Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

New Years Celebration in Bangor, Maine - Japanese Style

The Kishintaikan Dojo located on 88 Central Street, Bangor, Maine is celebrating New Years Eve Japanese style.  Japanese food, tea, games, door prizes and karate demonstrations will be featured.  Click here for more info.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Snowmobiling in Maine

Snow will sometimes come to Maine in early December.  Although most snowmobile clubs are not ready to groom the trails in December a good storm could change that.  Let's see what the weather brings just before Christmas!  Click here for more information about snowmobiling in Maine.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Magic Arts and Crafts Show - Dec 11, 2010 -

The Christmas Magic Arts and Crafts Show will take place December 11, 2010.  This event takes place at the USM Sullivan Gym on Falmouth Street, Portland, Maine on Saturday.

http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show - Dec 4-5, 2010 - Portland, Maine

The Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show will take place in Portland, Maine on December 4-5, 2010 (Sat and Sun).  Children under age 12 are free, all others $2.00.  Maine Artisans will be selling handcrafted holiday gifts.

http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

33rd Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show (December 4-5, 2010) in Portland, Maine

The 36th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show will take place on December 4-5, 2010 in the USM Sullivan Gym in Portland, Maine.  There will be over 95 artisans selling their handcrafted holiday gifts.

http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/eventsdetails.asp?contentID=8844

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show - Brewer, Maine (Nov 26-27, 2010)

The 36th Annual Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show will take place November 26-27, 2010.  The venue will be the Brewer Auditorium in Brewer, Maine.  Admission is $1.00.  Get your Christmas shopping done early!

http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/eventsdetails.asp?contentID=8810

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Annual Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show - Nov 26-27, 2010 - Brewer, Maine

The Annual Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show will take place November 26-27, 2010 in Brewer, Maine at the Brewer Auditorium on State Street.  It will take place during Friday and Saturday.  The perfect event for Christmas shoppers.

http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Augusta, Maine Arts and Crafts Show (Nov 13-14, 2010)

The 29th Augusta Arts and Crafts Show will take place in Augusta, Maine on November 13-14, 2010.  The location is at the Augusta Civic Center.  Over 120 exhibitors will be selling their handcrafted products.

http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/eventsdetails.asp?contentID=8809

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Update on New England Ski Resorts

The Boston Globe has published an update on New England ski resorts and mentions a few Maine ski areas in the process.  See "What's new at New England ski resorts for 2010-11", The Boston Globe, November 7, 2010.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Deer Herds in Northern Maine Diminishing

In northern Maine there is a decrease in the deer herds.  This is due to a number of factors that include loss of traditional wintering areas, growth of numbers of coyotes, and the average snow depth.  Read an article on this topic entitled "Deer no longer thriving in the north woods", The Portland Press Herald, October 31, 2010.

Learn more about hunting in Maine at the link below:
http://www.travel-maine.info/hunting.htm

Maine Brewers Festival - Nov 5-6, 2010

The Maine Brewers Festival will take place in Portland, Maine on November 5-6, 2010.  Maine's micro-breweries will be at the Portland Expo.  There will be food, door prizes, music, and more.  Click on the links below to learn about this event and Maine breweries.

http://www.learnourbeer.com/

http://www.travel-maine.info/recreation/brew_pubs_and_breweries.htm

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bangor's Art Walk

"On a warm evening last September, downtown Bangor was bustling with people, map in hand, going from location to location. No, Halloween hadn’t come early, but the anticipation in the eyes of people strolling the streets was reminiscent of kids trick-or-treating. Not knowing what is behind a gallery door can be an exciting quest. For businesses that stayed opened during the official downtown Art Walk, the continual foot traffic increased sales. For restaurants, new customers were enthusiastically welcomed."
Read the rest of the article in "Bangor's art walk - part of the city's downtown renaissance", Maine Insights, October 31, 2010.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

October Hunting Season Now Gone

A writer shares his thoughts with us about hunting in October.  See "Goodbye October, I'll miss you", Fosters.com, October 31, 2010.  Read more about Maine and hunting.

Deer Herds and Coyotes in Maine

An interesting article has been posted about the growth of coyotes and the effect on deer herds in Maine.  Read "Hunting: Maine needs coyotes and deer", The Portland Press, October 31, 2010.  Learn more about hunting in Maine.

Monday, November 1, 2010

22nd Bangor Arts & Crafts Show - November 6-7, 2010.

The 22nd Bangor Arts and Craft Show will take place in Bangor, Maine on November 6-7, 2010.  The location will be at the Bangor Civic Center.  Entrance fee is $2.00.

http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/eventsdetails.asp?contentID=8808

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Maine's Ski Areas Getting Ready for Season

Maine's ski areas are readying their facilities and slopes for another season of winter fun.  Read an article telling us more on this topic.  See "Ski areas ready for winter, Some to open trails soon", Fosters.com, October 24, 2010.  Learn more about ski areas in Maine at the link below:

http://www.travel-maine.info/skiing.htm

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Linda Greenlaw | A Maine Author and Fisherman

A writer provides us some insight as to who Linda Greenlaw is.  Greenlaw is a character in the book "The Perfect Storm" - a story of how six fishermen lost their lives at sea.  The book was later made into a movie.  She later wrote her own books about fishing and the ocean.  Linda is a swordfish boat captain in Portland and calls the Isle au Haut home.  Read the article at "Linda Greenlaw '83 Proves Seaworthy", Colby Magazine, Fall 2010.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Photos of Maine - By DownEast Magazine

DownEast Magazine offers a photo gallery online.  The gallery features photographers who have taken pictures of Maine scenes and loaded them up onto the website.  Some very nice scenes of Maine.  Click at the link below to view the photographs.

http://downeastmag.com/galleries

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hiking Along the Adroscoggin River in Maine

A writer talks about some nice hiking trails in western Maine along the Androscoggin River.  See "Let the Androscoggin be your guide to peak hiking", Portland Press Herald, October 24, 2010.

Augusta Arts and Crafts Show - Augusta, Maine - Nov 13-14, 2010

The Augusta Arts and Crafts Show will take place on November 13-14, 2010 in Augusta, Maine. It will be held at the Augusta Civic Center Saturday and Sunday.  Over 120 exhibitors will be showing and selling their handcrafted products.

http://www.mainecraftsmen.org/

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Arts Celebration in Bangor, Maine (Oct 29, 2010)

An arts celebration will take place in Bangor, Maine on October 29th.  See "Arts Celebration Oct. 29 in Bangor", Online Sentinel, October 22, 2010.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bangor Arts & Crafts Show (Nov 6-7, 2010) - Bangor, Maine

The 22nd Bangor Arts & Crafts Show will take place in Bangor, Maine on November 6-7, 2010.  It will be held at the Bangor Civic Center. 

http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/

Monday, October 25, 2010

Safe Hiking in Maine in the Fall

A recent online news article provides us some safety tips for hiking in Maine in the fall.  Read "Fall hiking warrants extra caution", Bangor Daily News, October 15, 2010.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkin Carving - A Witchy Night in Pownal, Maine

A favorite activity prior to Halloween here in Maine is pumpkin carving.  There are contests at the many fairs and festivals.  In addition you will find that family or friends get together to carve pumpkins for enjoyment.  The picture below is of a pumpkin carved recently in Pownal, Maine.  The picture was taken at night and the light is from a candle inside the pumpkin that was carved as a witch.



Youth Deer Day in Maine - Saturday, Oct 17, 2010

Maine's Youth Deer Day is fast approaching.  This is a special day dedicated to teenagers in Maine for deer hunting.  Read a news article with info on this special day for young hunters.  See "Hunting: Youth day keeps tradition alive", Portland Press Herald, October 17, 2010.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Maine Mall - Halloween Costume Contest and Trick-or-Treating

The Maine Mall will hold a Halloween Costume Contest and Trick-or-Treating event on Sunday, October 31st, 2010.  The costume contest is between 2-4 pm and the trick-or-treating will take place from 4-6 pm. 

