September 26, 2017

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.

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 [...]

Fireworks in Maine 2010

Fireworks

What a great way to finish a great day in Maine!  Because of the more rural nature of Maine, the skies are dark and the fireworks are brilliant as a result.  We love our fireworks up here, and there are many displays planned throughout the summer. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The State Fire Marshall [...]

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

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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. [...]

Photo from the Road: Frozen Scene from Saint Froid Lake

SaintFroidLake

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Winter sunsets always seem so ethereal to me, and this one is no exception. The snow-frosted birch trees on the edge of a frozen body of water are highlighted here by a colorful sky at the end of the day.

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 [...]

Maine State Parks: Cheap Day Trip Options

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Maine has a lot of outdoors for vacationers to enjoy.  Parks abound.  There is one National Park (Acadia), a piece of the White Mountain National Forest, and 31 or so parks managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks that charge fees. The Appalachian trail passes through or near several of these. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || [...]

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 [...]

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The Shakers are a people whose number may not yet be many, but whose cultural impact is still strong.  In New Gloucester, Maine, is the only remaining active and functioning Shaker community IN THE WORLD.  Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is an anachronism in the 21st century and a tribute to [...]