Thursday, July 31, 2008

Topsham, Maine Fair (Aug 3-9, 2008)

The 154th annual Topsham, Maine Fair will be held on August 3-9, 2008. Entertainment, food, rides, animal shows and exhibits, demolition derby, Bingo, ATV events, 4-H Club events, harness racing, pulling events, and more. For more information click on Topsham Fair.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

L.L. Bean Summer Concert Schedule - Aug 08

The sports and outdoors clothing and equipment retailer, L.L. Bean located in Freeport, Maine, has posted a listing of its summer concerts held in Freeport. L.L. Bean sponsors concerts on a weekly basis. Performing artists scheduled to perform this August 2008 include:

Sat, Aug 2 - Brandi Carlile with guest Jason Spooner, Contemporary Folk
Sat, Aug 9 - Richie Havens, Folk
Sat, Aug 16 - The Jerry Douglas Band, Contemporary Bluegrass
Sat, Aug 23 - John Hiatt and the Ageless Beauties
Sat, Aug 30 - Lonestar, Pop Country
Sun, Aug 31 - Keb' Mo', Pop Blues

Click here to see L.L. Bean's calendar of events. Click here for more information on dining and lodging in Freeport, Maine.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Portland Sea Dogs - Maine's Baseball Team

Maine has a baseball team and they are called the Portland Sea Dogs. The baseball season is in full swing this summer. The stadium, located in Portland is easy to get to and the tickets are priced right! So if you are for a ball game check out the schedule for the Portland Sea Dogs.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Scenic Cruises to Eagle Island in Casco Bay, Maine

The City of Portland, Maine is a delightful place to spend some time during the summer months. The temperatures are just right, the Old Port area has nice places to walk around, shop, stay overnight, dine, and drink. One of the best attractions Portland offers is the ability to cruise Casco Bay on cruise boats or ferries to visit the many islands in Casco Bay. One cruise boat company is Eagle Island Tours. One of their tours, of course, is a trip to Eagle Island. This island has been designated as a Maine State Historic Site. Eagle Island was formerly owned by Admiral Peary - the North Pole explorer. It is a small 17-acre island with a main house and caretaker's cottage. The island was given to the state of Maine by the family of Admiral Peary and is maintained in cooperation with the Friend's of Peary's Eagle Island. The cruise to Eagle Island will take you past other islands and fishing villages. Once on the island you can walk the trails and enjoy a picnic lunch as well as view other attractions. Eagle Island Tours is located on Long Wharf on Commercial Street in the Old Port Waterfront district of Portland, Maine.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Bowdoin International Music Festival (Maine)

Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine is host to a series of concerts lasting until August 2, 2008. The concert series is called the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Click here to learn more about the town of Brunswick, Maine.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Schedule of Summer Concerts in Maine for 2008

There are many outdoor summer concerts planned for this summer in Maine. The Maine Switch (an online news and more service) has posted a comprehensive schedule by location and date of many of these outdoor concerts. Click on Maine summer concert schedule for more information.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Bangor, Maine State Fair (Jul 25 - Aug 3, 2008)

The Bangor State Fair will take place on July 25 to August 3, 2008 in Bangor, Maine. This is a great family event featuring rides, entertainment, exhibits, animals, crafts, harness racing, and more. Some special events include the demolition derby, motocross, and snowmobile shows.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Festival (Jul 24-27, 2008)

The Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Festival will be held on July 24-27, 2008. Lots of bands will be playing. In addition, there will be a songwriting contest.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Northern Maine Fair (Jul 25 - 2 Aug)

The Northern Maine Fair will take place in Presque Isle, Maine on July 25 to August 2, 2008. There will be lots of rides, horse pulling, harness racing, animals, pickup and tractor pull, and more. This fair has lots of history and has been taking place for over 150 years.

