/B oard10003rev.gif. Moss Lawn & Wooded Shrub Heath

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Electronic musician Bassnectar will perform at KahBang Festival By Dale McGarrigle CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS WRITER

It’s quickly become a summer attraction for the greater Bangor area, and it’s the place to be for members of Generation Next. Those ages 18-25 have been flocking to the KahBang Festival, now in its fourth year in downtown Bangor. The event drew more than 10,000 attendees over nine days last year. “I enjoy hearing the response from the fans,” said Joshua Gass, the festival’s creative director. “I didn’t know if this would succeed here, but people have been really supportive.” Gass wasn’t one of KahBang’s founders (that would be Timothy Lo and Chas Bruns in 2008); instead the Bangor native came to do the videography the first year and got caught up in the excitement. He was surprised to discover “how much I’ve enjoyed it. This is a project that’s extremely interesting to me. There’s seven or eight individuals at the heart of it, and their involvement has brought me back year after year.” KahBang combines music, film, and art into a cultural smorgasbord for people of all ages. As creative director, Gass is ultimately responsible for the content that makes up the festival. “The festival is all about discovery,” Gass said. “The whole point is

to present a festival that showcases emerging talent. Last year, we showcased 75 bands throughout the festival, from local to nationally known. It’s nice to create that outlet here, in our hometown, and to expose people to things they wouldn’t normally find here.” This summer, the festival has contracted to four days, Aug. 9-12, from nine days the previous two years. The change is largely for logistical reasons, Gass explained. “It’s more difficult to bring in [bands and attendees] over nine days,” he said. “Now it’s a jam-packed party for nine days to celebrate the artists. Many of the acts are playing at least twice, to make it easier for people to get to the different events.” The 2012 musical lineup announced so far includes electronic musician Bassnectar, rapper Wale, alternative rockers The Deftones, dance-friendly Reptar, electro-pop musician Penguin Prison, Maine songwriter Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and KahBang alumni such as Bad Rabbits and the Gay Blades. In total, more than 50 bands are expected to be playing during the festival. The KahBang Film Festival is four days of films that organizers think are cool. The Out of Competition film categories include a “So Bad It’s Good” category featuring the best in B-Movies. In Competition categories celebrate emerging indie filmmakers, music docs, and music videos. Films are screened downtown and in the Film Tent at the Waterfront Festival Grounds. On the art front, the KahBang Art Festival hosts pop-up galleries

and exhibitions in downtown Bangor and on the Bangor Waterfront. One new location for such displays will be the Pocket Park, restored through the efforts of the owners of Central Street Farmhouse and KahBang Arts. On Friday, Aug. 10, the Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative will host its summer art walk in conjunction with the festival. Local artists across downtown Bangor will open the doors to their studios and galleries for public viewing. A schedule and map of this event will be released in July. The festival offers lodging and camping packages, although this year’s camping site hasn’t been firmed up yet because of heavy rains in the area this spring. The campsite will feature additional musical entertainment throughout the event. Other activities offered at the festival include the KahBoat cruises, the Brewfest at the opening Kickoff and KahBlock Party, and the closing KahBrunch and Kickball Tournament. Keeping in touch with festival-goers has helped KahBang to thrive, Gass said. “We have a knack of communicating with our demographic,” Gass said. “We use social media to promote the festival and interact with our fans. We try to bring in the bands our fans are discovering online.” For more information, call (207) 942-9207 or visit www.kahbang.com.

Experience a taste of Maine by sampling delicious beanhole beans By Debra Bell CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS WRITER

It’s a bonafide recipe for success: Bury containers of baked beans in a hole filled with hot coals for 24 hours and what emerges will be a succulent taste of history. In fact, bean hole beans date back to the Native Americans. Then logging LEONARD’S MILLS PHOTO

Beanhole beans cook inside a pot lowered into a dug hole and then covered with hot coals and dirt.

companies carried on the tradition. But keep this in mind: True bean hole beans aren’t just dumped from can to container. There’s a trick to them. And it’s all about the preparation. It starts with the shelling of the dry beans, which are then soaked. Next, a pit is dug deep enough to lower a metal container into the ground. Once the hole is dug, firewood is lowered inside, and a fire is started. The fire burns until the wood is reduced to hot coals, then the red-hot coals are removed. Prepared containers are filled with the soaked beans as well as other flavorings and additives, such as salt pork and

onion. The containers, complete with lids, are lowered into the hot hole and covered with the hot coals and dirt. Some people go one step farther and cover the hole with tarps or metal to keep the heat in. For the next 24 hours, the beans bubble, simmer, and steep, creating a unique taste. After 24 hours, the process is reversed, with the beans removed and presented for serving. Beanhole beans will be prepared and served at:

• Leonard’s Mills Historic Settlement Summer Living History Days, July 1415, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. • Rangeley Lakes Logging Museum Festival Days, July 29-30. For more information, (207) 8645551. • Harpswell Scout Association’s annual bean hole bean supper, Aug. 11, 5-7 p.m., Mitchell Field on Route 123 in South Harpswell. Admission is $12. The proceeds will benefit Harpswell Boy and Girl Scouts.

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Bicyclists can explore interior Down East Maine on 87-mile trail By Brian Swartz CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS EDITOR

Bicyclists are discovering Down East Maine beauty without sharing the highway with cars. Since the Down East Sunrise Trail officially opened along its 87-mile length in late September 2010, bicyclists have flocked to this scenic route across interior Down East Maine. Constructed along an abandoned railroad right-of-way, the DEST connects Washington Junction in Hancock County with Ayers Junction in Washington County. Along the way, the DEST takes bicyclists through forests, across rivers and streams, and past flowages where beavers and birds abound. Black bears, deer, moose, and smaller mammals travel the travel, too; bicyclists never know what critter they might encounter around the next bend. The DEST borders salt water only along the scenic four-mile stretch paralleling the Machias River and East Machias River between, of course, Machias and East Machias. Watch for Canada geese, gulls, and other birds along this section. The DEST crosses many roads at

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Hidden Maine treasures await antiquers By Dale McGarrigle CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS WRITER

There’s a treasure hunt that takes place in Maine each summer. Whether the treasure hunters go to little shops along the road, or to auctions, or to dedicated malls, they’re all seeking the same thing: a piece of the past. Yes, summer is the busy season for antiquing in Maine. Like flowers in spring, the antique signs pop up all over the state at this time of year. How much antiquing contributes to the Maine economy, it’s impossible to say, because so much of the business is done on the side. But it’s clear that attics, basements, garages, and barns throughout the state are stuffed with items that other people might want to buy. “Mainers hold onto things,” said Rose Frick, who has been an antiques dealer for 12 years. “We’re not people who get

rid of stuff just to buy new.” The state’s demographics may have something to do with the amount of antiques available as well. “There are a lot of retired people who have older things,” said Cheryl Whistler, who became a dealer about a year ago after spending several years working in antiques. Frick got into antiques as a lifestyle choice. “It’s kind of a recycling philosophy,” said Frick, who specializes in vintage kitchen items. “I’d rather buy something that’s old than buy something new from China. Each thing has a history, a story.” Frick and Whistler both work at the Antique Marketplace & Cafe (65 Main St.) in Bangor, which has more than 100 booths and showcases spread over two floors. Frick sees an advantage to shopping at such a location: “The best places to go are the big group malls, because there’s more available at each one, so you can get better bargains,” she said. Whistler, who specializes in costume

jewelry and glassware, suggests comparison shopping. “Go to different shops and see what’s out there and compare prices,” she said. “Get to know the dealers. Also prices are higher on the coast, because of all the tourists there. There’s stuff that’s just as good inland at a cheaper price.” Buy for the right reasons, Frick recommended. “Now is not a good time to get into antiques as an investment,” she said. “Buy items you like. Research what you’re looking for in terms of value. With eBay, prices are all over the place.” How much wiggle room is there in the price of a particular item? It depends on the dealer and the item. “Make a reasonable offer, then you may find more flexibility,” Frick said. “Cash or checks are the preferred method of payment,” Whistler said. “Use one of those instead of a credit card, and you’re more likely to get a discount.” Nostalgia is the driving force in antiques. “It’s 100-percent nostalgia driven,” Frick said. “It’s a walk down memory lane. Someone will say, ‘My

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Trail Continued from Page 10 well-marked intersections, but except for the 4-mile section that parallels Route 1 between Cherryfield and Harrington and a short length alongside the

Machias Dike, bicyclists seldom notice heavy auto traffic. Hikers, joggers, ATVers, and the occasional horse rider also share the trail, and every recreational user enjoys that rarest of scenarios: a car-free environment. Bicyclists can create their own riding adventures on the DEST. Mile markers

indicate the distance east from Washington Junction, and well-sited trail heads let bicyclists easily access specific sections of the trail. As for the more scenic sections: Well, each trail user has an opinion, but I recommend: • Miles 11-18 (Route 182 to Route 183);

• Miles 59-63 (Machias to East Machias); • Miles 80-87 (Route 82 to Ayers Junction on Route 214). Explore the outstanding natural beauty along these sections. Do remember, though, that with its remote corridor and a gravel surface designed for mountain bikes and not

street bikes, the DEST does not represent a “ride in the park.” Carry sufficient water and, on longer rides, a lunch; only in a few places does the trail pass near restaurants and stores. Organize a ride that takes into consideration each bicyclist’s physical capabilities; fortunately, few long, steady grades exist.


