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After 30+ years in the record business in Los Angeles including long stints at Warner Bros. and DreamWorks Records, Marc consults and manages artists and has started an independent music label that concentrates on singer - songwriters. It’s called Mishara Music and is based here in Midcoast Maine. Marc writes about the national and local music business. Visit marc online at misharamusic.com & marcrescue. wordpress.com Write him at marcrescue@gmail.com or here at thescene@villagesoup.com

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and go off on an adventure, then write about it. It was fun and different. It was more my element. Then everything went dark. Before the dust could really settle, someone came in and switched back on that light. Not just to Newspaperland, but theSCENE as well. Things were different this time around though. I was no longer the “Sports girl”, I was in editorial, lending myself out to everyone, giving me a different flavor every day to taste. I was asked to be the editor for theSCENE, adding some salt and pepper to the dish I called work. As a master multi-tasker who specialized in time management and worked best with an overloaded plate, it was perfect. Until that little mouse that lives in the wall came out to visit and messed it all up. Time management became nearly impossible, making me frazzled. Newspaperland consumed more time than I had judged it would, causing setbacks to theSCENE. I was falling behind, like Mr. Mouse had tied a string to my chair at the dinner table and was pulling me away from my plate. Planning it all had been a piece of yummy double chocolate cake. Putting it together, wrangling all

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hy go back to college? For Fred Freuhan, 40, a student at University College at Rockland, the reasons abound. Although he recognizes that improving professionally and financially are excellent reasons to go back to school, they are not his primary objectives. Instead, Fred values most of all the experience and knowledge gained in college. “I want to explore the world and I want to explore myself,� he says. A high school dropout who spent 21 years away from formal education, Fred might be best described as “inquisitive�. Even away from college, Fred strove to educate himself independently, reading extensively on topics that interested him. A few years ago, when he was first drawn to the idea of going to college, it was because he felt that “a structured forum designed for education� would allow him to increase his knowledge

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will change and be enriched as a person, not just financially,� he says. Fred describes how attending URock and having the opportunity to participate in courses close to home has helped him: “It’s changed my view of myself, of who I am. It’s given me the confidence to publish some of my work; I never would have done that before. What it’s done, really, is that it’s connected me to people and opportunities I never knew existed. Education is a bridge for me to rejoin society after being disconnected for so many years as a high school dropout.� Fred’s advice to people considering returning to college can be summed up in one word: “Go.� He adds: “Some people in the world kill to have a chance to go to college. Education is accessible to us here in Maine. We’re so lucky to hvae this chance. Education is a privilege, and we should take advantage of it. I am lucky to be here.�

Courtney Watson York he hardest struggle for me is not knowing where I fit in. I can’t hear my own voice so I don’t know when I’m being too loud and some people get really angry with me because they don’t understand. Isolation is what I feel most often. It’s easier for me to keep to myself versus having to explain to others how I rely on lip reading. Being deaf doesn’t make me dumb. There’s no worse disability than ignorance.� The choice for selecting a college wasn’t hard for Courtney Watson York when she decided to go back to school. At the age of 38 and mother of one, Courtney Watson York chose to extend her education at University College at Rockland to better her life for her and her daughter Shyanne. She says she feels lucky to find a school that was close to home, her work and her loved ones. Courtney says she couldn’t be happier and enjoys the experience. She is a senior and is expected to graduated in

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August, majoring in Mental Health/ Human Services with a minor in Early Childhood. She’s hoping to work with children and families with disabilities. At the age of four months, Courtney developed spinal meningitis which in turn made her lose her hearing, and to this day she wears hearing aids. Growing up and attending public schools, Courtney faced the hard life of criticism. She had an auditory trainer. The teachers had to wear a microphone, and Courtney had to take speech classes. No one understood what it was like to not hear, so she was shut out and looked at as the outcast. “It’s hard for me to ask for help because I try to not have to explain why I need it. I want people to get to know me for who I am on the inside. I learn to adapt well, why can’t others adapt to me?� She was the only one in any of her classes and family who was hard of hearing. In high school it was harder (Student Continued Page 8)

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Down in Front By Daniel Dunkle

Michael Fassbender stars as an android named David. Dragon Tattoo”) heads a space mission are trying to invade our bodies and kill us to a remote planet following clues to all, exploding us inside out thing. That’s the beginning of mankind that she has pretty cool too. Unlike the first “Alien” found on various digs around the world. movie, this one tries to straddle two Essentially, the idea is that aliens came to central ideas. Where the first one wanted Earth a long time ago and seeded it either only to scare the crap out of you, this new on purpose or accidentally. On the space one is more muddled. ship Prometheus with her are a crew Ultimately, its weakness is that it’s way of pilots and engineers headed by the too ambitious for a two-hour-and-change fearless captain (Idris Elba). movie. There are too many characters, too Charlize Theron has really earned my many story lines, too many interesting respect here, playing the icy corporate scenes and big questions. As a result, executive Meredith Vickers. She’s as good some of the great setups seem to go here as she was in the new “Snow White” nowhere in the end. Most notably is the movie I watched a week ago. I like how unsatisfying resolution of the story of the she’s transcended the gorgeous blond aging Weyland Corp. tycoon played by thing to simply embody evil. She’s so Guy Pearce. mean in her recent movies, you almost A critical moment at the climax of the forget she’s pretty. story is sapped of its energy because it Michael Fassbender, another upwasn’t set up enough; its characters had and-comer, gives a mesmerizing barely seen any screen time leading up to performance as the android, David, an their key scene. ancestor of Ash and Bishop from the The whole thing leaves me conflicted. other “Alien” movies. Part of me is a purist for the original “Alien” At the heart of this movie are the and wants to reject this. Thing is, if you deepest questions of where we come have spaceships, androids and slimy from, who made us, why, and what monsters, chances are, I’ll be sitting in the role does faith play in the 21st century theater loving every minute. human’s search for meaning; all good stuff It doesn’t stand up as well as “Alien,” and fodder for a science fiction movie. which really was a simple concept. Movies Then there’s the whole, creepy aliens don’t need to be complicated. It’s also not

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as accessible or as satisfying in terms of story-telling as “Avatar.” In a way, my relationship with it can be summed up by a quote from the original “Alien.” “Ash: You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility. ...I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.” The same could be said of the first movie, perfect, pure, unclouded by lofty ambitions. There is where “Prometheus” falls short. That said, I can’t wait to see it again.

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herself. She works full time as a Center Coordinator for the Penquis Head Start Program and attends school at the University College at Rockland. The school is very convenient to where she works, lives and she she’s not far from her daughter in case of emergencies. She enjoys the school very much and her opinion on the teacher and their style is that “some teachers are better than others.” Courtney state that some are more understanding, and help her as much as they can. She prefers online classes because they are much easier for her and there is no listening involved. Courtney is very happy with her choice in choosing University College at Rockland because she is grateful to have school so close to home, and the support within the community is accommodating to her busy life.

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appy July 4! There are just some culinary traditions that us New Englanders, alone, keep alive every year. Even though some of you don’t adhere to all three of these, salmon, strawberries and fresh peas are relished in some manner by most of us. So without talking throughout this entire column, let me give you my best recipes that truly brings out the goodness and freshness of each.

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Simple Pasta and Snap Salad If using snap peas, remember that the young, small peas don’t need the string removed. Only the larger, more mature pods should have this taken off. You can substitute Snow peas for Snap if desired. The only difference being that Snap peas are rounded while Snow pods are flat. 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces 1/2 lb. bow-tie pasta 1/2 lb. sugar snap peas or snow peas, trimmed 3 T. olive oil 2/4 c. shredded Parmesan-Reggiano cheese 1/2 t. black pepper 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved Add asparagus to large pot of boiling water. Cook until just crisp-tender. Transfer to bowl of cold water using slotted spoon. Cool asparagus slightly and drain. Add pasta to same pot of water and boil until just tender but still firm to bite. Add sugar snap peas and boil 2 minutes. Add asparagus and heat through. Drain well. Return pastavegetable mixture to pot. Add oil and toss to coat. Add cheese, pepper and tomatoes; toss to combine.

Salmon Cakes with Cucumber Sauce Now I know many of you would prefer to use fresh salmon fillets for your outing, and by all means do so. Just fully cook the fillets, cool and break apart. Sauce: 1 c. peeled, seeded(if desired) and chopped cucumber 1 c. plain yogurt 1/2 t. cumin 1 t. minced garlic Salmon Cakes: 1(14 oz.)can red salmon, drained 3 T. minced, seeded cucumber 2 T. dried chives 1 c. fresh bread crumbs 2 T. lime juice 1 t. hot pepper sauce 1/4 t. each of salt and black pepper 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 T. vegetable oil

To prepare sauce, combine cucumber, yogurt, cumin and garlic in a small bowl; set aside. To prepare salmon cakes, remove bones and skin from salmon. Place the bread crumbs, cucumber, chives, lime juice, hot sauce, salt and pepper and eggs in a large bowl, mix well. Fold in the salmon and mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix. Divide mixture into 8 patties. Heat half the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 patties; cook 4 minutes. flip and cook 4 additional minutes or until browned. Repeat with remaining oil and salmon cakes. Serve warm with sauce drizzled over the top or place salmon cakes on top of the sauce that has been spooned on the plate.