Monday, July 21, 2008

South Portland, Maine Summer Concert Schedule

A series of FREE summer concerts will be held in South Portland, Maine in the Thomas Knight Park (near the Casco Bay bridge) every Saturday from 11:30 to 1:30. The concerts are presented by the New England Sound. To view the schedule click on the link below.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Today (Jul 20, Sun) is Open Farm Day in Maine

Here is a reminder: Today, Sunday, July 20, 2008, is "Open Farm Day" in Maine. Over 100 farms in Maine will be open to the public. Click here for a listing of Maine farms that are participating in the "Open Farm Day".

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Celebration of the Arts - Georgetown, ME Jul 20th

On July 20th, the town of Georgetown, Maine will hold a Celebration of the Arts. A brief description of the event was copied from the website and pasted below. For more information click on Celebration of the Arts.
"This four-hour celebration highlights the artists of the island of Georgetown. Painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers, and fine crafters display, sell, and demonstrate their work while talented musicians entertain with lively tunes. Add light refreshments, a children’s activity tent, and the exquisite rocky coast location and you won’t want to miss this annual event sponsored by the Georgetown Historical Society".

Friday, July 18, 2008

North Waterford, ME World's Fair (Jul 18-20, 2008)

North Waterford, Maine will be holding its annual agricultural fair on July 18-20, 2008. Events taking place include a Chinese auction, yard sale, saddle horse show, steer/oxen pulling contests, horse pulling contests, dances, entertainment, and more. For more information visit the North Waterford World's Fair website.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Open Farm Day in Maine (Sun Jul 20)

Sunday, July 20, 2008 will be "Open Farm Day" in Maine. Over 100 farms in Maine will be open to the public. You can see how a farm works, what types of animals live there, what crops are grown, and how farm workers spend their day. In addition, there will be lots of activities to take part in - such as animal petting, buying farm products, hay rides, barn tours, and more. Click here for a listing of Maine farms that are participating in the "Open Farm Day".

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Blueberry Picking on a Farm in Maine

One of the pleasures of living in Maine is you get the opportunity to grow your own food if your fortunate enough to have a small garden (even if just a small "Victory Garden"). If you don't have a garden then there are plenty of farms around this state that will allow you to come in and pick your some of your own crops - such as strawberries, apples, pumpkins, etc. Blueberries are coming into season around mid-July so if you want to pick the fillings for your blueberry pie then this is the time to do it. One farm in Maine that offers blueberry picking is the Libby & Sons Farm in Limerick, Maine. For more information click on Libby & Sons U Pick.

Monday, July 14, 2008

"The Working Waterfront" - A Maine Newspaper

"The Working Waterfront" is a monthly newspaper published both online and in print format. It is a newspaper that provides information and stories about people who work along coastal Maine - whatever their occupation may be. If you are interested in a part of coastal Maine that some tourists don't see then this newspaper is for you. A small blurb taken from the newspapers website follows below. If you are interested in learning more about coastal Maine then visit the website of the "The Working Waterfront".
"Published monthly by the Island Institute, Working Waterfront considers the myriad ways people earn their livings on the islands and waterfronts of Maine and the Gulf of Maine region. Our "beats" are fishing, small business, manufacturing, the arts, books, scientific research, communities, aquaculture, transportation, history, the environment -- just about anything connected with this coast and the lives of the people who live and work here. In addition to our on-line edition, we print and distribute around 50,000 copies per issue, making us one of Maine's largest newspapers in terms of circulation. The paper is available, free, to residents of many coastal towns, as well as to subscribers and members of the Island Institute".

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Maine Potato Blossom Festival - Fort Fairfield

The Maine Potato Blossom Festival is taking place this week (July 12th to July 20th, 2008) at Fort Fairfield, Maine. Lots of activities are planned to include contests, entertainment, heritage displays, art shows, street dance, and fireworks.

Listing of Agricultural and Country Fairs in Maine

Maine is well known for its country and agricultural fairs. During any given weekend throughout the months of July through October you will find fairs taking place. These fairs are excellent for the family and host a variety of events with something for everyone. There are animal displays and contests, pig scrambling, pageants, lots of food, harness racing, truck and tractor pulls, music and entertainment, and much more. For a listing of Country Fairs taking place this summer and fall in Maine see the "Maine Vacation and Activity Event Calendar".