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Down East

Hike a quiet forest via the Asticou Trail

Hancock County calendar Ellsworth July 14, 5:30 p.m.: The Sixth Annual Fur Ball to benefit the SPCA of Hancock County will be held at the Bar Harbor Club, 55 West St., Bar Harbor. For more information, call (207) 6672199 or log onto www.spcahancockcounty.org. Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Aug. 11, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Hancock County Quilt Show and Sale will take place at the Community of Christ Church, 283 State St., Ellsworth. For more information, email eitak@roadrunner.com. Aug. 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Aug. 1718, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: The Ellsworth Antique Show will be held at Woodlawn on the Surry Road (Route 172). For more information, log onto woodlawnmuseum.com. The Pierre Monteux School in Hancock schedules several concerts during the summer. For more information, call (207) 460-0313 or log onto www.monteuxschool.org. Deer Isle-SStonington July 4: Scheduled activities will include a road race starting at the Island Community Center, a 10 a.m. parade in Deer Isle, food and entertainment provided on the Stonington Fish Pier, and a fireworks display launched over Stonington Harbor. July 11: Lobster boat races at Stonington Harbor. July 22: Fishermen’s Day on the Stonington Fish Pier. Sept. 14-16: Deer Isle Lighthouse Weekend, which will feature the eight lighthouses on the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail. Blue Hill July 3, 7:30 p.m.: The 22nd Annual Blue Hill Pops will feature jazz harpist Lissa Rey, the Bagaduce Pop Singers, Flash in the Pans, the New Trad Trio, and the Mount Desert Island High School Show Choir in performance at George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill. July 21-22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily: The Blue Hill Fine Arts Crafts Show will take place at the Blue Hill Consolidated School. Mount Desert Island July 13-18: The Flamingo Festival will take place in Southwest Harbor. July 28-29: Gallery on the Green will feature Maine artists displaying their works in Southwest Harbor. Bucksport July 13, 7:30 p.m.: The 16th Annual Down East Center Ring Circus Band Concert will take place at the Bucksport

Performing Arts Center, 100 Miles Lane. July 27-29: The 15th Annual Bucksport Bay Festival will take place at various locations in Bucksport. Scheduled activities include tours of the Coast Guard cutter “Bridle” and the Maine Maritime Academy schooner “Bowdoin,” a craft fair on the waterfront, a car show, musical performances, a Civil War encampment at Fort Knox, and a fireworks display launched over the Penobscot River. For more information, call (207) 469-6818 or log onto www.bucksportbaychamber.com. The Friends of Fort Knox have scheduled many events to be held at Fort Knox State Historic Site in Prospect: June 30-July 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily: The 6th Maine Battery will demonstrate Civil War artillery by firing a fullscale Parrot cannon. June 30, 7 p.m.: Guided tours will be provided by the East Coast Ghost Trackers to find the Ghosts of Fort Knox. Pre-paid reservations are required. July 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: A tribute band will perform Elton John’s hits. Tickets are required. July 14, 6-8 p.m.: Bagpipe bands will perform during a Scottish Tattoo held on the Fort Knox paradeground. Tickets are required. July 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Pirates of the Dark Rose will celebrate a Pirate Festival with a pirate parade, a pirate ship attack on the Penobscot River, and a treasure hunt. Aug. 2-5, 6 p.m., daily: The Ten Bucks Theatre Troupe will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Fort Knox. Tickets are required. Aug. 11-12: A Paranormal/Psychic Faire will bring ghost hunters Fort Knox. Aug. 18-19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily: Granite-cutting demonstrations will take place outside the fort. Aug. 18, 7 p.m.: Guided tours will be provided by the East Coast Ghost Trackers to find the Ghosts of Fort Knox. Pre-paid reservations are required. Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 8-10 p.m., daily: Moon viewings will be offered at the Penobscot Narrows Observatory. Tickets can be purchased at the Fort Knox entrance station. Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: The 10th Annual Medieval Tournament will feature medieval music, knights locked in combat, and an archery demonstration. Winter Harbor Schoodic Arts for All has scheduled several concerts that will be held at Hammond Hall, 427 Main St., Winter Harbor. For more information, log onto www.schoodicartsforall.org.

By Brian Swartz CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS EDITOR

For a walk through a quiet forest, hike the Asticou Trail in Acadia National Park this summer. Despite its proximity to the bustling Jordan Pond House, the Asticou Trail receives little hiking attention. That’s too bad; within a few hundred yards from JPH and its adjacent carriage road, modern civilization fades to natural solitude along this forested trail. Pick up the trail head at wood’s edge across from the lower-level JPH bathrooms and water fountain. The Asticou Trail descends granite steps to the carriage road and crosses immediately to a sign post. Bear right across a wooden bridge spanning Jordan Pond Stream. For approximately 1.0 miles, the Asticou Trail undulates through a predominantly spruce-fir stiffened by the occasional white pine. Moss-covered stones carry the trail across seasonal brooks. Then, for perhaps 0.1 miles, the trail shifts from needle-covered forest floor to crushed rock before reaching a sign post at a carriage road connecting the Around The Mountain Carriage Road with Rockefeller Estate carriage roads. This connector actually angles south before looping north to be crossed, again, by the Asticou Trail. Just west pass this third carriage-road crossing, hikers encounter a new (i.e., less-weathered) sign post points 90 degrees toward Penobscot Mountain (2.1 miles to the summit) and the Penobscot Mountain Trail. Past the PMT sign post, the Asticou Trail quickly reaches a rustic (and I do mean rustic) cedar footbridge spanning Little Harbor Brook. Pause here a while to relish the cool forest and rippling water. Notice the peace and quiet. Met only a few hikers along the way, didn’t we? The only human voices we’ve heard since a mile back were bicyclists whizzing along the carriage roads, right? Here at this weather-slapped foot bridge, as at only a few similar places elsewhere in Acadia do nature and time slip away to the early 20th century, even the mid-19th century. So peaceful, so quiet, so red-squirrel-scolding interrupted! A few steps west from the bridge, Asticou intersects the Little Harbor

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The Asticou Trail winds through a pleasant forest (below) and crosses Little Harbor Brook in Acadia National Park on a quaint cedar-log footbridge (above). Brook Trail, a pleasant woodland jaunt south to a Route 3 parking lot. The Asticou Trail heads west past an intersection with an Eliot Mountain trail (built long ago by the Northeast Harbor Village Improvement Society) and then past an intersection with the Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail. The Asticou Trail officially ends at a historic map hut built when the trail was relatively new. At this spot, hikers can take another trail southeast over Eliot Mountain or turn 180 degrees and head east to the Jordan Pond House. The original Asticou Trail once extended across private property to Northeast Harbor, but that extension’s now barred to hikers.


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Whalewatching cruises introduce Maine visitors to offshore waters By Brian Swartz CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS EDITOR

Join a whalewatching cruise this summer to explore Maine’s offshore waters and encounter denizens of the deep. Abundant food lures many whales to the Gulf of Maine and the Bay of Fundy each summer and fall. Among the species often spotted feeding offshore are finback whales, humpback whales, and the smaller minke whales.

Lured by the opportunity to see such magnificent mammals “up close and personal,” summer visitors sail aboard whalewatching cruises that explore whale feeding grounds. The operative word is “explore”: Just because whalewatchers sail where the whales might be does not mean that the whales will be there. And that’s the lure: Whalewatchers never know what they might see as the crew casts off the lines and the boat heads for deep water. Expect to experience coastal Maine as sailors did 100-200 years ago. Islands are tree-studded crowns

thrusting from the sea; depending on the tide, ledges shelter harbor seals hauled ashore to relax and catch a few rays. Harbor porpoises flash their dorsal fins while chasing fish. Eider ducks raft along rocky shores, and seabirds seldom seen ashore — the black guillemot comes to mind — float individually in a boat’s wake. Floating on the ocean surface, curious seals watch boats sail past. Lighthouses rise above remote islands: Matinicus far out in Penobscot Bay, Egg Rock in Frenchman Bay, Petit Manan off Pigeon Hill Bay, and Mount Desert Rock more than 20 miles off Mount Desert

Island. Lobsterboats flit across the bays and among the inner islands. To enjoy a whalewatching cruise, passengers should dress for chilly temperatures. By Outer Banks and even Long Island standards, Gulf of Maine waters are cold, and the least easterly or southeasterly breeze can sharply drop the air temperature just a few miles offshore or envelop a boat in damp fog. Wear long pants and comfortable footwear and bring a jacket. Passengers should also expect their whalewatch

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Whales Continued from Page 14

PHOTO BY JESSE SCHWARCZ

A humpback whale leaps from the Gulf of Maine as tourists watch from a nearby cruise boat.

boat to move with the wind and waves. Some motion will occur even with a relatively calm sea; swells can increase offshore, and some passengers may experience motion sickness. Plan accordingly; eat a light snack, but avoid a heavy meal before going on a whalewatching cruise. Consider taking Dramamine before sailing. Chew gum while aboard the boat. And what might passengers see? • A distant spout caused when a whale surfaces to breathe. Although photographically disappointing, a spout confirms that a whale’s present; whalewatch skippers usually turn their vessels toward the area, and if whales are feeding, they may not move far before a boat arrives nearby. • A dark hump emerging from the sea, almost like the Monster teasing tourists at Loch Ness in Scotland. Sometimes a smaller hump emerges

alongside a larger hump as a whale calf accompanies its mother while she feeds. • A whale of a tail rising dramatically from the sea as a cetacean starts to dive. • A whale rising to the surface alongside a whalewatch boat. While federal regulations prohibit such boats from approaching whales too closely, no regulations prohibit whales from approaching whalewatch boats. • A whale suddenly breaching, actually leaping from the sea to slam into the surface amidst flying spray and a thunderous splash. Because of Maine’s close proximity to whale feeding grounds, summer visitors can choose among many cruises departing different ports. The busier ports for whalewatching cruises include Kennebunkport, Boothbay Harbor, Bar Harbor, and Eastport. For detailed information about whalewatching cruises, log onto www.visitmaine.com/attractions/nature/whale_watching/ and click on the “whale watching trips” link. Another source is www.maine.info/whales.php.


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Washington County

Coastal parks an hour apart exemplify Down East Maine beauty By Brian Swartz CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS EDITOR

BDN PHOTO BY BRIAN SWARTZ

The tower light gleams at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, perched atop the cliffs overlooking the Lubec Channel.

Two state parks only a bay apart offer diverse hiking trails that will introduce visitors to Down East Maine’s rugged eastern coast. Located on West Quoddy Head in Lubec, Quoddy Head State Park features the barber pole-painted West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, dark gray cliffs overlooking wave-carved rocky beaches, and a rare Arctic upland peat bog. Visitors can hike the trails, spread out a meal at a picnic table overlooking the Grand Manan Channel, or walk the shore beneath the lighthouse when the tide’s right. From Route 189 in Lubec, turn south on the South Lubec Road and drive four miles to the park. The South Lubec Road winds through a populated region before bending 90 degrees to the left (or east) at the intersection with Boot Cove Road; observe the speed limit and drive carefully. Follow the signs to the park’s gravel parking lot. Primitive restrooms are located here, as are picnic tables, a shore path leading to the famous lighthouse, and the starting points for the park trails.

• The Inland Trail heads west through a typical Down East Maine spruce-fir forest and intersects the Coastal Trail a mile from the parking lot. The roundtrip is 2 miles. • About halfway along the Indian Trail, the Bog Trail spins off to take visitors to the boardwalk accessing West Quoddy Head Bog. Stay on the boardwalk. Do not pick any plants. The roundtrip for the Bog Trail is 1.5 miles. • The Bog Trail intersects the Thompson Trail, which crosses the interior of West Quoddy Head to intersect the Coastal Trail at Carrying Place Cove. The Thompson Trail is 1.25 miles one way. • For magnificent views, no trail equals the Coastal Trail, which starts at the parking lot and winds along the West Quoddy Head cliffs and headlands. Placed at various points, benches provide places for visitors to relax and enjoy the scenery, including Grand Manan Island on the eastern horizon. The Coastal Trail intersects the Inland Trail and the Thompson Trail and crosses Minzy Field before reaching the South Lubec Road. The roundtrip is 4 miles. Bring binoculars for watching the sea- and wildlife found on the West Quoddy shores. Be careful along the cliffs; stay on the trail.