Read more at the link below:

http://www.mainemall.com/events/halloween-costume-contest-and-trick-or-treating

Click at the following link for more Halloween activities in Maine:

http://www.travel-maine.info/holidays/halloween_in_maine.htm

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sea Shanties - Songs sung by sailors and fishermen

"It's your typical open-mike scene at a bakery on the Blue Hill peninsula. A barn has been cleared and rigged with microphones. Children play out back. Friends and relations sit and listen to folk music. Some acts hold the audience rapt, but even those that don't receive polite attention.


Then up steps Rich Gaito with what appear to be a miniature guitar and accordion. (The guitar, yes, but the other instrument is a concertina, a predecessor to the accordion.) After a brief introduction, he begins to play sea shanties, tunes that sailors have sung for centuries."
Read the rest of the article in "Kennebunk's sea shanty man", The Working Waterfront, October 2010.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Harvest on the Harbor - Portland, Maine - October 21-23, 2010

The Harvest on the Harbor festival will take place at Ocean Gateway, Portland, Maine on October 21-23, 2010.  Portland's waterfront is providing a food and beverage experience.  There will be samples of wine, beer and spirits from Maine and around the world.  In addition, you will see Maine-made products, food artisans, cooking demonstrations, and live music.

http://www.harvestontheharbor.com/

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Linda Greenlaw's Swordfish Sold in Maine Supermarkets

A recent news article provides us with the story of how Linda Greenlaw (book writer, fishing captain, and resident of Isle-au-Haut) has been selling her swordfish caught in the waters off Maine to supermarkets here in Maine.  Read the story in "She's giving swordfish a good name - hers", The Portland Press Herald, October 15, 2010.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Maine Trail Finder | Ideal for Hikers and Bikers

The Maine Trail Finder website is a free online resource for people looking for places to hike, bike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski.  The database, recently established, will soon provide information on four-season trails throughout the state of Maine.  The website includes interactive trail maps and trail descriptions.  The website kicked off in June 2010 and is adding trails periodically. The website has started with trails from Greater Franklin County but will eventually cover all of Maine. Click on the following links for information on trails in Maine.

http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/

http://www.travel-maine.info/hiking.htm

Monday, October 18, 2010

Annual Ogunquit Fest - Maine - October 22-24, 2010

The Annual Ogunquit Fest will take place in Ogunquit, Maine on October 22-24, 2010.  There will be a haunted house, bed race, ghost tours, wagon rides, storytelling, costume parade, car show, crafts, pumpkins, food, and more. 

http://www.visitogunquit.org/

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Carving Pumpkins in Maine

Halloween is one of those holidays that you can ignore (especially if no kids) or that you can dive into and enjoy (even without kids).  There are hayrides, haunted houses, decorations, costume parties, walking around the neighborhood with paper bags or pillowcases collecting candy and more.  One activity associated with Halloween is pumpkin carving - especially with scary themes.  Our son and his girlfriend held a small pumpkin carving evening with friends and came away with some pretty good "art".  Below is a picture of one of the pumpkins carved.  The picture was taken of the pumpkin sitting on their porch outside at night.  You don't see much of the pumpkin.  Just the candle shining from the inside of the pumpkin. 



History of Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching.  While us adults don't pay to much attention to the holiday - our young children do!  Be ready to answer questions about Halloween should you be asked.  The history of Halloween goes back many centuries.  The holiday probably originates from the British Isles.  Find out more about this holiday at the links below:

http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/halloweenhistory.php

http://www.travel-maine.info/holidays/halloween_in_maine.htm

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pumpkin Harvest Festival - Saco, Maine - Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Pumpkin Harvest Festival will be held in Saco, Maine on Saturday, October 16, 2010 on Main Street.  There will be lots of pumpkins and children activities.

http://www.sacospirit.com/Events.html

Friday, October 15, 2010

Turkey Day - Place to eat in Maine for Thanksgiving?

Are you looking for a Thanksgiving get-away in Maine?  There are a number of nice hotels and Bed and Breakfast places that will cater to your every need during the fall Turkey holiday.  Check out our Thanksgiving in Maine web page.

Annual Harvestfest - York, Maine - October 16-17, 2010

The 26th Annual Harvestfest will take place in York Village and York Beach, Maine on Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17, 2010.  The festival includes live music, food, antique car show, crafts, and more.

http://chamber.gatewaytomaine.org/events/details/26th-annual-harvestfest

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Maine Foliage Report for October 13, 2010

(This report below is provided by the Maine Department of Conservation).

AUGUSTA, Maine – Peak leaf color will reach all of Maine's coast this week, according to the fifth fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (DOC).  Forest rangers in the tracking zones (Zones 1 and 2) covering the southern, middle and northern portions of the coast are observing peak color, from 85 to 100 percent, and moderate leaf drop of 30 to 50 percent.

Peak color and moderate leaf drop are also being reported throughout the tracking zone that stretches from Fryeburg and Sebago Lake to Augusta, Bangor and Dover-Foxcroft (Zone 3). Peak color is holding on in the western mountains region from Rangeley to Bethel (Lower Zone 5), and in eastern Maine between Bangor and Calais (Lower Zone 4).

Rangers are observing foliage color past peak in Aroostook County (Zones 6 and 7), and in northern locations from Jackman to Greenville and Millinocket (Upper Zones 4 and 5). Leaf drop is now high, or 50 to 70 percent, in these regions.

Maine’s fall foliage conditions are updated each Wednesday through mid October on this web site. Visitors can sign up to receive the weekly reports by email, and submit photos of foliage scenes from around Maine.

Go to www.visitmaine.com or call the Maine Office of Tourism at 1-888-624-6345 for more information about fall activities and events in Maine.  The Maine Foliage Facebook page can be found by searching for “Maine Fall Foliage” on Facebook.

http://www.travel-maine.info/maine_fall_foliage.htm

Maine Brewers' Festival - November 5-6, 2010 - Portland, Maine

The Maine Brewers' Festival will take place on November 5 and 6, 2010 at The Portland Expo on 239 Park Avenue, Portland, Maine. 
"The 16th annual Maine Brewers Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 5th and 6th, 2010. This festival celebrates the quality and community of Maine's craft brewers and their tasty celebrated brews. Great food, door prizes, interesting vendors, and fantastic music round out the experience. This event has become an anticipated New England tradition. We hope you'll join us for fun, friends, and most importantly, great beer! (Tickets On Sale Now!!)"
Click here to learn more about the Maine Brewers' Festival.  Click here to learn about all breweries in Maine.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Gloucester, Maine Community Fair (October 16, 2010)

The New Gloucester Community Fair will take place on Saturday, October 16, 2010.  The location is the 106 Bald Hill Road on the New Gloucester Fairgrounds.  There will be a parade, music, crafts, fireworks, children activities and more. This is the tenth year the fair is being held.  There is free admission and free parking. 

http://newgloucesterfair.com/

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Blue Hill, Maine Foliage Food and Wine Festival (October 14-17, 2010)

The Blue Hill, Maine Foliage Food and Wine Festival will take place October 14-17, 2010.

http://www.bluehillpenisula.org/

Best Time of Day to Hunt in Maine

What is the best time of day to hunt game in Maine?  A columnist and Registered Maine Guide, Bob Humphrey, tells us when to hunt.  Read "Hunting: So many options, and hunters can plan to enjoy them all", The Portland Press Herald, October 11, 2010.  See hunting in Maine for additional information.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Maine Potato Harvest - School Break for Field Work a Maine Tradition

The annual potato harvest is a big deal in northern Maine.  It is so important that the students attending local schools get time off to work in the fields.  This is a long-standing tradition that may soon go away.  But for now - it is observed and the students love it!  Read more in "Debate Boils Over Harvest Break", The Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2010.