Sweet and Tart Yankee Strawberries 1 pint halved, fresh strawberries 3 T. brown sugar 3 T. maple syrup 1 T. balsamic vinegar Pinch red pepper flakes 1 c. yogurt 1/2 c. chopped pistachios Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl; cover and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes. Spoon strawberries evenly into each of 4 bowls. Top each with equal amounts of yogurt and garnish with chopped pistachios.

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Finding Maine: Fuller hails from California. After moving around, she settled in New York before making the trek to Maine. It was the Maine Media Workshop in Rockport that called to her. She heard of an opportunity that summer to be a part of the staff, so she packed up and headed out to do an internship. Loving MMW so much, she applied

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to be a student at the end of that summer. After completing a year of schooling, Fuller had all intentions of returning to New York. “I wasn’t feeling like I was getting to be who I wanted to be,” she said of living in the Big Apple. She added that New York was about who you knew. In Maine, she discovered, it’s about who you are. Before the move to Maine, Fuller had been in the habit of moving every 2 years. When it came to that mark and she knew she really just wanted to stay, the Midcoast area became her home. She’s been here for going on five years. “I love the midcoast,” she said of her new home area. While living in Maine, Fuller has had the opportunity to have her own studio, she’s also currently working with the Farnsworth Museum in their education department. “It puts me involved in the community,” she said.

Nicole Fuller with a model wearing Fuller’s clothing design during the 2011 WRFR Spring Fashion Show rehearsal.

Photography: “It all comes back to photography.” Fuller has her space on the second floor of 407 Main Street that’s not dedicated to the work of others, but her own pieces that she herself chooses to display. “It’s amazing to just have a space that I can open up and show my work,” she says looking around the space. Currently Fuller has many large black and white pictures she took while on a trip to Uganda where she taught photography to children. The photos were also the ones that were displayed in her first solo show at Asymmetrick Arts in May of 2011. The exhibit was called Alebtong. “It gave me the opportunity to work with Jared Cohn,” she says of the exhibit. Her photos are a little fuzzy, a bit out of focus and completely unique. She considers herself to be an abstract photographer.

On various art mediums:

Fuller, back, puts finishing touches on one of her clothing designs.

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Although a photographer, Fuller has been doing a lot more film work recently. She says it’s not necessarily because she loves one medium over the other.

“Both mediums speak to one another. The transition makes sense,” she explains. She adds that there are different aspects of creating a film and feels it speaks to her. “I have a need to be creative all the time,” she said. Fuller made a transition into fashion in the summer of 2010. Tying her photography into the fashion, she took her own images and screen printed them onto the fabrics. She said that it was important to incorporate her photography with the designs. She says that stepping into the world of fashion was good for her soul. She also said that doing fashion and having a fashion show at Asymmetric Arts in 2010 gave her the opportunity to branch out into nature and people photography. When speaking of her venture into moving film, she talks about photography being such a pivotal and essential process, but says that she’s feels there’s an end to it. “There’s a print, and that’s it,” she said. Whereas with film, there’s more. Fuller has expresses an interest in combining film and photography together. She’s currently working on a documentary with the Farnsworth and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists.

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Hurdles and inspirations: The biggest hurdle Fuller has faced has been not having any direction and not being able to find her voice. “Taking all of these pictures and not knowing what to do with them,” she said. MMW helped her turn that corner. She found photography a tool to connect with herself, something she says is important to her. She learned how to let her own photography speak to her. Brenton Hamilton, a teacher at MMW was Fuller’s biggest influence. She says Hamilton is an amazing photographer and teacher. She adds that the growth she’s had since school has been because of Hamilton, saying that he helped her find herself as an artist. “I owe my accomplishments as a photographer to him,” she said.

On Blooming Cards: Fuller, while still in New York, began making Blooming Cards. The cards

PHOTO BY: NICOLE FULLER

are made on seeded paper and can be planted in the ground. “They’re marketable, you can make money,” she said. Fuller says she was interested early on and felt that it was a good way to get her photography out there. She explains that she started by making cards for friends, adding that she wanted more personalized cards. Looking for card stock online, she came across seeded paper. “I like the idea of it going back into the Earth,” she said, adding that she also liked that it keeps giving. She hoped it would be a self-sustaining business. “It’s my guilty pleasure,” she admits, but says it’s been put on the back burner at the moment. Blooming Cards can be found at Rockport Blueprint in Camden.

Advice: First thing that Fuller said was to not be intimidated by the equipment side of photography. She says that you can always achieve something regardless of what you have for equipment. “I’m a minimalist [with my equipment],” she said. “I believed it was all possible,” she explains. “I had to create jobs for myself.” Seeing and knowing what is needed in the community is key. Fuller notes that the community is hungry for it. She also feels that in New York, that wasn’t possible. The Mid Coast area allows that she feels, saying that there are more needs here. “It doesn’t have to be up to someone else.”

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Books (non-fiction, combined print)

1. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 2. Prometheus 3. Snow White and the Huntsman 4. That’s My Boy 5. Rock of Ages 6. MIB 3 7. The Avengers 8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 9. Moonrise Kingdom 10. What to Expect When You’re Expecting

1. The Ameteur (Edward Klein) 2. It Worked for Me (Colin Powell w/ Tony Koltz) 3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot) 4. The Garden of Beasts (Erik Larson) 5. The Passage of Power (Robert A. Caro) 6. Killing Lincoln (Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard) 7. My Cross to Bear (Gregg Allman with Alan Light) 8. Heaven is for Real (Todd Burpo w/ Lynn Vincent) 9. Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand) 10. The Art of Intelligence (Henry A. Crumpton)

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1. “Call Me Maybe” Carly Rae Jepsen 2. “Home” Phillip Phillips 3. “Payphone” Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa 4. “Somebody I Used to Know” Gotye feat. Kimbra 5. “Starships” Nicki Minaj 6. “We Are Young” fun. feat. Janelle Monae 7. “Back in Time” Pitbull 8. “Where Have You Been?” Rihanna 9. “Boyfriend” Justin Bieber 10. “Wild Ones” Flo Rida feat. Sia

1. 50 Shades of Grey (E.L. James) 2. 50 Shades Darker (E.L. James) 3. 50 Shades Freed (E.L. James) 4. Mocking Jay (Suzanne Collins)

Albums 1. Born and Raised (John Mayer) 2. 21 (Adele) 3. Blown Away (Carrie Underwood) 4. Apocalyptic Love (Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) 5. Up All Night (One Direction) 6. Tuskegee (Lionel Ritchie) 7. Hurt and The Healer (MercyMe) 8. Once Upon Another Time (Sara Bareilles) 9. Now 42 (Various) 10. ...Little Broken Hearts (Norah Jones)

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Books (fiction, combined print)

5. A Kiss Before Dying (Ira Levin) 6. Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins) 7. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) 8. Gone Girl: A Novel (Gillian Flynn) 9. On the Island (Tracey Garvis-Graves) 10. The Long Way Home (Karen McQuestion)

Video Games 1. Diablo III (PC, Mac) 2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (XBox 360) 3. Just Dance 3 (Wii) 4. Battlefield 3 (XBox 360) 5. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (XBox 360) 6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3) 7. Zumba Fitness (Wii) 8. Kinect Sports (XBox 360 Kinect) 9. Prototype 2 (XBox 360) 10. Battlefield 3 (PS3)

iPad/iPhone downloads (free) 1. Men In Black 3 (game) 2. LinkedIn 3. Highway Rider 4. Draw Something 5. Bike Race

6. Skype 7. Temple Run 8. Ice Village 9. Paper (by fifty-three) 10. Angry Birds HD

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BELFAST, Maine

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The Brooklin Inn ome folks discover Brooklin, Maine because of its renowned wooden boat industry. Others come to catch a glimpse of local artists and writers at work or to explore E.B. White’s history. Then there is, of course, always a wedding or other event happening on Flye Point. For whatever reason, visitors to Brooklin can’t help but encounter the Brooklin Inn, across from the library and beside the Post Office. Hosted by Chip and Gail Angell, it’s a place time hasn’t corrupted with fast food menus and offers a personal touch you probably haven’t experienced in years. Nonetheless, there’s Wi-Fi and cell phone service to connect you with rest of the world, should you choose. A popular reason to visit Brooklin Inn is its fine dining. The inn’s new chef, Tyson Budd, is a Cordon Bleu graduate from Texas with an impressive resume, which includes Yellowstone Hotel and busiest restaurant and microbrewery in all of Montana, Aleworks. He’s up to the challenge of serving local Maine seafood and New England fare with an international flare. “I especially look forward to working with local people making a living off the land and sea,” he says. “I’m thrilled to be here and feel fortunate to wash the dirt off the veggies when I get them.” The inn has been supporting local organic farmers and fishermen for twelve years. Chef Tyson, also a hobby farmer, even plans to grow some greens and herbs right in the inn’s backyard this summer. Want to relax and enjoy some simple pleasures in life to the fullest? Drift back in time and head downeast to the Brooklin Inn, known for its classic B & B lodging, local organic fine dining, superb hospitality, Irish Pub, and one of the most comprehensive award winning wine lists you’ll find anywhere. Reservations are suggested, www.brooklininn.com.