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Parks Continued from Page 16 After hiking in the park, visitors should check out West Quoddy Head Lighthouse and the local museum staffed by the West Quoddy Head Lightkeepers’ Association. Several restaurants are located in Lubec. Located off the beaten path in Eastport, the 90-acre Shackford Head State

Park provides shore and inland hiking opportunities. Visitors enjoy good views of Cobscook Bay and, ironically, “downtown” Lubec only a few miles away. Cobscook Bay separates Eastport and Lubec, and visitors checking out both state parks should allow an hour for driving from one to the other. From Route 1 in Perry, turn south on Route 190 and drive approximately six miles to the intersection with County Road and East Cove Road. Turn right onto Deep Cove Road, follow the directional

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A venturesome hiker works her way to the edge of a cliff to peer into a chasm at Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec (above). Elsewhere in the park, hikers walk along the Coastal Trail (above, right).

signs, and turn left into the parking lot. Visitors can follow the 0.1-mile Cony Beach Trail to Cony Beach on Broad Cove or take the 0.6-mile Shackford Head Trail southwest across the headland’s interior. Partially a boardwalk, the latter trail provides sole access to the park’s other trails: • At approximately 0.1 miles along the Shackford Head Trail, the 1.1-mile Schooner Trail splits west to reach the Deep Cove shore and then parallels the shore before again intersecting the Shackford Head Trail. Visitors will encounter good views of Cobscook Bay from the Schooner Overlook on the headland’s southwestern edge. East from the overlook, the Schooner Trail briefly splits in two before turning northeast. The trail meanders along high ground in this section. • At 0.3 miles along the Shackford Head Trail, the 200-foot Deep Cove Trail drops west toward the shore to intersect with the Schooner Trail, and the 0.1mile Broad Cove Trail drops east through the forest to reach Broad Cove. • The Shackford Head Trail ends at a four-way intersection with the Overlook Trail, the Schooner Trail, and the Ship Point Trail. The 250-foot Overlook Trail leads to the Shackford Head Overlook, which offers good views east toward Campobello Island. The 0.4-mile (roundtrip) Ship Point Trail drops southeast to Ship Point, from which visitors also enjoy good easterly and southerly views. Several restaurants are located along Water Street in Eastport. While downtown, check out the local shops.

Washington County calendar The Mary Potterton Memorial Concert Series features free concerts held each summer at the Congregational Christian Church in Lubec. Outstanding professional musicians perform at SummerKeys. For a complete schedule of performers and concert dates, log onto www.summerkeys.com. July 1-4: Independence Day festivities will bring thousands of visitors to Eastport, which pulls out all the stops to celebrate the holiday. For more information, log onto www.eastport4th.com. July 1, 4 p.m.: Comedian Bob Marley will perform at Shead High School, Eastport. July 1-8: The International Border Bikerfest, “Rally in the St. Croix Valley,” will take place in Calais and St. Stephen, New Brunswick. July 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Join the festivities at the West Quoddy Head Visitors

Center in Lubec as the Coast Guard opens the famous barber pole-striped lighthouse tower to public tours. July 21-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily: Tribes of the Dawn Land — Cultural & Heritage Days will take place on Passamaquoddy tribal lands in Princeton. For more information, call (207) 7962261 or log onto www.grandlakestream.ogr. July 28-29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily: The Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival will be held at Grand Lake Stream. For more information, call (207) 796-8199 or log onto www.grandlakestreamfolkartfestival.com. The 2012 International Homecoming Festival will take place Aug. 3-12 in Calais and St. Stephen, New Brunswick. The 37th Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival will be held Aug. 1719 in Machias. For more information, log onto www.machiasblueberry.com.


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Central Maine

Moxie Festival celebrates the official State of Maine soft drink By Brian Swartz CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS EDITOR

Celebrate a soft drink unique to Maine by attending the 30th Anniversary Moxie Festival, slated to take place July 13-15 in Lisbon. Sold in distinctive orange cans with white lettering, Moxie first appeared in 1876 as a patent medicine developed by Dr. Augustin Thompson, who hailed from Knox County. He sold Moxie in Lowell, Mass., but the soft drink’s popularity shifted north to Maine. According to www.moxiefestival.com, Thompson initially marketed Moxie “to cure multiple ills, including ‘a loss of manhood, paralysis and softening of the brain.’” Competing against many other patent medicines, Moxie underwent a transformation in 1884 and became “Beverage Moxie Nerve Food,” a soft drink. In a national soft-drink market dominated by a few corporate giants, Moxie retains a strong foothold in Maine, and fans converge on Lisbon every July to celebrate this soft drink and its “take it or leave it” taste. Fans already know that Moxie’s the official soft drink of Maine, and they want folks who’ve never heard of Moxie to taste-test it while visiting Maine this summer. “Moxie’s appeal is its unique, timetested taste and association with Maine that spans over 100 years,” said Debra

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The “Spirit of Moxie” rolls along the streets of Lisbon during a recent Moxie Festival parade. Styled to resemble the “Spirit of St. Louis,” the float celebrated Moxie, Maine’s official soft drink. Wagner, spokeswoman for the Moxie Festival Committee. “Those from away try Moxie when visiting Maine, and the experience quickly becomes a highlight of their vacation. Native Mainers fondly recall Moxie as part of intergenerational family gatherings for decades.” Lisbon’s connection to Moxie “is Frank Ancetti and the Kennebec Fruit Company located on Main Street …in

downtown Lisbon Falls,” Wagner said. Ancetti’s ancestors collected Moxie memorabilia, which soon led to the Kennebec Fruit Co. selling Moxie ice cream and serving ice-cold Moxie to customers. While researching his book “Moxie Mystique” in the late 1970s, author Frank Potter met with Ancetti to discuss Moxie minutiae. Potter returned to Lis-

bon Falls for a book signing, and 500 people turned out to have their Moxie books autographed. Within a few years, additional events tied in with Potter’s book signings, and the Moxie Festival took on a life of its own. Lisbon public-safety officials estimated that more than 50,000 people attended last year’s festival; a similar turnout is expected for 2012. The 30th Anniversary Moxie Festival will feature activities for everybody, from the Moxie 5K Road Race to the Moxie Festival Parade to a Moxie chugging contest. Festivities will kick off when the Spirit of the Wolf Pow Wow opens behind Lisbon High School. Entertainers will perform at the Mid Town Plaza on Route 196 beginning at 4 p.m., and a fireworks display will be launched from that plaza at 9:15 p.m. Among the Moxie-centric events taking place this weekend are: • The Moxie Festival Parade, which will start at 10 a.m. and run until 12 noon on Saturday, July 14. • The Moxie Recipe Contest will involve different food items flavored with Moxie. Judging will take place from 1-2 p.m., July 14. • The Moxie 5K Road Race will begin at 7:30 a.m., July 14 in downtown Lisbon. • The Moxie Chug-N-Challenge will

take place from 2-3 p.m., July 14 at the Moxie Store at the corner of Maine Street and Route 196 in Lisbon Falls. Each contestant will pay a $5 entry fee; all Moxie chugging must be done from cans, and using a glass or plastic bottle will disqualify a contestant. Contestants are allowed two minutes to drink as much Moxie as possible; every contestant starts with a 12-pack of Moxie and takes home however many cans are remaining after the competition ends. The Chugging Winner also receives a free 12-pack of Moxie cans. • Music entertainment will be featured at the pavilion on School Street as the Moxie Festival and the Lisbon Concert in the Park Series combine to sponsor the Moxie Concert in the Park on Saturday, July 14. • The 13th Annual Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Race will start at 11 a.m., July 15 at the Route 136 boat ramp on the Androscoggin River in Durham. The race course is south along the Androscoggin to the Sabattus River boat ramp on Route 196. Wagner invites Mainers and tourists alike to join the Moxie Festival festivities. “We put a moxie vigor, verve, nerve, and native know-how into all of our events,” she said. For more information about the Moxie Festival, log onto www.moxiefestival.com.

Maine state fair calendar Early summer kicks off Maine’s fair season, when almost every weekend sees an agricultural fair taking place somewhere in the Pine Tree State. The 2012 fair schedule encompasses: • July 4-8: Houlton Agricultural Fair, Houlton Fairgrounds, Community Park, Houlton. • July 12-15: Ossipee Valley Fair, Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds, South Hiram Road, South Hiram. • July 20-22: Waterford World’s Fair, North Waterford Fairgrounds, Route 35, Waterford. • July 26-29: Pittston Fair, Pittston Fairgrounds, Route 194, Pittston. • July 27-Aug. 5: Bangor State Fair, Bass Park and Bangor Auditorium, Dutton Street, Bangor. • July 27-Aug. 4: Northern Maine Fair, Northern Maine Fairgrounds, 84 Mechanic St., Presque Isle. • Aug. 1-4: Monmouth Fair, Monmouth Fairgrounds, Academy Road, Monmouth. • Aug. 7-12: Topsham Fair, Topsham Fairgrounds, Dominion Avenue, Topsham. • Aug. 9-18: Skowhegan State Fair, Skowhegan Fairgrounds, Madison Avenue, Skowhegan. • Aug. 18-25: Union Fair, Union Fairgrounds, Common Road, Union. • Aug. 23-26: Acton Fair, Acton Fairgrounds, Route 109, Acton.

• Aug. 23-26: Piscataquis Valley Fair, Piscataquis Valley Fairgrounds, Fairview Avenue, Dover-Foxcroft. • Aug. 26-Sept. 3: Windsor Fair, Windsor Fairgrounds, Route 32, Windsor. • Aug. 30-Sept. 3: Blue Hill Fair, Blue Hill Fairgrounds, Route 172, Blue Hill. • Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Springfield Fair, Springfield Fairgrounds, Routes 169/170, Springfield. • Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Harmony Free Fair, Harmony. • Sept. 6-9: Clinton Lions Fair, Clinton. • Sept. 7-9: Litchfield Fair, Litchfield Fairgrounds, 44 Plains Road, Litchfield. • Sept. 12-15: Oxford County Fair, Oxford Fairgrounds, Route 26, Oxford. • Sept. 14-16: New Portland Lion’s Fair, North New Portland Fairgrounds, Route 146, New Portland. • Sept. 16-22: Farmington State Fair, Farmington Fairgrounds, High Street, Farmington. • Sept. 21-23: Common Ground Country Fair, Crosby Brook Road, Unity. • Sept. 23-29: Cumberland Fair, Cumberland Fairgrounds, 174 Bruce Hill Road, Cumberland. • Sept. 30-Oct. 7: Fryeburg State Fair, Fryeburg Fairgrounds, Route 5, Fryeburg.