Maine Foliage Season (Oct 10, 2010 Update)

Read the latest news on Maine's foliage season in "Foliage season moving along at full speed", Kennebec Journal, October 10, 2010.  See also - Foliage in Maine.

Bear Hunting in Maine

When folks talk about hunting in Maine they usually are talking deer. However, Maine has great bear hunting as well.  It is estimated that the bear population in Maine is 23,000 and the annual bear kill each year is between 3,000 and 4,000.  Read more facts about bear hunting in Maine in "Bear hunt brings economic and biological benefits", The Portland Press Herald, October 10, 2010.

Lecture on History of Portland, Maine's Architecture (Oct 12, 2010)

A lecture will be held at the Maine Historical Society's Lecture Room on October 12, 2010 entitled "The Impact of 200 Years of History on Portland's Architecture".  The presentation will be by Christopher Glass - the author of Historic Maine Homes and an architect in Maine for 35 years.  Learn more at:

http://portlandlandmarks.org/Content/336.php

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Maine Beer Trail

The Maine Beer Trail is for true beer lovers.  The beer trail provides information on breweries and pubs in the state of Maine.  Read more on this topic in "What Ales You: Let Beer Trail lead you to new brews", The Portland Press Herald, October 7, 2010.  You can find out information on these breweries at the links below:

http://www.mainebrewersguild.org/

http://www.travel-maine.info/recreation/brew_pubs_and_breweries.htm

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fryeburg, Maine Fair - (October 3-10, 2010)

The Fryeburg Fair is running October 3-10, 2010.  This is one of the largest agricultural fairs in the state of Maine.  There is something for everyone.  Animal exhibits, livestock shows, racing, food, entertainment, calf scramble, firemen's muster, 4x4 pull, parade, pig scramble, sheep dog trials, shuffleboard, skillet throw, tractor pull, and more.  Visit the website below for more information:

http://www.fryeburgfair.com/

Darmariscotta, Maine Pumpkinfest and Regatta (Oct 3-11, 2010)

The Darmariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta is taking place this weekend (Oct 3-11, 2010).  Find out more at the website below.  For other Maine festival and fair events click on our event calendar.

http://damariscottapumpkinfest.com/

Peak Foliage Arriving in Western Maine

Western Maine is seeing the foliage peak at this time (Saturday, October 9, 2010).  Read more in "Peak foliage color arrives in western Maine", Sun Journal, October 8, 2010.

You can view Maine Foliage Reports at http://www.mainefoliage.com/.

Learn more about Mane foliage at http://www.travel-maine.info/maine_fall_foliage.htm.

Northeast Penjajawoc Trails - Bangor, Maine

Maine citizens continue to come together to develop and maintain new trails for recreational use; whether it be for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, or snowmobiling.  One more example of this are the Northeast Penjajawoc Trails located near Bangor, Maine.  The Bangor Land Trust, Land for Maine's Future, Caribou bog-Penjajawoc Lands Committee, and the Maine Conservation Corps are key players for this recreational area.  You can find out more about this walking trail system on the land trust website at http://www.bangorlandtrust.org/.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Books about Lighthouses in Maine

Fall is a wonderful time to visit Maine.  Not only do we have the great fall foliage scenes but we have the coastline with its many lighthouses.  Visit our web page on Maine's lighthouses and visit our Amazon.com Associates store where we offer books about Maine lighthouses.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Maine Event Calendars - A Comprehensive Listing of Event Calendars for Maine

The link below will take you to a comprehensive listing of event and activity calendars for Maine.  Event calendars include town, city, regional, business, art, crafts, sports and recreation.  Official Maine tourism calendars as well as small communities are listed.

http://www.travel-maine.info/event_calendar.htm

An Irish Pub in Brunswick, Maine

Maine has more than wildlife, trees, lighthouses, and coastline.  We also have a nightlife; to include a few Irish pubs and breweries.  One such pub is located in Brunswick, Maine and is called Byrnes' Irish Pub.  A recent columnist wrote up the pub (favorably) in this online article - "Bar Guide: Byrnes' pub in Brunswick upholds Irish requirements", The Portland Press Herald, October 7, 2010.

http://byrnesirishpub.com/

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Maine Maps

This is a great time of year to visit Maine.  If you are not from here you may want to pick up a map of Maine before your trip.  You can learn more about Maine maps by clicking on the link below:

http://www.travel-maine.info/Maine_Maps.htm

Or you can purchase a map of Maine from our Amazon.com Associates store at the link below:

http://astore.amazon.com/books-on-maine-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=2

Halloween in Portland, Maine - Wicked Walking Tours

For some Halloween fun in Portland, Maine check into the "Wicked Walking Tours" website.

http://www.wickedwalkingtours.com/

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Healthy Hiking in Maine - Maine Walks Listing

"Healthy Maine Walks" is sponsored by a coalition of trail and health agencies and organizations in Maine that wishes to promote healthy living through outdoor exercise.  Their website provides a wealth of information on where to go for family walks.

http://www.healthymainewalks.com/index.php

http://www.travel-maine.info/hiking.htm

Monday, October 4, 2010

Forest Rangers Track Foliage in Maine and Provide Maine Foliage Reports

Maine Forest Rangers provide input to the weekly foliage reports issued by the state of Maine.  These foliage reports are put on a website (see below) to help tourists and leaf peepers decide when to go on that foliage car trip they have been thinking about!  Read a recent news article about this topic in "Peak patrol (think Maine foliage)", The Portland Press Herald, September 29, 2010.

http://www.mainefoliage.com/

http://www.travel-maine.info/maine_fall_foliage.htm

Sunday, October 3, 2010

L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools - Every Saturday and Sunday

The L.L. Bean Discovery Schools have adventures lined up every Saturday and Sunday in Freeport, Maine.  You can walk-in or register in advance.  Learn all about kayaking, fishing, archery, wingshooting, hiking and other adventures.  Click on the link below:

http://www.llbean.com/outdoorsOnline/odp/index.html?nav=ftlink

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Moose Tracks in Maine

A visitor from out-of-state writes a column about visiting Maine and seeing moose.  See "Moose Tracks", Chicago Tribune, October 2, 2010.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Wife Carrying Championships

The 11th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championships will take place on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Sunday River, Maine.  Over 50 teams will compete from across the country for a spot in the World Championships in Finland.  Earn your wife's weight in beer if you win!  If the wife is dropped then a penalty is added to the time. 

http://www.sundayriver.com/Events/Main/Summer/Wife_Carrying_Championship.html

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Maine Hunting Gear - By L.L. Bean

L.L. Bean, Maine's most famous outfitter located in Freeport, Maine has lots of gear for hunters.  Visit their web page for hunting gear at the link below:

http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/899?nav=gnro

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Maine Hunting Jokes

A Maine website has a few hunter jokes worth looking at.   See the link below:

http://maine-hunting-camp.com/huntfishjokes.html

Monday, September 27, 2010

Apple Picking Time in Maine

It is apple picking time in Maine! Take the kids out for some fall fun on an apple farm. Maine has plenty of apple orchards to visit. Many orchards offer free hay rides and cider. Some sell - besides apples - other farm products such as homemade pies and pumpkins. One that is open this week is Bracketts Orchards in Limington, Maine. Visit their website for directions at the link below:

http://brackettsorchards.com/

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Common Ground Country Fair - Unity, Maine (Sep 24-26, 2010)

The Common Ground Country Fair is being held this weekend in Unity, Maine.  Gates open at 9:00 am.  There are all sorts of happenings taking place to include draft horses, donkey and mule show, fleece show, foot races, manure toss and sheep dog demonstrations.  Click on the link below to find out more:

http://www.mofga.org/TheFair/tabid/135/Default.aspx

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dempsey Challenge, Lewiston-Auburn, Maine (October 2-3, 2010)