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Hike & Paddle

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By Tom Seymour

Top outdoor destinations in Waldo and Knox counties W

aldo and Knox Counties abound in scenic hiking trails and canoe and kayak destinations. These include hikes to mountaintops with spectacular scenic vistas, walks on Penobscot Bay and through saltmarshes, flatwater canoe trips on scenic ponds and thoroughfares and down slow, winding rivers flowing through unspoiled wetlands. While these destinations represent only a small number of the choice trips available in the region, they present a good overall picture of what these two counties have to offer. They are:

Hiking Trails Bald Rock Mountain Maiden Cliff Fernald’s Neck Rockland Breakwater Frye Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA)

Canoe/Kayak Trips Goose River Knight Pond Sandy Stream Ruffingham Meadow Carlton Pond

Hiking All hikes here fall into the day hike category and most are easily accomplished in between one and three hours. To assist in locating trailheads and launch sites, DeLorme’s The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer (MAG) references are included.

James Dorso WMU PHOTO BY: TOM SEYMOUR

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Bald Rock Mountain The 1,100-foot elevation summit of Bald Rock features spectacular, panoramic views of upper Penobscot Bay, including Islesboro and the hills of Blue Hill peninsula. To find the trailhead from Route 1 in Lincolnville Beach, take Route 173 west for 3 miles to the junction of Youngtown Road on the left. There, see the parking lot and trailhead for the Ski Shelter trail. The hike begins as an easy, gradual ascent but nearing the summit, it quickly gets steep. Look for switchbacks, with some stone steps. The view from the summit serves as a View from Maiden’s Cliff, Camden. PHOTO BY: HOLLY VANORSE SPICER more-than ample reward for energy expended in the hike. Youngtown Corner and shortly past that, look for Find Bald Rock Mountain and its trailhead on Fire Road 50, on the left. Find Fernald’s Neck on MAG, Map 14, C-4. MAG, Map 14, C-3. Maiden Cliff Rockland Breakwater The 1.8-mile hike to the summit of Maiden Cliff This one-mile walk on a granite breakwater at rates as easy, but with a few steep sections. The the mouth of Rockland Harbor takes the visitor to a view, though, has everything to recommend it. world of working lobster fishermen, seabirds, open From the top, near a cross erected to the memory ocean on one side and protected harbor on the of an 11-year-old girl who fell to her death in 1864, other. Rockland Lighthouse serves as a well-earned hikers have a bird’s-eye view of Megunticook reward at the hike’s end. In season, the lighthouse Lake, Ragged and Bald Mountains and portions of and gift shop is open to visitors. Penobscot Bay. From Rockland, head north on U.S. Route 1 The trailhead, on Route 52, just and see Waldo Avenue on the right. Then, from across from the public boat landing a sign for Shore Access Road, drive 1.4 miles to on Megunticook Lake, is indicated on the parking lot and trailhead. Find Rockland MAG, Map 14, C-3. Breakwater and Jameson Point on MAG, Map 14, Fernald’s Neck E-4. A walk out on Fernald’s Neck Frye Mountain seems a nice way to complement a Frye Mountain is a mountain in the Frye hike up Maiden Cliff. This peninsula, Mountain Wildlife Management Unit, owned by the much of it owned by The Nature Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Conservancy, neatly bisects (DIF&W). Managed for wildlife habitat, the entire Megunticook Lake. Several trails, some parcel offers miles of trail, hills, fields and even of which lead through wetlands and a panoramic view from its namesake mountain. one to a scenic bluff on Megunticook To reach Frye Mountain from Belfast, drive west Lake, comprise the hike. on Route 137 for 10 miles and turn left at Fosters Find the trailhead from Camden Corner. Follow unpaved Getchell Road for about by driving north on Route 52 to 3 miles, passing a metal gate, to a rough road on

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the left. This is the old Fire Tower Road, and the trailhead for the Frye Mountain hike. Find the trailhead on MAG, Map 14, A-2.

Canoe/Kayak Trips Goose River The Belfast canoe landing on Swan Lake Avenue, or Route 141, approximately 2 miles north of the intersection with U.S. route 1, puts the paddler on Upper Mason Pond, a flow-through pond on Goose River, an exit stream from Swan Lake. After launching, head north up the pond and then follow the channel of Goose River to a bridge crossing on Smart Road. This winds through a wetland, with lots of wildlife, including great blue herons, ospreys, ducks, Canada geese, bitterns, yellow warblers, deer and other mammals. The river abounds in pickerel and yellow perch and also contains largemouth bass. Look for the boat launch on MAG, Map 14, A-4.

Rockland Breakwater PHOTO BY: TOM SEYMOUR

Knight Pond Set in the shadow of 729-foot Ducktrap Mountain, Knight Pond lies in the center of a large wetland. By launching at the gravel landing at the end of Knight Pond Road, paddlers can access the entire pond and also, go through a scenic thoroughfare linking Knight Pond to Pitcher Pond, another scenic pond surrounded by near and distant hills. From U.S. Route 1 in Northport, drive west on Beech Hill Road and then drive 2.4 miles to the intersection with Knight Pond Road. Turn south on Knight Pond Road and drive approximately 3.9 miles to the landing. Look for Knight Pond on MAG, map 14, C-4 and C-5. Carlton Pond PHOTO BY: TOM SEYMOUR Sandy Stream directly off Route 3 in Searsmont. Sandy Stream, the outlet from Unity Pond, or Lake This 610-acre impoundment hosts many Winnecook, leaves the pond by flowing different species of waterfowl, probably due to beneath a railroad trestle and then the wild rice planted there about 60 years ago by winding through a vast, scenic wetland. DIF&W. The channel of its feeder stream, Bartlett The stream has lots of bends and twists, Brook, describes a somewhat circuitous course beckoning the paddler to continue on through the impoundment. This is a short, scenic, and see what new vista awaits. must-do paddle for anyone visiting the area. Launch a canoe or kayak at the See Ruffingham Meadow depicted on MAG, boat landing on Unity Pond. To reach Map 14, B-2. the landing from Depot Street in Unity, Carlton Pond drive directly across Main Street to The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service owns and Kanokolus Road and follow that to administers Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production the end, where a parking lot, concrete Area. This consists of a 1,055-acre pond, marsh and ramp and attached dock await. Find wetland. Bird watchers appreciate the place for the landing at Unity Pond on MAG, its variety of waterfowl as well as the endangered map 21, D-5. black tern. Slender blue flag, a plant on the Maine Ruffingham Meadow list of threatened species, also grows here. Ruffingham Meadow, an To find the small parking area and canoe impoundment at the James Dorso launch site, drive for 1 mile on Bog Road from Wildlife Management Area, has a small its intersection with Ward Hill Road in Troy. See parking area and gravel boat launch Carlton Pond on MAG, Map 22, C-1.

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Derby

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Meet the

Rock Coast Rollers

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he girls of the Rock Coast Rollers may have had their first home bout on June 2 at the Mid Coast Recreation Center, but they’ve been working hard for over a year. RCR has been traveling all over New England to square off against other teams. This summer, they have many matches scheduled on their home turf. The roster of skaters includes (with both real and skate names included): Whitney “Brawler D. Lite” Carpentier, Sheyawn “Mistress of the

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Knife” Innes, Amy “RUde Beckla” Libby, Zoe “Roll Doll” Foster, Maryanne “Sinner of Gravity” Seredynski, Leila “Scarina” Percy, Reba “Roto Tilda” Richardson, Jammie “January Jonesin’ “ Murphy, Heather “Hard Dash” Steeves, Amanda “Wheel Crazy” Sprowl, Kristen “Chain Lynx” Eckman, Jennifer “Ginny Wheelsley” Willette, Merydeth “Ice Cream Truck Full of Angry Bees” Lynn, Robin “Booty Thrasher” Snell, Quincy “Ivana Causepain” McCarthy and Laurel “59 Inch Nail” Butler-Pierce.

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Dee “Atomic Mauly” Obuchon, Brionna “Hedda Flame” Barton, Adina “Schrodinger’s Catfight” Baseler, Mandy “Dynamo Daisy” Baker, Meg “Bristol Smashin’ “ Patterson, Amie “Sk8 Plissken” Hutchison, Bethany “Hurricane Bethany” McNelly-Davis, Manette “Mad Madim Mim” Pottle, Erin “Iron Orchid” Darnell, Jennifer “Sookie Stacked” Munson, Kate “Oxidizer” Chandler, Sarah “VegeMighty Slamwitch” Bartz, Hannah “No Heart” Gray, Carolyn “Vengeful Vegan” Marriner, Jody “Needle Stix” Dinsmore and Emma “Raging Dilemma” Theobolds.

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Schedule of upcoming bouts include: Saturday, July 14 — Away vs. Shipyard Sirens (St. John, NB) Saturday, July 21 — Home match Saturday, Aug. 18 — Home match Saturday, Aug. 25 — Away vs. Twin City Riot Want to learn more about RCR? Follow them on Facebook or visit their site at rockcoastrollers.weebly.com.

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Wine

scene By Jenna Lookner

Local wineries offer tastings and tours

In the vineyard at Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery.

COURTESY OF: HOLLY SAVAGE

nce a relatively unusual concept in Midcoast Maine, local wineries have been springing up with moderate regularity over the past few years.