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Bar Harbor calendar The beauty of Acadia National Park lures millions of people to Mount Desert Island each summer. Besides activities taking place in the park, many events are held in Bar Harbor and elsewhere on MDI. The popular Bar Harbor Music Festival will take place July 1-29 at different locations in Bar Harbor. The scheduled performances are: • July 1, 4 p.m.: Tea concert featuring pianist Cara Chowning and soprano Carrie Kahl at the Balance Rock Inn, 21 Albert Meadow, Bar Harbor. • July 3, 8:15 p.m.: Brass Venture in concert at Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor. • July 6, 8:15 p.m.: Pianist Christopher Johnson in concert at Bar Harbor Congregational Church. • July 8, 8:15 p.m.: Pops concert at The Great Room, Bluenose Inn, 90 Eden St., Bar Harbor. • July 10, 5:30 p.m.: 18th Annual New Composers Forum at Bar Harbor Congregational Church. • July 11, 8:15 p.m.: 29th Annual New Composers Concert at Bar Harbor Congregational Church. • July 13, 8:15 p.m.: Opera Theatre with “Romeo and Juliette” at the Criterion Theatre, 35 Cottage St., Bar Harbor. • July 15, 8:15 p.m.: Pianist Blair McMillen in concert at Bar Harbor Congregational Church. • July 20, 8:15 p.m.: Ardelia Trio in concert at Bar Harbor Congregational Church. • July 22, 8:45 p.m.: Jazz Night at Jackson Laboratory Commons, Route 3. • July 25, 8 p.m.: 40th Annual Acadia National Park Outdoor Concert, featuring the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra in performance at the Blackwoods Campground Amphitheater, Route 3, Otter Creek. • July 27, 8:15 p.m.: Eighth Annual Bob Noonan Memorial Concert at Bar Harbor Congregational Church. • July 29, 8:15 p.m.: Festival Gala at the Bar Harbor Club, West Street. Bar Harbor residents always celebrate Independence Day in style, and this July 4 features many activities. • 6-10 a.m.: A Blueberry Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: A craft fair and marketplace will take place at the MDI YMCA, 21 Park St. • 10 a.m.: The Independence Day Parade through downtown Bar Harbor will feature the theme “Red, White, Blue & Green.” • 11 a.m.: A Seafood Festival will be held at the Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. • 7:30-8:03 p.m.: The Bar Harbor Town Band will perform at the Village Green. • 8-8:45 p.m.: Downeast Brass will perform at Agamont Park.

• 9:15 p.m.: Fireworks will be launched over Frenchman Bay. Among the other events taking place in Bar Harbor or on Mount Desert Island this summer are: June 24, 10:30 a.m.: The Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races will feature a boat parade pass the town dock and exciting races drawing high-powered lobsterboats and their skippers from across the Maine coast. July 10, 2-4 p.m.: Strawberry Festival at Somesville Firehouse, intersection of Route 198 and Pretty Marsh Road, Somesville. July 13-15: The Harbor House Flamingo Festival will take place in Southwest Harbor. For more information, call (207) 244-3713 or log onto www.harborhousemdi.org. July 13-15: The 16th Annual Hospice Regatta of Maine will take place at Dysart’s Great Harbor Marina, Southwest Harbor. July 27, 5-9 p.m.: The 37th Annual Fine Craft Show will be held at MDI High School, Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor. July 28-29: The 14th Annual Gallery on the Green will feature more than 50 Down East artists displaying their creations at 329 Main St., Southwest Harbor. July 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: The 37th Annual Fine Craft Show will be held at MDI High School, Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor. July 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: The 37th Annual Fine Craft Show will be held at MDI High School, Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor. Aug. 10, 5-9 p.m.: The Maine Crafts Guild Fine Craft Show will take place at Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, 119 Eden St., Bar Harbor. Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: The Maine Crafts Guild Fine Craft Show will take place at Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, 119 Eden St., Bar Harbor. Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Maine Crafts Guild Fine Craft Show will take place at Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, 119 Eden St., Bar Harbor. Aug. 12, 2-4 p.m.: The SPCA of Hancock County will sponsor a Pet Show & Fair at the Mount Desert Elementary School ball field, Gilpatrick Lane, Northeast Harbor. Aug. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Eighth Annual Fair at Southwest will be held at Pemetic Green, Southwest Harbor. Aug. 21, 4-7 p.m.: The Bar Harbor Antiques Show & Sale will be held at the Bar Harbor Regency Hotel, 123 Eden St. Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Bar Harbor Antiques Show & Sale will be held at the Bar Harbor Regency Hotel. Sept. 6, 6-10 p.m.: Second Annual Bar Harbor Fashion Night Out will take place in downtown Bar Harbor. For more information, call (207) 351-5450 or log onto www.fashionnightoutbarharbor.com.

Midcoast

Sixth Annual Maine Celtic Celebration brings athletes, musicians to Belfast By Brian Swartz CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS WRITER

Folks who love Ireland or Scotland should head to Belfast July 21-22 for the Sixth Annual Maine Celtic Celebration, which commemorates the state’s Celtic heritage with athletic competitions, music, dancing, and food. Based on Belfast Common, the festival features the Highland Heavy Games, which sees competitors testing their skills in such events as the Caber Toss, the Heavy Weight Throw, the Open Stone Put, the Scottish Hammer Throw, and the Weight Over the Bar. Athletes take the competition seriously; visitors are invited to watch the action as the Highland Heavy Games start at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, July 22 on Belfast Common. Other athletic, albeit stressful competitions slated for the Maine Celtic Celebration include: • July 21, 1 p.m.: The Kids Wellington Boot Toss and Highland Games at Steam Boat Landing. • July 21, 3 p.m.: A tug of war at Steam Boat Landing. • July 22, 12 noon: The Molly Malone Wheelbarrow Race, involving a wild wheelbarrow dash on a 100-yard course at Steam Boat Landing. • July 22, 2 p.m. The Isle of Mann Three-Legged Race will take place at Steam Boat landing. The United States National Cheese Roll Championship will feature competitors and cheese alike rolling on the Belfast Common slope starting at 1 p.m., July 22. Facing off in the appropriate age and gender groups, competitors chase a 3-pound cheese wheel downhill; the person who successfully captures the elusive cheese wheel is declared the winner in each category. “Each wheel is composed of three full pounds of our customers’ favorite kind of cheese, creamy cheddar cheese,” said Cathe Morrill, whose Rockport-based State of Maine Cheese Co. provides the cheese wheels. “All you can eat, just for chasing your dream sliding down the slippery slope.” According to Morrill, each cheese wheel is “enclosed in natural rind, impervious to penetration by any substance.” Each champion cheese wheel chaser can remove the rind and start eating the “rich and yummy 48 ounces of pure cheddar cheese,” she said. The Maine Celtic Festival will feature the Sixth Annual Celtic 5K Road Race, set for Saturday, July 21. The race begins at Belfast Area High School on Waldo Avenue. Walkers step off at 8:15 a.m., runners at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $15 per individual prior to July 21 and $18 per individual on July 21. No Celtic celebration would be com-

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Iain MacHarg plays the pipes during the Maine Celtic Festival, held each July at Belfast Common in Belfast. plete without music, and the Maine Celtic Celebration has scheduled performers to appear both days at three venues: the main stage on Belfast Common, the Steam Boat Stage, and the Belfast Boat House. For a complete schedule of musical entertainment, log onto http://www.mainecelticcelebration.com/uploads/files/MCC_Schedule___12.pdf. Among the scheduled performers are: • Chrissy Crowley, a Celtic musician and fiddler from Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. Her albums include the 2010released “The Departure” and the 2007released “Chrissy Crowley.” • Emma Walsh and Chuck Donnelly, a Maine-based Irish music duo that recently released the “Fresh Celtic” album. Walsh plays the fiddle; Donnelly provides guitar and percussion. • Hanz Araki and The Mighty Few. Araki is an Irish flute player named “Male Newcomer of the Year 2005” by liveireland.com. • Michael Black, who grew up singing and playing in Ireland. Now based in California, he performs traditional Irish music. • Naia, a Portland-based duo comprising harpist Danielle Langord and flutist Nicole Rabata. Naia performs

Celtic music from Brittany, Ireland, Quebec, and Scotland. • Pat Kane, an upstate New York instrumentalist and singer who specializes in the bodhran, fiddle, and guitar. • Ryan McGiver and Pádraig Rynne, a duo that performs American folk songs and Breton and Irish music. • Sprag Session, a five-member group that plays music described as “a kind of Celtic fusion.” • Stanley and Grimm, a Cape Codbased duo comprising accompanist, balladeer, and songwriter Sean Brennan and fiddler Nikki Engstrom. • The Press Gang, a trio formed by guitarist Owen Marshall, fiddler Alden Robinson, and squeezebox player Christian Stevens. Their music has been described as “new music in the Irish tradition.” • Vishten, a trio comprising the twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc from Prince Edward Island and Pascal Miousse from the Magdelen Islands. Vishten performs new and traditional Acadian music. Maine Celtic Celebration visitors can also join the musical entertainment by attending workshops and jam sessions. Among the scheduled activities : July 21, 9:30 a.m.: Morning jam session at the Belfast Boat House. July 21, 10:30: Irish flute and whistle with Hanz Araki at the Belfast Boat House. July 21, 11:30 a.m.: Lauren Hollister will perform Irish dancing at the Belfast Boat House. July 21, 1:15 p.m.: Learn about step dancing at the Steam Boat Stage with “Cape Breton Stepping with Bob McCormick.” July 21, 3:30 p.m.: Michael Black will teach traditional Irish songs at the Belfast Boat House. July 22, 12 noon: Emily Smaha will perform Scottish dancing at the Belfast Boat House. Throughout the food, food and craft vendors will be set up around the Belfast Common so that visitors need not wander far in search of refreshments or Celtic gifts. For more information about the Maine Celtic Celebration, log onto www.mainecelticcelebration.com.