The Dempsey Challenge will take place October 2-3, 2010 in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine.  The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing helps families dealing with cancer.  This event benefits this center.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Haunted Hayrides in Scarborough, Maine

Looking for some Halloween fun for the kids?  Take them to Scarborough, Maine where they can go on haunted hayrides!  See the link below:

http://www.hauntedhayridesmaine.com/

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fall Foliage in Maine

Are you looking for info on fall foliage trips in Maine?  Check out our web page below:

http://www.travel-maine.info/maine_fall_foliage.htm

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Shaker Hill Apple Festival - Alfred, Maine (Sep 25-26, 2010)

The Shaker Hill Apple Festival will take place on September 25-26, 2010. The festival benefits the York County Shelter Programs and the Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum.  There will be crafts, apples, music, wagon and antique car rides, and more.

http://www.yorkcountyshelterprograms.org/

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cornish Apple Festival (Maine - September 25, 2010)

The Cornish Apple Festival will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2010 in Cornish, Maine.  The festival is free and is held in historic Thompson Park.  Crafters and musicians will be present.  A 5K road race will take place as well.  Cornish Village is located in the Western mountain and lake region of Maine on Route 25 west of Portland, Maine and east of the New Hampshire borders.  Click on the link below for more info:

http://www.cornish-maine.org/about_cornish_apple_festival.html

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cumberland Fair - Maine (September 26 to October 2, 2010)

Fall brings lots of fall events such as festivals and fairs to visit.  One of the better ones to attend is the Cumberland Fair held in Cumberland, Maine from September 26 to October 2, 2010.  Livestock competitions, food, music, entertainment, harness racing and more takes place here.  Learn more at the link below:

http://www.cumberlandfair.com/

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Acton, Maine Apple Festival (September 18, 2010 on Saturday)

The Acton, Maine Fall Apple Festival takes place today - Saturday, September 18, 2010 - at the Acton, Maine town hall.  It runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and has crafts, children's fun, food, and apples.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Aroostook County, Maine Fall Foliage Tour Loop

Maine's fall foliage season starts first in the northern part of Maine - which means Aroostook County.  Read a news article on leaf peeping in Aroostook County and find out more about Maine Fall Foliage at the links below:

http://www.bangordailynews.com/story/Outdoors/Several-Aroostook-County-loop-tours-are-popular-with-leaf-peepers,153372

http://www.travel-maine.info/maine_fall_foliage.htm

Thursday, September 16, 2010

News on Maine Upland Bird Hunting

A Maine guide has wrote an article about the prospects for upland bird hunting in Maine this coming fall season.  Read "Outdoors in Maine: Taking a good look at the upland birds", The Sun Journal, September 12, 2010.  Click here for more information about hunting in Maine.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Maine Fall Foliage Season Has Begun

Maine's fall foliage season has begun.  The season starts now and ends around the end of October depending on location within the state - southern regions of Maine have a later starting time and later ending time.  The state of Maine is providing Maine fall foliage reports which makes it easy to keep up to date on where the peak foliage areas are in Maine.  These reports are available at:

http://www.mainefoliage.com/

The state of Maine also has a Maine Fall Foliage Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Augusta-ME/Maine-Fall-Foliage/112498358808567?v=info&ref=ts

Click here to learn more about Maine Fall Foliage:

http://www.travel-maine.info/maine_fall_foliage.htm

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Maine Hunting News

Are you looking for some Maine hunting news?  Maine Hunting Today is a website that offers all sorts of news about hunting in Maine.  See the links below.

Maine Hunting Today
http://mainehuntingtoday.com/news/

Hunting in Maine
http://www.travel-maine.info/hunting.htm

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fall Foliage May come Early in Maine

It appears that the fall foliage season may come a little earlier in New England - and here in Maine.  According to a news report in The Boston Globe " . . the hot, dry summer has caused foliage to turn color earlier than usual in northern New England".  Read more in "Hot, arid summer leads to early preview of fall foliage", The Boston Globe, August 30, 2010.  Click here to learn more about fall foliage in Maine.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Tips for Food Safety While Camping and Hiking

Campers and hikers should take special precautions when bringing food with them for their hiking and camping trips.  The University of Maine Cooperative Extension provides some food safety tips to follow.  See the link below:

http://extension.umaine.edu/blog/2010/09/03/camping-hiking/

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tips for Bear Hunting in Maine

A blogger from Maine writes up some tips on bear hunting.  See "Bear Hunt Taken to the Extreme", The Maine Outdoorsman, August 26, 2010.  Click here for more information on Hunting in Maine.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Indoor Camping in Maine

A writer, Milt Gross, has published an article called "A indoor camping we will go" in the Magic City Morning Star (August 25, 2010).  He points out that you eat better, sleep more comfortably, and avoid mosquitoes with this style of camping.  Along with these observations he also mentions some nice places to stay, cheap places to eat, and other insights to camping indoors. For those of you who do enjoy the heat, cold, and mosquitoes you can get some camping ideas here - Camping in Maine.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

How to Prepare for Hunting in Maine

A recent online news article discussed the preparation work that one should take to prepare for a hunting trip in Maine.  Some of the preparations include assembling maps and aerial photos for and planning, scouting for hunting locations ahead of time, and building your hunting blinds.

Read the full article here:

"Hunting: Prep work now surely will pay off later"
The Portland Press Herald
August 29, 2010
http://www.pressherald.com/life/outdoors/prep-work-now-surely-will-pay-off-later_2010-08-29.html

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Maine Huts & Trails

A non-profit organization is developing a system of huts along a 200 mile trail in Western Maine.  Staying at the huts require reservations but the trail has been highly praised.
"Maine Huts and Trails is a non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to the economic, social and natural environment of Maine's Western Mountain region by creating and operating a world-class recreation corridor for current and future generations. Our backcountry trails enhance access to beautiful lakes, rivers and forest lands, and our low impact huts provide inviting spaces that facilitate outdoor adventures and learning. This self-sustaining resource stimulates environmentally sensitive economic opportunity in the region by attracting visitors of all ages and abilities."
See more info on Maine Huts and Trails at their website below"

http://www.mainehuts.org/

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

List of Hunting Camps in Maine

Deer season in Maine is not that far off.  If you are looking for a list of hunting or sporting camps in Maine then check out our list at the link below:

http://www.travel-maine.info/hunting-camps-in-maine.htm

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hunting Guides in Maine

This is the time to be planning your hunting trip in Maine.  After you decide where to go you need to determine if you need a Maine guide or not.  If you do want the services of a Maine guide and don't know how to contact one - check out our Maine Guide page.  See the link below.

http://www.travel-maine.info/hunting-guides-in-maine.htm

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tour of Bath Iron Works - Maine

Maine Maritime Museum, located in Bath, Maine, offers tours of the Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard.  Read an article about the tours in The Working Waterfront.  Follow the links below for more info:

"A tour behind the shipyard gates", The Working Waterfront, September 2010
http://www.workingwaterfront.com/articles/A-tour-behind-the-shipyard-gates/14022/

Maine Maritime Museum
http://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org/

Bath Iron Works
http://www.gdbiw.com/

Learn more about city of Bath, Maine
http://www.travel-maine.info/city/bath.htm

Saturday, September 4, 2010

L.L. Bean Concert - Freeport, Maine - Sep 4, 2010 - Joshua Radin - Folk Recording Artist

L.L. Bean will present a concert at the L.L. Bean Discover Park in Freeport, Maine.  The entertainment tonight (Saturday, September 4, 2010) will be Joshua Radin.  Starts at 7:30 p.m.  Joshua Radin is an American folk recording artist.  He has released albums such as Simple Timesand We Were Here. For more info on Radin see the link below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Radin

Friday, September 3, 2010

Visit Fort Baldwin - for a View of Maine Military History

Fort Baldwin, located in Phippsburg, Maine is a great place for a family outing.  It is just south of Bath, Maine and is positioned along the coast.  The fort was built to provide coastal protection to the city of Bath, Bath Iron Works (a huge ship building facility), and to provide coastal artillery defense along the Maine coast.  Fort Baldwin had three batteries and a large observation tower.  One of the batteries, Battery Cogan, is depicted in the picture to the left.  Learn more about Fort Baldwin by clicking on the link below.

http://www.travel-maine.info/historic-forts/fort-baldwin-maine.htm

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cycling in Portland, Maine

"Cycling Portland, Maine is a great way to experience its charm and character. It is evident by the many trails available to cyclists that Portland citizens foster cycling. A must-have for bicycle travelers is the Portland Trails map, produced by the non-profit, Portland Trails. It includes 30 different trails to ride or hike!"
The above text comes from a great article on cycling in Portland, Maine.  Read the rest of the article here - "Cycling Portland, Maine - Commercial Street South Portland lighthouse ride", The Examiner.com, August 23, 2010.