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Cellardoor Winery, Lincolnville and Rockport Since Cellardoor owner and President of the Maine Winery Guild Bettina Doulton purchased the Lincolnville property in 2007 it has been regarded as a pioneer of the Midcoast wine scene. With the tasting room located in a thoughtfully renovated 200year-old barn, Cellardoor also has a stateor-the-art winery on the 68-acre Lincolnville flagship property. The original barn overlooks the 5-and-a-half acre vineyard

Keith Bodine of Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery pours a sample during an event in May. PHOTO BY: JULIETTE LAAKA

where Cellardoor cultivates a variety of hardy vines hand-selected to withstand the climate in Maine. Additionally, Cellardoor owns and operates a “villa” on Route. 1 in Rockport. The villa is designed to offer visitors a wine-tasting and shopping experience closer to town. The villa property is known locally as “the yellow house” and offers daily tastings in a convenient, centrally located setting. Cellardoor Winery is regarded for it’s presence in the community and is associated with a variety of annual events including Pop! the Cork on June 28, Open Farm Day on July 22 and their annual Vinfest later in the fall.They offer a variety of red, white and specialty wines. The Vineyard — located at 367 Youngtown Road in Lincolnville — is open annually April through December, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and during the winter by appointment. For more information or a listing of special events call 763-4478. The Villa — located at 47 West St. in Rockport — is open April through October from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information call 236-2654.

Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery, Union Wines from Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville. SOURCE: FACEBOOK

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Since 1985 Elmer and Holly Savage have operated their 95-acre Union farm. Since they purchased the property from

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Elmer’s parents in 2000 it has evolved into a productive farm and winery. Initially the Savages farmed sheep and Belted Galloway cattle on the property and they continue to maintain a herd of Belted Galloways. The Savages were inspired to make wine when they began seeking a valueadded product they could produce using the existing assets on their land, including abundant blueberry fields. After some exploration the Savages elected to delve into planting grapes on their property as well. They presently have four acres of grapes planted representing 10 different grape varieties. Savage Oakes offers naturally raised beef and pork in addition to their selection of wines. Their two sons raise heritage breed chickens and sell eggs on site. Savage Oakes offers personal and group tours of the vineyard and farm representing the diverse agricultural undertakings on their property. The tours run about 45 minutes and conclude with a wine tasting. Their wine varietals include a selection of reds, whites, blush wines and blueberry wines. Many of their selections are produced using 100 percent Maine grown grapes while other Maine vineyards often source grapes from other vineyards outside the state. Savage Oakes is open Mid-may through October from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is located at 174 Barrett Hill Road in Union. For more information call 785-2828.

Breakwater Vineyards, Owls Head In 2007 Bill and Jeanne Johnson of Cape Cod realized their longstanding dream when they purchased the 32acre Owls Head property that is now Breakwater Vineyards. After purchasing the property, the couple set to work planting grapes and have expanded their vineyard to include nine different types of grapes during the past five years. The historic property was originally a dairy farm and operated as a horse farm in the years directly before the Johnson’s purchased it. The Johnsons said they are committed to growing their grapes in a sustainable way with respect and stewardship for the ecology of the farmland. They presently offer an assortment of eight wines and debuted three new wines for the 2012 season: Bees Knees Mead, Rose’ Rugosa and Sea Smoke. The vineyard is named after the mile-long breakwater that protects Rockland Harbor and a portion of the proceeds from wine sales are donated to assisting in the restoration of the historic Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. In addition to the vineyard, the Johnsons have six dairy goats and a black Labrador retriever. They welcome visitors to enjoy a wine tasting in their tasting room or a tour of the vineyard Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day. Breakwater Vineyards is located at 35 Ash Point Drive in Owls Head. More information can be obtained by calling 594-1721.

Breakwater Vineyards in Owls Head. COURTESY OF: BREAKWATER VINEYARDS

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Horse power at Oyster River Winegrowers. SOURCE: FACEBOOK

Oyster River Winegrowers and Tasting Room, Warren and Thomaston In 2008 Brian Smith and Allie Willenbrink began planting grapes on their farm in Warren. Their eventual goal is to plant 10 acres of grapes on their 57-acre homestead property. Smith’s eventual goal is to source all of the grapes used in production from their farm, which practices sustainable methods and is cultivated using the family’s pair of draft horses. Willenbrink grows vegetables on the property and the couple open their farm for Plein Air pizza and wine nights every first and third Tuesday of the month beginning in May. The evenings feature pizza from Uproot Pie Co. and ice cream from Stone Fox Creamery in addition to wines — available by the glass or to purchase and take home by the bottle — in a relaxed, familyfriendly atmosphere. Widely recognized in 2009 after they debuted their Villager White, Oyster River’s wines have made waves across the area. Smith has worked in the past with nearby Cellardoor to assist in developing wines. Recently Oyster River Winegrowers has teamed up with Terra Optima Farm to offer meats, cheeses, locally roasted coffee and locally-focused specialty products in their Thomaston tasting room. The peach-colored shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and is located at 12 Oyster River Road in Thomaston. The wine and pizza suppers are located on the Warren

Farm at 929 Oyster River Road in Warren. The shop can be reached at 354-7177 and the farm can be reached at 273-2998.

Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, Union Regarded for their nationallyrenowned Back River Gin, Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery has a lot to offer. From their winery to burgeoning microdistillery — soon to add Maine’s first whiskey to it’s roster — Sweetgrass is a good destination for those in search of a diverse tasting experience. Sweetgrass Farm offers a selection of fruit wines and ports including apple, cranberry, blueberry and peach. Their spirits are traditionally distilled using a copper still. In addition to Back River Gin, Sweetgrass Farm offers Three Crow Rum and a cranberry-infused gin as well as fruit brandies. Sweetgrass is family-run and operates with a backdrop of social consciousness. The farm’s Union property opens up to offer panoramic views of the Medomak River and is surrounded by hiking trails. Sweetgrass is “firmly rooted in the community” according to a statement from owner Keith Bodine. They donate 10 percent of all profits to organizations that benefit families, children and rural life. Sweetgrass Farms Winery and Distillery is open daily for tastings and shopping from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They’re located at 347 Carroll Road in Union. For more information call 7853024.

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Business

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At the Loyal Biscuit Co.

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uestion and answer with Heidi and Joel Neal, owners of the Loyal Biscuit Company. The Neals own stores in three locations in the Mid-Coast area that have found success in the two years of operation. Location(s): 442 Main St., Rockland ~ 39 Mechanic St, Camden ~ 1 Belmont Ave, Reny’s Plaza, Belfast Year started: “We purchased Rockland in January of 2010; opened Belfast in June 2011; and acquired Camden in February 2012.” What type of business do you have? “We are a pet specialty store, focusing on healthy nutrition for dogs and cats, as well as cool collars, toys, beds and more. All three locations also offer self-serve dog wash stations.” How did it get started? “Loyal Biscuit Co. really just fell into our laps. I made the comment to Joel that I thought owning the LBC would be fun and he encouraged me to contact the owners. Little did we know at the time, the store was actually for sale. Both of us have always wanted to own a business, just never really knew what type or how to even get started. When this opportunity presented itself, we decided that I should leave my career in banking and take a chance on this, and it was a great move for us.”

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Was having your own business a life goal for you? “Not really. It was always one of things that ‘Gee, wouldn’t it be cool to own our own business,’ but we never had any idea of what it would be, or what it would entail. I always thought for sure that I would be in banking forever.” What was your biggest challenge in starting your business? “We purchased an existing business, so a lot of that early, hard, beginning leg work was already done. The biggest challenge when taking over was learning a completely new industry; understanding our products, ordering and cash flow; and learning how we can truly help our customers. Since growing the business, scheduling my time appropriately so that I am running the business, not just working in the business has been a huge challenge, as well building a fabulous team. We have a great staff, but finding the right people that fit your family can certainly be hard.” Biggest hurdle you’ve come to during the time your business has been open? “I think we are actually facing our biggest hurdle right now - with the addition of Camden, my time is spread even more thinly than before, We take our time in hiring so that we can make sure we have the right person to join our team. Building a great team of people that we have confidence in running the stores so my time can be focused on

other areas of the business is a big hurdle for us.” What do you like about having a business where yours is located? “We have three great locations that are all very different. We love being on Main Street in Rockland - the vibe of downtown is amazing and Rockland Main Street and the Chamber have done such a great job at promoting Rockland as a destination, making summers incredibly fun as we get to meet people from all over the world that all share a common passion - their pets! Camden is very new for us, but we have been very welcomed by everyone there. Belfast is great, we love being in the plaza - we have great neighbors and plenty of parking!” Looking back at the start of your business, is there anything you’d do differently? “Amazingly, no, at least not on a major scale. There are small things we have learned from and would do differently if we had the chance again - things like products ordered,

events attended or not, etc., but in the major scheme of things, there really isn’t much we would change at all!” What are you looking forward to for the future of your business? “We are looking forward to building our family of employees, which will allow me to focus more on events, education and finding new products that can help our customers and their pets. We also have some exciting ideas that we are working on and new flavors for our treat line, Fidelis Biscuit Co., so the future holds a lot of opportunity for us!” Any advice for those looking to start their own business venture? “LOVE what you do. For us, the business has become our life as we work to make it grow and succeed. We spend 24 hours a day talking about dog and cat food, products, ideas, and more. If we didn’t love it or weren’t passionate about it, we would quickly tire and burn out from all of the work it takes to make a small business succeed.”