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Fort Point State Park can offer solitude on quiet summer evening By Brian Swartz CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS EDITOR

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Imagine having a lighthouse to yourself on a beautiful summer evening. That could happen at Fort Point State Park, located four miles from busy Route 1 in Stockton Springs. Straddling Fort Point, a heavily wooded peninsula that juts into the Penobscot River’s deep-water channel from Cape Jellison, the park lies off the beaten path and, despite good saltwater access, attracts fewer visitors than it should. The park remains a hidden gem on upper Penobscot Bay. That’s why on a quiet summer evening when even a calm Penobscot River reflects the clear sky, visitors might have the grounds around Fort Point Lighthouse to themselves. That doesn’t happen on similar evenings at Portland Head Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth. Automated in 1988, the 31-foot brick tower and its adjoining lightkeeper’s cottage date to 1857. Despite its diminutive stature — Petit Manan Lighthouse off Steuben soars 119 feet — Fort Point Light commands a soaring position on a bluff above the Penobscot River. The deep-white channel lies between the

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On a perfect summer’s evening, visitors at Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs often experience solitude where Fort Point Light (above) guards the entrance to the Penobscot River (right). bluff and a red channel marker a short distance offshore. The Maine Department of Conserva-

tion owns the tower and cottage, maintained as a residence for park personnel. Visitors can access the grounds, includ-

ing the historic bell tower and a secluded bench overlooking the river and distant Castine, for a nominal fee paid either at the park’s main entrance or at the rear entrance off Lighthouse Road. From Route 1 in Stockton Springs, turn onto Main Street and follow the signs to Fort Point State Park. The main entrance lies on East Cape Road; turn here to reach the parking lots and the numerous picnic tables scattered among the trees. Trails wind across the park; visitors can wander onto the pier jutting north into Fort Point Cove or walk along the shore at Fort Point’s eastern tip. One trail leads past the ruins of Fort Pownal, built in 1759 by colonial troops to deny French ships access to the Penobscot River. The fort’s foundation stones and moat remain visible; the trail crosses the moat’s southern section and steers visitors toward the lighthouse. Visitors seeking only the lighthouse can drive past the park’s main entrance and turn left at Lighthouse Road, which parallels the shoreline before ending at a cul de sac just before the lighthouse. Use either the gravel or paved parking lots. A sign identifies the site as Fort Point State Park; pay the admission fee at an unmanned station. Visitors can walk around the lighthouse, relax on a nearby bench, or spread a blanket on the lawn near the bell tower and enjoy a picnic. Here along the bluff, the views extend east toward the Castine and Orland shores and south (downriver) toward Islesboro. Seabirds might appear on the

river; eagles and osprey nesting upriver along the Prospect and Verona bluffs might soar past while seeking food. Osprey announce their presence with a “kee-kee” cry. If an osprey appears, watch it in action; upon spotting a fish, an osprey may briefly hover by flapping its wings, then plunge with extended talons to snatch the meal from the water. Osprey often miss, but a successful strike sees an adult bird flying nest-bound with a large fish dangling beneath its body. On perfect evenings, visitors come and go around Fort Point Lighthouse, but few people linger to savor the beauty and the views. To enjoy a quaint Maine lighthouse in an uncrowded setting, stop by Fort Point this summer, sit back, and watch the world go by.

Maine Lobster Festival slated for Harbor Park in Rockland Aug. 1-5 By Debra Bell CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS WRITER

The 64th Annual Maine Lobster Festival will once again delight and entertain crowds from Aug. 1-5 at Rockland’s Harbor Park. That’s because visitors to the festival can indulge in the more than 20,000 pounds of lobster cooked over the week while visiting vendor tents, watching a parade, learning about Maine’s marine heritage, and having fun on the midway. Want to do more than just eat lobster? That’s great because there’s lots for land-lubbers to enjoy. • Music: The Maine Lobster Festival is known for its musical acts. This year, some of the live music groups performing include the Pete Kilpatrick Band, the Lyle Divinsky Band, and 38 Special. • Food: Cooking demonstrations and contests abound at the Festival. Add to that a chance to start the day off with pancakes and the festival is a delight for anyone’s tastes. • Local vendors, art, and exercise: The festival will once again feature many local merchants and artists. The festival also has a 1K fun run for the kids and a 10K for adults.

• For the kids: Sheila Curtis will be at the festival as Trickster Fox the clown. The children’s 1K fun run will start with registration at 7 a.m., Aug. 5 at 7 a.m., and other children’s events scheduled for that day include a cod-fish carry contest, a children’s parade, and a children’s lobster-eating contest. There will also be a children’s tent and a marine tent with a chance for kids to get up close and personal with some marine life. The details: • Admission. On opening day, Wednesday, Aug. 1, admission will be $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 to 12. Admission for Aug. 2-4 is $8 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 12, and children under age 5 are admitted free. “Hometown Day” is Sunday, Aug. 5, and admission is free on that day. • Parking. The Maine Lobster Festival organizers know how challenging parking can be and have arranged for free parking shuttle services to usher people to and from the festival at Oceanside High School East at 400 Broadway in Rockland, as well as Rockland District Middle School at 30 Broadway. Shuttles arrive at each location about every 30 minutes. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.mainelobsterfestival.com.


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Maine windjammers will sail off Rockland Breakwater on July 13 By Dale McGarrigle

being on a really large schooner, with the wind propelling it along really fast, and the people cheering on the breakwater. It’s really exciting.” It’s a colorful glimpse into Maine’s The parade has its origins in the nautical past. annual Great Schooner Race. One day a year, the 13 schooners of “About 15 years ago, the race used to Maine’s windjammer fleet come togeth- end in Rockland, and people would line er, along with a few other such vessels, the breakwater to see the entire fleet,” for the Maine Windjammer Parade Maiden explained. “About seven years along Rockland’s breakwater. This year’s ago, members of the association decided eighth annual event will be held 2-4 to have a parade along the breakwater so p.m., Friday, July 13. that people can see the whole fleet.” What’s it like being on board a ship in (Ironically, this year’s 36th Annual the midst of this spectacle? Great Schooner Race will start along the “It’s really exhilarating, when you’re Rockland breakwater at 11 a.m. Friday, so close to other windjammers,” July 6, and end in Camden, giving area explained Meg Maiden, marketing direc- residents another opportunity to see the tor for the Maine Windjammer Associa- fleet together.) tion, the event’s sponsor. “There’s a thrill A new wrinkle was added last summer, when association members invited Jim Sharp, a former schooner captain who is now the curator of the Sail, Power & Steam Museum in Rockland, to serve as announcer for the event, stationed at the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. “He’s very knowledgeable about the history of PHOTO BY BOB ANGELL the boats, and funny, so Maine windjammers sail past the Rockland the event has really lively Breakwater. emceeing now,” Maiden

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Ring around Maine: 1,227 miles on two wheels By David M. Fitzpatrick CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS WRITER

Maine is a big state with plenty of country roads. Even from urban centers like Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, and Portland, a few minutes’ drive out of town gets you to rural country. Road conditions are another matter. You can easily get off I-95 onto what feels like Third World back roads. In a car with the stability of four wheels, that’s no big deal, even on potholed roads that mimic the surface of the moon. It’s a different story on a motorcycle. You’d rather stick to decent roads, but, as nice as the interstate highways are, they’re not as enjoyable as going rural and seeing Maine’s more remote regions. Luckily, there’s a great compromise. Enter the “Ring around Maine,” a trip that takes you along Maine’s outer-edge primary and secondary roads, while avoiding the interstate. This 1,195-mile circuit is impossible to replicate here; MapQuest’s directions total 15 pages. But the trip is available online to print, email, or send to your mobile device. Because MapQuest limits points and segments along the route, I’ve broken the circuit into two manageable maps: Leg #1: http://mapq.st/JRNBDQ This goes from Bangor to Kittery via

Calais, Fort Kent, Greenville, and Fryeburg. It’s 954 miles in over 23 hours and is predominately rural. Leg #2: http://mapq.st/L8AG2K This goes from Kittery to Bangor via the coast. It’s 263 miles in about 6.5 hours and travels through higher-population areas. To keep to the coast, this skips just doing Route 1 and has many twists, turns, and side roads. A few points: 1. You can adjust the route by clicking on a route segment and dragging it to a different road. If you make changes, click “Link/Embed” to generate a short URL; save that to return to your new map. 2. The route begins and ends in Bangor, but you can start and finish at any point. 3. You can do the trip in manageable segments over time, or do the entire trip in several days with overnight layovers. 4. Much of northern and western Maine is omitted because the roads aren’t really bike-suitable and are often far from gas stations. Don’t get stuck in the wilderness pushing your bike. (I’ve done it. They’re heavy. Don’t try it.) 5. This circuit sticks mostly to roads with route numbers and avoids city streets whenever possible. 6. There’s no backtracking. That’s why places like Mount Desert Island are off the route (but you can add them if you like).

said. Since parking near the breakwater can be, in Maiden’s words, “a challenge,” she encourages parade viewers to park at

Harbor Plaza, behind Machias Savings Bank, and take the free shuttle to the breakwater.” There they can find themselves trans-

ported back to another time. For more information about Maine windjammers, visit http://sailmainecoast.com or call (207) 374-2993.


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Backcountry camping teaches fundamentals of “Roughing It 101” By Greg Westrich To have a real Maine woods experience, you have to get out and camp at a backcountry site or, better yet, make your own campsite. Across Maine much of the timber company land and all the state reserve land is open to camping, with a limited number of campsites. The state also maintains campsites along many lakes and waterways, accessible by canoe or sometimes by car or by foot. The advantage of these sites are amenities such as picnic tables and privies. With a free permit, easily available from the Maine Forest Service, you can have a fire. The state-maintained sites are all free and on a first-come, first-serve basis. The timber companies often charge a small fee for access and allow fires. These maintained campsites are on the maps in the DeLorme Gazetteer. Maintained backcountry sites are only one step down from a campground in terms of amenities, but offer solitude and access to remote areas of Maine’s woods. The more easily accessed sites, especially those on ponds and fishable streams, often fill up on weekends. Keep your plans flexible. For example, one Friday my family drove up to the Nahmakanta Reserve Land, hoping to camp at one of the sites along Wadleigh or Musquash ponds. All the sites were full. We ended up camping at the end of a rough track that gave access to the waterfall at the north

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Henry Westrich, then 4, rides his bike at a state-maintained campsite at the outlet stream of Spencer Pond east of Moosehead Lake. The author took his son on a three-day camping trip there in 2005. They saw no other people. Little Spencer Mountain rises beyond the trees. end of Wadleigh Pond. We set our tent up on soft pine needles with the roar of the falls behind us and loons calling out on the pond in front. After dinner a cow moose with her small calf walked by on their way down to the pond to feed. Because we were willing to forgo having a fire, we enjoyed solitude along the lakeshore, a remote waterfall, and the

moose. When camping at such a site, you can pack much like you would for a state-park trip. The only real difference is that you’ll need to bring water from home or a purification system. Don’t forget toilet paper; even sites with privies rarely have this necessity. If you camp somewhere

without a privy make sure you use a spot well away from any pond or stream and bury all waste at least six inches deep. The advantage of driving to your campsite is obvious: you can bring anything that will fit in your car. With young children, this allows for “necessities” like pillows, stuffed animals, and toys. The more options your kids have, the more likely they’ll want to go camping again. When roughing it, you cannot bring too much food. Campers with full tummies are happy campers. When it’s chilly or rainy, keeping everyone well-fed goes a long way toward keeping everyone warm. That doesn’t mean you need to stand around in the rain. Be sure to bring a tarp and rope to hang it with. If it looks like it might rain, assume it will and plan ahead: have your tent up and ready, put that tarp up before the weather turns, and put your firewood where it will stay dry. But don’t let the threat of rain keep you home. Overcast days can be the best times to see wildlife, and you’re more likely to have the trails, ponds, and campsites to yourself. Hiking and camping in the rain can be great fun; just be sure to have appropriate rain gear and keep sleeping bags and a change of clothes dry at all times. Bring more clothes and outerwear than you think you’ll need. The same is true for a first aid kit and extra batteries for headlamps and flashlights.