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Blues Festival Rockland, Maine - Jul 12 and 13th

The North Atlantic Blues Festival will take place in Rockland, Maine on July 12th and 13th, 2008. For more information click on Rockland Blues Festival.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Schedule of Maine Tractor Pulls

Tractor pulls are a common event during the fairs and festivals that take place in summer and fall here in Maine. There are different categories (for sizes of tractors) and they can be lots of fun to watch. We even have organizations devoted to tractor pull activities. Visit the Southern Maine Tractor Club for a schedule of tractor pulling events here in Maine.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Visit the Islands of Maine

A beautiful part of Maine that visitors sometimes miss are the many islands just off the coast. At first glance it may seem difficult to plan a trip to an island - particularly for those out-of-staters not familiar with Maine and its islands. Many islands can be seen with just a day-trip. A local Maine website and news organization,, has just published an article about Maine islands that provides tips for visitors on how to gather information needed to plan your island trip. Some suggestions offered by the article include Appledore Island near Kittery and Wood Island near Biddeford Pool. Also recommended are the Casco Bay Islands - Peak's Island and Long Island. Read the article at "Island hopping",, June 25, 2008.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Ossipee Valley Fair (Maine Jul 10-13, 2008)

The Ossipee Valley Fair will be held in South Hiram, Maine on July 10-13, 2008. Read an extract from the Ossipee Valley Fair website:
"A true country fair with oodles of livestock events and exhibits, Ossipee Valley Fair also offers novelty events (egg toss, pie eating, watermelon seed spitting...), horse and oxen pulling, a grand parade, pig calling, agricultural demonstrations, 4-H events and exhibits, Old MacDonald's farm, car and truck show, 4X4 racing, horseshoe pitching, tractor pulls, musical entertainment, arts and crafts, great food, midway rides and games, and a host of helpful fair volunteers".

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Islands of Maine

Maine has lots of islands off of its coast. Most of these islands are seasonal in nature; however, there are approximately fifteen islands that have people that live and work year-round. The Island Institute is an organization that promotes the islands as a vibrant place to live and work. Click here for a listing of these year-round Maine island communities with links that provide information and photos on each of these islands. If you plan to visit one of these islands off the coast of southern Maine then you will no doubt be taking a Casco Bay Islands ferry. The islands are a short ferry ride away. If you plan on staying overnight make sure you have reservations ahead of time.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Tour a Maine Farm

If you have ever wanted to tour a farm then Maine is the place to do that. With our diverse agricultural base there are lots of options. Some farms are open to the public. The website offers a listing of Maine farms for groups and families to visit. See "Tours: Find a Farm".

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Walking the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine

The Marginal Way is an ocean side walking path located along the Maine coast in Ogunquit. It is a picturesque walk and can be done by almost anyone. Information about Marginal Way is provided by Maine Healthy Walks. In addition, has an excellent description of Marginal Way with some great photos. See the following link for information about other recreational activities in Ogunquit, Maine.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Hiking Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region (Maine)

Located in southern Maine, just inland of the coastal communities of York and Ogunquit, is the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region. This region is dominated by Mount Agamenticus. This 30,000 acre area is set aside for watershed, forestry, and wildlife protection. In addition, it serves many recreational purposes. This is an excellent place to go on a day hike.
"This land is comprised of a rich and unique coastal forest that supports the highest diversity of animal and plant species in all of Maine. The mountain and the surrounding area provide residents with an ideal location for hiking, biking and sightseeing. While most of Southern Maine is heavily developed, this stretch of conservation land is a natural treasure that will be preserved for the enjoyment of generations to come".

