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"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.
"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.Read the rest of the article in "Kennebunk's sea shanty man", The Working Waterfront, October 2010.
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."
"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.
"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"
"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.
"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.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.
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."
"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.Read the rest of the tale in "Cannibals off the Coast of Maine" on the New England Folklore blog.
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."
BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thousands of migratory birds are already making their way south for the winter by traveling through Acadia National Park.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).
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.
"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/
"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.
"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.
"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."
"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.
"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.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.
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."