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Many summertime activities are on tap in northern Waldo County Spend a summer’s day exploring northern Waldo County, where country roads cross scenic hills and the Atlantic Ocean laps at a quiet shore. From thriving downtown Belfast to rural Unity, the pace of life slows in this Midcoast region, and visitors enjoy opportunities to create their own adventures. The Brooks Museum, located at 11 Moosehead Trail (Route 7) in Brooks, encompasses the Pilley House, a woodframe house built circa 1818. The Brooks Historical Society has restored the house to its appearance circa 1900; exhibits highlight clothing, furnishings, tools, and other items that Brooks residents would have used during that period.

The museum will be open to the public on: • June 24, 1-4 p.m.; • July 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; • Aug. 26, 1-4 p.m.; • Oct. 14, 1-4 p.m. The Maine Antique Paper & Postcard Show will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 30 at Searsport Town Hall, 1 Union St., Searsport. Exhibitors will display vintage maps, photos, postcards, and trading cards. For more information, call (207) 828-8065. The VoXX: Voice of Twenty Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., July 7 at the Athenahealth Atrium, 3 Hatley Road, Belfast. The 17th Annual Arts in the Park will

take place July 7-8 (10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily) at Heritage Park in Belfast. Many artisans and crafters will display their products, and food vendors will provide different fare. Several musical groups will perform: July 7: 10 a.m.-12 noon, The Rusty Hinges; 12 noon02 p.m., Belfast Bay Fiddlers; 2-4 p.m., Maximum Blue. July 8: 10 a.m.-12 noon: The 195th Army Band Jazz Combo; 12 noon-4 p.m., the Blue Hill Brass. For more information about Arts in the Park, email info@artsintheparkbelfast.org or log onto www.artsintheparkbelfast.org. Lobsterboat races will take place July 14 in Searsport Harbor.

Focusing on such games as badminton and cribbage and croquet, a Summer Folk Game Day will be held from 12 noon-4 p.m., July 14 at the Penobscot Marine Museum, Main Street, Belfast. The museum will sponsor Penobscot Bay Day on July 21. Activities will include the museum’s annual open house, musical entertainment, special exhibits, and tours. The Sixth Annual Maine Celtic Cele bration will be held July 21-22 at Belfast Commons. Athletic competition —

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In Maine, “a hike” can mean “a brief woods trail” or “an expedition up Mount Katahdin,” but there are happy mediums. For families looking to spend quality time together, here are some great but very different day hikes in very different parts of Maine. Acadia National Park

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Cadillac Mountain is a popular drive, but there are several hiking trails. The views of the park, Bar Harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean from the top are extraordinary. Have the kids pack their kites to fly on the peak. There’s a store with souvenirs, food, and drink there. Several trails lead from the Jordan Pond House. One circles Jordan Pond and is ideal for flat walking. Excited kids might prefer the more challenging Jordan Cliffs Trail, which features mountain peaks, cliff-face walks, climbing iron

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Adults and children relax on the shore at Belfast City Park on a beautiful summer afternoon.

including the popular United States National Cheese Roll Championship — and music and dancing will be among the highlights. For more information, log onto www.mainecelticcelebration.com. The Belfast Maskers will perform “Brigadoon” July 26-29, 7 p.m., daily at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast and Aug. 2-5, 7 p.m., daily, outside Searsport Town Hall, 1 Union St., Searsport. The Lobster Buoy Launch and Har bor to Harbor Paddle Weekend will take

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rungs, and sheer drops. For a briefer, less unnerving trail, visit the 520-foot Beehive and climb iron rungs on a trail that zig-zags across the rock face. After a more relaxed trek down the return trail that winds behind the Beehive, visit Sand Beach. Or bring the bicycles and hit some of the 45 miles of carriage trails. Bold Coast

This hike along the rocky coastal cliffs in Cutler may be some of the most stunning views anywhere. The entire circuit, with peat bogs and a spruce/fir forest, is a long, full day, but if you do the half route, you’ll see plenty of astounding sights and still have everyone back to the car inside of four hours. Do this one on a clear-blue-sky day, and be prepared for plenty of photos of the ocean surf crashing against towering cliffs. There are campsites for overnight adventures. Gulf Hagas

“The Grand Canyon of Maine” is a gorge cut by the Pleasant River. Get there via Route 11 north of Brownville and drive west on the Katahdin Iron Works road. Check in, pay for parking, visit the historic Ironworks structures, and proceed into the wildlands. You’ll start by fording the ankle- to knee-deep Pleasant River; after that, it’s an easy walk through towering Eastern King Pines to Screw Auger Falls. A tougher trail then follows the gorge’s rim to the gulf head before returning via an easier woods trail. The gorge rises to 400 feet deep, with many scenic viewpoints. This complete circuit will take seven-to-nine hours; two cutoff trails can shorten your trip considerably, but the entire Rim Trail hike is well worth it. You can also cheat yourself out of the three-tiered Screw Auger Falls, the yellow-foamed Buttermilk Falls, the impressive Billings Falls, and the astounding gorge by driving up to the gulf head for a short hike with so-so gorge views… but really, you don’t want to miss everything.


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Forts that protected Maine harbors are now state historic sites By Brian Swartz CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS EDITOR

Learn about Maine history this summer by visiting three forts maintained by the Maine Department of Conservation. During the Revolutionary War, seaborne British raiders raised havoc in coastal Maine waters. To protect Wiscasset — then an important port — and Sheepscot River shipping, Fort Edge comb was later constructed on Davis Island in Edgecomb in 1808-09 after Moses Davis sold the land to the United States for $300. The octagonal blockhouse perched high above other fort facilities, including a four-cannon waterfront battery, two barracks, officers’ quarters, and an 18by-45-foot storehouse. Garrisoned during the War of 1812, Fort Edgecomb sheltered British prisoners and received additional troops in 1814 after British troops and warships captured Fort Sullivan in Eastport and British troops reoccupied Fort George in Castine. Manned during the Civil War, Fort

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place July 26-30 at Searsport Shores Ocean Camping, 216 West Main St., Searsport. Participants can “launch” a color-coded lobster buoy from the campground’s waterfront and see how far the buoy will cruise on Penobscot Bay. The weekend also involves kayakers paddling from Searsport Harbor to Belfast Harbor to enjoy lunch before paddling to Searsport Shores. For more information, call (207) 548-6059 or log onto www.campocean.com. The Belfast Bound Book Festival will be held July 27-29 in Belfast. For more information, log onto www.belfastboundcookfestival.com. Join the Insect Safari led by state entomologist Kathy Murray at 10 a.m., July 31. She will head a search for interesting insects living in the Head of Tide Preserve on the Doak Road in Belfast. For more information, call (207) 236-

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A sailboat approaches a mooring in Belfast Harbor on a summer’s evening.

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The blockhouse at Fort McClary State Historic Site in Kittery once protected the vital harbors at Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H. against seaborne enemy attacks. Edgecomb fell into disrepair. Most buildings were likely torn down for their brick and timber, but the blockhouse survived until area residents funded its

repair in the late 19th century. Today, Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site preserves the blockhouse, considered the best of its kind from the early

7091 or email info@coastalmountains.org. The Sixth Annual AMVETS Free Chicken BBQ will take place at 10 a.m., Aug. 11 at Belfast City Park. Focusing on such games as badminton and cribbage and croquet, a Summer Folk Game Day will be held from 12 noon-4 p.m., Aug. 25 at the Penobscot Marine Museum, Main

Street, Belfast. The Fiber College of Maine will take place Sept. 6-9 at Searsport Shores Ocean Camping, 216 West Main St., Searsport. More than 45 classes will focus on different aspects of fiber arts. The KnitManie-ia Fashion Show will be held at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 6. For more information, call (207) 548-6059 or log onto www.fibercollege.org.

19th century. The blockhouse and adjacent grounds are open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day; on-site picnic tables offer good views across the Sheepscot River. The oldest fort in eastern Maine stands not in Castine (Fort George) or Prospect (Fort Knox) but near Route 92 in Machiasport. Fort O’Brien State Historic Site preserves earthworks and an overgrown powder magazine connected with Fort O’Brien, constructed in 1775 to protect Machias against British warships. Armed with four cannons, Fort O’Brien offset Fort Foster across the Machias River. British troops captured both forts in 1775, but the Army rebuilt Fort O’Brien in 1777 and garrisoned it then and during the War of 1812. In 1863, the Army constructed adjacent to the fort’s ruins a five-cannon battery named Fort Machias; the mown earthworks seen at Fort O’Brien today date to the Civil War. An on-site kiosk provides information about the forts. Fort O’Brien State Historic Site is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. To reach the site, turn south onto Route 92 at its intersection with Route 1 in Machias and drive approximately 5

miles. Watch for the site’s brown-andwhite sign near the Fort O’Brien School on Route 92. The oldest fort managed by the Maine Department of Conservation overlooks the Piscataqua River in Kittery. On a site called Battery Pasture, colonists erected Fort Pepperrell in the late 17th century. The post gradually became Fort McClary, constructed in 1808 to protect Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H. against hostile warships. Today, Fort McClary State Historic Site preserves the fort’s remaining buildings and fortifications; visitors can access the site from Kittery Point Road (Route 103). The most striking building is the hexagonal blockhouse built in 1844 with upper-level gunports. The views across the Piscataqua River are excellent; boats flit across Portsmouth’s outer harbor during summer. Standing near the white-painted blockhouse are an ammunition magazine, a roofless riflemen’s house, granite walls, and a caponier, a defensive post jutting from those walls. Another caponier rises above the Piscataqua River. Fort McClary is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day.