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ith the economy on the very slow uphill battle to recovery, money in most households is pretty tight. More households are pinching their pennies whether their a single person household or a family. Magazines, television shows, websites and blogs are popping up all over to help people come up with fun ideas for nights out, nights in, trips, food and more - all on a small budget, virtually free or completely free. Dinner is often the hardest meal to plan on a budget, especially a healthy and filling one. The cost of groceries rising, people are looking for more ideas for that dinner on a dime. For a quick dinner for maybe you and a friend or that special someone, Better Homes and Gardens offers a very budget friendly dinner in Mama’s Amazing Ziti, serving six people at around $2 per person. Ingredients: 1 lb 95% lean ground beef

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2c shredded carrot 2 10 3/4 oz cans reduced-fat and reduced-sodium condensed tomato soup 2 1/2c water 8oz drive cut zit pasta (about 2 1/2 c) 2tbls snipped fresh basil or 2tsp dried crushed basil 1 tsp onion powder 1tst garlic powder 1c shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 1/4c shredded parm cheese Directions: In a 4 quart Dutch oven, cook ground beef and shredded carrot over medium heat until meat is brown. Drain off fat. Stir tomato soup, the water, uncooked ziti, dried basil (if using), onion powder and garlic powder into meat mixture in Dutch oven. Bring mixture to a boil; reducing heat. Cover and cook about 25 minutes, or until ziti is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in fresh basil (if using) and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle individual servings with Parm cheese. In the mood for something a little more summerish? Grilling is big in the warm months and Budge Bytes on Blogspot.com has a great recipe for Balsamic Beef Kebabs. Serving six people (two kebabs a piece), the recipe totals in at just under $3 per person. Ingredients: 2 lb. top round roast 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp salt to taste pepper 2 medium bell peppers 1 large red onion 8 oz. button mushrooms 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp olive oil

Balsamic Beef Kebabs COURTESY OF: BUDGET BYTES Directions: Cut the beef roast into one inch cubes (or 36 pieces of roughly the same size). In a small bowl combine 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 tsp of salt, and some freshly cracked black pepper. Pour the marinade into a zip top bag, add the beef cubes, and marinate for at least an hour. Lightly wipe off the mushrooms and cut each one in half. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with the remaining 2 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp of olive oil, a pinch of salt, and some more pepper. Toss the mushrooms to coat, and refrigerate until you’re ready to make the kebabs. Just before you’re ready to make the kebabs, cut the bell pepper and red onion into one inch pieces. Preheat the broiler on high. Take the meat and mushrooms out of the refrigerator and begin to build your kebabs. If you cut 36 pieces of beef, make sure each kebab has 3 pieces. Coat a broiler pan with non-stick spray. Place the kebabs on top (6 at a time). Adjust the oven rack so that the top of the broiler pan will be about 4-5 inches from the heat source. Place the kebabs in the oven and broil for 5-7 minutes, turn the kebabs over, and broil for another 5-7 minutes on the second side. Every oven is different, so check your first batch after 3-4 minutes. You will want to flip the kebabs when they have achieved a crispy brown exterior. Use that time as a guide for the rest of your kebabs.

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Sounds like: Reggae, Hip-hop, Unity Music Influences: Bob Marley, Bobby McFerrin, Eyrkah Badu, conscious artists How long have you been making your music? “I have been dreaming about music since I was 13, I knew it was going to play a large roll in my life. I used to day dream about being on a stage in school. Always thinking of sounds and hearing instruments in my head. Music people told me [it] was a silly dream, so no one ever helped me grasp this love. Thus it was a few years before I embraced who I was and stopped trying to make other people happy. I didn’t really find my place until 2008. I had been practicing my sound for a couple years and moved to Burlington, Vt. At the time I had taught myself the guitar, didgeridoo, beat-boxing, harmonica and a wide range of percussion instruments, including the Djembe and the drum set. I really found a positive place to let my music grow and the community that really supported people in their art/music. That is where I took off in the music world. My first two albums were recorded in Vermont. It was about bringing people together for the love of music and a conscious message to help unite our minds. I would burn a few hundred copies and walk around the city handing out copies to anyone, asking for a donation mainly to pay for more blank discs.” Growing up, what were your inspirations in the music world? “When I was young I really like to listen to old Metal bands [like] Sepultura, Slayer, White Zombie, and classical music I heard on the radio. The band Sepultura came from Brazil in the 80s. Other than their amazing talent for

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Q&A with Freedom based music artist, Vizionary music, they also fused their sound with the tribal music of their region. When I began to overstand* their lyrics, it opened my eyes to the Political world around me. Despite their brutal sound, the band sang about Corporate abuse, Bio Technology, and the Capitalist monster consuming the people. When I read about who inspired this group, they said Bob Marley. So I turned to Bob to hear what he had to say. This forever changed who I was and really solidified the path I knew I was already on. I heard Bob when I was 14 and from the very first song, I knew there was something in his music that the world needed. He stood to compassion, respect and equality for all people. The music was heavy, pulsating like the footsteps of a million people marching for justice, and yet simple and pure enough all people could overstand the message. I also have always loved Bobby McFerrin. He taught me that we can do anything, and our voice in endless in it’s capabilities for sound. The music I have been hearing in my head since a child, could finally flow from me knowing that I didn’t need an instrument to make music. All I needed was me! He taught me that we all have a song in us.” *Overstand: A word used in the Rastafari community instead of Understand. We think to say “understand” you remain under the issues in your life. So we say “overstand” so that we see the issue, and then move forward and grow. We feel the our words have a large effect on our everyday mental & physical balance. So we must remain conscious of the vibrations we send out to the world.

What’s it like being a musician in Maine? “Being in Maine makes for a quiet place to create music, but a difficult place to get gigs. I feel my style of music can be hard to sell to many pubs who like the County/ Rock musical atmosphere. So when I come around with reggae music, talking about our overall human potential, some folks think I’m crazy. On the other hand, I find people like when I play didgeridoo on the street & sell my paintings. I love to busk on the streets, meeting the passing folk.” What has been your biggest hurdle in your journey? “So far it has been money. I came from a poor background and have built what I have with a penny in my pocket. I live on a homestead, off the grid, out in Freedom. I work by candle power and record with solar energy. I must stay simple in my material world while I learn who I am, learn inner balance. My work is to bring people the message of ‘One Love’. My relationship with the people has been humble. It is more important to me to give people positive music and art, than to ask for money, money, money. I know if what I am doing is conscious and for the progress of our Unity; than the Universe will provide in the future. I learned when I was young to take my time, for our illusion of time is what holds us back

from following our dreams. I would love to earn a living off my music, and if it meant to be, than it is already in the works. If not, I have met thousands of beautiful people and left them with some cool music, paintings or something to think about. That alone is Jah work.” Have you performed your music live? “I have played with Catch A Vibe, a local reggae band, in Portland & Brunswick. I also have performed in Unity, Me., and on WERUfm. I have a couple gigs lined up this summer at farmers markets, and I will have a booth during the Beltek Festival this August. My paintings will be on display along with music.” Album(s): First album: Jah Music 2008 Second album: Truth, Unity & Music 2009 Third album: Third-I 2012 Available for download/purchase: ‘ Third-I’ is on itunes, eMusic, Zune, Spotify, Rhapsody, AmazonMp3 and BandCamp.com Advice to musicians in the area just starting out? “Learn to do without doing. Let your music be you, try not to control too much. Be you. Take to the streets, and give out a lot of music. Poppy music will last as long as the fad, but conscious music will lead people forever. So be conscious of your words.”

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Summer Solstice Celebration By Richard Ruggiero

he Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s tilt is most inclined towards the sun. Though the summer solstice is an instant in time, the term is also used to refer to the day on which it occurs. The day on which Summer Solstice occurs is the day of the year with the longest period of daylight, which works out great for us, with more daylight to try some great beers? And with more and more craft brewers upcoming continually, the flavor profiles will be plenty full. So join beer lovers across the nation in celebration of the Solstice, except if you live in the Polar Regions, where daylight is continuous for many months during the spring and summer. Lucky dogs! Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most cultures have held recognition of sign of fertility, involving holidays, festivals, as the one in Rockland, gatherings, rituals and other celebrations, even a celebrated brewed beer! Let the celebration begin.The heavy dark brooding beers of winter our behind us, well almost. Spring and summer bring many beer styles to life, such as Spring Bocks, Spring Lagers, fruit beers, Kolsch and IPA’s or India Pale Ales, one of my favorites. A style of Beer that has become most popular during the summer months is the Lager style of Beer. Lagers are fermented using a strain of yeast that ferments at cooler temps {45 to 55 degrees F} unlike its counterpart the Ale which is fermented at about room temps. This fermentation process in combination with the mash and grist schedule produces a very clean crisp and sometimes fruity palette pleasing beer. Logger Lager from Atlantic Brewing Company in Southwest Harbor is a perfect example of this style of beer. Atlantic Brewing company began at the Lompoc Grill in Bar Harbor during the invasion and hay day of the craft brewing industry, than later became a full fledge brewing company when relocated to southwest Harbor. Their lineup of very uniquely fine brewed beers has been increasing in demand over the years, with Logger Lager being a fairly new addition to their expansive line up.