Eastport, Maine Pirate Festival (Sep 10-12, 2010)

The 5th Annual Eastport Pirate Festival will take place in Eastport, Maine on September 10-12, 2010.  Lots of family activities will take place.

http://www.eastportpiratefestival.com/

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

9th Annual Fall Festival of Arts and Crafts at Smiling Hill Farm in Maine

The 9th Annual Fall Festival of Arts and Crafts will take place at the Smiling Hill Farm in Maine on September 11, 2010.   The location is in Westbrook, Maine on Route 22.  Over 100 of Maine's talented artisans will be selling their unique handcrafted products.

http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/eventsdetails.asp?contentID=8820

 

B&M Brick Oven Baked Beans - Portland, Maine

Have you ever drove along Route 295 admiring the Portland, Maine skyline and then smell the wonderful aroma of baked beans?  The scent comes from the B&M Brick Oven Baked Beans establishment.  This factory has been around for quite some time.  Read a little history of the baked bean factory here - "B&M Brick Oven Baked Beans: A New England Tradition Since 1927", Suite 101.com, August 23, 2010.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Center Trails on Orr's Island

"If you are looking for a bit of an Acadia National Park, Monhegan Island, and Norwegian fjords experience all rolled into one, consider a visit to the spectacular trail system at the Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Center on the northwestern tip of Orr's Island.

This off the beaten path parcel of land gets little publicity and little visitation. The 118 acres of peaceful meadows, secluded evergreen forests, and steep ridge lines and cliffs were a gift to the college from William and Irma Thalheimer, with the desire to create a world-class coastal studies program.

Seven distinct trails offer a variety of experiences and comprise a total of nearly four miles of walking if you hike them all. We spent three hours recently walking the perimeter trails of the narrow peninsula, bordered to the west by the sparkling waters of Harpswell Sound, and to the east by the sheltered waters of Long Cove."
Read the rest of this article in "Exploring the Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Center trails on Orr's Island", The Forecaster, August 17, 2010.  Click here to learn more about hiking in Maine.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Southern Maine Sea Kayaking Network (SMSKN)

The Southern Maine Sea Kayaking Network (SMSKN) is a network for sea kayakers to  meet paddling friends, learn more about safety, and plan trips together.  Their website (a very nice one I might add) contains sections about news, events, trip planning, a gallery, resources and forum.  You can go to their website by clicking on http://www.smskn.org/.  Click here to learn more about kayaking in Maine.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A History of Fort William Henry - A Maine Coastal Fort

Fort William Henry guarded the entrance to the Pemaquid River - which leads to Damariscotta, Maine.  The fort was built to protect the northern frontier from the French and local Indians.  Read about the history of this fort in an article on The Working Waterfront website entitled "Betrayal at Fort William Henry" published on August 2010.  Click here to learn more about historic forts of Maine.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Shipwrecks, Cannibals, and Lighthouses off the Coast of Maine

"In December of 1710, the British merchant ship Nottingham Galley ran aground on Boon Island, a tiny pile of rocks off the coast from York, Maine. Although their ship was destroyed, all thirteen crew members and their captain, John Dean, made it safely onto the island.

Since the island is only 8 or 9 miles from the mainland, they initially thought someone would come and rescue them. They were mistaken. Whether because of bad weather or just bad luck, no ships came by for 21 days. Three weeks is a long time to spend on an island that's only 700 feet long, particularly when you don't have any food and it's the start of a Maine winter."
Read the rest of the tale in "Cannibals off the Coast of Maine" on the New England Folklore blog.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Maine Summer Fishing Story

The author of Northwoods Sporting Journal shares a Maine summer fishing story with us.  Read his article in "Outdoors in Maine: The quest defines us", Sun Journal, August 22, 2010.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hike n' Bike Trek on Sep 18, 2010 by Loon Echo Land Trust

The 10th Annual Loon Echo Land Trust Hike n' Bike Trek will take place on September 18, 2010.  The location is at Shawnee Peak Ski Area in Bridgton, Maine.  This is promoted as the "Toughest century ride in Maine" with a 1,200 foot vertical descent in the White Mountain National Forest's Evans Notch.  The hiking event will take place over Pleasant Mountain's six peaks over a six mile trek.  There are three bike treks of 25, 50 and 100 miles.  To look at the bike routes, find out more information, or to register click on the link below:

http://loonecholandtrust.org/html/hike_n__bike_trek.html

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hawks and Other Birds Migrating South Through Acadia National Park

BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thousands of migratory birds are already making their way south for the winter by traveling through Acadia National Park.

Acadia National Park is inviting park visitors and locals to join their hawk watch and track what species and how many birds pass through Cadillac Mountain. The hawk watch season is eight weeks long and lasts through October 12th. Angi King-Johnston says that keeping track of these numbers and research will help scientists get a better understanding of migratory bird populations.

"By counting these birds we can keep track of their populations, that way we can hopefully avoid the disappearance of them like we did in the mid-1900s, the peregrine falcon and bald eagle for example," King-Johnston said.  King-Johnston expects 2,500-3,000 birds to pass through Acadia this fall.
 Article from WCSH6.com NEWS CENTER.  The Bangor Daily News also covered the event in an article entitled Acadia Hawk Watch Begins (August 22, 2010).

County Bluegrass Music Festival - Fort Fairfield, Maine - September 2-5, 2010

The County Bluegrass Music Festival will take place in Fort Fairfield, Maine on September 2-5, 2010.  Some of the performers include Goldwing Express, The Hemingway Brothers, Phat Grass, Blistered Fingers, White Mountain Bluegrass and more.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Women's Only - Maine Dog Sledding and Winter Cabin Adventure (February 18-21, 2011)

It is never too early to plan vacations - even if they are months away.  Why not plan a unique winter adventure in the Maine woods?  Experience dog sledding, sled dogs, and the peacefulness of the north Maine woods at the Maryland Sled Dog Adventures cabin in Starks, Maine during their special Maine Winter Cabin Adventure.

This special four day long dog sledding adventure will be held February 18, 2011 through February 21, 2011 at the Maryland Sled Dog Adventures' cabin in Starks, Maine and will include opportunities to dog sled, skijor, cross country ski, and snow shoe. Participants will have hands on opportunities to learn how to drive their own dog team through the scenic solitude of the north Maine woods.

To learn more about this winter adventure for women click on the link below:

http://www.marylanddogsledding.com/Maine_Adventure.htm

Red Cloak Haunted History Tours - Mid-Coast Maine

On August 24, 2010 there will be a Red Cloak Haunted History Tour - Investigators from the Maine Ghost Hunters Society will be joining “The Lady in the Red Cloak” for a special Haunted History Tour! A team of investigators will come equipped with devices that will help see the unseen… whether by image, sound, or electromagnetic activity. The specialized equipment will be used to test areas on the walk for the possible presence of paranormal activity and will be demonstrated to the guests. By reservation only; 207-380-3806, redcloaktours@gmail.com, http://www.redcloakhauntedhistorytours.com/.