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Plan carefully to experience a fun trip with Fido in Maine this summer By Debra Bell CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS WRITER

Summertime, and the living is easy. When you’re a dog owner, however, vacationing with Fido can pose some unique challenges; with a little preparation, you’ll be good to have lots of fun in the sun with Fido. Before you go Before planning a long-range trip, or a day trip, first think about your dog. Does she travel well, or does she get anxious? According to Dr. David Cloutier from the Veazie Veterinary Clinic, owners should look at the activity they’ll be doing and decide if it will be a “truly good experience” for the pet. If it’s not, consider boarding your pet or having a family member care for it while you’re on vacation. Does your vacation include staying in a hotel or the home of a family member or friend? Call ahead and “listen with a sensitive ear to the answer you get

for ‘is it OK to bring my dog’,” Cloutier said. What to pack • Make a copy of her vaccination records and

medical history and stash this information in your day bag. • Consider having your dog train for the Canine Good Citizen Award. If she earns it, pack a copy of that as well. For some breeds, that slip of paper is what will gain them admittance to events. To find an evaluator near you, visit www.akc.org/events/cgc/cgc_bystate.cfm. • Make sure her tags are up to date and affixed to her collar. • Prepare your dog’s road trip container. This should hold medications, waste bags, travel food and water bowls, and a first aid kit, as well as bottles of water from home and extra food. • Consider bringing your pet’s crate on vacation with you. According to Cloutier, “crates can be easy to pack and also be comforting to your dog.” • Pack extra leashes and supplies your dog might need. Consider these activities that you can do with your dog this summer: • Attend a dog-oriented event, such as breed

“meet and greets” at local pet stores to dog-oriented summer events. • Hit the trails. Many parks, including Acadia, allow dogs to hike with their owners. Check out the rules or restrictions ahead of time. Some parks will allow dogs under voice control or on a leash. • Take a boat ride. Some boat tours, such as the Beal and Bunker Mail Boat Ferry, allow wellbehaved dogs on the boat. • Visit dog-friendly municipalities like Millinocket, Bar Harbor, Bangor, Camden, Boothbay Harbor, Freeport, Portland, or South Portland. • Enjoy the beach. Many towns have restrictions on when dogs can be on the beach. Always check if the beach you want to go to will allow dogs and when. • Play at a dog park. Many more towns are adding dog parks to allow pet owners to socialize their dogs. Take heed of any rules and respect them. Monitor your dog to make sure she’s having fun. Dog parks are great ways to burn off summer steam.

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Explore several unique, off-the-beaten path destinations in Maine By David M. Fitzpatrick

Desert of Maine

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Sometimes, not that far from the beaten path, lie neat places that many people have never visited. While traveling in Maine this summer, check out these not-so-famous, yet interesting places that don’t always appear on Maine maps.

There isn’t actually a desert in the Freeport woods, but 40 acres acres of glacial silt exposed after more than 120 years of overgrazing, erosion, and nonrotated crops by the Tuttle family before they abandoned it in 1919. Henry Goldrup bought it and made it a tourist attraction. A gift shop, farm museum, and sand museum are on site.

Side trips: In Freeport, don’t miss the Big Indian, moved to Maine from New Jersey in the 1960s. In Yarmouth, don’t miss Eartha, the 41-foot rotating world globe at DeLorme; both landmarks are located on Route 1. Wire Bridge, New Portland In New Portland, Somerset County, you’ll find this cable suspension bridge.

Midcoast calendar Concerts, lighthouses, and windjammers dominate the Midcoast calendar this summer. June 23, 8-10:30 p.m.: Music Among Friends, a concert celebrating the retirement of Thomas Wolf, artistic director of Bay Chamber Concerts, will take place at the Rockport Opera House. June 30: The Maine Home & Design Show will take place at Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90, Rockport. July 4: Independence Day festivities in Thomaston will include a pancake breakfast, an 11 a.m. parade, a horseshoe tournament, firecracker races, a chicken barbecue, and a fireworks display. July 6: The Great Schooner Race will feature more than 20 tall ships competing in a race that starts at Camden and proceeds across Penobscot Bay. July 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Our Neighbors’ Gardens, a tour of 10 local gardens, sponsored by the Friends of the Rockland Public Library. July 7-8, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., daily: ’50s & ’60s Car Meet & Antique Aeroplane Show at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, 117 Museum St., Owls Head. July 11, 12 noon: Free concert featuring Martin Gibson at Camden Amphitheatre, Camden. July 11, 7 p.m.: Readings will highlight Maine poets Linda Buckmaster, Jacob Fricke, Elizabeth Garber, Ellen Goldsmith, and Leonore Hildebrandt, at the Whitehall Inn, 52 High St., Camden. July 12, 8 p.m.: Experience “Vienna — City of Music: as musicians perform works by Mozart and Schubert at the Rockport Opera House. July 13, 6 and 8:15 p.m.: Experience “Vienna — City of Music: as musicians perform works by the masters at the Farnsworth Wyeth Center, Rockland. July 14-15, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., daily: The Ragged Mountain Fat Tire Festival will feature mountain bicyclists converging on the Camden Snow Bowl, Camden. July 14, 2-4 p.m.: Visit windjammers moored at North End Shipyard and Windjammer Wharf in Rockland. The ships open to public tours are the American Eagle, the Heritage, the Isaac H. Evans, the Nathaniel Bowditch, and the Stephen Taber. July 14-15: Bring a mountain bike to

the Camden Snow Bowl and participate in the Ragged Mountain Fat Tire Festival. For more information, log onto www.camdensnowbowl.com. July 14-15: The North Atlantic Blues Festival will feature more than 15 nationally and internationally known blues artists performing at Harbor Park, Rockland. July 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Sponsored by the Georges River Land Trust, the 21st Gardens in the Watershed Tour will encompass seven country gardens in Rockland and Spruce Head. July 18, 12 noon- 2 p.m.: Free concert featuring Jim Gallant at Camden Amphitheatre, Camden. July 19, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: The 65th Annual House & Garden Tour will encompass various places in Camden and Rockport. July 19, 8 p.m.: Enjoy “An Evening of Mendelssohn” at the Rockport Opera House. July 19-21: Friendship Sloop Days will feature races off Rockland Harbor and tours of historic Friendship sloops moored at Harbor Park, Rockland. July 20-22: “A Day in the Life: A Beatles Experience” will be performed at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., Camden. July 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: The 32nd Annual Camden-Rockport Antiques Show & Sale will take place at Camden Regional High School, Route 90, Rockport. July 21-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily: Summer Harbor Arts Show at Harbor Park, Camden. July 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: The 32nd Annual Camden-Rockport Antiques Show & Sale will take place at Camden Regional High School, Route 90, Rockport. July 25, 12 noon-2 p.m.: Free concert featuring David Dodson at Camden Amphitheatre, Camden. July 25, 8 p.m.: Emeline Michel, the “Reigning Queen of Haitian Song,” will perform at the Strand Theatre, Rockland. July 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Guided walk to sites associated with Edna St. Vincent Millay, departing from the Whitehall Inn, 52 High St., Camden. July 26, 8 p.m.: “The Great Beethoven Sonatas” will be performed at the Rockport Opera House, Rockport.

July 29, 9 a.m.-12 noon: Megunticook Lake Race at Barrett’s Cove Beach Park, Camden. Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Merryspring Annual Kitchen Tour of eight unique kitchens in Camden, Lincolnville, and Rockport. Aug. 1, 12 noon-2 p.m.: Free concert featuring Stefan Law at Camden Amphitheatre, Camden. Aug. 4-5, 9a.m.-5 p.m., daily: Wings & Wheels Spectacular and Aerobatic Air Show, Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head. Aug. 4, 8 p.m.: Folksinger John Gorka will perform at the Camden Opera House. Aug. 8, 12 noon-2 p.m.: Free concert featuring The Cause at Camden Amphitheatre, Camden. Aug. 8, 3-6 p.m.: Guided walk to sites associated with Edna St. Vincent Millay, departing from the Whitehall Inn, 52 High St., Camden. Aug. 10-12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily: 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbor Show at Harbor Park and Buoy Park, Rockland. Aug. 10, 8 p.m.: The Camden Civic Theatre will perform “The Fantasticks” at the Camden Opera House. Aug. 15, 12 noon-2 p.m.: Free concert featuring Bob Stuart at Camden Amphitheatre, Camden. Aug. 22, 7-11 p.m.: An evening of Edna St. Vincent Millay poetry and music, Whitehall Inn, Camden. Aug. 25, 9:30 a.m.: 35th Annual New England Auto Auction at Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head. Aug. 28, 7-8:30 p.m.: Moonlight Nature Walk with educator Hildy Ellis at Fernald’s Neck Preserve, 101 Mt. Battie St., Lincolnville. Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Camden Windjammer Festival, featuring boat parades, demonstrations, and a fireworks display, with events taking place at Camden Harbor and in downtown Camden. Sept. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Designing Women Fine Art & Craft Show at First Congregational Church, Elm Street, Camden. Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: 16th Annual West Bay Rotary Chowder Challenge at Camden Public Landing, Camden. Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Chairlift rides at the Camden Snow Bowl, 20 Barnestown Road, Camden.

Completed in 1866, there may be none like it left anywhere in the country. When you drive across it, you can feel the wooden deck swaying. For added weirdness, try it on a motorcycle or walk across it. It’s safe,This is an impressive feat of engineering and well worth the drive. Side trip: Visit Madison and see a show at the Lakewood Summer Theatre, where the likes of Carol Channing, Phyllis Diller, and John Travolta have performed. At 111 years in age, it’s one of the older summer theaters in the United States. Jasper Beach In Machiasport is Howard Cove’s Jasper Beach. You might assume this 800-meter-long rock beach is manmade, especially given how high the rock pile climbs, but the beach is natural. When the tidewaters move in and out, the smooth-worn rocks moving against each other make haunting sounds. There’s no jasper here; it’s fine-grained volcanic rhyolite. But it still looks cool. Side trip: Head into Lubec, the easternmost point in the United States. Check out the shallow-water Lubec Channel Light, a sparkplug lighthouse just 500 feet from the Canadian border. Flagstaff and Perkins Townships Maine has two ghost towns. The first you can’t really visit. Near Eustis, Flagstaff was disincorporated in 1950 when a dam was built on the Dead River, enlarging Flagstaff Lake and submerging the town. But you can visit Perkins Township on Swan Island in Sagadahoc County. Perkins was incorporated in the mid1800s, disincorporated in 1918, and abandoned in the 1940s. Thirteen structures remain, some dating to the 1750s. The township, now on the National Register of Historic Places, spans Swan Island, Little Swan Island, and some tidal flats in the Kennebec River between Richmond and Dresden. Now a wildlife management area overseen by the Maine Department of

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Swan Island is accessible only by boat. Side trip: Stop off at Richmond and the CHTJ Southard House Museum, a Victorian home built by a shipping magnate as a wedding gift around 1870. Today, it’s a museum of local history, tools, toys, and housewares. Whaleback Shell Midden

The Whaleback Shell Midden in Damariscotta is where Native Americans dumped oyster shells from 2,200 to 1,000 years ago. The eastern shore of the Damariscotta River once had an even bigger shell pile, but it was cleared in the 1880s to supply a factory processing the shells into chicken feed. Luckily, some of it remains. Across the river is the Glidden Midden, another prehistoric shell heap. Whaleback Shell Midden is a Maine State Historic Site. Side trip: Visit the Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, built in 1754 and one of the older homes in Maine. You’ll feel as though you’d stepped back in time 250 years to before the Revolution, when the homeowners there were subjects of the King of England. Colonial Pemaquid

The Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site is one of the earliest points of European occupation in North America. George Weymouth arrived and captured Indians living there in 1605; it became a permanent village in the late 1620s. Three forts were built, the first being Fort Charles in 1677. Extensive archeological digs have excavated 14 foundations from the 17th and 18th centuries and parts of the later forts. The site features an early 20th-century reconstruction of Fort William Henry, a museum, a boat launch and dock, and a picnic area. Side trip: Visit the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park. The lightkeeper’s house is now the Fishermen’s Museum, containing displays and artifacts of the lighthouse and local maritime history. There’s also a Learning Center, the Pemaquid Art Gallery, and picnicking.