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Logger Lager pours into the glass with a pale golden color leaving a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma of hops and malt immediately take to your senses. The smooth malty aroma along with a moderate aroma of hops, give this beer a true Lager profile. Not at all a light beer, the flavor is full bodied and has good malt to a delicate balanced hop character, with a lustfully dry finish. This is a true lager, not full of adjuncts like corn and rice. It’s smooth and quite enjoyable. The mouth feel is wonderfully delicate with still being full bodied, with perfect carbonation. This is a great drinking lager which makes for a very drinkable beer during the hot summer months. If you are a true Lager fan, this beer will bring much pleasure to the palette, and the availability is good as well, logger Lager is sold in most beverage retail outlets in Maine. I am dying to try this beer on draft! Great hand crafted beer, brewed right here in Maine. The next style of beer that has become very popular during the summer months is the IPA style or India Pale Ale. The India Pale Ale as named during the occupation of India by the British. The commonly British styles of heavy brewed ales were too much to drink in the hot humid climate of India, so the British government contacted British Brewers to brew lighter full bodied heavly hopped ales to make the long journey to India for consuming by British troops and the like. Wow ,now thats a goverment thats really looking after looking there troops ! Sierra Nevada Brewing Company located in Chico CA., has been brewing fine Ales and Lagers since the late seventies. A new addition to their lineup is Torpedo Extra India Pale Ale. This fine Ale pours in to the glass with a brilliant copper color, and an off with creamy rich head. The fist notable sense is the great floral aroma of hops and a slight aroma of fruitiness. As the beer passes over the palette, the assertiveness of the hop profile hits your taste buds like a freight train, a big up front bitterness that subsides quickly to

balance out to the sweetness of malt flavor without begin harsh. Perfect to style! The sweetness of malt allows the hops to take center with your taste buds without begin dominate, a well balanced beer. The carbonation level is not over baring either as with most beers. This Ale is well brewed and very easy drinkable for an IPA. Torpedo will be the first bottled beer to use Citra hops, a uniquely flavored hop that has a big bitter profile. The next brew is produced by Peak Organic Brewing CO. right in Portland Maine, I havent had a beer yet that I did not like from this brewery and there Peak Organic Summer Session Ale hits the mark. I had the pleasure of sampling this fine ale, along with the seirea nevada torpeado, at Rock Harbor Pub in Rockland, which actully has a fantastic line up of fine hand crafted beers from Maine and away . This ale poured into the glass with with a slight hazey golden color and a rich off white head that last till the end on the pint.The wonderfull aroma of hop citurs come to nose, has the beer passes over the palette,the upfront hop charther comes through which transions into a well ballaced malt flavor and a perfectly ballanced hop bitterness . What I love most about this Ale, is that it is fuller bodied then most other summer ales I have consumed, but it dose it with out being to complex and overbering. This Summer ale is very drinkable, refreshing and full of flavor ! Overall I love all three of these fine beers Logger Lager , Torpedo and Peak Organic Summer Session Ale. They have great profile to style and are very drinkable. Hats off to hand crafted beer! We truley live in a great state of Beer ! Come join the celebration and toast the summer solstice with beer lovers alike. Hurry up though; we all know how long summer lasts! Try these fine beers at your favorite local pub or restaurant! Happy Solstice. Cheers, Rich

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The best live music is in your backyard By Marc Ratner

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spent 35 years working in the music business while living in Los Angeles (and that business took me to all 50 states) and friends from there often ask what I miss from there now that I live in Midcoast Maine. I feel bad telling them that besides my friends I don’t really miss anything at all. I don’t miss the weather - I prefer it cooler and I actually love winter with as much snow as it can throw at us...and it certainly didn’t snow enough this year. I certainly don’t miss the traffic and as a local friend here predicted even with all that LA traffic experience it didn’t take long for me to learn the shortcuts around the flashing red / yellow light in Camden that backs up Route 1 in the summer season. I don’t miss the restaurants. My friends don’t believe me when I tell them I had to travel 3000 miles from LA - a hotbed of Sushi and Mexican Restaurants - to find my favorites in both cuisines - Suzuki’s and Sunfire Grill both in Rockland. And after all those years hearing live music all across the country there are no venues I’d rather see live music in than The Strand in Rockland and The Camden Opera House in Camden. We are so fortunate to have not one but two venues like them that have survived their long history and are now restored and better than ever with staffs that care about them and work hard to bring in diverse, interesting and exceptional entertainment. (And before we dive in - let me add that although this column is supposedly about music - this month it’s about my love affair with these two wonderful venues and all the different kinds of entertainment they provide). Start on the web - both websites are rich with information - The Strand which opened it’s doors on February 21, 1923 is at http://www.rocklandstrand.com/. It’s almost a miracle that The Strand which was fully restored in 2005 is still with us. When you read it’s history

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The Strand performances by Abilgail Washburn, Jason Spooner & Ellis Paul on the website you realize that we’re exceptionally lucky to have this free standing theatre anchoring Main Street in Rockland. The care put into the restoration is a story in itself (from the website): Renovations to the historic building included returning the theatre as closely as possible to its original 1920’s character, while assuring that the building would also be a comfortable, state-of-the-art, modern facility. The balcony was opened up which returned the theatre to a single auditorium of 350 seats, the gilded proscenium arch and tin ceiling were restored, new sound and projection equipment were installed, and a bright new marquee modeled on the original was added to the front of the building letting everyone know that the Strand was back in business. But as Donna Daly, the Director of The Strand told me, the work never stops, “We recently added some new acoustic panels to our walls, which helps to make the film dialog clearer, the music from the Met Opera really pop

and helps to keep the sound from an amplified band from bouncing around too much. With the help of our Technical Director Paul LaPorte, we have been gradually fine-tuning our room for the past 7 years, always trying to improve it for our audience and performers”. Donna, who is extremely passionate about live music performances (as she is about all the different events that are held there) at The Strand adds “Before moving to Maine, I spent 10 years in the Detroit area and really appreciated the great music scene there. Being much more accessible than Rockland, great artists would pass through all the time, so I was constantly going to see and hear live music, which is something I really love doing. I really missed live music when I moved to Maine and there wasn’t too much if it here at that time, so I love that I now have the opportunity to help bring more live music to this area. It’s actually one of the things that I like best about the work that I do at The Strand”. “I choose music that is diverse, and will (hopefully) appeal to a wide

audience. I also choose artists that people may be familiar with, but not always. I like to present artists that I have been following for a while, and that are newer or emerging but that our audience may not have heard of. Often, these lesser known emerging artists make for some of our best shows. We have done well with singer-songwriters, both established and emerging, folk, contemporary pop and with all kinds of music from around the world. We have had artists from Africa, Portugal, Ireland, Scandinavia, South America and more and I really enjoy bringing a diverse mix of international artists to the Strand”. It’s easy to spot the Strand - with that classic marquee as it anchors Main Street in Rockland but it’s equally easy to miss the Camden Opera House in downtown Camden. It’s a gem that you can walk by every day without realizing it’s there. As The Strand does the Camden Opera House also has two very dedicated people working hard every day to continue the tradition of the Opera House being the hub of Camden

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The Camden Opera House provides a most beautiful view for the artists on stage as it was when it was built in 1894 - Kerry Hadley, the Director, and Dave Morrison the “tech” guy. Dave (who came to the Midcoast from New York City and like many of us found his home here) gave me some of the history of the building. (Learn more at http://www. camdenoperahouse.com/) “When it opened in 1894 it was the center of entertainment for Camden. At the time it had a flat floor on the main level (which is the 2nd floor up from street level) so it was used for dinners, graduations (Edna St. Vincent Millay’s graduation was held there) fireman’s balls and all sorts of town functions. A front room was home to the “Oddfellows” (a fraternal organization) hall. It was a very typical design for the times with a storefront on the 1st floor to raise funds”. Performers over the years included Tallulah Bankhead, Mae West and even Fred Gwynne. 1994 was the big restoration (“before” photos are on the website) where the auditorium was fully restored (although the banked floor which was built in the 1950’s to provide a better viewing platform for the seats was retained). One of the great discoveries that was made during the restoration was how acoustically sound the auditorium is - not a surprise as there was no amplification for the performers in 1894 - the architects knew what

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they were doing when they build the COH. These days besides music the Opera House features conferences, dances, theatre, weddings (even funerals as the Opera House with 500 seats is larger than any local church). Kerry and Dave describe the COH as “a space for when the community needs to come together”. The annual Camden town meeting is held here every June - a long tradition - the first town meeting was held at the COH in 1895. Music is a big tradition at the Opera House as it is at the Strand and performers like Johnny Winter, Richard Thompson, Wynton Marsallis (who said about the room “Performing in the Opera House was like performing in a dear friend’s living room”) and most recently Hot Tuna have graced the stage. Although for a number of years the music performers were brought in by outside promoters the Camden Opera House is now starting to also book musicians directly - so we can expect to have more opportunities to see more exceptional artists grace it’s stage. As I said in the beginning of the column - we have two historical venues in Camden and Rockland that are both world class and every time a world class artist performs at either The Strand or The Camden