Hunting Season in Maine Approaches!

Hunters are looking toward the start of hunting season in Maine.  Read an recent news article on this topic - "Hunting: Hunters gear up as action time approaches", Maine Sunday Telegram, August 22, 2010.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hunting in Maine

Are you interested in hunting in Maine?  Our web page on hunting has a wealth of information to include links for Maine hunting associations, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, hunting guide services, Maine hunting camps, taxidermy, and books and magazines about hunting.  See "Hunting in Maine".

Lobster Boat Racing in Portland Harbor, Maine (Sunday, August 22, 2010)

If you are looking for some water edge excitement today (Sunday, August 22, 2010) then consider watching the Lobster Boat Races scheduled for Portland Harbor, Maine.  If you can't make it today then check out the Maine Lobster Boat Racing calendar for other races this summer.  Click here to learn more about lobsters and lobster men in Maine.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Weekend in Portland, Maine

Do you need some ideas of what to do during a weekend visit to Portland, Maine?  A recent online travel article provides you with a weekend planner for Portland.  The list of things to do take you from Friday evening to Sunday.  The article provides suggested hotels, restaurants, tours, and sights to see.  See "36 Hours in Portland, Me.", The New York Times, August 19, 2010.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Camden Windjammer Festival, September 3-5, 2010

"The Camden Windjammer Festival is a community-led celebration of Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions. From the great age of sail when four, five, and even six-masted schooners were launched into Camden Harbor, through the birth of the windjammer business here in the 1930s and continuing with the elegant yachts that visit or call Camden home every summer, sailing ships have always defined this gorgeous community where the mountains meet the sea."
http://www.camdenwindjammerfestival.com/

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival - Sat, Aug 21, 2010

The 4th Annual Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, August 21, 2010.  Hours are 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.  There will be music, street performers, and food.  The event is free.

See http://www.brunswickdowntown.org/

Click here for more information about Brunswick, Maine.
http://www.travel-maine.info/city/brunswick.htm

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rockport, Maine: A Summer Destination with an Old-Time Pub

Rockport, Maine - found along the coast of Maine - is a favorite destination of many vacationers and summer folks.  The town has a new eating establishment called "Shepherd's Pie".  Read more about this old-fashioned pub in "In Rockport, Maine, a pub with old time feel", The Boston Globe, August 18, 2010.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Camden, Maine: Top Location for Foliage

Camden, Maine has been named by Yankee Magazine as a top location for seeing fall foliage
"Celebrating the publication's 75th anniversary, Yankee Magazine's September/October issue, on newsstands August 24, 2010, names the top 25 towns in New England for fall foliage travel - the first time the magazine has ever ranked towns by this standard. Camden, Maine, ties with Waitsfield, Vermont, for sixth place. (The list includes many ties, so the ranking goes from first place to 13th place.) Other Maine towns named to the list include: Bethel, Rangeley, and Blue Hill."
Read the rest of the news article in "Yankee Magazine Names Camden a Top 25 Foliage Town", Republican Journal Village Soup, August 17, 2010.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Gems, Minerals, and Mining in Maine

Maine has a rich history of gem and mineral mining.  Several mining companies and mining camps still exist today.  Gemstone and mineral collectors from out of state will find firms that will assist you in your efforts to learn more about Maine gems and minerals - and where to go to collect or mine for them.  Click here to find out more about Maine gems and mining camps.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival (August 20-22, 2010)

The Machias Wild Blueberry Festival will take place in Machias, Maine on August 20-22, 2010. There will be entertainment, music, road race, quilt raffle, crafts, arts, vendors, contests and raffles, shopping, and food.

http://www.machiasblueberry.com/

Friday, August 13, 2010

Maine Lighthouse Ride 2010 - Sep 11, 2010

"PORTLAND - Hundreds of cyclists from across the United States will be drawn to the southern coast of Maine this September for what is surely one of the most breathtakingly scenic rides available anywhere in the world. The Eastern Trail Alliance is hosting “Maine Lighthouse Ride 2010” on September 11 at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. Ride options include a 25-mile ride, a 40-mile loop, a 62-mile metric century, and a 100-mile century for the true hard-cores. Along the way, riders will see as many as nine historic lighthouses, the rocky coast for which Maine is so famous, and majestic white sand beaches. Maps, cue sheets, multiple rest stops, food, refreshments and hot showers are provided by ride organizers."
Read the rest of the press release at "Eastern Trail Alliance Hosts Maine Lighthouse Ride", Bangor Daily News, August 11, 2010 or visit the website for the Eastern Trail Alliance.  Click here to learn more about biking in Maine.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub in Maine

For those coming to vacation in Maine in search of a brew pub there are a quite a few to choose from.  One of these is Gritty McDuff's located in three locations: Portland, Freeport, and Auburn.  To learn more read a recent news article about the brew pub entitled "What Ales You: Gritty's gives craft-brew fans an early taste of Halloween", The Portland Press Herald, August 12, 2010 or visit a listing of brew pubs in Maine.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mainely T Tour - Rockland, Maine - Sep 7-11, 2010

Maine has a variety of events to enjoy during the summer and fall.  The Mainely T Tour is one of these and will take place in Rockland, Maine during September 7-11, 2010.  This is the 25th year of the Mainely T Tour and is hosted by the Down East Chapter of the Model T Club of America.  A recent news article provides more information on this event.  See "The Mainely T Tour Comes to Rockland", The Working Waterfront, September 2010 issue.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bar Harbor, Maine Jazz Festival (August 18-22, 2010)

The Bar Harbor, Maine Jazz Festival will take place August 18-22, 2010.

http://www.barharborjazzfest.com/

Monday, August 9, 2010

Machias, Maine Wild Blueberry Festival, August 20-22, 2010

The Machias Wild Blueberry Festival will take place August 20-22, 2010 in Machias, Maine.  Lots of events are planned to include music, foot races, baking, pie eating contests, and historical and cultural exhibits.

http://www.machiasblueberry.com/

Sunday, August 8, 2010

American Folk Festival, Bangor, Maine (August 27-29, 2010)

The American Folk Festival will take place on the Bangor Waterfront in Bangor, Maine on August 27-29, 2010.  There will be music, dancing, craft demonstrations and exhibits, children's activities, food, and items for sale.

http://www.americanfolkfestival.com/

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Winter Harbor Music Festival (Maine) to be held August 15-22, 2010

The 2nd Annual Winter Harbor Music Festival will be held August 15-22, 2010. To learn more click on:

http://www.winterharbormusicfestival.com/.

"The quaint lobstering village of Winter Harbor is a relaxed vacation spot, drawing tourists from around the world. Unforgettable views of Mount Desert Island and the open ocean, dramatic rock formations, thunder holes, hiking trails and opportunities for whale watching are some of the reasons why people return to this rarely visited section of Acadia, year after year.


Our week-long Music Festival offers instrumentalists and singers a unique opportunity to study and perform together, as solo, chamber, choral and orchestral musicians. Participants work with a faculty of internationally acclaimed artists and teachers, in ensemble coaching sessions, master classes and choral-orchestral rehearsals; private lessons are available as well. Collaboration in performance with artist faculty is an important element of the program.

Instrumentalists and singers have daily chamber music coaching. All participants are offered performance opportunities, with distinguished faculty, in historic Hammond Hall and musical evening 'soirees' at Point Alva. Arrangements may be made between artist faculty and participants for daily private lessons."

