August 28, 2016

Old Port Festival, Portland, Maine

Old-Port-Festival

Portland, Maine, still has a very vibrant and active working waterfront.  Until the 1970′s, when local developers saw the neighborhood abutting the waterfront as a retail and entertainment goldmine, it was not a safe place even to take a walk. Now, this neighborhood — known as the Old Port or Old Port Exchange –  is [...]

Appreciating Autumn in New England

Foliage

Photo credit: nealaus New England is a great place to visit year round, depending on whether the tourist is looking for beach, skiing, sightseeing, history, or whatever.  Autumn, however, is the natural tour de force up here.  We do it really well, in many ways, and not like anywhere else. FOLIAGE Viewing autumn foliage in [...]

Christmas in Portland, Maine

Xmas-Portland

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); There are several traditional Christmas events in Portland. I’ve been to all of them several times, but generally not all in the same year.  They are all well done and worth the time to pursue.

Grape Jamboree

Grape-Jamboree

Who would think that northeast Ohio is a grape haven? There are more wineries than you can shake a grapevine at.  And the last weekend in September every year, in celebration of the grape harvest, is the Grape Jamboree in Geneva, Ohio. The festivities include a Miss Grapette pageant, a grape stomping contest, a pie [...]

New Hampshire Highland Games at Loon Mt.

Loon-Mt-Highland-Games

There are several Highland Games in Northern New England. The games at Loon Mountain are a personal favorite. These are known as the most diverse games in the country! First, Loon Mountain and surrounding area is a beautiful area.  Getting there is big fun.  Coming from Maine or the Mt. Washington Valley, the ride must [...]

Common Ground Fair

Common-Ground-Fair

I am a sucker for a fair of any kind.  This fair, however, knocks my socks off.  The Common Ground Fair is sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and is always held the third weekend after Labor Day. MOFGA is the voice of organic farming in Maine, and the Common Ground [...]

Scribner’s Mill Back to the Past Celebration

Mill

This annual event is the major fundraiser for the Scribner’s Mill Preservation group.  They pull out all the stops and it is a great historical event.  The Back to the Past celebration is always the first weekend in August.  The efforts of dozens of volunteers and exhibitors help make this a great experience for the [...]

Yarmouth Clam Festival

Steamer-at-Yarmouth-Clam-Festival

It’s July in Maine and time for the annual Yarmouth Clam Festival, an event which involves about 3000 volunteers united to earn funds for Yarmouth’s non-profit organizations, school groups, and churches.  This event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday with a parade which is as much fun for spectators as it is for parade participants. [...]

Car Shows in Maine: Inexpensive Family Summer Fun

2010 CruisinÕ Show and Shine Morro Bay Car Show, Friday 30 April

I like car shows.  Always have. It’s just really big fun to me to go and see old cars, new cars, foreign cars, stock cars, custom cars. It’s fun to talk with owners. It’s just fun. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); In Maine, there are several such shows throughout the summer. Some are based on [...]

L.L. Bean’s Summer in the Park

LL-Bean

In the summertime, there is more than one reason to put L.L. Bean on your list of  “Stuff To Do While Visiting Maine.”  In the summertime, the park outside the flagship store in Freeport, Maine, becomes a hot spot for live entertainment. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Summer in the Park starts in May with [...]