Opera House the reputation of the venues, their staffs, the quality of sound and the warmth of the audience travels far and wide and Donna, Paul, Kerry and Dave find it just a bit easier to convince an artist to make that long drive up from Portland or Boston when they used to just move on out of New England for an easier routing somewhere else. We’re becoming a destination of choice because of our venues. So much so - the artists are often surprised about the harbors, the lighthouses, the foliage in the fall, the schooners, the fine dining and yup even the lobster rolls. A nice surprise for sure. But it’s still hard to combine a world class artist with a tour routing that can fit the Midcoast into their schedule - so while you wait for the gems that Donna, Paul, Kerry and Dave have found for us - don’t forget to visit their websites to peruse all of the different artistic events that are ongoing - remember The Strand was built for movies and they always have a full slate of the best movies you’ll never see in the corporate movie theatres and the Camden Opera House was built for live theatre and there are always performances on their schedule. Having just featured “An Evening with Shawn Colvin” (I can’t stop singing “Sunny Came Home”) I’m looking forward to The Winterpills on August 11th at The Strand (and I can’t say enough about the website www. rocklandstrand.com - there’s something happening almost every day) and coming this summer to the Camden Opera House is folk favorite John Gorka - appearing on August 4th - (and again on their website - www. camdenoperahouse.com - lots of wonderful events including the return of the very successful “A Day In The Life” - a “Beatles” experience). And one final warning - I’m not alone in my appreciation of both places - buy your tickets early - they sell out! Next month - “Road Trip”. There’s another music venue in Maine that I love - and it’s in the middle of nowhere in a barn. But worth the drive no matter what the cost of gas

July Music Picks Sara Willis’ album picks from “In Tune By Ten” on MPBN “Fear Fun” Father John Misty Sometimes a record will just plant itself in my brain, I hear it in the jukebox of my mind constantly. So it is with the new cd from Father John Misty called Fear Fun. Father John is Joshua Tillman of the Fleet Foxes. This album haunts me! What more can I say? “Bloom” Beach House I waited with hungry ears for the new cd from Beach House called Bloom. It was worth the wait and more! Gorgeous melodies and lush arrangements with Victoria Legrand’s bewitching vocals. It’s a feast. Denis Howard’s album pick from WERU “Winter Harvest” Matt Flinner Trio The Matt Flinner Trio is getting played all over the station on different shows which means it transcends a single format kind of recording. It’s an instrumental acoustic bluegrassy album and it’s being played on everything from our early morning instrumental shows, our midday eclectic “On The Wing” show and then again late at night on our bluegrass show. Matt Flinner plays mandolin, Ross Martin - guitar and Eric Thorin - bass. Denis remembers Matt getting a lot of attention a number of years ago at the Camden Opera House when he was playing in the Judith Edelman’s band. An interesting note - The Matt Flinner Trio has mastered the craft of composing music “on the go.” The group practices a unique approach— writing in hotel rooms, dressing rooms, on airplanes and in the back of tour vans—and debuting the new pieces the same night.

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10 fun things to do with the kids By Kim Lincoln

1 Beach: The Midcoast is a delightful place to swim and the choices are endless given the area’s location on Penobscot Bay and its close proximity to several lakes and ponds. Birch Point Beach State Park in Owls Head is a quiet get-away, off the beaten track. There are outhouses, and picnic facilities, but no lifeguard or regular staff. Johnson Memorial Park on Chickawaukie Pond in Rockland is a public beach run by the Rockland Recreation Department and a nice place for a family outing. Barrett’s Cove on Megunticook Lake in Camden is a fresh-water beach overlooking the Camden Hills with a children’s area shallow enough for your kids to go safely in the water. There is also deeper water for older children and adults with a diving float anchored several hundred

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feet from shore. Laite Memorial Beach in Camden overlooks picturesque Camden Harbor and Lincolnville Beach, just seven miles north of Camden on Route 1, is a small beach with views of the state ferry terminal and Islesboro.

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Explore the islands: Grab your bike, pack a lunch and head to one of the area’s islands for a day of exploration. Vinalhaven and North Haven islands are accessible by ferry from Rockland, while Monhegan can be reached from Port Clyde and Islesboro is just a quick ferry ride from Lincolnville Beach.

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Lighthouse tours: A great way to stay cool on a summer day and take in the cool breeze is to go for a stroll on the one-mile Rockland Breakwater. The lighthouse at the end of the breakwater

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is open to the public on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Children need to be at least 42 inches tall to go up into the tower. Or take a short drive to Owls Head to explore the Owls Head Light, open weekends 1 to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The lighthouse has been the source of several television shows and written articles about its ghostly former lightkeeper that is thought to still roam the grounds. The Marshall Point Lighthouse, located on the rocky point at the entrance to the harbor of the fishing village of Port Clyde, offers a museum to learn about the history of the lighthouse, the village of Port Clyde and lobstering in St. George. You may recognize the lighthouse from Forrest Gump’s cross-country run. The museum is open in the summer from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. However, the grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. Curtis Island Lighthouse, located at the entrance to Camden Harbor, is only accessible by kayak or other boat. It is difficult to see from shore and the best way to view the lighthouse is by taking a schooner tour. Several schooners run excursions from Camden.

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Mini golf: Fun for kids and adults alike. There are two mini golf courses in Rockport; Golfer’s Crossing Minature Golf and Rockport Mini Golf

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Hiking: Georges River Land Trust (grlt. org), Medomak Valley Land Trust (midcoast. com/~mvlt) and Coastal Mountains Land Trust

(coastalmountains.org) maintain several walking and hiking trails in the area. Camden Hills State Park also offers several spectacular trails. Some good hikes for younger children include: Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport, Thomaston Town Forest or Bald Rock in Lincolnville.

6 Playgrounds: Rockland Recreation Center on Limerock Street, True Park in Hope, CedarWorks and Walker Park, both in Rockport.

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Children’s museum: The Coastal Children’s Museum in Rockland provides children 2 to 9 years old and their families the opportunity to explore, discover and learn, through play about the natural world, the arts and sciences and the diversity of Maine’s Coast. The museum is openin the summer 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

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Aldermere Farm: A 136-acre working farm owned and managed by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and a breeder of Belted Galloway cattle. Throughout the year Aldermere Farm offers a wide variety of programs and events that educate the community

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July 1- Oct. 12 Subdue, Seize, and Take: Maritime Maine in the War of 1812. 9:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath. This exhibit chronicles the uproar, defiance, double-dealing and confusion along Maine’s coast during the second war with Britain. 207-443-1316; www. mainemaritimemuseum.org

July 1, 6-8 “Blithe Spirit”. 7:30–9:30 p.m. Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St. Noel Coward’s comedy about a cantankerous novelist who has remarried but is haunted by the ghost of his late wife. The current wife is accidentally killed, resulting in an ‘other side’ collaboration of the wives, who together haunt the hapless husband. 207-236-0173; www. everymanrep.org

July 1- 5 Festival of Independence. Harbor Park, Camden. Midcoast organizations team up to offer four days of fun in the midcoast over the Fourth of July holiday period. Concerts, family events, parades, and fireworks (July 4), with fun and affordable options for all tastes. Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, 207-236-4404; www.visitcamden.com or www.realmaine.com Festival of Independence sails aboard the Schooner Surprise. 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day. Celebrate aboard Camden’s oldest daysailing windjammer, which is listed on the National Historic Register. Each couple will receive a special memento celebrating our 25th year of sailing Surprise in Camden. 207-236-4687; www.camdenmainesailing.com

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Bok concert set for July 7 ROCKPORT — Station Maine is sponsoring a rare local evening with Gordon Bok in concert Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. Bok, who grew up and lives in Camden, is considered among the finest folk ballad singers this country has produced, singing of strange creatures and wild places in a glorious bass voice that has softened and warmed with age. Sometimes his art takes the form of poetry and often the words find their way into a song. Sometimes there are no words, just deft Gordon Bok fingers coaxing the story out of the guitar strings. Tickets are $20, available in advance at Zoot Coffee in Camden, HustonTuttle in Rockland and online at stationmaine.org. They also will be sold at the door. For more information, call 691-2037. Station Maine is an organization of community members dedicated to offering boating opportunities at no cost to Midcoast youth of all ages.