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

41st Annual Cumberland Arts and Craft Show (Aug 12-14, 2010)

The 41st Annual Cumberland, Maine Arts and Crafts Show will take place on August 12-14, 2010.  This is Maine's largest Arts and Crafts Show and it features many talented Maine artisans selling their handcraft products.  The show is located at the Cumberland Fairgrounds.

http://www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com/eventsdetails.asp?contentID=8818

Monday, August 2, 2010

Belfast, Maine Art Walk

Every Friday night in July and August the Belfast Art Walk takes place between 5 and 8 pm.

http://www.artsbelfast.com/

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Beltek Festival, Portland, Maine - August 7, 2010

The Beltek Music Festival will take place in Portland, Maine on August 7, 2010. 

http://beltekfestival.com/

Friday, July 30, 2010

Maine Highland Games, August 21, 2010 to be held in Topsham, Maine

The Maine Highland Games will be held in Topsham, Maine on August 21, 2010.  Many events are planned to include concerts, food, entertainment, highland sports, pipe bands, dancing contests and more.

  http://www.mainehighlandgames.org/

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fort Popham - Maine Coastal Defense

Fort Popham, located in Phippsburg, Maine, was built to provide coastal defense to the Maine coast during the Civil War.  Although it did not take part in any military engagements during the war it provided a deterrent to Confederate naval ships that might try and attack important targets along the Maine coast - most notably shipping commerce and the ship building facilities located in Bath, Maine along the Kennebec River.  To learn more about Fort Popham click on the link below:

http://www.travel-maine.info/historic-forts/fort-popham-maine.htm

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fort Baldwin, Phippsburg, Maine

If you are looking for a place nice to visit that has some history then consider a trip to Phippsburg, Maine to visit Fort Baldwin.  Fort Baldwin is a World War I era coastal defense fort constructed to keep watch over the entrance to the Kennebec River and keep the capital of Augusta, Maine safe as well as the ship building facilities located at Bath, Maine.  The fort is easy to get to and is located near Popham Beach.  The picture at left is the observation tower found at Fort Baldwin.  It was built during World War II to allow observers to radio the positions of enemy vessels to coastal defense batteries located throughout Casco Bay. To learn more about the fort click on the link below:

http://www.travel-maine.info/historic-forts/fort-baldwin-maine.htm

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sebago to the Sea Trail Almost Complete: Another Step Ahead for Maine Outdoors Advocates

The Sebago to the Sea Trail system that connects Sebago Lake to Portland, Maine is gathering steam towards its completion.  18 of 26 miles are now complete.  The Westbrook, Maine City Council recently voted to ". . . support development of a 28-mile trail system linking existing hiking trails, bike paths, and sidewalks with some new trails to create a continuous walkway between Sebago Lake and Portland's East End Beach".  Read more in "Westbrook gives Sebago to the Sea trail system a 4-mile leg up", Portland Press Herald, July 5, 2010.  Learn more at the Sebago to the Sea Trail website.  Click here to learn more about hiking in Maine.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Little River Lighthouse (Cutler, Maine) Will Open to Public

The Little River Lighthouse will re-open to the public.  The lighthouse, one of many Maine lighthouses, is located on a 15-acre island off the coast of Cutler, Maine.  Read more in "Maine lighthouse opening to public", Seacoast Online, July 4, 2010.  Visit the website of the Friends of the Little River Lighthouse.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

South Portland, Maine History Museum Now Open

"SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- South Portland's new historical society opened its doors for the first time on the Fourth of July. The event has been four years in the making at a cost of about a quarter of a million dollars. The museum is based in the old Cushing's Point House at Bug Light Park. The entire building was moved just a short distance away to city-owned land. The house is itself a piece of history. It was used by the shipyard where the famous Liberty ships were built during World War II. Inside the museum is a vast collection of old photos snapped during the shipbuilding days. Historians refer to that era as an incredible period of growth for South Portland, which is today the fourth largest city in Maine. The Portland Pipe Line acquired the building and donated it to the South Portland Historical Society last year."
Information from "South Portland History Museum Opens", July 4, 2010.  Click here for a listing of museums in Maine.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Reid State Park in Maine

Are you looking for a nice beach to visit along the coast of Maine? Then Reid State Park may be exactly what you are searching for. It is located in Georgetown, Maine. This park is a beach on the ocean and is about 15 miles from Bath, Maine. It is a very scenic country drive to reach the ocean. There are picnic areas and grills and also a bathhouse on site with flush toilets.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Music Festival - August 26-29, 2010

The 35th Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Music Festival will take place on August 26-29, 2010 at the Litchfield Fairgrounds in Litchfield, Maine.  Learn more by clicking on the bands website.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Maine Lobster Ride & Roll, Rockland, Maine - July 24, 2010

The 9th Annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll will take place on July 24, 2010 in Rockland, Maine.  You can bicycle along the winding country lanes and visit lighthouses on the Maine coast.  The race has full support to include maps and rest stops.  You can choose from 16-, 30-, 50-, and 100-mile rides.  Sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.  Click here for more information about bike rides in Maine.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bike to the Breakwater (Bike MS) July 31 - August 1, 2010

The Bike to the Breakwater event will take place on July 31 to August 1, 2010.  It starts at Saint Joseph's College on Sebago Lake, Maine.  It is sponsored by the Maine Chapter of the National MS Society. 

Click here for more info:

http://bikemem.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=BIKE_MEM_homepage

Monday, July 12, 2010

Destination: Freeport - An Online Travel Website for Freeport, Maine

If you are looking for lodging, events, or restaurant listings for Freeport, Maine - then consider Destination: Freeport.  This is a website concentrating on things to do, places to visit, places to stay and eat for Freeport, Maine.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Hiking Grafton Loop Trail in Maine

The Grafton Loop Trail near Newry, Maine has been the beneficiary of organizations that promote outdoor activities such as hiking and protect wilderness tracts for use in the future.  Read more in "Worth the hike, and so worth protecting", Maine Sunday Telegram, July 4, 2010.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Portland, Maine: A Tourist Destination With Architectural Treaures

History can be found in Portland, Maine. And so can't some Victorian architectural treasures. Read more in "Portland is more than gateway to elsewhere", The Montreal Gazette, July 3, 2010.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Maine International Film Festival - July 9-18, 2010

The Maine International Film Festival will take place on July 9-18, 2010.  Read more at http://www.miff.org/.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Maine Bike Rally, Brunswick, Maine - July 9-11, 2010

The Maine Bike Rally will take place in Brunswick, Maine on July 9-11, 2010.  Come enjoy a weekend of getaway biking and fun in Southern Midcoast Maine.  There are all sorts of activities related to biking, eating, travel, stargazing, bike expo, breakfast buffets, evening entertainment, and more.  Visit http://www.mainebikerally.org/.  Click on biking in Maine for more information on bike clubs, events, and trails in Maine.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

County Bluegrass Performance - Fort Fairfield, ME - July 23-25, 2010

The County Bluegrass music festival will take place in Fort Fairfield, Maine on July 23-25, 2010.  Some of the performers include Aroostook County Bluegrass, Blistered Fingers, The Douthwrights, and the Misty Mountaineers.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Yarmouth, Maine Clam Festival - July 16-18, 2010

The Yarmouth, Maine Clam Festival will take place July 16-18, 2010.  Food booths, road race, artists, music, crafts, parade, canoe race, kayak race, bike race, diaper derby, clam shucking contest, firefighter's muster, and more.

http://www.clamfestival.com/home.php

Monday, July 5, 2010

How to Choose a Summer Camp in Maine

Are you exploring the idea of a Maine summer camp for your child?  A recent online article tells you how to do that - taking into consideration things such as program emphasis, camp director's background, camper-to-counselor ratios, camp activities, discipline issues, camps references, and the camp staff.  Also, check out the funny video at the bottom of the article by the comedian John Pinette - he does a sketch about camping in Maine!  Read the article and view the video at "How to Choose a Summer Camp", Show Me Now, July 7, 2010.