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Visitors explore Jasper Beach in Machiasport. When the tide flows across its surface, this natural rock beach literally “rattles and rolls” as water-moved rocks clatter against each other.


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Bald Rock Mountain hike unveils Midcoast views

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Hikers admire the Penobscot Bay views from atop Bald Rock Mountain in Lincolnville.

LINCONVILLE — Climb 1,100-foot Bald Rock Mountain in Camden Hills State Park to enjoy outstanding views across Penobscot Bay. From the Routes 1-173 intersection in Lincolnville Beach, turn west on Route 173 and drive 2.25 miles to the Youngtown Road intersection. Bear left onto this road and then turn left immediately into a gravel parking lot marked by Camden Hills State Park signage. Hike along the tote road (known as the Ski Lodge Road) past the Frohock Mountain Trail intersection to where the road crests about 1¼miles from the parking lot. The Cameron Mountain Trail bears right; marked by blue blazes, the 0.5-mile Bald Rock Mountain Trail bears left past a stone foundation. A sign identifies the Bald Rock Mountain turnoff. Winding through a mixed forest and offering glimpses of Mount Megunticook, the Bald Rock Mountain Trail steepens near the summit before emerging onto the granite ledges that give Bald Rock Mountain its name.

The views reward hikers. While relaxing on the ledges one fine summer morning, I heard folks approaching; at least two women, I figured, and I understood her thrill when one woman exclaimed, “Oh, my goodness!” as she emerged from the woods. Bald Rock Mountain views extend 180 degrees, north through east to south, and encompass all Penobscot Bay and the distant Hancock and Waldo County peaks. The slightest sunlit haze obscured distant Monhegan Island this morning, but Isle au Haut and Mount Desert Island loomed above the eastern horizon. I pointed out Searsport, Islesboro, Castine, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Rockport Harbor, Rockland and its breakwater lighthouse, and Owls Head to a hiking companion. From the summit, hikers can descend the Bald Rock Mountain Trail or take a longer trail that crosses Derry Mountain and Frohock Mountain. Both trails reach the tote road and the parking lot.

By Brian Swartz, Custom Publications Editor

Summer readers can explore Maine with nine recent book titles By Greg Westrich

Maine. Maine: The Wilder Half of New EngOn rainy summer days, nothing beats land by David Barry, Tilbury House, 304 curling up on the couch with a good pages, $30. Portland Public Library hisbook. Here are several suggestions for torian and freelance writer, David Barry, this summer’s reading. All the titles are has written a lushly illustrated history of written by Maine authors and about Maine since Europeans first began local subjects. attempting to settle our rocky coast. Maine’s Favorite Birds by Jeffery V. Maine is the least-populated, mostWells and Allison Childs Wells, Tilbury forested state in New England. It was House, 72 pages, $15. Maine is one of the also the first settled: before the Pilgrims country’s birding hot spots, and the landed at Plymouth, a settlement was Wellses are among Maine’s better- founded near Popham Beach. Maine has known birders. They’ve created a com- always been the Wild West of the East, at plete, easy-to-use beginner’s guide to the times the poor stepchild of its southern common birds of Maine, beautifully neighbors, at others, the richest region of illustrated by Evan Barbour. The guide is the country. Barry weaves all this and the result of the Wellses’ years of leading more together to explain how we bird walks and teaching others about became who we are. City Fish, Country Fish by Mary birds. They include the usual bird identification information as well as infor- Cerullo with photographs by Jeffery L. mation about where to find each bird in Rotman, Tilbury House, 32 pages, $16.95. Mary Cerullo, associate director of Friends of Casco Bay, has collaborated with Jeff Rotman on another fascinating children’s book. They explain how fish live in the ocean by comparing the lives of warm-water fish with those of coldwater fish. In their metaphor, warmwater fish are city In her “Grandma Drove the Lobsterboat,” author dwellers and coldKatie Clark takes children along as Grandma water fish their takes the lobsterboat’s helm for the first time. country cousins, a

Author David Barry weaves centuries of history together in the 304-page “Maine: The Wilder Half of New England.” dichotomy that children will understand. Cerullo uses this comparison to educate children about how fish survive and prosper in various ecosystems around the world, including the cold waters off Maine’s coast. Children will learn while being entertained. Interventions by Richard Russo with original artwork by Kate Russo, Down East Books, $40. Pulitzer Prize winning Maine author Richard Russo has teamed up with his daughter, artist Kate Russo, to create a beautiful and engaging book. The slipcase includes a new novella and three stories. Each piece is illustrated with an original painting by Russo’s daughter Kate. The format of the book, that it is only available in printed form, and Russo’s decision to publish it locally with Downeast have gotten lots of media

Retired Maine game warden John Ford talks about his work in “Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good.” attention. What has gotten less notice is the four great stories in this volume. Moxie: Maine in a Bottle by Jim Baumer, Down East Books, $14.95. Jim Baumer’s second book about Maine’s original soda is the definitive history of all things Moxie. Even if you haven’t acquired a taste for Maine’s official soda, you’ll enjoy Baumer’s book, and maybe you’ll get the urge to drink a Moxie or two as well. Trespasser by Paul Doiron, Minotaur Books, 308 pages, $14.99. Paul Doiron, editor-in-chief of Down East magazine, has written a second mystery with protagonist Maine game warden Mike

Bowditch. The plot revolves around an old murder that resembles the real-life murder of Sarah Cherry by Dennis Dechaine. The novel, like Doiron’s first, is populated with a cross-section of interesting and quirky Maine-types. Doiron has created a character to rival those of other great regional mystery writers like Joseph Heywood, Craig Johnson, and C J Box. The third novel, “Bad Little Falls,” will be out in August. Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good by John Ford, Islandport Press, $16.95. John Ford became a Maine game warden in 1970; after retiring 20 years later, he was twice elected sheriff in Waldo County. His first book of tales from his days as a game warden is getting rave reviews for its stories of rescued animals and wily poachers. Abbott’s Reach by Ardeana Hamlin, Islandport Press, $16.95. Ardeana Hamlin, author of the Bangor-set classic “Pink Chimneys,” has a new historical novel. Set in 19th-century Maine, it is the story of a young woman who sails around Cape Horn and on to Hawaii aboard her new husband’s ship. Hamlin says she wrote this sequel after 24 years because people kept asking her to. You’ll be glad she did. Grandma Drove the Lobsterboat by Katie Clark with illustrations by Amy Huntington, Down East Books, $16.95. First Grandma drove the garbage truck, then the snowplow. In this third book in the series, Grandma takes Labor Day off and drives a lobsterboat. Can she navigate choppy waters and fog to deliver the lobsters in time for the town lobster bake? This children’s picture book is funny and very well-illustrated.


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Greenbelt Walkway provides scenic trail across South Portland By Brian Swartz CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS EDITOR

While visiting the Portland area this summer, enjoy the great outdoors with an invigorating bike ride, run, or walk along the South Portland Greenbelt Walkway. While other Maine municipalities discussed recreational trails in the last 30 years, South Portland started developing its trail system in 1979; today, a 5.7-mile paved trail extends from Bug Light Park southwest to the Wainwright Recreational Complex. From Bug Light Park, the 1.6-mile Spring Point Shoreway extends east to Fisherman’s Point. Although it lies within Maine’s fourth largest city, the South Portland Greenbelt Walkway shifts its route from urban to suburban, sometimes within several blocks, and always varies its scenery. From harbor’s edge to heavy traffic to woods to quiet streets and busy Broadway, the walkway provides a nice place to enjoy the great outdoors. I recommend that out-of-town visitors park at Bug Light Park, well-marked on local maps. The park overlooks Portland Harbor and its assorted boat traffic, the Casco Bay islands, and the oil terminal near Spring Point. Check out Portland Breakwater Light (a.k.a., Bug Light) and its Grecian columns and learn about World War II-era shipbuilding at the Liberty Ship Memorial. Then head out on the South Portland Greenbelt Walkway. The trail initially passes a once heavily industrialized area and for some distance utilizes an abandoned railroad corridor through Ferry Village. After crossing a mixed-use neighborhood, the trail briefly borders a Fore River cove before crossing Cottage Road (be careful at this intersection) and a lovely park

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A bicyclist spins along the South Portland Greenbelt Walkway, a 5.7-mile paved trail that connects Bug Light Park on Portland Harbor with the Wainwright Recreational Complex to the southwest.

and skirting the busy Mill Creek commercial district. The Greenbelt Walkway’s greatest challenge lies at the Broadway-Waterman Drive intersection, where recreationists must carefully cross with the signals to continue south along Broadway. A side trip would involve crossing the Casco Bay Bridge — designed with bicyclists in mind — and connecting with Portland’s outstanding trail system. Stay with the South Portland Greenbelt Walkway, which skirts another Fore River cove while turning away from Broadway. Be alert while crossing Pleasantdale, a South Portland village; watch for directional signs around Chestnut Street and

Elm Street, because the trail soon turns left and follows a straight line behind several dead-end streets, including Minott and Burnham. The South Portland Greenbelt Walkway crosses Broadway at its extremely busy intersection with Evans Street. Cross with the traffic signals, then head south through a wooded region that represents just about as “wild” as nature can get in South Portland. Then the trail winds through the capped municipal landfill and woods and fields before reaching the Wainwright Recreation Complex, located on Gary L Maietta Way. Relax briefly here before heading northeast to Bug Light Park.

Outdoor recreationists use Bug Light Park in South Portland. From the park, the Greenbelt Walkway offers a scenic route across the city.


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