Friday, July 4, 2008

Scenic Cruises in Casco Bay, Maine

If you are interested in viewing the islands of Casco Bay then taking a scenic cruise offered by Casco Bay Lines (ferry service) may be a way to do that. Casco Bay Lines, operating out of Portland, Maine, offers ferry service to a number of islands in Casco Bay to year-round residents, summer visitors, school children, workers, tourists, and others. The ferries run daily to many islands and a ferry schedule is posted on the firms website. The ferry service does offer some scenic cruises that are ideal for those "on vacation" to include the "Bailey Island Cruise", Bailey Island Noontime Cruise", "Mailboat Run", "Diamond Pass Run", "Sunrise on the Bay", "Sunset Run", and then "Moonlight Run". A route map provides a visual of where these different "cruises" or "runs" go.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Allagash Brewing Company in Maine

Rob Tod, the brewer of Allagash Brewing Company, was recently featured in See the article in: "A drink with Rob",, July 1, 2008. Click here for more information on breweries in Maine.

L.L. Bean 4th of July Celebration (2008)

L.L. Bean of Freeport, Maine will be holding its Fourth of July Celebration this coming weekend. The dates are July 4-6, 2008. There will be lots of activities and events planned.

On Friday, July 4th there will be a 10K Road Race and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk starting at 7:30 am and 9:15 am at Memorial Park, Freeport. In the L.L. Bean store demonstrations are planned covering selecting a tent, sleeping bag, backpacks, an introduction to a GPS, and more. For kids you will find story time, fireworks art, and face painting. A music concert with Toby Lightman and parade and fireworks rounds out Fridays activities.

Saturday brings more demonstrations of outdoor gear, family fun for kids, books signings, clinics on kayaks, fishing and kayaking ending with a concert featuring Daryl Hall.

Sunday sees more demonstrations of equipment, more family fun, more books signings, and more clinics.

Click here for more information about L.L. Bean events or dining and lodging in Freeport.

Houlton, Maine Fair (Jul 3-6, 2008)

The Houlton, Maine Fair will take place on July 3-6, 2008. The fair features livestock, entertainment, crafts, midway rides, horse show, Beano, exhibits, pig scramble, ice cream, tractor, truck and ATV pulls, parades, mud runs, frog jumping contests, baking contests, and more. Click here to learn more about the Houlton Agricultural Fair.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

National Estuarine Research Reserve - Wells, Maine

The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve is a coastal area farm and land reserve that serves a multitude of purposes. It is a research, educational, and recreational facility. Recreational activities at the reserve include hiking the several miles of trails that provide access to woodlands, fields, wetlands, beach, and dunes. This is a favorite area for nature photographers and birdwatchers. There is a visitor center that provides exhibits, videos, library, trail maps, and a gift shop.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

L.L. Bean Concert Schedule - Freeport, ME Jul 08

The sports and outdoors retailer, L.L. Bean located in Freeport, Maine, has posted a listing of its summer activities. L.L. Bean sponsors concerts on a weekly basis. Performing artists scheduled to perform this July 2008 include:

Friday, July 4 - Toby Lightman, Contemporary Pop
Saturday, July 5 - Daryl Hall, Pop
Saturday, July 12 - Kathy Mattea, Acoustic Country
Saturday, July 19 - Portland Symphony Orchestra, Classical
Saturday, July 26 - Buddy Holly's Original Cricketes, 50's Rock and Roll

Click here to see L.L. Bean's calendar of events. Click here for more information on dining and lodging in Freeport, Maine.

Concerts at New England Music Camp in Maine

The New England Music Camp will be presenting a number of concerts this summer on Sunday afternoons at their camp location in Sidney, Maine. The camp location is on Lake Messalonskee - located on Route 23. Read more about this camp and the concerts in "New England Music Camp offers a host of summer concerts",, June 29, 2008. Dates of the concerts are July 6, 13, 20 and 27; and Aug. 3 and 10. Click here for a listing of summer camps in Maine.

Listing of Maine Agricultural Fairs

Click here for a listing of Maine Agriculutural Fairs. This will bring you to the Food & Farms web page of You have the option of viewing fairs by geographic location or by date.