North Atlantic Blues Festival, Rockland, Maine July 10-11, 2010

The 17th Annual North Atlantic Blues Festival will take place in Rockland, Maine on July 10-11, 2010 in Harbor Park.  Music, food, pub crawl, and more.

http://www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com/

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Hiking Mount Agamenticus, Maine

Mount Agamenticus is located near the coast of Maine south of Portland.  It is an easily climbed mountain that offers tremendous views.  A recent news article provides lots of information about the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region. 
"The Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region encompasses more than 10,000 acres of coastal woods and hills in southern York County, representing the largest intact parcel of coastal forest between Acadia National Park and the Pine Barrens in New Jersey.

Because of its location, the mountain's environment "is a unique mixing ground for a number of southern and northern species of plant and animal life that are at the limits of their ranges," said Robin Kerr, conservation coordinator for the region, which is a cooperative of eight public and private landowners.  The location, large area of undeveloped land and abundant wetlands combine to provide habitat for dozens of rare, threatened and endangered species. Nine rare natural communities exist here, including vernal pools, oak-hickory forests and floating kettle-hole bogs."
Read the rest of the article in "Hiking: A day well worth the climb", Maine Sunday Telegram, July 4, 2010.  Click here to learn more about hiking in Maine.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Roque Bluffs, Maine Vacation - Day Eight

Our vacation to the Roque Bluffs, Maine area has ended.  The seaside cottage was great, the weather excellent, and we had a wonderful time.  Learn more about our one-week vacation to Roque Bluffs, Maine.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Roque Bluffs, Maine Vacation - Day Seven

This was the last full day (Friday) of our Roque Bluffs, Maine vacation.  We have spent a week here and it has been great.  Today we stuck close to the area.  In the morning we did a little kayaking in Little Kennebec Bay - definitely some good exercise for the arms and shoulders.  Then some lunch.  In the afternoon my wife started with the packing process and some laundry. I went on a bike ride on the multi-use trail that runs through Machias.  It is an old railway bed (Maine and Central?) that has been converted to a pathway for use by bikes, walkers, ATVs, snowmobiles, skiers, etc.  I went to the website (Down East Sunrise Trail) and saw that the trail, when completed, will cover about 130 miles from Bangor to Calais.  I rode about twenty miles yesterday and was very pleased with what has been done so far.  The picture at right was taking on the trail traveling from Machias to East Machias along the Machias River.  The evening was spent grilling hot dogs and cheeseburgers on the deck grill and relaxing.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Roque Bluffs, Maine Vacation - Day Six

Our Roque Bluffs, Maine vacation continues.  Today was a "stay in the area day".  We did some kayaking in the morning on Little Kennebec Bay.  Then a late breakfast followed by some reading on the deck overlooking the bay and watching the lobster boats.  In the afternoon we toured Bucks Harbor / Machiasport visiting the little coves found on that peninsular (picture to left is of Bucks Harbor - loaded with fishing boats, no yachts here).  Later in the evening we walked along the Machias River on the multi-use trail.  We closed the day with grilled chicken on our deck, some wine, and some reading.  Only one full day left tomorrow and it is pack up and home we go.  :-(

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Roque Bluffs, Maine Vacation - Day Five

Day Five of our Roque Bluffs, Maine vacation was spent on the road.  We drove north to Lubec to check out the eastern-most location of the United States.  Our first stop was visiting Fort O'Brien - a beautiful view of Machias Bay from the hilltop.  Then we took Route 191 traveling through the coastal towns of Cutler (Destiny Bay is beautiful) and South Trescott.  We got off Route 191 and headed east along Boot Cove Road to Quoddy Head State Park where one finds hiking trails, a beautiful ocean park, and West Quoddy Head Light.  Then on to Lubec where we walked along Water Street and ate at one of the cafes.  Lubec is a wonderful ocean village.  As the end of the day was approaching we headed back to Roque Bluffs - taking Route 1 south (or west) through West Lubec and Whiting. Dinner was hotdogs and veggies on the grill along with a tasty salad.  A nice late evening walk along quiet roads finished up the evening.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Vacation in Roque Bluffs, Maine - Day Four

The weather was better today (Tuesday). A lot of lobster boats out on the water today; the one in the picture was taken from the deck of our rental cottage.  It was nice having coffee on the deck watching them work.  My daughter and I went out on the rental kayak.  It is a fiberglass open two-seater (that is as technical of a description you will get from me).  We went out in the morning for about 1 1/2 hours up the Little Kennebec Bay.  Lunch was a steak meal grilled on the porch overlooking the water.  In the afternoon my wife and I drove our daughter to Ellsworth to drop her off with a friend who is living for the summer on Deer Isle.  Then we returned by 8:30 p.m. to our seaside cottage.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Vacation in Roque Bluffs, Maine - Day Three

Rain, rain, and more rain.  A quiet day in the seaside cottage reading books and working on the computer.  We had a kayak delivered from a kayak rental business located in Machias.  Cost $25 for the delivery and about another $165 of four days of use.  The picture to the right is of Little Kennebec Bay - ideal for kayaking beginners like us!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Vacation in Roque Bluffs, Maine - Day Two

The weather was great today.  We had our morning coffee on the deck of our rental cottage overlooking Little Kennebec Bay.  The seagulls were going to and fro and the lobster buoys were bobbing about.  Once we had breakfast done we took a drive through Machias (north of Roque Bluffs) along the main streets and back roads.  Machias is a pleasant coastal town and we found many places we want to explore on our one-week vacation.  While driving back to our ocean-side cottage we stopped at Hannaford's for some provisions for the week.  My wife picked out the groceries and loaded cart.  I pushed the cart and picked out the beer!  Lunch was at the cottage.  We saw some kayakers going by and chatted with them.  Turns out they live just down the coast about 1/2 mile.  Later we went to Roque Bluff's State Park and visited the beach (see picture of beach).  Nice facilities there.  It is a $3.00 fee per adult unless you have the seasonal Maine State Park Pass (which we do).  Although it was a Sunday, very nice weather day, and in the summer it was not crowded at all.  We left the beach and went hiking on some of the trails in the park.  The trails are well-marked.  After our 3-mile hike we did some driving around the peninsular and looked at all the nice homes we wished we owned!  Then home to the cottage for some outdoor grilling and rest.  A nice vacation day!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Vacation in Roque Bluffs, Maine - Day One

My wife and I took one week off for vacation and decided to spend it at an ocean-side cottage along the coast of Maine. She picked out a lovely place on a peninsular of land where the small town of Roque Bluffs is found.  Roque Bluffs is located just south of Machias, Maine. From the Freeport area it is just a four-hour drive - up Route 295, East along Route 9, and South on Route 193 to Cherryfield, and then east on Route 1 towards Machias. The drive from Bangor to the coast was just beautiful. Our cottage is very nice with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a roomy floor plan - upstairs and down. The cottage comes with all the amenities. Our daughter is spending the first few days with us - and she and I went mountain bike riding along the dirt roads.  The living room, kitchen and outside deck has a wonderful view of the Little Kennebec Bay.  I will post some more entries on this blog about our Roque Bluffs vacation each day.  The picture with this post is of the southwestern point of the Roque Bluffs peninsular.  The link below will take you to a web page depicting the house we are staying at:

http://www.heartsofmaine.com/seaspray.htm

Music in Maine - Unity College Center for Performing Arts

The Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity, Maine regularly holds live music concerts.  A wide variety of music is presented to include bluegrass, rock, Celtic, and folk.  Click the link below to see the schedule.

http://www.unityme.org/theater/

Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer Things to Do in Maine

Are you worried your children will be bored with summer vacation?  An online article can provide you with some great ideas.  See "50 things to do in Maine this summer", Bangor Daily News, June 11, 2010.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland, Maine (August 4-8, 2010)

The Maine Lobster Festival will take place in Rockland, Maine on August 4-8, 2010.  A lot of events are planned to include lobster crate race, arts and crafts, cooking contest, parade, road races, entertainment, food, and more.

http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/