Sunset Fireworks Sail aboard the Heron. 7:00–11:00 p.m. Departs Rockport. Celebrate Independence Thomaston Fourth of July Parade Weekend with hors d’oeuvres (B.Y.O.B.). & Celebration. Pancake breakfast, Enjoy spectacular scenery among parade (11:00 a.m.), pet show, horseshoe the islands of Penobscot Bay. See the tournament, baking contests, firecracker sun set over the Camden Hills and races, chicken barbecue, music, crafts, watch the fireworks display over Curtis and fireworks. 207-354-8763; www. Island.$55 per person. 800-599-8605; thomaston4thofjuly.com heron@midcoast.com

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Camden Harbor Fireworks Sail aboard the Schooner Olad. 7:00 p.m. Camden Harbor. Watch the sun go down behind the mountains of Camden Hills State Park, then turn seaward and watch from deck as we celebrate our independence with fantastic fireworks over Maine’s most beautiful harbor. $37. 207-236-2323; www.mainschooners.com

July 5 Author Signing. 2:30 p.m. 111 Derby Road, Islesboro, ME. 207-7346852; www.artisanbooksandbindery. com Winemaker Dinner. 6:00–9:00 p.m. Cellardoor Winery, 367 Youngtown

Road, Lincolnville. A four-course dinner featuring local, seasonal ingredients, prepared by Lani Temple of Megunticook Market. Paired with Cellardoor wines. $75 per person; space limited; reservations required. 207-763-4478; www.mainewine.com

July 6 Great Schooner Race. 11:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. Penobscot Bay between Rockland and Camden. More than two dozen tall ships gather for an exciting all-day race in which guests may participate. This year marks the 36th anniversary of North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships. 800-807-WIND, 207-374-2993; www. sailmainecoast.com

July 7- 8 Fabulous ’50s, Sensational ’60s Car Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show. 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Owls Head Transportation Museum, 117 Museum St., Owls Head. More than 400 autos from the industry’s most stylish decades. Relive the years of big fins, big engines, and fuzzy dice. Vehicle demonstrations, Model T rides, family activities. Adults $12; under 18 free. 207-594-4418; www. owlshead.org

July 7- 9 Two-night cruise aboard Isaac H. Evans. Board this 126-year-old schooner at the North End Shipyard in Rockland on July 7 between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., enjoy lobster dinner at the dock, and settle into your cozy cabin. Depart after breakfast July 8 and return at 10:00 a.m. July 9. $400 (includes meals, activities, accommodations, taxes, and parking). 207-594-7956, 877238-1325; evans@midcoast.com

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Author Signing. 2:30 p.m. 111 Derby Road, Islesboro, ME. 207-734-6852; www. artisanbooksandbindery.com

July 13 Maine Windjammer Parade. 2:00–4:00 p.m. Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. The entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships. 800-807-WIND; www. sailmainecoast.com Join the Parade of Sail as a Passenger Schooner Yacht Heron. 12:00–4:30 p.m. From Rockport. $65. 800-599-8605; www.woodenboatco.com Schooner Olad. 12:00–5:00 p.m. From Camden. $85; includes lunch and beverages; B.Y.O.B. 207-236-2323; www. mainschooners.com M/V Rendezvous. 1:30–4:30 p.m. From Rockland. $35; reservations recommended. 207-691-0417; www. maineboatingadventures.com Lobster Lovers Cooking Class. 5:30–8:30 p.m. Cellardoor Winery, 367 Youngtown Rd., Lincolnville. Join Chef Lani Temple of Megunticook Market to learn how to prepare a four-course dinner incorporating Maine lobster in unique and inspiring ways. Dinner and wine pairings follow. Space is limited; $75 per person. 207-763-4478; www. mainewine.com

July 14 Open Schooner Tours. 2:00– 4:00 p.m. Visit some of Maine’s legendary windjammers. The Rockland windjammers host open schooner tours at North End Shipyard and Windjammer Wharf (off Tilson Ave.). Enjoy dockside tours of the American Eagle, Heritage, Isaac H. Evans, Nathaniel Bowditch, and Stephen Taber. 800-807-WIND; www. sailmainecoast.com

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In Harbor Park, Rockland. This annual festival features more than 15 blues artists from the U.S. and abroad. Saturday night “Club Crawl” starts at 9:00 p.m. Advance tickets ($25/day, $50/weekend): 207-5931189; www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com

around the island while we prepare a traditional Maine Lobster Bake. B.Y.O.B. $120. 207-236-2323; www. maineschooners.com

July 19-21 Friendship Sloop Days. Harbor Park, Rockland. The Friendship Sloop Society’s annual homecoming and regatta features sloop races, demonstrations, and visits to historic Friendship Sloops. Free. 207-596-0376; www.fss.org

July 19 Public Salad Luncheon. 11:00 a.m.– tour, accommodations, taxes, and parking 1:00 p.m. John Street United Methodist included). 207-594-7956, 877-238-1325; Church, 98 John St. Camden. Delicious evans@midcoast.com homemade salads, including fruit, North Atlantic Blues Festival. green, rice, potato, bean, blueberry, Harbor Park, Rockland. This annual lemon bisque, broccoli, and pea with 17 festival features more than 15 blues turkey and deviled eggs, plus a seasonal artists from the U.S. and abroad. Half-Day Sail and Lobster Bake dessert. 207-236-4829 Saturday night “Club Crawl” starts at on the Schooner Olad. 2:30–8:45 9:00 p.m. Advance tickets ($25/day, $50/ p.m. Camden. Enjoy an afternoon sail Author Signing. 2:30 p.m. 111 Derby weekend): 207-593-1189; www.northatla through the archipelago of Islesboro to Road, Islesboro. 207-734-6852; www. nticbluesfestival.com Warren Island State Park. Enjoy a hike artisanbooksandbindery.com activities for all ages. 207-236-3438; www.camdensnowbowl.com

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July 15 21st Annual Gardens in the Watershed Tour. Sponsored by and to benefit Georges River Land Trust (GRLT), featuring seven gardens in Rockland and Spruce Head. A gourmet bag lunch can be ordered. Tickets $25 in advance, $28 on tour day, available at selected stores and from GRLT, 8 N. Main St., Suite 200, Rockland. 207-594-5166; www.grlt.org Annual Seabird Cruise. 4:00–7:00 p.m. Monhegan Boat Line out of Port Clyde. Friends of Maine Seabird Islands offers a tour of nesting terns, Atlantic puffins, and other seabirds on Eastern Egg Rock. Beer, wine, and snacks served. Tickets are limited. Reserve: 9 Water St. Rockland, 207-594-0600; www. maineseabirds.org

July 15-21 Puffin Cruise aboard Isaac H. Evans. We know where puffins nest and we’ve partnered with a local tour company to get you there! Board the Isaac H. Evans at North End Shipyard in Rockland on July 15, depart July 16, and return July 21. $995 per person (meals, activities, puffin

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Annual House and Garden Tour. 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. This 65th annual tour sponsored by the Camden Garden Club features sites in Camden and Rockport. Tickets $25 in advance; $30 on tour day. 207-236-8690; www. camdengardenclub.com

lobster roll lunch (tuna and veggie options available). Fully supported ride includes four distance options: 16, 30, 50, or 100 miles. Pre-registration $65 (members), $85 (public). Bicycle Coalition of Maine, 207623-4511;www.bikemaine.org

Village Green is filled with vintage cars. included). 207-594-7956, 877-238-1325; Demonstrations, contests, and awards. Over evans@midcoast.com. 150 restored and running classic, vintage, and antique vehicles. Model T rides. 20727 633-4727; www.railwayvillage.org

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Carol Sebold Summer Harbor Arts Penobscot Bay Day. 10:00 a.m.–5:00 Juried Arts & Craft Show. 9:00 a.m.– p.m. Penobscot Marine Museum, 40 E. Main 5:00 p.m. Harbor Park, Camden. About 20-22 St. (Rt. 1), Searsport. Open house featuring 100 artists and artisans display, discuss, tours, demonstrations, live music, special and sell their work in a festive open Beatles Tribute Concert. Camden exhibits, and snacks. Free. 207-548-2529; marketplace nestled beside Penobscot Opera House, 29 Elm St. Back by www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org Bay — the same land and seascapes popular demand. Multimedia Beatles that inspired Carol Sebold and three tribute concert. 236-7963; www. From Abandoned Quarry to Garden generations of Wyeths. Penobscot Bay camdenoperahouse.com of Eden. 5:00–8:00 p.m. Clark Island Wildlife Regional Chamber of Commerce, 207236-4404; www.camdenharborarts.com Refuge, Spruce Head. Over 25 years the abandoned quarry has been transformed 21 into diverse habitats. More than 50 flower 22-25 Annual Fundraising Auction. 2:00 beds will be in full bloom. Speaker Alex p.m. Boothbay Railway Village, Rt. 27. Mas of the Nature Conservancy; wine and Pirate Adventure Cruise aboard dinner. $75 members, $80 non-members. Auction to support the museum: gift Isaac H. Evans. Sail away into the world Georges River Land Trust; 207-594-5166; certificates for restaurants, lodging, etc. of friendly swashbucklers, spirited www.grlt.org 207-633-4727; www.railwayvillage.org pirates, scallywags, and undesirables. Board the Isaac H. Evans at the North 11th Annual Maine Lobster Ride and End Shipyard in Rockland July 22, 21-22 Roll. 8:00 a.m. Oceanside High School, 400 depart July 23, and return July 25. Broadway, Rockland. Cycle past lighthouses Antique Auto Days.10:00 a.m.–4:00 $615 per person (meals, activities, and the rockbound coast, then enjoy a p.m. Boothbay Railway Village, Rt. 27. The accommodations, taxes, and parking

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Author Signing. 2:30 p.m. 111 Derby Road, Islesboro. 207-734-6852; www. artisanbooksandbindery.com Schooner Heron Birthday Sail. Join us on a sunset sail as we share our experiences from the building of Heron to our family adventures sailing the Caribbean and Heron’s moments of fame in “Rum Diary”, a Johnny Depp film. Hors d’oeuvres and cake served. B.Y.O.B. Reservations required. 800-599-8605; heron@midcoast.com

July 29 Megunticook Lake Race. 8:30 a.m. registration;10:00 a.m. start. Barrett’s Cove Beach on Lake Megunticook, off Rt. 52. Awards will be presented following the race at Norton’s Pond, Lincolnville. $10 registration. 207-236-3438; www. camdensnowbowl.com

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